A New Day, with Hot Buttered Rum

by Anchor-Of-My-Eye

Yesterday was a pretty bad day.  The creative department I was working for laid off seven employees, over half the department.  I was one of those downsized.  Not an ideal scenario, especially right before the holidays when everyone's coasting through to the new year and not looking to hire.  And the economy being what it is, this job search could be one of the toughest I've been through in a while.

But today is a new day.  This morning the sun is shining clear and high and is ringing like a bell in the cold.  I have a fresh To Do list in front of me and I'm ready to move forward.  But before I tackle my list, I thought a Hot Buttered Rum was in order.  I tried a new recipe, from the Drinkology cocktail book.  The traditional recipe uses hot water, this one uses milk:

Hot Milk Buttered Rum

1 teaspoon brown sugar

2 ounces dark rum

hot milk

1 teaspoon butter (I used about half a teaspoon)

Freshly grated nutmeg (I also added cinnamon)

Place the brown sugar at the bottom of a mug.  Add a splash of hot milk, stirring until dissolved.  Pour in the rum, then fill the rest of the mug with hot milk.  Float the butter on top, and sprinkle with nutmeg (and cinnamon).

Then, full of the holiday spirit(s), I hung up a vintagey Christmas garland. A couple of weekends ago I saw these at Target for $6 and loved the gold and bronze colors together.  Perfect, cheap, easy, and simple to store for use next year!  I put one above the kitchen entryway and will hang another above the living room window.


The picture made the screen outside my kitchen window look bizarre.  I assure you, my apartment is not surrounded by blue fire.

I also hung some Christmas ornaments as pendants.  These are far too pretty to use as ornaments in a sea of many---they deserve to take center stage.