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    Would You Like Some Smiles With That?

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    Good morning all!

    As we ready ourselves for Thanksgiving Eve in Tokyo, each of us have been preparing in our own way. Whether it's by keeping track of the Blessing Bowl, meeting with Alicia to co-ordinate the Thanksgiving feast, or psyching ourselves up for several days of sleeping in, we are all ready for tomorrow.

    Some for more frivolous reasons than others. But aren't you just so thankful for those little bits of frivolity?

    In the midst of my grocery list-making this past week, I've been enjoying a family favorite: Hot Buttered Rum.

    Don't let the name fool you-there isn't a nip of alcohol in these drinks. This is most definitely a drink for all ages. You're welcome to add a splash of rum of course, but the HBR all by itself is fab-u-lous. Don't deprive yourself of it in its purest, most delicious form.

    This is a warm concoction my mother has been preparing for us since I was a petite, and is yet another tradition we've continued in our family. This drink usually marks the beginning of the Christmas season for us. When the days are nippy, carols are playing, lights are twinkling, and someone walks into the room bearing mugs filled to the brim with frothy, creamy HBR's, we know the holidays are here.

    My parents were wonderful at filling my childhood with warm memories. They made the Christmas season very special, something I hope to do for my own children.

    But back to the HBR-a word of caution...

    If you want a low-cal, low-fat, low-sugar, low-anything warm beverage-this is not that drink. Do not read any further unless you intend to imbibe a most delicious creamy and buttery drink certain to warm you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. It is sugary. It is super simple and it is a cup of wondrous winter indulgence.

    Are you still here? Then please read ahead and enjoy!

    The Doiron's Hot Buttered Rum


    1 container for hot buttered rum storage
    1 lb. melted butter
    1 16 oz. brown sugar
    1 16 oz. powdered sugar
    1 tbsp. cinnamon
    1 tsp. nutmeg
    1/2 gallon of your best vanilla ice cream (if you're gong to do this, you may as well go all the way, friends. Indulge!)
    *Optional nip of rum can be added to the drink.


    Let the ice cream soften, but careful not to let it melt. You should be able to scoop it easily without it being watery. In a large bowl combine butter, sugars, spices. Beat until fluffy. This should be about 2 minutes. It will resemble the color of caramel when you're done, and smell just as sweet!


    Add the ice cream and beat once more.



    The color is much lighter now and you can see specks of nutmeg, brown sugar, and cinnamon in the mixture. And boy does it smell good!


    Go ahead and take a taste. It's soupy right now, but perfectly fine for you or any other little sous chef to sample. This year Eldest wasn't able to help~which was unfortunate, but she was okay with that as she was able to have the very first cup of the season!


    Once you're done sampling, pour the HBR mixture into your chosen container and freeze.


    I'd suggest overnight for the best results. The mixture should not actually freeze, but become taffy-like and cold and kept inside the freezer until it is gone or you're done with the hot buttered rum mixture.

    To prepare and serve:

    Take two generous scoops of mixture and place inside a festive cup, pour hot water over the mixture and stir very well, until completely melted. It should be frothy and will smell heavenly! You can choose to add a little rum to your drink at this time. To add sin atop of sin, feel free to add homemade whipped cream with chocolate shavings or cinnamon and nutmeg.

    I hope that you all can enjoy this drink as much as my family does.


    It's guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone's face and warm them from the inside out.

    Many Happy Thanksgiving wishes to you all. Be safe, enjoy your time with family and friends, and give praise for all your multitude of blessings.



    5 Responses to “
    Would You Like Some Smiles With That?

    High Heeled Life said...

    You had me at "If you want a low-cal, low-fat, low-sugar, low-anything warm beverage-this is not that drink"... I am so going to try this and have a very strong feeling it will become my go to must hav treat.. I'll walk the treadmill an extra whatever time, but it will be enjoyed as a treat.

    This is a wonderful childhood memory you are sharing with us..thank you..xo HHL

    P.s. how is the toe doing???

    Farmchick said...

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. Will be making this along with the hot chocolate :)

    Kathy said...

    I've always wondered what was in the Hot Buttered Rum you spoke of so often. Sounds like we might have to try some this season.

    kimmie said...

    That looks AMAZING. and SO not part of my diet, but I'm going to make it anyway. :)

    Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

    Yum! I love HBR- with rum of course on a chilly night. I found a recipe on Figs blog last year that makes it so easy- basically mix the butter (soft but not melted), sugar and spices and store in the fridge. Just add as much as you want- a few spoons- to water and heat in microwave. It keeps all winter.