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The holidays are all about warmth, joy, and cherished traditions. One of my favorite traditions is sipping on rich and creamy eggnog while gathered with loved ones. There's something truly magical about this festive concoction that makes it the perfect companion for holiday gatherings.


In this blog post, I'm excited to share my homemade eggnog recipe with you. But first, let me introduce myself. I'm Lainie Eilenberger, a dedicated real estate agent with Key and Slate Real Estate Group, serving Lubbock and West Texas. Just as eggnog brings comfort and joy to your holiday season, I'm here to bring you comfort and confidence in your real estate journey. I'm passionate about helping you find the perfect home in this wonderful community.


The Perfect Eggnog Recipe:


Ingredients:


  • 6 large egg yolks

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup bourbon or dark rum (optional)

  • 1/4 cup spiced rum (optional)

  • Whipped cream and ground nutmeg for garnish

Directions:


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture becomes pale and slightly thickened.

  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the whole milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Stir continuously until the mixture is hot but not boiling.

  3. Slowly pour a small amount of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly to temper the yolks. Gradually add more of the hot milk mixture while continuing to whisk.

  4. Once the egg yolks are tempered, pour the entire mixture back into the saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon (about 160°F). Be careful not to let it boil, as this can cause the eggs to curdle.

  5. Remove the mixture from heat and strain it through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl to remove any lumps. Allow it to cool for about 10 minutes.

  6. If desired, add the bourbon and spiced rum to the eggnog and stir well. You can adjust the amount to your taste preference or omit the alcohol entirely for a non-alcoholic version.

  7. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld.

  8. Serve the chilled eggnog in glasses, garnished with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground nutmeg.

Conclusion:


As you savor this homemade eggnog with family and friends, I hope it brings you as much warmth and happiness as it does to me. If you're looking to make Lubbock or West Texas your home or you have any real estate needs, please don't hesitate to reach out to me, Lainie Eilenberger, your trusted real estate expert. I'm here to help you find the perfect place to create your own holiday traditions.


From all of us at Key and Slate Real Estate Group, we wish you a joyful holiday season filled with love, laughter, and delicious treats.


To explore more about Lubbock real estate and stay updated on local news and tips, visit www.lainieeilenberger.com. And for virtual tours of exclusive homes in Lubbock and West Texas, check out my YouTube channel here.



Glass of homemade eggnog garnished with nutmeg and cinnamon, a festive holiday treat by Top Lubbock and West Texas Realtor, Lainie Eilenberger.
Indulge in the Creamy Delights of Homemade Eggnog – Lubbock Realtor, Lainie's Special Holiday Recipe!



Hello, everyone! It's Lainie Eilenberger, your trusted real estate expert, back with another delightful blog post. Today, we're not just diving into the world of Lubbock and West Texas real estate; we're also diving into the sweet, indulgent world of baking. Join me on this journey as we whip up a scrumptious Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing, a perfect treat for any occasion.


Baking Bliss: Chocolate Cake and Real Estate


At Key and Slate Real Estate Group, we believe in making every moment special. Whether you're buying or selling a home, it's an occasion worth celebrating. And what better way to celebrate than with a homemade chocolate cake that's as rich and sweet as the memories we help create?


Chocolate Cake Recipe


Ingredients:


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar

  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder

  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 cup boiling water

Directions:


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  3. Add the eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.

  4. Stir in the boiling water. The batter will be thin; don't worry, that's what makes it moist!

  5. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  7. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Icing


Ingredients:


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar

  • ½ cup milk

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • A pinch of salt

Directions:


  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the cocoa powder and confectioners' sugar to remove any lumps.

  2. In another bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy.

  3. Gradually add the cocoa mixture, milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Beat until smooth and creamy.

  4. Once the cakes are completely cooled, spread a layer of chocolate icing between them and on the top and sides of the cake. Decorate as desired.


Now that we've satisfied our sweet tooth, let's talk real estate!


Key and Slate Real Estate Group: Your Trusted Partner


When it comes to buying or selling homes in Lubbock and West Texas, Key and Slate Real Estate Group is your trusted partner. We bring the same dedication and attention to detail to the real estate market as we do to our baking. Just like this Chocolate Cake, your real estate journey should be rich, rewarding, and leave you with a smile.


Serving All of Lubbock and West Texas


We're here to serve you in Abernathy, Brownfield, Buffalo Springs, Crosbyton, Denver City, Farwell, Floydada, Hale Center, Lamesa, Levelland, Littlefield, Lubbock, Muleshoe, New Deal, New Home, Olton, Plains, Plainview, Post, Ralls, Ransom Canyon, Seagraves, Seminole, Silverton, Slaton, Snyder, Spur, Sudan, Sundown, Tahoka, Tulia, Wolfforth, and beyond. No matter where you are, we're here to help you find your dream home or sell your property.



Explore Our Websites


  • www.lainieeilenberger.com: Your one-stop destination for Lubbock and West Texas real estate. Search for homes, get market insights, and explore informative blogs.

  • www.onefordroad-lubbock.com: Dive into the charm of the One Ford Road subdivision, a place where modern living meets vintage charm.

  • keyandslate.weselllubbock.com: Your MLS-connected home search tool. Discover detailed property information and find your perfect match.


Join Me on YouTube


Don't forget to visit my YouTube channel, where you can take virtual tours of exclusive, luxurious, and featured homes in Lubbock and West Texas. Explore the possibilities from the comfort of your screen.


Thank you for joining me today in the kitchen and the world of Lubbock and West Texas real estate. I look forward to assisting you on your real estate journey. Until next time, happy baking and house hunting!



Delicious homemade Chocolate Yule Log with Chocolate Icing, a delightful recipe by Lubbock and West Texas Real Estate Agent, Lainie Eilenberger. #ChocolateCake #LubbockRealEstate #HomeSweetHome
Indulge in the perfect blend of sweet success and homey delights with this decadent Chocolate Yule Log with Chocolate Icing, brought to you by Lubbock and West Texas Real Estate Agent, Lainie Eilenberger. Discover the recipe for happiness and explore Lubbock's finest homes today! 🏡🍰 #ChocolateYuleLog #RealEstateMagic #LubbockLiving

As the holiday season approaches, there's nothing quite as comforting and heartwarming as the smell of freshly baked gingerbread cookies filling the kitchen. Join me, Lainie Eilenberger, your trusted real estate agent in Lubbock and West Texas, as I share my cherished recipe for making the most delightful Gingerbread Man Cookies. This tradition has been a part of my family's holiday celebrations for generations, and now I'm excited to pass it on to you.


Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/2 cup molasses

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Icing (for decorating)

Directions:


Step 1: Prepare the Dough


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Set this dry mixture aside.

  2. In a separate large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. This should take about 2-3 minutes.

  3. Add the egg, molasses, and vanilla extract to the butter-sugar mixture. Mix until well combined.

  4. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, mixing until the dough forms. You may need to use your hands to knead it together at the end.

  5. Divide the dough into two equal portions, wrap them in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until firm.

Step 2: Roll and Cut the Cookies


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Take one portion of the chilled dough and roll it out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness.

  3. Use gingerbread man-shaped cookie cutters to cut out your cookies. Place them on the prepared baking sheets, leaving some space between each cookie.

  4. Repeat this process with the second portion of dough.


Step 3: Bake and Decorate


  1. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until they are set and just beginning to brown around the edges.

  2. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.

  3. Once the cookies are completely cooled, it's time to get creative with the icing! Use various colors to decorate your gingerbread men with faces, clothing, and any other designs you like.


Step 4: Enjoy and Share!


  1. Allow the icing to dry completely before stacking or storing the cookies.

  2. These gingerbread man cookies make wonderful holiday gifts or treats for holiday gatherings. Share the joy of the season with family and friends.

Now, while you're savoring the sweet taste of your freshly baked gingerbread cookies, let me tell you more about how I can assist you with your real estate needs in Lubbock and West Texas. I take pride in helping clients find their dream homes in Abernathy, Brownfield, Buffalo Springs, and many more wonderful communities in our region.


Visit my website at www.lainieeilenberger.com to explore the Lubbock and West Texas housing market, read informative blogs, and get details on open houses. If you're looking for a charming community like the one where gingerbread cookies are cherished, check out www.onefordroad-lubbock.com, dedicated to the One Ford Road subdivision in Lubbock, known for its warm atmosphere and stylish homes.


For a comprehensive MLS-connected home search experience, head over to www.keyandslaterealestategroup.com. It provides detailed information about every home for sale in Lubbock and West Texas, helping you make informed decisions.


Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/@lainieeilenberger1595 for virtual home tours of exclusive and luxurious properties in Lubbock and West Texas. I'm here to make your real estate journey as delightful as these Gingerbread Man Cookies. Happy holidays!



Gingerbread man cookies decorated with icing - a delightful holiday tradition by Top Real Estate Agent, Lainie Eilenberger
Whipping up holiday magic, one gingerbread man at a time with Lainie Eilenberger, your trusted real estate expert. 🏡🍪✨ #HolidayTraditions #GingerbreadJoy #LubbockRealEstate


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