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It’s Christmas Eve 🎄🎅🏼❄️

I’m up early, getting ready for our annual family Christmas Eve Dinner 🥘 In just a few hours we will have about 20 house guests including at least 4 dogs 🐕 🤩 Christmas music, movies, pie 🥧… It’s always nice to spend time with your family ❤️

Getting ready for a BIG Day & a Long Night…

I hope you have a wonderful day & an even better evening and night! 🎅🏼 And, Here’s to all the good boys and girls out there! Merry Christmas 🎄

There is a little Magic on Christmas Eve

A Visit from St. Nicholas

By: Clement Clarke Moore 

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap, 
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow 
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer, 
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle,
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

Have a Wonderful Christmas Eve! 

Mark C.



It’s a ’Regional’ Southern Thang! | Do YOU Drink ’Boiled Custard’

I’ve been doing a Friday ’Call In’ Radio show for 20 years now. It’s a lot of fun and I’m lucky enough to be able do it with local friends who are the best in the business! The call in questions change with the seasons, which is Awesome! It’s totally caller driven, so we never know what we will be talking about 😊 Doesn’t that sound fun? Well, it is… 😎

Yesterday a caller brought up Boiled Custard, which is a holiday drink around these parts. Several people had never even heard of it… (West TN transplants 😎). So I proceeded to wax poetic on how good it is and how I grew up having it every year around the Christmas season. My ‘MiMi’ stood at the stove stirring and stirring the cook pot to make the homemade treat every year and as a boy I would wait and watch her with great anticipation…

Its a regional thing only available bottled around West TN, North Mississippi and Parts of Southern Kentucky.

When I met the girl who later became my wife, her family also enjoyed Boiled Custard – I knew it was written in the stars for us after that ❤️
So, Heres a Boiled Custard Christmas 🎄 story for all of ya’s – My mother in law moved down to Florida for work soon after Jo and I were married, at Christmas time, she couldn’t find Boiled Custard anywhere down there 😳 Oh NO!! She called everywhere, even called the Dairy Companies in the region… No dice! She Talked about it so much that all her friends wanted to try it too! So, Jo and I pack several coolers full of bottled Boiled Custard and drove all the way down to Pensacola NAS and took part in an Epic Christmas Party that Spotlighted the West TN, ‘Drive or Die’ treat – Boiled Custard! Boom 💥 It was a hit and every drop was drank! Almost everyone there wanted the recipe to be able to enjoy it again…

Now if you’ve never tried it and don’t live close, you can forget about running to the store and buying a few bottles… So I am gonna share my Grandmothers ’secret’ family recipe with you! Just remember, stir, stir, stir! DON’T let it stick to the bottom or its all for naught…

Era Carter (MiMi’’s) Homemade Boiled Custard

Ingredients –

  • 1 Gallon Whole Milk
  • 1 dozen eggs 🥚 (separate yolks&whites)
  • 2 Cups White Granulated Sugar
  • 4 heaping Tbsp corn starch
  • Cap of Vanilla Extract

In a large stockpot mix sugar, cornstarch and a little milk to get started. Then add beaten egg yolks and stir/blend well until smooth. Stir constantly over medium heat and slowly add the rest of the milk. Simmer and stir until thickened (You don’t actually boil it!). Once thickened remove from heat and allow to cool. Beat your dozen egg whites, adding a little sugar until you have stiff peaks, then fold into cooled custard mix. Immediately refrigerate and serve when fully chilled.

There is nothing like a cold glass of boiled custard with a piece of Pecan Pie ❤️ Takes me right back to my MiMis kitchen…

Many people add a little TN whiskey 🥃 to their Boiled Custard for taste & that is completely up to the individual. As for me, I drink mine strait up 😊

Merry Christmas

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com