Friday night, just got paid.

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Friday night and it’s been the longest week ever.  When I got home my husband had kindly made us a dinner of baked chicken, rice and sautéed broccoli.  We ate like… well, maybe not kings but well favored squires.  Post dinner I cracked open a bottle wine and started putting away the leftovers except there were hardly any.  Just a few bites of broccoli and a lot of white rice.  I don’t know,  it must have been the wine but I got into my head to make rice pudding.  I don’t think I have EVER made rice pudding, but it sounded so nice and homey.  A lovely antidote an otherwise crappy week.

I pulled out the dog eared paperback Betty Crocker cookbook we have had so long we don’t even know where it came from.  The recipe was so easy:

Ingredients
* 2 eggs (or 4 egg yolks, if you want it richer)
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 2 cups milk, scalded (full disclosure: I did not scald the milk)
* 1/2 tsp vanilla
* 2 cups cooked rice
* 1/2 cup raisins (I added chopped up apricots too)
* Nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar

Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs, sugar and salt slightly to mix. Stir in scalded milk. Add vanilla, cooked rice and raisins. Pour into 1-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with nutmeg, cinnamon and some sugar.

Bake 50 – 60 minutes and serve warm.

It’s baking right now and it smells awesome.

Have a great weekend

-Natalie

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