so i'm back tracking a little bit here, but that's ok. i was able to spend christmas eve with some close friends of mine, brian, delia, and their son luca. i went to their christmas eve service with them and then we went back to their house and proceeded to make home made egg nog and glazed pecans. the egg nog turned out great! (nicely done brian) i made the glazed pecans with this nut roaster that brian got delia for christmas. the box "claims" that it takes 10 minutes....yeah right. 1 hour later and two burns on my fingers the pecans were finally done! were they worth it....? i think so. they were some of the best glazed nuts i've ever had. i had a great time having "girl talk" with delia while brian finished wraping gifts. then we watched "it's a wonderful life" while eating our nuts and drinking our nog :-) we stayed up entirely way too late, but we had a great time as always. thanks bri and del!