Fans of Young Adult fiction will love this list of Young Adult books.

Young Adult books that adults will love! Wanna talk about books?

You know from my Monthly Reading Lists that I LOVE books! I have never been super picky about genres — I truly love a little bit of everything. From crime dramas to chick lit to historical fiction, if it’s got great characters and a plot that hooks me, I’m in.

I never really got into young adult books until Twilight and Harry Potter. Although, if we are being honest…I was never a huge fan of the Twilight books. I read them all and found them entertaining, but they didn’t grab me like they did everyone else. Harry Potter was a different story, though. I just wanted to immerse myself in his magical world forever and ever. Jon David has started on the Harry Potter series and is on the third book…I can’t tell you how much I love that! We watch the corresponding movie as he finishes each book, so it’s a lot of fun.

Since then, I have discovered a whole world of amazing YA books. If you’ve ever dismissed a book or a series because of it’s YA category, you are making a huge mistake — Young Adult books have so much heart and imagination.

If you’re looking for a great book or series to hook you during these cold winter months, I’ve made the perfect list for you! These books would also make perfect gifts, so keep that in mind if you are shopping for a book lover.

You can find the entire list HERE. If there are any I left off, let me know! I’m always looking for a good book to read!

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Enjoy!

This Egg Nog Brulee Pie is creamy and cinnamon-ey with a crispy sugar crust on top.

Egg Nog Brulee Pie

Oh, hey there.

This is me, playing cool, making small talk while I pretend that the above pie is no big deal. How’s the weather where you live? Have you started Christmas shopping yet? Hey, your hair looks super great today.

Can we all agree that there isn’t much better in life than a magnificent hair day? I have been known to invite my husband to lunch during the week just to have a  witness to a particularly fabulous hair day. Do men even notice good hair days? I think they only notice good butt days, and for me, those are even rarer than good hair days.

Speaking of butts, I made you a delicious pie! Did you happen to notice it?

Egg Nog Brulee Pie

If you’re still contemplating the Thanksgiving dessert situation, this pie is calling your name. If you love food that is good, this pie is calling your name. And if you even semi-like egg nog, this pie…

Well. You understand. This pie is a whole big thing.

I am kind of so-so on egg nog. I love the flavor, but I don’t like drinking it. It’s just weird, like a thick cinnamon perfume. Which makes it PERFECT for cooking it into a creamy spiced custard with a crunchy sugar shell on top.

I’m going to go ahead and call it — one of the best pies I’ve ever eaten.

Egg Nog Brulee Pie Image

This pie is incredibly easy to whip up. I adapted it from my Sugar Cream Pie recipe, and I promise that it’s pretty fool proof. Bonus? It slices up like a dream! There’s nothing worse than cutting into a gorgeous pie and the filling runs all over the place. But not this pie, no sir, no ma’am. Clean, pretty slices all around.

I have not yet found my Holy Grail pie crust recipe, so I went with a store bought crust here. I buy the ones that you unroll and place in your own pie pans, so at least it looks rustic and homemade. If you have a favorite pie crust recipe, feel free to go that route (and share the recipe with me!!). But trust me when I say that a store bought crust never killed anyone, especially if you’re short on time or skills.

Egg Nog Brulee Pie Photo

Make the dang pie, friends! You won’t regret it.

Egg Nog Brulee Pie

Ingredients

  • 9 inch pie crust, baked and cooled
  • 4 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups egg nog (alcohol free)
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • Topping:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized heavy saucepan, whisk together cornstarch and sugar. Whisk in the 4 Tablespoons melted butter, egg nog, and whipping cream. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is the consistency of a thick pudding. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  2. Preheat oven broiler to high. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Pour mixture into pie crust and spread evenly. Drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top. Place under the broiler until butter and sugar begins to bubble all over the surface--keep a close eye because it doesn't take long.
  4. Let pie cool to room temperature, then chill several hours before serving.

I hope you love this pie as much as I did. Enjoy!

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Happy Friday!

Can you believe it’s already almost Thanksgiving? I love Thanksgiving SO much. Several years ago I bought THIS set of dishes and I only get them out at Thanksgiving. Over the years I’ve bought matching pieces like a gravy boat and a tea pot. It’s nice to have something special to use during our special meal.

I will start my cooking Wednesday. We go to a big Thanksgiving with my husband’s family at around noon, then we go home and eat as a family in the evening. It’s nice to have most of the food ready so I can just pop it in the oven. This sweet potato casserole, these mashed potatoes, and this pie are three of our staples and can all be prepped ahead. Makes for a fairly relaxing Thanksgiving! I also make Lefse, which is a tradition in my husband’s family. It’s a Norwegian flatbread (very thin like a tortilla) made with potatoes and flour. It’s SO good, especially hot right off the griddle. We love to spread butter on it and wrap it around a piece of turkey. So good!

Here’s what I was up to this week:

Mickey Mouse Cake Topper -- simple and edible! We had Lucy’s birthday party! I’m sharing photos and how I made her cute cake topper.

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I am thankful for YOU! Be sure to pop over to my Reader Appreciation Giveaway and enter to win $800 worth of products from Le Creuset and Kitchen IQ.

Cookies and Cream Bundt Cake This Cookies and Cream Bundt Cake is party perfect!

Drugstore Dupes for High End Beauty Products Looking for cheaper versions of popular but expensive beauty products? I’ve got a great list for you!

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend!

If you have a Mickey Mouse fan in your life, this is for you! A simple and completely edible Mickey Mouse Cake Topper!

Mickey Mouse Cake Topper -- simple and edible!

My Lucy Goose is two today!

Good grief, what a year. The year between 1-2 is a long one, friends. We started the year with Lucy barely crawling, and now she’s running all over the place. How does this happen? How does a year seem so long and so short at the same time? Why do kids have to grow up? Why do heels still come in the package of sandwich bread even though no one eats them?

Forget that last question. Lucy actually eats the heels. It’s why we keep her around.

I had big plans for Lucy’s birthday this year (much like last year). I was going to made her an adorable cake and set up an elaborate dessert table with Minnie Mouse themed treats…and then life happened. Lucy got sick two weeks ago with a horrible stomach bug, my husband was out of town, and I sat up one night after cleaning vomit for the 97th time and decided that the last thing I needed on my plate was a bunch of people to feed.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Cake Topper

So, I cancelled the party. I threw away the invitations I ordered, cancelled the room I had rented, and felt free as a bird. Seriously, friends…just once in your life, start planning a big party and then cancel it all at the last minute. It’s a strangely fabulous feeling.

I decided to just do cake and ice cream and balloons at home. And guess what? Lucy loved it!

My one non-negotiable was the cake. Every kiddo deserves a fun cake for their birthday!! Lucy loves dessert SO much, so I knew that she needed her very own cake. The topper on this little cake looks big because it’s a tiny cake…4″. So keep in mind that if you make this topper for a larger cake, it will take up a lot less room on top!

Mickey Mouse Cake Topper Photo

All you need for this fun topper is a Mini Ball Cake Pan, one chocolate sandwich cookie, and some chocolate almond bark. All you’ll do is split your cookie and scrape off the frosting so you have two cookies. Melt almond bark according to package directions, and fill one cake mold. You do not need to grease the mold — the almond bark has enough oil in it to keep the chocolate from sticking.

Place the mold in the fridge until the chocolate is firm (this may take a bit — it takes about 6 oz of bark to fill up the mold, so it’s a lot of melted chocolate). Once it’s firm, pop it out of the mold and attach the cookie “ears” using melted almond bark.

Done! Easy peasy and oh so cute.

Lucy birthday Here’s Lucy while we were singing her “Happy Birthday”. She was so happy! I was worried it might scare her, but it didn’t scare her a bit.

I bought her super cute dress on Etsy from THIS vendor. It wasn’t advertised as a knot dress, but I messaged the seller and asked if she would make it as a knot dress (they are made to order) and thankfully, she did it! Knot dresses can be worn a whole lot longer since the straps can be adjusted…you can even use a knot dress as a longer baby-doll style top when your kiddo gets too tall to wear it as a dress. If you’re going to invest in pricey clothes for your toddler, a knot dress will usually get you the most bang for your buck — slip a long sleeved shirt under it in the cold months or wear it as is in the warm.

The matching hair bows came from THIS Etsy vendor. Seriously the cutest birthday outfit!

Lucy Birthday

Lucy’s always begging to blow out candles in the house, so she was pretty thrilled about this one.

Lucy Eating Cake

And of course, she dove right in.

It was a low-key party, but it was such a wonderful evening. The cake was adorable and super simple to make — perfect for any Mickey Mouse fan!

Happy birthday, Goose!

Have a great day!