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eggnog pie

Eggnog Pie Recipe

Over the holidays I stumbled upon a really simple recipe for eggnog pie.  I’ve never met a cream pie I didn’t like and I love eggnog, so I figured I’d give it a go!  I did alter the recipe slightly as I don’t like to use coolwhip.  My brother told me a while back that the ingredients in coolwhip are horrifyingly similar to personal lubricant, and that’s not something you forget.  Real is usually better anyway so I swapped it out for something more natural, cream.

I brought this pie to 2 Christmas parties and heard no complaints and left with no leftovers, a few even requested the recipe.  I was almost embarrassed to share it because it’s so stupid easy.  This pie has 4 ingredients if you don’t count the crust.  Yup.  Four.  Doesn’t get much easier than that!  Before you get started make sure you have these on hand:

  • Nutmeg
  • a carton of eggnog
  • 2 instant vanilla pudding packages
  • 1 carton of heavy whipping cream
  • a baked and cooled pie shell

Eggnog Pie Recipe
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  • 2 cups eggnog
  • 1 and 3 tbsp vanilla instant pudding
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 3 cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 baked and cooled pie shell


  1. Beat the eggnog, nutmeg, and 1 package of vanilla instant pudding together for 5 minutes, until it is slightly thickened and smooth. Pour into prepared pie shell, put in the refrigerator to set (30-60 minutes). Pour whipping cream and remaining 3 tbsp vanilla instant pudding into a cold mixing bowl and beat until stiff peaks form but be careful not to overbeat or you'll end up with butter. Pipe or spread onto the top of the pie and refrigerate. The whipped cream will hold its shape for up to a week and the whole pie can be prepared ahead of time and frozen.

I hope you enjoy this pie as much as I did, and you snatch up some of the last of the holiday eggnog!

problem solving for a stress free thanksgiving

Problem Solving For A Stress free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  Mostly because I love to eat a big turkey dinner but also because I love everything it stands for, giving thanks and spending time with family and friends.  Growing up it was always my Sister’s holiday, we would spend it at her house and she’d cook a big meal and later when my Dad was too sick to travel, she’d cook the meal at my parent’s house.  That’s probably another reason I love it so much, now that she’s gone and I cook the meal, I always feel like she’s with me that day.  The first couple years I made the meal it was a challenge and I felt like I didn’t really get to enjoy the day, but I’ve been at this a while now and I think I’ve developed a system that actually allows me to be a part of the festivities and serve the meal on time.

Problem number 1:  I feel overwhelmed, there’s so much to cook!

Solution:  Limit your feast to the basics, meat, starch, vegetable.  I usually pick a few things I can make well, like turkey (gravy, goes without saying), mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, and squash casserole.  Limiting the number of dishes usually makes life much easier (less prep time, less ingredients).  You don’t have to make everything, every year.  Maybe this year you have squash casserole and next year you do green bean casserole, simplify.

Problem number 2:  I can’t spend time with anyone because I’m stuck in the kitchen!

Solution:  Make as much of the meal ahead of time as you can.  I usually cook the day before and then warm everything the day of.  For example, the stuffing, the casseroles, the veggies, rolls, and pies.  The only things I wouldn’t recommend cooking the day before is mashed potatoes (they tend to get starchy) and the turkey (and gravy).  Start your turkey early and let it rest while everything else warms in the oven.  That’s how to make sure your meal is all served hot at the same time.  The benefit of cooking the day before is you can enjoy your guests and have a clean kitchen the day of Thanksgiving.

Problem number 3:  I have 1 oven and tons of things to cook.

Solution:  Crockpot and countertop roasting pan.  I was gifted an ingenious invention that is a countertop roasting pan, you can roast a 27 lb turkey in there and it comes out great every time (you can cook cakes and pies, whatever, in there too).  If you don’t own one already, you should get one, they are awesome.  Last year I saw a life hack on pinterest where you could cook your mashed potatoes in the crockpot so I figured I’d give it a try because I’m always waiting around for my potatoes to be ready (I never seem to start them early enough).  They came awesome and they were just kind of there waiting for me to mash them when I was ready. 

Problem number 4:  Shit. You overcooked the turkey.

Solution:  Do better next year and smother that thing in gravy, haha!  If your gravy is good enough, no one’s going to notice!  Plus, they didn’t have to cook it and most people are just happy to have avoided cooking the meal.

This year my menu is:



mashed potatoes


green beans (broccoli for the kids)

butternut squash casserole

pumpkin cheesecake

apple pie

I’m sure I’ll be adding stuff on to that list right up until thursday but for now, that’s it!  Whatever you are making, I hope it comes out great and someone else does your dishes (because that is something to truly be thankful for)!  Happy Thanksgiving!

problem solving for a stress free thanksgiving


a healthier peanut butter ball

A Healthier Peanut Butter Ball

My Brother and Sister in law recently brought my niece here to start her freshman year at UVM, while they were here they shared some really awesome peanut butter balls they had made and brought with them. The ones they brought were vegan but since we aren’t when I tried to recreate them I used regular chocolate which made finding the ingredients a lot less complicated. Unlike ordinary peanut butter balls these contain real ingredients and a lot less added sugar. I’m a big fan of dates but you’d never know they are in here, the peanut butter completely masks the flavor and what you are left with is a chewy, almost caramel like texture. They are amazing. I can’t make enough of these, we gobble them up in less than a week.


I consider these a great alternative to peanut butter cups, which my kids love, but are full of unhealthy ingredients you can’t pronounce. The kids get a little protein, a little fiber, and a little chocolate, which makes everyone happy. I promise if you take a few minutes to throw these together you won’t be disappointed!

A Healthier Peanut Butter Ball
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  • 2 1/2 cups of dates
  • 1 cup of peanut butter (I used regular creamy but you could use natural)
  • 1/2 a large bag of chocolate chips


  1. Blend the dates and peanut butter until a dough forms in a food processor or high powered blender (I used my ninja). Roll the dough into table spoon size balls. Melt your chocolate over medium heat in a double boiler being careful not to stir too much (most people overstir chocolate and that makes it dry out and clump). Dip your balls into the chocolate and put on a parchment lined baking sheet, when all the balls are dipped put them in the refrigerator to set up. Store these in the fridge for best results. Makes around 35 balls.
 a healthier peanut butter ball

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