Thursday, November 8, 2018

Let The Holiday Planning Begin! Eggnog Pie, a New Holiday Classic!

I am in Nashville this week (YAY! I love visiting Music City!!!!) and definitely not home cooking or cleaning... but I'm sneaking in writing time to finish my newest Guideposts mystery "Just Over the Horizon", the final book of the "Mysteries of Martha's Vineyard" series... And oh, I've had so much fun being part of this!

I'm here for the Art of Writing Conference (yesterday) and The Christy Award Gala (also yesterday, last evening) because I'm a finalist for the Short Form (that means a shorter novel, 60,000 words or so) Christy Award. To say I'm excited is a classic understatement.... I AM BESIDE MYSELF! :)

It's such an honor to be here, to be part of this, but mostly it's an honor to write what I love, do what I love and have it touch hearts and souls. So I'm getting this post ready of a new holiday classic that makes so many people happy in my house! I started playing with this idea two years ago, and this is my favorite version. It comes out perfect, every time. I hope you love it! And as we enter the 2018 holiday season, the Yankee Belle gals are so excited to share old favorites and new ideas with you! May your November be a wonderful season of grace and love.


Ya gotta love eggnog or have folks who love eggnog, but if you love eggnog...

You Will Love This Pie.

And it's easy. I mean REALLY easy....  I used a frozen pie crust. (I always make extra and freeze a few, wrapped individually and tossed into a freezer bag) I thawed it, rolled it out, pricked it with a fork,

 and baked at 450° for about 8 minutes....

But you can buy your pie crust if you want. This works with a cookie crust, too! Vanilla wafers: to die for!

Now the filling.... This is nice and easy and delicious, it's basically a custard pudding made on top of the stove. It takes about 6 - 8 minutes to cook, stirring. I find having a novel on hand to read while stirring helps keep me from walking away and burning everything... Which I did to the first batch last Saturday... but by the second batch I was reading about how brilliant and rich Elon Musk is while stirring the eggnog filling. :) Multi-tasking!!!!

Just in case you needed that tip. You're welcome.  :)


4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup corn starch
1 cup sugar
2 cups eggnog
2 cups milk
4 egg yolks

Melt butter in 3 or 4 quart saucepan. Mix corn starch and sugar together in small bowl. Remove butter from heat, add the cornstarch and sugar mix. Mix together. Add eggnog, milk and egg yolks. Whisk together, heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring regularly.

Pour eggnog custard into bowl, refrigerate until chilled through. (Usually 3 hours or so).

Whipped cream topping:

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar

Put in big mixer bowl, beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.

Once chilled, spoon custard into cooled pie shell.

Cover with whipped cream. Keep cold until ready to serve.

This is amazingly delicious!!!!!  A toast to happy holiday celebrations and once-a-year delectables!

And this is a look at my TWINKLE LIGHT FRENZY!!!! Twinkle lights are fairly cheap. I love them. Little kids love them, too! This puts me and the little kids on the same page, right?

So while I'm focusing family on faith, hope and love, on a baby, born to the poor, I'm making sure my twinkle light stash brightens the long, dark, northern nights... I love that the shortest days of the year are cheered by the joy of Christmas lights!

Grandma and Uncle Chuck's cool handmade Santa set.... more about that later this month!

And the resin Nativity Dave and the kids bought me by pooling very limited funds twenty years ago:

Mandy and Paul built me the "stable" for Christmas a few years ago... O, Holy Night...

I love preparing for the holidays, but not in the frenzied fashion I used to employ... in a simpler way, but with twinkle lights!

Unto us a child is given... unto us a son is born.

Multi-published, best-selling author Ruthy Logan Herne loves God, her family, her country, little kids and interesting situations, some of which she's been known to create! She's blessed to be living her dream of being a published author and loves to hear from readers and writers. Visit her website or stop by and friend her on facebook or Twitter as... You guessed it!!!...."Ruth Logan Herne"... Go figure!


  1. Congratulations on the Christy nomination, Ruthy. I am so excited for you. What an honor and so well-deserved. Have fun in Nashville. I really hope to visit there some day.

  2. Cate, this was a great conference.... it's only a half-day long and then the gala, but it was crazy affordable and four of the best conference sessions I've ever been to. It's here again next year... maybe several of us can come down and share hotel costs? I bet we can make it affordable!

    And thank you! I was gobsmacked and thrilled... and I was just as happy that Michelle won our category last night because all three of those books are wonderful and that's the point of the Christy's..... I was honestly just so pleased to final!

  3. Ruthy, I have got to try this pie sometime. I mean, I love custard pie and I like eggnog, so this sounds like a match made in the kitchen to me.

    Congrats on the Christy nomination and I'm so glad you were able to attend. I really don't know much about their conference, but it sounds like fun.

  4. I am so pumped for you! A CHRISTY NOMINATION!!!!

    I'm getting into the Christmas spirit big time this year - I've taken a seasonal job at our local Cabela's, working in Santa's Wonderland! I'll let you know if it's as much fun as it sounds like it should be...Santa's arrival is on Saturday! :-)

    But this pie...oh, sounds like it tastes like Christmas!