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The Fall Tag!

The Fall Tag!

Blogtober Day 11 Today I am coming at ya, with yet another tag! This one looks so cozy & fun, so I had to give it a go! Fall is definitely in the air here, the sun is already setting earlier and the temperatures have […]

Autumn Morning Routine

Autumn Morning Routine

Blogtober Day 10 Today I am going to share with you what my morning routine has looked like recently. Side note – my mornings never have a stack up pancakes as epic as the one above, but I wish ALL mornings were that satisfying. 🙂 […]

Fall Bucket List Book Tag

Fall Bucket List Book Tag

I really enjoy doing book tags, and although no one officially tagged me, I am going to do this one anyways!

The Rules

  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of my graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 7 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.

light a scented candle

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Nevermoor The Trials of Morrigan Crow – This book is a Middle Grade Fantasy that is fun and lighthearted, with magic, wonder and talking cats, it is a must read for fans of Harry Potter.

drink pumpkin spiced lattes

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Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin 

This is a book that I haven’t read yet, but has made its way on to my TBR simply because of all the high! I keep hearing about this book everywhere! There is so much hype, and I am excited to get to reading it!

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Sea Fire & Steel Tide – I recently finished Steel Tide, but these books have the best friendships! The sisterly loyalty (aka friendship) is to die for!

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Goose Girl– this is an older Middle Grade read & it a series that I LOVED reading in the middle school/high school. The nostalgia alone warms my heart. If you haven’t read this series, even as an adult, I encourage you to check it out!

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The Art of French Kissing – this book is definitely a fluffy contemporary read. When I read it last year I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars. I couldn’t think of any books that I’ve read with talented chefs, so this one (even though its about baking) fits the bill.

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King Unveiled – This book was SO good, and you need to read it. It made me jump for joy, just because of how good the writing is. Ugh, I loved it. King Unveiled: Book Review – just go read my SPOILER free review!

If you want to do this book tag, consider yourself tagged! Let me know if you end up doing it, because I would love to read your answers!!

What cozy books you most like for autumn? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks so much for stopping by & reading this blog post – I will see you tomorrow for Day 10 of Blogtober!

I hope you will join me for all 31 days! I will be using the hashtag #Blogtober on Instagram & Twitter.

xoxo

Sarah June

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End of Year Goals

End of Year Goals

Blogtober Day 8 Today I want to talk about my goals for the remainder of 2019. This year has been BUSY! Between planning a wedding, working full time, getting married, becoming homeowners, blogging, staying fit, and much much more, 2019 has been a grind! It […]

If We Were Having Coffee {Blogtober Edition 1}

If We Were Having Coffee {Blogtober Edition 1}

Blogtober Day 7 I wanted today’s blog post to be warm and cozy, because the fall weather has officially hit in Ohio. I am loving the cooler temps but today is a bit dreary, so something warm & cozy is surely the cure. If you […]

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Mini Pumpkin Pies

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Blogmas Day 6 

While scrolling through Pinterest (as one does) and I happened upon the cutest fall recipe: MINI PUMPKIN PIES. When I think of mini pumpkin pies, I was thinking of like cupcake size, but these are seriously mini – like bite-size mini. They are the kind of mini pies that you don’t feel so bad about eating because they are so small.

This recipe comes from Lil’ Luna.

This recipe seriously takes no time at all and they are the perfect amount of pie dough & pumpkin!

I used my mom’s ever trusty pie dough recipe:

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1/2 cups water

1/2 cups oil

Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Do NOT over stir or the dough will become tough.

Put the dough in between 2 sheets of parchment paper or wax paper. Roll out the dough, it needs to be pretty thin.

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Please ignore my ugly kitchen flooring in the above photo! It is one of the renovation projects coming soon on our list!

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After you have the dough rolled out, use a cookie cutter to make cut-outs in your dough.

The original recipe calls for a 3-inch cookie cutter (it can be round or scalloped) – but the one I used the cookie cutter pictured above from from Amazon.

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Grease or spray a mini-cupcake tin and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Now its time to make the filling, which unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of.

The FILLING: 

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two mini muffin tins with baking spray, set aside.
  2. Roll out pie dough on a baking mat or lightly floured surface. Using a 3″ circle or flower shape cookie cutter, cut out 24 pieces. Gently press into the wells of the prepared muffin tins. Place in the refrigerator to chill.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, heavy cream, egg, sugars, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt and vanilla.

  4. Remove the tins from the refrigerator and fill each crust with 1.5 tablespoons of filling (you can use a #40 cookie scoop to do this). Tap the tins on the counter to create a smooth, even filling.

  5. Place in the oven and bake for 18-22 minutes or until the crust begins to turn golden brown in color. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tins for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

  6. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired. Serve room temperature or chilled.

Note: the original recipe says this only makes 24 mini pies, but I had a lot of filling leftover at the end.

Also – don’t add the whipped cream until you are ready to serve or better yet, have your guests add their own whipped cream.

Optional – sprinkle with cinnamon after adding whipped cream.

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Let me know if you try this recipe and how much you like it!

I think its the perfect bite-size taste of fall!

Thanks so much for stopping by & reading this blog post – I will see you tomorrow for Day 7 of Blogtober!

I hope you will join me for all 31 days! I will be using the hashtag #Blogtober on Instagram & Twitter.

xoxo

Sarah June

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Cozy Autumn Drinks

Cozy Autumn Drinks

Blogtober Day 5 Fall just screams drinks that are hot enough to warm you from head to toe. You might get annoyed with me during this blog post and maybe you will want to call me Lorelai Gilmore for how many times I’m going to […]

Fall Releases

Fall Releases

Fall Releases (I’m excited for) Blogtober Day 4 October Releases:  Ninth House (Ninth House Series #1) by Leigh Bardugo   The Grace Year by Kim Liggett You can read my review for the Grace Year: Here! War Girls (War Girls #1) by Tochi Onyebuchi November Releases  Starsight (Skyward #2) by Brandon Sanderson  I loved Skyward & am […]

Autumn Bucket List

Autumn Bucket List

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Blogtober Day 3

These are some of the things that I would like to do this fall! Fall is the perfect time of year to do some of my favorite things!

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Autumn Reading List (TBR)

Autumn Reading List (TBR)

Blogtober Day 2 Initially I was just going to make this my October TBR, but I realized that it might get a little boring when my October TBR only consists of 1 book series (The Wheel of Time) – so instead this is my fall/Autumn […]

Welcome to Blogtober

Welcome to Blogtober

Hello friends, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Blogtober Day 1 For those of you who don’t know blogtober is a blogging/writing challenge where bloggers publish a new post every single day in […]

Steel Tide Blog Tour

Steel Tide Blog Tour

I am so excited to announce that I am apart of the Blog Tour for Steel Tide.

I also participated in the Blog Tour for Seafire which is the first book in this trilogy. You can read my review here: Seafire Blog Tour.

If you haven’t gotten your hands on Seafire, here is the synopsis:

SEAFIRE:

    After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

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 If you haven’t started this trilogy, the Steel Tide synopsis does include SPOILERS! I repeat if you don’t want SPOILERS for the first book, stop reading this blog & come back after you have read Seafire!

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STEEL TIDE

The second book in a heart-stopping trilogy that follows the captain of an all-female ship intent on taking down a vicious warlord’s powerful fleet.

     Caledonia may have lost her crew, but she’s not done fighting yet. After nearly dying at the hand of a powerful foe, Caledonia is pulled from the sea and nursed back to health by a crew of former Bullets that call themselves Blades. The Blades escaped Aric Athair’s clutches and now live a nomadic existence, ready to disappear at a moment’s notice should trouble come their way.

But Caledonia wants to do more than just hide. She wants to find the Mors Navis and her beloved sisters. She wants to continue fighting Aric’s fleet and to take back the Bullet seas. She’ll need to do everything in her power to convince the Blades that fighting is their only option, that there has to be a life better than the one under Aric Athair’s reign, and that finding the women of the Mors Navis is the first step to revolution.

 

My Review of STEEL TIDE:

I was gifted an ARC of Steel Tide in exchange for an honest review & as a part of the blog tour. Receiving this book in no way effected my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Young Adult – Fantasy – Adventure

This book started off with such an intriguing prologue – we see the Bullet attack from Caledonia’s brothers point of view (where the first book: Seafire begins as well).

I was hooked from the first pages. This book may be a little daunting for some – clocking in at 448 pages – but let me tell you, it hardly feels that long with the amount of action. This book is extremely fast paced, and is very hard to put down.

In this second installment, we meet new characters whom you are bound to fall in love with. Caledonia – grows as a main character, and it is so fun to see the direction the book takes with her.

The main reason I loved Seafire was the adventure and the nod to sisterhood and family loyalty and those are the same main reasons why I am giving Steel Tide 5 out of 5 stars.

If you are looking for an adventure packed book with fiercely loyal characters, then look no further – you found your next read (or your TBR pile just grew a little larger).

If you do pick up Seafire or Steel Tide and enjoy listening to music while you read these are the songs I suggest you listen to, because not only will they help you flip the pages faster, they will make you feel like you are on the ship with Caledonia and her sisters. (& yes, sorry, I know its extremely cliche but the majority of these songs come from the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtracksEnjoy!

Steel Tide Playlist 

Google Play Music Steel Tide Playlist – If you use Google Play use the link!

Fog Bound (The Curse of the Black Pearl)

One Day (Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End) Hans Zimmer

The Medallion Calls (The Curse of the Black Pearl)

Hoist the Colours (Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End) Hans Zimmer

I’ve Got My Eye On You (Pirates of the Caribbean) Hans Zimmer

Only The Beginning of the The Adventure – Harry Gregson-Williams

Evacuating London (The Lion, The Witch & The Wadrobe) – Harry Gregson – Williams

AUTHOR BIO

Natalie C. Parker is the author of the Beware the Wild duology, the Seafire trilogy, and the editor of Three Sides of a Heart. She earned her BA in English literature from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MA in gender studies from the University of Cincinnati. She grew up in a Navy family finding home in coastal cities from Virginia to Japan. Now, she lives surprisingly far from any ocean on the Kansas prairie where she runs Madcap Retreats with her wife. She tweets @nataliecparker.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this book review! I hope you enjoyed it!

xoxo

Sarah June

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PRE-ORDER LINK

SEAFIRE

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/563898/seafire-by-natalie-c-parker/9780451478825/

STEEL TIDE

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/563899/steel-tide-by-natalie-c-parker/9780451478832/

Blog Tour Schedule: 

Week One: Book 1

September 9 – Megan Write Now – Playlist

September 10 – Book Nerd Becky – Creative Instagram Picture

September 11 – Bibliomaniac Amanda – Creative Instagram Picture + Question of the Day

September 12 – As the Book Ends – Listicle

September 13 – Reader Fox – Cover Lover Feature

 

Week Two: Book 2

September 16 – Megan Write Now – Playlist

September 17 – Book Nerd Becky – Creative Instagram Picture

September 18 – Bibliomaniac Amanda – Creative Instagram Picture + Question of the Day + Bookstagrammer Read Along

September 19 – As the Book Ends – Listicle

September 20 – Reader Fox – Cover Lover Feature

Week Three: Book 2

September 23 – Lauren’s Boookshelf – Moodboard: Inspired by the Series

September 24 – Reading Forevermore – Creative Instagram Picture

September 25 – Confessions of a YA Reader – Review

September 26 – Sarah June Blog – Playlist

September 27 – Gladiator Glory – Inspired by the Book: Makeup Edition