La ville de L’amour

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The City of Love is one nickname for Paris.  My mom and dad spent over a year in Paris, so French desserts have always surrounded the dinner table for us. Creme Brulee is one of my favorite’s. It’s basically a soft custard topped with skinny layer of crunchy caramelized sugar. Yummy! 🙂 Here’s the recipe!


6 egg yolks

¹⁄ 3 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups whipping cream

8 teaspoons granulated sugar

Boiling water   You’ll also need a 13 by 9 inch pan and 4 ramekins.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the four ramekins in the 13×9-inch pan. In a small bowl, slightly beat the egg yolks with a wire whisk. In large bowl, stir whipping cream, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, and the vanilla until it’s well mixed. Then add the egg yolks; beat with wire whisk until evenly colored and well blended. Pour the mix evenly into the ramekins. Then place the pan with the ramekins in the oven. Pour the boiling water into the pan, until it covers two-thirds of the ramekins. Be careful you don’t splash any water onto the custard! Bake it for 30 to 40 minutes or until the top is light golden brown. The center will be jiggly like jello!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Carefully remove the ramekins, and place them on a cooling rack. Wait about two hours. Then cover them tightly with a plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least four hours.

With the remaining 8 teaspoons of sugar, sprinkle two teaspoons on top of each custard. Preheat the oven to a broil. Place thee dishes under the broiler, and wait for the sugar to melt. Make sure it doesn’t burn! You can also caramelize the sugar with a heating torch. Serve it immediately, or refrigerate it again. Top with berries if you want. Eat Up. 🙂



















































































Finale to the Countdown!

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Hello bloggers and people who love to read. Today is officially the last day of Summer Break! There should not be an exclamation point at the end of that. 🙂 Everyone has (hopefully) finished getting ready for the first day of school, and lots of people are spending their last moments of summer at the pool. I’d love for people to tell me about the places they went or what they did over summer in the comments! Now to get right to it, number one on my Summer/Book Countdown is……………………………………………..







TINTIN! Yes, yes I know it’s a series, but Tintin is my FAVORITE comic series. I’ve probably read all of them over a hundred times. I’m not kidding. The reason I love them so much: they’re hilarious (and they’re mysteries)! Comics are everywhere: in the newspaper, super heroes in movies, and just as an ordinary book. If you’ve never read comics before, you should definitely start with Tintin. Each character is unique and very funny (my personal favorite is Professor Cuthbert Calculus). In all, Tintin is awesome and so is the movie! 🙂 Bye, and have an excellent first day of school!






City of Heavenly Fire

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Hi everyone! We’re almost there, because this is the second to last book on my countdown!!! On May 27, 2014, Cassandra Clare launched her explosive finale to The Mortal Instruments series. The City of Heavenly Fire! 🙂 

Darkness has cloaked the world. Shadowhunters have been transformed into creatures, you don’t see in your wildest nightmares. The Infernal Cup is tearing apart families, and causing the army to expand. The enemy: Sebastian Morgenstern, Clary’s own brother. Together Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, and Alec team up to venture into the daemon worlds. Here, they have the smallest chance to stop Sebastian. Sacrifice, Love, and deathly Betrayal surround this sixth and final book. 🙂 

If I Stay

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman really paints a beautiful background for Where She Went. If I Stay is that book that fills your heart with hope right before you’re about to cry, and it stays with you forever. This is the first book of the series and it’s told from Mia’s point of view. I know I already did a book review for this story, so here is the link. 🙂 Enjoy the last two days of Summer!

Where She Went

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Three years…., one tragedy….., and a love from the past. It’s been three years since Adam and Mia parted to walk on two different paths. It’s been three years since the devastating car accident that tore Mia’s life apart. It’s been three years since Adam or Mia ever met face to face… but sometimes destiny can never be reversed. When the smallest spark of chance is brought upon Mia and Adam, they find themselves thrown together for one night. It’s a night full of possibility, answers, hope, and romance. Told from Adam’s point of view and going through his emotions, is like the satisfying taste of water after running a mile. In this astounding sequel, Gayle Forman leaves you with a plot that toys with your emotions in the best way possible. It makes sure it leaves your heart open to things you didn’t think about before. Where She Went by Gayle Forman is #four on my countdown. 🙂

The School for Good and Evil

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“In the forest of primeval
A school for Good and Evil
Twin towers like two heads
One for the pure
And one for the wicked
Try to escape you’ll always fail,
The only way out is
Through a fairytale.” 

Every year the School Master kidnaps two children- one with a pure heart and one destined to do evil. The town is sure Agatha, who wears black and seems to hate almost everyone, will be taught in The School for Evil. Meanwhile, Sophie with her pink dress and ambition to be a princess, has her heart set on The School for Good. Yet, when the time time comes Sophie is dumped into the  treacherous School for Evil with all of the uglies, and Agatha lands in The School for Good as an outcast with all of the handsome princes. However, there are no mistakes, so maybe Sophie and Agatha aren’t who they thought they were.  Prepare yourself to be whisked of into a magical land where the only way to escape a fairytale…. is to live through one! 🙂

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani  is five on my countdown.

And Then There Were None

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Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Indian boys travelling in Devon;
One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Indian boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Indian boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Indian boys walking in the zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Indian boys playing in the sun;
One got all frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Indian boy left all alone;
He ran far away and then there were none.
10 strangers are mysteriously lured to an island. An eerie recorded voice greets the guests, and accuses each of them with a different crime. Late at night one of the guests chokes and dies. Trapped on the island, suspicion clouds the air as an old nursery rhyme targets the guests on by one…… until there are none.
This extraordinary book by Agatha Christie places six on my countdown. Agatha Christie was a British author that wrote many great mystery books. If you read this book and you like it, then you should also read some of the books by Enid Blyton.     


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The five Gatekeepers: Matt, Pedro, Jamie, Scott, and Scarlet went out of the frying pan and into the fire. After finally finding each other, the battle in Hong Kong sent them through a gate and scattered them all across the globe. Landing 10 years in the future, the five gatekeepers must make their way to Oblivion. Deep in Oblivion with its cold and desolate background, The King of the Old Ones gathers his army to prepare for a battle. It’s the last battle that will end it all. Sacrifices will be made, and the author spares no character! Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz (the author of the Alex Rider series) is the fifth and final book in this series. 🙂

I recommend this book for people who like lots of adventure and thriller books!    

The New Olympians

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Set in a Percy Jackson like theme, The New Olympians is all about the magnificent Pegasus. This book is the third and last book in the series, and is number 8 on my countdown!

The New Olympians 

Emily, Joel, and the Olympians have finally settled down. The raging war between the Roman gods and the Nirads (armed stone people) has come to an end. However, the human world is not doing so great. When a Pegasus lookalike appears in the papers, a team is secretly assembled to investigate. The members: Emily, Joel, the gorgeous Sphinx, and Paelen. Together they travel back to the mortal world expecting to see their old enemies; a cruel and ruthless government agency called CRU. Nothing can prepare them for the plot they discover, flying through the Nevada desert. It’s a plot so sinister and deep that no one (except Emily) will be able to stop its result…. a war between the Olympians and Humans. Now with the fate of the world resting on her hands, Emily must decide what to do, or everything she holds dear will be destroyed!



Project Turnabout

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Number nine on my countdown would be Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Margaret Haddix is one of my favorite authors. She wrote the Shadow Children series and Running out of Time.


In the year 2000 Melly and Anna Beth had almost reached the end of their lives. Old and lost they were offered the chance to be young again. They were offered to be part of Project Turnabout, and along with many others they accepted. Somehow the project worked, and every day Melly and Anna grew younger! However, I’m sure you know immortality doesn’t come without a price. The project had one small glitch. Or big. The treatment that was supposed to stop the girls from growing any younger had no survivors! Flash forward and the year is now 2085. The girls escaped, but will soon be too young to take care of themselves. Time is ticking and Melly and Anna Beth have to find a cure. What will happen when they hit the age zero. Read this book to find out! 🙂

WARNING: This book contains flashbacks from 2000 and 2085.