Creating a Classy & Creepy Halloween Tablescape

I love love love dressing up my dining room for Halloween! I started doing this about 3 years ago and each year I add a few things here & there. One year I will change it up and do an entirely different theme but for now, i am obsessed with this Classy & Creepy Halloween Tablescape! Black & white is so chic and timeless, It’s hard to get tired of it!

Start with your canvas!

I started by purchasing a few yards of fabric at Joanns Fabric store. I was drawn to the black & white stripe and then I created the rest based on that pattern. My table was too long for the 2 yards to cover it entirely, so I strategically placed the fabric down at an angle. From there it’s all about layers! I decided I’d either go with black chargers or large black, plastic plates, when low and behold I found these ADORABLE spider web placemats at Hobby Lobby.

I have white plates so that was a no brainer. If you don’t, the dollar store has solid white plates that will work just fine. My salad plates are Royal Stafford. I found them at Home Goods a few years back and they are by far, my favorite piece of this tabelscape!! I think they add the perfect touch of elegance. I haven’t been able to find them since, but I will link some others that are very similar below.


 


 

Layering is key!

Remember I mentioned ‘layers’ above? The Black Ramekins were purchased on amazon, where I get everything else in my life, ha! I thought they would be the perfect addition to the place setting. I found these cute little black skeletons at the Dollar Tree but you could also fill the ramekins with candy, black & white confetti, ghost peeps, the options are endless!


 

I found these sparkly crows and owls at the Dollar Tree last year and happened to spot them again this year. I set a few on the table and a couple in my chandelier.


Other than that I just threw some black leaves, confetti and an old black frame lying around, and called it good! I think when it comes to Halloween, more is more! haha. In other words, don’t be afraid to layer, layer, layer! Choose your color scheme and have fun with it!

OH! and aren’t these Mummy Apples so fun??

https://www.keepingupwithkaci.com/recipe/3-ingredient-mummy-apples/They’re easy to make as well. Click here for the recipe!

 


And finally, linked below are all the items that I picked out for you, to create your own Classy & Creepy Halloween Tablescape.

Elegant Halloween Chargers.                      

 

Skull Salad plates

 

Black Ramekins

 

 

 Skeleton Hand Goblets

 

 

Skull Goblets with Pitcher

 

 

Black Metal 5 light candle holder

 

 

Black & White Glitter “Spooky” CandleBlack Cloth Napkins

 

Black & White cotton napkins

 

Gingham Dinner Napkins

 

 

Spider Web Treat Stand

 

3 Ingredient Mummy Apples


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3 Ingredient Mummy Apples
These super simple, 3 ingredient Mummy Apples are the perfect Halloween treat! To make this recipe you'll need your 3 ingredients, bamboo apple sticks, and candy eyes.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute & 30 seconds
Passive Time 25 minutes refrigeration time
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute & 30 seconds
Passive Time 25 minutes refrigeration time
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Start by washing & drying your apples.
  2. Place a bamboo apple stick into each apple.
  3. Heat the entire bag of white chocolate chips and the two tablespoons of shortening for 1 minute, stir and heat an additional 30 seconds.
  4. Stir until smooth, dip your apples in the white chocolate then place on a wire rack over a cookie sheet so that excess chocolate can drip.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  6. For the mummy affect: Place the remaining melted chocolate in a sandwich size ziplock bag. Cutting one corner slightly with scissors. Just one small cut will do.
  7. Lay the apple on its side and drizzle white chocolate to make a mummy pattern.
  8. Finally, place the candy eyes on your apple, and go over again with more chocolate
  9. Let chill in the refrigerator an additional 10 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Linked below are the candy eyes and bamboo sticks that I used to make these Mummy Apples! Also linked is a white chocolate chip alternative that will work just fine. Click the pictures to order:)

 

& that's it! I hope you enjoy these 3 ingredient Mummy Apples as much as we did!

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Simple & Sinful Halloween Bark

For me, a big part of the Halloween FUN is getting into the spirit by not only decorating, but making Halloween treats! The ideas are endless! However, October always seems to be a busy month what with soccer every day, drug free week at the kiddos school, my husband and i’s anniversary, the list goes on.. So I’m always looking for quick & yummy Halloween treat ideas. That’s when I decided on this Simple & Sinful Halloween Bark! It really is exactly that! Took only 5 minutes to prepare (not including chill time) and only seconds to devour! hehe.

If you’d like to make your own Simple & Sinful Halloween Bark, all you need is a few ingredients such as 1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips, candy corn, candy eyes (purchased at your local craft store) & Halloween m&m’s. (Feel free to use whatever Halloween candy you’d like).

 

Start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Melt your entire bag of semi-sweet chocolate. I like to use the double boiler method for this because it’s super simple. Just bring a small saucepan of water (maybe a 1/3 of the way full) to a boil. Once boiling place a glass mixing bowl over the top of it. The key is to not let the water touch the bottom of your glass bowl. Pour your chocolate chips into the glass bowl and stir for about 5 minutes until completely melted.

 

Next, pour your chocolate onto your parchment paper and try to manouver in a rectangle fashion like picture below..

 

Now for the fun part! Add your toppings as you wish and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, until completely chilled. If you have kiddos, let them do the toppings! They will love it!

 

Once your bark is completely chilled, simply break it apart into small pieces and enjoy!

Easy peasy and super cute!

 

I promise you, if you’re a chocolate fan, this wont last a day in your house! What’s your families go-to Halloween treat?? Please share in the comments below! 🙂

My September Book Review

First of all..How is it already October?! The year is absolutely flying by!! I can’t believe I’m already reviewing Septembers reads. I should tell you that the first book listed, was read at the beginning of the year. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to be sure and mention it in this months post, before I forget and never do. I wanted to read one more but got kinda stuck on one of them and just couldn’t make myself read it. Does that ever happen to you? Once I decided that I wasn’t into it, I was already invested and my OCD tendencies won’t allow me to just close the book and move on. So there I was, carrying this book with me everywhere went, avoiding reading it. haha! I did finally finish it and i’ll tell you more about that later in the post. So keep reading 🙂

The first book I want to review for you is..

The Orphan Train, By Christina Baker Kline

As mentioned above, I read this one earlier this year. This isn’t something I would normally choose to read. It was actually chosen by the bookclub that I’m in and I’m so glad that it was because I really enjoyed it. The novel bounces back & forth from past to present. It’s about two vey unlikely friends, Vivienne, a 90 year old woman who was an Irish immigrant, lost her entire family as a young girl, and rode the orphan train, ending up with multiple families that were all wrong for her. And Molly, a troubled, gothic, teenager who has spent her childhood in and out of foster homes, and is now doing community service due to her latest bout of trouble with the law. The women come to share a special bond while learning of secrets from the past and discovering hope for the future. If that didn’t sell you, The Orphan Train was also on USA Todays top selling. It’s a fascinating read and I definetly recommend you read it.

What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty

Ohhh this book! My first Liane Moriarty read, and definitely the first of many more! First of all, the cover states, “Heartfelt, witty, and thought-provoking”. DONE! What more can you ask for? This novel was all that and more. Alice is a 29 year old newlywed expecting her first child, when she wakes up on the floor of a gym being told that she is in fact 39, and a divorced mother of three! Can you imagine?? Her accident at the gym has caused her to forget the last ten years of her life and now she has to decide who she wants to be, who she wass, and how the heck she got to where she is today. It’s absolutely wonderful! If you choose only one book from this review, choose this one!

Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

This book deserves it’s own post, but today, were lumping it together with the others I read. I loved it! Backing up a bit, before reading the book, I watched the HBO mini series, based on the book. It has a star studded cast including Nicole Kidman, Alex Skarsgard (MY FAVORITE), Reese Witherspoon & more! It’s intense, its risqué, and its so.so. good. I had planned to read the book first, but it hadn’t come in yet and it was a boring Sunday full of laundry so I decided to check one out, and then another, and another and before I knew it I’d watched every episode and wanted more!!

 

A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

This is the book I had some trouble getting into. I tried and tried. I truly wanted to love it because the reviews are great! Ove is a 59 year old grumpy recluse, who lost his wife 4 years prior to cancer. He is on a mission to do something, (what, you will have to wait & see!) Ove is interrupted time after time by neighbors, who need his help. The book was by no means, bad. It was just very humdrum, to me. But like I said the reviews were great! So if you’re still curious after this review, give it a shot. But do let me know what ya think!


Here are a few books I’m hoping to dive into next month.. What books have you read recently??

The Third Wife, by Lisa Jewell


 

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood


 

The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand

Quick, Easy & Healthy Zoodles

I absolutely LOVE pasta! I could eat it everyday if my body would let me. What I don’t love however, are the calories & carbs that come along with it. Between my love for pasta and my kiddos requesting spaghetti & meatballs weekly, I had to find a compromise. That’s when I decided to try out noodles, “zucchini noodles“. They take half the time that it would take to boil spaghetti and they are sooo good! Even my boys love them! And believe me when I tell you, not one of us miss the pasta!

To make zoodles, you’ll need a spiralizer of some sort (I’ll link my favorites for purchase below), olive oil (I prefer olive oil spray), and figure one zucchini per person.

Start by washing your zucchini and cutting their tops off like so..

Stick your zucchini in your spiralizer and spiralize!

This is the spiralizer I use.

Here we go! Aren’t the spirals so pretty?

Next, spray some olive oil in a pan and heat to medium. If you’re using regular olive oil, use anywhere from 1 t. to 1. T. depending on how many zucchinis you’re using. For example, I use 5 and 1 T. works just fine.

Sautee noodles for 5-6 minutes and season with salt & pepper.

We enjoy ours with our favorite cherry tomato sauce, my recipe here. And usually either meatballs or ground turkey.  You can also ground up some hamburger for a yummy zoodle bolognese! The options are endless! Have fun with it and enjoy indulging unless amounts of zoodles!

In case you missed it above, here is the spiralizer I use..

And here are a few that I’m looking into purchasing. Click to view and or purchase 🙂

Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 electric Spiralizer

How neat is this one? It can make zuchini spaghetti, linguini, or ribbon. It’s also relatively compact in comparison to a few of the others and it seems to do all of the work for you!


 Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer, Strongest and Heaviest Duty, best Veggie Pasta & Spaghetti 


Here are some fun spiralizer cookbooks!! I ordered this one..

 

& this one looks neat too!

Also Check Out  Quick & Delicious Cherry Tomato Sauce

Delicious Harvest Apple Cobbler


It’s Fall y’all! See how I did that? haha! The weather is finally below 172 degrees (okay maybe I exagerated) and we are loving it! When I think of fall, apples always come to mind! In the past my go to apple treats would be something along the lines of pie, apple crisp, apple bread.. But you guys, I have just created the ultimate, best ever, Delicious Harvest Apple Cobbler and I promise you, it will be your new fave too!

If you follow along on my Instagram account, then you know that we have the best neighbors ever. I’m not being biased, it’s a plain fact.  There’s a handful of them that are always sharing veggies from their garden, meat from their work, lemons from their lemon tree, homemade goodies or just good ol fashioned cups of sugar when needed. It’s pretty wonderful. So back to my point, one of our neighbors brought over a huge bag of Granny Smith apples and my lightbulb immediately went on (insert lightbulb emoji). That’s when this Delicious Harvest Apple Cobbler was born.

*Note: In the recipe I state that you can use any apples preferred. However I do recommend Granny Smith because the tarteness balances out the sweetness just perfectly!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease your chosen cobbler dish. Start by peeling, coring & slicing your apples, and then top with your brown sugar & cinnamon. Place in your prepared dish, set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine your flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, & salt. Whisk your eggs and add in as well. Melt your butter & once cooled, mix into your mixture. It will be a wet but thick crumbly consistency. With your fingers, crumble mixture over the top of the cinnamon, sugar coated apples.

Does that look heavenly or WHAT?!

Bake in your preheated 350 degree oven for 45-1 hour. Enjoy warm with vanilla cream!

Delicious Harvest Apple Cobbler
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
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Total time: 
Serves: 8-10
 
Ingredients
  • 6 C. cored, peeled & sliced apples of your choice (I used Granny Smith)
  • 2 C. flour
  • 2 C. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ C. (1 stick) of butter
  • ½ C. brown sugar
  • 1 T. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Start by peeling, coring, and cutting your apples into ½ inch slices
  2. Place them in a bowl, with your brown sugar & cinnamon. Toss to coat & set aside
  3. In a large bowl, mix your flour, granulated sugar, baking powder & salt
  4. Crack & whisk your eggs. Now add to your flour mixture
  5. Melt your butter & once cooled, add to your flour & egg mixture
  6. It should be a wet, course consistency
  7. In your dish of choice, spray with non stick spray then add your brown sugar & cinnamon coated apples
  8. Cover your apples with your crust mixture by crumbling it over the top
  9. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-1 hour
Notes
Enjoy warm with vanilla ice cream to maximize enjoyablilty!
 

Linked below are a few of my favorite kitchen tools to make this recipe! Just click to view 🙂

Apple Corer 

This is something I use weekly for coring apples for snacks salads, etc. Great price point at under $10.00!

 


Electric Peeler

Again, something I use all the time! Very convenient and user friendly!


 

3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set

I love this glass mixing set. They’re shallow enough a little nicer than the pyres bowls we all grew up to knew & love.


 

Emile Henry Ceramic Baker

This is hands dow, my very favorite baking dish!! I also own the pie dish and the loaf pan. It’s beautifully crafted and I always get a ton of compliments when I use anything from this line!

 

Same dish, different color option

 

And there ya go! Hope you enjoyed this post and please share what you think of the cobbler when ya make it!

The Perfect Banana Bread

I don’t know about you guys, but I love love love a warm piece of banana bread with my coffee on these nice cooler mornings. In fact who am I kidding, I love TWO pieces of banana bread with my coffee..ha!

However, it can be quite tricky trying to find a great recipe. The perfect banana bread to me is packed full of banana flavor, (you’d be surprised how many I’ve tried that don’t even taste like banana). It also needs to be moist & dense, but not soggy. It’s a tricky feat my friends. But don’t you worry, I’ve done all the footwork for you and I think that I’ve found the PERFECT banana bread. Go ahead, make it yourself.. I promise you’ll agree!

The key to the perfect banana bread is very very ripe, almost brown, bananas. If your bananas aren’t quite ready yet, place them in a 300 degree oven, on a cookie sheet for about 30 minutes or so. Let cool, then peel. The banana’s skin will be black but thats okay, the bananas will be perfectly “ripe” and ready for your bread!

 

The Perfect Banana Bread
Recipe type: Bread
Prep time: 
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Ingredients
  • 2 C. all purpose flour
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1¼ C. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ C. vegetable oil
  • 2 T. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 3 ripe, mashed bananas
Instructions
  1. Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine your egg, sugar & oil and stir until smooth.
  3. Mix your flour, baking soda & salt then add to your egg mixture. The mixture will be thick.
  4. Now add your vanilla, milk, and mashed bananas. Stir until well combined.
  5. Spray your loaf pan with non stick spray, and add your mixture.
  6. Bake for 55-65 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Enjoy!
Notes
OPTIONAL:
You can add ½ C. of the following if you'd like
Chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, chocolate chips or even peanut butter morsels! Change it up however you'd like:)
 

Homework Snacks 9/04-9/08 & 9/11-915

 

Hey hey everyone!! I hope you all had a wonderful week & weekend! We’re officially a month into school and we’re finally beginning to get the hang of the school day grind! It always takes a good month or so, doesn’t it?!

 Between soccer starting up and our trip to Nashville, I’m a week behind on my homework snack posts, so I thought I’d combine the last two weeks together for ya.

Hope you enjoy!

Cheesy, Beefy Taco Rolls, recipe via www.iwashyoudry.com

These were delicious!! Even my two year old had one! I actually saved the left over rolls, and packed them in their lunches the next day. (Click the link above for the full recipe.)

Served with mild salsa & guacamole. I like to make our guac fresh with a few avocados, salt, and minced garlic. When I’m in a pinch (or don’t have avocados on hand) I keep wholly Molly packets in my freezer and thaw them out quickly in a bowl of hot water. They always save the day!


These were two different days shown below..

Fresh fruit & hard boiled eggs//

Apple slices w/ peanut butter & Nutella, topped with raisins and granola!


This might just be my personal favorite…

Grilled cheese Sticks with marinara for dipping & pickles on the side!

Prepare a grilled cheese the way you normally would. (I like to spread dijon mustard on the insides of the bread for MINE-it’s sooo good!) Then slice your sandwich into sticks. Warm up a bit of marinara, tomato sauce or soup, for the ‘whole grilled cheese, tomato soup concept.’ So yummy!


Berry & banana smoothies! Super easy just blend together 1 C. frozen mixed berries, 1 banana, 1 C. of ice and desired amount of milk ( we use almond milk) If you need to sweeten it, I recommend adding a bit of honey or agave!


This one was soooo yummy but a little fancier than I like to do for homework snacks.. However I made it one morning and the boys kept picking at it, so homework snack it was!

It is a Focaccia with oranges, grapes & rosemary

Original recipe here, The original recipe calls for fennel & fennel seed. I went with green grapes & rosemary! Finished it off with a drizzle of honey.


A weekly must in our house..Good ol’ Salami, cheese & crackers!


& here it is..My boys’ all time favorite snack…APPLE NACHOS!

Thinly sliced apples, topped with drizzled, melted peanut butter, raisins, and white chocolate chips! These are so fun and super yummy! Get creative with them. I’ve added granola, mini marshmallows, m&ms, use whatever you have on hand!

And there ya go! Also, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the homework tray we keep on our table so keep your eyes peeled for a homework tray post, with all the details on that, coming soon!

What are some favorite creative snacks in your household?? Please share below!

Our trip to Nashville!

How was everyone’s week?? The hubby and I just got home from Nashville Tuesday. A little work & a little play! We had the very best time! Lot’s of food, cocktails, dancing, laughing, golfing, shopping, sleeping in, staying out late… All things FUN! Needless to say I have been dragging since we got home. But the show must go on! So here’s some pics & deets from our quick trip. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday we arrived just in time to check into our hotel, freshen up and meet our friends at ‘Kayne Prime’ for dinner. It is such a cool restaurant. Very hip & trendy but still super nice and elegant.

We ordered the popcorn buttered lobster as an appetizer. It’s exactly as described. Buttery lobster topped with buttery popcorn. It was interesting but really good! We also ordered the housemate bacon which was pork belly w/ black peppercorn served over maple cotton candy. Insane right?? It was the perfect compliment to one another, a true culinary experience!

Sunday we went FGL house for brunch. FGL house is a really cool, 3 story restaurant & bar owned and named after Florida Georgia Line. It was really impressive! The downstairs was a very sportier-esque vibe, the middle floor was a little calmer but same idea and the third & final floor was in an in-door outdoor, roof top bar.

When in…Nashville?

& what’s brunch without mimosas? These were really fun served w/ a popsicle!

After brunch we went up to the roof top to watch the rest of the Raider v. Titans game that was actually happening right next door to us!

Sunday evening we rode in a golf cart uber around town to our dinner destination..It was a blast!

Monday the guys played in a golf tournament so my girlfriend Claire & I went exploring. We started off with lunch at this trendy Mexi restaurant called ‘Bar Taco’. It is phenomenal. So good and has a very hipster vibe goin on. The menu is here behind these hot sauces. You look through and check off the items you’d like to order. They had a lunch special going on where you can choose three tacos, and either soup or a salad for $9.99, that’s what I went with!

 Obviously we had to order the chips & guac! Loved this presentation. Warm, fresh tortilla crips & delicious guacamole, served on a small tray.

I chose 2 Baja fish tacos & 1 pork carnitas. The pork was by far my fave! It was marinated in a delicious pineapple sauce. Soooo good!

And we couldn’t have a leisurely Mexican lunch without a margarita in hand! We went with their basic margarita that tasted anything but basic.

After lunch we walked around and found Reese Witherspoon’s store called Draper James. It is darling! Right when you walk in, you are greeted by a sales associate offering you ‘sweet tea while you shop’. How cute is that? To me the store is very southern meets Hamptons. Very clean, lots of white & blues. Just all around adorable!

Here I am in Draper James, super excited because I found one of my favorite bloggers new books!

Click here to order yours!

We also stopped in at Sprinkles. It was my very first time if you can believe that!! We couldn’t decide on what to go with so we went with 3. Their best selling, which is Red Velvet. Then the vanilla milk chocolate, and the black & white. I was hoping to try the lemon but they were out. Boo!

Hubby and I at the golf tournament awards assembly.

 & here’s Claire and I at dinner Monday night.

We had an amazing meal at a restaurant called ‘Oak Steakhouse’.

 

 

My Summer ’17 Book Review

Summer has come and gone but one thing that’s stickin’ around is my love for reading! As a teen, and young adult, I loved to read! But once I started having kids, I put my love for reading on the back burner as it was no longer a hobby that I had time to indulge in. A few months ago I made the decision to start reading again and I’m so so happy that I did!

I read a total of 8 books this summer. I tried to go back & forth between light/ easy reads, and a bit heavier, more complex books. Here’s what I read, and what I thought of them!

Click the book or title to purchase for yourself:)

The Shack, by Paul Young

This book has been so hyped up since it first came out, so there was no question about whether or not to read it! It’s a heart wrenching story about a father named Mac, who takes his children on a camping trip only to have his youngest daughter, abducted and brutally murdered. Years later, Mac receives an invitation from God asking him to join him in the same shack where his Missy was murdered. This book really tugs at your heart strings and also offers a lot of hope as well as peace during the hardest of times in life.

Nantucket Nights, by Elin Hilderbrand 

This was my first Elin Hilderbrand read and let me just say that I am a huge fan!! Though this novel isn’t very long, it makes up for it with its super juicy storyline! Kayla, Antoinette & Val, longtime girlfriends and residents of Nantucket have a tradition to night swim (naked.. while enjoying champagne)  in the ocean on the same night, every year.  Only this year, one of the women, swims away and doesn’t return. Meanwhile, secrets are unfolding and lives are changing. This book was an easy, fast read that I absolutely could not put down!!

Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris

 This novel was intense from beginning to end. If you like thrillers, I highly suggest this one! The story really draws you in, from the beginning by telling you all about this newly married couple, where the husband, Jack, is a super handsome and highly lawyer who represents battered women. Money, looks & charm. Grace is the perfect, stay at home wife. Beautiful, always perfectly put together and seems to do and have it all!  Well, thats where the title comes in. And I’ll leave it at that!

The Rumor, by Elin Hilderbrand

This was my second Elin Hilderbrand book and though I loved the first one mentioned above, I think I liked this one even more!! Grace and Madeline seem to have it all. Perfect marriages, money, happy & healthy children but this summer, something has profoundly changed and Madeline, a struggling author, is about to make her come back by writing all about it! This book is sure to keep you entertained from start to finish!

The Blue Bistro, by Elin Hilderbrand

Are you seeing a pattern here? I’ll admit, I was on a bit of a Hilderbrand craze this summer! This one was good but it did take a bit longer for something to “happen” in this novel. The story just goes a bit slower than the earlier too. Adrienne comes to Nantucket in search of a job when she meats a man named Thatcher who just so happens to be part owner of the Blue Bistro, hottest restaurant on Nantucket Island. I love love love reading about the delicious food the restaurant serves. 

The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware

This is another one I’ve been dying to read because it’s been heavily promoted! In my opinion it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad either. It took a long time for the plot to thicken, but once it did, there were a few major twists that I really enjoyed!! Lo Blacklock is a journalist who gets the offer of her career, to attend an event on a luxury cruise ship. What starts as a dream come true quickly becomes a nightmare when Lo witnesses someone being thrown overboard. It’s suspenseful, frightening and a bit disturbing but not too extreme!

The Love Season, by Elin Hilderbrand

Okay, did I tell you or what? I am totally hooked on this author!! This story takes place in a 24 hour time span. However the author does a great jo going back in time to recall memories to provide missing information. An enjoyable read about love, friendships and family.

 

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train may have been my favorite in its genre! When I say I could not put this book down, I’m not being dramatic, I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! It was so interesting the way the author went back & forth between past & present. The story is told from three different perspectives. Rachel, Megan, and Anna. One of them goes missing, one of them witnesses an affair in which seems to be at the center of the first woman’s tragedy, and the third woman is living a life that is not at all what she thought it was, in the very worst way possible. And somehow, the three women are connected. It’s so good!!

I definitely suggest you give a few, if not all, of these books a shot! Here’s a few others that I plan to read in the next few months..

Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

 

What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty

 

The Third Wife, by Lisa Jewel

What are some books you look forward to reading soon?? Please share in the comments below!