This post may get a little wordy but its been awhile. I’ve taken a bit of a summer break from the blog as we’ve been out of town the majority of July. Five days after arriving  home from the beach we left to spend 2 1/2 weeks at our mountain cabin. It was a revolving door of friends and family joining us throughout and I’m fully embracing the free-spirited days of summer.

We celebrated my husband’s 40th birthday and my 35th birthday on our trip. I managed to surprise him with a small dinner with family and a few close friends but overall our celebrations were pretty low key. As for Jason’s gift I bought him 40 different beers from a local bottle shop and this cooler, which we’re finding is just as good as a Yeti without the sticker price.

Despite how busy the past couple of weeks have been I still managed to read 4 books in July. I finally started the first book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, Still Life by Louise Penny. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this mystery series and I plan to continue reading them. The setting takes place in a charming little town in Canada with quirky characters and a suspenseful story. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads

Confess is the second book I’ve read by Colleen Hoover and I had no problem devouring them in no time at all. This is a lighter book and what I consider to be the perfect summer read. It’s a love story with several twist and turns that makes it fun to read and unpredictable. 4 out of 5 stars.

This is How It Always Is  by Laurie Frankel is a book that will make you think. Its an honest story about a transgender child and  the actions the family takes in response to this. 4 out of 5 stars

Faithful Place is another masterpiece by Tana French.  This is the third book in the Dublin Murder Series and the author does an incredible job writing a gripping and suspenseful story. 4 out of 5 stars.

In typical Friday fashion I’ve pulled together a few things around the web that caught my attention. I’ll be back next week with new recipes to share. Have a wonderful weekend.

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

I love this recipe for homemade cereal

22 Novels that are crying out to be turned into films
There are several titles here I would love to see as a movie.

These muffins will be a hit in our house.

This quinoa bowl is on the menu for next week.