Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell



Laurel’s teen daughter, Ellie leaves the house one day to go to the library and never returns home. Her daughters disappearance has forever altered her life, but refuses to give up hope in finding her daughter. One day she meets a charming man named Floyd. Later is introduced to his daughters - the youngest of which looks like Ellie. I don't want to give the rest away, but I highly recommend you pick this book up! 

I LOVED this book and could not put it down it was absolutely amazing! If I wasn’t reading it, I was constantly thinking about it. It’s a dark suspenseful story that will have you hooked right from the start.
 



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Something In The Water, by Catherine Steadman




I love Reese Witherspoon’s book club picks, so I decided to check this one out.

 “Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer. It takes an age. However long you think it takes, double that.” with a first sentence like that how could someone not be hooked!

Erin and Mark are a newlywed power couple.They head to Bora Bora on their honeymoon and while out scuba diving they discover ‘something in the water.’ I was glued to the pages dying to find out more to the story…but I was sadly disappointed. The big twist, in my opinion was totally predictable and some of the characters that were introduced had no purpose and the ones that were important are not developed enough, leaving the reader frustrated with many questions in the end! 

Long story short…SKIP IT

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So I totally stole this recipe from from Sarah at BromaBakery.com she has the most awesome recipes, lifestyle tips and much more. I highly suggest you check her out she's super talented, I will link her website below!

 I came across her Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and just had to try it out..nonetheless it was SPECTACULAR that being said I had to share this recipe with you all.


INGREDIENTS FOR THE CANDIED WALNUTS:


  • 3/4 cups roasted unsalted walnuts 
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • tiny pinch salt
  • tiny pinch cinnamon

INGREDIENTS FOR THE COOKIES:

  • 1/2 cup of salted butter
  • 1/2 cup of light or medium brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/4 cups of Unbleached All-Purpose White Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 5oz dark chocolate, roughly chopped (I used 3 oz of dark chocolate and it tasted just as good)


DIRECTIONS FOR THE WALNUTS:

  1. Chop walnuts roughly. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Once melted, add in brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts.
  3. Continue to cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly, until the sugar melts completely and the walnuts are well coated.
  4. Transfer to prepared cookie sheet and immediately work to spread walnuts out using a spatula. Allow to cool completely while you make the cookie batter.

DIRECTIONS FOR THE COOKIES:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Remove and pour into medium mixing bowl. (I melted my butter on the stove, which ever you prefer)
  2. Add in both sugars and mix everything together with a spatula. 
  3. Add in egg, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir to combine.
  4. Add in flour and baking soda, stirring only until just incorporated.
  5. Last, fold in chocolate and candied walnuts. (Tip: if your walnuts are bigger or sticking together, give them a quick chop again before folding in.)
  6. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, but up to 1 day.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
  8. Roll refrigerated dough into 2 inch balls and place on cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between each cookie.
  9. Bake for roughly 10 minutes. The cookies will look underbaked, but they are ready when they are puffed up and barely barely barely golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes on cookie sheet to continue to crisp up. Then, transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. 
ENJOY! xo



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