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My Summer Quarantine Reads

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I absolutely love books. Reading has always been such a hobby of mine and I have the worst habit of spending way too much at any bookstore. But if we're being honest books are one of the few things that have managed to keep me sane during this crazy quarantine time. I've been reading a ton these past few months and have really blown though some absolute gems. So I wanted to share!

Y'all I'm obsessed with this book. It's the perfect cozy read that really reminds you of Christmas. It follows a baker from Boston who suddenly has to relocate to a small town in Vermont. It's filled with the most colorful characters that made this such an easy read.

When I first started this book I had no idea it was going to be as great as it was.  I bought this book on a whim because it was on the Target recommendations list. But I'm so so glad I did. This book is such an addicting read and there were so many nights I absolutely couldn't put it down.

I love Mary Kay Andrews, she writes the most absolutely wonderful summertime reads and The High Tide Club was no different. I love that the majority of her books are based in the cutest small southern towns and are always complete with the best spunky protagonists. The High Tide Club tells the story of a group of friends whose friendship becomes interwoven in a mystery that spans decades.

In a nutshell, this is the story of a woman who swears she's being stalked by her husband's first wife. But here's the thing, his first wife is dead. I expected this book to be a bit cheesy at best, but I was hooked. If you love thrillers, you'll love this one as well. 

This story was my absolute worst nightmare of having a mother-in-law that just wants to completely destroy you. A book that gets more complicated with every chapter and a read made for curling up on your couch with a glass of wine.

 I've linked every book on Amazon for y'all to check out as they usually have the best prices in my opinion. I hope y'all enjoy hearing about books on the blog because I'd love to start a monthly newsletter with my favorite reads and recipes for y'all. Let me know if this is something you'd like or would subscribe to! 

Until Next Time,

Pink Strawberry Pie

It's no secret that I love the color pink. From pink clothes to pink drinks, I'm all about it. So when I stumbled across a photo of a pink pie I was absolutely inspired. So today, I'm sharing my recipe for pink strawberry pie!

- 2 Pie Crusts (Pre-made or made from scratch)
- 1/3 cup of brown sugar
- 1/3 cup of white sugar
- 1/4 cup corn starch
-  6 cups of strawberries cut in fourths
-  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- pink food coloring of your choice
- 9.5-inch pie pan

Step One: Dye your pie crust
Take your pie crust and roll into a ball, add a few drops of pink food color. Knead the color into the dough by pulling it apart and pushing it back together. Repeat this process until the dough has turned a light pink. Roll out one of your pie crusts and place it in your pan. Set the other to the side.

Step Two: Make your pie filling 
In a large bowl combine strawberries, both sugars, corn starch, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until strawberries are completely coated. Pour contents into the pie crust. Do not pour in excess juice if you have it as it will just make the pie soupy.

Step Three: Making & placing lattice. 
Roll out your second pie crusts and use a knife or pizza cutter to cut into even strips. Aim for about 2 inches. Place about five strips across your pie horizontally. Try to use every other strip. Take your remaining strips and weave through vertically in an alternating pattern. Cut away excess dough.

Step Four: Baking
Apply an egg wash and bake at 400 degrees for twenty minutes then at 375 degrees for twenty more minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

And that's it! I've really been enjoying posting fun recipes, so I hope you enjoy this one too!

Until Next Time,

My New Puppy + Puppy Essentials!

Hi friends, if you follow me on Instagram you'll have noticed a new furry face popping up here and there. This is my sweet new puppy Charleston, or Charlie for short. 

All about Charlie

Charlie is a 9 week old shorkie, which means he's half Shih Tzu and half Yorkshire Terrier. He's about 3 lbs right now but you'd never know it by the sheer amount of personality crammed into his little body. When he's not running around the house, he's figuring out the next thing he can climb on
or bite.

What's it really like having a puppy
I'm going to be 100% honest with y'all, it's hard. Charlie used to wake up at 3:00 in the morning and then again at 6am. He sometimes gets pretty bitey and most things I've tried haven't really worked. He's only about 60% potty trained so I also clean up my fair share of accidents. Not to mention its definitely very expensive. From buying food, to vaccines, to all the little random things I'd never realized a dog would need it's a lot.

But, he's also made me more discplined, more understanding and so much more patient. I won't say there haven't difficult moments, but I will say he makes it worth it. My best advice to any new dog parent is first to strive for routine, getting up at the same time, lunch at the same time etc. Then secondly, wait until you have the time to devote to training. This is advice I definitely wasn't willing to listen to at first, but I'm so glad I did. Charlie definitely takes up all of my attention.

Puppy Essentials
When I found out I was getting a puppy, I was super overwhelmed at all the things I could and should buy. I tried to look up lists but if we're being honest there are so many things those lists left out that I definitely use on a regular basis for Charlie. So I though I'd round up the top ten things I use everyday for Charlie.

Keep in mind these are things that I've bought for my extra small puppy. You'll definitely have to make adjustments depending on your dog size and breed. If you have any questions about shorkies or raising a puppy I'd love to answers your questions! Although I've only been a dog mom for two weeks now.

I hope this post was helpful and gave you a little insight into what my life is like as a dog mom!

Until Next Time,