My most recent read got me thinking. Kiss Me First is author Lottie Moggach’s debut novel, and it takes you on a journey into the realm of cyberspace…and makes you think about who is behind the screen when you are communicating online.
What disturbed me most about the story was the everyday believability of the situation. If you’ve ever seen an episode of Catfish you’ll know what I’m talking about: it seems commonplace for people to pose as someone they are not when they are online. Although Kiss Me First isn’t the same type of plot as an episode of Catfish, it definitely puts you in the same, somewhat creeped out, state of mind. The main character, Leila, is an active participant on a web forum called Red Pill. When the creator of the site contacts her and contracts Leila to carry out a strange task, she agrees. Leila is hired to take over the online persona of a real woman, Tess, who wants to take her own life without her friends and family’s knowledge. As time goes on, Leila becomes more fixated and obsessed with the fake life she has created for Tess.
Well, the holiday season is officially in full swing! I’m beginning to anticipate all of the treat making that has to occur over the next few weeks. I’m sure I am not the only one: the holidays are a time when I exchange a good deal of homemade sweets. It can be a daunting process if left to the last minute. And let’s be honest: as much as I try to prepare in advance, there is always something that has to be made at the last second for some reason or another.
That’s why I like to have a few delicious and easy to make sweet treats in my back pocket for just an occasion. Or…for when I completely botch a batch of something else I was spending a long time preparing. Yeah…that’s happened too. Having an alternate plan on the back burner is pretty much necessary in my house.
I love this chocolate covered “party popcorn” for those instances. Heck, I just like this treat in general and whip up a batch pretty regularly. When you use the white chocolate melting bark to cover the popcorn, you can add food coloring to suit the holiday/event/etc. Red and green might be great for Christmas…or a nice light blue paired with white/silver/blue sprinkles. The combination is really up to you depending on the occasion, and you could even use multiple colors for extra fun! I have also added mini M&Ms in the past for some extra chocolate goodness…the combination is truly a mix and match situation!
Do you have any quick sweet treat recipes always on hand?
So, it’s the day before Thanksgiving. I don’t know about you, but typically for my household, that means tonight is an occasion to go out to dinner. There’s no sense in cooking a time consuming supper the night before one of the biggest meals of the year!
Anyway…date night it is! And I have a good reason to head out for date night: the ladies of ProjectFAB were tasked with putting together a date night outfit. Now, as much as I’d like to don a fancy dress for the occasion, it just isn’t practical in Florida (where people show up in shorts and tee shirts to fancy restaurants). This black tunic dress definitely was perfect for the occasion though! I am definitely a fan of simple pieces like this; you can dress them up or down. I know I will pair it with flats on a different day and time…it is certainly a classic “Katie” dress.
Are you prepared for this week’s holiday? I have to admit: Thanksgiving kind of snuck up on me, but I’m quite ready to spend some time relaxing and spending quality time with family.
One essential component of Thanksgiving at our house happens to be the wine. Selecting the perfect bottle (or bottles) to complement the meal is essential.
I recently had the pleasure of sampling Dead Bolt Winemaker’s Blend and found it quite pleasant! This California red wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petit Syrah, and Shiraz. The exact percentages of each are under lock and key though…or behind the “dead bolt,” if you will!