BOTM & The Grownup By: Gillian Flynn

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So, I am a member of Book of the Month (BOTM). For those of who aren’t familiar, basically, this works like one of those subscription box memberships, except this is totally better because it’s books & you get to choose which ones you receive. I literally fly through books so this is great for me because I can choose up to 3 brand new hardcover books at a discount. Clicking my link above will allow you to snag your first 3 months for $9.99 a month plus you get a FREE cute BOTM tote bag. I use mine for all my library loot.

Anywho, The Grown Up By Gillian Flynn

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was a perfect little FREE gift included in one of my monthly boxes. Gillian Flynn is the Chicago author who wrote Gone Girl. She’s brilliant. The Grownup is a short, 62 pages. But, guys, this book was awesome!
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Like, what?
I literally caught myself nervously glancing around the lunchroom paranoid that someone would see what I was reading & be like… “what is this girl into?”
Many twists & turns later, I closed the book. My feelings on Gillian Flynn completely solidified. She’s a master at giving you emotional whiplash.

Big Mac Casserole

Ingredients:

Casserole:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 can refrigerated biscuits
  • 2 cups grated mild cheddar cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste

Homemade Special Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. minced onion
  • 4 Tbsp. minced bread & butter pickles
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. sugar

Garnish:

  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • dill pickles, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the ingredients for special sauce & set aside.
  3. In a medium skillet on medium heat, brown the ground beef. Drain grease & add back to skillet. Salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Spread beef into an 8×8 baking dish.
  5. Slice refrigerated biscuits in half so you have 10 equal round halves.
  6. Sprinkle cheese over the ground beef.
  7. Top with biscuit halves.
  8. Place casserole in the oven & bake until biscuits are done (about 30 minutes).
  9. Garnish casserole with lettuce & pickles. Spoon special sauce over top & serve.

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube Pillsbury Pizza Crust
  • Pepperoni slices
  • 10 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • Optional: marinara sauce and/or ranch dressing for dipping

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450*.
  2. Spread dough out on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cut the dough into 10 equal size rectangles.
  3. Arrange desired amount of pepperoni slices on each rectangle & top with mozzarella cheese stick.
  4. Roll up the dough, pinching the seams closed.
  5. Combine melted butter, garlic powder & parsley in a small bowl. Brush the pizza sticks with the butter mix.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Enjoy warm with a side of marinara or ranch.

I Let You Go By: Clare Mackintosh

I let you go

Holy crap did this book bring back some painful memories.
With a history of being a victim of domestic violence, Clare Mackintosh sucked me in big time. Mackintosh floods you with the gripping emotions of what it’s like to feel a complete loss of control over yourself & your own freedom.
The twist in this book is so intense, I wasn’t able to put it down.
This intense story really calls into question whether or not you can truly escape your past.
I highly, highly recommended!