Welcome to Friday! Is it me or do the weeks just seem to fly by incredibly fast once the fall hits. Before we know it, we'll be blasting Christmas music (can't say that I haven't already considered it) and wrapping presents. Lately, I've really been on the true crime bandwagon and seeking out all sorts of spooky, scary murder stories. Perhaps that makes me a creep, but I do love a good morbid story. I finally watched The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey (did you see it?) and have been obsessively listening to podcasts that do even further deep dives on the case, in addition to some other real creepy, Halloween-ready podcasts that I'll be rounding up for you next week. This weekend, we have plans with friends and possibly even sneaking away to see The Girl on the Train accompanied by a yummy dinner. I'm so ready for it!
I wanted to try out a new Friday segment called Plate Half Full/Half Empty, where each week I'll talk about something that I'm loving (half full) and something that I'm not loving so much (half empty). Many of my favorite podcasts do this and I've been wanting to give it a try!
Plate half empty: Caramel apple fails. I found this sweet little recipe last week and had planned to make them for brunch at my aunt's house on Sunday. It seemed like the perfect little sweet treat that even Penelope could help with and wouldn't take a ton of time in the kitchen. I did everything as instructed but the caramel REFUSED to stick to the apples beyond the first 30 seconds. Penelope and I melon-balled our hearts out on our stash of orchard apples, but all I was left with was a raw apple on a stick, sitting in a puddle of caramel that was great for devouring on the spot, but left a whole lot to be desired before that. I wish I had a photo. It was sad. Any tips or tricks on this?
Plate half full: The Night Of. I'm a little behind the times on this one, but Shaun and I finally got around to starting this limited series from HBO. We are only 3 episodes in, but plan to really deep dive this weekend (no spoilers!). It is so beautifully produced and incredibly anxiety-ridden. A great show for those of you who are looking for something post-Making a Murderer/Serial. It's a fictional show, but is in a similar vain, outlining the holes in our justice system. Highly recommend!
And finally, here are some links I'm loving this week:
an investigation into why we love the PSL so very much
5 ways to style a comfy sweater
this apple crumb cake would be great to use up all of those orchard apples
how adorable are these bride of frankenstein twinkie pops?
I love these tips for updating a living room with ease and on the cheap
food porn alert: this rose apple pistachio tart is droolworthy
these dinner party conversation starters are going into my entertaining arsenal
feeling so inspired by this lettering technique and actually feeling like maybe I could do it?
how many of these top 100 TV shows have you seen? I got 56 of 100 and am now hanging head in shame.