What I’m Into July 2016

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Happy civic holiday, folks. July has wrapped up and, mercifully, the last few days haven’t been so hot that I felt like I might die. I was even able to use my oven! I am once again linking up with Leigh Kramer to share some of what I’ve been into this month.

Reading

I devoured Jessica Khoury’s The Forbidden Wish in one sitting. It was a stunning take on Aladdin. If you’ve been following my WII posts for awhile, you know I’m a sucker for redone fairy tales, and I’m pretty sure this one cracks my top 10. Definitely recommended.

Watching

I caught The BFG with my sister in theatres earlier this month, and thought it was delightful. My other movie of the month, Christian Mingle: The Movie, was much less delightful, but I fully expected that and just wanted something to hate-watch. It did not disappoint on that score.

TV-wise, I’ve been catching up on this season of UnREAL, and it’s so much darker than anything I’m used to. Simultaneously fascinating and terrifying. Rachel’s character in particular scares me because of how she convinces herself that all the manipulation and awfulness is really for the greater good. My husband and I also watched through all three seasons of Silicon Valley (I enjoyed it, but also found it painful to watch at times, because so many of their problems could have been very easily avoided with just slightly more social or business competence). We then started on Veep (amusing, but I miss the optimism of The West Wing) and the new season of Orphan Black.

Listening

My sister introduced me to I Am They and I’ve really been enjoying their music. It’s something between Rend Collective and All Sons and Daughters.

Cooking

Peach season has officially started! I celebrated by making this grilled peach and bacon salad with buttermilk dressing.

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I also made and loved this pavlova for my husband’s birthday. The lemon curd folded into the whipped cream took it over the top. Or, if you’re looking for a healthier summer dessert (and gluten and dairy free), these chocolate-covered kiwi popsicles were pretty adorable. On the side dish front, these green beans with frizzled prosciutto and gouda (I used smoked gouda) were stunning. As usual, you can find all my favourite recipes of the month on my monthly What I’m Into Pinterest board.

That’s it for me for the month. Be sure to head over to Leigh’s blog for more link-up contributions.