Iain Reid’s ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ Is Seriously Creepy [REVIEW]

Farmhouse in winter

In Iain Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things, a ramshackle farmhouse in the middle of nowhere may be the creepiest home since Norman Bates took up residence at the top of the hill in Psycho. (Photo by Teresa Alexander-Arab, Flickr)

Have you ever read a book that was brilliantly written, and yet so shocking in its denouement, it left you feeling so ponderous you simply had to talk about it with friends to make sense of it all? Iain Reid’s debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, is one such book. Read more of this post

Spicy Homemade Pickles [RECIPE]

Spicy Homemade Pickles

Beware the pickle! These bad boys are so delicious, you may develop a serious pickle addiction. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Why purchase ready-made pickles at the grocer when they are so easy to make yourself? These are crisp, delicious and packed with flavor. If you’re craving a tart dill pickle, pass on this recipe, as these come out more closely resembling a sweeter (but spicier) bread and butter pickle. However, I promise if you give these babies a chance, you might begin to wonder if you’re pregnant, because you may just develop a pickle addiction. Enjoy! Read more of this post

Sandra Brown Produces Another Page Turner With ‘Sting’ [REVIEW]

Sting trailer

When a hit man is assigned to kill businesswoman Jordie Bennet, it should have been easy money. But then someone gets greedy in Sandra Brown’s STING. (Photo courtesy Grand Central Publishing, YouTube)

I love Sandra Brown! Every time I finish one of her books, I always look forward to the next, eagerly checking her website to see when I can expect to read another of her suspenseful stories. This month, Brown fans can rejoice because she has once again produced a winner with her newest release, Sting.  Read more of this post

10 of the Best Places to Eat and Drink in New Orleans [VIDEOS]

Heather drinks a Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's

Visit Pat O’Brien’s to enjoy a delicious Hurricane, the rum-based drink that has become synonymous with New Orleans. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

When friends tell us that they’re visiting New Orleans, it is almost as if they lit the gas lights on Decatur Street, because brilliant smiles spontaneously brighten our faces, illuminating our jazz-tinged memories of the Crescent City. For us, New Orleans is our happy place, that special community which wins our hearts every time we visit with its amazing smells, unforgettable sights, and mouthwatering cuisine, not to mention a soundtrack that envelopes you and seems to throb in your very soul.  Read more of this post

Stuffed Peppers [RECIPE]

Stuffed Peppers

Our grown-up stuffed peppers are a new spin on a family favorite. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Growing up, both our mothers made stuffed peppers for dinner because it was an inexpensive and wholesome meal that stretched a few ingredients to feed our families. However, I prefer this grown-up version because it incorporates sweet red peppers, flavored chicken sausage instead of beef, and Near East’s toasted pine nut couscous mix which adds a bit of spice to the filling. This recipe is pretty forgiving though, so feel free to substitute whatever ground meat you may have on hand. You can also use rice like our moms did if couscous isn’t available.  Read more of this post

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