Meet the Real Nora Ephron in ‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’ [REVIEW]

Nora Ephron and her three biggest hits

Nora Ephron stole America’s heart with three of the most beloved romantic comedies ever produced.
(Photo of Nora Ephron by David Shankbone, Flickr/When Harry Met Sally… poster courtesy Columbia Pictures/Sleepless in Seattle poster courtesy TriStar Pictures/You’ve Got Mail poster courtesy Warner Bros.)

How does a tough-as-nails New York journalist become one of the most powerful players in Hollywood? Find out in Erin Carlson’s revealing new book about the one and only Nora Ephron, aptly titled I’ll Have What She’s Having: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy.  Read more of this post

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What to Watch on Netflix: October 2016

Netflix October 2016 films

Netflix is bringing back some of our all-time favorite movies this October. (Pictured left to right: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic, and Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone in Sphere. (Photos courtesy Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and Warner Bros.)

Since we ditched cable and decided to stream television shows and movies via Netflix, we look forward to seeing how the service changes up its lineup each month. This October, some of our favorites return for what should be a very entertaining month. Read more of this post

A Thrilling Barbara Stanwyck Double Feature

Barbara Stanwyck

Studio portrait of American actor Barbara Stanwyck (1907 – 1990) leaning forward on an ottoman and wearing a fur coat and diamond necklace,1949. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

One of my favorite film actresses of all time is the inimitable Barbara Stanwyck. If you’re not a classic movie buff like I am, you may not remember that she was once more than just a television star. TV audiences likely recognize her for playing iconic roles like Constance Colby Patterson in The Colbys (a spinoff from the 1980s hit Dynasty with Joan Collins) and Victoria Barkley in the 1960s western series The Big Valley (with Linda Evans). But before she turned to television, Stanwyck led a very successful career as a movie star and was nominated for the Oscar four times. Read more of this post

Winter Magic and Mystery

Writing a letter with a pen

This December, discover the magic and mystery of the winter season.

December 2011

Dear Friends,

Last month faded silently into the past as we embraced December and started the final chapter of yet another year in our lives. Unfortunately, with the new month came a horrible cold and bronchial cough that takes nearly forever to shake. At last I’m on the mend though, and just in time too!

As for so many of you, December is a hectic but joyful month filled with plans to see friends and family. We were supposed to start this month with a visit to Arkansas to watch our dear friend Regenia exchange wedding vows with her new sweetie. But illness knocked me upside the head like a breadbox and rendered me immobile, so we were homebound and I slept the week away. Don’t you hate it when that happens? I guess we’ll just have to catch up with them during our next visit or hope that they head east and pop in on us.

Because I’ve been sick, we haven’t been doing a whole lot of cooking either. What’s the point when you don’t want anything more than broth and crackers? But Heather did whip up a few dishes when I was feeling up to eating, so you’ll see those in the days to come. Cranberry Zucchini Muffins, Macaroni and Cheese, and White Bean Chicken Chili are a few of the recipes you can look forward to.

We’ll be cooking up plenty of foods later this month, however, when we host our annual winter game day event. This is one of our most beloved gatherings, as our house is packed with good friends from morning till night. The event is very casual, we watch movies, play games, and laugh until our sides ache. We’re also incorporating a recipe exchange this year, so for every dish our guests bring, we ask them to provide the corresponding recipe so we can share them with everyone in attendance. We may even feature some of those yummy recipes here this year, so stay tuned.

One of the perks of being homebound with a cold is that I always have plenty of time to read. This month I’ve discovered new authors, rode a rollercoaster of suspense and solved a baffling mystery. In a few days, you’ll find out more about this thrilling novel when we announce our new book club selection. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Something I can share with you now, however, is great savings. We’ve been working hard to build our collection of retailers so we can feature our favorite products and brands with you at exceptionally low prices. Simply visit our Shopping page and you’ll discover great deals on everything from books to gourmet treats, stylish clothing to kitchen gadgets and vacation packages, all at rock-bottom prices!

Whether you’re shopping, diving into a good book, cooking up a storm or getting together with friends and family, we hope you have fun this December. Enjoy your time off, take in a movie or two (we can’t wait to see the new installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise and new Spielberg adventures TinTin and War Horse), and settle into the winter season. This is the perfect time of year to relax, recharge and indulge in a season filled with winter songbirds, snowball fights, snowmen, eggnog, snow angels or piping hot cocoa by a flame-filled hearth. Whatever you’re doing, make it memorable and enjoy the magic of the moment.

Love,
Jathan & Heather

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White Chocolate Crunch Bars

White Chocolate Crunch Bars

Combining sweet white chocolate, crunch peanut butter, crispy cereal and salty pretzels, our White Chocolate Crunch Bars are perfect for satisfying movie night cravings.

We love movies! Whether we’re watching Hugh Jackman swing his fists with robot boxers in Real Steel, Daniel Craig kick alien butt in Cowboys & Aliens, or Chris Evans save the world from Nazi terror in Captain America, when we’re on the edge of our stadium seats at the cinema or relaxing on our overstuffed sofa at home, we’re usually craving something salty and sweet while we cheer for our favorite Hollywood heroes. While dumping our M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces into our popcorn may satisfy our cravings, we’ve also found that our homemade White Chocolate Crunch Bars do the trick too, and without the high price tag. A blend of white chocolate, crunchy peanut butter, Rice Krispies and salty pretzels delivers a treat your whole family will love to munch during even the most intense action flick. Just serve with your favorite soft drink and you’re ready for a night at the movies!

PREP: 2 minutes
COOK: 3 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows
  • 12 ounces crunchy peanut butter
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 2 cups mini pretzels, broken into pieces
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a 9- by 13-inch baking dish with parchment paper and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add marshmallows and peanut butter to pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is melted and begins to bubble, about 3 minutes.
  3. Remove pot from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients until well combined. Transfer to prepared baking dish and smooth top using a spatula. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Use parchment to lift bars from baking dish. Transfer to cutting board and cut into square to serve.

YIELDS: 12 bars

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