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Spokane police investigate homicide at Spokane apartment



Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are investigating an apparent homicide at an apartment in the 500 block of S. Hatch. The call came in just after noon on Sunday.

Detectives say 34-year-old black man was found dead inside his apartment.

A suspect or suspects in the case are outstanding, however detectives are currently following up on leads. They have a search warrant for the apartment, which is part of house converted into four of five apartments. The apartment manager has been contacted. There were no eyewitnesses.

Police say information at this point is extremely limited and that anyone with information should call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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Teen accused of murder in court


The case of Eldon Samuel III inches closer toward a March 2nd Trial while attorneys argue last minute motions before a jury is pooled. Over the last two days, counsel has presented a combination of five motions to a judge. None of which have received an answer, but are being considered under advisement.

Of those five motions, one that took an entire day to present was filed by Samuel’s defense attorney to suppress evidence. Defense was looking to throw out an interview between Samuel and police in which Samuel allegedly waived his Miranda Rights before admitting to killing his father and brother. The defense argues that when Samuel waived his rights he wasn’t aware of the consequences that followed and they weren’t explained by police.

“This is a young man who was crying during his interview,” says John Adams, Samuel’s public defender. “He was crying for his mother and wondering if he had to go to school the next day.”

Other motions included adding evidence that shed light on a violent relationship between Samuel and his brother. A witness with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department said in an interview with Samuel’s grandfather Samuel was described as being jealous of his younger brother and would often hit him.

The court also heard arguments on a insanity defense, a change of venue, seeking an enhanced punishment and moving the trial to Juvenile Court. It’s unclear when a judge will make a decision on these motions. The defense is hoping to meet in court again next week to discuss moving the trial back to November.

by Victor Correa, KHQ Local News Reporter

Seahawks Come Back, Beat Packers 28-22 In NFC Championship



SEATTLE (AP) — Never doubt the resilience of the Seattle Seahawks.

Plagued by turnovers and outplayed much of Sunday by Green Bay, the Seahawks staged an improbable comeback and beat the Packers 28-22 in overtime. Russell Wilson, who struggled until the final minutes, hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into the extra period to end the game.

The Seahawks became the first defending champion to make the Super Bowl in 10 years, and will play the winner of the AFC title game between Indianapolis and New England. How they got there was stunning.

Seattle (14-4) trailed 19-7 with about four minutes remaining and had been ineffective on offense all game. Wilson finally put a drive together with passes to Doug Baldwin and Marshawn Lynch – initially ruled a touchdown but called back because he stepped out of bounds. Wilson finished with a 1-yard scoring run to cut the lead to 19-14 with 2:09 left.

The onside kick went high to Packers tight end Brandon Bostick, but he couldn’t gather it, and Seattle’s Chris Matthews recovered at the 50. The crowd, which had been quiet since falling behind 16-0, came alive and Lynch sped and powered his way to a 24-yard TD run. On the 2-point conversion, Wilson – about to be sacked – threw a desperate pass hauled in by Luke Willson to make it 22-19 with 1:25 remaining.

Aaron Rodgers, limping on an injured calf, calmly led the Packers (13-5) down the field to set up Mason Crosby’s fifth field goal, a 48-yarder with 14 seconds to go to force overtime.

Then Wilson and Kearse struck, with Kearse – the target on all four of Wilson’s interceptions – beating Tramon Williams on the winning pass. Kearse caught the winning score in last year’s conference title win over San Francisco, too.

“Just making the plays at the end and keep believing,” said Wilson, who was overwhelmed and sobbing after the game. “There was no doubt … we had no doubt as a team.”

Kearse, who has caught touchdown passes in four straight postseason games, and several other Seahawks leaped into the stands behind the end zone, saluting the stadium-record crowd of 68,538. Wilson ran through cameramen to jump on Kearse’s back, and defensive end Michael Bennett borrowed a bicycle from a police officer and rode around the edge of the field saluting the “12s.”

Until the final minutes, there seemed to be no doubt the Packers were headed to the big game Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona. Despite All-Pro Rodgers’ injured calf, Green Bay and its overlooked defense was carrying the day.

“It’s going to be a missed opportunity that I’ll probably think about for the rest of my career,” Rodgers said. “We were the better team today, we played well enough to win. We can’t blame anybody but ourselves.”

Special teams trickery lifted the Seahawks back into the game after falling behind 16-0. Their first touchdown came on a fake field goal when holder Jon Ryan threw 19 yards to tackle eligible Garry Gilliam in the third quarter. And Matthews’ onside kick recovery kept the Seahawks alive.

Lynch had rushed for 157 yards on 25 carries and was the one consistent offensive force Seattle had, and was crucial to both late scoring drives in regulation.

And after the Packers tied it, Seattle wouldn’t be denied in overtime, winning the coin toss and going 87 yards in six plays.

The 16-point comeback was the largest ever in a conference title game. The Colts defeated the Patriots after trailing 21-6 in 2006.

“It takes everybody and everybody had to contribute to get that done,” coach Pete Carroll said. “It was so much heart, so much belief today. Somehow, somehow we pulled it out.”

The matchup of Green Bay’s top-ranked scoring offense against the league’s stingiest defense instead was being controlled by the Packers’ ability to stop – and turn over – the Seahawks. The five giveaways were the most in the Carroll era that began in 2010.

The silence of the fans was remarkable for much of the windy, intermittently rain day. Rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had two interceptions and Green Bay sacked Wilson five times.

Yet it wasn’t enough.

“I felt our football team was a special group. They’ve been great all year,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “This is a hard one to swallow.”

Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman played much of the final quarter holding his left arm at his chest. The center of conversation after last January’s NFC championship win against the 49ers, he quietly left the field with his arm still pinned to his body, an NFC championship towel hanging off his right arm.

Rodgers didn’t shy away from throwing at Sherman, and in an early matchup of All-Pros, Rodgers’ pass to rookie Davante Adams in the end zone was snagged by Sherman.

But the Pack was right back in scoring position moments later when Clinton-Dix grabbed a tipped pass and returned it 26 yards to the Seattle 4. Fullback John Kuhn, another All-Pro, had his TD dive reversed by a replay review and Seattle held. Crosby made it 3-0.

Doug Baldwin fumbled the ensuing kickoff at his 23 and Crosby made a 19-yarder.

It didn’t get better in the first half for the hosts. Randall Cobb caught an 18-yard TD pass on the final play of the opening quarter to make it 13-0; Green Bay outgained Seattle 137-3 in the period.

The Seahawks’ initial first down came nearly eight minutes into the second quarter.

Crosby nailed a 40-yarder to conclude Green Bay’s dominant first half. Wilson was picked off three times, had a QB rating of 0.00, and Seattle was fortunate it didn’t trail by more.

Even after the fake field goal TD made it 16-7, the Seahawks didn’t seem likely to pull off the near-miracle. Yet they did, becoming the first team since New England a decade ago to return to the Super Bowl.

“I’m honored to be on this team, Wilson said. “I’m going to the Super Bowl again.”

Update: murder victim identified by Spokane County Medical Examiner



SPOKANE, Wash. -

UPDATE: The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identity and cause of death of the woman who was found dead at the Downtowner Motel. The victim is 34-year-old Shawana Wyatt. The cause of death is strangulation, and the manner is homicide.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: One woman was found dead early Thursday morning in a room at the Downtowner Motel in downtown Spokane, and police have arrested the woman’s boyfriend in connection to her murder.

Spokane police said they responded to calls about fighting coming from one of the rooms at the Downtowner around 5:50am. When they arrived minutes later, they found one woman already dead. They found the woman’s boyfriend, the man they believe is responsible for her death, later in the morning at a gas station on the north side of town. He has been identified as 36-year-old Michael W. Baesman. Baesman has been arrested for 2nd Degree Murder. Police do not believe anyone else was involved.

Spokane Police executed a search warrant of the room where the woman was found to continue their investigation.

by Allison Flicker – KHQ Local News Reporter

Ernie Sheets Found



UPDATE: Ernie Sheets has been found. Thanks to everyone who shared his photo!


SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Police are looking for a missing and endangered person who left his home yesterday after taking all his money out of savings and telling his wife he was “heading south.”

Ernie Sheets, a 75-year-old  white man with grey hair and grey eyes, suffers from dementia and takes heart medication. He is five feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 190 lbs. He was last seen in Spokane and is believed to be traveling in a 1995 Georgie Boy motorhome with the license plate number AFF6558.

Acorn Squash Fondue


In case you wanted that amazing recipe from Melissa d’ Arabian’s new book ‘Supermarket Healthy’ that you saw featured this morning on Good Day Spokane, here it is!

Acorn Squash “Fondue”

Serves 4
Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 1 hour, 10 minutes

2 acorn squash, halved, seeded, and fibers removed
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 large garlic clove, very finely chopped or pressed through a garlic press
½ cup shredded Gruyère cheese
2 slices white whole wheat bread, lightly toasted and cut into ½-inch cubes
¾ cup whole milk
Pear slices (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Sprinkle the squash halves with half the salt and pepper, then use a basting brush to coat the squash with the mustard. Sprinkle the garlic in the squash halves, spreading it around as best you can.

2. Divide half the cheese among the 4 squash halves (1 tablespoon each) and then top with the bread cubes. Sprinkle on the remaining cheese and then pour the milk over the bread, dividing it evenly among the squash halves. Gently press the bread cubes into the milk to make sure they are all saturated.

3. Place the squash halves in a baking dish or on a rimmed baking sheet and cover tightly with foil. Bake for 40 minutes, then remove the foil and continue to bake until the filling is golden brown and the squash is tender, about 30 minutes more.

4. Serve one squash half to each person, with pear slices on the side for dipping, if desired. Be sure everyone scoops up some of the filling and squash in each bite.

PER SERVING: Calories 206 / Protein 9g / Dietary Fiber 4g / Sugars 8g / Total Fat 7g

Reprinted from Supermarket Healthy: Recipes and Know-How for Eating Well Without Spending a Lot. Copyright © 2014 by Melissa d’Arabian. Photographs © 2014 by Tina Rupp. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House LLC.

Spokane Public Schools 2015 Bond and Levy


Bonds and levies pay for different things. Bonds are for building – they pay for things like facility, technology and security improvements. They can not be used to operate schools and fund programs. Levies are for learning – they pay for things like educational programs, staff, and supplies. They are a way for local communities to supplement state funding, which falls short of providing for all that is required.

In Washington, levies can pass with a simple majority approval (more than 50 percent). Bonds, however, require 60 percent approval, and 40 percent of voters from the prior general election for validation. Levies have no validation requirement.

Find more information on the Spokane Public Schools 2015 Bond and Levy HERE –>>

Rescued snowmobiler tells story of survival

MULLAN, Idaho – “I’m not a quitter,” says Barry Sadler, 54, as he eats oatmeal in a local restaurant in downtown Mullan. “But I knew there was no way I was coming out of there.”

Sadler eats breakfast with his wife, both of them can’t believe that it was only 24 hours ago that Sadler was being carried out of the mountains on Montana where he’d spent two days lost and waiting to die.

Sunday afternoon, Sadler and a few friends left on snowmobiles in Mullan to hit the trails. They had gone riding during a snow storm and quickly got disoriented. Sadler became separated from the pack and took one wrong turn, he says it all went downhill from there, literally.

“The snow gave way, and I went down. It was so steep, just a vertical shoot that took me 3,000 feet all the way to the bottom,” says Sadler.

Sadler found himself lying down in a creek with his snowmobile on top of him. A professional body builder and MMA fighter, Sadler easily pushed the vehicle off of him. Only dressed in light clothes, drenched, and lost with no food or water Sadler gave himself four hours before he was dead.

“I pulled the sled out of the ravine and took off all the panels,” says Sadler. “I thought maybe I could warm my hands, you know, just enough that way I could feel my hands and maybe find a way out.”

Using the exhaust as his only heat source, Sadler huddled around it, using it in 15 minute increments until it ran out of gas on Tuesday.

“It was the worst, freezing to death. It’s not quick, it’s drawn out, and you’re shaking so violently it hurts,” says Sadler.

On Tuesday night around 10 PM, Sadler says the snowmobile ran out of gas, and that is when he gave up any sort of hope. He says it never crossed his mind that someone would come and find him, unaware that at that time a number of people along with multiple law enforcement agencies had been searching for him for more than a day. When he finally fell asleep, he was amazed at what happened next.

“These guys shook me, I wake up and all I see are two lights and I thought they were angels,” says Sadler. “And I was kind of out of it and the only thing I asked was ‘what are you guys doing here?'”

Sadler never thought he would have breakfast again with his wife, and he’s thrilled with the second chance.

5 Terrifying Table Settings for Halloween

#1 – Disgusting and Delicious Watermelon Brain!





#2 – This Clever Pumpkin Ice Bucket!






#3 – These Cute Toothy Pumpkins!






#4 – Give Your Table Some Real Legs!



Socks and shoes aren’t just for human feet anymore!



#5 – Disgusting Dead Meat Man!



For that special gross-out factor…


Don’t Judge a Bar By Its Cover: Checkerboard Bar


Have you seen this place? You probably have. If you haven’t, you’ve probably heard of it. Sketchy bar, down on a “scary” part of Sprague… looks small from the outside. Well, if that’s all you know about the Checkerboard Bar then you’ve obviously never stepped foot inside.

According to their website Checkerboard Bar is, “both a local monument and an historic business. Located on Sprague Ave in East Central since 1933, the Checkerboard opened on the heels of prohibition and now boasts the longest continuous liquor license in the state of Washington.”



Pretty cool, right? Now let’s talk about what Checkerboard Bar is all about now. I had the opportunity to speak with Ashley Maye who is one of the owners of Checkerboard Bar. I wanted to know a bit of history, and particularly wanted to know more about the amazingly unique atmosphere they have created in this historic bar… here is what she had to say!

“We purchased the Checkerboard as a distressed property 2 1/2 years ago. This former speak easy has been in business nearly 90 years. The bar’s rich history had been somewhat marred by the run down infrastructure and high crime area where the bar is located. Formally a tavern, we upgraded our liquor license and now have the largest selection of quality spirits in Spokane. Quality is a major deal at the Checkerboard and you will taste the difference. From burgers to mixers we use only the best ingredients to satisfy even the most critical of patrons. For the last couple years we have been growing the music scene at the bar to include everything from A cappella to rock. Occasionally we even have a show on the Gazebo located in our beer garden, which is always a pleaser in those great summer nights. Have you ever met someone for the first time and within one hour of getting to know them you feel like you have actually known them for years? That’s what you get at the Checkerboard, a chill relaxing place, friendly atmosphere and a lot of awesome memories. Our commitment to safety and atmosphere has resulted in a stress free environment. “leave the beef at home.”

She’s not kidding, the music here is ridiculously eclectic. In fact, I would never have given this bar a chance had I not been playing with a noise band that was booked there (see?!)


via Facebook

Since then I have attended several concerts ranging from contemporary jazz to the prog/metal/rock group East of the Wall who you can see performing below.

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As per Facebook followers’ requests,  I have to mention the tables which are actual checkerboards so you can chill out, enjoy the music, and play chess and checkers anywhere you sit! In that same vein, you can spend hours gazing at every piece of nostalgia hanging on their walls.  From old landscapes (as seen behind the band) to pieces of 1940’s – 50’s style kitschy decor (as seen below) there’s always something that grabs your attention. new

(I should probably mention that Coke is not really 5 cents there…)

If you haven’t given this bar a chance, you’re missing out on the opportunity to have a really unique experience at one of Spokane’s greatest hidden treasures. From the patrons to the bartenders and the pool tables to the wall décor, Checkerboard Bar has an atmosphere that is so different, so comfortable and so unexpectedly alluring, you can’t quite define it in one word.

If you haven’t checked out the Checkerboard Bar yet, here’s your opportunity! Here are a few of  the events they have coming up, and with such a varied selection, I’m sure you can find at least one that fits your style!

June 20th 8:00 pm – Joe & Vicki Price & Clint Darnell

June 21st 10:00 am – 21 Windows 21 Garnish Bloody Mary Bar

June 21st 8:00 pm – Slip Stream

June 23rd 6:00 pm – Checkerboard Ghost Tour

June 24th 9:00 pm – Captain Algebra & Hot Hoodoo

June 26th 12:00 pm – 2nd Annual Budge Brothers Brewery $1 PINTS TAP TAKEOVER

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull-Apart Bread


How did we ever throw parties before Pinterest? I find something new and amazing every time I log in and this particular idea changed the way I look at appetizers forever! Allow me to introduce you to the best, easiest and yummiest dip bread and dip appetizer concept EVER (discovered on… check them out, they have a lot of awesome ideas)…

Here it is…Pull-Apart Bread!


Ok, so the concept is simple! Here’s what you’ll need for this particular recipe…

1 unsliced loaf of sourdough bread

12 oz cheddar cheese, thinly sliced

3 oz bag Real Bacon bits

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 Tbsp Ranch dressing mix
Slice the bread (preferably with a very sharp bread knife) in both directions.  Do not cut all the way to the bottom. You want The bread to open up but not fall apart.  The pieces should be still connected together on the bottom, but easy to pull apart. Pour the cheese in between the slices and sprinkle bacon making sure both items make it deep into the cuts. Melt the butter and mix it with the ranch dressing. Pour this mixture evenly over the bread and wrap the entire loaf in foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes then remove the foil and continue baking 10 more minutes.


The best part about this recipe is that you can make it with any ingredient you could think of! I placed a few ideas below. Enjoy and I hope your party is a success!


Cheese and Mushroom Pull-Apart Bread



Garlic and Cheese Pull-Apart Bread



Best Prank EVER! Banana Candle!



Wanna freak out your friends? Here is a cool trick, AND a cool science experiment you can do to tonight to really scare the crap out of them…and possibly question your sanity!






Step 1: Take a banana and cut the ends off as shown above.







Step 2: Shave the sized off of the banana so that it resembles a small, wax candle.







Step 3: Make sure to place it into a real candle-holder otherwise no one will believe it’s a real







Step 4: Slice an almond so that it looks like a candle wick!







Step 5: Place the almond wick into the center of the banana!







Step 6: Light the almond wick!







There you have it!  Your very own banana candle!






Now, freak out your friends and blow out the candle…then eat it!!!!!  They won’t believe that you ate a candle…but you know that it was just a banana!  Science!

Wanna know how it works? Below the explanation from ABC Science.  Wanna see more cool science? Don’t miss the new episode of Cosmos on FOX Sunday at 9pm, or you can join us at Mobius Science Center in Downtown Spokane to experience it on the big screen!

See ya there!

What’s going on?!

“Many foods can be set alight. In fact, all food is combustible but the high water content of fresh fruits and vegetables and the low surface area of just about everything means most of our tucker isn’t usually much of a fire hazard.

Almonds, peanuts and nuts all have a relatively high fat and low water content which makes them burn rather readily while bananas and carrots are impossible to fire up. Olive oil and vegetable oil are almost nothing but fat (of the unsaturated variety) and will famously burn spectacularly well under the right (or wrong) conditions. Ask a chef.

But it’s not just fats that’ll fry you to a crisp. Dry flour can become notoriously hazardous as the citizens of Minneapolis in Minnesota, USA, discovered in 1878 when the Washburn A Mill exploded, killing 14 workers. The problem with flour is the large surface area to volume ratio of each tiny grain which, combined with its combustibility and ability to form dust clouds make it a potentially very dangerously explosive substance. The Washburn A Mill was the largest flour mill in the world at the time and the explosion that rocked the city was heard more than 15 kilometres away. The fire spread to two adjacent mills which also exploded killing four more workers.

The flammability of food has been well known for a long time and is, in fact, used to derive those numbers on the nutrition panels two in three Australians now appear to be ignoring).

The energy content of food is calculated using the Atwater system, named after Wilbur Olin Atwater (1844 – 1907.) Atwater invented the Atwater-Rosa calorimeter with help from physicist Edward Bennett Rosa (1973 – 1921.) This device was large enough to hold a person for more than a day so that their total energy expenditure could be accurately measured. Atwater’s work resulted in a data set called the Atwater factors which are used to calculate the ‘metabolisable energy’ in other foods by measuring their ‘gross energy’ content in a ‘bomb calorimeter’ and then applying the Atwater factor for that food.

To measure ‘gross energy’, a food sample is placed inside a sealed ‘bomb’ which is submerged in a water vessel which, in turn, is sealed inside a larger chamber. The food is then burnt inside the sealed bomb and the change in the temperature of the water is measured. One calorie is the energy it takes to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water by one degree (oh, and one calorie is 4.2 kilojoules, which is the unit of energy we prefer in Australia.) Apply the relevant Atwater factor and, hey presto, you’ve got a number to put on your packet.

Atwater’s system has been in use for more than 100 years and it is still remarkably accurate, but recent research has shown that it often overestimates the energy content of food available to humans. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2012 showed that the Atwater system overestimates the energy content of fake candle wicks (aka “almonds”) by almost 30 per cent.

Grab a packet of almonds in the supermarket and you’ll be led to believe that your body will gain 2500 kilojoules per hundred grams of almonds. When the researchers fed real almonds to real human beings and painstakingly measured how much energy they actually obtained, they found the figure to be more like 1900 kilojoules per hundred grams. Why the discrepancy? Well, the human digestive system is incredibly sophisticated and complicated and variable and dependent and interdependent on a the micro biome of critters (bacteria) that live in our guts and there is clearly much more still to be learnt.

Atwater’s factors for carbohydrates, proteins and fats are terrific, but calculating the metabolisable energy content for any particular food has turned out to be much more complicated than simply adding together the combined energy of those three components.

But please don’t now turn around and fool yourself into thinking you can now just ignore the whole idea of ‘kilojoules in versus kilojoules out’ and start eating as much as you like. The numbers on nutrition panels are still a very excellent guide for deciding how much of something you should eat. For example, at 1900 kilojoules per hundred grams, you should still avoid overindulging in almonds! Compare them to pickled cucumbers, which come in at a paltry 50 kilojoules per hundred grams, and you can probably see why. Baked beans hover around the 300 kilojoules per hundred gram mark so you can see that a 30 per cent error doesn’t mean you can now go nuts on nuts… like almonds… which aren’t actually nuts at all.

Luckily, it is better to overestimate the energy content of food than it is to underestimate it because, if you work with the overestimated amount, it means you’ll eat less of that food.

And on that note, I wish you happy snacking.”











I have never rooted so hard for a volcano before.

W.S. Anderson’s POMPEII spends most of its runtime copying other movies – and not even the right ones. Surprisingly, the disaster itself is largely sidelined so we can get a poor man’s GLADIATOR crossed with a stupid man’s TITANIC. Our star-crossed lovers are Milo (Kitt Harrington), a Celtic gladiator with a murdered family to avenge, and Cassia (Emily Browning), the daughter of Pompeii’s ruler. She’s being blackmailed into marrying the third corner of this love triangle: Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland), a snarling Roman senator. Who will survive the coming disaster? More importantly, who cares?

That’s POMPEII’s biggest problem. None of the characters are written or acted well enough to earn our sympathy. They just sort of stand there, posed in various scenes cribbed from better films, and recite stilted dialogue like kids in a school play. It’s a bizarrely lifeless movie. Worse, it wastes a full hour on tedious stage-setting while the volcano impatiently grumbles in the background. Milo and Cassia’s chemistry-free romance feels like a studio-mandated attempt to please a demographic that wouldn’t be caught dead in a W.S. Anderson movie anyway.

Eventually Mount Vesuvius erupts, possibly because it’s as sick of the characters as we are, and delivers the flaming rocks, pyroclastic flows, and tsunamis promised by the trailer. It suffers a bit in comparison to 1997’s DANTE’S PEAK, but at least Anderson is finally copying the right movie. The city’s fiery demise is undeniably cool, but in a glossy, digital way. It feels more like a PS4 game than a real-life disaster. We don’t see any of the blood, grit, or burns, so our heroes might as well be fleeing a giant wall of cotton candy.

The movie does have its guilty pleasures, though. Anderson shoots a handful of kinetic fight scenes with some memorable (PG-13-rated) spills, and Kiefer Sutherland seems to be the only actor here with a pulse. He sinks his teeth into the cardboard role of Corvus, delivering every line with mustache-twirling evil and a baffling accent. Of course, it’s bad acting, but it’s so bad, it transcends badness and becomes kind of awesome. POMPEII needed more of Sutherland’s energy.

At least the volcano wins.



Review By: Taylor Adams

Homemade Weed Killer in Seconds!

got weeds use vinegar

I know it may seem like Spring will never arrive, but it’s never too soon to start planning out your garden!  This week’s tip is a quick and easy way to get rid of those pesky weeks…hint: Use Vinegar! Mix vinegar in a spray bottle with just a little bit of water, salt and dish soap and spray liberally over your weeds!  Before you know it, they’ll be gone!  Stay tuned for more quick gardening tips as the weather gets warmer right here on our website, or follow us on Facebook at or! Happy Gardening!


1 Gallon White Vinegar

1/2 Cup Salt

Liquid Dish Soap

By: Natalya Lainhart




I was going to start this review with “I can’t believe I liked a movie based on a toy,” but then I remembered that I enjoyed TRANSFORMERS.

So… I can’t believe I liked another movie based on a toy.

Emmet (Chris Pratt) is an anonymous construction worker in a perfect (vaguely fascist) Lego metropolis where the coffee is $37 and the number one sitcom is “Where’s My Pants?” Every day is choreographed to an excruciatingly catchy Tegan and Sara song and overseen by the Orwellian President Business (Will Ferrell), sold separately. When Emmet stumbles onto a mysterious artifact, he sets in motion an ancient prophecy that could save – or destroy – not just his Lego universe, but all of them. He soon allies with an ensemble cast including Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), and Batman (Will Arnett). And Abraham Lincoln. And pirates. And a unicorn-cat thing.

I promise, it’s funny.  Funnier than anything I’ve seen in a long time. THE LEGO MOVIE boasts a razor-sharp script and a canny sense of the absurd, hurling joke after joke and challenging you to keep up. Chris Pratt’s empty-headed but sincere hero is a standout comedic performance in a cast full of them. Who’d have known a movie about a toy brand would have more laughs than both HANGOVER sequels?

Visually it’s stunning, although not always for the right reasons. Every inch of the Lego world is lovingly animated, right down to the authentic smudges and imperfections on the pieces. Even the dust and smoke is made of tiny bricks. It’s imaginative and vibrant, but also a little overwhelming. Every frame is crowded with so many small touches of genius, and it’s all edited so blisteringly fast, that THE LEGO MOVIE sometimes looks like a colorful headache. But it’s a headache worth having.

This excess of creative passion is why I like this movie so much. It overachieves. It works hard. The plot is lightyears ahead of competing fare, eventually launching its third act into a sort of CABIN IN THE WOODS-ish meta-narrative. Few movies are brave enough to even try this, and even fewer stick the landing. To be fair, THE LEGO MOVIE does stumble a little bit toward the end, when the cleverness reaches a sort of critical mass, the fourth wall falls, and the story grinds to a halt so we can be force-fed a moral about the importance of individuality. Cue the hugs.

The real moral is “buy Legos.” It’s the funniest, best Lego commercial ever.



By: Taylor Adams

My Nutritarian Diary: Cauliflower Béchamel Pasta with Kale and Shiitake Mushrooms


Cooking doesn’t have to be a chore this Valentine’s Day with this delicious pasta dish that is jam-packed with nutrition and flavor. It’s a perfect main course for individuals who are seeking a more plant-centric meal for their romantic evening.

The star of this recipe is the cauliflower béchamel sauce, which is typically a French white sauce made from flour and butter and milk.

Because the sauce’s main ingredient is cauliflower, it will be an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and so much more.  Not only that, the sauce in this recipe is very creamy, very low in fat, and a perfect complement to any pasta dish.

Should you choose to use the nutritional yeast the recipe calls for, which I totally recommend, the sauce will also have a kind of nutty, cheesy flavor, without the cheese! You can typically buy nutritional yeast in the health aisles of grocery stores in their bulk food section, near the rolled oats, wheat flour, and sugar substitutes. (Both Huckleberry’s and Fred Meyer in Spokane, Wash., carry this item.)

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get cooking and let the romance begin!

Bechamel How To Collage

Cauliflower Béchamel Pasta with Kale and Shiitake Mushrooms

(Based on Cauliflower Béchamel from “Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook.” All alterations I made to this recipe are in italics.)


• 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets (about 3 cups)

• Unsweetened plain almond milk, as needed

• 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced small

• 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced (I used 3 frozen cubes of Dorot Crushed Garlic)*

• 2 teaspoons minced thyme (I used ¾ tsp of dried thyme)

• ¼ cup finely chopped basil (I used 3 frozen cubes of Dorot Chopped Basil)*

• ¼ cup nutritional yeast, optional

• ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

• Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

• ½ bunch to a whole bunch of kale, any variety, stemmed and chopped into bite-sized pieces

• 4 ounces of shiitake mushrooms, sliced with stems removed

• 8-10 ounces of whole wheat or gluten-free pasta

*You can buy this in the frozen vegetable section of Trader Joe’s. I think this is the most convenient and quickest way to get these “fresh” flavorings in a dish without having to buy fresh or without having to prepare it. (See picture)


Add the cauliflower to a large pot and add water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the cauliflower is very tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the excess water and puree the cauliflower using an immersion blender or in a blender with a tight-fitting lid, covered with a towel, in batches if necessary. Add almond milk, if needed, to achieve a creamy consistency (I typically will add about ½ cup of almond milk). Set the puree aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Place the onion in a large skillet or saucepan and sauté over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add water or vegetable broth 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time to keep the onions from sticking to the pan. Add the garlic, thyme, and basil and cook for another minute. As I mentioned in the recipe ingredients list, I used three Dorot cubes of garlic, as well as three Dorot cubes of basil. You can add more or use less, depending on your tastes. Add the nutritional yeast (if using), nutmeg, and salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, or until heated through.

Add the onion-garlic mixture to the cauliflower puree and blend until smooth, adding more almond milk if necessary to achieve a smooth consistency. Set aside.

While you are cooking the pasta, sauté the kale and shiitake mushrooms in 1 to 2 TBSP of vegetable broth for about 10 minutes or until kale is wilted and soft. Continue to add broth to the pan to keep the kale and mushrooms from sticking. Also, salt (and season) the kale and mushroom mixture to your desired taste.

Combine the sauce, the pasta, and the kale and shiitake mushroom sauté mixture and heat through. Serve and eat!


Do you have any other vegetable combinations or uses for this sauce you’d like to share? Or do you have a plant-based main dish you recommend for Valentine’s Day? If so, please leave a comment! I would love to read what you have to say!



About Cassandra Benefield and My Nutritarian Diary

When I’m not working for FOX 28 and its parent company, Northwest Broadcasting Inc., as an executive assistant, I enjoy spending time reading about and experimenting with low-fat, plant-based recipes. After watching the documentary Forks Over Knives  and reading the book “Food Over Medicine: A Conversation That Could Save Your Life” by Pamela Popper and Glen Merzer, I was totally convinced that I needed to change the way I looked at food and how I ate it.

The purpose of My Nutritarian Diary, a blog, is to deliver fantastic-tasting and nutrient-dense recipes that are sprinkled with dashes of nutritional wisdom each week for the Health-Conscious, Health-Adventurous, and Health Happy—at whatever stage they are in on their health journey.

The term nutritarian was first coined by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of #1 New York Times best-selling book “Eat to Live,” and it is how I classify my approach to eating a low-fat and mostly plant-based diet.



Sergio Leone’s THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY is exactly what a western should be: gritty, violent, and full of double-crosses. There’s no shortage of quotable lines but most of the storytelling is visual; alternating between extreme long shots of the scorched world and extreme close-ups of the hard men that inhabit it. Even today, it’s stunning to look at.

The titular characters are three freelancers united in pursuit of a stash of Confederate gold. The “Ugly” is Tuco (Eli Wallach), an impulsive Mexican bandit currently on the run for God-knows-what. The “Bad” is Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef), a sadistic bounty hunter with his own twisted moral code. And the “Good” is Blondie (Clint Eastwood), a mysterious gunslinger in full-on Clint Eastwood mode. He’s not much “better” or more heroic than the other two – he’s just smarter and a quicker shot. In this Mars-like world of rock and sky, that’s all that counts.

Watching these three characters trip over each other to reach the gold first is a delight, especially since they so frequently depend on each other. Tuco knows the name of the cemetery the gold is buried in. Blondie knows the grave. Angel Eyes knows neither, so he needs both men alive. Every alliance is fragile, calculated, and temporary, and there are more betrayals here than a game of RISK.

And Leone doesn’t sugarcoat it – this is a deeply cynical film populated by selfish people. While the rest of the country is fighting the Civil War, these guys are fighting for their own wealth. The ongoing war is just part of the terrain to them and later, an obstacle, in the form of a futile battle of attrition over a shabby bridge. Blondie and Tuco arguably do the right thing here – but this “right thing” conveniently aligns with their shared goals. What if it hadn’t?

It’s often darkly funny, too. Eli Wallach’s Tuco is a strangely relatable antihero, whether he’s throwing a body under a moving train or fighting off a bounty hunter from a bathtub (after which he delivers one of the film’s best lines). There’s enough oafish comedy in Wallach’s mannerisms to make him appealing, and enough cold efficiency in his gunfighting skills to make him dangerous. An early gun store robbery is mesmerizing because we never quite know what he’s capable of. All three players are well-drawn and well-performed, but Tuco is easily the most developed. Good and Bad are archetypes pulling together for the inevitable standoff, the outcome of which we have little doubt. But Ugly? We don’t know where he’ll be standing.

Or if he’ll be standing at all.

It’s entertaining as hell, and it’s a classic for good reason. Westerns just don’t get any better.

Check it out this Saturday, February 15th, at 4pm on ThisSpokane. Or see an encore on February 19th or 28th.



Review By: Taylor Adams

F/X (R, 1986)


Don’t mess with Hollywood special effects guys.

The villains in F/X make this mistake, and spend the next ninety minutes paying for it in increasingly hilarious ways. This is a clever popcorn thriller with some great payoffs.

Our hero is effects wizard Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown), reluctantly recruited by the Justice Department to fake the assassination of DeFranco, a New York mob informant. Compared to goblins and car flips, this looks like easy money for Rollie – just a restaurant, some blood packs, and a .38 loaded with blanks.

Or… were they blanks?

Now Rollie is on the run, DeFranco is really dead, and the Justice Department is “tying off loose ends.” Hunted by corrupt spooks and a detective with an agenda of his own (Brian Dennehy), Rollie must untangle the conspiracy and learn who framed him and why. Along the way he uses every trick in his arsenal (accumulated over a long career of gory B-movies such as “I Dismember Mama”) to outwit his pursuers, and eventually, fight back.

The script is entertaining and well-paced, serving up a constant supply of problems, solutions, and even few major twists. Early on, F/X surprised me by killing of a character I assumed to be protected by plot armor, and a late double-cross involving Dennehy’s detective had me laughing. The tone walks a careful tightrope – dark enough to build real suspense, but light and goofy enough to be fun.

Dennehy is great as a Dirty Harry-esque cop, but it’s Bryan Brown’s show and he makes a charmingly unconventional action hero. He’s basically an ordinary guy with an extraordinary talent for deception, so the obligatory shootouts and fistfights are handled creatively. Being an eighties film, Rollie’s portfolio is refreshingly free of the high-tech stuff we’ve grown so accustomed to in recent movies. It’s strictly hardware – mirrors, latex masks, pyrotechnics, and good old superglue – and F/X is all the better for it as we watch Rollie jerry rig a lethal surprise with little more than the contents of his trunk.

Sure, his tactics are so immaculately timed and staged (particularly in the final thirty minutes) that he seems to possess some mild form of precognition. Many of his ruses depend on the bad guys reacting in a very precise way – and not, for example, putting an additional bullet into an apparently dead body just to be sure. But why pick at improbabilities? It’s a piece of entertainment, not a thesis paper. At one point in F/X, Rollie literally kills a man with a balloon.

A balloon.

To see how he accomplishes this, check out F/X this Saturday at 9pm on ThisTV (or catch an encore on February 25th or 27th).




Review By: Taylor Adams



A Lady’s Guide to Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him


Struggling to find a good gift for your guy? Well don’t worry!  We’ve got you covered!  We’ve consulted with men all over the Inland Northwest in order to bring you the most definitive list of V-Day gift ideas!  Do you have more great suggestions for us? Leave them in the comments below or let us know on our Facebook or Twitter!


The first gift is kind of a given…guys need tee shirts!  They can never have enough!   But just because your dude is in some serious need of a closet conversion doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from it in the meantime!

slide_332342_3299973_freeYeah, I know, definitely not subtle!  But this guy in the picture is cool, relaxed, and totally rocking this tee, so who’s to say your guy wouldn’t do the same?!  Hey, don’t be afraid to give up your Ryan Gosling fangirl tee and wear a “this girl loves her husband” shirt in return!


While we’re on the subject of clothes, lets move into one of the most commonly given gift at Valentines Day…Pajamas.

Full-Bacon-SuitAnd ladies, you’re doing it wrong!  Boxers are passe! Your man wants bacon pajamas! You won’t need any grease to get him to slide into bed in this fashionable two-piece set!  They’re so popular, you can even pick them up at your local JCPenney!


41P2QThwE9L._SX335_This one speaks for itself.  What guy wouldn’t prefer ice cold shots of Jeager right from the comfort of his own home?  However, beware, this is tougher to get your hands on than a tickle-me-elmo on Christmas!  Your best bet is the original, but you can find a few bootlegged on other sites!



This next item is classy and casual. Whiskey Old-Fashioned Wet Shave Soap in a Jar is the perfect gift for the man who has everything…because we are pretty sure he doesn’t have whiskey-scented soap.


bottle-opener_300Finally, what man’s wallet would be complete without this handy (and adorable) bottle opener? You can get really creative and engrave one yourself, or get this one…it’s pretty cool! Follow the “FIND IT” link below to check out the website where we found this treasure for more fun and clever gift ideas!  Happy Valentine’s Day!


By: Natalya Lainhart


My Nutritarian Diary: Roasted South African Smoked Chickpeas


If you are looking for a healthy and low-fat snack food to add to your weekend football-cheering festivities, I have the recipe for you: Roasted South African Smoked Chickpeas! And truly it’s easier to make than it is to find South Africa on the map. OK, maybe just as easy.

They are similar to Corn Nuts, but without the fat. Not only that, they are packed with nutrition in the form of high amounts of fiber and protein. They are perfect as a snack or as a salad topping.

This is a great nutritarian recipe to start My Nutritarian Diary—a blog about my nutritious and plant-based eating discoveries in the kitchen.

So, glad you stopped by. So, let’s get started, shall we?

Roasted South African Smoked Chickpeas
(5 minutes to prepare / 30-60 minutes cooking time, depending desired crunch)

3 15-ounce cans of chickpeas/garbanzo beans, rinsed and dried*
1TBSP Trader Joes South African Smoke Seasoning Blend
Sea salt to taste
Olive oil spray
Parchment paper
Large cookie sheet

*I did not dry my canned chickpeas, which increased the cooking time significantly.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Chickpeas Ingredients Close-Up (2)

Put your chickpeas in a mixing bowl and spray them lightly with an olive oil spray. (You can buy this spray in any supermarket in the oil section where they sell Pam.)

After a light coating of olive oil is on the chickpeas, season them to taste. I put about 1 TBSP of the South African smoke seasoning onto mine and about ¼ tsp of sea salt. Make sure the seasoning(s) evenly coat the chickpeas.

Seasoned Chickpeas Before Close-Up

Place the seasoned chickpeas in one layer on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (3 cans of chickpeas filled my large cookie sheet).

Put in oven for about 30-40 minutes depending on your desired crunch (flipping the chickpeas halfway through this cooking time). If, at the end of 40 minutes, the chickpeas are still not at your desired crunch, take them out of the oven to cool completely. After they are completely cooled, put them back in a 400 degree oven for 5-10 minute increments until you arrive at your desired crunch level.

Seasoned Chickpeas After Pic

And when they’re done, you have a yummy and healthy snack on hand for watching the game!


By: Cassandra Benefield

LONE SURVIVOR (R, 2014) Review


Directed by Peter Berg

85695 The centerpiece of Peter Berg’s LONE SURVIVOR is a 40-minute running gunfight down the jagged cliffs of the Hindu Kush. It’s one of the most effective and bruising action sequences I’ve ever seen. This is both good and bad; nothing else in this sincere but clumsy film comes close to matching its power.

12Based on the memoirs of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (same title), LONE SURVIVOR dramatizes the disastrous 2005 Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan.

Through faulty equipment, a thorny moral dilemma, and simple bad luck, Luttrell and three other SEALS find themselves cut off and vastly outnumbered by Taliban fighters on unforgiving terrain. By the end of the day, nineteen American lives have been lost.

5656Berg honors them all by exposing the meat grinder of modern combat in the film’s middle act. Bullets snap off rocks and thunk into trees. Ears ring.  Shattered bones pierce skin and lungs gurgle with blood. It’s visceral, intense, and merits comparison with the famous D-Day landing sequence in Spielberg’s SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. Prepare to wince. A lot.

And that’s the point. This film renders the battle so convincingly, it’s impossible not to be in awe of the real-life heroes that fought it. Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and the supporting cast hit the right notes here (sharp-eyed viewers will note the real-life Luttrell appearing in an early cameo). Particularly impressive is the sound design and stunt work, which makes you feel every onscreen injury.

With such a powerful depiction of combat, it’s too bad that the rest of the movie is only good. The script is workmanlike, bookending with clumsy voice-overs and an unnecessary framing device. It opens post-battle and recounts it via flashback, which tells us nothing that the title LONE SURVIVOR didn’t already. These bells and whistles unfortunately dilute some of the impact.

But the film’s biggest misstep is the third act. Anyone who’s read the memoir (that’s your cue to read it) can tell you the final leg of Luttrell’s true survival story is a fascinating example of local Afghan heroism. This is still included, but Berg also injects an unneeded climactic battle. Cars explode, AK’s are fired, and bad guys are stabbed in the nick of time, per Hollywood timing. Inventing a gunfight that never happened isn’t necessarily bad, but here it takes the focus off something that did happen. Whether the studio forced Berg’s hand or not, it’s a cheesy piece of revisionism on a true story that didn’t need revising.

Still, at its worst, Lone Survivor is watchable. At its best, it’s unforgettable. That’s a fair trade. After all, on the drive home, no one will be talking about the uneven storytelling – it’s the heroism of the men of SEAL Team 10 and the Afghan tribesmen that lingers long after the credits.



By: Taylor Adams




Devilishly Delightful Deviled Eggs!

It’s time for the Big Game and you know what that means…food.  Our recipe of the week is actually two fantastic variations on the mainstay of the party platter: Deviled Eggs. Enjoy!

Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs
Bacon-Jalapeno-Deviled-Eggs-2-634x1024This first recipe comes to us from the super awesome


  • 12 large eggs, hard boiled and peeled
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1½ tsp rice vinegar
  • ¾ tsp ground mustard
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 6 pieces bacon, cooked, crisp, and crumbled
  • paprika
  1. Slice the hard boiled eggs in half, lengthwise
  2. Carefully remove the yokes and place them into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  3. Use a whisk to whip and mash the yokes.
  4. Add the mayonnaise, rice vinegar, ground mustard, and sugar then continue whipping until
  5. you have a creamy texture.
  6. Add the bacon and chopped Jalapenos!
  7. Fill eggs and arrange eggs on a platter.
  8. Finish with a sprinkle with paprika


The next recipe is from the geniuses over at

green-deviled-eggsGuacamole Deviled Eggs.  Seriously, these exist!  Here’s how to make them!

Guacamole Deviled Eggs
Servings: 12


  • 6 large eggs, hard boiled
  • 1 medium haas avocado
  • 2-3 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp red onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced jalapeno
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp diced tomato
  • pinch chile powder (for garnish)


  1. Follow Directions 1-3 above
  2. Mix in lime juice, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, salt and pepper.
  3. Gently add tomato.
  4. Scoop heaping spoonfuls of the guacamole into the eggs, sprinkle them with the paprika, and gently arrange them on a platter!

Don’t forget to check back each week for more fantastic fox foodie recipes!


Slick Trick: Have Nails Stick!

78a14a8d0288691635a06bb0ab5766e7Our tip this week is so fast and easy, you won’t believe you’d never thought of it before!  You might be like me, climbing up on ladders and chairs while trying to juggle a picture, nails AND a hammer.  Well, with this tip you an remove one of those items…those sharp, pesky nails!  Simply take a glue gun or some super glue and glue a magnet to the bottom of your hammer.  The nails will stick and there will be no juggling required!

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Gravity 3D (Review)


“A dazzling movie about all the different ways space wants to kill you.”

Seconds into GRAVITY, a text crawl helpfully informs us that “life in space is impossible.” Cuaron isn’t kidding. From the start, he drops us into a place where claustrophobia and agoraphobia collide; a fever dream of sweaty desperation against a bleak panorama of nothing. It’s a gorgeously produced, 90-minute panic attack of a film. And it’s one of the few releases in recent memory that really demands to be seen in 3D.

Roughly the first twenty minutes are a single, uninterrupted take – which is great for audience immersion and bad for audience blood pressure. Tension quietly builds as we watch reluctant astronaut Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and veteran Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) conduct repairs on the Hubble Telescope. It’s just another day at the office, except the office is miles above the atmosphere and wants to kill you. NASA Mission Control (voiced by Ed Harris) notes an incoming debris field but assures Stone and Kowalski they’re safe. Spoiler alert: they’re not. The Hubble suffers the space-equivalent of a shotgun blast and our heroes are left untethered, falling into the frictionless void. From here on, it’s a straight-up survival tale.


Everything you’ve probably heard about the 3D visual effects is true.

They’re jaw-dropping. But GRAVITY works as more than a shiny tech demo thanks in a large part to Bullock’s performance. She’s a relatable human presence, even when she’s dwarfed by all the expensive lights and sounds.


She earns our empathy and convincingly takes us from horror, to grief, to exhausted humor (“I hate space,” she gripes after a particularly close call). We root for her as she fights for every gulp of air. Because of Bullock, GRAVITY’s final thirty minutes are an emotional gut-punch.

And that’s why this is an excellent film and not just a well-made one. As technically complex as it is, what resonates is its narrative simplicity.

The plot can be described on a t-shirt. It features a handful of locations and approximately one subplot. The onscreen cast is basically just Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, and a fire extinguisher. Not a second is wasted here, and that’s one of the highest compliments a thriller can receive.

Of course, there are nits to be picked. George Clooney’s performance has a little too much George Clooney in it. The Hubble Telescope, the ISS, and the Tiangong all seem to orbit within (space)walking distance of each other. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the convenient physics of a certain death scene, and no doubt the armchair scientists will find a smorgasbord of inaccuracies. None of these issues dent the film’s power.

As an experience, GRAVITY is tough to criticize because virtually everything about it works. Cuaron’s directing is masterful, the script is clean-burning, the acting is affecting, the technical aspects are mind-boggling, and even the score is stirring. No wonder this movie has been grabbing every award that isn’t nailed down. And it’s back in theaters – what are you waiting for?

Review by: Taylor Adams



How To Open A Wine Bottle With A Shoe!


We’ve all been there!  That amazing bottle of wine, a remote location….no corkscrew.  I’ve wasted countless hours (well…minutes) trying to pry open a wine bottle with everything from a knife, to a pickle-grabber and all I ended up with is really great wine, littered with pieces of cork.  Well, NEVER AGAIN!  Behold, one of the most awesome tricks you can ever have up your sleeve!  Find the steps below, or jump right to the video for a really quick demonstration of this awesome technique!

Step #1: Hold the wine bottle horizontally and place bottom of wine bottle into a shoe (sneakers work best!)

Step #2: Hold where the neck and the base of the bottle meet securely. Then gently, but with some force, hit the bottom of the shoe against a vertical surface (again, you are still holding the bottle horizontally). Do this several times and watch as the cork works itself out of the bottle!

Check out this video!




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Football Favorites: Bacon Double Cheeseburger Dip


We are only weeks away from the BIG GAME!  That’s right, the holiday that requires just about as much baking as Thanksgiving…it’s Superbowl time!  FOX 28 has got your back!  We will be sharing several recipes each week to help you gear up for this huge day of eating, entertaining, and (hopefully) cheering while the Seahawks win by a landslide!

The first on our list of game-day goodies is a favorite at all of my parties, Bacon Cheeseburger Dip! Check out the instructions below, and if you try it out, let us know how it worked in the comments under this post!

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Prep Time: 15 mins ~ Cook Time: 30 mins ~ Total Time: 45 mins

  • ½ pound ground beef
  • 6 strips bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1+ clove garlic, chopped
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup mozzarella, shredded
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon ketchup
  1. Cook the ground beef in a pan over medium heat, set it aside and drain the grease from the pan. Cook the bacon in the pan until crispy, about 6-10 minutes, set aside and drain all but a tablespoon of the grease.
  2. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute. Mix the ground beef, bacon, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, mozzarella, cheddar, worcestershire sauce and ketchup and pour it into a baking dish. *it can be set aside at this point in the refrigerator with a lid on it – to cook a chilled dish, either take out to bring to room temperature or put baking dish in the oven while the oven pre-heats
  3. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the top starts turning a light golden brown and then sides are bubbling, about 20-30 minutes. You could top with some lettuce and tomatoes. Serve with slices of bread, pita chips, celery, or lettuce – whatever you would like for dipping.


Goodies From The Deep: Octopie!


Amp up the homemade pizza-making experience with this fun and easy Octopie!  Follow our instructions for the dough and sauce below, or use your own tried and true recipe then change up the toppings to make all sorts of unique Octopies!  Formation directions are displayed in the pictures below…life vests are not required! Continue reading

Fast and Easy Way To Store Ornaments!


It’s the time of year we all dread…the time when we have to put away the beautiful decorations that seemed fun when you put them up, but are now just a pain in the butt!  The worst part is storing delicate ornaments.  Many people, (in a hurry to get them put away), just shove them quickly into a box without thinking about what could happen between now and next December. DON’T DO THAT!!!! There is a better way that is practically free, and it only takes a few minutes more of your time!  The secret is probably laying deep in your garbage as we speak….old egg cartons! It’s easier than you think…

You can simply place smaller ornaments in the original egg slots and if you have bigger ornaments DON’T FRET! Just take a pair or scissors or box opener and cut out one or two of the dividers between the slots.  For stars and other odd shapes, you can form the cartons to fit.  Go through this work once, and you will have safe-keeping for your ornaments for years.  And what’s the best part?  The cartons fit neatly into any box or storage container!

Easy and Accessible!

Easy and Accessible!

Voila!  Perfectly Stored Ornaments!

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Happy After Holidays!

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