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About natalya

I am the Brand Manager up here at FOX 28! I work on fun promotions, give away prizes and manage our Facebook page so if you receive a reply, it was probably from me! When I'm not at work I'm usually rehearsing with the local band Fountain or playing video games with my fiancé. I love walking, playing my saxophone and I am a Pinterestaholic. If you are interested in sponsoring this blog or being a feature on this blog, please contact Katie Vantine at 509-448-2828.

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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By: Natalya Lainhart

 

My Nutritarian Diary: Roasted South African Smoked Chickpeas

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

GO SEAHAWKS!!!

By: Cassandra Benefield

LONE SURVIVOR (R, 2014) Review

LONE SURVIVOR (R, 2014)

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.

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By: Taylor Adams

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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
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Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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

Voila!

The next recipe is from the geniuses over at http://www.skinnytaste.com

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

Guacamole Deviled Eggs
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Servings: 12

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Instructions:

  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!

Check back each week for a new tip and trick from KAYU FOX 28! And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook @ facebook.com/fox28spokane

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Gravity 3D (Review)

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“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.

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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.

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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

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How To Open A Wine Bottle With A Shoe!

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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

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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!

Hey, do you have any great football-worthy recipes? Send them to us on our Facebook or send me an email @ natalya.lainhart@kayutv.com

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

Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.

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Goodies From The Deep: Octopie!

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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!

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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!

Do you have any great seasonal tips and tricks, entertaining or decorating ideas you would like to share? Then we would LOVE to feature you!  Send us a private message on facebook.com/fox28spokane or email me directly @ natalya.lainhart@kayutv.com!

Happy After Holidays!

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