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22 Sep

Two new releases from our friends at Frank Family Vineyards in Napa Valley…

2016 Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Put simply, wines like this are why people like Napa Cabernet. Lush berries and powerful spice notes give the wine an instant likability, with silky chocolate and some cinnamon dripping in as the palate evolves. A lovely blackberry note endures on the finish — covered with milk chocolate, naturally. A / $50

2016 Frank Family Zinfandel Napa Valley – A classic, unctuous zinfandel, lush with blackberry jam, mint chocolate, and a spray of spices. The flavors are on target, but the whole affair is a bit blunt with sweetness as the finish develops, and the wine eventually starts to become cloying. B- / $30

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22 Sep

With fall's official arrival late last month, now's the perfect time to try new recipes for the new season! Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Gayle's Sweet Potato Casserole
A sweet and savory dish, this recipe makes a great choice on a crisp fall night.


  • 4 to 5 large sweet potatoes – baked, cooled and peeled
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt


First, prepare a 9-inch baking dish with organic olive oil. Set aside. Heat your oven to 400 degrees.

Then, cut the cooked potatoes into 1/2-inch slices, and place them into the prepared dish. Set aside.

Place the almond milk, maple syrup, flour and salt in a large bowl and whisk together until fully combined. Pour mixture over the potatoes, then place the dish in the heated oven to cook for 35 to 40 minutes.

Once the time is up, remove the dish from the oven and let cool completely. Enjoy!

2. Rhonda's Basil Pesto Pizza
Pizza makes the perfect meal on a Friday night, and this healthy version won't leave you feeling guilty. Did we mention it's so easy to make?


For the pesto:

  • 2 cups basil leaves – rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts – soaked 1 hour and drained
  • 2 small garlic cloves – peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup vegetarian parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • Small pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Create your basil pesto with vegetarian cheese.

For the pizza:

  • 1 All Natural Tuscan Six Grain Pizza Crust
  • Rhonda's basil pesto
  • 2 plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup broccoli – chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup sweet red onion
  • 1/2 cup red pepper – diced
  • 6 kalamata olives – coarsely chopped
  • Vegetarian parmesan cheese


To make the pesto, place all ingredients – except olive oil – in a food processor and blend until creamy. Drizzle olive oil into processor and blend until well mixed.

To create your pizza, heat the oven to 450 degrees and place the pizza crust on a pan with a light coating of extra virgin olive oil. Top the pizza was pesto, vegetarian cheese and prepared vegetables. Place in the oven to bake for 8 to 12 minutes.

Remove from oven and cut pizza into four quarters. Enjoy!

3. Roasted Vegetable Stew
A wholesome and tasty stew, this recipe combines a multitude of hearty vegetables that are delicious and nutritious.


  • 5 small potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1/4 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup barley – or brown rice or lentils
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 12 ounce cans Italian stewed tomatoes
  • 1 14 ounce can vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley


First, chop all fresh vegetables into small, bite-sized pieces. Toss with olive oil and prepare garlic, then place in a 12x9x2-inch glass baking dish.

Place vegetables under a broiler to cook for 15 minutes, stirring throughout to ensure they roast and don't burn.

In a saucepan, mix the roasted vegetables, stewed tomatoes, barley and vegetable broth. Boil, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes, or until all vegetables are full cooked through. Pour into serving bowls and garnish with parsley. Enjoy!

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22 Sep

Viseart Grande Pro Vol. 3 Palette ($175.00) is the newest in the Grande Pro series, which are larger format palettes that contain 30, full-sized shades (that are removable). Per Viseart, all of the shades in the palette are new and exclusive to the palette.

Notably, it’s marketed as a Pigment palette, and in the FAQ on the palette, one question is “can all shades be used in the eye area” with the answer given as “This palette is made with the finest pigment and is EU (European Union) compliant for use in eye makeup.”

Grande Pro Vol. 3 Swatches

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22 Sep

The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) celebrated their 16th year of “NAMI Walks” being the nation’s largest mental health awareness and fundraising event.

September is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the 2019 NAMI walk was celebrated with friends, family, vendors, and other organizations in Memorial Park.

The 5K walk began with participants and volunteers making their way to Carroll College.

A total of 437 people walked, separated into 45 teams, and walked in unison to advocate for mental health awareness.

About 56% of the NAMI Walk’s fundraising goals were met this year, with $84,000 raised toward their goal of $150,00.

It’s estimated that about 20% of children from the ages of 13-18 experience some form of mental illness and 43.8 million adults, nationwide, suffer from depression in a given year.

NAMI spokesman Pete Aspinwall, told MTN News about the significance of the walk: “The whole idea behind the NAMI walk is to help dispel and lessen this whole idea of stigma that’s been attached to mental illness, by making people much more aware of what mental illness is and what it is not.”

He continued, “The idea is to kind of squash stigmas as much as we can, to educate people about mental illness, and to make people aware of all of the organizations that are here to help.”

For more information on the NAMI organization and how to participate,

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22 Sep

Here is our favorite apple pie recipe, with an easy, no-fail, buttery, flaky homemade pie crust, and a filling with a mix of different types of apples, spices, vanilla, and a splash of brandy.

This apple pie is my family’s most requested pie during the holidays. I usually make two of them so we can enjoy one for leftovers. Nothing better than pie for breakfast, right?

What are the best apples for apple pie?

It’s best to use a mix of different types of apples in your pie. Some apple varieties cook up faster than others. Some cook up firm, some more soft; some apples are more tart, some more sweet.

By combining them, you’ll get a more complex, deeper flavor. Look for a combination of tart and sweet apples, and a combination of apples that cook up firm and soft. That said, some apples are better for cooking into a pie than others. I like to use:

  • Granny Smith – Green and tart, Granny Smith apples have wonderful flavor, but they they often lose their shape and turn mushy when cooked. So use no more than 2 Grannies in your pie, and combine with other varieties.
  • Jonagold – A cross between a Golden Delicious and a Jonathan, Jonagolds have a lovely aromatic flavor, they’re both sweet and sharp, and they hold their shape with baking.
  • Fuji – Crisp, firm, juicy, balance of sweet and tart, holds its shape in baking
  • Golden Delicious – Yellow and sweet, holds it shape after baking
  • Braeburn – Sweet and crisp, bakes up firm and juicy
  • Cortland – Juicy and tart, relatively soft, great all purpose apple for baking
  • Honey Crisp – Honey sweet and tart flavor, crisp and juicy, holds shape in baking
  • Avoid Red Delicious apples for pies, they don’t cook well.

Homemade Apple Pie ready to be servedHomemade Apple Pie ready to be served

Make the Crust Ahead

To make apple pie, start with the crust. If you are making a homemade crust, you can make the dough a day or two ahead, and keep the dough disks chilled in the refrigerator. The dough recipe I’m recommending for this apple pie uses sour cream along with butter, and is especially delicious, flaky, and easy to make. If you would like to make an all-butter crust instead, see our All Butter Crust.

If using a store bought frozen crust, follow the directions on the crust package for working with the crust. (See our Review of the Best and Worst Store-Bought Pie Crusts.)

How to Make the Apple Pie

Peel, core and cut the apples, and sprinkle them with a little lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to keep from browning. Toss them with a little flour, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and vanilla, and let the filling sit while you roll out the pie crusts.

Remove the dough disks from the refrigerator and let them sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rolling one of the disks out to 12-inch circles, about 1/8″-inch thick.

Line the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate and line with the rolled out dough. Trim the edges to a half-inch from the sides of the pie pan. Scoop the apples into the pie plate and create a mound in the center. Don’t worry if the apples are high in the pan, they’ll shrink as they cook.

Roll out the second pie dough disk. If you want to make a lattice pie, see our directions for making a lattice pie here. (It’s easy!) Otherwise, place the second round of rolled out pie dough over the apples, and tuck the edges of the top pie crust over and under the bottom pie crust edges. Crimp with your fingers to seal.

Score the top in several places to create vents for steam to escape (no need if using a lattice top).

How Long to Bake apple pie

To bake, place the pie on a baking sheet (to catch the drippings) in a 375°F oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the top starts to lightly brown, then lower the temp to 350°F and bake anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour or more longer.

The way you know that the apple pie is done is that the juices are noticeably bubbling. If you have an instant read thermometer, you can insert it into the center of the pie. A reading of 200°F is done.

At any point during the baking the top of the pie begins to brown too much, just tent it with aluminum foil. I usually tent the pie about halfway through the baking with foil.

Let the pie cool for an hour before cutting into it, and serve it plain or with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!

Slice of homemade apple pie on a white plate and a marble backgroundSlice of homemade apple pie on a white plate and a marble backgroundSlice of homemade apple pie on a white plate and a marble backgroundSlice of homemade apple pie on a white plate and a marble background

Best Toppings For Apple Pie

There’s nothing better than a slice of warm apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! For something a little different, try cinnamon ice cream instead. You could also top it with homemade whipped cream or caramel sauce.

How to Store and Freeze Apple Pie

Apple pie will easily last a couple of days, lightly covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, on your counter at room temperature. (Keep the any wrapping loose, so the crust can breathe. Otherwise it will loose its crispness.)

After a couple days, you can keep the pie chilled for a few more days in the fridge. If you want, warm the pie in a 350°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

  • To freeze the unbaked pie, wrap the assembled pie in plastic wrap, with as much air pressed out as possible. Then wrap the pie in a layer of foil; this will help keep the plastic wrap in place. Freeze for up to a month. When ready to bake, remove it from the freezer, unwrap, and place it into the oven. Bake as directed, adding on about 15 minutes to the baking time, or until the top is golden and the filling is bubbling.
  • To freeze a baked pie, wrap and freeze the pie as above. When ready to serve, unwrap and let the pie thaw at room temperature. Warm it up in a 350°F oven for about 15 minutes to crisp up the top and warm the filling.

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Updated September 22, 2019 : We spiffed up this post with some new information to help you make the best-ever apple pie! No changes to the original recipe. Enjoy!

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22 Sep

ColourPop Lilac You a Lot Eyeshadow Palette is the newest in the brand’s monochromatic palette series. At a glance, it runs a bit cooler-toned than the It’s My Pleasure palette, but I see overlap, too, within that same glance (dupes are the last step in the review process, but I’ll be sure to add them when I get to the review!).

There are several other products (most in sets) to coordinate with this palette, but they included (mostly) recently reviewed products, so I only swatched the new palette, which you’ll find next up in this post.

Lilac You a Lot Palette Swatches

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22 Sep

If fashion is a reflection of the times it is little wonder that the current round of shows have often felt discombobulating.

Gucci’s show on Sunday night was was particularly surreal, opening with a series of models being propelled along a conveyor belt catwalk, staring bleakly ahead, wearing a high fashion take on straitjackets.

However, in a protest that a press officer confirmed was not planned, one of the models held up their hands on which the words “mental health is not fashion” had been written. The model, Ayesha Tan Jones, later posted a video from the show on their Instagram feed:

The video was accompanied by a statement that read: “As an artist and model who has experienced my own struggles with mental health, as well as family members and loved ones who have been affected by depression, anxiety, bipolar and schizophrenia, is hurtful and insensitive for a major fashion house such as Gucci to use this imagery as a concept for a fleeting fashion moment.”

It added: “It is in bad taste for Gucci to use the imagery of strait jackets and outfits alluding to mental patients, while being rolled out on a conveyor belt as if a piece of factory meat.

“Presenting these struggles as props for selling clothes in today’s capitalist climate is vulgar, unimaginative and offensive to the millions of people around the world affected by these issues.”

Some attendees, such as the actor and model Hari Nef, defended the show’s concept. She wrote on Instagram: “It was more a provocative reminder of submission than a glamorisation of insanity.”

Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, said at a press conference afterwards that he had been thinking “about humanity and uniforms. A uniform is something that blocks and constrains you – that makes you anonymous. That makes you follow the direction of travel.” The straitjacket, he said, was “the highest type of uniform”.

A Gucci spokesperson said the uniforms and straitjackets “were a statement for the fashion show and will not be sold”.

The brand’s notoriously philosophical press notes dug into the concept further, referencing Michel Foucault, “biopolitics” and “the ‘microphysics of powers’ that molecularly operates inside society … a power that legitimises only some existences, confining the others inside a regime of containment and/or invisibility”.

Mental health campaigners might point out that people who have mental health issues and live on the margins of society could relate to that experience.

This was the brand’s first ready-to-wear show after the damaging backlash against a sweater whose design looked distressingly like blackface. Gucci pulled the item, apologised unreservedly and has appointed a diversity chief. Something safe and uncontroversial might have been expected.

After that opening tableau – which was searingly lit – the audience was plunged into darkness. Then the lights flickered on and the main collection was shown. This was a pared-back take on the maximalist dressing up box aesthetic that has made Gucci such a behemoth. It was stripped back, relatively speaking, with a few outfits only comprising – say – a pair of boots, a pair of trousers and a shirt, or 70s-style flared suits with a rollback underneath.

The collection was designed to celebrate individuality and did so with some beautiful dresses, such as one turquoise floor-length number, mismatched trainers – one foot neon yellow, one foot pink – which look to be a surefire commercial hit, and glasses with unexpectedly thick “geek chic” chains. In a further controversial touch there were anklets and bracelets that looked like bullet casings.

The impressive front row – Sienna Miller and Iggy Pop were among the sparkly Gucci-clad crowd – stood to applaud as Michele took his bow.

This was also the brand’s first carbon-neutral show, with attendants’ carbon dioxide emissions offset and the set to be reused in shops. Earlier this month Gucci promised to become an entirely carbon-neutral company. Its CEO, Marco Bizzarri, said the brand had considered rethinking fashion shows altogether, but felt technology was not yet sufficiently advanced to replace the practice.

In the press conference, Michele said: “The fashion show is truly a great occasion. It’s like going to the theatre to see a play – you are either there or you have not seen it. We all have iPhones but nobody can really tell you what it was like.”

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22 Sep

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22 Sep

A man accused of driving an SUV into and through Woodfield Mall on Friday is being treated at a mental health facility and any decision on possible charges will wait until he is released, according to police.

The 22-year-old is still in custody and was transported to AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine Institute, police said in a statement Saturday. Police don’t know how long he will be kept there, but said “no charges will be authorized until his release.”

Police had been dispatched to the mall in Schaumburg at 2:21 p.m. amid multiple reports of a vehicle driving in the mall. Officersfound that a black SUV had crashed through an entrance near Sears and Rainforest Cafe and procee ded to wreak havoc throughout the shopping center.

A video posted to Twitter captured the chaos, showing the SUV driving around the mall and smashing through kiosks as shoppers and employees flee.

The driver was detained by shoppers before officers arrived to arrest him, police said. He was treated on scene and refused medical transport.

No one was struck by the car but three people were taken to a hospital for “very minor” injuries, Schaumburg Police Chief Bill Wolf said Friday.

There was no indication the incident was meant as an attack, Wolf said. Investigators were looking into the possibility that the driver had some type of medical episode.

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22 Sep

From the Archives: What is Strength?

by Mark Rippetoe | September 22, 2019

Mark Rippetoe discusses strength during the lecture portion of The  Squat Camp held at Wichita Falls Athletic Club in 2017.

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