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Displaying items by tag: Best Of - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. http://druidcityliving.com Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:58:22 -0500 MYOB en-gb Dad Cooks Skillet Hash Brown Casserole...Kid Approved http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/1610-dad-cooks-skillet-hash-brown-casserole-kid-approved http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/1610-dad-cooks-skillet-hash-brown-casserole-kid-approved Dad Cooks Skillet Hash Brown Casserole...Kid Approved

 For Saturday morning, or just whenever we get tired of our regulars, this is a family favorite and fun for me to make too.

 

(Ingredients) Skillet Hash Brown Casserole:

- 1 lb mild Johnsonville Sausage
- 1 package frozen Shredded Hash Browns
- 1/2 cup Shredded Cheese
- 3 tbs Vegetable Oil
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

 

 

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josh.m.watkins@gmail.com (Joshua M Watkins) Food Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:13:04 -0600
Definitive List of the Best Movies Set in Alabama http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/family/item/1584-best-movies-set-in-alabama http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/family/item/1584-best-movies-set-in-alabama Definitive List of the Best Movies Set in Alabama

It’s called Sweet Home Alabama for a reason – it’s sweet and it’s home to almost five million Americans. Alabama has a story unlike any other state in the nation, which is probably while the silver screen is always drawn back to the southern roots that run deep through the Alabama dirt. The movies below were all set in Alabama and are classics that shouldn’t be missed.

To Kill A Mockingbird

Perhaps one of Alabama’s biggest literary accomplishments comes to life in the movie named for the book “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Anyone who’s ever survived a high school English class knows the deal. Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), lawyer father to Scout (Mary Badham), is to defend a man who has been falsely accused of sexual assault. Scout attempts to navigate through her childhood while confronting the world around her. The classic highlights the struggles of overcoming racism and ignorance all while set in Monroeville, Alabama.

Big Fish 

Ed Bloom, Jr. has lived in the shadow of his father’s tales and legends throughout his entire life. Based on the novel “Big Fish,” Ed (Ewan McGregor) relives the stories told to him order to find a way to reconnect to his dying father. Directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish has Siamese twin dancers, a town that walks around only barefoot and, of course, one really big fish. Tumbling through a fantasy world that only gets confusing if you ask too many questions, Big Fish doesn’t rely on making sense. Which only makes sense, in the end.

Forrest Gump

Alabama natives are given a birth certificate and a copy of Forrest Gump when they enter the world. True? No, but it should be. Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) is a man with a low I.Q. who has life experiences that can only be classified as legend. Forrest’s story includes a miraculous spinal disease cure, making it through an all-girls’ dorm, making it through Bear Bryant’s coaching, making it through Vietnam and then making a shrimping company for kicks. Set in Greenbow, Alabama and with unforgettable characters like Bubba (Mykelti Williamson), Jenny (Robin Wright) and Lieutenant Dan (Gary Sinise), Forrest Gump is a movie for the ages (all of them).

Fried Green Tomatoes 

Evelyn (Kathy Bates) is down and out about her body, her marriage and her life. Then, she meets Ninny (Jessica Tandy). Ninny introduces Evelyn to Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker) and Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson) through her stories of the two women who used to run the Whistle Stop Café. Based on the novel, “Fried Green Tomatoes,” the film adaptation is just as delicious. Ninny tells Evelyn of Idgie’s adventurous ways and of Ruth’s steadfast friendship that inspires Evelyn to change for the better. This classic never disappoints and is set in Anderson, Alabama.


Sweet Home Alabama

Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) has changed. After leaving her hometown of Pigeon Creek, Alabama, she becomes a fashion designer from Greenville, Alabama and never looks back. Until she gets engaged. Before she can marry her groom-to-be, she has to divorce her high school sweetheart, Jake (Josh Lucas). When she comes home, Melanie discovers she’s not the only thing that’s changed. “Sweet Home Alabama” shows just how deep the Alabama roots can be, even if you have grown wings.

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tori.linville94@gmail.com (Tori Linville) Family Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:00:00 -0600
Five of the best Wild Game recipes for Venison http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/1577-five-of-the-best-wild-game-recipes-for-venison http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/1577-five-of-the-best-wild-game-recipes-for-venison Five of the best Wild Game recipes for Venison

This time of year in the south, there aren't many cooks that don't have access to venison(deer meat), either from the hunter in the family or friends.  However, cooking with venison can be challenging at first. Proper tenderizing and seasonings need to be added to enhance the flavor and cut down on the "gamey" taste that comes along with wild game. We first started cooking with venison as a way to cut costs at the grocery store meat department when prices started to skyrocket. I also found that I liked the fact that the meat was all natural, with no steroids or other additives. The following five recipes have become family favorites over the years.

Slow Cooker Venison Roast

  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 pounds boneless venison roast
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
  • ½ cup Red Wine

Directions

Put cleaned meat in slow cooker and cover with onion. Sprinkle with soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and pepper. In a small bowl combine the soup mix and the soup; mix and pour mixture over venison. Add red wine after cooking for two hours. Cook on Low setting for 6 hours. Instead of adding carrots and potatoes to the roast, coat them with olive oil, season to taste, and roast them on a cooking sheet in the oven.

CAJUN SAUCE PIQUANTE

  • Jalapeno pepper, chopped (to taste)
  • 1/2 c. white port wine
  • 3 or 4 onions, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 pkg. fresh mushrooms, cleaned & sliced
  • 1 lg. can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 c. cooking oil
  • 2 lb. of venison strips
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 4 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Parsley, chopped
  • 6 pack of 7-UP soda
  • Salt & pepper

Directions:

Make roux with oil and flour, add chopped vegetables, and cook until tender. Add all other ingredients, using the 7-UP instead of water as the sauce is cooking. Cook 6 or 7 hours, in crock pot, adding meat after 3 hours, so that it will be tender but not overdone. Serve over noodles or rice.

 

BRUNSWICK STEW

  • Carrots
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup Tabasco sauce
  • 2 large cans of tomatoes or tomato juice
  • 2 cans of corn
  • 3 lb. deer meat chunks (best to chop a roast into cubes)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ pound dry lima beans, cooked and mashed
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • Potatoes

Directions

Brown meat in skillet, don't overcook. Add chicken broth. Mix all other ingredients together in large pot. Cook 3-5 hours on stovetop, checking meat often to make sure you don't overcook it.

Venison Chili Mac

  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 packs chili seasoning
  • 1 can beer
  • 2 tsp. mustard
  • 1 can tomato puree
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 lbs. ground deer meat
  • 2 med. onions, chopped
  • 2 16 oz. Cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 c. ketchup
  • 2 cans red kidney beans, drained
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • Elbow macaroni

Directions

In large skillet, brown deer, 1 chopped onion, 1 pack of chili seasoning, and 1/2 can tomato sauce. Pepper to taste. Put in large pot or crock pot, and stir in chopped onion, chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato puree, honey, mustard, catsup, beer, beans, chili seasoning, chili powder, and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, simmer covered for around 1 hour or to desired consistency. If using the crock pot, set on low and cook for 6 hours. Stir occasionally. Add cooked macaroni just before serving. Great served with cornbread.

Deer Meat Stroganoff

  • 2 tbsp. dry white wine
  • 1 tsp. instant beef bouillon
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 c. sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 tsp. flour
  • 1 lb. deer steak
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 c. dairy sour cream
  • Hot cooked noodles

Directions

When meat is still partially frozen, thinly slice across the grain into bite-size strips. Combine 1 tablespoon flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Coat meat with flour mixture. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in skillet and brown meat quickly on both sides. Add mushrooms, onion and garlic, and sauté 3-4 minutes. Remove meat and mushroom mixture from pan. Add 2 tablespoons butter to pan drippings, stir in 2 tablespoons flour. Add tomato paste, bouillon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir in 1 1/4 cups water. Cook and stir until bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute longer. Combine sour cream and remaining 1 tablespoon flour. Return meat and mushroom mixture to skillet. Stir in sour cream mixture and wine. Heat through, but do not boil. Serve over noodles. Serves 4.

These are just a few of my family's favorites. One of the best ways to find out which way you like your venison is by trial and error. However, there are a few tips that novice venison cooks need to know. Do not overcook venison. Venison is leaner than beef; therefore, it requires extra tenderizing prior to cooking. Spices are your friends. Without seasoning, venison meat will have an aftertaste and taste "gamey". Try some of your favorite beef or chicken recipes using venison. This way you know your family likes the beef version, by swapping out the beef for venison, see if your family still loves the dish. Using venison is a great way to save on the grocery bill. I know I have saved a lot of money and removed harmful food additives at the same time. So, do not be afraid to experiment and have fun cooking.

 

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Top Five Book Picks: Great Novels for Bookworms on Your Holiday Gift List http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/community/item/1574-top-five-book-picks-great-novels-for-bookworms-on-your-holiday-gift-list http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/community/item/1574-top-five-book-picks-great-novels-for-bookworms-on-your-holiday-gift-list Top Five Book Picks: Great Novels for Bookworms on Your Holiday Gift List

In the spirit of the holidays and giving, we wondered about some top book selections for 2016 – what are some great options for the bibliophile on your list?

And of course, we turned to Ernest & Hadley Booksellers’ Easty Lambert-Brown. She’s an expert, after all! Here are her top five book picks - and thanks, Easty!

The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes

My first introduction to Julian Barnes' works. It examines the mysteries of how we remember and our impulse to correct and sometimes entirely erase our pasts.

 

Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how a chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Despite their forged relationships, these families form a bond that none of them would have predicted.

 

The Trespasser, by Tana French

This is the 6th book in the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French but they can honestly be read as stand alone's and in any order. The characters are exceptionally developed and the plot expertly paced, feeding you glimpses of the truth and more than a few red herrings.

 

The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd

What this book says about slavery is pivotal, but watch out for the ending. It will knock your socks off. Hint: The women's liberation movement had nothing on the two sisters featured in this book.

 

Nutshell, by Ian McEwan

Trudy has betrayed her husband, John, and is having an affair with his brother, Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world's master storytellers.

 

Earnest & Hadley booksellers is a fantastic new indie bookstore in Tuscaloosa - learn more by clicking here!

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Taking a look at Alabama football's Top Five all-time leaders (via Crimson Magazine) http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/1250-taking-a-look-at-alabama-football-s-top-five-all-time-leaders-via-crimson-magazine http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/sports-n-outdoor/item/1250-taking-a-look-at-alabama-football-s-top-five-all-time-leaders-via-crimson-magazine Taking a look at Alabama football's Top Five all-time leaders (via Crimson Magazine)

With another University of Alabama football season just around the corner, it is a good time to take a look at the Crimson Tide's Top Five all-time leaders in a host of categories heading into the 2016 campaign.

Of course, it is no real surprise that many of the tradition-rich program's leaders have emerged during the Nick Saban Era in Tuscaloosa.

This is not a shocker considering the Saban tenure has produced four national championships, four Southeastern Conference titles, two Heisman Trophy winners, and a host of All-Americans and National Football League draft choices among other accomplishments.

But the leader charts reflect a host of different eras of Crimson Tide football and include a host of the program's most celebrated standouts.


TOP FIVE TOTAL CAREER OFFENSE YARDAGE LEADERS:
1. AJ McCarron, 8,969 yards
2. John Parker Wilson, 8,099 yards
3. Brodie Croyle, 6,205 yards
4. Andrew Zow, 5,958 yards
5. Greg McElroy, 5,762 yards

TOP FIVE CAREER ALL-PURPOSE YARDS:
1. Bobby Humphrey, 4,958 yards
2. Trent Richardson, 4,580 yards
3. Shaun Alexander, 4,433 yards
4. Javier Arenas, 4,006 yards
5. Mark Ingram, 3,976 yards

TOP FIVE ALABAMA CAREER RUSHERS:
1. Derrick Henry, 3,591 yards
2. Shaun Alexander, 3,565 yards
3. Bobby Humphrey, 3,420 yards
4. Kenneth Darby, 3,324 yards
5. T.J. Yeldon, 3,323 yards

TOP FIVE CAREER RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS:
1. Mark Ingram, 42
1. Derrick Henry, 42
3. Shaun Alexander, 41
4. T.J. Yeldon, 37
5. Trent Richardson, 35

TOP FIVE LONGEST TOUCHDOWN RUSHES:
1. Chris Anderson, 96 yards vs Temple in 1991
2. Harry Gilmer, 95 yards vs Kentucky in 1945
3. Bobby Marlow, 92 yards vs Georgia Tech in 1950
4. Glen Coffee, 87 yards vs Arkansas in 2008
4. Calvin Culliver, 87 yards vs Virginia Tech in 1973
4. Billy Jackson, 87 yards vs Florida in 1978

TOP FIVE CAREER PASSING YARDS:
1. AJ McCarron, 9,019 yards
2. John Parker Wilson, 7,924 yards
3. Brodie Croyle, 6,382 yards
4. Andrew Zow, 5,983 yards
5. Greg McElroy, 5,691 yards

TOP FIVE CAREER TOUCHDOWN PASSES LEADERS:
1. AJ McCarron, 77
2. John Parker Wilson, 47
3. Brodie Croyle, 41
4. Greg McElroy, 39
5. Mike Shula and Andrew Zow, 35

TOP FIVE CAREER RECEPTIONS:
1. Amari Cooper, 228
2. DJ Hall, 194
3. Julio Jones, 179
4. Freddie Milons, 152
5. Marquis Maze, 136

TOP FIVE CAREER RECEIVING YARDS:
1. Amari Cooper, 3,463 yards
2. DJ Hall, 2,923 yards
3. Julio Jones, 2,653 yards
4. Ozzie Newsome, 2,070 yards
5. Keith Brown, 1,863 yards

TOP FIVE CAREER RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS:
1. Amari Cooper, 31
2. Dennis Homan, 18
3. DJ Hall, 17
4. Ozzie Newsome, 16
5. Joey Jones and Julio Jones, 15

TOP FIVE CAREER POINTS SCORED:
1. Leigh Tiffin, 385 points
2. Phillip Doyle, 345 points
3. Michael Proctor, 326 points
4. Van Tiffin, 312 points
5. Jeremy Shelley, 304 points

TOP FIVE CAREER TOUCHDOWNS SCORED:
1. Shaun Alexander, 50
2. Mark Ingram, 46
3. Derrick Henry, 45
4. Trent Richardson, 43
5. Bobby Humphrey, 40

TOP FIVE LEADERS FOR FIELD GOALS MADE:
1. Leigh Tiffin, 83
2. Phillip Doyle, 78
3. Michael Proctor, 65,
4. Van Tiffin, 59
5. Jeremy Shelley, 44

TOP FIVE PUNTING YARDS:
1. P.J. Fitzgerald, 9,485 yards
2. Chris Mohr, 8,636 yards
3. Bryne Diehl, 7,803 yards
4. Cody Mandell, 7,191 yards
5. Frank Mann, 6,619 yards

TOP FIVE PUNT RETURN YARDS:
1. Javier Arenas, 1,752 yards
2. Harry Gilmer, 1,119 yards
3. Greg Richardson, 997 yards
4. David Palmer, 866 yards
5. Willie Shelby, 861 yards

TOP FIVE KICKOFF RETURN YARDS:
1. Javier Arenas, 2,166 yards
2. Christion Jones, 1,727 yards
3. Arvin Richard, 1,261 yards
4. Bobby Humphrey, 1,015 yards
5. Freddie Milons, 917 yards

TOP FIVE CAREER TACKLES LEADERS:
1. Wayne Davis, 327
2. Thomas Boyd, 324
3. C.J. Mosley, 319
4. Woodrow Lowe, 315
5. Demeco Ryans, 309

TOP FIVE CAREER SACK LEADERS:
1. Derrick Thomas, 52
2. Kindal Moorehead, 25
3. Jarret Johnson, 23
4. Eric Curry, 22.5
5. Wallace Gilberry, 21.5

TOP FIVE CAREER INTERCEPTION LEADERS:
1. Antonio Langham, 19
2. Harry Gilmer, Jeremiah Castille and John Mangum, 16
3. Steve Higginbotham, Kermit Kendrick, George Teague and Robert Lester, 14

For more great Alabama Crimson Tide analysis and coverage, visit crimsonmag.com.

Source: 2016 University of Alabama football media guide

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contact@druidcitymedia.com (Super User) Sports n Outdoor Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500
Best Summer Cocktails: Cheers! http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/1149-best-summer-cocktails-cheers http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/1149-best-summer-cocktails-cheers Best Summer Cocktails: Cheers!

Most would agree that cocktails in general are great for summer. So narrowing down the list for the best summer cocktails is always a challenge. The consensus is that people want a drink that is thirst-quenching, above all else. This means tart flavors and fruit mixtures that send the right amount of summer vibes for any sweltering get together.  If you’re lacking inspiration and need help staying away from your worn-out go-to drinks, we’ve got some suggestions for your next cocktail here. Cheers, Tuscaloosa!

The Summertime Traditionals 

 

Mojito 

Hailing from Cuba, the mojito is a refreshing summer must-drink. This recipe swaps the traditional sugar syrup with superfine sugar, giving the drink a grainy twist. 

2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice 

2 (heaping) teaspoons of superfine sugar 

1 cup of crushed ice 

12 fresh mint leaves (five small sprigs for garnish) 

1/4 cup of white rum 

2 tablespoons of club soda 

Prep: stir lime juice and sugar in a 10 oz. glass until sugar dissolves. Add 1/4 cup of crushed ice and rub mint leaves over the glass rim. Tear leaves in half and add to glass. Stir gently for 15 seconds, add rum, remaining ice and club soda. Stir gently for 5 seconds and garnish. 

 

Mango Margarita 

Did you even have a summer if you didn’t have a margarita? The mango margarita puts a tropical twist on this summertime classic that is far from forgettable. 

1 large mango, seeded and chopped 

    3/4 cup of fresh orange juice 

    1/4 cup Key lime juice 

    1/3 cup of tequila 

    1/4 cup of orange-flavored liqueur 

    1/4 cup of simple syrup 

    Ice cubes

Prep: combine first six ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add ice and process until smooth. 

 

Hurricane 

An ode to the storms that pass through summer, the Hurricane is a fail-proof cocktail that always adds to any event. 

.50 oz. of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum 

.75 oz. of dark rum 

    3 oz. of passion fruit 

    3 oz. of mango juice 

    2 oz. of sweet and sour mix 

    1 wheel lime (if you feel like it) 

Prep: add the rums, passion fruit, mango juice and the sweet and sour mix to a cocktail mixer. Shake and serve. Garnish with lime wheel. 

 

Sips that Scream Summer 

 

Barbados Punch 

Reminiscent of a time on a far-off island, the Barbados Punch requires no passport or airfare.  

1 oz. of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum 

          .25 oz. of triple sec 

1 oz. of lime juice  

2 oz. of pineapple juice 

crushed ice 

1 slice of lime and pineapple (if you feel like it) 

Prep: add first four ingredients to a blender with ice. Blend until smooth and garnish with lime and pineapple slices 

 

Pink Bikini 

Sweet and succulent, the Pink Bikini personifies summer. From the name to the ingredients, there’s nothing not to gain here. Matching drink with swimsuit recommended for ultimate experience. 

 1 1 liter bottle of raspberry lemonade 

 3/4 cups coconut rum 

 1 cup of amaretto liqueur 

Prep: combine ingredients in a large pitcher, stir well and serve. 

 

Peach Fuzzies 

Like the warm fuzzies, only peach. Perfectly paired with beach outings, barbeques or sitting at home, Peach Fuzzies serves a crunch for everyone.  

 

1 12 oz. can of frozen pink lemonade concentrate, slightly thawed and divided 

3/4 cup of vodka, divided 

3/4 cup of water, divided 

4 cups of ripe peaches, peeled and cubed fresh, divided 

crushed ice 

Prep: process half quantities of first four ingredients in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape sides. Fill blender with ice to five-cup level and process until smooth. Pour and then repeat procedure with remaining ingredients. 

 

The Fourth of July Guest of Honor 

 

Betsy Ross Martini 

Nothing says national pride quite like a martini named after the lady who has been credited with making the United States flag. In the spirit of pride, what better way to celebrate? 

3 tablespoons of vanilla vodka 

1/2 tablespoon of a hazelnut liqueur 

1 tablespoon of vanilla simple syrup 

1/2 tablespoons of half-and-half 

ice 

strawberry syrup 

6 blueberries 

Prep: mix vodka, liqueur, vanilla simple syrup and half-and-half in an ice-filled cocktail mixer. Shake hard and strain into chilled martini glass. Pour strawberry syrup into small squeeze bottle and squeeze stripes of syrup on top. Place blueberries in top left side of glass to make a flag-like rendering. 

See coastalliving.com, delish.com, epicurious.com and more sites to find your new favorite cocktail recipes. 

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tori.linville94@gmail.com (Tori Linville) Food Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500
Best of Summer 2016: Great Beach Reads http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/community/item/1138-best-of-summer-2016-great-beach-reads http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/community/item/1138-best-of-summer-2016-great-beach-reads Best of Summer 2016: Great Beach Reads

I’ve mentioned before my love of all things movies and music, but let’s add books to the list, shall we? I just got a new Kindle and I’ve blown through a LOT of great books in recent weeks. And I’m no snob about what I read – give me a great "chick-lit" book any day and I’ll be happy. I also read biographies and smarty books, but this time of year, I’m in the mood for an easy read that’s engaging and fun and will keep me entertained as I sit on a beach or by a pool relaxing. It's all about decompressing, and escaping into another world for a little bit. I thought I'd share some finds, so hopefully one of these will suit your fancy.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Here’s the deal with this one: I loved The Vacationers, so I already knew I’d get this one as soon as it came out, which I did. This is not set in glam Majorca…its Brooklyn. And it’s perfect. This is middle-aged urban dysfunction at its best. These are college friends all grown up and trying to establish their lives. My personal opinion? Modern Lovers is even better than The Vacationers. That’s saying something.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

This book was recommended to me by a Facebook friend who shares similar taste – we love the psychological thriller types of books. This was a quick read, and an intriguing one. It’s a lovely British mystery. I hesitate to tell you too much, but I can tell you that the novel has many fans, not the least of which is one Reese Witherspoon, who is adapting it into a feature film. I wouldn’t put this on par with S.J. Watson by any means, but it’s certainly worth your time.

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews fans, I really don’t have to tell you: Her books are such fun to read, especially while on vacation. This was a fast read. MKA never disappoints. If I can’t make a decision about a much-needed light, fun novel, I’m grabbing one of her books in a heartbeat. Have a blast reading this one!

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Of all the books I’ve read so far this year, this one touched me the most. Months later, it is STILL on my mind. Be warned: It’s a tearjerker in a massive way. But it’s important. And insightful. And absolutely beautifully written by Kalanithi, a soon-to-be neurosurgeon (and a brilliant writer) who learned at age 36 that he had Stage IV lung cancer. His search for what makes life worth living while facing death is incredibly moving. It left me gobsmacked. If you want something heavy, this is it.

My Next Read

The Girls by Emma Cline is on my radar and has been for some time. Lots of great buzz surrounding this debut novel about a girl caught in a web of a California cult…with a lot more going on. Shades of Helter Skelter, perhaps? This is probably going to be a huge hit. It just came out, so if you don’t hear from me for a while know that I’m busily tearing through this book.

I thought I’d share a few recommendations. Now obviously, it’s not a one-book-fits-all kind of deal. Do your due diligence before you buy (or checkout from the library, which is so much cheaper). I’m a fan personally of the reviews on Goodreads, if you need a starting point. But really, at this point, in our busy lives, I think it’s just good that we DO read – and what we read? Well that is our business.

Have a great summer and I hope you find that perfect beach read for you.

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liz@druidcitymedia.com (Liz Stephens) Community Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0500
What are the BEST Senior Class traditions in Tuscaloosa? http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/community/schools/item/1103-what-are-the-best-senior-class-traditions-in-tuscaloosa http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/community/schools/item/1103-what-are-the-best-senior-class-traditions-in-tuscaloosa What are the BEST Senior Class traditions in Tuscaloosa?

It's that time of year again, the one where we send senior classes off into the wild blue yonder.  But before they go, many of them will participate in some regular traditions and we want to know what you think are our best local senior traditions?

 

 

 

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contact@druidcitymedia.com (Super User) Education Tue, 26 May 2015 09:12:00 -0500
What is the Worst Date Movie Ever? http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/community/item/1055-what-is-the-worst-date-movie-ever http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/community/item/1055-what-is-the-worst-date-movie-ever What is the Worst Date Movie Ever?

Hi. My name is Liz, and I’m a movie addict. Some of you already knew that I was a huge music fan – I spend way too much on concert tickets but hey, who doesn’t enjoy a night out at the Tuscaloosa Amp seeing The Avett Brothers once in a while? Well, now you know my other secret: movies. I love them. Even the bad ones.

And that’s kinda what I wanted to talk about right now: Bad movies…for date night.

 DCL has teamed up with Ranker.com and we’re bringing you some of the site’s best lists – the ones you can discuss for hours with friends. And I did with this one: Ranker’s absolute worst movies to watch on date night really does make me cringe. Unfortunately, I’ve got experience with at least one of the BAD date night movies on the list: “The Break-Up.” Saw it on a FIRST date, if you can imagine. And spent the entire ride back home arguing with my date about the specifics (“He’s a pig” vs. “She’s too controlling” in the “Why did they have to break up?” vein of things).

We did have a second date, but it was awkward and creepy and we were both secretly looking for flaws in each other. No third date. Thanks, Jennifer Aniston. I though your movie was billed as a romantic COMEDY. Beware the rom-coms. They’re tricky. Make sure you do your due diligence before you rent the film or see it in a theater.

Anyone else ever find themselves in this dilemma? As you can see from the Ranker list, bad date night films don’t have to actually be in theaters – some of the top choices are decades old, but they certainly qualify…

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Local Antique Stores http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/family/home-n-garden/item/232-local-antique-stores http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/family/home-n-garden/item/232-local-antique-stores Local Antique Stores

By Tori Linville         

 

You’re in the market to find some perfect home furnishings that reflect you and your household. But the newly built stuff just doesn’t cut it these days. Anyone who’s ever paid the tiniest attention to HGTV knows that the secret lies in the furniture with history. Antiques! We’ve got some places for you to shop in the area that will hopefully have you meeting the perfect piece soon.

 

TUSCALOOSA

 

Adam’s Antiques/The Potager

 

Owned by the same people, these antique staple stores have a wide variety of furniture from tapestries to paintings to armoires. From England to France, the owners travel all different places in for one of a kind items. To get a pretty good idea of what the store offers, visit their website.

 

·      Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Sundays.

 

Capitol Park Antiques, Interiors and Gardens

 

Capitol Park allows for all kinds of items whether it’s antiques, home décor and even garden items. They have a large selection of furniture from wardrobes, rugs and even bedding. For more information on the store’s selection, check out their website.

 

·      Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Skyland Antique Mall

 

While it’s more like a flea market, there’s a reason the antique mall made the list. Here you’ll find Alabama football memorabilia to knock your socks off, along with tons of antique furniture and a coin collection to boot. The mall has helpful staff and even conducts moving and estate sales. See what else the mall provides here.

 

·      Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

BIRMINGHAM

 

Hanna Antiques Mall

 

Voted as the best antique mall in Birmingham, Hanna Antiques Mall seems to have everything and anything you could think of. From antique furniture to a large selection of rugs to a huge selection of miscellaneous items, there’s always something great to buy (or at least think about buying). On top of that, an anniversary sale is going on now and ends July 31. See what’s going on at Hanna’s here.

 

·      Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

What’s On 2nd

 

Friendly staff and eclectic finds are what’s on 2nd, according to customer reviews. Neat finds include tons of childhood toys from decades past, magazines, furniture and more. Deals and discounts are all over the place. Known to carry everything weird and cool, What’s On 2nd is a pop culture capitol right in Birmingham.

 

·      Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Homewood Antiques

 

Homewood is another great find in Birmingham that has tons of merchandise to browse through. Antiques, jewelry, boutique clothing, custom nursery bedding, hand-made items and more can all be found behind Homewood’s doors. For more info, check out their website.

 

·      Open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.

           

 

DESTIN

 

De’France Antiques

 

All kinds of items and pieces are found at De’Frances such as salvaged and repurposed pieces, jewelry, collectibles and more. Check out what’s going on and even go on a tour of De’France here.

 

·      Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Flutterby Antiques

 

Pottery, glassware, handmade jewelry and candles and more are all for sale at Flutterby. Friendly staff and gift wrap services make this antique shop one more place to visit in Destin. See more here.

 

 

·      Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Antiques on Holiday

 

Antiques on Holiday features reasonable prices with a wide array of items to choose from. The establishment posts regularly on their Facebook page to let customers know about sales and new items.

 

·      Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Article sponsored by Bama Exterminating.

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