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No More Traveling With Heavy Books – All These eReaders Are on Sale!

Calling all bookworms: have we got a deal for you! There’s nothing better than a great book on Summer vacation, but lugging all your different options takes up valuable suitcase room. The simple solution? An eReader! They’re lightweight, portable, and contain thousands of books, so if you’re not into your choice of novel, just download another one! There are some amazing deals on eReaders for the whole family as part of Amazon Prime Day, so start shopping before the sale ends at midnight PST!

Universal Orlando’s New Nighttime Show Includes Magic For Harry Potter Fans

Wands at the ready, Harry Potter fans! Universal Orlando has an exciting new nighttime lagoon show, and it looks absolutely magical. The resort’s Cinematic Celebration, which officially premiered on July 16, uses lasers, pyrotechnics, water screens, and over 120 dancing fountains to create an unbelievable experience for guests.

Watch your favorite movies come to life as you follow the mischievous Minions of Despicable Me, feel the thrill of The Fast & Furious movies, watch dinosaurs from Jurassic Park, and (drum roll, please) let yourself be spellbound by moments from the Harry Potter films.

While this celebration only shows on select days, the pictures ahead might convince you to plan for it in advance. This show looks absolutely captivating!

Homemade Hummus That’s So Easy To Snack On

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I eat hummus ALL THE TIME. I’ve been making mine from scratch for a few years now and I realize I’ve never shared a recipe!

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This one is made from soaking beans and boiling them. If you want super smooth hummus, you can remove the skins from the beans. It takes a good amount of time to do this (probably around 20 minutes) but it makes the smoothest of smooth hummuses. I don’t actually do this part haha. Hence the lack of super smooth hummus but it’s smooth enough in my mind.

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I make a big batch and then eat it throughout the week. And if people come over, they’ll often times leave with a container of hummus because 1 pound of garbanzo beans yields a lot of hummus. It’s magical what you can get out of it.

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Make a big batch of homemade hummus and then eat it throughout the week. (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of Fresh Tastes)

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound garbanzo beans, soaked over night in cool water
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 1/4 cup tahini 
  • Juice from 1 1/2 lemons
  • Salt to taste (about 2 tablespoons) 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more as garnish

Directions

  1. Add the rinsed and soaked beans to a pot. Cover with a few inches of water and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 1 hour on the stove, adding more water as needed. Drain and set aside. 
  2. Depending on the size of your food processor or blender, you may need to do this in batches! To a food processor or high powered blender, add the garbanzo beans, garlic cloves, water, tahini, lemon juice and about a tablespoon of salt. While the machine is running, drizzle in the olive oil and blend until very smooth, about 1 minute. You may need to scrap down the sides and blend again. Give it a taste and adjust the salt to taste. I added an additional 2 teaspoons. 
  3. Transfer a cup or two to a plate, making a swoop with a spoon and drizzle with olive oil. This makes a good amount of hummus so transfer any extra to the fridge. Lasts good for up to a week. 

Adrianna Adarme - PBS Food Fresh Tastes BloggerAdrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

People Can’t Stop Taking Photos of Disneyland’s Cute Mickey and Minnie Soft-Serve Sundaes

Whenever I think about Disney, it’s almost unavoidable that Mickey and Minnie Mouse come to mind. These animated characters are beloved, timeless, and an original staple of the theme parks. If you’re a Mouseketeer at heart, you’re going to love these adorable soft-serve sundaes at Disneyland.

During your next visit to the park, stop in for a visit at Clarabelle’s in Toontown and grab a Mickey or Minnie Mouse sundae (or both!) for $8. Mickey’s sundae comes with your choice of vanilla or chocolate swirl frozen yogurt, along with chocolate cream cookie ears, chocolate candies, and a bow tie, while Minnie’s is the same but with a polka-dot bow. Judging by all the photos on Instagram, it appears this snack is pretty popular – and photo-friendly, too! See all our favorite snaps below and you’ll certainly want to add this sweet treat to your Disney food bucket list.

I Switched to Linen Sheets – and It Changed My Life

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I know I’m one of a great many people who love sleeping, but honestly, my real obsession is bedding. I have a constant goal to create the coziest bed you have ever seen and could hope to snooze in. I judge hotels on their beds alone. I have dreams of opening a luxury bedding boutique. So, yeah, the fact that I have been committed to one brand of sheets for the last five years or so should tell you that I did my research before I decided that the best sheets for my buck were Pottery Barn’s Essentials line. Crisp, cool to the touch, and soft without resorting to a sateen blend or some wacky technique to get the thread counts sky-high, I was sure I was in it for the long haul with these sheets. But this isn’t a story about how these sheets and I fell in love. It’s a story about our breakup.

See, I met new sheets. And I am never, ever going back to anything else. Enter: linen sheets.

My curiosity started with Pinterest. Images of sexy, rumpled linen bedding showed up in my feed, and the more I’d click on them, the more would show up. The pictures looked irresistible; unlike the perfectly staged beds with neatly made covers and impeccably fluffed throw pillows, these linen beds – with sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers all made of linen – were different. Something about the lived-in quality and simple colors was so chic, and honestly, my bed needed a refresh. So obviously, my sway to the linen side was all aesthetic. But given that I had never even slept on linen sheets as far as I knew, and being an arbiter of all things cozy, I couldn’t change such a major part of my life without doing the proper research.

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Product reviews touted linen as ultrabreathable, due to being made of natural fiber, and the major benefit of that is that they are “cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter.” Great, I thought, but how soft are they? Because that would be a major dealbreaker for me, aforementioned cozy person. Other reviews and blog posts insisted that linen sheets last “forever” and get softer with every wash. But . . . what about when they’re new, fam? I don’t have several years to wait before my sheets get comfortable. I need them hygge NOW.

That was admittedly what kept me from buying linen sheets for a while, but one day, when I was browsing Crate & Barrel, I was struck by shopping kismet: a set of linen sheets were on sale for $100 because they were missing a pillowcase. Since the other linen sheet sets I had been thinking of buying were all upward of $200, this was a major deal. But I hesitated in the store; the sheets didn’t feel that soft. Linen is naturally nubby – it’s part of its look – but I started to worry that I was making a social-media-inspired decision, not buying something I actually wanted. That only lasted a couple minutes. They were such a steal that I grabbed them and had them washed and on my bed faster than a Hollywood engagement.

At home, they looked great; so far, so good. But the real test was that first night’s sleep. My husband and I both woke up the next morning shocked. But, like, shocked and well-f*cking-rested. Neither of us even woke up once to use the bathroom or even remembered stirring. Had we been exceptionally tired? Nah. It was the sheets. It was the sheets the next night, and the next, and the night after that. No, they are not crazy-soft, but they are . . . magic. It’s the only way to describe it. Fine, it’s not the only way, but it feels like magic when you realize one small change has given you the best night’s sleep in years.

No, they are not crazy-soft, but they are . . . magic.

My assumption is that the whole natural-fiber thing that keeps you cool or warm is the key. My husband is a hot sleeper who usually kicks off the sheets and duvet at some point in the night, and my body goes hot and cold like Goldilocks in the night. I’m either freezing and need another blanket or waking up sweaty, no matter what season it is. After two months of using the linen sheets, no sheet kicking or blanket adding or night sweating has happened. The sheets seem to regulate your body temperature, so those fluctuations that would normally wake you up don’t. This was just my theory after thinking about why we were sleeping so well, but it actually might be backed up by science. According to the National Sleep Foundation, your body temperature is “a key part of what regulates the circadian rhythm that determines when your body is ready to go to sleep and when it’s ready to wake up.” The linen sheets seem like they just keep you comfortable (read: asleep), no matter what.

And the question of how soft they are now? After a few washes, they do seem to be softening up, and at times, I’ve woken up and felt like they were spun silk. But that’s just probably because I was having an amazing dream in the coziest bed ever.

Book-Lovers, Get Your Hands on These eReaders Before Amazon Prime Day Ends!

Calling all bookworms: have we got a deal for you! There’s nothing better than a great book on Summer vacation, but lugging all your different options takes up valuable suitcase room. The simple solution? An eReader! They’re lightweight, portable, and contain thousands of books, so if you’re not into your choice of novel, just download another one! There are some amazing deals on eReaders for the whole family as part of Amazon Prime Day, so start shopping before the sale ends at midnight PST!

Coffee-Lovers, Rejoice! This Keurig Is Half Off During Amazon Prime Day

Coffee is one of the world’s greatest simple pleasures. When that first cup hits your lips in the morning, it’s honestly magical. And while we love our fancy lattes and cappuccinos, there’s a unique joy that comes from having coffee in your pajamas. Needless to say, we love our Keurig. If for some reason you don’t have one of these magical machines, now’s your chance! This Keurig K-Elite, Brushed Silver Single Serve Coffee Maker ($100, originally $197) is the perfect addition to your kitchen, office, or wherever you like to have your coffee. Just thank Amazon Prime Day for this incredible deal, which only lasts until midnight PST tonight! If that wasn’t enough, this deal also comes with a 44-pack of K Cups from one of our favorite NYC coffee shops, Laughing Man. Founded by Hugh Jackman, and this editor’s standard weekend hangout spot, I can confirm the coffee is amazing, and now you can have a cup no matter where you are. Sign us up!

Grain-Free Morning Glory Muffins

One of my favorite escapes as a young mom was a sweet hour all to myself at a local coffee shop with a good book and a great cup of coffee. I discovered Morning Glory Muffins one Saturday and fell in love. Chock full of fruit and nuts, they are the perfect healthy treat. This version calls for almond and coconut flours, upping the nutritional ante with added protein, fiber and healthy fats. Hide them all for yourself, indulge with friends or, OK, maybe share with the kids.

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People Can’t Stop Taking Photos of Disneyland’s Cute Mickey and Minnie Soft-Serve Sundaes

Whenever I think about Disney, it’s almost unavoidable that Mickey and Minnie Mouse come to mind. These animated characters are beloved, timeless, and an original staple of the theme parks. If you’re a Mouseketeer at heart, you’re going to love these adorable soft-serve sundaes at Disneyland.

During your next visit to the park, stop in for a visit at Clarabelle’s in Toontown and grab a Mickey or Minnie Mouse sundae (or both!) for $8. Mickey’s sundae comes with your choice of vanilla or chocolate swirl frozen yogurt, along with chocolate cream cookie ears, chocolate candies, and a bow tie, while Minnie’s is the same but with a polka-dot bow. Judging by all the photos on Instagram, it appears this snack is pretty popular – and photo-friendly, too! See all our favorite snaps below and you’ll certainly want to add this sweet treat to your Disney food bucket list.

Reese’s and Hershey’s Whipped Creams Really Exist, So I’m Never Eating Waffles Plain Again

Remember when you were a kid and whipped cream would go straight from the can to your mouth? No buffers of ice cream or waffles were necessary; all you needed was that aerosol dairy goodness. Well, prepare to revert back to your childhood days: Reese’s and Hershey’s whipped cream flavors exist, and they look good enough to eat straight.

While Instagram user markie_devo teased rumors of the whipped toppings in June, it seemed almost too good to be true. In 2018, do we deserve something as wonderful as peanut buttery, chocolate goodness layered on top of our favorite desserts? The answer, it turns out, is abso-freaking-lutely.

Thanks to some careful sleuthing, a few lucky food fans have already found the actual whipped creams at their local Hy-Vee. We haven’t seen the tasty treats at any other supermarket yet, but our fingers are definitely crossed and our mouths are already watering.