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The 10 best country albums of 2015

Despite all the criticism lobbied at country music this year, the genre had an undeniably great 2015. In the mainstream, radio tropes that became tired years ago finally began to crumble. In the indie world, artists stopped worrying about whether they were called “country” or “Americana” and just …

Music

21 photos that show why a small town in Tennessee was just named America's next hot travel destination

The results were based on increases in positive traveler feedback as well as increased interest in accommodations, restaurants, and attractions.<p>This year, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, was ranked as the top US destination travelers should have on their radar. It also came in fourth place on TripAdvisor's …

National Parks

Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce to Amp Up Spaghetti Night

Arrabbiata Sauce elevates Monday night to a new level. This spicy sauce, paired with spicy sausage and creamy ricotta, makes for a perfect dinner.<p>Sitting around on the weekend watching classic movies with my dad on the weekend, I had a difficult time reconciling the images of people sitting at long …

Best Napa Valley Wineries to Visit

The best Napa Valley wineries to visit feature a tasting room in a cave, artisanal cheese pairings, on-site sommeliers and more <i>—Megan Krigbaum (with</i> …

John Coltrane: A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters Album Review

John Coltrane was a late bloomer. Born in 1926, the same year as Miles Davis, he spent his twenties in and out of small-time bands, a promising journeyman moving between playing jazz and the more bar-friendly music that was starting to be called R&B. During these early years he had problems with …

5 Simple Ways To Prevent Signs Of Ageing

Unless you plan on discovering the fountain of youth anytime soon, chances are you’re going to begin to show the signs of ageing.<p>Sooner or later our …

Skin Care

Slow Cooker Mushroom Stroganoff with Egg Noodles

Using butter and olive oil together when sautéing the mushrooms is not traditional, but it adds a bit of richness to the stroganoff that you can't …

Slow-Cooker Stuffing Boasts the Most Incredible Texture

If you've ever had dry — or worse, soggy — stuffing, you're well aware how crucial the textural interplay between the tender center and crisp, browned edges and top of the casserole is to its success. And really, given stuffing's superiority to most other Thanksgiving dishes, it's crucial to get …

Pumpkin Pie Cake

Pumpkin Pie Cake<p>Prep time<p>15 mins<p>Cook time<p>45 mins<p>Total time<p>1 hour<p>A favorite holiday staple turned into an easy and delicious cake! This Pumpkin Pie …

7 Fall Slow Cooker Recipes Perfect For Dinner

There's something about fall and slow cookers that go hand-in-hand. Maybe it's because school is back in session and easy prep meals are a must? Or maybe it's the cool breeze making me crave something extra warm? Either way here are seven of my favorite slow cooker recipes to heat up this fall.<p><b>1.</b> …

Interview: Traveling Photographer Weaves Together the Beauty of Nature Across the Globe

Never wanting to feel boxed in by one genre of photography, Canadian photographer Dave Brosha has built a portfolio with an impressive range of skills and creativity, mastering every type of photography he challenges himself with. From landscape to documentary to creative portraiture, every image …

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails reflects on Moog synthesizer

Electronic music instrument producer Moog has announced it is discontinuing production of the MiniMoog Voyager, and the company turned to one of its …

Nine Inch Nails

Cheese Stuffed Garlic Rolls

INGREDIENTS:<p>1 pound pizza dough<br>• 36 mozzarella cubes<br>• 2 tablespoons butter<br>• 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning<br>• 1 garlic clove, minced<br>• 1/4 cup parmesan …

Parmesan Cheese

10 Essential Bottles of Bourbon

Rare and delicious bourbons you should try<p>We’re not the only ones who appreciate a fine glass of bourbon. In 2007, <b>Congress officially declared</b> September <b>National Bourbon Heritage Month</b>; eight years later, the allure of the South’s historic spirit is stronger than ever. As a last call for this …

27 Flower Arrangements You Won't Believe Are Real

You swear these aren't paintings?

Hawaiian Artist Paints Amazing Murals Just Above The Tide

Creating hyperrealistic artworks requires a steady hand, a wealth of technical skills and a tremendous amount of imagination and patience.<p>But …

Explosive Splattered Ink Animal Paintings by Hua Tunan | Colossal

<p>The creatures depicted in Chinese artist Hua Tunan‘s ink paintings seem moments away from escaping the canvas. Each piece seems to pulse with …

Slow-Cooker Beef Bourguignon

We are getting fancy today, or as fancy as I get with a slow cooker and some wine for this Slow-Cooker Beef Bourguignon. I know there are some …

How to Make the Best Brisket (and Why It Makes Excellent Leftovers)

Red wine-braised brisket has all the makings of a family classic.<p>We’ve been on a bit of a bender lately. A meat bender, that is. Last week we were all about the meatloaf. And now we're diving directly into a pot of big, beautiful, beefy, braised brisket. Whether you make this for a crowd, for a …

Cooking

22 Cheers-Worthy Recipes to Cook (and Bake) With Guinness

We hope you’re ready to improve your St. Paddy’s Day luck with these Guinness-enhanced eats. Before the celebrations get underway, whip up a couple of these 22 recipes boasting a splash or more of the famous Irish brew, and you’re sure to have an extra special holiday. Featuring sweet and savory …

Cooking

Brooding Seascapes and Marine Vessels Painted by Justyna Kopania | Colossal

<p>Polish painter Justyna Kopania depicts melancholy seascapes and towering ships obscured by mist with liberal applications of oil paint. Crashing …

Christmas Morning Casserole Everyone Will Love

Christmas Morning Casserole is perfect for long lazy mornings with family and friends. A super simple casserole made with refrigerated biscuits, eggs, cheese, and bacon.<p>Are you excited for the holidays? <i>I</i> am excited.<p>Christmas morning is obviously the peak of all the holiday excitement, and in our …

Irish Car Bomb Cupcake Recipe by Katie Crafts

I have been following Katie Crafts blog for a year now. Katie always comes up with the great recipes! So, when I needed a nice recipe for a birthday …

New Spectacular Moleskine Doodles That Explode with Energy

A lot has changed in a year and a half, or when we last featured the work of Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes. Take a look at his website, called Sketchy Stories, and you'll see a chart filled with logos of the companies he's worked with which include Nike, Ford and Mazda. On Facebook …

Olympus OM-D E-M10 - Smaller, Affordable OM-D • Camera News and Reviews

Olympus hit the parts bin and combined features of their popular OM-D E-M5 and E-M1 mirrorless cameras to create the new E-M10, a smaller more …

Olympus Cameras

Dazzling New Portraits in Ink and Tea by Carne Griffiths

For 2015, artist Carne Griffiths is back with a stunning new series of portraits made with just tea and ink. Newest of all is <i>Tempest</i>, a gorgeous portrait dripping with a rainbow of ink colors (see above). Others were created for the London Art Fair with Ink Gallery. The set incorporates beautiful …

The 10 Entertaining Recipes You Loved Last Month

The start of a new year usually means a bit of a bustle. School's back in session, work is back on, and everything you pushed off during the holidays suddenly needs to get done. Times like these call for tried-and-true recipes with familiar and satisfying textures -- chewy, gooey, crispy, and …

Cooking

Artist Uses Fire and Soot to Paint Elegant Illustrations

Qubec-based artist Steve Spazuk uses fire to create elegant illustrations out of soot. As he demonstrates in the video below, the fire painter manipulates the flame from a candle or a torch to mark a sheet of paper with trails of soot, which he then etches into using delicate tools like feathers, …