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McConnell’s Ice Cream is a seventy-year-old business that is based in California.  It is a local, sustainable, and organic company.  The ice cream is made with three basic ingredients – milk and cream from grazing, grass-fed cows, eggs from local, organically-fed cage-free hens and pure cane sugar.  The added ingredients are jams, chocolate, caramel, coffee, nuts, fruit, cookies, crumbles, and crisps are all whole ingredients, sourced fairly and humanely from family orchards and ranches.  It has storefronts in a handful of California towns and is now widely available in gourmet food shops and large supermarkets throughout the U.S.  There is a store locator on the website.  Consumers can also order directly online. Each pint is $12.00 and there is a minimum order of 4 pints.



The Jolie Filtered Showerhead claims to remove chlorine, heavy metals, and other contaminants from your shower water and the result is healthier skin and hair. Good Housekeeping magazine put it to the test.

Testing results showed that it is easy to install, has a universal fit and an all-in-one filter.  The average length of time for a filter to be effective is three months and then it should be changed, although water quality can affect how often the filter will need to be changed.  The Good Housekeeping tester found that her hair was silkier and less frizzy, and her skin felt cleaner.  Jolie offers a full refund within 60 days if you want to return the showerhead.

The showerhead is $148.00 with one filter and a filter subscription.

Two of my daughters wanted to watch Barbara Stanwyck movies over Christmas vacation. The two we watched were set in the 1940s.  It put us in an ‘old’ Hollywood mood, and we discovered the podcast You Must Remember This.  The episodes explore ‘the secret and forgotten histories’ of Hollywood’s first 100 years.  The host has guest stars who have included John Mulaney, Fred Savage, Dana Carvey and many more.  It is considered one of the top film podcasts around and it is about to enter its 10th year of broadcasting.



One of my favorite activities is finding a comfy place and reading a new cookbook cover to cover.  I do not need any more cookbooks, yet I cannot resist the allure.  The New York Times has posted their selections for best cookbooks of the past year.  Out of the hundreds published every year, the Times has selected eighteen. They cover a wide range of cooking, from Mexican-style grilling, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian and Taiwanese food, baking, rice, and more.