#WeWant: Printstagram, Johnny Cash and a clean oven
Welcome to #WeWant, a weekly selection of the stuff OnMilwaukee editors and staffers love.
Print it: Printstagram
There's no doubt that that Instagram is a lot of fun, but there's something even better about being able to see your work printed on actual paper, in little squares you can stick on your wall. Photo printing these days is really nothing special, but Social Print Studios' Printstagram makes it pretty easy. Via desktop or app, the service connects to your Instagram account for easy ordering, and 24 4x4-inch archival smooth matte prints are $12, plus about $7 for super-fast shipping from Taiwan. That's not especially cheap, but the quality is good for such low-resolution images, and with thin white borders, the end result looks deliciously retro. I can think of worse ways to blow $19. –Andy Tarnoff
Eat 'em: Blue Diamond Almonds Bold Wasabi & Soy Sauce
Hats off to my lovely wife for finding these. And, they're available everywhere, including a current sale at Walgreen's. Blue Diamond Almonds Bold Wasabi & Soy Sauce are, to put it lightly, an incredible guilty pleasure. They are packed with a punch of smoke flavor, mild heat and a little salt to back it up. Super addicting. And it's easy, too easy, to eat a 6 oz. can all at once. Again, buy these anywhere or buy in bulk at your favorite brick and mortar or Amazon. –Jeff Sherman
Clean it up: Cookina Gard Oven Protector
OK, so when I say "we" cleaned the oven last week, I really mean my better half cleaned the oven. It might be the last time "we" need to do that for a while because now we have a Cookina mat that goes in the bottom of the oven. It's oven-safe up to 500 degrees and its because it's non-stick, it's easy to clean, so when stuff drips or drops on it, we can pull it out, give it a quick wash and dry and slap it back in. Works in gas, electric and microwave ovens. Why didn't someone think of this sooner? cookina.co –Bobby Tanzilo
Stream it: "Mud"
The McConaissance probably reached its Golden Age about a month ago, with the former once perennially shirtless rom-com mockery snagging an Oscar for his transformative turn in "Dallas Buyers Club," owning his ten minutes of "Wolf of Wall Street" and captivating TV audiences on "True Detective."
With no end seeming in sight for the reign of "alright, alright, alright" – he has Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" coming up late fall – it's worth taking a look back at some of the smaller, but equally great movies he starred in during this impressive stretch. Namely "Mud" (or – bonus recommendation – "Killer Joe" if you don't mind a little bit of depravity).
Writer-director Jeff Nichols (the even better "Take Shelter") paints an impressive Twain-ian tale about a pair of young boys (including a terrific Tye Sheridan) growing up in a swampy Mississippi River town who come across McConaughey as a mysterious stranger named Mud. What follows is a coming-of-age story for both Sheridan and McConaughey filled with rich, grimy authenticity, both emotional and regional.
The film is now available for streaming on both Netflix and Amazon Instant. Considering the film made barely $20 million at the box office – less than winners like "The Host" and "Scary Movie 5" – the odds are good you haven't seen it yet. Fix that this weekend. –Matt Mueller
Brew with it: Brew & Save Refillable K-Cup
I use a Keurig in the morning at home for my instant stream of caffeine. While I love the convenience of traditional K-Cups, I'd been on the market for a refillable one for a while so I could use my favorite local beans (it varies weekly) instead of your typical K-Cup flavors. The Brew & Save Refillable K-Cup was just the solution and saves me money too. Plus it is made of 100% BPA-free material and I feel better not throwing away the non-recyclable K-Cups every morning. –Carolynn Buser
Listen to it: "Out Among Stars" by Johnny Cash
John Carter Cash (the only child the late Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash had together) compiled a posthumous collection of his father's previously-unreleased songs – which include two duets with his mother. The tracks were recorded in the early '80s by a finally-sober Johnny and the clarity he experienced in his life at the time shines through in these songs. His baritone bass voice is stronger than ever and the tunes – although primarily covers – reflect the complexity of the Man In Black who was both outlaw and lover. I bought it on vinyl – record nerds will agree Johnny is best that way. –Molly Snyder
Slurp it: Purple Door Old Fashioned Flavored Ice Cream
Many of you know (by now) that I dislike beer and I love white russians but I am also a fan of Milwaukee's Old Fashioneds – so I can't wait to try this new flavor over at Purple Door!
FYI, regarding refillable K-cups: the one that comes with the brewer often spews grounds all over the place. The solution is to razor a thin slice off one end of a wine cork and place it in the recess on the top of the lid - it fits perfectly. Poke a hole in the center of it for the needle in the brewer (where the hot water shoots from) and voila! Clean cups of coffee from a refillable insert.
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