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Lando Calrissian Gets His Own Stylish ‘Star Wars’ Dinnerware Set

I’ll tell you what – I would have no problem serving my mother-in-law dinner on this collection of Star Wars Lando Calrissian dinnerware. It’s that nice. She would probably say “these plates are lovely! So fancy!” And I would nod sagely while wearing this. I can picture it now.

The Lando Calrissian Accents Collection (that’s actually what it’s called) is pretty enough for Pottery Barn, but you’ll need to grab all of the pieces in the collection right here. It includes a set of four dinner plates, salad plates, a highball glass for Lando and Han Solo, and a bottle stopper. The whole set has a classy art deco design, and you’ll notice references like Lando’s name in Aurebesh on the salad plates and Millennium Falcon-shaped accents on the plates and glasses.

If you wanted to get the entire collection for a table of four, it would run you around $100, which isn’t absurdly expensive for a porcelain dinnerware set. The pieces are also sold separately, so you can save money by getting it in parts. Just keep in mind that none of these items are safe for the dishwasher or microwave.

If you’re looking for something to wear to your fancy Cloud City dinner party, there are plenty of Solo: A Star Wars Story fashions out there that would fit the bill nicely.

The Lando Calrissian Replica Cape can be ordered here for $69.99 alongside the rest of ThinkGeek’s exclusive Solo: A Star Wars story fashions. The only other item in this collection that could possibly compete with the Lando cape is this Chewbacca button-down shirt ($39.99), which just might be the most over-the-top officially licensed Star Wars garment in the history of the world. Add the Lando cape to that and you’ll be irresistible.

Merchoid, on the other hand, delivered a more understated Solo: A Star Wars Story fashion collection that includes several t-shirt styles, a hat, and a subtle Han Solo hoodie that is actually quite fantastic. You can pre-order all of the items in the collection right here for $24.99 to $59.99 with free shipping.


Naturally, Disney also delivered their own collection of Solo: A Star Wars Story styles that includes costumes, t-shirts, and accessories for both kids and adults. You can shop the entire Disney collection right here.

Note: This is not a sponsored post, but if you purchase one of the awesome products featured above, we may earn a small commission from the retailer. Thank you for your support.

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Simply Delicious: Craving pizza

When we were looking at new stoves last year, there was only one kind we considered: an old fashioned electric stove with burners. We don’t have a gas line at our house so that was out of the equation. The glass flat top stoves are beautiful, but we cook an awful lot of things in casts iron skillets. Cast iron skillets and flat top stoves are not a good combination.

In fact, we cook so many things in our cast iron skillets that two of them have a permanent home on our stove top. They simply never get put away. The beauty of cast iron is that the more you use it, the better it becomes. That magic “seasoning” happens every time you fry an egg, sear a steak or brown a chicken breast.

To season a cast iron pan, all you need is fat. We use olive oil because that’s what we always have on hand. To season a new skillet for the first time, rub the entire surface with a very thin layer of some kind of vegetable oil. I’ve read that organic 100 percent flax seed oil is the best choice, but I’ve never tried it. Once the entire pan has been oiled, place it upside down in an oven set to 500 degrees for an hour. The surface will take on a matte dark finish.

The more you cook with the skillet, the more seasoned it becomes. Eventually it will be as non-stick as Teflon, without the bad chemicals. There are people who say you should never wash your cast iron with soap, but that seems pretty unsanitary to me. I wash the pans the same way I do any other pan and dry them thoroughly so they don’t rust. I then rub a very thin layer of oil on the interior.

Our latest love of cast iron cooking came in the form of pizza. The Kitchen Genius saw a photo of a cast iron pizza and that was all it took for him to want to give it a try. We had some homemade bread dough leftover from a dinner we cooked for KG’s sister and brother-in-law, so it was the perfect opportunity to experiment.

When you preheat the cast iron skillet in the oven at 450 degrees, it becomes a default pizza stone. The dough starts to cook as soon as it hits the pan, puffing nicely and becoming a perfect golden brown. You can get the same effect by cooking the pizza ingredients on the burner of the stove. You just want to make sure the skillet is hot.

KG fried some Italian sausage in the skillet first. When the sausage was nicely browned he removed it and added the veggies to the pan to soften them up a bit. When he took the veggies out of the skillet, he added a small amount of olive oil and then I draped the dough I had stretched into a ten in circle into the pan. The residual heat from cooking the sausage and vegetables made the crust begin cooking immediately.

In order to brown the bottom of the pizza crust, we left the skillet on the stove while we built the pizza. Once the pizza was perfectly topped, it went into the oven on the top rack. About 15 minutes later, our pizza was done.

We love thin crust pizzas made on a pizza stone, but this deep-dish pizza is deeply satisfying. Feel free to play around with this recipe. If making your own dough seems too labor intensive, you can buy store bought dough. Just be sure to bring it to room temperature before you use it. You can add any array of toppings that you want. The crust is sturdy enough to pile them on.


Pizza Dough

Makes 2 pizzas or one pizza and one loaf of bread


1 1/3 cups plus 1 tablespoon warm water

3/4 tablespoon yeast granules

3/4 tablespoon salt

1/2 tablespoon sugar

1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour


Place water, yeast, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add flour and stir with a sturdy spoon to incorporate all the flour. You can use your hands at the end if its easier, but there is no need to knead the dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest out of any drafts for two hours or until dough has doubled in size. To make one pizza, cut the dough in half and refrigerate the half you are not using. It will stay good in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


Cast Iron Pizza:

1/2 of dough recipe

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 hot Italian sausage links, casing removed

1 small onion, sliced vertically

1/4 red bell pepper, diced

2 large shitake mushroom caps, sliced

1 clove garlic, thinly sliced

1/2 cup marinara sauce

1 cup Italian cheese blend

2 tablespoon fresh grated Romano cheese

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat olive oil in a ten-inch cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage, crumble and cook until lightly browned. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl. Add onions, red peppers, and mushroom caps and sauté until soft, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 additional minute. Place vegetables in the bowl with the sausage.


If your skillet is dry, you can add a little bit more olive oil. Form the dough into a ten-inch circle and place it in the cast iron skillet. Spread marinara sauce on top of the crust and then evenly sprinkle half of the Italian cheese mix on top. Add your pre-cooked toppings and then top those with remaining Italian cheese blend. Sprinkle the entire pizza with grated Romano cheese and check to make sure bottom crust is golden. If not, keep it on the burner for a few extra minutes, and then place the skillet on the top rack of the oven. Bake at 450 degrees for 13 to 15 minutes until crust is golden brown. Let rest for 5 minutes before cutting into wedges. Garnish with fresh parsley.

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HomeGoods to open May 20 in Grand Island





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HomeGoods to open May 20 in Grand Island





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HomeGoods to open May 20 in Grand Island

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Off-price home décor retailer, HomeGoods, will open a new store in Grand Island on Sunday, May 20 at 8:00 a.m. The 18,446 square-foot store is located in Park Island Square at 3535 West 13th Street. The new Grand Island location will be the second in the Lincoln market.

HomeGoods offers high-quality merchandise at prices significantly less than department and specialty stores. From top brands and designers to unique finds from all over the world, HomeGoods offers an inspiring selection in countless styles for every room of the house.

“Our shopping experience is unlike any other retailer; our amazing values, designer brands and unique assortment make HomeGoods an exciting destination for shoppers,” states John Ricciuti, President of HomeGoods.

“Our stores help make houses feel like home. Our high-quality merchandise at incredible prices allows shoppers to express themselves through their décor and create a home that truly reflects who they are for less than they expect. We are thrilled to provide Grand Island shoppers with this exhilarating shopping experience.”

HomeGoods will support the Grand Island community by hiring store management and associates from the local area. The Grand Island store is expected to fill approximately 65 full and part-time positions.

HomeGoods merchandise departments include furniture, rugs, lighting, decorative accessories, gourmet kitchen and dining, bedding, bath, kid’s décor and toys, outdoor living, pet accessories, storage, workspace and more. HomeGoods offers shoppers inspiration via their blog Design Happy found on, their app, The Goods, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr.

Regular store hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Special Grand Opening Day hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For additional HomeGoods locations, visit

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Disrupting the Dishes

Registering for perfectly matched sets of china is so last century.

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