Wild Ivy Natural Products a hit with Ark City Daily Bytes staff

Every winter, I battle my hands’ natural desire to dry out. Whenever autumn rolls around, the dryness starts at the sides of my fingers and works its way to my palms, leaving me embarrassed to shake other people’s hands. So this year, at the first sign of trouble, I started […]

Peppermint brownies with extra cream cheese frosting bring the fudge

We will wrap up our series of peppermint-inspired holiday recipes with this formula for peppermint chocolate brownies. Follow these instructions to bake up thick, fudge-y brownies topped with extra cream cheese peppermint frosting and drizzled with chocolate! Brownie ingredients 1/2 cup (one stick) butter 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 […]

“Kingsman: Golden Circle” promises perpetuation of popular predecessor

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” was released in 2014, earning high ratings from both Rotten Tomatoes and In fact, IMDB users have given the movie 8.3 out of 10 stars. Now fans of the movie have a sequel to look forward to in 2017. Taron Egerton, who played the main […]

“Criminal Minds” faces cast turnover in its 11th season

“Criminal Minds” long has been on my list of go-to rainy-day watches. Yes, it’s a show about serial killers, pedophiles and generally bad people. But the reason I watch it is less for the gruesome aspects and more for the psychological. This won’t be a huge surprise to most, as […]

One last recipe: Pumpkin spice cream cheese swirl cake always delights

Today/Nov. 21 is the last Monday before Thanksgiving and although there still are several days to plan, the holiday will be here before we are ready. Anyone who hasn’t gone shopping for their ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner might want to take a look at this recipe. This cake is guaranteed […]

Durbin’s “The Captain Takes a Wife” a fast-paced, light read

Doris Durbin’s “The Captain Takes a Wife” is a fast-paced, light read. It follows Capt. Harry Richardson, a soldier-turned-preacher, and Sarah Franklin, a teacher. Sarah flees a arranged marriage, straight into the arms of Harry. “The Captain Takes a Wife” is a fun read, but it lacks a certain depth. […]

Pair of pumpkin-themed recipes provides pizzazz for holiday potlucks

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, so if you haven’t decided what dessert to take to the family dinner, you’re behind the times. Here are two recipes to help readers out — one simple and easy to accomplish, the other a little more difficult. Pumpkin No-Bake Cookies Ingredients: 3/4 […]

Leonard Cohen looking down on us all now from his ‘Tower of Song’

I was born like this, I had no choice I was born with the gift of a golden voice And twenty-seven angels from the Great Beyond They tied me to this table right here In the Tower of Song — “Tower of Song” (1988) Leonard Cohen died last week at […]

Book-Set Giveaway: “Death in the Shadows” by Paul McCusker

Can Father Gilbert, who traded in his detective’s badge for an Anglican priest’s collar, champion the truth in time to stop more people from dying? Find out in “Death in the Shadows,” Paul McCusker’s new book, releasing Nov. 27. Pre-order a copy of “Death in the Shadows” and check the mystery lover […]

“Guide Me Home” continues Sawyer’s excellence with Kentucky tale

Kansas author Kim Vogel Sawyer’s newest release “Guide Me Home” proves that she keeps improving with each novel. The story focuses on Rebekah Hardin, a poor Kentucky native who takes a job as a guide at the Mammoth Cave to help her family after a tragedy. When a university student […]