Arrival of fall weather means a welcome return to soups on menus and on the minds of hungry appetites. Tastefully Simple has a line of quick and easy soup kits that offer six servings and are hearty additions handy to keep in the cupboard and pantry. Besides only needing water to whip up, they can also be customized, like the Perfectly Potato Cheddar Soup Mix, which works great when adding on-half pound browned ground beef and garnished with crumbled bacon. Or make it beer cheese soup by replacing the one cup water with one cup beer. It can also be used as a base for pot pies, when just adding cooked chicken and veggies.
WHERE TO BUY: $7.99 at tastefullysimple.com
The erotic romance novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" has captured the attention of readers worldwide. Now, from E L James comes a new collection of wines inspired by her best-selling books. Featuring the tagline "You Are Mine," Fifty Shades of Grey Red Satin and White Silk wines allow fans to further explore the world of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey and personally experience passion for wine.
WHERE TO BUY: $17.99 at FiftyShadesWine.com
For more than six decades, MAD Magazine's irreverent humor has entertained the minds of countless readers. Now around for 61 years as a favorite comedy and parody rag, MAD's legendary writers, artists and celebrity fans pull back the curtain to share and comment on their favorite MAD spoofs of all time in the new hardcover "Inside MAD" (Time Home Entertainment Inc.) on sale Oct. 29. Roseanne Barr, Ken Burns, Dane Cook, Paul Feig, Whoopi Goldberg, Harry Hamlin, David Lynch, John Stamos among others contributed essays to the new work.
WHERE TO BUY: $29.95 at retailers nationwide and insidemad.com
The 4V MAX Snakelight Rechargeable Lithium Flashlight from Black and Decker, launching in November, wraps and adjusts to provide a source of light where needed. The hose attaches to almost anything from tent poles and car hoods to around pipes under sinks, bicycle frames and more. The flexible hose also bends into a tri-pod shape to stand on a work table or shine light to change a tire on the side of the road. The new lithium ion rechargeable battery offers up to five hours of runtime per charge, and because the battery is rechargeable, it eliminates the costly need for replacement alkaline batteries.
WHERE TO BUY: $29.99 at Walmart or blackanddecker.com