Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday Morning Show Highlights

Celebration Sunday:
We had a great time hanging out with all of you who joined us for Celebration Sunday yesterday.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello!  It was great meeting you.  The artists (Building 429, Chris Sligh, and Jonny Diaz) were all fabulous.  The food was pretty incredible too.  I tried one of the Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls in the Chow Wagon, and it was amazing!  Jim G highly recommends the Pork Chop Sandwich.  If you visit the Chow Wagon for any of the other great KDF Events this week, those are the official Morning show recommendations.  Also, don't forget to keep checking and the 88.5 WJIE Facebook page!  We should have photos posted soon.  If you have photos from the event, tag us in them!  We'd love to see your photos.

National Raisin Day:
It's National Raisin Day and so Fact or Fiction was all about Raisins. Here are a few Raisin themed recipes.

Cinnamon Raisin Rolls
Carrot Cake Pancakes
Carrot Raisin Nut Bread
Raisin Pie
Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Fact or Fiction:
Don't forget to play Fact or Fiction weekday mornings at 7:20 am.  This week's winners will receive a Laura Story Prize Pack which includes a copy of Laura Story's Devotional and her latest cd. "Blessings."

Plugged In DVD Review Tomorrow:
This Tuesday's Plugged in Movie review is of Joyful Noise featuring Kirk Franklin on the soundtrack.  The film deals with a gospel choir competition.  It's rated pg-13.  If you want to find out if it's appropriate for your family.  Tune in tomorrow at 7:20 am and 5:20 pm on 88.5 WJIE or check out

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Saturday's Show

Boost Your Brain & Fight Fat:
Yesterday's Fact or Fiction was about Brain Food.  I was reading some health articles yesterday, and I found out that one of those brain foods also will help your body burn fat instead of store it.  All of those super powers are found in omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon.  Omega-3s keep your brain cells healthy and prevent diseases.  Look at what this article says about it's fat fighting abilities.

Slimming superpowers: The fish's omega-3 fatty acids could help you fight flab more effectively. They alter the expression of certain genes, shifting your body to burn fat rather than store it.
The amazing proof: In a study analyzing the diets of 35,000 women, published in Public Health Nutrition, those subjects who ate oily fish such as salmon two to four times per week had the lowest basal metabolic indexes, a common measure of body fat. (Reference)

Mini Marathon & Marathon:
The Marathon kicked off at 7:30 this morning, and the runners are on their way.  Good luck and prayers for safety for each of you!  You are all amazing people and winners in my book.  Bravo!

Want to Start Running?
If you are new to running, or planning on  getting back into running after a long break here are some tips you need to know.  Protect your muscles and your joints.  If there is one thing that I've learned from my Tae Kwon Do instructors, it's never stretch or work out on cold muscles.  Make sure you always take time to warm up with some light cardio and then stretch your muscles before and after your workout.  You don't want to set yourself back with an unnecessary injury.

Here's what Self Magazine has to say: "It was commonly believed in the past that generalized stretching was required to prevent injuries in runners but there is little evidence to prove this," says Diane Dahm, M.D., of Mayo Clinic.  Instead, try warming up and cooling down with a light jog or walk before you pound the pavement. "Don't stretch a 'cold' muscle," says Dahm. "And don't stretch muscles prior to running that are not problematic for you."  This is especially important for novice runners. Rather than pushing yourself to the brink, really try listening to your body. "Remember to stretch problem areas immediately after exercising, before icing," says Dahm. "This will help you get the most out of your stretching."

4 Excellent Stretches for Runners: (Check this link for Photos)
Calf Stretch: Stand at arm's length from a wall. Place your left foot about two feet behind your right foot. Slowly bend your right leg forward, keeping your left knee straight and your left heel on the floor (above). Hold your back straight and your hips forward. Don't rotate your feet inward or outward. Hold for 30 seconds. Switch legs and repeat. To deepen the stretch, slightly bend your back knee as you bend your front knee forward.
Hamstring Stretch: Lie on the floor near the outer corner of a wall or a doorframe. Raise your left leg and rest your left heel against the wall. Keep your left knee slightly bent initially. Gently straighten your left leg until you feel a stretch along the back of your left thigh (above). Hold for 30 seconds. Switch legs and repeat. As your flexibility increases, maximize the stretch by gradually scooting yourself closer to the wall or doorframe.
Quadriceps Stretch: Stand near a wall for support. Grasp your ankle and gently pull your heel up and back until you feel a stretch in the front of your thigh (above). Tighten your stomach muscles to prevent your stomach from sagging outward and keep your knees close together. Hold for 30 seconds. Switch legs and repeat.
IT Band Stretch: Stand near a wall for support. Cross your right leg over your left leg at the ankle. Extend your right arm overhead, reaching toward your left side. You'll feel a stretch along your right hip. Hold for 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Morning Show Highlights

Great Balloon Glow part of KDF in Louisville, KY
Community Events: Today kicks off another huge weekend of events in Louisville.  This morning we mentioned a few of them, including a Bacon Ball that Jim G really wanted to attend.  If you haven't visited our website in a while, we have a free online Community Calendar that will keep you updated on family friendly events throughout the area.

Great Balloon Glow:
One of tonight's most anticipated events is the U.S. Bank Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow is a companion event to the race, the balloons inflate in their launch position on the field, but do not ascend. As the pilots fire their burners, watch as the balloons glow against the blackness of the night sky, synchronized to a special musical score.  It's all happening tonight; gates open at 6:00 pm and the Balloon Glow begins at 9:00 pm.

Celebration Sunday: 
It's just a few days away, join us at Waterfront park this Sunday for a concert with Building 429, Chris Sligh, and Jonny Diaz.  All you need is a $5.00 Pegasus Pin.  Bring your picnic blankets, your lawn chairs, and all of your closest friends.  Details available at

Thursday, April 26, 2012

National Pretzel Day: Morning Show Highlights

National Pretzel Day:
Today's Fact or Fiction was all about Pretzels in celebration of National Pretzel Day.  Go out and enjoy a pretzel today, or if you are feeling adventurous here's a recipe (with a How to Video) to show you how to make your own Soft Pretzels.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Speaking of Fact or Fiction...
All this week you can win a Building 429 Prize pack including their latest cd "Listen to the Sound," an official Building 429 t-shirt, bracelet, and drum sticks.  Play Fact or Fiction Weekday Mornings at 7:20 am for your chance to win!  See Building 429 at Waterfront Park for Celebration Sunday on April 29th at 5:00 pm.  Visit for more details.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Jonny Diaz Interview

This morning you heard an interview with Jonny Diaz which included the debut of his new song "Scars." The chorus says, "Praise God we don't have to hide scars.  They just strengthen our wounds and they soften our hearts.  They remind of where we have been but not of who we are.  Praise God, praise God we don't have to hide scars."  In case you missed it, out his latest single below.

Listen to "Scars" on Spotify:

Join Jonny, Building 429 and Chris Sligh at Celebration Sunday on April 29th!  Details available at!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Creamy Blueberry Icecream: Blueberry Tuesday

Blueberry Tuesday:
It's another Blueberry Tuesday, and here is another recipe to take the blah out of the not quite midweek.  Tuesdays are my favorite!

Creamy Blueberry Ice Cream

New World Son: Morning Show Highlights

Visit NewWorldSon for Album Info
New World Son Interview:
Joel Parisien, lead singer of New World Son joined us in the studio this morning to talk about their latest album, Rebel Transmission and about growing up in a musical family. You were able to hear a couple of songs off of the album including "Learning to be the Light" and a premier of "Today."  Joel spoke about the bands desire to give people music that presents an alternative to secular music which has God at it's core and a message that will reach them in a deeper place.  Their latest album is a beautiful and eclectic blend of Gospel, R&B, Jazz, and Reggae that will get you moving while presenting you with a message of hope.  Check it out today.

Official Video for Learning to be The Light:

Monday, April 23, 2012

Picnics & Prize Packs: Morning Show Highlights

National Picnic Day: It's picnic day, and I've got some great recipes that are perfect for your next picnic.

Veggies & Sides:
Dijon Potato Salad
French Potato Salad
Pea Feta & Prosciutto Salad
Southwest Pasta Salad

Quick & Easy Main Dishes:
Chicken & Gruyere Turnovers
Turkey Caprese Sandwich
Southwestern Chicken Wraps
Mediterranean Chicken Wrap
Ham & Brie Sandwich

Building 429
This Week on Fact or Fiction: Win a Building 429 Prize pack including their latest cd "Listen to the Sound," an official Building 429 t-shirt, bracelet, and drum sticks.  Play Fact or Fiction Weekday Mornings at 7:20 am for your chance to win!  See Building 429 at Waterfront Park for Celebration Sunday on April 29th at 5:00 pm.  Visit for more details.

Hint, Hint:  Be sure to listen to the 88.5 WJIE morning show tomorrow!  We may have someone special stop by the studio.  You won't want to miss it.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

23rd Annual Thunder Over Louisville

Thunder Over Louisville has been rated as one of the top 100 events in North America, and I'm proud to say that it takes place right here in my home town.  If you've never been to Thunder, it's always a great event for the entire family.  There's a huge celebration on Waterfront Park with food, music, one of the top 5 airshows in the nation, and of course the most incredible fireworks show I have ever seen.  On today's show I mentioned several things you need to know if you plan to go to the Waterfront for today's show.  Here's a recap:

FREE, but you do need a 2012 Pegasus pin for entrance to North Waterfront park and the Chow Wagon.  They are $5.00 and good for all of the Kentucky Derby Festival Events including 88.5 WJIE's Celebration Sunday Concert featuring Building 429, Chris Sligh, and Jonny Diaz.

North Great Lawn at Waterfront Park Opens: 9:00 am
Air Show Starts: 2:30 pm - 9:30 pm (2 different starting times on website)
Chow Wagon Opens: 3:00 pm
Fireworks: 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tents/Canopies and Cannot rope off areas
No glass bottles; only plastic
No Grills
No bikes, skateboards, or skates (Bike Valet is available)
No pets

No overnight camping

CAN Bring:
Food/drinks in plastic containers, but vending will be available as well
Picnic blankets or tarps are limited to 10ft x 10ft
Lawn Chairs

Pegasus Pin for admission to North Waterfront/Chow Wagon
Dress in layers. 
Bring Blankets, jackets (The Waterfront gets chilly)
Earplugs are a good idea for little ones
Make sure plenty of gasoline in your car; post-Thunder Traffic is typically heavy.
Toiletries (TP, Hand Sanitizer, etc)  The on-site facilities can run out early in the day.
Your radio!  Bring 88.5 WJIE with you as you celebrate today.  

SAFETY TIPS (Please Read)
An average of 500,000 people attend Thunder Over Louisville, make sure that you take the following precautions:
  • Parents carry a photo of your kiddos, and write down or memorize what they are wearing.
  • Make sure your children know to find a police officer if they become temporarily separated from you, and that they know your phone number/address.
  • Identify a location to regroup in case you become separated from someone in your party.
  • Be aware of the services around you: EMS, Lost Children, General First Aid
  • If you will be boating, here's a list of Boat Safety Guidelines especially for Thunder Over Louisville

Post-Thunder Traffic is usually super heavy, it is recommended that you park as far away from the event venue as you can comfortably walk.  

Parking Garages:
Muhammad Ali Center Garage  140 North Sixth Street
Riverfront Garage  141 North Sixth Street
Kentucky Center Garage  121 North Sixth Street
Sixth Street Garage  120 South Sixth Street
Eighth and Main Garage  120 Eighth Street
Galleria Garage  425 South Fifth Street
Seelbach Garage  523 South Fifth Street
Fifth Street Garage  630 South Fifth Street
Brown Garage  658 South Third Street
Louisville Garden Garage  6th & Cedar

For a complete list of Parking information, Bus Information, 
Street closures, and the fastest exit routes visit: 
Parking Information
TARC Bus Information
Traffic & Route Information

More Information about Thunder Over Louisville: 
Official Website for Thunder Over Louisville
Thunder Over Louisville FAQ 
Other Kentucky Derby Festival Events

Friday, April 20, 2012

Morning Show Highlights

My schedule has been a little weird this week, and I've really been slacking on the blog posts so I will give you more of an Overall Recap of some of this week's highlights.

Tuesday: Chic Night featuring Lindell Cooley
Machelle Perry joined us in the studio to tell us about a special event they are hosting just for ladies.  It's Chic Night, an evening of worship featuring Lindell Cooley; and it's happening tonight April 20 at 7:00 pm.  Child care is provided; this is a free event.  You can find out more details at

Thursday: Taste of Derby Benefit
Angela Gerst of Dare to Care of Louisville joined us in the studio to invite you to a special event that benefits the Louisville Community while allowing you to discover some great restaurants located throughout our fine city.  Taste of Derby brings some of Louisville's finest restaurants under one roof.  Come taste samples from over 60 restaurants and beverage companies, and don't forget your appetite.

Event Details:
Date: Wed April 25 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Louisville Slugger Field

Building 429
Friday: Celebration Sunday is Almost Here!
It's only 9 days until Building 429 joins us on 4/29 at the Waterfront along with former American Idol contestant Chris Sligh and Jonny Diaz.  The best part is you can attend for $5 by purchasing a 2012 Pegasus Pin.  Visit our website's News Section to find out how this concert deal gets even sweeter.

Thunder Over Louisville is Tomorrow.  
I'll be keeping you company tomorrow morning with some information you will need to know if you are planning to view the fireworks from the Waterfront.  Don't forget, you will need a 2012 Pegasus pin for this event as well.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Blueberry Tuesday: Blueberry Gorgonzola Salad

Blueberry Tuesday:
I ate so much junk yesterday, I felt like I needed something healthy this Tuesday and Blueberries are definitely packed with goodness.  Up until recently, I wasn't completely sold on mixing fruits with veggies in a salad, but the right pairings are very good.

Blueberry Gorgonzola Salad

Monday, April 16, 2012

Photog: Good Morning Monday

Good Morning Monday... I should be ready for you now.  

Seriously though, if anyone knows where I can find one of these mugs let me know.  I want one.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Health and Self Esteem: Saturday Show Highlights

Health and Fitness can be a dreaded topic.  It can feel like information overload.  Everyone has tips on what you need to do to slim down or get healthier.  All of those tips are good.  I love to read them and put them into practice when I can, but I think when it comes down to it, we all need to listen to our bodies and find activities and healthy foods that we enjoy.  I know from personal experience, fitness has to be fun.  If I don't enjoy it, I'm not going to do it.  Since last Fall, I've been trying to change my mindset and focus on a long-term healthy lifestyle and not on a set of rules.  It is much easier to stick to that way.  As we go into summer let's just make sure we do two things for ourselves 1) We get healthy and fit for us, not for anyone else and 2) That we make our health and fitness journey fun.  Join a group fitness class (Zumba, Martial Arts, Spinning Class, Sports team, etc), take your dog for a walk, play outdoors with your kids, include movement in your hangout time with your friends.  Make your goal to add more movement to your day, and you'll see progress before you know it.

Food & Fitness Apps:
If you've ever checked out my Recipe Blog, you will quickly find out that I like food, and I really like dessert.  One thing that has been helping me to be healthier on my terms is using a fitness app.  Personally, I use an app called "My Fitness Pal," but there are literally hundreds of great fitness apps for you to choose from.  I love this app, because I can keep track of calories to make sure that I'm within a healthy range, but I can still have dessert if I want.  I don't feel like I have to eliminate any specific food all together, yet I find myself making healthier choices overall.  It also allows me to keep track of how much I'm moving, how much water I drink each day, and the progress I'm making toward my personal goal.  The best part is that 1) it's free, and 2) no one has to know about it unless you want them to.  You can update from your phone and it looks just like you are reading or sending a text.  You can download the app on android, windows, blackberry and apple phones, your ipod or log onto the site online.
For tracking calories, it allows me to look up the majority of foods including restaurant dishes, but if one's missing I can either add the nutrition info myself or add just the total calories I consumed.  Here's an image I found on Google so you can see what it looks like.  If you are a snacker like me, you can add in extra meal categories for snack times.  The exercise tracker looks similar to the meal tracker.  There is also a little graph that will show you your progress toward your weight goal if you are wanting to lose some weight.  I also like the Nike+ app to help me keep track of my movement.  Although, I always seem to forget to put that little tracker thing in my shoes.  So I ultimately use My Fitness Pal for my exercise tracker too.  Another great app someone recommended to me lately is by

Salad Jars - (Make up to 4 days in advance!)
Found this little goodie, and I am in love.  I love salads for lunch, it's a great way to incorporate different veggies into your meals, but if I make them in advance they get gross before I'm ready to eat them.  Also, I love my snooze button more than I should so most mornings I am running around like a crazy person and that day's lunch is the last thing on my to-do list.  These little beauties solve both problems at once.  You can make them up to 4 days in advance, and they are suppose to still be fresh on day 4.  I haven't tested this yet, but I will and I'll let you know.  The trick is to keep maximum distance between the dressing and the greens.  Drizzle your dressing in the bottom, layer your veggies, and top the jar with your greens.  When lunch time arrives, simply shake the jar to distribute the dressing.  If the salad in the image looks tasty, check out the Recipe for Quinoa Salad Jars [here].

Eco Bags and your Health
Thursday, I was reading about a study that some researchers had done on the eco-friendly reusable grocery bags.  In 12% of the bags they tested, E Coli was found growing inside the bags.  It didn't mention whether or not they had found any other bacteria.  Here's what they suggested to make sure that we keep our groceries safe.

1) Designate and label separate bags for meat and produce to reduce the risk of cross contamination.
2) NEVER store your reusable bags in your car.  As your car heats up, bacteria multiplies.
3) Toss your reusable fabric bags in the wash to get rid of any bacteria build up.  The plastic ones could probably just be wiped down with a antibacterial cleanser.

Positive Body Image?
In a Self Magazine article, I read that only 1% of the women they surveyed were completely satisfied with their appearance.  With media and societal influences pressuring both women and men to look a certain way to meet the beauty standard, it can be difficult to maintain a positive body image.  A few months ago, I read about a trend among young girls that disturbed me.  The article said girls are asking people on youtube and other social media to rate their appearance and tell them if they are "ugly."  Another article described the rise in anorexia among teen boys.

As someone who has struggled with negative self esteem, I want to see acceptance and recognition of individual beauty become the norm within our culture.  I especially want the girls and women of our society to realize that they are beautiful just as they are.  You don't have to buy products, clothing, diet pills, or resort to extreme exercise regimes to attain the unnatural and culturally imposed idea of what beauty is.  So what do we do?  How do we create a positive body image and reverse the effect of any negative influences we've already experienced?  The Self article said their #1 tip is to surround yourself with nurturing friends and family that will encourage you.  I agree with this tip; you have to choose your influences and make sure they are positive.  The best things that I've ever done for myself is to surround myself with reminders of all of the good things that God says about us in the Bible, positive quotes, and positive people.  Keep feeding your heart good things and you will start to believe them.  Another good thing is to stop focusing on yourself so much.  The more I focus on helping other people, my community etc, the better my self image has gotten.  We all have something good to offer the world.  You are important and unique.  You are needed.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hug a Coke. Get Happy.

"Hug Me" Coke Machine
MSN Article or Forbes Article

In an effort to deliver an unexpected bit of happiness, Coca-Cola has created a new vending machine that doesn't accept cash, instead you have to give it a hug to get your soda.  It was placed on the campus of the National University of Singapore overnight to give students a little surprise the next day.  Instead of the typical Coca Cola logo, it says, "Hug Me" in the logo font.   You have to squeeze the sides of the soda dispenser in a specific way to make a free Coke come out.

Leonardo O'Grady, Coke Spokesman  says, “Happiness is contagious. The Coca-Cola Hug Machine is a simple idea to spread some happiness. Our strategy is to deliver doses of happiness in an unexpected, innovative way to engage not only the people present, but the audience at large.”

What a great way to spread some random kindness.  Bravo Coca-Cola!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Blueberry Tuesday

Tuesday's here, which means another recipe to cure those "not quite to the midweek" blues.

Blueberry Pineapple Buckle

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Faith: Saturday's Show

Yesterday, I spoke about love.  Today I thought I would talk about faith.  There are so many different avenues that I could take with this topic.  I'm not sure how this post will turn out; I think I will just share my heart and hope that it makes some sort of sense in the end.

My belief in Jesus requires faith every day.  It takes faith to be a follower of Christ.  I cannot see Him; I can only see the change that is taking place in my life.  The biggest change in me immediately after asking Him to take control of my life was the unexplainable peace that I felt.  The situations in my life didn't instantly change, but somehow I did.  However, even now I still have days when it takes faith to believe that He loves me.  Especially after I feel that I have really messed things up.  I know He does, but unfortunately I am still influenced by my encounters with people and media.  It appears that we live in a world that says it's ok to abandon people if they are an inconvenience,  if they've hurt us too much, or if they are too "messed up.  While I know that it's tempting to take the easy way out in relationships, but that doesn't mean we should.  Real Love, as I mentioned yesterday, will require sacrifice and selflessness.  Amazingly enough, God did sacrifice everything.  He didn't have to, but He chose to because He loves us.

Christmas is incredible, to say the least, in that God sent His son Jesus to live among us for years.  Jesus chose to come, but He also opted to be born in a barn among farm animals and to be raised by poor people in a teensy town called Bethlehem.  He could have done that differently.  He could have chose wealth and power, but He wanted to show that He is available to everyone.  He lived among us for 30 years, working as a carpenter - not the easiest job on the planet.  The next 3 years He went about healing people, raising people from the dead, loving on kids,  standing up for prostitutes, and hanging out with what was viewed as the "messed up" people of the world.  Impressive crazy love, but He wasn't finished.  This is the part about Easter that blows my mind.  Jesus came to atone our sins; He had a purpose, and that was to remove everything that separates us from God.  Again, He could have taken the easy way out and waved His hand declared us forgiven and went back to heaven, but He didn't.  He chose to actually pay the price - to become the sacrifice.  Crucifixion is humiliating and brutal, yet that is what He chose so that we could be forgiven.  That's a crazy love.  I can't fully wrap my head around it.  I can't understand this love, but I feel it and it overwhelms me.

I understand that a lot of people feel that they are too far gone.  I've been there.  Some feel that God can't love them because they are too messed up.  It's tempting to believe that, but if you look at His life you will see that He has proven time and time again that no one is too messed up or too broken.  He loves you with a crazy love.  People may have given up on you, but He hasn't.  The stories in the Bible of some of the things Jesus did show us that there is nothing in our lives that is so broken He cannot heal it.  There is nothing or no one that is too far gone; He will resurrect it if needed.  He will walk upon the waters to get to you during the storms of your life.  He will give you back your vision.  He will heal the thing that has crippled you.  He has even given His life to save you, and He rose from the grave to be with you for eternity.  There is nothing He cannot do, but He waits for us to use our faith and ask.

Bunnies, Carrots, and Lambs... Oh My

Ok, the title may have been a stretch.  I didn't know how else to categorize this much cuteness in one blog post.  Here are some more Spring themed recipes, crafts, and more for you to try.

Bunny Themed Goodness:
Shy Bunny Cupcakes
Bunny Tails
Bunny Gift Bags
Bunny Napkins

Carrot Themed Recipes:
Momma's Carrot Cake
Carrot Cookie
Carrot Cake Cookies
Carrot Cheesecake
Carrot Zucchini Bread
Carrot Cake Pancake
Carrot Raisin Nut Bread
Carrot Currant Muffins

Lamb Cupcakes:
Lamb Cupcakes

Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday: What is Love?

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16 (NIV)

As I sit at my desk this morning looking out the window at the sunshine resting upon the blades of grass swaying with the breeze, I see the signs of newness and hope that comes with Spring.  It's fitting weather for the Easter Season, although I always find it more appropriate for rain on Good Friday.

As a child, I use to struggle with Good Friday's name.  I understood that it was Good that Jesus came to rescue me so I could go to heaven, but to label the day of his crucifixion good seemed wrong to me.  As an adult, it's easier for me to understand the Goodness of God, but it's still too much for me to completely grasp.  I still don't understand His love.  Honestly, I don't understand what love is - not entirely.  It's depths and the way God's love is unconditionally given is beyond my comprehension.  The movie The Passion of the Christ was probably the most beautifully made depictions of God's love that I have ever experienced.  It gave me a glimpse of the day, and I was able to grieve over the fact that I was part of the reason Jesus experienced such brutality.  When the Bible describes love, it doesn't describe fluffy feelings and meaningless words.  It describes more than an emotion or a temporary offering of affection.  It describes Jesus on the Cross, and God the father sacrificing His Son, a piece of Himself.

In 1 Corinthians 13 we have read about love, but today I want to look at it as a picture of the God I devote myself to.  This is Jesus, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."  And this is what I am suppose to mirror.     

As difficult as it is for me to fully understand God's love for me, it also seems daunting to think that this is the kind of love I am suppose to show to the world.  It doesn't come naturally to me to lay down my life for someone else.  It's not easy to forgo my feelings of being wronged and offer love to those who've wounded me, and it is not comfortable to seek out the broken souls of this world and show them they are valuable.  Love is consuming and selfless.  It requires something of us, and we don't always see immediate returns.  I'm not trying to convince you to give up on love; I truly believe we should love.  I'm just being real.  I think you should know that true love requires, in the very least, a measure of sacrifice.  I also fully believe that love is worth it.  Taking a chance on God's love was the best decision I have ever made.  Taking a chance on people has also been worth it, though painful at times.  After all, Jesus took a chance on us, and He laid down His life so that we could experience the fullness of His love and forgiveness.

I am a sinner.  My sin is no greater or less than that of anyone else's.  I know that some like to argue this point, but I'm going to beg that you hear me out, because I am saying all of this with complete knowledge of my failures.  I cannot judge you, and I choose not to.  The Bible says in Romans chapter 3:23 that everyone has sinned and fallen short of God's glory, but the beauty is that it doesn't stop there.  The same verse continues with the news that we all can be freely justified by grace because Jesus provided us with redemption.  So let's focus on the Good News of Good Friday.  Yeah, we've messed up.  I have probably broken all of the commandments, even if indirectly (Matt 5:21-48).  That sin separated me from God, but God didn't stop there.  I have been completely loved, restored, and forgiven; because of my faith in Jesus.  I have to remember to not stop there either, because Jesus provided redemption which has led me to the greatest love I have ever known.  You are just as loved.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

All About Eggs: Morning Show Highlights

This morning we mentioned that if you are making a lot of hard boiled eggs you can actually prepare them in the oven.  So here are some Egg-Themed tips, recipes, and crafts that may want to use this Easter.
Plus, I learned today that eggs are loaded with choline, a compound known to help block fat absorption.  Yeah, I think I love eggs way too much...

Egg Tips & Tricks:
Colorful Deviled Eggs
Hard "Boil" Eggs in the Oven
No-Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Egg Themed Recipes:
Bacon Egg & Cheese Brunch Ring
Bacon & Egg Savory Cups
Baked Egg Boats
Broccoli & Cheese Mini Omelet Cups
Broccoli & Italian Sausage Egg Muffins
Crustless Broccoli Cheddar Quiche
Ham & Cheese Crustless Quiche
Spinach & Gruyerre Souffle

Egg Crafts for Kids:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Library Love: Morning Show Highlights

Louisville Library (Main)
Today we spoke about National Librarian Day.  Libraries are great and often untapped resources within our communities.  The Louisville Library system has some great free services that you may not be aware of.  My favorite is the InterLibrary Loan Program which allows you to request books or media (cds, dvds, etc) and have them delivered to your local branch.  The Bullitt County Libraries offer Family Movie nights.  Both groups offer many events and community programs as well as tools useful to job seekers.

Here are some other programs they offer:
Louisville Free Public Libraries Services
Louisville Free Public Library Events & Groups
Bullitt County Public Library
Bullitt County Public Library Program Calendar

Photog: Meet Mitzie

This is a pic of my little buddy from last winter so she's especially poofy.  You 
may have heard me talk about her.  She'd been eating some snow.... naturally.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Blueberry Tuesday: Morning Show Highlights

Blueberry Tuesday Recipes:
Today is unofficially Blueberry Tuesday.  I think blueberry recipes are starting to be a trend for me; I hope you don't mind.  So how about some more recipes to make your Tuesday a little less blue.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake
Blueberry Cupcakes
Blueberry Rhubarb Pie
No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

More Easter Crafts & Recipes:
As Promised, here are more Easter themed crafts and Recipes

Decorated Egg Table Weights:
Perfect for Easter Picnics and outdoor gatherings, try this idea to anchor your table cloths.  Simply fill plastic eggs with jelly beans. Secure gingham ribbon around the eggs with hot glue, and thread through openings you've hole-punched into the corners of the cloth.

Easter Main Dish Recipes:
Dijon Rack of Lamb
Stuffed Pork Roast
Maple Glazed Ham

Monday, April 2, 2012

Morning Show Highlights

Major Concert Announcement:
This morning we let you in on the news and announced that we are welcoming the Newsboys and Sanctus Real to the Kentucky State Fair on August 20th!  The concert is FREE with gate admission to the fair.  No additional ticket will be needed for the concert.  Visit for more info.

PB & J Day:
During Fact or Fiction today it was all about Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches in celebration of Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Day.  Our winner Gabrie was telling us about the Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast Sandwiches.  Here's how you can make them.

PB & Jelly French Toast

Fact or Fiction: 
Gold Contest Continues... 
Listen weekdays at 7:20 am for your chance to play Fact or Fiction!  This week's daily prize is Britt Nicole's new album Gold and a "win it before you can buy it" copy of Big Daddy Weave's album Love Come to Life.  Also, all of our daily winners will be registered for the Gold Grand Prize package which includes a 10K Gold Heart Pendant, Luxury Bath & Body Items, one of my favorite books "Captivating," a Ghiradelli Chocolate Gift Set, a Coffee Lover's Care Package, Britt Nicole Merch and more.  Play Fact or Fiction on 88.5 WJIE weekday mornings at 7:20 am for your chance to win!

Easter Crafts & Recipes:
All this week I will be posting some recipes and crafts that you may want to try this Easter.

Eggshell Flower Arrangements:
These are an adorable eco-friendly way to add a little Spring Beauty to your home.  Hollowed-out the eggshells make naturally beautiful vases for tiny flower arrangements. Break an egg at the top of its shell, drain the contents, and carefully rinse out the inside. Next, fill the empty shell with room-temperature water and place it in an eggcup for stability. Finally, insert small cuttings of your favorite blossoms (we used lilacs, lily of the valley, and violas). Individually or grouped together in a centerpiece, these tiny arrangements make a wonderful addition to the place settings at your table.

Easter Garden:
Found this a bit late, but this is probably the cutest craft project I've seen so far this year for teaching kids about Easter.

Using potting soil, a tiny buried flower pot for the tomb, shade grass seed, & crosses made from twigs. Sprinkle grass seed generously on top of dirt, keep moistened using a spray water bottle. Spritz it several times a day. Set it in a warm sunny location. Sprouts in 7-10 days so plan ahead. 

Easter Side Dishes:

Apple Pear Salad
Deviled Potatoes
Mini Mac & Cheese Pies
Parmesan Roasted Potatoes
Spring Pea Salad
Two Potato Gratin (Pictured)