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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Tricks for Removing Common Cookout Stains: Saturday's Show


Removing Stubborn Cookout Stains:
This morning I mentioned a couple of tips on how to remove some of the more common, yet sometimes stubborn cookout stains.  I found these tips this week, and I thought I'd pass them along just in time for your holiday cookouts... just in case.

1) Mustard: Stains from this condiment are particularly challenging to remove, but scraping most of the excess off will make the chore less daunting. Immediately, flush the splatter with cold water. As soon as you can, apply a prewash stain remover and wash in warm to hot water.
2) BBQ Sauce: Place a layer of paper towels over the stain. Working from the inside of the fabric, flush with cold water to transfer some of the barbecue sauce to the towel. Later, pretreat with liquid laundry detergent to break up the stain. Let sit for several minutes, then rinse well. Sponge the stain with white vinegar and rinse again. Pretreat again and wash. Also works for ketchup spills.
3) Buttered Corn: Sprinkle sugar on the stain and pat it in to absorb the grease. Let it sit for a few minutes, then brush off. When you get home, treat the area with a stain remover, like OxiClean Max Force, and wash in the hottest water possible. Use this approach for any mayonnaise-laced foods, like potato salad or coleslaw.
4) Iced Tea: The good news is that iced tea won't set into the fabric as quickly as hot tea. Simply take an ice cube and rub it over the stain. Then pat the area with dry paper napkins.
5) Watermelon: This juicy summer favorite is one of the easiest stains to remove, as it's mostly made of water. At the first sight of pink, soak up as much of the juice as you can with a dry paper towel. Then with a wet paper towel, blot at the stain.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Sun Safety Myths & Sunglasses You Can Eat

Sun Safety MYTHS:  The temperatures are still dangerously high.  We all want to keep our families safe during the Summer, but we can experience info overload.  We've all probably fallen victim to some common misconceptions about sun protection.  Here's some Sun Safety Myths from Fitbie that you need to be aware of this summer. 
  • Myth: A base tan or dark complexion protects against sunburn - The Truth: Tanning does very little to shield you from sunburn. A suntan generated by ultraviolet light only provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of 2 to 3 for people with light to medium skin tones, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Base tans also don't protect against sun damage, which happens at the cellular level, says Vilma Cokkinides, PhD, a cancer prevention epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society. Sun exposure causes changes in skin cells' DNA, and these genetic mutations can turn into cancer over time, she explains.  You're dark complexion won't protect you either.  Dark skin may make you less susceptible to  redness, but nobody’s immune to sun damage. “Even if you don’t burn easily, you’re still receiving radiation,” says Cokkinides. “Know and understand your skin type and choose the appropriate protection for it.” If you’re confused, ask your doctor
  • Myth: I don’t need sunscreen in the morning - The Truth: While UVB rays hit the United States between peak hours of 10am-4pm from April to October, UVA rays are present anytime it’s light outside—even in the early morning and late afternoon, during the winter, and on cloudy days. “What outdoor exercisers don’t realize is that UVA rays penetrate deeply into the skin and contribute to the development of skin cancer and to damaged skin,” says Maral Skelsey, MD, director of the Dermatologic Surgery Center in Washington, DC, and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.
  • Myth: I wear SPF 70. I have nothing to worry about. The SPF numbers on bottles of sunscreen seem to climb higher every summer. When you pick up a bottle of SPF 50 or 70, you feel pretty confident that you’re walking out of the drugstore with the most powerful sun-protection product on the market. - The Truth: The bump in protection offered by higher SPFs is minimal. For example, SPF 15 sunblock screens 93 percent of the sun’s UVB rays, while SPF 30 protects against 97 percent and SPF 50 against 98 percent, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.  It's more important to see “broad spectrum” or “multi-spectrum” on a bottle of sunscreen is more important than a high SPF number. These words indicate that the product provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays, which damage the skin in different ways. UVB rays are mostly responsible for sunburn, and SPF generally refers to the amount of protection that a product offers against this type of radiation. UVA rays, which have longer wavelengths, penetrate the skin more deeply and contribute to wrinkles and skin cancers. For light outdoor exercise, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. For longer duration outdoor workouts (including those where you’ll be sweating heavily or hitting the pool), opt for a broad-spectrum, water-resistant product with an SPF of at least 30. 
  • Myth: Water-resistant means waterproof - The Truth: Sunscreen isn’t waterproof. Water-resistant means a dip in the water won’t wash it off right away.  It’ll stay on your skin longer than regular sunscreen, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the whole day. Each time you take a plunge in the water—and towel off after—water-resistant sunscreen loses its effect. Reapply after swimming, sweating, or towel-drying.
  • Myth: A hat protects my head and face - The Truth: A hat is good for blocking the rays that come from directly overhead, but it doesn’t protect your face from the rays that bounce up from the ground. “Many people don’t recognize that they are at risk for greater levels of damage when near the water, sand, and snow because of increased reflection” In addition to applying sunscreen to your face, don’t forget a pair of shades. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends UV-blocking large-framed sunglasses to protect your eyelids and the delicate skin around your eyes, which are common sites for wrinkles and skin cancers. Shielding your peepers from the sun can also fend off cataracts later in life.


Sunglasses that you can EAT! (Article)
Early this month, I told you that you should be eating your sunscreen.  Or that you should eat Watermelon and Tomatoes since they act like an internal sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.  (Visit that Blog Post Here)  Today, I found out that God also provided a Summer Food that acts like natural Sunglasses.  It's Corn!  Corn has two antioxidants in it that protect your eyes from sun damage - lutein and zeaxanthin.  Yeah, I couldn't pronounce the last one either.  These antioxidants also help protect your eyes from developing age-related macular degeneration too.  So throw some corn on the grill this weekend!


Meet Jim and the Veggies:
Don't Forget!  You can meet Bob & Larry from the Veggie Tales and 88.5 WJIE's Jim Galipeau at Lifeway Christian Store in Elizabethtown this Saturday from 11:00am-1:00pm. Parents, remember to bring your camera.  More info is available at wjie.org



Special Facebook Announcement:
Check us out on Facebook.  We posted a special announcement with a photo of a beautiful new addition to the WJIE family this week!  88.5 WJIE Meteorologist Randy Ollis welcomed his 1st granddaughter into the world this week.  You will find a special message from Randy on the 88.5 WJIE Facebook page.  Find the link to our Facebook page at wjie.org

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Heat Safety & Hydration: Morning & Afternoon Highlights

Heat Advisory:
The heat wave has officially begun.  We've already broken 1,011 records across the country this week.  This total includes 251 new high temperature records on Tuesday alone.  We have a heat advisory today.  This morning we mentioned that even if it were only 80° outside it would be 123° inside a car within an hours time; the National Weather Service said that even after just 10 minutes that same car would already be 99°!  It's going to be much hotter outside today with the high at 103°.  So this morning Jim and I gave some tips on heat safety.  I also gave a few more tips on hydration this afternoon while covering for Ceci.  Here's the full list of things we mentioned today.


Summer Heat Safety Tips:
Here are some great tips from the National Weather Service & a few others:

  • Make sure your child's safety seat and safety belt buckles aren't too hot before securing your child in a safety restraint system, especially when your car has been parked in the heat.
  • Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.
  • Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars.
  • Always lock car doors and trunks--even at home, and keep keys out of children's reach.
  • Always make sure all children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don't leave sleeping infants in the car ever!
  • Slow down: Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
  • Dress for summer: Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Eat Light Meals: Foods, like meat and other proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
  • Drink plenty of water and decaffeinated fluids: Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. Do not drink or limit caffeinated beverages.
  • Spend more time in air-conditioned places: Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air conditioning for part of the day.
  • Don't get too much sun: Sunburn reduces your body's ability to dissipate heat.
  • Limit Salt In-take: Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
  • Water Bottle Essentials:  Teach kids to think of a water bottle as part of their essential sports gear. Just as you wouldn’t go to hockey practice without skates or a stick, kids shouldn’t go to practice or a game without water.
  • Set out an insulated cooler of ice water:  Keep a two-gallon cooler with dispensing spout full of fresh ice or cold water.  Easy access and the visual reminder will help you and your kids drink more while outdoors.
  • Count Down:  Have kids count to eight while taking eight big swallows of water. Counting makes hydrating a game and helps make sure kids are getting enough water when they stop to drink. For small children, eight big gulps of water are equal to between 4 and 8 oz of water!


Frozen Watermelon "Pops"
Fun Ways to Keep Kids Hydrated:
Hydration is especially important this Summer as we've already had record breaking temperatures across the country.  Kids (and sometimes adults) don't always choose water over sugary or caffeinated drinks, so here are some fun ways to make sure we all stay hydrated during the Summer Heat.

First, here are some nerdy girl facts for parents to keep in mind this summer.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids drink an average of 6 glasses of water a day, but during activity and in the heat kids should be drinking 5oz of water or sports drinks every 20 minutes. (Article)

Signs of Dehydration: Early signs of dehydration in children are fatigue and irritability.  If your child seems to be much less energetic or is crabby, it’s time to get him out of the heat for a water break.  Other symptoms may be sunken eyes, dry mucous membranes, decrease in urination, headaches, nausea and clammy skin.


Fun Food/Drink Ideas for Keeping Kids Hydrated:

  • Fruits and veggies:  A lot of produce contains 70-95% water.  Try partially freezing fruits like: watermelon, cantaloupe, berries, oranges, peaches, pineapple, kiwi, pomegranates, and grapes!  Or serve up healthy snacks like: carrots, cucumbers, and celery.  Another good veggie packed with water is lettuce; sneak it in as often as you can.
  • Freeze cups of applesauce for an slushy summer treat.
  • Yogurt: contains up to 80% water.  It's great plain or with fresh fruit.  Try blending some frozen berries with plain yogurt for ten seconds for a sorbet or pour the mixture in a Popsicle mold for a delicious frozen treat.
  • Other good foods are: Oatmeal, beans, couscous, & pasta:  These foods absorb more than 50% of their weight in water as they cook.  
  • Popsicles/Frozen Fruit bars:  using 100% fruit bars or low sugar are a better alternative.  Try making your own.  Puree watermelon, mix with all natural white grape juice, and freeze
  • Milk:  Don't forget about milk.  It provides protein,Vitamin D and calcium, and can hydrate without saturated fats.
  • Fruit Infused Water:  Water is always your best hydration option.  Try flavoring it with fruit slices or ice cubes made with frozen fruit juice to make it more interesting.
  • Make vitamin popsicles: Dissolve Emergen'C (a powdered vitamin beverage) in water and freeze this too. Emergen'C is great for warding off colds and healing infections. Kids love frozen treats and adding Emergen'C packet to homemade Popsicles is a good way to make sure they get their vitamins.


 

Fruity Water:
Here are some tips and combination ideas for naturally flavoring your water with fruit.  Water will always be your best option in staying hydrated, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring.  

Here's what you need:
Fruit: Any kind except bananas.  Make sure the fruit is really ripe for maximum sweetness and flavor.  It doesn't matter if fresh or frozen.
Herbs: (Optional) Some herbs complement fruit.  I have a few ideas below.

Jars/Pitchers: 2 quart mason jars work well.
Fruit Infusion Pitcher: Any pitcher will do.  This will be for mixing the ingredients.
Wooden Spoon or Muddler: for Mashing Fruit/Herbs
Ice
Water: Purified or Filtered water, or whatever you enjoy.

If you want some step by step instructions for some great Fruit Infused Water: Visit the YummyLife Blog

Here's Some Flavor Combination Ideas from YummyLife Blog:
Citrus: Choose from Oranges, Tangerines, Lemons or Limes
Raspberry with Lime 
Cherry and Lime
Pineapple (Feeling brave: add Mint)
Watermelon (Optional: Add Rosemary)
Blackberry (Try it alone or pair it with Sage)
Strawberry
Blueberries and Orange

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Quick Computer Tips: Morning Show Highlights

Quickly Remove CAPS: 
This morning Jim shared a Windows Shortcut that has already saved me so much time.  This shortcut will remove ALL CAPS from text typed in Microsoft Windows Products.  Have you ever written an email to someone and when you look up at the screen you realize you accidentally tapped the Caps Lock key? Maybe you've received a report, press release, or email in all caps. Instead of manually deleted everything you wrote in uppercase and wrote it all over again in lowercase. Simply highlight the text, hold down the Shift button on the keyboard and tap F3. Doing so will immediately change the case from lower to upper (or vice-versa). Tap a third time to change the highlighted text to Title case, Where The First Letter Of Every Word Is Capitalized. This little-known SHIFT + F3 shortcut will save you time — and frustration — and works beautifully in Outlook, Word and other Microsoft programs.


Switch between Programs: Another Shortcut that I like is: ALT+TAB, which will switch between open programs.  Perfect for multitasking.


Batch rename: Photo takers will like the "batch rename" feature in Windows Explorer. Instead of all your images having arbitrary names like IMG_0339.jpg or DSC01121.jpg, you can highlight all your photos in a folder, right mouse-click and select Rename; now type in something relevant to the photos, like Spring Break 2012. And hit Enter. Now, all of those files will be renamed with a number at the end, such as Spring Break 2012 (1).jpg, plus you can quickly see what's inside the photo file by changing from "list" view to "large icons." This batch rename tip can also be used for documents and other media.


Select Everything: CTRL+A will select all the items in the current window.  This is great for printing articles, etc.


Minimize All: The Windows Logo+M will Minimize all of the programs you have open.  Need to open them all again, click SHIFT+Windows Logo+M to Undo minimize all.  Windows Logo+D will also minimize all open windows and display the desktop.


Find Files or Folders:  To quickly find a file or folder click the Windows Logo+F.


Tab Backwards:  Have you ever been using the Tab button to move through different fields or information boxes in a program and you tabbed too far?  Using SHIFT+TAB will reverse the direction of Tab and move to the previous control in the dialog box.


Common Shortcuts: Here are a few common shortcuts that I use almost daily.  You are probably familiar with most if not all of these, but here they are just in case.


CTRL+C: Copy
CTRL+X: Cut
CTRL+V: Paste
CTRL+Z: Undo
CTRL+B: Bold
CTRL+U: Underline
CTRL+I: Italic

More Windows Shortcuts can be found [Here]

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tuesday Morning Show Highlights

Good Morning:  It's going to be a beautiful sunny day!  Today's mid 80 degree weather will be be the best for being outdoors for the rest of this week so be sure to enjoy it.  The temps will continue to rise into triple digits by Thursday.    


Blueberry Tuesday:
It's Blueberry Tuesday and the week before Independence Day so here's a simple All-American pie just for you.  Enjoy!

Simple Blueberry Apple Pie





Laundry Tips:
Fact or Fiction was about Laundry Tips this morning.  I've not tried either of these so I can't give you a review on how well they work, but here are the tips we mentioned.  If you've used these or you give them a try, let me know how well they work.

  • Grimy Collars:  Body oils rub onto shirt collars and attract dirt which leaves them grimy.  To reverse the damage, use a clean paintbrush to brush a line of your shampoo over the soiled collar before washing.
  • Stubborn Stains:  For stubborn food stains such as coffee, soy sauce, or mustard blot the troubled area with foam shaving cream an allow it to sit for half an hour.  If the stain remains, repeat the process and try to leave the cream in overnight.



Plugged-in DVD Review: 
This morning's Plugged-in DVD Review was about the Academy Award winning film, The Artist was this week's DVD review.  The Plugged-in DVD Review will help you decide if this film is family friendly.  If you missed it, the Plugged-in DVD Review airs again at 5:20 pm.  Check out the Plugged-in DVD Review every Tuesday at 7:20 am and 5:20 pm on 88.5 WJIE!



Fact or Fiction:
This week on Fact or Fiction we will be giving away a family 4 pack of tickets to see a Saturday or Sunday Louisville Bats Baseball Game.  Play Fact or Fiction weekday mornings at 7:20 am for your chance to win!


Meet Jim and the Veggies:
You can meet Bob & Larry from the Veggie Tales and 88.5 WJIE's Jim Galipeau at Lifeway Christian Store in Elizabethtown this Saturday from 11:00am-1:00pm. Parents, remember to bring your camera.  More info is available at wjie.org





Francesca Battistelli in Concert:
Don't forget to pick up your tickets to the Hundred More Years Tour featuring Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, and Andy Cherry and City Harbor in concert September 21!  We are all super excited, and I know that you are too.  Tickets are available now and only $10.  There are special VIP seats available too, but we expect those tickets to sell quickly.  Go ahead and pick yours up today.  Details are available at WJIE.org

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Morning Show Highlights

Smoothies: Motivation for your Monday Fitness
Bob & Caroline Scott of the Louisville Athletic Club gave us some more fabulous tips today on Summer Health and Fitness.  Today we learned that Smoothies can be a great meal replacement option during the hot summer months - especially for those on the go.  Here are some tips on how to keep your summer smoothies both delicious AND healthy.
"I love smoothies; because they are quick, healthy, and delicious.  It's so easy to just throw all the ingredients in a blender and push start.  Plus, it's a milkshake without all the calories.  Smoothies are actually very good for you - IF you put the right things in.  Some of my favorite creations are: Peanut Butter & Jelly, Chocolate Mocha, Strawberry Bananalicious, Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana, Mocha Almond.  I make sure that I use healthy all natural ingredients to keep the calories low and the taste abundant." - Caroline Scott
(Hint: Click the links for links to Caroline's Smoothie Recipes)
Bob Scott's Tips for making Great Smoothies:
  • Invest in a good blender.
  • Use a good quality protein supplement.  They can be found at most grocery stores, usually in a powdered form (Chocolate, Vanilla, & other flavors).
  • Skim milk, almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk or water can be used.
  • Choose quality fresh fruits, frozen fruit, or 100% fruit juice.
  • Use crushed ice.
  • Smoothies can provide you with the full spectrum of vitamins, nutrients, & antioxidants.
For more tips, visit Caroline's Fitness Blog: carolinescott.org



Meatless Monday:
I ended up doing Meatless Sunday instead of Meatless Monday this week.  I made Grilled Zucchini over the weekend.  I forgot to take note of my ingredient measurements, but it was simple enough I'll try to share later.  In the meantime, here's another great meat free recipe for you.

Baked Ziti and Summer Vegetables



Fact or Fiction:
This week on Fact or Fiction we will be giving away a family 4 pack of tickets to see a Saturday or Sunday Louisville Bats Baseball Game.  Play Fact or Fiction weekday mornings at 7:20 am for your chance to win!


Come chill with the Veggies:
Meet Bob & Larry from the Veggie Tales and 88.5 WJIE's Jim Galipeau at Lifeway Christian Store in Elizabethtown this Saturday from 11:00am-1:00pm. Parents, remember to bring your camera.  More info is available at wjie.org

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Hello Summer: Saturday's Show

This is my Summertime:
We officially welcomed the first day of Summer this week.  Yesterday, I was thinking about what epitomizes Summer for me.  It's funny how some things can cause childhood memories to come flooding back.  I associate a lot of different things with Summer, but Blackberries have to be one of my favorites.  Blackberry Cobbler is Summertime for me.  Growing up, we had a blackberry bush and my mom would pick the blackberries for Blackberry Cobbler and jams.  I remember sitting in the kitchen on Summer evenings watching her make Cobbler, Jam, and other goodies.  I remember that she would even painstakingly take time to strain the seeds from the blackberries.  That cobbler became "Summertime" for me.  This is not my mom's recipe, but it's a good one.  What is your definition of Summertime?


For Summer Hair, Think Autumn: 
This is probably the last possible thing that you would think I would include in a show about Summertime, but as crazy as it sounds, for your summer hair care you should use pumpkins.  As much as I love Summer, time spent in the sun and pool can really damage your hair and leave it feeling dry and lifeless.  Here's some nerdy girl facts proving that Pumpkin should be your go to product this season.  Pumpkin, specifically canned pumpkin will gently condition and hydrate hair parched hair.  It also provides UV protection while strengthening your hair and preventing future damage.  I would have tried this today, but I don't have any plain yogurt.  I'll let you know my review when I give this a try.  Here's how you use it:

Pumpkin Hair Treatment:
Mash a can of organic pumpkin.  
Mix in 4oz of plain yogurt.
Apply to damp hair, leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
Then rinse and shampoo.  
For best results, do this 2x a month.
(Info Source: Women's Health)

Natural Remedies for Muscle Pain:
I mentioned this morning that this past Tuesday I was doing some warm up exercises and stretching to prepare for a fitness class.  While stretching to keep myself from injury during the class, I somehow pulled a muscle in my leg.  Ironic, but true.  So this week I found some natural remedies for muscle pain, and I thought I would pass these tips along.

  • Preventative Measures:  Drink Coffee. Researchers at the University of Illinois found that women who consumed the caffeine equivalent of 2 1/2 cups of coffee 1 hour prior to a 30-minute bike ride experienced roughly half the leg muscle pain as riders who did not have caffeine. The reason why is that Caffeine may block an inflammatory chemical from attaching to muscles or areas of the brain that are associated with pain.  However, caffeine also dehydrates you so drink plenty of water.  Plus dehydration is also a common cause of muscle cramps. (Fitbie)
  • Post Injury... or before: Cherry juice also contains natural anti-inflammatory properties because they contain anthocyanins. The participants in the British Journal of Sports Medicine study that drank 16 oz of cherry juice a day for 3 days before a heavy workout felt less muscle soreness 2 days later. (Fitbie)  Cherry juice will also help reduce inflammation of already over worked muscles.  Juice from cherries helps your muscles recover more quickly after a tough strength-training session, finds a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.  The new research found fewer markers of muscle damage circulating in the blood after drinking cherry juice which suggests that cherries actually prevent maxed-out muscles from breaking down to begin with. (Men's Health)
  • Knee Pain:  If your pain is knee specific, eating vitamin C–rich foods like bell peppers, kiwifruit, tomatoes, and oranges, can help. Australian researchers found that among 293 middle-age adults, those who consumed diets high in vitamin C over a 10-year period were less likely to have bone degeneration that leads to knee pain and arthritis. Research also suggests that the antioxidants in green veggies, like spinach, can protect against wear and tear that come with age.
  • Shinsplits:  To treat a shin splint, try this massage technique from Fitbie: Sit with your knee bent and your foot flat on the floor. Lightly stroke the areas to the left and right of your shin bone with your palms, moving back and forth from your knee to ankle. Be careful not to rub your shin directly, as this could worsen the inflammation. After repeating the stroking motion several times, wrap your hands around your calf and use your finger tips to massage both sides of the bone with as much pressure as possible. This will help restore length and relieve tightness in the tendons at the top and bottom of the shin. Also try calf stretches or toe raises to strengthen calf muscles and prevent shinsplints from returning.
  • Sprains:  A sprain is simply an overly stretched ligament.  The treatment for sprains is RICE—rest, ice, compression, and elevation.  To make an ice pack that you can wrap around your injury, fill a sandwich bag with ice cubes or use a bag of frozen vegetables. Compressing the painful area with an elastic bandage prevents fluid from accumulating and minimizes pain and swelling. Wrapping also restricts movement, which will help your ligament heal. Just don’t wrap the bandage too tightly.  You should be able to slip one finger under the bandage. (Fitbie)


Herb Garden:
Later today, I'll be starting a little herb garden.  Fresh herbs and spices taste so much better.  I've grown some herbs before, cilantro, basil, chives, and sage.  In fact I still have some chives that are still growing after 3 years, but they look like they need a little tlc this year.  I found a few different herbs that I know I will use.  I am planting Thyme and Lavender for the first time.  I'm not really sure how to care for Lavender.  I think I saw something that said they like sandy soil, but I'll have to do some research.  My biggest dilemma is finding a permanent way of labeling each plant.  I will be keeping my garden pots outside, and the method I used last time didn't last even through the summer.  If you have any tips, I'd love to hear them.  I'll share more about my little herb garden later.


Twitter Contest Ends Tomorrow:
Don't forget to follow 88.5 WJIE on Twitter by tomorrow for your chance to win 4 tickets to Kings Island! Tickets include admission to the Spirit Song Festival!  Our twitter handle is @885WJIE but you can also find the link at wjie.org.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sanctus Real Interview: Morning Show Highlights

To help with Bus Relief Fund: Visit SanctusReal.com
Sanctus Real Interview:
This morning you heard Jim speak with Chris Rohman, guitarist of Sanctus Real and owner of the charred laptop in the photo to the right.  He told us about how the band has been doing since the Tour Bus Fire.  He described that the fire took place in the middle of the night while everyone was sleeping.  They were about 4 hours away from their hometown when their driver saw flames and got everyone off the bus.  Miraculously everyone got out of the bus ok, and they did not lose any musical equipment even though the equipment was all in a trailer attached to the bus during the fire.  He also said that thankfully they have not had to cancel any shows and their summer schedule has helped with this.  Their good friends Casting Crowns let them borrow their own tour bus the weekend of the fire.  They have had several people interested in helping out following the fire.  If you would like to support the Sanctus Real Bus Relief Fund, visit SanctusReal.com


Fact or Fiction & the 88.5 Days of Summer:
Play Fact or Fiction with us this week at 7:20 am and you could win tickets to Spirit Song at King's Island.  Plus everyone who wins on Fact or Fiction will be registered for the 88.5 Days of Summer Drawing to meet the Newsboys and get VIP tickets to that show. Details available at 88.5 WJIE!

Orange Goodness:
Today's Fact or Fiction was about oranges for no reason other than they are summery and so delicious.  I found a few orange-themed recipes for you.  Don't forget, it's Blueberry Tuesday so I posted another Blueberry Recipe earlier this morning.

Irene's Orange Rolls
Orange Butter
Orange Push-Up Smoothie




Orange Scented Summer Salt Scrub:
I also found directions on how to make a lovely Orange Scented Summer Salt Scrub.  Salt Scrubs are great for keeping your skin healthy during the summer.  

Summer Salt Scrub




Follow and Win:
The Twitter Contest is back for a limited time!  Just follow 88.5 WJIE on Twitter and you will automatically be registered to win 4 tickets for a day at King's Island, including admission to the Spirit Song Festival!  Our twitter handle is @885WJIE, but you can also find the link at WJIE.org.  

No Bake Blueberry Tuesday

It's Blueberry Tuesday!  Here's a no-bake Blueberry recipe to keep your kitchen nice and cool as you enjoy today's sunshine.

No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

Monday, June 18, 2012

Concert Info & Mon. Fitness: Morning Show Highlights

Francesca Battistelli in Concert
Francesca Battistelli in Concert:
This morning's concert announcement is that we will be welcoming Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, and Andy Cherry and City Harbor in concert September 21!  We are all super excited, and I know that you are too.  Tickets are available now and only $10.  Go ahead and pick yours up today, because I'm pretty sure this concert will be selling out quickly.  Details are available at WJIE.org


Sanctus Real on the Morning Show:
Tomorrow Jim Galipeau will be talking with Chris Rohman, guitarist for Sanctus Real, in the 7:00am hour. Chris will talk about how the band is doing after losing their tour bus in a fire and more. Hope you can listen!


Hydration: Motivation for your Monday Fitness Tip
Our friends, Bob & Caroline Scott of the Louisville Athletic Club shared some more great fitness tips with us this morning.  I will try to start giving you a recap of these since they always give us such good health and fitness tips.  Today's topic was the Importance of Good Hydration.  During the hot summer months, here are some important things to keep in mind for staying hydrated.


"Water makes up approximately 60-70% of the human body weight, so all of us need to stay hydrated to keep our bodies running smoothly.  75% of all Americans are chronically dehydrated.  Many times thirst is mistaken for hunger.  So we may think we are hungry, but actually we just need some water.  In fact, dehydration is considered the #1 trigger for daytime fatigue.  Some of the signs of dehydration include: dry mouth, excessive thirst, muscle weakness, headache, dizziness, and fatigue."  - Caroline Scott
Here are some tips that Bob gave to make sure you are getting enough fluids during the day:
  • Have some water when you first wake up in the morning, because you have been asleep for a number of hours without any water.
  • Invest in a quality water bottle that you can take with you when you are away from home.
  • Try to drink some water before, during, and after exercising - especially on hot days.
  • Remember to drink water BEFORE you get thirsty.
  • Avoid and limit caffeinated and sugary drinks such as sodas.
  • Keep a glass of water next to your bed.
For more great health a fitness tips, visit Caroline's Fitness Blog at carolinescott.org

Meatless Monday:
So I sort of forgot about my commitment to do meatless Mondays for the rest of the month.  This morning I started out my day with my typical egg on a slice of whole wheat bread.  I'm still not sure if eggs are cheating, but I thought I'd tell on myself just in case.  Anyway, the rest of the day will be Meatless.
This morning we also mentioned that it's National Picnic Day.  I thought I would try to find a few picnic friendly meatless recipes to share.  It's also Cherry Tart Day, so there will be a recipe for that too.  Ps... Is it just me or are the cherries this season especially good?  I can't stay away from them.

Grilled Mushroom "Burger"
Grilled Veggie & Hummus Wraps
Black Bean Burrito
Greek Style Picnic Salad
Penne with Zucchini Pistou
Roman Cherry Tart with Almond Crust


This Week on Fact or Fiction: 
Play Fact or Fiction with us weekday mornings at 7:20 am and you could win!  This week we will be giving out more tickets to Spirit Song at King's Island.  Plus, since we are still in the 88.5 Days of Summer everyone who wins on Fact or Fiction will be registered to meet the Newsboys and more. It's going to be fun! Details available at 88.5 WJIE!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sweet Summer Favorites: Morning Show Highlights

Flag Day: This morning we mentioned that today is Flag Day, marking the anniversary of the original Stars & Stripes Flag becoming the symbol of the United States and our freedom.  Here are some links with a brief history of the United States Flag -
History of the Flag and US Flag Facts.  Celebrate today by displaying your own US Flag and enjoying some Patriotic Desserts!



It's also National Strawberry Shortcake Day!  It's a beautiful sunshine-y Thursday Morning making it a great day to enjoy this classic and oh so delicious dessert. Here's a variety of Strawberry Shortcake Recipes you may want to add to your collection:

Strawberry Shortcake Recipes:
Classic Strawberry Shortcake
Patriotic Summer Shortcake

Shortcake with a Twist:
Strawberry Shortcake Cookies
Strawberry Shortcake Sushi {Reposted}
Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs {Reposted}


WJIE Day at Slugger Field:
Summer, Music, and Baseball - it's a sweet combination, and there's still time for you to get your tickets!  Join us at Slugger Field this Saturday, June 16th for a concert with Big Daddy Weave and a Louisville Bats Baseball Game.  The concert will be held inside and air conditioned.  Plus, before the game our on-air hosts Jim Galipeau (Morning Show) and Bill Lawson (Weekends) will be throwing out the first pitch.  Tickets are available at batsbaseball.com, LifeWay Christian Stores in Louisville & Elizabethtown, and by phone at (502) 614-4542.  Details at wjie.org


Follow and Win:
Follow 88.5 WJIE on Twitter by this Sunday, June 17 and you will automatically be registered to win 4 tickets for a day at King's Island, including admission to the Spirit Song Festival!  Our twitter handle is @885WJIE, but you can also find the link at WJIE.org.  Don't forget to follow us on Twitter by Sunday, June 17th for your chance to win!


Visit SpiritSongFest.com for Artist Line up
Fact or Fiction & the 88.5 Days o' Summer:
Tomorrow you will have one more chance this week to play Fact or Fiction.  Play at 7:20 am and you could win 4 tickets to Spirit Song Festival on Thursday, June 28th featuring concerts by Switchfoot, Jeremy Camp and others.  Also, don't forget that winners of Fact or Fiction are registered for the 88.5 Days of Summer Drawing for VIP seats & backstage passes to meet the Newsboys.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Artist Interview, Summer Kindness, & Other News

The Museum
The Museum in Studio:
The Museum will be Chris Crain's special guests in the studio during the 3:00 hour this afternoon.  They have a new album coming out in August, and they will be playing music from it as well as talking about what's been  happening with the band since they were with us last Fall.  Be sure to listen to the interview on 88.5 WJIE! Also, be sure to check out their website: themuseummusic.com!


Lord's Kitchen Summer Feeding Program
Pastor Sam Watene, Director of The Lord's Kitchen, stopped by the studio this morning to tell us about some volunteer opportunities that are available this Summer.  The Lord's Kitchen shows God's love by feeding the hungry 365 days per year.  During the Summer they also provide a feeding program to make sure that kids are getting the proper nutrition when they aren't in school.  There has been a great need for the Summer Feeding Program,  in fact toward the end of the Summer last year, they were feeding 600+ children per day.  They just kicked off this Summer's Feeding Program, and their numbers are already that high.  They expect the number of meals to increase to 1,000+ per day before the end of the season.  If you are looking for a way to show some summer kindness, there are many opportunities available for volunteers to get involved.  There is also a need for monetary donations.  To find out how you can help, visit theLordsKitchen.com


New Blog Links:
 You can now access my blog for updates on the Morning Show, Recipe Ideas, Healthy You Tips, and more by using ThatMorningGirl.com. Also, don't forget to check out my favorite recipe ideas on my recipe blog by visiting MorningGirlRecipes.com.


Concert Announcement Monday:
Don't forget!  We have another special Concert Announcement, but we are keeping it secret until Monday Morning.  Curious yet?  Listen Monday Morning at 7:30 am for a Concert Announcement from 88.5 WJIE!


Twitter Contest Continues:
Follow 88.5 WJIE on Twitter by this Sunday, June 17 and you will automatically be registered to win 4 tickets for a day at King's Island, including admission to the Spirit Song Festival!  Our twitter handle is @885WJIE, but you can also find the link at WJIE.org.  Don't forget to follow us on Twitter by Sunday, June 17th for your chance to win!



Visit SpiritSongFest.com for Artist Line up
Fact or Fiction:
This week on Fact or Fiction we will be quizzing you about Baseball Lingo in celebration of the 88.5 WJIE Day at Slugger Field this Saturday.  Play Fact or Fiction with us this week at 7:20 am and you could win 4 tickets to Spirit Song Festival on Thursday, June 28th featuring concerts by Switchfoot, Jeremy Camp and others.  Also, don't forget that winners of Fact or Fiction are registered for the 88.5 Days of Summer Drawing for VIP seats & backstage passes to meet the Newsboys. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cookies & Concert Teaser: Morning Show Highlights

Concert Announcement is Coming:
We've been talking about some cool shows coming to the area, and now we've got another one we will be telling you about.  Just not yet.  Listen Monday Morning at 7:30 am for a Concert Announcement from 88.5 WJIE!




Peanut Butter Cookie Day: It's National Peanut Butter Cookie Day.  The Aztecs invented peanut butter in the 14th century, but peanut butter cookies didn’t become an American favorite until the early 1900s. In 1932, the Schenectady Gazette published the first peanut butter cookie recipe that called for crisscrossed fork marks on the top. To celebrate National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, dig out Grandma’s famous recipe or try this one that I found this morning. Plus, it's Blueberry Tuesday so check out today's recipe in the previous post.

Over the Top Reese's Peanut Butter Cookies


Twitter Contest:
Follow 88.5 WJIE on Twitter by this Sunday, June 17 and you will automatically be registered to win 4 tickets for a day at King's Island, including admission to the Spirit Song Festival!  Our twitter handle is @885WJIE but you can also find the link at wjie.org.  Don't forget to follow us on Twitter by Sunday, June 17th for your chance to win!



Visit SpiritSongFest.com for Artist Line up
Fact or Fiction:
This week on Fact or Fiction we will be quizzing you about Baseball Lingo in celebration of the 88.5 WJIE Day at Slugger Field this Saturday.  Play Fact or Fiction with us this week at 7:20 am and you could win 4 tickets to Spirit Song Festival on Thursday, June 28th featuring concerts by Switchfoot, Jeremy Camp and others.  Also, don't forget that winners of Fact or Fiction are registered for the 88.5 Days of Summer Drawing for VIP seats & backstage passes to meet the Newsboys.

Monday's Blog: Monday's blog was posted a bit late since I was finishing up a few things on the post this morning.