Thursday, July 31, 2008

Cleaning the Air in your Home

Thanks to Richard Harrington and Jeff Vance from Gwyn Electrical, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling for the info today about keeping the air in your home clean. You can call them at 774-1818 or visit them online at . Another great source for information is

Monday, July 28, 2008

Cookin' with Bacon

Flash Seared Beef Loin with Pan Sauce, Roasted Cippolini Onions, Asparagus and Warm Four Potato Salad

Recipe By: Jeff Bacon CEC CCA AAC
Serving Size: 8 Preparation Time :0:00

Amount Measure
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Flash Seared Beef Loin with pan jus
Roasted Cipolini Onions
Warm Four Potato Salad
8 ounces Asparagus -- Blanched

Sauté blanched asparagus to warm and season to taste.
Spoon 1 TB of pan sauce onto plate and place 3 slices of the carved beef onto plate.
Place 2-4 oz shape of warm potato salad onto opposite side of plate.
Arrange 3 asparagus stalks and 2 cippolini onions in between beef and potato.

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 601 Calories; 39g Fat
(58.8% calories from fat); 28g Protein; 34g
Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 117mg Cholesterol; 1506mg Sodium.

Flash Seared Beef Loin with Pan Jus

Recipe By: Jeff Bacon CEC CCA AAC
Serving Size: 8 Preparation Time :0:00

Amount Measure Ingredient Preparation Method
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2 pounds beef loin -- From strip loin cut in 2"x2"x10" Rectangle
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1 teaspoon garlic -- minced
3 ounces red wine
4 tablespoons beef broth
1 tablespoon butter

Butcher NY strip loin to completely denuded. From tail end cut off a 2 " piece from the entire length. Square off long sides to reach desired dimension. Reserve trimmings and loin heart for other use. Loin heart may be used for center cut steaks or medallions.

Rub meat with 1/2 olive oil then sprinkle salt and black pepper as needed. Reserve 1/2 teaspoon salt for after cooking

Rub meat lightly with garlic. In a large steel sauté pan heat remaining oil to the smoke point.
Sear all sides about 2 minutes until well caramelized. Remove from heat and allow to sit 10 minutes
Remove excess oil from pan and deglaze with red wine. Reduce by 1/2
Add beef broth and reduce by half
Add butter and remove from heat
Stir in the butter until incorporated in sauce.
Carve beef into 12 slices and plate 3 slices per portion
Garnish with sea salt and drizzle with pan sauce

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 329 Calories; 25g Fat (71.5%
calories from fat); 22g Protein; 1g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber;
80mg Cholesterol; 592mg Sodium.

Roasted Cippolinin Onions

Recipe By :Jeff Bacon CEC CCA AAC
Serving Size : 8 Preparation Time :0:00

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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16 each pearl onion -- cipolini
1 tablespoon butter
1 dash salt
1 dash black pepper -- coarsely ground
1 ounce red wine
2 tablespoons Balsamic Glaze

Preheat oven to 350
Heat butter in a oven ready pan
Place onions in butter with salt and pepper and start to brown
Place pan in oven and roast until nicely browned and soft, about 15 minutes
Allow to cool slightly then toss with glaze
Use to garnish or top meat dishes

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 62 Calories; 2g Fat
(23.7% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate;
3g Dietary Fiber; 4mg Cholesterol; 450mg Sodium.

Warm Four Potato Salad

Recipe By :Jeff Bacon CECCCA AAC
Serving Size : 8 Preparation Time :0:00

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1/2 pound potatoes -- Yukon gold
1/2 pound potatoes -- Peruvian Purple
1/2 pound potatoes -- Idaho Russet
1/2 pound sweet potato
1/2 Pound boursin cheese
2 ounces Vidalia onion -- finely diced
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme -- chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh marjoram -- chopped
1/2 teaspoon Black pepper -- coarsely ground
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon garlic -- minced

Soften cheese at room temperature
Cut potatoes into similar size pieces and place in a pot of water
Bring to a boil and simmer gently until tender
Peel and break apart into coarse chunks
Sauté onions with herbs while potatoes cool slightly
Mix cheese, potatoes, onion mixture, salt and pepper together
until well blended but still chunky
Place into film lined form of shape of your choice, pressing to fill form well
Pop salad forms onto plate to serve or pop large shape out onto plate and
cut to shape and size desired.

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 206 Calories; 12g Fat (51.8%
calories from fat); 4g Protein; 22g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber;
33mg Cholesterol; 464mg Sodium.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Did You Miss It?

Today's sunrise was beautiful. What?? You missed it? You were sleeping in? I don't blame you! I'd have been sleeping, too if I didn't do morning radio. I promise you I won't see Saturday's sunrise! Anyway, I took some pics for you. Here are a few views of God's transient artwork this morning.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Does Your Daughter Have an Eating Disorder

Thanks to Dwight Bain from the LifeWorks Group for sharing this important information about eating disorders with us:
The average girl in the United States starts her first diet by age 9. If that seems shocking to you, then scan through this special edition of our eNews focused on the very common, (but not often discussed), issue of anorexia and bulimia. There are checklists below of warning signs and a special research report to help you know what to look for to protect the health of your daughter, granddaughter or young women you may know at church or work. As always remember you can forward this resource along to anyone who may need this important information with our blessings since the mission of the LifeWorks Group is to make a positive difference in the lives of people with God's help.

- Dwight Bain, Founder



by Deedra Hunter, LMHC &
Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

___Extreme weight loss
___Extreme weight gain
___Fear of being fat
___Talks frequently about food and feeling fat or focused on the fantasy of a perfect body
___ Constantly compares self to the thin models and actresses seen in magazines and on TV
___Always seems to be eating or never seems to be eating
___Prefers to spend time alone and at home
___Strange eating rituals or behaviors
___Wears layers upon layers of clothes
___Always complaining of feeling cold and pale looking
___Excessive about exercise
___Dry and thinning hair
___Excessive food stains on clothing or in the car
___Excessive food wrappers in car, closet or under the bed
___Loss of menstrual cycle
___Always tries to be perfect

Checklist for Anorexia or Bulimia

___I hate how I look.
___I hate how I feel.
___I feel powerless.
___If I could control how I look, I would be happy.
___I obsessively weigh myself more than once a day.
___I obsessively think about food.
___I eat when I'm not hungry.
___I hide how much I eat.
___I hide how much I vomit.
___I hide how much I exercise.
___I hide how much I take laxatives and/or diuretics.
___I hide my true feelings.
___I avoid conflict at all costs.
___I avoid being around people because I feel fat.
___I have a hard time eating when other people are present.
___I have a hard time asking for help.
___I avoid letting people really know me.
___I feel a lot of guilt over my past.
___I feel a sense of shame about who I am.
___I feel a sense of low self-worth.
___I feel good because I'm a perfectionist.
___I wish I could just disappear.
___I wish I could stop my pain

If you answered yes to three or more, you could have anorexia or bulimia!

To find out more about Anorexia or Bulimia contact Deedra Hunter at The LifeWorks Group, 407-647-7005,

Starving for Help
Understanding the warning signs of an eating disorder

By: Dwight Bain, Nationally Certified Counselor & Certified Life Coach

Starving to death is common in third world countries because they don't have enough food to eat. Starving for help is a different yet equally serious problem because it isn't about getting enough food to feed the physical body, rather, it's about restricting food for the purposes of controlling body image. Starving for help is fueled by the struggle over 80% of American women experience daily, because that's how many women are dissatisfied with their appearance or have deep insecurities their weight; which often can lead to developing an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia. In the United States eating disorders have become serious health problems impacting almost 10 million women and over a million men according to research from the National Eating Disorders Association, yet the overwhelming majority of people struggling in this area feel too ashamed to ask anyone for help so they suffer alone in silence.

Consider how often we hear warnings about the risk factors from things like driving without a safety belt, smoking, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol or being victimized in an abusive or violent relationship; because these serious issues are openly discussed from beauty shops to Bible study groups. However, consider how little we hear on the very real dangers of an eating disorder which can begin silently in any home at any time leading to devastating problems that impact an entire family and too often result in the tragic loss of life.

This special report is designed to help you or someone you love better understand an eating disorder and more importantly how to deal with key issues to help someone struggling alone in the darkness by bringing issues out into the light so others can come alongside to help you overcome this common, yet often crippling disorder. Keep track of the warning signs and symptoms you identify while reading this resource so you can be better informed and equipped to take positive action to change the areas you see that need attention, because you can't fix an eating disorder alone.

To learn more about helping someone struggling with an Eating Disorder check out:
Remuda Ranch- national faith based program to treat eating disorders & help for parents

National Eating Disorder Association, (NEDA)

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

The LifeWorks Group has a series of helpful resources on eating disorders, as well as numerous parenting resources and links from a Christian Counseling perspective to help you or a loved one-

NOTE: you can freely redistribute this resource, electronically or in print, provided you leave the authors contact information intact in the box below.

About the Author: Dwight Bain is a Nationally Certified Counselor & Certified Family Law Mediator in practice since 1984 with a primary focus on solving crisis events and managing major change. Critical Incident Stress Management expert with the Orange County Sheriffs Office, founder of and trainer for over 1,500 business groups on the topic of making strategic change to overcome major stress- both personally & professionally. He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and partners with corporations and organizations to make a positive difference in our culture.

Access more complimentary counseling and coaching resources from The LifeWorks Group by visiting their extensive posting of blog’s and special reports designed to save you time by strategically solving problems at

Bring Trader Joes to the Triad!

I have heard so many people raving about the selection and prices at Trader Joes. The closest one to the Triad is in CARY! Even so, I know lots of folks who make the 1+ hour trek once a month to stock up on foodstuffs from TJ's. Here's a description of Trader Joes from their website:

Just what is this thing we call Trader Joe’s? Well, we’re a grocery store, sure, but really so much more. Our shelves are stocked full of delicious foods and beverages from the basics like milk, bread and butter to more exotic fare like imported cheeses, organic produce and hand-tossed pizza from Italy. We taste every product before we decide to sell it, and we guarantee you’ll like it.*
You might expect indulgences like these to come with unbecoming prices. But at Trader Joe’s, we’re as much about value as we are about great food. In other words, we keep our costs low, cut out the middleman whenever possible and pass our savings on to you in the form of terrific everyday prices. So you can afford to be adventurous without breaking the bank.

Interested? You can email Trader Joes and request they build a store in this area. Here's a link:

Get Thee Behind Me, Betty Crocker!

I get a weekly email from Betty Crocker called "Dinner Made Easy". It's usually chock full of quickie recipe ideas and tips. This week the email included a recipe for a cake that looks so good. I want to make it, but I know if I do, I'll eat waaay more of it than I should. Here's a link to the Betty Crocker Dinner Made Easy Website and the recipe:
Mud Slide Ice-Cream Cake
The popular restaurant mud slide drink with coffee and chocolate is transformed into an easy freezer dessert.

Prep Time:30 min
Start to Finish:6 hr
Makes:15 servings

1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® chocolate fudge cake mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 eggs
2 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur or strong coffee
4 cups vanilla ice cream
1 container (12 oz) Betty Crocker® Whipped chocolate frosting
2 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur, if desired

-Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray. In large bowl, beat cake mix, butter and eggs until well blended. Spread batter in pan.
- Bake 19 to 24 minutes or until center is set (top will appear dry and cracked). Cool completely, about 1 hour..
-Brush 2 tablespoons liqueur over cake. Let ice cream stand about 15 minutes at room temperature to soften. Spread ice cream over cake. Freeze 3 hours or until firm.

-In medium bowl, mix frosting and 2 tablespoons liqueur; spread over ice cream. Freeze at least 1 hour.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Decrease butter to 1/3 cup.

Nutrition Information
1 Serving: Calories 390 (Calories from Fat 160); Total Fat 18g (Saturated Fat 9g, Trans Fat 1 1/2g); Cholesterol 60mg; Sodium 410mg; Total Carbohydrate 51g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 36g); Protein 4g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 8%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 8%; Iron 10% Exchanges: 1 Starch; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 3 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Coffee lovers can substitute coffee-flavored ice cream for the vanilla.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Volunteer with Hospice

Not many people are totally comfortable with end of life issues. Being around people who are dying forces us to look our own mortality square in the face. However, I have found that God often calls us out of our comfort zones as a way to get closer to him.

Community Home Care and Hospice is in desperate need of volunteers to come sit with their patients. All they ask is for one hour per month. Many of their patients reside in nursing homes and have no one to visit them.

For more info, contact Kelli Ensley at 336-318-7832, or online at .

Monday, July 21, 2008

I Must Really Love You to be Telling You About This!

I was debating about whether or not to share this on the air and on my blog because of the whole "many will enter few will win" thing. However, my conscience (yes, I actually have one) prevents me from witholding this information from my peeps!

Kimberly Clark is giving away a free concert from Disney Radio star Jordan Pruitt AND 100,000 bonus "Box Tops" points to one winning school. You can enter every day thru September 15.

Here's a link":

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

How Old are You, Really?

Dr. Michael Roizen and his colleague Dr. Mehmet Oz of "You: The Owner's Manual" fame have a wonderful website with a wealth of resources for healthy living. Don't forget to take the "real age" test while you are there, it will tell help you compare your chronological age with your"real age" (based on your diet, exercise, family history, etc). You'll also get a very detailed report with tips on how to lower your real age.