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Easy Abs! Facial Hair Help, Bruno Mars pokes fun...and more!

Sorry I forgot to blog yesterday. Today's blog will be especially long as a result.

Last night, I went to the gym and got my butt kicked! There is this new iphone app that gives you great abs with no work at all. It's not available for android yet.
There are some crazy inventions out there for better abs. Just stay up until midnight over the weekend and watch the infomercials. They all promise the same thing: massive abs for minimal work. The app ABSmatic takes it a step further. You don't have to do any work. Period. The app does the work for you. Simply take a picture of your abs. The app gives you the option to choose between male and female abs. Each gender offers about a dozen different styles of abs that you can put over your own. Here's an article about that gives you some picture. <== Easier than going to the gym I guess.

Hans popped in this morning and as we were talking about the app. He told me that he also runs. Who knew? He was talking about the guy who puts on 5K's locally with Check out his site and maybe sign up for a 5K Run/Walk that will benefit a worthy charity.

I love guys with goatees. I really do. However, if they look ragged, I'm not into it.  Hans, hipped me to this new thing. Guys do you have an unsteady hand when shaving? This new " Goatee Saver" will help you get the perfect shave every time. Weird looking contraption ain't it? This guy's blog has a pretty funny take on why this is a ridiculous product. 
Want to buy one? They've got em on

Singer/songwriter Michelle Branch has joined the ranks of the celebrity chefs after signing on to host a new web series about innovative new cooking ideas. Branch has teamed up with top chef Michael Mina to launch “Cook Taste Eat,” a digital media company delivering free daily emails and a website featuring premium culinary videos and recipes. Together the duo hopes to encourage aspiring chefs and “curious foodies” to try new dishes and exotic, rare ingredients. Read about it here.

In other entertainment news....
Carrie Underwood gave a 12- year old fan a memory of a lifetime when she noticed he had a sign in the audience in Louisville, that said "Be My First Kiss". She pulled him onstage and did the deed. See the video below. It's really cute!

Another video. Bruno Mars knows how to poke fun at himself.  Here he is doing his version of "Whatta Man" (remember that song from Salt n Pepa?). Pretty much it's full of images of Bruno being "that guy" that rescues women from burning buildings, wakes up in tux and many other cute pop culture visuals. Love him!


Stuff from Yesterday's show.
Yesterday, I interviewed Catherine Cassidy. She's the Editor in Chief of "Taste Of Home" Magazine. You've seen them at the grocery store, bookstore, and even at home improvement stores. Taste Of Home has a new book of recipes called "Best Loved Recipes" that features almost 1,500 submitted recipes!  We talked about Tailgating foods. Here are 3 of the recipes we talked about yesterday. Appetizer Meatballs, Sandwich for a crowd, and Scrumptious Cookies n Cream Brownies.

Appetizer Meatballs
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Reports Yellow Springs, Ohio field editor Pat Waymire, "These tasty meatballs are a perennial favorite at our Christmas parties."
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.            Yield: 18 Servings
                    1 egg, lightly beaten
                    1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
                    1/4 cup 2% milk
                    1/3 cup finely chopped onion
                    1 teaspoon salt
                    1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
                    1 pound ground beef
                    1/2 cup ketchup
                    1/2 cup chopped onion
                    1/3 cup sugar
                    1/3 cup vinegar
                    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
                    1/8 teaspoon pepper

In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown meatballs; drain.

Place in a 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Combine the sauce ingredients. Pour over meatballs. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Sandwich for a Crowd
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My husband and I live on a 21-acre horse ranch and are pleased to invite friends to enjoy it with us. When entertaining, I rely on no-fuss make-ahead entrees like this satisfying sandwich. -Helen Hougland, Spring Hill, Kansas
Prep: 10 min. + chilling Yield: 12-14 Servings
                    2 loaves (1 pound each) unsliced Italian bread
                    1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
                    1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
                    3/4 cup sliced green onions
                    1/4 cup mayonnaise
                    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
                    1 pound thinly sliced fully cooked ham
                    1 pound thinly sliced roast beef
                    12 to 14 thin slices dill pickle

Cut the bread in half lengthwise. Hollow out top and bottom of loaves, leaving a 1/2-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use).
In a large bowl, combine cheeses, onions, mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce; spread over cut sides of bread.

Layer with ham and roast beef on bottom and top halves; place pickles on bottom halves. Gently press halves together.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into 1-1/2-in. slices. Yield: 12-14 servings.

Cookies N’ Cream Brownies
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You won't want to frost these brownies, since the marbled top is too pretty to cover up. Besides, the tasty cream cheese layer makes them taste like they're already frosted. The crushed cookies add extra chocolate flavor and a fun crunch. -Darlene Markel, Sublimity, Oregon
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling Yield: 24 Servings
                    1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
                    1/4 cup sugar
                    1 egg
                    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
                    BROWNIE LAYER:
                    1/2 cup butter, melted
                    1/2 cup sugar
                    1/2 cup packed brown sugar
                    1/2 cup baking cocoa
                    2 eggs
                    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
                    1 teaspoon baking powder
                    12 Oreo cookies, crushed
In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth; set aside. For brownie layer, combine the butter, sugars and cocoa in a large bowl. Beat in eggs. Combineflour and baking powder; gradually add to cocoa mixture. Stir in cookie crumbs.

Pour into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture over batter; cut through batter with a knife to swirl. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

Catherine ended our interview by saying if you order the book online now, you get free shipping AAAAND a free gift! Get your holiday shopping done NOW people! Here's link for the book! Best Loved Recipes

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