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Meal and a Movie: Family Night 6/30/10

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

shrimpGrilled Lemon Pepper Herb Shrimp Kabobs

Get lots of flavor with little fat with these Grill Mates® Lemon Pepper with Herbs seasoned shrimp and vegetable kabobs.

Makes 4 servings.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons McCormick® Grill Mates® Lemon Pepper with Herbs Seasoning

4 cups assorted fresh vegetable pieces, such as mushrooms, squash, onion and zucchini

DIRECTIONS

1. Toss shrimp with oil in large resealable plastic bag or glass bowl. Add Seasoning; toss again until shrimp are evenly coated. Alternately thread shrimp and vegetables onto metal skewers.

2. Grill over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and vegetables are tender-crisp, turning frequently.

Featured Artists 6/29/10: Sheryl Crow

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

220px-Sheryl_CrowSheryl Suzanne Crow (born February 11, 1962) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actress. Her music blends rock, folk and pop into one mainstream sound, and she has won nine Grammy Awards. Crow is also a liberal political activist.

She has performed with the Rolling Stones and has sung duets with Mick Jagger,[1] Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, John Mellencamp, Kid Rock, Michelle Branch and Sting among others, and appeared on backing vocals for Tina Turner and Don Henley. Crow has released six studio albums, two compilations, and a live album, as well as contributing many songs to film soundtracks. She has sold 35 million albums worldwide and her newest album, 100 Miles from Memphis, is slated for release on July 20, 2010.

Crow has stated on several occasions that her musical inspirations are not restricted to only one genre, as she likes absolutely anything with a drum beat. In the early stages of her carrerr, Crow appeared in the “New Faces” section of Rolling Stone in 1993. Tuesday Night Music Club featured many of the songs written by Crow’s friends, including the second single, “Leaving Las Vegas“. Her debut album was slow to garner attention, until “All I Wanna Do” became an unexpected smash hit in the spring of 1994. As she later stated in People, she found an old poetry book in a used book store in the L.A. area and used a poem as lyrics in the song. The singles “Strong Enough” and “Can’t Cry Anymore” were also released, with the first song (”Strong Enough”) charting at #5 on Billboard and “Can’t Cry Anymore” hitting the Top 40. Tuesday Night Music Club went on to sell more than 7 million copies in the US and UK during the 1990s. The album also won Crow three Grammy Awards, in 1995: Record of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Female Vocal Performance. She performed at the 1994 and 1999 Woodstock Festivals, as well as the Another Roadside Attraction in 1997.

In 1998 Crow released The Globe Sessions. During this period, she discussed in interviews having gone through a deep depression, and there was speculation about a brief affair with Eric Clapton. The debut single from this album, “My Favorite Mistake“, was rumored to be about him, although Crow claims otherwise about a philandering ex-boyfriend.

In 1999 Crow released a live album called Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live From Central Park. The record featured Crow singing many of her hit singles with new musical spins and guest appearances by many other musicians including Sarah criowMcLachlan, Stevie Nicks, the Dixie Chicks, Keith Richards and Clapton. “There Goes the Neighborhood” was included in the album, eventually winning the Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

In 2003, Crow released a greatest hits compilation called The Very Best of Sheryl Crow. It featured many of her hit singles, as well as some new tracks. Among them was the ballad “The First Cut is the Deepest

Crow returned with her sixth studio album Detours which was released on February 5, 2008. Detours debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 92,000 copies in its first week and an additional 52,000 copies in its second week.

Detours was recorded at Crow’s Nashville farm. Her son, Wyatt, makes an appearance on the song “Lullaby for Wyatt,” which is featured in the movie Grace Is Gone. “The songs are very inspired by the last three years of events in my life,” Crow said of a time that found her battling breast cancer and splitting with partner Lance Armstrong.

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Summer Day

Leaving Las Vegas

All I wanna do

My favorite Mistake

THe first Cut is the Deepest

Detours

What you NEED to KNOW about getting a pet Ferret!

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Should I Get A Ferret?

Principles Of Ferret Care

(do not introduce your ferret to your dog without close supervision)

Ron Hines DVM PhD

Do Ferrets Make Good Pets?

Definitely so.

Ferrets makes excellent household pets. That is, provided their musky odor does not bother you. Their personalities are completely unlike dogs and cats. So spent plenty of time with a ferret to see if this appeals to you before buying one. Their attributes make it hard to rate ferret intelligence as one would a cat or a dog. However, they are no Einsteins. If ability to learn new behaviors and tricks is high on your list of needs in a pet, perhaps ferrets are not for you. Ferrets will always behave like ferrets.

The scientific name for a domestic ferret is Mustela putorius furo. Ferrets belong to a Class of animals known as Mustella. This group includes weasels, mink, badgers, otters and skunks. Ferrets are strict carnivores (meat eaters). In the wild, they live on mice, bugs and other small prey. There are three types of ferrets, the endangered American black-footed ferret you might see in a zoo, the European ferret we keep as pets and the Russian steppes.


How Did Ferrets Come To Be Pets?

Ferrets became popular as pets in the United States in the 1970’s chiefly due to the efforts of Mr. George Marshall of Marshall Research Farms located in Wolcott in western New York State. In 1939, he began raising ferrets in the backyard of their family farm.

According to his family, it was common practice for many farmers to keep a ferret as a pet for hunting rabbits or for rodent control at that time.

I first met Mr. Marshal in 1966 in Washington DC. I worked for the National Institutes of Health at the time and Mr. Marshall’s first inclination was to market these animals to us as research subjects. When that fizzled, he concentrated on the pet trade.

Ferrets were used extensively in medieval times to hunt rabbits. European hares dig burrows or warrens and ferrets were used to flush them out.

How Do I Care For A Ferret?

First You Need To Know What They Are Like:

Ferrets normally have a wobbly, unstable gait. They are are fearless, very curious, and have very short attention spans. Unlike dogs and cats they seem to rely more on tactile sense (touch) rather than odor or vision as they explore new objects. Their love for exploration and squeezing themselves into tight spaces often lead to dangerous situations such as becoming wedged inside the mechanisms of dryers, televisions and HVAC systems. When they are awake, they are constantly busy checking out their environment. These periods do not last long, however, since ferrets sleep up to 18 hours a day.

Ferret Biology:

Pet Owners should purchase a ferret that is already descented and neutered.

Un-neutered ferrets reach sexual maturity at 5-8 months. As occurs in all the Mustella, ferrets are “induced ovulators” that must mate in order to release eggs from their ovaries.

When unsprayed female ferrets are not bred they become “stuck” in estrus (heat) with disastrous results. Ferret pregnancies lasts a little over one month.

Ferrets normally have two litters a year – one in spring and the other in the fall. Not only female ferrets cycle. Un neutered male ferrets testicle size and body weight also increases twice a year. Un neutered male and female ferret’s weights can vary as much as 45% depending on the season of the year. Their hair coats also become sparse or thick depending on their point in the estrus cycle. Spayed and neutered ferrets do not show as pronounced changes. Old time ferret breeders would pluck a portion of hair from the jills (females) back. When it began to re grow they knew the females were pregnant.


Baby ferrets are born very immature with little body fur and their eyes shut. Their eyes open by the time the babies are one month old and they usually wean themselves between 6-8 weeks.

Ferret Colors:

Over the years many color variations have been bred. These include cinnamon, chocolate sable, silver, white with black eyes, panda, Shetland sable, sterling, butterscotch, champagne, blaze, black-eyed white, marked whites and albino. No matter what color you choose, there will still be the same ferret personality inside.


Ferrets hair coats darken and thicken in the winter – especially if they are exposed to natural lighting. They also often “blow” their coats (molt) in the fall and spring in response to the changing light.


Most large commercial breeders neuter, spay, and descent their ferrets before they are sold. They also vaccinate the for distemper.

Spaying female ferrets is critical if they are not bred because if they are not bred they become locked in estrus and the resulting high levels of estrogen cause them to die of anemia.

It is said that neutered male ferrets are less aggressive. I have found that aggression is more common in ferrets that were not handled when they were small. I have not noticed that neutering affects this. Most people find the scent of ferrets objectionable so it is probably good that they are usually sold de scented. Washing them weekly in baby shampoo and using a cream rinse after bathing keeps this odor to a minimum. Just be sure you do not dry out their coats too much.

Traditional Ferret Terminology:

Ferret lovers like to talk using special insider language. The animals have been around so long that a whole vocabulary of words developed around them.

Jill is not the name of someone’s girlfriend. Unsprayed female ferrets are called jills. Spayed female ferrets are called sprites.

Not Calvin and Hobs – un neutered male ferrets are referred to as hobs and neutered males are called gibs.

Baby ferrets, like foxes, are called kits.

The natural brown coat color of ferrets is called fitch (sable).


How Long Do Ferrets Live?

Ferrets have a life span of 8 – 12 years, occasionally a bit longer. Unfortunately a small group of all-to-common diseases shorten the lives of many ferrets.


Getting Their Home Ready:

Setting up a ferret-friendly home is quite different than arranging for a family dog, cat or new toddler. Ferrets just love nooks and crannies! It is best to set up some safe ones rather than let your ferret choose its own. Small cardboard boxes, milk crates, flower pots, Christmas stockings, dryer vent hose and portions of 4-6 inch PVC pipe make great, safe nooks. Things that unravel, collapse or can be chewed up make bad nooks.

Ferrets are escape artists who can squeeze through the smallest holes. If their head gets through the rest of them will follow. They also have a talent for wedging themselves into the chassis of televisions, refrigerators, washers and dryers, which can cause them serious injury. Ferrets are not territorial. So they don’t find their way home if they escape from the house. Every little escape rout must be plugged.

Ferret-size hammocks are available to sleep in but canvas backpacks, empty cartons or old hats work equally well. Be very careful that no string or small objects that can be swallowed are present.

What Toys Do Ferrets Like?

Ferrets love toys too. The best ferret toys are infant rattles and toys, ping-pong balls, paper bags, key rings and toys designed for pet birds or ferrets. Ferrets are notorious for swallowing items that plug them up! This can be fatal. Do not leave anything loose or available in your home that a toddler might eat.

Can They Be House-trained?

Yes, Ferrets can be trained easily to use a cat litter box. Training works best when the ferret is confined for a week or two in a cage no larger than three or four times the size of his litter box with the litter box inside. Use a pelleted cellulose litter and not a self-clumping silica clay litter. The silica makes them sneeze.

Can I Keep More Than One Ferret?

Yes, most ferrets get along well with a partner – or even two. They can be the same or different sexes. If you do not have considerable time to spend with your ferret you may consider purchasing a partner so that they can entertain each other. They should be approximately the same age.

How Much Space Does My Ferret Need?

Although many articles state that ferrets can be housed in outdoor cages as well as indoors; I find that outdoor ferrets generally do not do as well as those kept indoors as part of the family.

I strongly recommend that ferrets not be kept in outside cages. When ferrets are kept outside they can tolerate temperatures as low as 20F and as high as 85F. At low temperature their food consumption doubles. Ferrets housed out of doors need to be given monthly heartworm preventative (ivermectin). Even when given heartworm preventative outside ferrets rarely live as long as indoor pets.

Ferrets do like to go for out-of-doors strolls. This is perfectly fine as long as strange dogs are not present.

Ferrets are not good judges of location and quickly wander off and become lost. So you need to supervise loose ferrets closely or, better still, walk them on a harness and leash.

What Kind Of Cage Should I Get?

When they are not under your supervision indoors, most owners keep ferrets in a cage constructed of vinyl-dipped or powder-coated wire. Do not use galvanized mesh – it is too rough on their tender noses and footpads and the zinc plating is not healthy. A cage 24 inches by 35 inches by 18 inches high will house two ferrets comfortably. Larger cages with multiple levels are even better. Ferrets naturally prefer confined spaces. So their caging requirement are not as great as other pets.

The Positives and Negatives Off Ferrets As Pets:

Ferrets sold in the United States begin their human contact as soon as their eyes open. Because of this and genetics, they tend to be gentle and rarely bite. They are less prone to biting children than are dogs and cats. If the ferret you see bites, or shows fear, do not purchase it.

Ferrets are not very expensive and are readily available.

Ferrets do not require much space. They are economical to keep they do not require exotic diets or habitats.

Ferrets are not too large. Males weigh 2.5 – 3 pounds pounds. Females are half as heavy as males.

Ferrets rarely make noise unless accidentally stepped on.

Ferrets interact closely with their owners and return affection.

Ferrets are not messy or destructive pets.

Ferrets do not do well in heat and high humidity. They prefer a centrally air conditioned home.

Ferrets do not generally live as long as dogs and cats. This is because they are very prone to cancer and endocrine gland disease. Therefore, older ferrets can run up large veterinary bills.

Ferrets normally have a musky odor that some people find annoying. Females are less pungent than males but females still have a distinctive ferret odor. I actually like the odor of ferrets. Descenting surgery does not remove all this odor. Purchasing descented ferrets and bathing them weekly in baby shampoo and then applying a gentle, unscented cream rinse minimizes this odor. Do not bathe them to the point where their hair coat dries out.

At last reading, there were still some ridiculous laws on the books. Ferrets were still illegal pets in California, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. They were also restricted by Washington DC and New York City. A few States still have special regulations for ferrets and require permits. I am told that It is also illegal to keep ferrets in parts of Australia and New Zealand as well as some other countries. So check before you buy one.

Some people might consider ferrets hyperactive – if they are sitting still they are probably asleep.

Ferrets tend to hoard food and toys, which I suppose, could be considered an annoyance. With regular cleaning of their cages pockets of old food should not be a problem.

Ferrets love to get into tight spots and are often difficult to extricate. So it is necessary to “ferret proof” your house.

Characteristics of A Good Ferret Owner:


Ferrets make good pets for families where both individuals work. In pairs, ferrets are good at entertaining themselves. Having a ferret is not an all-consuming activity – they are not “needy” pets as are some larger breeds of dogs and parrots. Yet ferrets require a high degree of commitment and responsibility. Owning a ferret is a major responsibility. They should never be purchased for a child or on a whim or fancy.


Because of their small space requirements, ferrets make good apartment pets. They also make good pets for the elderly because of their small size and manageable needs. Ferret owners tend to have traits somewhere between cat owners and dog owners. In fact, many ferret owners also own dogs and cats. Ferret owners tend to appreciate the comical side of life in the topsy-turvy behavior of their pets.

What About Food And Water?

Ferrets need fresh water at all times. They easily overheat and become thirsty. Many owners use a food-grade crocks designed for cats. I like to teach them to use stainless steel ball bearing sipper tubes and bottles. When this device is new to my ferret, I rub some cream cheese on the end to get them used to licking it and I keep the crock as a back up for a week or two.

What Should I Feed My Ferret?

Ferrets have such a short intestinal tract so they can’t eat very much at a time. Many brands of ferret chow are available from pet supply outlets. Most have 32-38% protein and 10-20% fat. I prefer diets with 35% protein or greater and 18% animal fat or greater.

Many of these diets derive much of their protein from fish meal. I do not recommend that ferrets receive fish meal-containing products. Fish meals can contains too many rancid (free radical) oils and thiaminase, an enzyme that destroys vitamin B-1.

Try to feed a diet that is chiefly composed of poultry and beef, rice and brewer’s yeast. I have always been content with diets produced by Mazuri . Their Zupreem diet for Ferrets is a good choice. Wysong also makes excellent diets for ferrets. Marshall also produces a good, more reasonably-priced ferret food. Do not purchase your food from small pet shops unless it is kept refrigerated. They do not sell enough of it for it to remain fresh. Rancid oils in old ferret food are toxic to your pet. Keep your pet’s food containers refrigerated.

Do not feed excessive amounts of food so that your ferrets do not become obese. For dental health, feed a dry kibble rather than a canned diet. The kibble can be moistened when ferrets are less than 11 weeks of age. Food should be available at all times. Ferrets can also be maintained on premium brands of , chicken or beef-based kitten chows that do not contain fish, fish-meal or vegetable oils and are grain-free – but I do not suggest them because they were not specifically designed for ferrets. Ferrets are little creatures and feeding them a good ferret-designed diet is not that expensive.

I also suggest that ferrets be given supplemental vitamin E (25 iu alpha tocopherol acetate/day) and vitamin C (20 mg ascorbic acid/day) and Omega-3 fatty acids. I like to purchase these products in capsule form from drugstores – not pet supply outlets. In the USA, government quality control and freshness for human products is better than it is for animals.

Ferrets do not do well when their diets change frequently. Find one good food and keep them on that food their entire life. If you must give them treats stay with products designed for ferrets that have no sugar or fruit in them. Ferrets will eat and enjoy items that are really not good for them such as candy, pasta, table foods and high fiber items.

What Kinds Of Health Care Will My Ferret Need?

Toenails:

Ferrets need their toenails clipped occasionally. I use human toenail clippers to do this. The blood vein of the nail is quite easy to see. If a toenail should bleed it can be pressed into a soft bar of Ivory soap to stop it from bleeding. Roll your ferret up in a towel and take off only a little of the nail a time.


Hairballs:

Ferrets shed their coats (molt) twice a year. In some animals this is more pronounced than others. During this period, they are susceptible to hairballs. Treat them with an over the counter hairball remedy (petrolatum) designed for cats.


Intestinal Obstructions:

Ferrets – particularly young ferrets – love to eat spongy and stringy material, which often blocks their intestine becoming a life-threatening illness. Eating foam rubber, insulation and rubber bands are particularly common problems. Obstructed ferrets become depressed, stop eating and drinking and may show diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain and fever. A ferret’s normal body temperature is about 103F (39.4C). Anything above or much under that is cause for concern. Ferrets showing these signs must be taken to a veterinarian immediately.

Cancer:

Ferrets in the USA are extraordinarily prone to cancers. There is much controversy as to why this occurs. Genetics, diet and early neutering may all be factors involved. Tumors of the adrenal glands, pancreas (insulinoma) and lymphatic system (lymphomas) are all too common in ferrets.

Canine Distemper:

Ferrets are susceptible to dog distemper and human influenza. They should be vaccinated against distemper with a vaccine that is approved for use in ferrets. Ferrets usually arrive having had an initial vaccination. They should receive a second booster distemper vaccination at 12-14 weeks of age. Most veterinarians revaccinate for distemper yearly but I have never seen the disease in a ferret that ever received an approved product even once after 12 weeks of age so I do not recommend yearly revaccination. Over-vaccination is bad for the health of pets. It is highly unlikely from all that we know that ferrets need to be re vaccinated more frequently than every three years after they receive their initial vaccine series as kits. If you are cautious, you can have your pet’s distemper titer checked yearly.

Stress:

Ferrets are quite susceptible to problems that are related to stress such s change in their environment, and new diets. These things often cause vomiting and diarrhea. Sometimes the diarrhea is very severe. These pets can become dehydrated and weak quite rapidly. It is best to make husbandry changes gradually and not all at once. Cases of diarrhea and vomission need to be treated by your veterinarian. This usually includes subcutaneous fluids, a high caloric paste, a bland diet, systemic antibiotics and antacids.

Ear Mites:

Ferrets are quite susceptible to the ear mites of cats and dogs. Generally, ear mites are not present when ferrets are purchased from reputable breeders. But they do pick them up in pet shops. Ferret’s ears are normally quite collapsed and so need periodic cleaning with baby or mineral oil. Just massage in the oil and the ferret will sling out wax and debris when you release it. Then use a Q-tip to gently clean the outer portion of the ear. Do not put anything down the ear canal.

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10 more races to have the field set for the Chase!

Monday, June 28th, 2010

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So much for all this talk of aggressive driving and lack of respect getting out of control in the Cup Series. On this June Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it was much ado about nothing.

In what was billed

as a race full of potential payback after last week’s shootout at Sonoma, revenge had to wait until the final three laps of Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

That’s not to say there wasn’t plenty of drama. After Jeff Burton spun out Kyle Busch 11 laps from the finish of the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 — just the second caution for an accident and the final of four yellows in the race — the last eight laps were filled with inadvertent contact, lead changes and, eventually, apologies.

That’s when Jimmie Johnson gave Kurt Busch’s No. 2 Dodge a race-winning retaliatory nudge as the drivers raced into Turn 3 on Lap 299.

Busch had shocked Johnson on Lap 294 of 301 at the 1.058-mile track when he shoved Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet up the track in Turn 3, moments after the final restart of the race. Busch’s lead was short-lived, however, as Johnson bumped him on Lap 299 and completed the winning pass in Turn 1 on Lap 300.

The win, which was his second back-to-back wins in the 2010 season and the 52nd of Johnson’s career, allowed Johnson to solidify his hold on second in the standings and trim Harvick’s points lead to 105. Johnson is tied with Denny Hamlin (14th Sunday) for most victories in the series, each worth 10 points when the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is set Sept. 11 at Richmond.

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Meal and a Movie: Family Night 6/22/10

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

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Red Pepper Pasta

Serve this low fat pasta recipe with a crisp green side salad!To make Vegan, use Vegan Parmesan Cheese

• 2 – 12 ounce jars, roasted red sweet pepper, drained
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
• 1 cup water
• 2/3 cup snipped fresh basil
• 1/2 cup tomato paste
• 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
• 8 ounces penne or farfalle pas
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• Fresh grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Sauté garlic in olive oil in non stick skillet over medium – high heat, stirring until light golden brown (about 3 – 4 minutes).

Place 1/2 of drained peppers and 1/2 of garlic in a blender container or food processor bowl. Cover and blend or process until nearly smooth. Add half each of water, basil, tomato paste and vinegar. Cover and blend or process with pulses until basil is just chopped and mixture is nearly smooth. Transfer pepper mixture to a 2 quart saucepan. Repeat with remaining garlic, peppers, water, basil, tomato paste and vinegar. Transfer all to saucepan.

Cook and stir sauce over medium heat until heated through. Serve sauce over hot cooked pasta. Sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Per Serving: 303 Calories; 3g Fat (8.2% calories from fat); trace Saturated Fat; 10g Protein; 60g Carbohydrate; 8g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 263mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 1/2 Grain (Starch); 3 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

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A rookie mistake lost the first win for Ambrose!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Marus Ambrose had opened a lead of more than two seconds over Johnson when Brad Keselowski spun and stalled in Turn 7 to bring out the seventh caution on Lap 103 at Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway Sonoma CAlifornia. Attempting to save fuel during the caution laps, Ambrose lost power and slowed, and his No. 47 Toyota failed to refire.

Ambrose’s engine finally started, but by then, the first six cars in the running order had passed him. Consequently, Ambrose restarted seventh with five laps left and was able to recover one position before the finish.

jjsonoBut for how bad that was for Ambrose, Jimmy Johnson checked off another win this season which not only gave him a bust towards the lead in the standings, but also gave him a win at a track always eluded him. Johnson took advantage of Ambrose mis-timing an attempt to save fuel by switching his No. 47 Toyota’s engine off.

“Boys … finally,” Johnson radioed to his crew after crossing the finish line. “Better be ready to drink some beer here in a little bit. Woohoo! About time! Booyah!”

Johnson won for the fourth time this season and the 51st time in his career, breaking a tie for 10th on the all-time list with Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett. The victory was the 15th on a road course for Hendrick Motorsports, the most for one organization.

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Billboard Top Country Singles: 6/17/10

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Current Billboard Top Country Singles

1.mirandalambert “The House that Built Me” by Miranda Lambert **Played

2.   jasonaldean“Crazy Town” by Jason Aldean

3.   bradpasiley “Water” by Brad Paisley **Played

4.  claywalker “She Won’t be Lonely Long” by Clay Walker

5. lukebryan1 “Rain Is a Good Thing” by Luke Bryan **Played

6.  carrieund “Undo It” by Carrie Underwood **Played

7.    chrisyoung “The Man I Want to Be” by Chris Young


8.   rebamcentire “I Keep On Loving You” by Reba

9.   keithurban“I’m In” by Kieth Urban **Played


10.  jerrod “‘Lover, Lover” by Jerrod Niemann **Played

Which are your favorite songs or artists??? Give a thumbs or a thumbs down of your opinion of these top singles!! Share your thoughts with your comments right here!

Meal and a Movie: Family Night 6/15/10

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

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White Bean & Vegetable Soup

Is it that time of year yet for hearty soups? Maybe, maybe not. In any case, this one is a family favorite, combining a potpourri of colorful vegetables with the creamy texture of white beans.

Ingredients

2 15-oz cans cannellini or white kidney beans (or 1/2 lb dried beans, soaked overnight in water), drained
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 head of green cabbage, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
2 celery stalks, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/2 carrots, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
5 cups (or more) vegetable stock or canned vegetable broth
1 medium potato, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 head of red cabbage, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 zucchini or summer squash, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Tabasco sauce (optional)

Method

1 Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, thyme, and garlic. Sauté 5 minutes. Add green cabbage, tomatoes, celery, and carrots. Sauté 10 minutes.

2 Add beans, 5 cups of stock, potatoes, and basil. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for one hour.

3 Add red cabbage and zucchini. Add salt. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes longer. Stir in cheese. Sprinkle in a a dash of Tabasco hot sauce if you want to give the soup a little zip.

Serve with ground pepper and bread. Serves 4-6.


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Featured Artist 6/15/10: Darius Rucker

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

dariusDarius Rucker (born May 13, 1966) is an American musician. He first gained fame as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, of which he has been a member since the band’s foundation in 1986. In 2008, Rucker began a solo career in country music.

Rucker has recorded two solo albums: Back to Then in 2002 on Hidden Beach Recordings, followed by Learn to Live in 2008 on Capitol Records Nashville. Its first three singles—”Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It“, “It Won’t Be Like This for Long” and “Alright“—have all reached Number One on the U.S. Hot Country Songs chart, followed by the #3 “History in the Making.” The album itself has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of one million copies.

Rucker has been the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish since its formation in 1986. His signature contribution to the band is his baritone voice that Rolling Stone called “ingratiating,” TIME called it “low, gruff, [and] charismatic,” and Entertainment Weekly characterized it as a “barrelhouse growl.” He brought additional attention as the sole African-American member of a rock band with otherwise white members.

With Rucker’s recognizability as the frontman of a successful band came increased opportunities. In October 1995, Rucker was asked to sing the national anthem at the World Series.Frank Sinatra invited Rucker to sing at his 80th birthday party; Rucker sang “The Lady is a Tramp.” That same week, he made a voice cameo in an episode of the sitcom Friends. He also joined Nanci Griffith on the song “Gulf Coast Highway” from her 1997 album Blue Roses from the Moons.

Rucker’s entry into the country world was met with some intrigue, largely because of his history as a rock musician and because he is an African American. Billboard magazine said that “there’s a sense of purpose that makes Rucker feel like a member of the country family, rather than calculating interloper.”Rucker made visits to various country stations around the US, explaining that he was aware that he was the “new kid on the block.” Mike Culotta, the program director of the Tampa, Florida radio station WQYK-FM expected that Rucker would be “somebody who would have entitlement,” but instead said that “Darius engaged everybody.” When Rucker found that “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” went to number one, he cried. On November 11, 2009, Rucker won the Country Music Association New Artist of the Year award (formerly known as the Horizon Award), making him the first African American to do so (since the award was introduced in 1981). Only one other African American has won at the CMA; Charley Pride, who won entertainer of the year in 1971 and male vocalist in 1971-72.

Play list:

Don’t think i Don’t Think About It

It Won’t Be Like This for Long

Learn to Live

Drinkin and Dialin

If I Had Wings

History in the Making


A champion in the making with Hamlin!!

Monday, June 14th, 2010

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Denny Hamlin was more than good enough to win for a career-best fifth time this season and for the 13th time in his career. He backed up last week’s victory at Pocono with his fifth win in the past 10 races.

Hamlin’s victory tightened the Cup points race because of mediocre results from the top two drivers in the standings.

Hamlin sucked the drama right out of Sunday’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway — because his car was so vastly superior to the 42 others in the field.

“All we do is win, baby — two in a row,” Hamlin radioed to his crew just before crossing the finish line 1.246 seconds ahead of Kasey Kahne , the only other driver who could stay in the same zip code with Hamlin. “I can’t tell you how good this car is, man.”

Not everyone had a stellar day however,

Just before the halfway point of the 200-lap race, the No. 83 of Casey Mears — filling in for Brian Vickers who is sidelined six months with a blood clotting disorder — made contact with Scott Speed sending Speed’s No. 82 machine spinning in Turn 2. Both Mears and Speed were racing near the rear of the field when the contact occurred. Mears went to the garage and finished 36th while Speed went on to finish 28th.

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