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It was no “trick” but a 3rd treat for Stewart!

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Tony Stewart passed Jimmie Johnson on a restart with three laps left in Sunday’s Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway and held off Johnson’s desperate bid for the win on the final lap.

The victory was Stewart’s third in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and vaulted him into second place in the standings, eight points behind leader Carl Edwards. Stewart won for the 42nd time in his career.

Get your Tony Stewart gear!

“He’d better be worried,” Stewart said of Edwards after the race. “That’s all I can say. He’s not going to have an easy three weeks.”

Stewart brought his car to the pits under caution on Lap 416, thinking he might have a flat tire from contact with Harvick’s Chevrolet after a Lap 413 restart. Stewart was 21st when the field took the green flag on Lap 420, but a two-tire call during a caution on Lap 459 got the No. 14 Chevrolet off pit road in the fifth position for a restart on Lap 463.

By the time Brian Vickers wrecked for the fifth time to bring out the 18th and final caution — three short of the track record — Stewart had worked his way to second in time for the three-lap run to the finish.

Race Results

Race Standings

Race Schedule

Billboard Top Cpuntry Singles: 10/27/11

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

1*  Played

Blake Shelton

3  Played

George Strait

Here For A Good Time

George Strait

Here For a Good Time [Single]

4*  Played

Miranda Lambert

Baggage Claim

Miranda Lambert

9*  Played

Lady Antebellum

We Owned The Night

Lady Antebellum

10*  Played

Jason Aldean

Tattoos On This Town

Jason Aldean

My Kinda Party

Meal and a Movie: Family Night: 10-26-11

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

_MG_3113_rect540Tex Mex Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Nuggets with Homemade Ranch

Chicken Nugget Ingredients:
1 whole rotisserie chicken, shredded
16 large jalapeños, halved with all the insides removed
1 8 oz package of cream cheese, room temperature
1 package of bacon, each piece sliced in half
1 Tbs Tex Mex Seasoning*
Honey for drizzling

Chipotle Ranch Ingredients:
8 oz sour cream
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 lime, juiced
1 Tbs finely chopped parsley
1 Tbs finely chopped chives
1 Tbs garlic powder
1 Tbs onion powder
1 tsp chipotle pepper, ground (paprika can be substituted)

*Tex Mex Seasoning:
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper

Preheat oven to 425.

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for Tex Mex Seasoning.

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients for Chipotle Ranch and whisk together. Put in refrigerator. (This can be made ahead of time because the flavors only get better the longer it sits!)

In a large bowl, shred rotisserie chicken by hand. Add all the Tex Mex Seasoning and entire package of cream cheese. Mix together with your hands until it’s thoroughly mixed and creamy. (Try to resist the temptation to taste too much of the chicken mixture – you have to save it for the recipe!)

Stuff each jalapeno half with a spoonful of the chicken mixture. Wrap a halved piece of bacon around each stuffed jalapeno. Place on cookie sheet. (Foil or parchment paper on the cookie sheet will make for an easier clean-up!) Drizzle honey on top of each nugget.

Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until bacon is crisp.

Dip each nugget in ranch and devour!

Movie List:

Winnie The Pooh Winnie The Pooh

October 25, 2011
Atrocious Atrocious

October 25, 2011
Attack the Block Attack the Block

October 25, 2011
Father of Invention Father of Invention

October 25, 2011
Shaolin Shaolin

October 25, 2011
Faces in the Crowd Faces in the Crowd

October 25, 2011
Hide Hide

October 25, 2011
City of Life and Death City of Life and Death

October 25, 2011

Nazareth: Live Nazareth: Live

October 25, 2011

Bowyer takes lead on final lap to win at ‘Dega

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Clint Bowyer surged past Richard Childress Racing teammate Jeff Burton through the tri-oval on the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway to win Sunday’s Good Sam Club 500.

On a two-lap run to the finish that followed the ninth caution of the race, Bowyer, the defending winner of the race, pushed Burton to a lead of more than 20 car lengths over the pack that was chasing them. That gave Bowyer the luxury of a slingshot move past Burton in the tri-oval.  Bowyer nosed ahead 1,200 feet from the finish line and held on?barely.

Bowyer realized he was taking his shot early but decided to seize the moment when Burton gave him the inside line.

A six-car wreck on Lap 104 did major damage to the Chase chances of Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch. As the lead pack of cars sped through the tri-oval, a push from Marcos Ambrose turned Richard Petty Motorsports teammate AJ Allmendinger, triggering a crash that crumpled the hood of Harvick’s Chevrolet and knocked in the driver’s side of Busch’s Toyota.

Harvick lost two laps during multiple pit stops to repair his car, and Busch spent 11 laps in the garage before bringing his hobbled car back on the track on Lap 118. Later black-flagged because his car leaking oil, Harvick finished 32nd, nine laps down and fell to fifth in the standings, 26 points behind Edwards.

Billboard Top Country Singles: 10/20/11

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

1*  played

Blake Shelton

5  played

Rodney Atkins


Toby Keith

Made In America

Toby Keith

Made in America

8*  played

Brantley Gilbert

Country Must Be Country Wide

Brantley Gilbert

Country Must Be Country Wide [3 Tracks]

9*  played

Miranda Lambert

Baggage Claim

Miranda Lambert

10*  played

Lady Antebellum

We Owned The Night

Lady Antebellum

They may say, “he flushed the competition and won!”

Monday, October 17th, 2011

The driver of the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford was delighted to win Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with new sponsor Fluidmaster on his car — make that with any sponsor on Matt Kenseth’s car.

In a race that saw five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson suffer a Chase-changing accident in the final 20 laps, Matt Kenseth pulled away from Kyle Busch and teammate Carl Edwards during a 12-lap run to the finish and notched his third victory of the season and the 21st of his career.

Kenseth climbed to third in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings halfway through NASCAR’s 10-race playoff in an event that was as much an audition as a triumph for the 2003 Cup champion. With Crown Royal leaving as primary sponsor of his car after the current season, Kenseth needs financial backing for next year.

That’s why he didn’t mind the puns about Fluidmaster, which makes systems designed to conserve water when toilets are flushed.

“After all the toilet jokes about my restarts, we finally got a good one today,” said Kenseth, who got the jump on Busch on the last restart of the race, on Lap 323 of 334. “Thankfully, we got a good one there at the end.

“Crown Royal — it’s not too late to come back. We don’t have any sponsors for next year, so this should be a good audition. And Fluidmaster for being on this week — it was a great night for us.”

Race results

Race Standings

Race scheduel

Meal and a Movie: Family Night 10/12/11

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011


Fast and Easy Veggie Soup
Serves 6

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4 inch) stalk/branch fresh rosemary
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 medium yellow squash, chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 medium red skin potato, chopped
1 large (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes (you can puree the tomatoes if you don’t like them chunky)
5 ½ cups water
1 rind of Parmesan cheese (optional)*
1 cup cooked cannellini beans (or one 14 ounce can)
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat a large soup pot on medium heat and add oil. Once oil is hot, add onions and rosemary. Sauté until onions are translucent. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.

2. Add carrot, squash, zucchini, and potato and sauté 1 minute. Add tomatoes, 5 ½ cups of water, and Parmesan rind if using.

3. Bring soup to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender, about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove rosemary stalk before serving.

4. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese or stir in pesto.

*If you buy Parmesan cut from a big wheel, it will have the rind on it that you would normally throw away. Save these in the fridge and use them when simmering the soup. It adds great depth of flavor.

Movie List:

Horrible Bosses Horrible Bosses

October 11, 2011
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

October 11, 2011
Terri Terri

October 11, 2011
The Trip (2010) The Trip (2010)

October 11, 2011
Zookeeper (2011) Zookeeper (2011)

October 11, 2011
Crazy on the Outside Crazy on the Outside

October 4, 2011
Septien Septien

October 11, 2011
African Cats (2011) African Cats (2011)

October 4, 2011
Fast Five Fast Five

October 4, 2011

Vampire Bats… real?? or mystery??

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

While much of the world sleeps, vampire bats emerge from dark caves, mines, tree hollows, and abandoned buildings in Mexico and Central and South America. They glide stealthily through the night air as they search for food. Like the legendary monster from which they get their name, these small mammals drink the blood of other animals for survival.

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Moving Day tips for Pets

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Moving Tips for Pets

Moving to a new home can be just as stressful on the family pet as it is on you. Below are some tips to keep your pet happy and safe when moving.  They include pre-move preparation as well as tips for moving day and arriving at your new home.  In addition, please be sure to review specific Pet Travel Tips for the Car and Pet Travel Tips for Flying.

Pre-Move Preparation

  • Pet Laws and Regulations: Become familiar with the state/province leash laws, pet ordinances, and pet licensing requirements.  For state/province laws, contact the State Department of Agriculture or State Veterinarian’s office.  For local ordinances, contact the City Clerks’ office, local humane organization, or animal control facility in the area in which you’ll be relocating.

    If you are planning to rent a house or apartment, be sure to carefully review the lease to ensure that pets are allowed before you move in.

  • Talk To Your Pet’s Vet: Talk to your veterinarian about traveling with a pet who doesn’t like to travel. They can recommend behavior modification tactics or medication that might lessen the stress of travel. Depending on your new address, your pet may also need additional vaccinations, medications, and health certificates. In addition, be sure to get a copy of all your pet’s medical records for your pet’s new vet.
  • Secure a New Vet: It’ important to have a new veterinarian lined up before you move.  Ask your current vet for a referral or research new veterinarian online.
  • New Identification Tag: Get a new pet ID tag that includes your pet’s name, your name, new address and telephone number. An up-to-date ID tag is a lost pet’s ticket home.
  • Maintain Normal Routine: Pack over a period of time and try to maintain your pet’s normal routine. Advance planning will make your move less stressful.
  • Pet Restraint for Car Travel: Have a plan for how you’re going to properly restrain your pet in your vehicle.   This is a crucial element of pet travel that is not taken seriously enough. The reality is that hundreds of pets are injured or even killed each year because they are allowed free reign in cars, trucks, RVs, and SUVs.  Even more real is the toll in human life and property damage caused when an “enthusiastic” animal distracts a driver, leading to an accident. Vehicle pet barriers, pet seat belts, pet car seats, and pet travel crates are all excellent ways to keep your pet (and you) safe when traveling in your vehicle.  It’s important to familiarize your pet with the vehicle restraint of choice weeks or months before traveling so that they are comfortable.  See more Pet Travel Tips for the Car.
  • Secure Pet Friendly Accommodations in advance: If your move is such that you’ll need to make overnight stops along the way, be sure to secure to secure these accommodations before you hit the road.  Our Search By Route will allow you to find pet friendly lodging along your route by plugging in your origination location and final destination.  Pet policies do change some times without notice and accommodations may be limited so it’s recommended that you contact the property in advance.
  • Plan Ahead for Air Travel: Check with your veterinarian and the airline if your pet will be flying. Visit our Airline Pet Policies page to familiarize yourself with the rules specific to the airline you are flying.  For more on safe air travel, see Pet Travel Tips for Flying.

Moving Day

  • Keep Your Pet Secure: Place your pet in a safe, quiet place, such as the bathroom or pet carrier on moving day so that he or she cannot escape. If you place your pet in a room, place a large sign on the door that says “Do Not Enter.” Containing your pet in a pet carrier on moving day will keep them safely confined as well. Gradually get them used to the carrier ahead of time by having your pet spend time in it prior to moving day.

    Another option is to have your pet stay at a friend’s house or their favorite doggy day care on moving day.

  • Check on them Regularly: Check on your pet throughout the day.  Be sure to maintain their regular feeding, walking, and potty break schedule.

Your New Home

  • Prepare Your New Home: Pets love familiar surroundings so be sure to take with you all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need from day one in your new home.
  • Keep them Leashed: Even pets that are excellent under voice control can be easily distracted in a new environment.  Therefore, make sure that your pet is leashed when not in the house or yard until they become comfortable with their new surroundings.
  • Secure Pet During Move-In: It would be ideal to have your belongings moved in to your new home before your pet arrives, however, this isn’t always realistic.  If this not doable, follow the same procedures employed on move-out day – Place your pet in a safe, quiet place, such as the bathroom or pet carrier on moving day so that he or she cannot escape. If you place your pet in a room, place a large sign on the door that says “Do Not Enter.” Containing your pet in a pet carrier on moving day will keep them safely confined as well. And again, be sure to maintain their regular feeding, walking, and potty break schedule.
  • Pet Photo: Have a recent photo of your pet on hand in the unfortunate event that your pet runs off while moving into your new home.

Meal and a Movie: Family Night 10/5/11

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

DSC01836_rect540Little Ribbons with Eggplant, Tomato and Blue Cheese

[serves 2]

1/2 large eggplant, cut into 3/4? cubes
2 T olive oil
1/4 medium to large red onion, sliced thinly
1 medium clove garlic, minced
A handful of fresh basil, sliced into thin strips [chiffonade]
1/4 to 1/3 lb fettuccine pasta [depending on your appetite]
2 T sherry vinegar [I used a one:one combo of sherry cooking wine and red wine vinegar]
1 large roma tomato, diced
1/2 c tomato sauce
2-3 large button mushrooms, washed and diced
Hot chilli pepper flakes, to taste [I used about 3/4 t for a good kick]
1 T minced fresh parsley
About 4 oz blue cheese, cut into small cubes
A generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, 1 to 1 1/2 T
Salt, if necessary

Preheat oven to 400 F. Spread eggplant in a single layer on a small sheet pan and toss with 1 T olive oil. Roast in oven for 20 minutes, or until eggplant is brown and tender.

As the eggplant cooks, bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Generously salt the water and add fettuccine; cook according to package directions, or until al dente.

Meanwhile, heat a large saute pan and cook onions in the remaining 1 T olive oil until just caramelized. Add garlic, cook for a moment or two more, and deglaze pan with sherry vinegar. Add the roasted eggplant, tomato and tomato sauce, mushrooms, pepper flakes and the basil. Heat sauce to simmering.

Using a pair of tongs, transfer cooked fettuccine directly into sauce and toss gently; reserve the pasta water. Add the parsley, blue cheese and extra virgin olive oil, tossing again to combine. If the sauce is a little dry or not coating the pasta as much as you’d like, add 2-4T pasta water and allow to cook a minute or two; the cheese should melt down and mix with the existing liquid and starchy pasta water to create a luxurious sauce. Check for seasoning, adjust as necessary. Serve hot with extra basil or blue cheese crumbles to top.

Movie List:

Crazy on the Outside Crazy on the Outside

October 4, 2011
African Cats (2011) African Cats (2011)

October 4, 2011
Fast Five Fast Five

October 4, 2011
Phase 7 Phase 7

October 4, 2011
Scream 4 (2011) Scream 4 (2011)

October 4, 2011
The Ledge The Ledge

September 27, 2011
The Caller (2011) The Caller (2011)

October 4, 2011
Jig Jig

October 4, 2011
Submarine (2011) Submarine (2011)

October 4, 2011

The Heart Specialist The Heart Specialist

October 4, 2011

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