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Waffles & Winter Clothing!

Joe & Lexie share fun facts and yummy recipes about waffles for Who Knew Wednesday!

Waffle-making made its way to America with Dutch colonists in the 1620s. It was one hundred years later, in Robert Smith’s Court Cookery (1725), that the English language saw the appearance of the word “waffle” for the first time. Waffles were enjoyed sweet, with butter, syrup, or fruit, or savory, with kidney stew.

The word “waffle” is directly derived from the Dutch wafel, meaning a honeycomb cake.

August 24th in National Waffle Day. That date is significant because it is the date of the first patent issued for a waffle iron. On August 24, 1869, the U.S. Patent Office issued a patent to Cornelius Swartwout of Troy, New York, for his design for an “Improvement in Waffle-Irons.”

If reading this made you crave some waffles, check out this link to 90 different waffle recipes !

We also talk to Sharon Metcalfe about a Winter Supply Drive hosted by The Sheppard’s House: A Church of The Nazarene. The Drive is titled “Take What You Need , Leave What You Can”. check out the full conversation HERE!

Here’s Today Trivia Question for Who Knew Wednesday:

Q: What Shoe Brand’s First shoe was inspired by the Waffle?

A: Nike

Congratulations to Troy of Mount Vernon for guessing correctly and winning a $5 Gift Certificate to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks so much for tuning in to today’s Afternoon Drive! – Lexie & Joe

Who Knew Wednesday: Cooking Basics! Why would have have toothpaste and floss in my kitchen?

Today Todd and I revisited an old favorite topic – FOOD! Well, cooking, but the food is the best part of that anyways…

Here are todays facts:

Save on Heat: When meal planning, think about multiple dishes that you can cook simultaneously in the oven, such as a roast and a casserole. Better yet, turn a pot lid upside down while cooking, then place of veggies wrapped in foil on top. This will save time and money on your gas or electric bill!

Dental floss in your Kitchen: This is a must have for your kitchen toolkit is an unwaxed dental floss! Not only is it useful for trusting a turkey, but it’s also great for baking. Dental floss is perfect for cutting a cake without making too many crumbs, and if your freshly baked cookies are stuck to the baking tray, simply hold a length of dental floss taught and slip it underneath the cookie. It works better than a spatula!

Cuts Like a Knife: Say you finally saved up enough to buy a brand new knife set or better yet you’re compiling a gift registry. So which knifes should you get? The three basic knifes everyone should own are a chef’s knife, for chopping and slicing; a paring knife, for deseeding and other small jobs; a boning knife, for cutting meat and poultry. Additional Cutlery items you may want to have our a serrated knife for slicing bread, a fever, a fish filleting knife, and a pair of kitchen scissors!

Here are the pictures I promised:

Victorinox Fibrox 8 Inch Chef's Knife 40520, 47520 Kitchen ...
Chef’s knife
Chef Paring Knife,4 Inch Blade Spear Point Kitchen Tool ...
Paring knife
Victorinox Fibrox Flexible Straight Boning Knife, 6-inch ...
a boning knife

Deodorize the Disposal: A quick and easy way to deodorize your in sink garbage disposal is to grind an orange or lemon peel inside it every so often. It will get rid of the grease and germs and plus it smells wonderful.

Toothpaste Trick: You’ve been cooking with garlic, and now you can’t get that smell off of your hands! To get rid of this or any other kitchen odor, just rub some White toothpaste between your hands and wash off.

Remove Strong Food Smells from your Hands: by running them under cold running water while rubbing them with you must steel spoon. Rinse with soap and water.

Stop the Stink: Don’t throw away used coffee grounds – instead, keep them in a can near the sink. Rub a small amount over your hands after handling fish, or chopping garlic or onions to get rid of the odors on your hands.

Look for Lines: As you probably know, white streaks running through meet are fat. But even if your diet conscious, you should always choose well-marbled meat, which will be the most tender, since the animal didn’t exercise those muscles very much. That is a storage deposit for energy, and for me to be well-marbled, and the animal must be fed a diet high in Rich grains such as corn. The fat imparts flavor and provides moisture that helps tenderize the meat. 

Green Ham and eggs: Have you ever purchased a ham that has a greenish, glistening Sheen? This effect occasionally occurs when he is sliced and the surface is exposed to the effects of oxidation. It isn’t a sign of spoilage but it is caused by the nitrate modification of the meats iron content, which tends to produce a biochemical change in the pigment. 

Question of the Day!

Our book suggests keeping a Shaker filled with a ratio of 75% salt and 25% pepper next to your stove to make food preparation easy. But my question to you is would you add anything else into that Shaker? I would! What’s your go-to seasoning? Let us know below!

Want to go to WinterJam 2020? Click HERE to find out more!

Thanks for checking out our blog!

-Hannah and Todd

Who Knew Wednesday: Active Dog Month!

Today I talked about something so fun and so good for you! Active Dog Month! I shared about what
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Name something that could go wrong at a dog park?

1. Cat Shows Up
2. Dogs Get Loose
3. Dogs Fight
4. Dirty Pants
Congrats to Bonnie from Mount Vernon who guessed our top to answers and woman that $5 Gift Card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!
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Here is our blog-exclusive Food Corner!

Here is more info on today! 

Here are some fun facts! 

And finally, here’s a recipe! 

Congratulations to Debbie from Mount Vernon, who was caller number 3 and won two tickets the MVNU spring musical “Freaky Friday”
Congratulations to Lauren from Howard who guessed our Matt trivia question and won two tickets to the Matthew West and Matt Mahr concert!
Thank you so much for looking at our blog!
-Hannah (And Joe!)

Who Knew Wednesday: Celebrating Music In Our Schools Month!

Here are the full conversations that we shared today! So many thanks to Chuck Dettmar from Centerburg local schools, Dr. Joann Koh-baker from MVNU and Lizzy Terwilliger a student at MVNU for sharing with us!

Here is some more information on Music In Our Schools Month!


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Name A Style Of Music That You’d Be Surprised To Hear That A Teenager Listened To:

  1. Classical –  43 points
  2. Country  – 27 points
  3. Jazz –  19 points
  4. Opera   – 9 points

Congratulations to Nathan from Norwalk who guessed our top answer today! He won that $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

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Here is the Blog Exclusive Who Knew Food Conner – It’s Spanish Paella Day!

If you don’t know what a Paella is, it’s a traditional Spanish dish, made with rice, meat or fish, and a delicious sauce. Whilst many countries and regions have their own recipes and variations, the best paellas are made in Spain, on the beach, with fresh seafood.

Here are some recipes!

Easy and Classic Paella recipe

The Ultimate Paella

Thank you SO MUCH for checking out our blog!! 
-Hannah and Lilly

Who Knew Wednesday: Love Your Pet Day

Today and Lilly talked about Pets! We shared some stories about our pets and along with some fun facts about our favorite furry friends and gave you a chance a $5 Gift Card to Troyer’s of Apple Vally!

Here is the link to the history of Love your pet day! 

Some fun facts:

1. The nose pad of each cat has ridges in a unique pattern, not unlike a person’s fingerprints.

2. pet owners in the United States spent $60.28 billion on their furry friends in 2015.

3. Nearly 80 million U.S. households have a pet, and 42 percent of those households have more than one 4. One survey found that 81 percent of cat owners let their felines sleep on the bed, compared to 73 percent of dog owners.

5. The Basenji, an African wolf dog, does not bark in a normal way but may yodel or scream when excited!

6. Cats have 32 muscles in each ear.

Who Knew Trivia Question!

Q: What is the technical term for a pack of kittens?

A: A pack of kittens is called a kindle.

Congratulation to Herb from Mount Vernon who correctly guessed our trivia question and won a $5 Gift Card to Troyers of Apple Vally!

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Cherry Pie Day!!

Here is the link to the Cherry Pie recipe we shared!


Here are the pictures of our pets that we promised!






Sammy and Sully

Who Knew Wednesday: Bountiful Idioms!

Today Lilly and I had a ton of laughs with our Who Knew Wednesday topic – Idioms!

What is an idiom you ask? It’s an idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. Want to know more about Idioms? Here you go!! 

Here is the list of idioms that we shared from today!

Our Who knew Wedsnday trivia question:  The common phrase, which is also considering an idiom,  “If you think that, you have another thing coming” is actually incorrect.  What is the correct way to say this idiom?

Answer: “If you think that, you have another thought coming”

If you want to know more about this, here you go!

Congrats to Bob from Mount Vernon who won that $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley and 4 tickets to the AAA Great Vacations Travel Expo!

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Today was Frozen Yogurt day! We shared with you some fun facts about Yogurt and started a new fad diet?? #froyo30 #froyolio (Disclaimer: We were 100% joking, please don’t do this.)

Thank you so much for listening to the craziness that is the Afternoon Drive – we appreciate YOU!

-Hannah and Lilly

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