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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!
the who knew food corner
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: Food For the Hungry!

Today Todd and I talked about a very important thing that is happing here in Knox County

Now in its 37th year, Food for the Hungry is an annual drive that collects food and revenue for the Knox County branches of The Salvation Army and Interchurch Social Services. These agencies, in turn, use the donations to help Knox County families with basic necessities throughout the year. 100% of all donations to Food For the Hungry stay in Knox County.  The drive culminates in an eight- hour live television, radio, and web broadcast.

Food For The Hungry began as a food and money drive on WMVO radio to benefit Interchurch Social Services and the Salvation Army in 1982. Long-time WMVO morning show host Charlie Kilkenny started the drive with the help of his wife, Carol, and businesses at the Mount Vernon Shopping Plaza (now the Kroger Plaza). Mount Vernon Cablevision joined in sponsoring the drive the next year. The drive grew into a partnership between the radio stations and other media (WNZR, Mount Vernon News) in 1995, and added Mount Vernon Nazarene University (who sponsored a basketball tournament) and the accounting services of Nelson & Nelson one year later.

Drop off location:

APPLE VALLEY:

  • 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Floral Valley Community Center (collecting until December 31st)

CENTERBURG:

  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Dollar General, Hometown Market and the Post Office* (Cash Only)
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Interchurch Office

DANVILLE:

  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. First Knox National Bank and Killbuck Savings Bank
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Hometown Market and Interchurch Office
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Danville Family Dollar* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Don Leos Market* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Danville Post Office* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31). They will also be open 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday 12/8
  • 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.  The Hang-Out* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.  The Bender* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.  McFadden’s Hot Spot Pizza* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.  Subway* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)

BRINKHAVEN:

  • 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Brinkhaven Post Office* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31). They will also be open 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday 12/8

FREDERICKTOWN:

  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Interchurch Office and Fredericktown Library

GAMBIER:

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The Village Market

HOWARD:

  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Dollar General* (Cash only, collecting from 12/1 – 12/31)

MILLWOOD:

  • 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Spearman’s Restaurant* (Cash only, collecting from 12/1 – 12/31)

MOUNT VERNON:

  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Aldi, Kroger, Lanning’s Foods, Baker’s IGA, Rural King and Wal-Mart Supercenter
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Memorial Building

For all of the other information, you can head to any of these sites! 

WNZR 

foodforthehungrycares.org

Thank you so much for checking out our blog!

Hannah and Todd

 

Who Knew Wednesday: French Toast

Today Todd and I talked about French Toast day!

According to the Apicius, a collection of recipes from the early 5th century AD, the dish we now know as the French toast existed as early as the age of the Roman Empire. In their style of French toast, called Pan Dulcis, Romans would soak bread in milk (and sometimes also egg) mixture, then fry it in oil or butter.

The breakfast favorite French toast goes by many names depending on where it’s being served up – eggy bread, German toast, poor knights’ pudding, Bombay toast – but it’s always made of the same key ingredients. Egg, milk – or cream – and bread. This delicious sweet snack is often served with sugar or syrup and fruit and consists of bread slices fried in a mixture of milk and egg. In France, its name is ‘pain perdu’, which literally means ‘lost bread’, because it would often be made with stale or old bread.

In Italy, there’s a savory version, called ‘mozzarella en Carrozza’, which sees the egg-soaked bread sandwiching slices of mozzarella cheese before it is fried. Its name literally means ‘mozzarella in a carriage’. So you can have eggy bread for your main meal, and your pudding!

Here is our trivia question for today –  When did the phrase “French toast” first appeared in print?

Answer: In the Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink in 1871.

Congratulations to Janice from Mount Vernon who guessed our trivia question right! They won a five dollar gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Robert Irvine’s French Toast Recipe

Vanilla French Toast

Ina Garten’s Raspberry Baked French Toast

Food for the hungry is right around the corner! If you want to know more, you can click HERE.

Congratulation to Sonja from Centerburg who won the MVNU messiah tickets! If you want to know more, click HERE. 

Thanks so much for listening!

Hannah Radke

 

Who Knew Wednesday!

Today Joe and I had a lot of fun! Joe reported live from the Frederick Town Tomato Show and filled us in on what was happening on the first day!

If you want to know more about what WNZR is doing at Frederick Town Tomato Show – click HERE to see how you can be entered to win a prize basket!

If you would like the full schedule for The 42nd Fredericktown Tomato Show, click HERE.

We also talked about two new albums that are coming out soon, first Lauren Daigle’s “Look Up Child” comes out in 2 days! Click HERE for more information.

Then, at the beginning of next month “Burn The Ships” by For King & Country comes out! More information HERE.

Thanks for listening to the Afternoon Drive!

Hannah

Cherry Month Who Knew!

When it comes to fruits that remind me of summer, cherries almost always take the cake. They are sweet and never fail to take me back to a warm summers day, by the pool.

Today on the Drive, we got in the WNZR Time Machine and went to summer of 2018 courtesy of the fruit that we know and love as the cherry.

Here are some fun facts about this delicious superfruit…

  • There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States, but fewer than 10 are produced commercially.
  • There are normally about 44 cherries to a pound.
  • In an average crop year, a sweet cherry tree will produce 800 cherries.
  • Despite the short fruiting season, Americans consume an average of 1.5 pounds of cherries each year.
  • Washington grows an estimated 62 percent of the nation’s sweet cherries.
  • Between Washington, Oregon and California, these three states produce 94 percent of America’s sweet cherries.
  • Michigan grows well over half of the country’s tart cherries, which are mostly used for cooking. (Still just as delicious).
  • Brian Krause set the record for cherry pit spitting at an annual contest in Eau Claire, Michigan in 2004, spitting the pit 93 feet. That same day, Krause spat a pit more than 100 feet in the freestyle competition, which allows for a running start.

Well, now that you know some fun facts about the fruit, you’re probably asking, what are cherries good for? Look no further for an answer.

  • Tart cherries have very high antioxidant activity. The activity is actually better than vitamin E and comparable to commercially available antioxidant products.
  • Sweet cherries contain fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids, and anthocyanin, each of which may help play a role in cancer prevention.
  • Tart cherries are anti-inflammatory and may help lower your risk of gout attacks and reduce pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis
  • Consuming tart cherry may help increase your melatonin levels and improve your sleep
  • Sweet cherries have a low glycemic index of 22 — lower than apricots (57), grapes (46), peaches (42), blueberries (40) or plums (39). This makes them a better snack than many other fruits, especially for diabetics.
  • Cherries are very high in potassium, which helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure and reduces the risk of hypertension.

It wouldn’t be the Afternoon Drive without sharing some recipies, now would it?
Let’s give you a whole 4 course meal with cherries, shall we?

Perhaps we start the meal with a salad? Maybe three?
Orzo Salad with Mustard Greens and Cherries. Yes please.
Goat cheese goes great with cherries. Let’s put that on a salad.
Goat Cheese, Cherries and Pistachio Salad.
One final salad…
Spinach Salad with a Fresh Cherry Vinaigrette

For an appetizer? Let’s start with some meatballs.
Tart Cherry Glazed Spicy Meatballs. 
Another appetizer? Don’t mind if I do. How about one for Game Day?
Instant Pot Tart Cherry Chicken Wings. (I’m drooling).
One more? Sure. Can’t say no to bread, right?
Here’s a Baguette stuffed with Brie and Cherries. 

Okay. Main Course. Here we go.
Cocoa Cherry Pork? SIGN ME UP.
More main courses? Okay. You asked for it.
We have to have a meal from the mayor of Flavor Town.
Guy Fieri’s Cherry Bomb Chops. (I’m drooling again).
I’ll eat anything with the word ‘sassy’ in it.
Pork Burgers with Sassy Barbecue Sauce.

OH we can’t forget the drinks.
How about a Cherry Limeade from the Pioneer Woman herself?
Another? Okay. How about a healthy alternative?
You can’t go wrong with a Frozen Fruit Smoothie showcasing cherries.

Dessert. Can’t have a meal without dessert. Right?
A Black Forrest Trifle from my girl Katie Lee.
Ever wanted to use big cooking words like ‘compote’? Here’s your chance…
Nectarine-Cherry Compote. Oh Yes.

And delicious fruits aside, we come together as a country with heavy hearts for various reasons today. We turn on the TV and can’t watch for five minutes without hearing bad news after bad news. Whatever reason your heart is heavy today, we have hope.
The devil is on the prowl. He is active in our world maybe stronger than ever right now. We as Christians are called to put on the full armor of God so that we can take our stand against the schemes of the devil. We are called to stand on the front-lines and fight as a community against this darkness. We can stand on the front-lines UNAFRAID because we know that God is standing right there by us, and He has given us the strength, the courage and the power to fight this.

We looked at the song ‘Whom Shall I Fear’ from Chris Tomlin today.
It was a song that’s been in the back of my mind since this weekend, and just some of the lyrics seem so applicable to us right now.

Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light

Darkness is filling the night. It is. But it cannot hide the light.
God is the light. We are the light. We cannot be hidden.
We need to be a nation that is ON FIRE for Christ that NO DARKNESS can hide.
We can do that when we remember the next thing Chris Tomlin says…
God is crushing the enemy beneath our feet.

God goes before us. There are countless scriptures that tell us that.
God is standing behind us.

Our strength is found in the name of Jesus
For it is His name alone that can save.
He is delivering us.
He is the victory.

Here are the lyrics from the bridge that give me chills. Ah.

And nothing formed against me shall stand. 
He’s telling us that WE are protected.
God is holding the whole world in His hands.
Sometimes God is silent, and it’s hard. It’s so hard.
But we can hold on to His promises.
God is FAITHFUL.
Tomlin says that line 5 times in the bridge. It’s so important.And this song isn’t just something Chris Tomlin wrote.
It’s based off the most powerful chapter in scripture. Romans 8.
Romans 8:31 says “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” and that should be more than enough send the devil running far in the other direction.

It’s far and away time for our country to have a “War Room” moment.
A Priscilla Shirer moment.
“YOU’VE HAD YOUR WAY LONG ENOUGH. NO MORE.”
Jesus is the Lord of our house. There is no room for the devil anymore.
We need to stand up, and shout if we need to. Telling the devil to take his lies, and his schemes, and his accusations, and to get out IN. JESUS’. NAME.

Here’s the scene, if you haven’t seen it. So incredibly powerful.

It’s time we stand up and take back what is rightfully ours in Christ. 

Thanks for listening!
-Lilly

 

Festival of Sleep Who Knew!

Welcome to the first Who-Knew Wednesday of 2018!
Today, we’re celebrating the Festival of sleep!

The Festival of Sleep day was founded by someone who had a profound and deep love of sleep. Sleep is a basic human function, and helps our bodies to regain energy for the next day, keeping our mind alert and ready for action. During the holidays, things can get crazy, so this holiday was created to let you catch up on those post-holiday Z’s.

Having a lack of sleep can be fatal to the human body and mind, effects caused by little to no sleep over an extended period of time are as follows.

Effect One: Lack of sleep in the modern world can cause people to get into vehicular accidents, which happen daily in large numbers.

Effect Two: Lack of sleep can in fact, dumb you down. As we all know, sleep plays a critical role in our thinking and learning processes. We also know that a lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes in many ways. First, it impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently. Secondly, sleep helps to retain memories of the day’s experience. Meaning that with a lack of sleep, we would not remember much of the previous day’s experiences. This makes sleep incredibly important for students, from those in college to those simply trying to learn a new language on their own.

Effect Three: Probably the most dangerous effect from having a long term lack of sleep is it can cause many and deadly health problems. Here are some examples of these problems.

• Heart Disease
• Heart Attack
• Heart Failure
• Irregular Heartbeat
• High Blood Pressure
• Stroke
• Diabetes

Here are some more fun facts about sleep!

  1. In general, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. However, some individuals are able to function without sleepiness or drowsiness after as little as six hours of sleep. Others can’t perform at their peak unless they’ve slept ten hours.
  2. We naturally feel tired at two different times of the day: about 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM. It is this natural dip in alertness that is primarily responsible for the post-lunch dip.
  3. Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise.
  4. The higher the altitude, the greater the sleep disruption. Generally, sleep disturbance becomes greater at altitudes of 13,200 feet or more. The disturbance is thought to be caused by diminished oxygen levels and accompanying changes in respiration. Most people adjust to new altitudes in approximately two to three weeks.
  5. In general, exercising regularly makes it easier to fall asleep and contributes to sounder sleep. However, exercising sporadically or right before going to bed will make falling asleep more difficult.
  6. Snoring is the primary cause of sleep disruption for approximately 90 million American adults; 37 million on a regular basis.
  7. Scientists still don’t know — and probably never will — if animals dream during REM sleep, as humans do.
  8. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have bigger appetites due to the fact that their leptin levels (leptin is an appetite-regulating hormone) fall, promoting appetite increase.

Thanks for listening!
-Lilly

Oh What Fun! – Christmas Who-Knew!

The 25th is RIGHT around the corner, and time is ticking to bake those last recipes, put together some crafts, watch those favorite movies and enjoy the sights and sounds of this Christmas season! Today, we talked about some of the best ways to spend your time leading up to the big day!

The badge of Pinterest Mom? Yeah.
I wear that with PRIDE.

Check out some family fun crafts below…
Candy Cane Pipe-Cleaner
Rudolph Candy Bars
Snowman Door Decor!
Pinecone Christmas Trees
Paper Plate Elves
Christmas Slime!

What’s Christmas without the food, am I right?
Melted Snowmen Bark
Snowmen on a Stick
Peppermint Oreo Truffles
Pull Apart Bread Christmas Tree
Grinch Cookies
Shortbread Bites
Cranberry Crock-Pot Meatballs

WNZR’s favorite part of Christmas?
The music. Of Course.
Here’s a playlist of the best 30 Christmas songs
Here’s 12 straight hours of Christmas music!
annnnnd here’s 8 hours of fire to listen to them by!

Here’s my favorite Christmas song.
Here’s Joe’s favorite Christmas song.

And what’s Christmas without enjoying some of the things that you can only enjoy at Christmas time!? Well here’s some of the things we think you should do this season!
A bucket-list (Stocking list) of sorts!
– Make a gingerbread house
– Bake and decorate cookies
– Decorate the tree
– Drive around the town and see the lights
– Go sledding (Snow provided)
– Build a snowman (snow provided)
– Drink hot cocoa
– Listen to Christmas music by the fire (fake or real)
– Sing your favorite Christmas carol for all to hear
– Watch your favorite Christmas movie
– Eat stuffing or scalloped potatoes (The homemade, crockpot kind)
– Sit quietly with no lights except the tree and drink hot chocolate
– Christmas Eve candlelight service at Church
– Pie & coffee & talking
– Participate in a Christmas Gift Exchange

Our Christmas Word of the Day today was…
Yule!
This is the feast of the nativity of Jesus Christ

Middle English yol, from Old English geōl; akin to Old Norse jōl,
a pagan midwinter festival

First Known Use: before 12th century

Thanks for listening!
-Lilly

 

Prepping for Christmas – Who Knew Wednesday

WELCOME TO CHRISTMAS BREAK!
Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I’m ready to celebrate it with you!

I’m such a reindeer dork – or ‘reindork’ if you will. I found so many Christmas reindeer crafts and recipies, and, wow, they just make me smile. I’m so excited to share them!
Click the links below to learn how to make them!

Reindeer Rice Krispy Treats
Reindeer Gift Wrap
Reindeer Paper Balls
Popsicle Stick Reindeer
Candy Cane Reindeer
Pinecone Reindeer

I, of course, had to share some more Christmas crafts and recipies.
Check them out here.

One for our furry friends
An edible plate!?
Christmas Light Cookies
Christmas Light Finger-Paint
Poke-a-Tree game!
A Snowman Candle Ornament
Christmas Slime!

And Hannah talked about how to prepare for Christmas, and how to do Christmas on a budget! Check it out!
Christmas on a budget
The ultimate Christmas Checklist

Thanks for listening!
-Lilly

Who Knew Wednesday!

Today Joe and I talked about all the upcoming events in your community! (Spoiler they all contain Christmas)

Happy Christmas Bean is happening tonight in downtown Mount Vernon in Hunter Hall at Happy Bean from 7-9pm. There will be some discounts on coffee and a mug auction and all the proceeds will go to M2540, an MVNU campus ministry – Click HERE to find out more about M2540.

What better way to get into the Christmas mood than making memories with your family – Christmas trees, photo booths, kids crafts – all while supporting Food for The Hungry! To find out more about the Fredericktown Christmas Walk coming up on Saturday, December 2nd click HERE.

Speaking of Food for The Hungry! Its here, and in full swing! To find out more about what Food for the hungry is and how WNZR partners with this click HERE. 

Congrats to Amanda from Howard for winning our “Different kind of giveaway” – She won two tickets to the Mark Schultz and Love & the Outcome concert – To find out more about this concert click HERE.

Todays word of the day:

bludge
verb  –   BLUJ

Definition

1 : (chiefly Australia & New Zealand) to avoid work or responsibility
2 : (chiefly Australia & New Zealand) to get something from or live on another by imposing on hospitality or good nature : sponge

 

 

Thanks so much for the support of the Afternoon Drive! We deeply appreciate you! – Hannah Radke

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