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Live Music & A Golfer for Who Am I!

Today for Who Knew Wednesday we shared about concerts for some of your favorite WNZR artists. To learn more about upcoming concerts (both live and virtual) click HERE.

PGA Tour Golfer Phil Mickelson was our Who Am I feature for today. He was born on June 16th, 1970. Happy Birthday Phil and good luck in the US Open this weekend!

Congratulations to Karen of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing Phil Mickelson in our game today, she won a $5 gift card from Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!
– Alyssa

Another ‘W’ Food for Who Knew Wednesday!

Today for Who Knew Wednesday we shared about another ‘W’ food. Walnuts are a favorite nut for many people and here is a fun recipe for try at home!

CANDIED WALNUTS INGREDIENTS:

To make this candied walnuts recipe, you will need:

  • Walnuts: About 4 cups raw walnut halves (or chopped walnuts).
  • Egg white: To bind the candy coating to the walnuts.
  • Vanilla extract: Just a little for flavor!
  • Brown sugar: I used packed brown sugar, but you could also sub in white (granulated) sugar or coconut sugar instead.
  • Spices: Ground cinnamon plus a hint of cayenne.
  • Fine sea salt: My preferred salt for this recipe. (Note that if you choose to use table salt instead, you will need to use less salt.)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups (12 ounces) raw walnut halves

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 300°F.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, sea salt, cinnamon and cayenne until combined.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg white and vanilla until combined.  Add the walnuts and toss until they are evenly coated with the egg white mixture.  Add the brown sugar mixture and toss until the walnuts are evenly coated.
  4. Spread the walnuts out in an even layer on the baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove baking sheet from the oven, and give the walnuts a brief stir.  Return to the oven and bake for 20 more minutes.  Remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately, or store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

Who Am I? Who Knew Trivia:

–          I was born on this date in 1986 in Seattle.

–          I was signed to Forefront Records when I was 12

–          My first album, Genuine, released when I was 14

–          I sang the song “There’s Got to Be More to Life”

–          I’m also known for the singles, “Stuck” and “Don’t Look at Me”

–          I was nominated for a Grammy in 2004

–          I took a hiatus from 2008-2012 and have done occasional concerts and appearances since then

The answer? Stacie Orrico – congratulations to Karen from Mount Vernon who answered correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Alyssa

Who Knew Wednesday: You can use WHAT to stick a poster to the wall?

The Floss Fix: To hang lightweight artwork that’s not in a heavy frame, there’s no need to buy picture wire. Unwaxed dental floss will do the trick.

Picture This: Hanging a picture? Make it easy by first taping a thumbtack, pointy side out, to the back below the hanging bracket. Perfectly position your picture and they give it a bit of a push into the wall. 

Upright Candles: Do your candles slide around and their holders like a kid wearing his dad’s pants? Wrap the bottom with tape to get the right fit.

Magazine Management: Are magazines messing up your home? Make some decorative and functional magazine holders by cutting cereal boxes at angles and covering them with wrapping paper. Cover some of them with lacquer or decoupage for a durable finish. 

Your Poster Child: If your teenager loves talking posters upon his or her bedroom wall, here’s a great tip to keep the corners hole free. Place a binder clip on each Corner then slip them over nails or thumbtacks. As an added bonus get shiny or colorful binder clips. 

A Great Uses for Old Jewelry: Do you have too many brooches, pin, earrings and necklaces that you never get around to wearing? Repurpose them by turning them into unique magnets that get noticed! Just use wire cutters to cut off the back of earrings and pins and then take pendants off of a necklace and glue a magnet to them on the back.

Question: When slipping curtains over a metal rod, first place a ________ over the metal end. This will help you avoid snagging the curtain so they go on easily.

Answer: Plastic Bag

Huge shout out to Teresa from Mount Vernon who guessed the answer to this question, but then told us to give the tickets to the first Teenage who called in. Elli From Fredericktown called in right after that – Have fun at WinterJam 2020 Elli!

Question: A terrific way to hang posters and your kids room without leaving holes or stains is with ______________. Just put a generous drop on the back of each corner, press it to the wall, and watch it stick

Answer: Toothpaste! White, non -gel to be exact.

Congratulations to Kenna from Mount Vernon who guessed this right on the first try! You have fun at Winter Jam too, Kenna!!!

If you want to know more about WinterJam 2020 like the line up, dates and locations, click HERE.

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Here is the link to Knox County Heath Department website.

Here is a link the the Ohio Department of Health website.

Thank you for checking out our blog! We love you!

-Hannah and Todd

Who Knew Wednesday: Time to talk about money!

Today Todd and I shared some money saving tips from our “Who Knew?” book!

Here are the hacks, tips and tricks we shared today:

Planning for the future: When you get a bump in salary, put a higher proportion of it into your savings account. For instance, if you get a 4% raise, add 1% to your household budget and set aside the other 3% for your retirement account. You’ll thank yourself later!

The average American household has $9,200 in credit card debt: and that’s just for households with only one credit card! The average amount of cards per household is a whopping 13.

Insurance isn’t A Good Idea: When purchasing a cell phone, never sign up for insurance or a warranty – if you’re paying a monthly fee for insurance, cancel it immediately. The insurance plan of many cellular providers has a deductible of up to $50 that you were responsible for paying, and the soon you’ll usually receive as a replacement it will be an already outdated model from last year. The cost of taking your chances and buying a cheap replacement if necessary is much less than what your cellular company is offering you.

Up Your Credit Score: It’s a tough time to get credit, so make sure your rating is as good as possible. Here are a few easy ways to raise your credit score:

  • Check your report for accuracy. On the internet, you can often click the item directly to dispute it. Make sure all the addresses listed are current or former addresses, and all loans and lines of credit listed are yours. If you are unsure, contact the customer service number on the report and ask for more information.
  • Get rid of credit cards you never use anymore. See three or four credit cards for stores that don’t frequently shop at? Even if you don’t carry balances on these cards, one of the things that can lower your credit rating is the amount of available credit you have. Call the number on the back of the cards and cancel then!
  • If you are listed as a secondary cardholder for an account of someone who’s racked up a lot of debt on the card, this can negatively impact your credit rating. If it isn’t necessary for you to be on this credit card account, call the company and get your name taken off.
  • You can request a free credit report. Tried to make a regular habit of requesting it and reviewing it as closely as you would your bank statements. The more quickly you noticed a discrepancy, the easier it will be to get it removed from your report.

You’re saving money on Dental Care: It’s true: you can get that root canal you’ve been putting off and keep your retirement account. Find a dental school in your area to visit for regular cleanings and checkups, and you’ll save big. Be prepared, however, for crowded waiting rooms, long visits, and less privacy. While you’re waiting, start dreaming about that cruise to Alaska. 

Good Guidance: If you feel like you’re in over your head with debt, or if you simply want some answers about the most efficient ways to pay it off and manage a budget, there is free counseling available to you. These one-on-one sessions are offered by organizations across the country who want to help people who are struggling with money problems. There they also often offer consolidation loans and debt management programs. To find an agency that will work with you in person, over the phone, online, or via email, call the national foundation for credit counseling at 1 – 800 – 388 – 2227. This organization make sure its members are accredited, not-for-profit, and generally on the level. 

Here is the link the the Christian Credit Counselors that we share here at WNZR: Christian Credit Counselors

Entertainment Spending: The point of making a budget isn’t getting rid of your entertainment spending, it’s just prioritizing what you like to spend your money on. Decide what your favorite activities are, as a family couple and by yourself or with friends. And then make sure you save enough to spend on the things you really enjoy. For Instance, you may decide you’d like you to give up going to the movies a few times a month so that you can go to a concert. Or you might prefer to spend your money on a nice dinner rather than a couple of trips to the expensive coffee house. 

Question of Day

What is your favorite way to budget?

Let us know below in the comment section – who knows, maybe you will help someone else out!

What was the name of Hillsong Young & frees first album, released in 2013?

Answer: We Are Young & Free

Congratulations to Paul from Mount Vernon who won the two passes to WinterJam2020! If you want to know more about WinterJam click HERE.

Thanks for checking out he blog!

-Hannah and Todd

Who Knew Wednesday: Are we all House flipper’s now?

Today Todd and I had a blast on this oh, so snowy day!

Here are today’s hacks from Chapter 8: Home Repair!

Moving Marble – If you’re moving a large piece of marble, such as a tabletop, always transport it upright. If you carry it flat, it can crack under its own weight 

Walls have cavities, too! – Small holes in your white walls? Its toothpaste to the rescue! Simply job a small amount of white non-gel toothpaste into the hole, and you’ll never notice it again – or at least your guests won’t.

Wallpaper 101 – Hang wallpaper? Try using a paint roller to apply paste, instead of a sponge, then use a separate clean paint roller to smooth it out afterward. You’ll get more coverage per stroke.

 Get rid of Paint Smell – If you hate the smell of drying paint, fix it before you start. Simply add one and a half teaspoons of vanilla extract to a gallon of paint, and your drying walls will smell delicious. 

Smooth enough to use? – If you were sanding wood and want to know when it’s smooth enough, use the pantyhose test: Slip an old nylon stocking over your hand and run it over the wood.  You’ll have no trouble finding the slightest rough spot. Just don’t wear those nylons afterwards!

Flour power – If you’re painting old woodwork and need to patch small holes, fill them with flour and then paint. It will Harden without being noticeable. 

Question of the Day!

How many times have you hit your fingers while hammering a nail? Let us know below in the comment section of the blog or Underneath the post on Facebook or Twitter! (Remember, kid friendly!)

Here’s a hack to stop smashing your fingers- next time you’re hanging pictures, put the nail between the spokes of a fork before hammering. Your fingers will thank you, and your kids won’t have to hear you say bad words.

WinterJam202 Artist Trivia! Here is today’s question:

How many members are currently in Hillsong Young & Free?

Congrats to Travis from Mount Vernon who won the two WinterJam Passes! If you want to know more about WinterJam, click HERE.

Thanks for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Todd

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: Sanity -Saving Kid Tips – Temper Tantrum solved?

Today Todd and I said “who knew?” quite a lot! We had a super fun topic, which was chapter 15 in our Who Know? book, was “Sanity saving kid Tips”!

Where are the tips we shared today!

Numb the “Ick” of Taking Medicine
Nothing’s worse than having to give a sick child medicine he or she can’t stand the taste of. To make things a little easier, have him or her suck on a popsicle for a few minutes before taking the medicine. The popsicle will not only act as an incentive, it will also numb his or her taste buds making the medicine easier to swallow.

 Cheap childproofing 
Use a shower curtain ring to keep a toddler out of your cabinets. Just run the ring through the two handles that are closed by and latch. 

Make your kids stand out
If you know you’re going to a crowded place, make sure to dress your children and bright colors so you can easily spot them. To make them stick out even more, buy each kid a cheap helium balloon and tie it around the wrist. Kids love balloons, and so will you when you realize you can see a mile away in the mall.

 Make your swing set safer
You’ve just bought your kids a new swing set, and you’re peering out the window just waiting for one of them to fall off. Fear no more! Place carpet remnants or free carpet samples from a local store underneath the swings for extra padding. They’ll kill the grass underneath, but your kids would have done that anyway. 

 Make ripping off Band-Aid painless
Before removing a bandage from your child’s skin, douse the area with baby oil. The baby oil will soak into the bandage and make it easier to remove without hurting him or her. 

 Make slides more fun
If your kids have tired of that expensive playground set you bought them, make the slide even more fun by giving them each a large piece of wax paper. If they sit on the paper as they are going down the slide, they’ll move much faster and they’ll never call it born again (or at least not for a few weeks.) 

 Get pen marks off skin 
If you know any children, you know they like to get marker and pen all over their hands. The fastest way to get them ready for company is to use green or black tea bags. You use the actual wet bag itself to dab at the stains once you’re done brewing a cup with it and it has cooled down.

 Temper Tantrum solved?
When taking your kids on a trip always bring along a bottle of bubbles. If and when the tantrum hits, take out the bubbles and start blowing. This distracts them enough so that they calm down and they can actually listen to what you’re saying. Then hand over the bottle and let them help. Not only is this rewarding them for a stoping crying, but it also allows the child to take a deep breath and become even more relaxed. 

 Stop the Popsicle drips 
Keep messy melting popsicles from getting all over your kid’s hands and the floor, by poking the stick end of the popsicle through a coffee filter or a cupcake liner before you hand it over. The filter or cupcake liner will soak up the drips. 

Popcorn, Without the dishes
If you’re serving popcorn to the kids but don’t want to wash a bunch of bowls afterward, considering using a coffee filter as a disposable Bowl instead of a paper bowl, because it uses less paper and is cheaper! 

 Kids shoelaces coming untied?
If you are children shoelaces are often coming untied you maybe tying them wrong. This is because we were taught to tie your shoes in a way that’s easy for our hands but it may not be tying a nice square knot.  Here’s a video on how to tie them the right way:  For Kids

Here is the Questions of the day:

In a survey by The Early Childhood Investment corporation, parents cited simply being with their children as the best part about parenting, and discipline as the worst part of parenting. 

 What is your favorite part about interacting with your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews or any of the children you interact with? Let us know below!  

Thank you for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Todd

Who Knew Wednesday: Going back to our roots – with Life Hacks!

Today Todd and I got back to the roots of Who Knew Wednesday! The reason we started Who Knew Wednesday is because we found some pretty awesome books called “Who Knew? 10,001 East Solutions to Everyday Problems” and “More Who Knew? Thousands of Money-Saving Secrets for Cooking, Cleaning and all-around Your Home”, both by Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin!

We are excited to announce that our Valentine’s Day Banquet tickets are officially on sale! Click HERE to find out more!

Today we decided to focus on Chapter 16 from the first Who Knew? book about Car hacks! Here are the hacks we shared:

  • Make the most of that expensive gas!
    • Keep your tires inflated. It’s much harder for your engine to get your car to move when your tires are even a little bit flat. Invest in a gauge and make sure to keep them as inflated as possible without over-inflating.
    • Change your oil regularly. As oil ages, it’s thicker and harder to push through the engine, causing more energy to be used. By changing your oil regularly you’ll make sure you get the best fuel economy possible.
    • Roll up your windows on the highway. Having the wind streaming through your hair might be fun, but it increases drag on the car and make it take more energy to run. In this case, it’s actually usually cheaper to run the AC.
    • Other quick tips to save gas:  Be smart with the route you pick, stay at or under the speed limit, remove any excess weight in your car and try to carpool as much as possible!
  • Who knew Classic Tip: if your windshield wipers are smearing your windshield while they work, wipe the blades with rubbing alcohol.

  • Keep your car doors from freezing: it’s hard enough to have to dig out your driveway and scrape off your car after a snowstorm. Save yourself the trouble of worrying about car doors freezing shut by spraying WD-40 in the lining. Once at the beginning of winter should do it!

  • Condition Your Car: You might think we are crazy, but applying conditioner, leaving for 5 minutes, and then rinsing it off will give your car a just-waxed shine. As an added bonus, it will more effectively repel water!

  • For supple leather: if your car has leather seats, regularly apply a thin layer of baby oil to the leather and let it dry. This will prevent your seats from drying out and cracking.

  •  Removing bumper stickers: Get those old bumper stickers off and bring your car up to date. Rub cold cream on the stickers and wait 10 minutes. Say goodbye and peel the bumper sticker right off.

  •  Stop ice before it starts: To keep your car door locks safe from ice during the cold winter months place a refrigerator magnet of the lock you can even take an old magnet (that 2008 calendar from the local realtor, perhaps) and cut it into pieces that fit perfectly.

  •  It pays to restart your engine: If you are waiting for longer than 30 seconds in your car, turn off the engine. Use more fuel idling after 30 seconds then you use to restart your car.
  • Impromptu shovel: Stuck in the mud, sand or snow with no way to dig yourself out? A shovel may be closer than you think. Just detach your hubcap and use that instead!

  •  Bonus tip of the day:

    • Take two aspirin for yourself, then to for your car: if your car battery has died and you don’t have jumper cables, don’t get a headache just yet. First, try dropping a couple of aspirin tablets into the battery the acid in the aspirin can provide it with just enough to charge get you to the nearest service station.

 

  • Question of the Day:
    •  According to insurance agencies, green and yellow cars are the least likely to get in a car accident, and red and black cars are the most likely. Why do you think this is? Let us know below in the comments section!

 

Thanks so much for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Todd

 

Who Knew Wednesday: The last day of our dig into Christmas Carols!

Carols, carols, and more carols!
Today Todd and I talked about all things carols, first, we listened to two MVNU professors, Dr. VanZant and Dr. VanNest, share about their favorite Christmas carol!
(Click on the picture to hear the conversation.)
Dr.Mike VanZant
  _Dr. Doug VanNest
Copy of Mystery Monday xmas
Congratulations to Bob from Howard who won a North Main Café Gift Basket and James from Mount Vernon who won an Amy Grant CD! They have both been entered to win the Grand Prize. Click HERE for more info on this!
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What was the first Christmas carol about?  
Answer: The earliest carol was written in 1410. Sadly, only a very small fragment of it still exists. The carol was about Mary and Jesus meeting different people in Bethlehem.
Click HERE for more fun Christmas carol facts!
Congrats to Charla from Utica who guessed what the first Christmas carol was about! She won the $5 Gift Card to Troyers of Apple Valley!
Thanks for checking out the Blog!
Hannah and Todd

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