_dubord-blog-header The Bord & The Beautiful

  • Ok Fellas, Trust Me On This One. When It Comes To Valentine's Day...NO LINGERIE! Yes, I Am Serious!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Well Guys, our worst holiday is almost here. We never seem to get this one right. We pick out the nicest piece of lingerie, not to mention expensive and we're labeled a "Pig". How about Work Out Equipment? You might as well call her fat. New vacuume cleaner? There's a night on the couch guaranteed!

    Look, i'm gonna help get you through this. You're not gonna like it but...SHE WILL! And that my Brotha From Anotha Motha is gonna make your life, a lot more pleasant trust me. Think about it. If you follow this simple recipe which, anyone, even Blockheads like us can, you can score enough brownie points to last all the way through ice fishing season. C'mon, don't be scared now, return that silky french teddy you bought at Victoria's Secret and give this dish a try. It's not nearly as hard as going through a week of complete and utter HELL with the wife and missing out on a perfectly good day on the ice.

    Chocolate Raspberry Hearts

    Here's what you'll need.

    1
     can (8 oz) Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
    1/3
     cup hazelnut spread with cocoa
    24
     raspberries
    2
     tablespoons dark chocolate chips
    1
     egg, beaten
    1
     tablespoon powdered sugar

    DIRECTIONS

    1 Heat oven to 375°F. Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper. 2 Unroll dough sheet; cut into 8 squares. Place squares on cookie sheet. 3 Spoon 2 teaspoons of the hazelnut spread onto 1 side of each square. Top each with 3 raspberries and 4 chocolate chips. Fold dough over filling; press edges to seal. Form each into heart shape as shown by pressing indentation in center to form top of heart while rounding sides of heart with hands. Brush with egg. 4 Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until hearts are golden brown. 5 In small microwavable bowl, mix remaining 1 tablespoon hazelnut spread and remaining 1 tablespoon chocolate chips. Microwave uncovered on High 45 to 60 seconds or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Spoon into resealable food-storage plastic bag. Seal bag; cut off tiny corner of bag. Sprinkle hearts with powdered sugar. Squeeze bag to drizzle each with chocolate mixture.
  • One Stop Valentine's Day Shopping. Follow Me...

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    One-Stop Valentine’s Day Shopping at Festival Foods!

    Now, even though this is a paid endorsement, I AGREE WITH EVERY WORD!

    Valentine’s Day is almost here and Festival is the perfect place to shop for your sweetheart. Everything you need for a romantic dinner is within arm’s reach. The meat department will have steak and lobster ready to go for your main course.  The deli will have chocolate covered strawberries for a special treat. The bakery will be filled with sweet desserts and, of course, the Wine and Spirits department will have the perfect bottle of wine to accompany this special meal.  The most important thing though, is that our floral departments will have plenty of beautiful fresh flowers, potted plants, balloons and even gift baskets. You will find these items spread throughout the store.Every year I buy my Valentine’s Day flowers from Festival. It seems kind of like “the easy way out” because I work there but I really don’t see any reason not to buy them at Festival.  There is a great selection, the prices are reasonable, the quality is excellent since we use the same supplier as a traditional floral shop, and it is convenient.  Let me share an e-mail that we received from a guest:  “Last week I purchased a dozen roses and I would like to compliment your supplier. My wife was very pleased and a week later they are still holding blooming.”

    For some people, a floral shop is uncharted territory which can make it a little intimidating. Since almost everyone shops at a grocery store every week, they feel much more comfortable there, making it a great place to pick out some nice flowers.

    Please stop in and see what our floral departments have to offer for Valentine’s Day, you won’t be disappointed.

     

  • Rustic Chicken Pot Pie. The Layer of Mashed Potatos Makes This Dish!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

     

    INGREDIENTS

    1
     can (18.6 oz) Progresso® Rich & Hearty chicken pot pie style soup
    2
     cups Green Giant frozen mixed vegetables, thawed, drained
    1/2
     cup plain mashed potato mix (dry)
    1/2
     teaspoon salt
    1/4
     teaspoon pepper
    1
     box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
    2
     cups prepared mashed potatoes
    1
     egg, beaten

    DIRECTIONS

    1 Heat oven to 450°F. In saucepan, heat soup, vegetables, dry potato mix, salt and pepper over medium heat until thickened. 2 Remove pie crusts from pouches; unroll onto 2 ungreased cookie sheets. Spoon 1 cup mashed potatoes on center of each crust, spreading to within 2 inches of edge. Top with soup mixture, dividing evenly between crusts. Fold crust over edge to form 2-inch border, pleating crust as necessary. Brush crust with beaten egg. 3 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

     

  • Dentist Charged With Using Paper Clips For Root Canals...Huh?

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    NEW BEDFORD, Massachusetts (AP) — A former dentist in the U.S. has pleaded guilty to fraud for using paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals.

    Michael Clair will be sentenced next Monday after pleading guilty last week in a Massachusetts court to a variety of charges, including defrauding a government health program of $130,000, assault and battery, illegally prescribing prescription drugs and witness intimidation.

    Authorities say instead of stainless steel posts for root canals, he used sections of paper clips — which can cause pain and even infection — in an effort to save money.

    Attorney General Martha Coakley says paper clips can sometimes be used temporarily, but the 53-year-old Clair used the paper clips as a permanent fix.

  • Hot Fudge Brownie Dessert...Made These For Tammy Last Night...OMG!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Instead of Hot Fudge, I made these with a Caramel Topping instead. Tammy & I almost passed out from the richness!!!

    INGREDIENTS

    2
     boxes (19.5 oz each) Pillsbury® Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix
    1
     cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, melted
    1/2
     cup strong brewed coffee (room temperature)
    4
     LAND O LAKES® Eggs
    3/4
     cup Fisher® Chef's Naturals® Chopped Pecans
    1
     can (14 oz) Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
    1
     jar (11.75 oz) hot fudge ice cream topping
    1
     container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed

    DIRECTIONS

    1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. 2 In large bowl, stir together brownie mixes, butter, coffee, eggs and pecans until well blended. Pour into pan. 3 Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean. 4 In 1-quart saucepan, heat milk and fudge topping over medium-low heat about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until hot (mixture must be hot). Cool brownies 5 minutes; poke several times with long-tined fork, wiping fork with paper towel if necessary. Pour hot fudge mixture over brownies. Cool 35 minutes before serving. Serve warm with whipped topping.
  • BLT Mac & Cheese. Perfect For This Cold Weather.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    INGREDIENTS

    1
     loaf (32 oz) prepared cheese product, cut into large cubes
    1/4
     cup butter
    5
     cups whole milk
    1
     package (16 oz) elbow macaroni
    2
     cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
    2
     cups small cherry tomatoes
    1
     bag (9 oz) fresh spinach
    1
     lb bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
    1
     cup Progresso® plain or Italian-style panko crispy bread crumbs

    DIRECTIONS

    1 In large microwavable bowl, place cheese cubes, butter and milk. Microwave uncovered on High 8 to 10 minutes. Stir with whisk; microwave on High 4 minutes longer. Stir again; repeat microwaving until all cheese is melted and mixture can be stirred smooth, a total of about 15 minutes. 2 Heat oven to 350°F. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water 3 minutes less than directed on box (macaroni should be firm). Drain; place in 15x10-inch (4-quart) glass baking dish. Pour melted cheese sauce over macaroni; mix well. Stir in shredded cheese, tomatoes and spinach. 3 Cover dish with foil; bake 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle bacon and bread crumbs evenly over top. Bake 5 minutes longer or until top is lightly browned. Cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
    A little chopped sautéed onion can be added for variety along with a little ground mustard.
    The cheese sauce can also be melted in a saucepan on the stove in place of the microwave.
  • Ok, So No Super Bowl This Year. But Let's Not Forget About This Record Breaking Regular Season.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    They were ready to play. They were so ready to play that Mike McCarthy had difficulty concealing his delight as last week’s practices progressed. The coach even took delight in having set a record for lowering the temperature in the Hutson Center, and spoke openly of the difficulty of deciding what players should be inactive, a task made difficult by the fact the Packers were in full health.

    Make no mistake about it, the coach had his team ready to play. The Packers were healthy, rested and ready. So what happened?

    That’s the question Packers fans across Wisconsin and around the world will be asking for the next several days, maybe even the next several months. It’s a question, McCarthy said, that might be best answered over the offseason.

    Yeah, this isn’t one of those Monday-review, fix-it-and-move-on jobs. This is a game that’ll be used as a template for achieving lasting improvement. When McCarthy and General Manager Ted Thompson turn to the task of fixing what’s wrong, and there’s not much wrong with these Green Bay Packers, this will be the game they’ll most closely examine.

    The Packers’ 37-20 loss to the Giants on Sunday night exposed problems that, frankly, we already knew existed. The Giants finished with 420 total net yards; they had 311 yards at halftime. That’s a problem.

    That’s also been a problem the Packers have spent a season overcoming. They won 15 games with a defense that finished the season No. 32 in the league in yards allowed.

    What we found out in this game is what happens when the offense doesn’t play at peak performance, which it almost always had. It spoiled us. We came to expect it. But even Aaron Rodgers and the game’s best cast of receivers have off days.

    “We just turned the ball over too many times to win. That’s why our season is over,” Rodgers said.

    Bingo!

    In 2011, and especially in this one-game postseason, winning required that the Packers offense achieve near perfection. It did not achieve near perfection against the Giants.

    “You’re on top of the mountain and you forget how bad the feeling is. We had a championship-caliber regular season and didn’t play well today,” Rodgers said. “It’s real. We got beat by a team that played better tonight.”

    If you’re looking for something to ease the sting of this defeat, look to the Packers’ reaction to it. They made no excuses. They pointed no fingers. They stood tall, led by their quarterback, of course, and answered questions in an honest and forthright manner.

    “It’s tough. I didn’t think it was going to end tonight,” Rodgers said.

    This was tough on so many fronts, for last week was anything but a normal week for the Packers. It began with tragedy and ended in defeat. The day before the game involved a decision by Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin; it’s the kind of decision that is unthinkable.

    “Joe called me (Saturday) morning. His family wanted him to be part of the game. He was here all day yesterday to make sure he was ready to go,” McCarthy said of Philbin, who lost his son, Michael, when the week began.

    “Tough for him and his family and tough for the guys, too. We wanted to get this one for him and give him some happiness. It didn’t happen,” Rodgers said.

    It’s not because they weren’t ready. It happened for other reasons. They are reasons that will be discovered during the offseason. There’s no reason to rush to judgment now.

    And let us not forget about the record breaking regular season.

  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Has Forever Changed My Life!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    I've worked for Y100 for a little over 4 months now. Since my 1st day on the job, i've heard every single person on staff talk about St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital and the incredible things they're doing. Quite frankly, i really didn't pay that much attention to it. Not because i didn't care. It's just that after 25 years in radio, i've worked closely with a ton of non-profit organizations, raising a ton of money for every cause under the sun and quite honestly after awhile, you become somewhat numb about it. Little did i know how visiting St. Jude's, meeting the patients, parents and caregivers would FOREVER change my life!

    First, let me share with you a few things about St. Jude that i didn't know before my visit, things that make this particular non-profit organization, truly something special.

    When a child goes to St. Jude for treatment, the family of that child is not asked to pay for 1 red cent of that treatment. Even if that family has medical insurance, it's usually not enough coverage to pay for treatment that could end up costing literally millions of dollars. That by itself, is an incredible financial burden lifted from the shoulders of that family. But the help, only begins there. Families are covered in regard to travel, housing, food and more. Even at Christmas, parents can go into a room at the hospital that is packed with (new) toys, games, stuffed animals, computer electronics and more. They can pick things that they would like to give to their child and again, it doesn't cost them a dime.

    The hospital itself, is layed out like a family fun park. Bright colors on the walls, cool designs on the floors that look nothing like your typical hospital. They even have a special air filtration system so that the hospital doesn't smell like...well...a hospital. The entire staff from the doctors and nurses, right down to the person mopping the floors are some of the most incredible people i've ever met. You can't see them in real life but i know that there are invisible wings and halos attached to each one of these very special people.

    Now, let me say a few things about the most important aspect of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital...The Patients. From babys who are just a few months old to the funniest little 5 year old girl i've ever met, singing the most beautiful song with her 2 year old sister while sitting on daddy's lap, not even realizing that in just couple months... she'll be gone. Gone from a tumor in her brain that is inoperable. Gone because we have not yet been able to find a cure for her particular disease. A disease called "Cancer". A horrible word that comes in a lot of different forms. Leukemia, Lymphoma, Carcinoma, Glioma.  Most of which i cannot even pronounce. But it doesn't matter. They all fall under the same umbrella, CANCER! A simple word that tears families in shreds. A word i can no longer stand to read, write or pronounce. A word that should be abolished from our language.

    I can't even scratch the surface when it come's to trying to explain to you all the incredible things i witnessed in Memphis. So, i'm asking you to take a moment and please click onto www.stjude.org and learn more about the incredible work these people are doing. Research that is freely shared with the world. Take a moment and think about your own child and be thankful it's not your family being torn into shreds by this horrific word called Cancer. And if your family has been affected by this horrific word, i sincerely hope and pray for you.

     

  • Tiger Woods' Ex-Wife Bulldozes 12 Million Dollar Home. Some People...HAVE TOO MUCH MONEY!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    You Know You Have Too Much Money When You Can Scrap a 12 Million Dollar Home AND it Costs You 1.2 Million Just for the Demolition!

     

    There are times when divorce forces people to do strange things. Burn sheets. Throw out clothes. Toss rings into the ocean. But when you get $100 million in your divorce, you can trump just about anything and that's what happened with Tiger Woods' ex-wife when she bought a $12 million home and bulldozed the whole thing.

    Yes, according to TMZ, Elin Nordegren bought a $12 million home in North Palm Beach, Fla., but didn't like it, and has plowed the whole thing.

     

    The house, which had six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, is now just rubble, with no word yet on what is going to replace the beautiful building you see above, but I guess when you have nine figures in the bank, it doesn't really matter what you want.

    I guess we can all applaud Elin on not rolling over after all this happened and continuing on with her life. But I think we can all agree on one thing: Why in the world is she still in Florida? Wouldn't you want to move back home for good?