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  • Here's a GREAT Dish to Start the Playoffs With. Cheesy Stuffed Shells.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    The Only Change I would Make to This Recipe, is I Like to Make my Red Sauce From Scratch Using Lots of Ground Beef and Sweet Italian Sausage.

    What You Need

    1 container (16 oz) 2% Milkfat Low Fat Cottage Cheese
    1 pkg.  (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained
    1 cup 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
    1/4 cup  Grated Parmesan Cheese
    1 tsp. Italian seasoning
    20   jumbo pasta shells, cooked, drained
    1 jar (24 oz.) spaghetti sauce
    1 large  tomato, chopped

    Make It

    HEAT oven to 400°F.

    MIX cottage cheese, spinach, 1/2 cup mozzarella, Parmesan and seasoning; spoon into shells.

    MIX sauce and tomatoes; spoon half into 13x9-inch baking dish. Add filled shells; top with remaining sauce. Cover.

    BAKE 25 min. or until heated through. Top with remaining mozzarella; bake, uncovered, 2 min. or until melted

  • Elly Mae Clampett From "The Beverly Hillbillies" Sues "Barbie".

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The actress who played pigtailed, critter-loving Elly May Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies" has settled her lawsuit over a Barbie doll that uses the character's name and likeness.

    Actress Donna Douglas, who lives in a Baton Rouge suburb, settled with CBS and toymaker Mattel on Tuesday. Douglas' lawsuit sought at least $75,000 from CBS Consumer Products Inc. and Mattel Inc., claiming they needed her approval to design the doll. Details of the settlement were confidential.

    "She was happy with the result," said one of Douglas' attorneys, Charles von Simson.

    The doll, released in late 2010, is dressed in jeans with a rope belt. Its long, blonde hair is a curly mop with loose, long pigtails — a style that Douglas still sometimes wears. The package includes a photo of her and a promotional description of the doll names Douglas, the lawsuit said.

    CBS and Mattel said in court documents that they didn't need her OK because the network holds exclusive rights to the character.

    "The matter was settled to mutual satisfaction," said Lori Mince, an attorney for New York-based CBS and the El Segundo, Calif., toymaker. She said that was about all she could say under terms of the settlement.

    Douglas was in all nine seasons of the comedy about a backwoods family that strikes oil and moves to Beverly Hills.

    Von Simson said Douglas still makes regular public appearances.

    "She's very active in her church. What she does these days is, she makes appearances at church functions and as her personal ministry, talks about her Elly Mae role," he said.

    The Bridge-Logos Foundation, a religious publishing house, released "Miss Donna's Mulberry Acres Farm," a children's book by Douglas, in November.

  • Take The Chill Out of Your Bones, With This Chicken Pot Pie.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    What You Need

    1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed
    1/2 cup  chicken broth
    3 cups chopped cooked chicken
    1 pkg.  (16 oz.) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
    1/2 tsp. garlic salt
    1   egg
    1/2 cup milk
    1 cup  all-purpose baking mix

    Make It

    HEAT oven to 400°F.

    COOK cream cheese and broth in large saucepan on low heat until cream cheese is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring frequently with whisk. Stir in chicken, vegetables and garlic salt.

    SPOON into 9-inch pie plate. Beat egg and milk in medium bowl with whisk until well blended; stir in baking mix just until moistened. Spoon over chicken mixture. Place pie plate on baking sheet.

    BAKE 25 to 30 min. or until golden brown

  • Chicago Dealership Offers Free Cars if Bears Shut out The Pack.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    The Green Bay Packers have the NFL's best scoring offense, averaging 34.3 points per game. It is highly unlikely that they will be shut out on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. It would also be highly unfavorable for a Chicago-area car dealership.

    Sawicki Motors in Rochelle, Ill., will give away free cars if the game ends with zeroes on the board for the Packers. Here's how it works: If you buy a new car between now and Friday (and from what I can tell from advertisements during NFL games, roughly 70 percent of American men give women cars as Christmas gifts), and the Bears shut out the Packers, you'll be given a 100 percent rebate on your purchase. They'll do this for the first $1 million worth of vehicles sold through Friday.

    Here's more from the Rockford Register Star:

    "Bears fans mostly have been laughing about it because the likelihood (of the Bears preventing the Packers from scoring) is not that great," said Ron Matula, sales manager of the dealership that sells new Chevrolet, Cadillac and Buick vehicles as well as used cars. "None of the Packers fans have called me names or swore at me yet. They have just been saying 'it's not going to happen.'"

    But could it happen? Actually, chances aren't that bad. It's certainly not likely, but it's perhaps more likely this week than at any other point in the Packers season. Last week, the Chiefs held the Packers scoreless through almost three quarters. Either the Packers had an off week, or they really really miss injured wide receiver Greg Jennings. He'll be out for this game, too. The Packers have also had a rash of injuries at offensive tackle, which is something the Bears are well-equipped to exploit.

    There's also always the chance of injury, and it would take only one small injury to one key guy (I'm not going to mention his name, lest I be blamed for jinxing this person if it were to happen) whom the Packers probably wouldn't hesitate to bench if there were any question of further injury.

    The Picture above is from the last time the Bears shut out the Packers in 2006. It wasn't all that likely then, either -‒ that was a Brett Favre vs. Rex Grossman matchup in Lambeau. This time around, it'll be Aaron Rodgers vs. Josh McCown, again in Lambeau.

  • Meet The New "America's Team" And It's Official, Baby.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

     

    Americans love a winner and that's not the Dallas Cowboys these days. The team from deep in the Republic of Texas has been replaced as the nation's most popular team.

    Aaron Rodgers' Super Bowl-winning Green Bay Packers were picked by 22 percent of voters as their favorite team in the NFL, according to Public Policy Polling's newest national survey. The Cowboys finished second, with 11 percent of the vote, followed by the Bears, Giants and Steelers.

    NFL Films famously gave the Cowboys the title of "America's Team" in a 1978 highlight film. The program opened up with this intro: "They appear on television so often that their faces are as familiar to the public as presidents and movie stars. They are the Dallas Cowboys, America's Team."

    A generation later, Dallas was actually picked as America's least favorite NFL team. The Cowboys got 22 percent of the negative vote, beating out the Chicago Bears' 8 percent and Green Bay's 7 percent for the title.

    This was a bi-partisan pigskin vote: Republicans (60 percent), Democrats (44 percent) and independents (44 percent) all picked the Packers over the Cowboys

  • Man Busted For Attacking Shoppers at Toys R Us With Plastic (Star Wars) Light Saber.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

     

    A Man is Busted for Attacking Shoppers at a Toys 'R' Us With a Plastic Light Saber . . . Then Using It to Fight Off a Police Taser

      

     

    It's sad to see someone go over to the dark side like this, when The Force was so strong in them.  It happened to Darth Vader . . . and now it's happened to 33-year-old David Canterbury of Hillsboro, Oregon.

     

     

    --On Wednesday night, around 9:50 P.M., police in Portland, Oregon got a call from a Toys 'R' Us.  David was inside the store, he had a plastic "Star Wars" LIGHT SABER in his hand . . . and he was ATTACKING PEOPLE with it.

     

     

    --When the police got there, David kept on swinging the light saber at them to keep them away.

     

     

    --They tried to Tase him . . . and that's where The Force came in:  David used the light saber to swat one of the wires away and keep himself from getting shocked.

     

     

    --Finally, they just charged in and tackled him.  I guess they realized it wasn't a real light saber and it was made of plastic.

     

     

    --David will be facing three assault charges, a theft charge, and a resisting arrest charge . . . but only after he undergoes a mental health evaluation.

     

     

    --Fortunately, none of the people he attacked with the light saber needed medical attention. 

     

     

  • Keep It Simple Santa. Here's a Holiday Breakfast Bake That Everyone Will Love.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    HOLIDAY BREAKFAST BAKE

    INGREDIENTS

    1
    package (12 oz) bulk pork sausage
    1/3
    cup chopped onion
    1/3
    cup chopped green bell pepper
    1/3
    cup chopped red bell pepper
    10
    eggs
    1
    cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
    1
    can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury® Grands!® Flaky Layers refrigerated original biscuits

    DIRECTIONS

    1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 10-inch skillet, brown sausage, onion and bell peppers; drain well. 2 In large bowl, beat eggs. Stir in cheese and sausage mixture. Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Press biscuits into bottom of baking dish. Pour sausage mixture over biscuit crust. 3 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until egg mixture is set and crust is deep golden brown. Cool 5 minutes before serving.
  • 7 Surprising Health Benefits From Coffee. GREAT! One Less Vice I Have To Worry About.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Now If They Could Only Find The Same Benefits With a Dirty Martini.

    Whether you like yours hot, iced, black or with sugar, one thing's for sure: Coffee serves up plenty of health benefits. Not only can a cup of Joe help ward off depression, but it has even been linked with a decreased rate of skin cancer and increased fertility. Read on to learn about the unexpected heath benefits of coffee, plus other brew-related facts.

     

    1. It may help ward off depression.
    Anyone who perks up after the first sip of morning coffee will tell you that it has mood-boosting effects. Now there's proof: A study from the Harvard School of Public Health, published last month in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that women who regularly drink fully caffeinated coffee have a 20% lower risk of depression than non-coffee drinkers. The study, which followed a group of women for 10 years, found that as more coffee was consumed (up to six cups per day), the likelihood of depression decreased.

     

     

    2. It may help promote a healthy weight.
    Drinking an espresso or cappuccino after a meal is more than a relaxing habit. "When you drink coffee after a meal, it causes your body to more slowly process the meal you just ate," says Chris Kilham, medical researcher, founder of Medicine Hunter, Inc. and author of Psyche Delicacies. According to David Levitsky, PhD, professor of nutritional science at Cornell University, "Caffeine decreases the rate at which the stomach dumps its contents into the duodenum-a part of the small intestine where digestion takes place-and also increases metabolic rate." Keep in mind, though, that java isn't a miracle brew: Downing it after dinner won't make the pounds melt away; rather, sipping a cup post-meal could, in small part, help promote a healthy weight.

     

    3. It may boost fertility in men.
    "Studies have shown that caffeine has a positive effect on sperm motility-the ability of sperm to move toward an egg-and could increase your chances of [getting pregnant]," says John Wilcox, MD, FACOG, managing partner and reproductive endocrinologist at HRC Fertility in California. In fact, a study conducted at the University of Sao Paulo found that sperm motility was markedly higher in coffee drinkers versus non coffee-drinkers. And it turns out that it doesn't matter whether you drink one or ten cups a day: The only detectable difference was found between coffee drinkers and non-coffee drinkers.

     

     

    4. It can harbor bacteria.
    When you think of the germiest places in your house, you probably picture the kitchen sink or garbage disposal. But your coffee machine's reservoir also tops the list. A study performed by NSF International, a not-for-profit health and safety organization, found that the coffee reservoirs they studied were "loaded with yeast and mold organisms," says Robert Donofrio, PhD, director of NSF International's microbiology labs. "Hardly any of the volunteers we spoke to cleaned or disinfected their reservoirs. The residual water in that area, plus the fact that it's a humid part of the machine, contributed to bacterial growth." To properly clean your coffee machine, follow the manufacturer's cleaning protocol. If nothing is specified, clean it once a month by adding three or four cups of undiluted vinegar to the reservoir, allowing it to sit for 30 minutes and then running the vinegar through the unit. Finish by adding fresh water to the reservoir and running the machine through two or three cycles to wash away vinegar residue.

     

    5. It may reduce the risk of skin cancer.
    Staying out of the sun and regularly applying a liberal amount of SPF should always be your number one line of defense against skin cancer. That said, a new study out of Brigham and Women's Hospital found that women who drank more than three cups of coffee a day had a 20% lower risk for basal cell carcinoma, and men had a 9% reduced risk. However, the research did not indicate that coffee consumption reduced the risk of squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, making it all the more important to protect your skin when outdoors.

     

     

    6. It's not truly addictive.
    While many people claim that they can't make it through the day without a few cups of java, Liz Applegate, PhD, faculty member and director of sports nutrition at the University of California at Davis, explains that caffeine is not addictive. "Caffeine is a mild stimulant, and the World Health Organization states that it is wrong to compare caffeine intake to drug addiction, since people can reduce or eliminate caffeine from their diet without the serious psychological or physical problems that result from a true addiction." However, serious coffee drinkers may experience symptoms such as fatigue and irritability if they reduce their intake. According to Dr. Applegate, people who consume 600 milligrams of caffeine (about six small cups of coffee) daily are most likely to experience these symptoms, but they will usually resolve themselves after a few days.

     

    7. It doesn't necessarily cause stomach pain.
    If you've ever blamed java for stomach discomfort, you might want to visit your doctor to see what else could be at the root of the problem. According to Lauren Gerson, MD, MSc, associate professor of medicine and gastroenterology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, "There is no evidence from reviewed studies that coffee causes ulcers or more pain in patients with documented ulcers." She also notes that there is no evidence that coffee could be the cause of stomach pain in patients with indigestion. However, there is one type of digestive issue that coffee can aggravate; Dr. Gerson explains that drinking coffee may worsen heartburn symptoms, since it stimulates the stomach to produce gastric acid.

  • 66 Year Old Woman Shoots Son in Law. Don't Ya Just Love The Holidays?

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    A 66-year-old grandmother is under arrest after police say she shot her estranged son-in-law because of an ongoing custody battle he and her daughter were having over the pair's young son. The victim, Salvatore Miglino of Boca Raton, had his cell phone recording the entire time, and the audio was key to the investigation of the Wednesday shooting in Broward County, Fla. The incident unfolded when Miglino, 39, went to pick up his 3-year-old son for a scheduled visit. His mother-in-law, Cheryl Hepner, stood outside the home with the toddler's pillow and bag. "According to him, when he asked for the things, she instead pulled out a handgun and starts firing shots," according to Dani Moschella, a spokeswoman for the Broward County Sheriff's Office. Miglino was shot twice with a .22 caliber Beretta handgun. The bullets hit him in the shoulder and rib cage. Even though he was injured, he pounced and wrestled the gun away from Hepner, then drove away while calling for help, police said. But it turns out that Hepner, too, had called police, with a different version of events. When she was asked by the 911 dispatcher about whether she or Miglino pulled the gun, Hepner replied: "No, he pulled it on me and he's got it. He drove away," according to an audio recording of the call. She also mentions to the dispatcher that he and her daughter were in "the middle of a horrible divorce." But in the recording on Miglino's iPhone told a different story. Fifty-eight seconds into the recording, three gunshots are heard. Then Miglino can be heard saying: "I can't believe you did that. I can't believe you did that … I can't believe you f***ing shot me." Miglino told the 911 operator that he had his phone recording his visit because "I knew something stupid was going to happen, but we're going through a divorce and trying to settle." "Mrs. Hepner told authorities that [Miglino] pulled a gun on her so it was in fact the exact opposite of what had happened," Moschella said. "As evidence goes, that was a gem. That absolutely corroborated everything that Mr. Miglino had told detectives."