Circus goodies just arrived at our door, so we thought we'd share some circus goodies with you! Leave a comment telling with the answer to the question below and you could win 4 tickets to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's: Zing, Zang, Zoom - Gold Edition at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock August 4-7.
What is your favorite part of the circus?
There are no wrong answers, but you must include you contact information for your comment to go in the contest bucket. Your comments are not published.
You have until 3pm Wednesday, July 27 to enter. We'll draw one lucky winner on GMA Thursday, July 28.
Warning from American Academy of Pediatrics:
PORTABLE POOLS CLAIM OVER 200 CHILDREN'S LIVES
Portable or inflatable pools have become increasingly popular for home
use due to their small size and low price tag. Parents, however, need to
be aware that deaths and serious injuries have resulted from children
becoming submersed underwater in these pools in the U.S. The study,
"Pediatric Submersion Events in Portable Above-Ground Pools in the
United States, 2001-2009," in the July 2011 issue of Pediatrics
(published online June 20), tracked 209 fatal and 35 nonfatal submersion
cases reported from 2001 through 2009. Ninety-four percent involved
children younger than 5 years old, 56 percent were male, and 73 percent
took place in the child's own yard, usually during the summer months.
This is the first study to describe the epidemiology of pediatric
submersion incidents associated with portable, above-ground pools. The
study authors point out that no single strategy will prevent all deaths
and injuries, so layers of protection are recommended. It is suggested
that industry develop affordable and effective products for portable
pools to decrease the risk of drowning, including isolation fencing,
safety covers, and pool alarms. Parents are advised to closely supervise
their children and know CPR.
Thanks to the Injury Prevention Center with Arkansas Children's Hospital for providing the tips for staying safe.
The Layers of Protection with Water Safety:
* Swimming lessons are recommended for children, but lessons do not make
a child drown-proof. Children can drown in just a few inches of water.
* Children swimming need to be supervised by adults at all times.
Children under the age of 5 should be in arm's reach of an adult.
* At least one adult should be designated as a "Water Watcher." A "Water
Watcher" is an adult who watches the water at all times, is not
distracted by a cell phone or book, etc., knows how to swim, is sober,
and knows CPR.
* Caregivers should learn CPR. Contact the Red Cross for classes.
* Pools should be gated off to prevent unsupervised access. Or, drain
and store the pool upside down when not in use.
Now that we've heard Mark's thoughts on all 4 competitors, we'd like to know who you think should win...or who you think Mark will pick as the Chicken Challenge Champion. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us who you think will be crowned the winner. Don't forget to include your contact information. The comments are not published.
Then, after Mark has revealed the winner Friday, we'll draw 1 lucky viewer from all of those who guessed correctly. If your comment is drawn, you win dinner for 2 at Red Door or Loca Luna.
You have until 7am Friday, July 15 to cast your vote.
In case you've missed them, below are the contenders' recipes, segments, and Mark's critiques of each.
two spoonfuls of pico de gallo or your favorite fresh salsa
cilantro to taste
4 whole wheat pita pockets
Cut mango and avocados into cubes. Mix all
ingredients lightly in a bowl. Spoon into pita pockets. Serve.
Michelle's Southwestern Chicken, 7/12/11
Chicken Challenge Contender
1 can of corn, drained 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained 1 8oz jar of chunky salsa 3 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) 1/2 cup low fat shredded cheddar cheese
Combine corn, black beans and half of the salsa in a crock pot. Top
with chicken. Pour remaining salsa over chicken. Cover. Cook on high
for 1 1/2 - 2 hours or low for 3-4 hours. Sprinkle with cheese, cover 5
minutes for cheese to melt.
Katherina's Arroz con Pollo, 7/13/11
(Chicken with Rice)
Chicken Challenge Contender
My Colombian grandmother made Arroz Con Pollo
every time we went to visit her. My mother is known for her cooking
skills, and she kept this dish alive in our family, and now I make it
for everyone I know.
* 6 boneless, skinless chicken (any cut will do)
* 3 cups long grain white rice
* 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
* 1 onion, diced
* 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
* 1 tomatoes, diced
* 1/2 cup parsley and cilantro, roughly chopped
* 2 tablespoons capers
* salt, pepper to taste
* Ketchup, paprika to give color
1. In a large skillet, make the 'sofrito'
by heating olive oil and adding onion, capers, paprika, half of parsley
and cilantro. When onion has softened, add tomatoes, salt and cumin
and cook over low/medium heat for 15 minutes.
2. While the mix (sofrito)
is cooking, trim off any excess fat from the chicken. Add to the mix,
making sure the chicken is fully covered. Cover the pot and cook for 30
minutes or until cooked through.
3. While chicken is cooking, cook three cups rice according to package directions. Add salt, olive oil to taste. Set aside.
4. Once chicken is cooked add to the mix. (You may shredded chicken).
5. Add cooked rice one cup at a time to
the chicken/tomato mixture, ketchup (just to give color) and paprika
until you reach desired consistency and color. You want it to be juicy
but not too runny.
6. Stir in fresh cilantro, parsley and any additional salt if needed.
7. Served. Sprinkle a bit of Parmesan cheese if desire.
NOTE: Since Arroz con Pollo is a complete meal. I like to add a fresh tossed salad like: Herb Green Salad with Strawberries with a tangy Vinaigrette dressing, is just delicious!!
Thanks to Rebecca Ward for sharing this blog entry with us.
One reason people shouldn't get married after dating only a few
months is they haven't known each other long enough to be out of the
Courtship phase and into the Relationship phase. It's really crucial to
move through the phases so each will be prepared for the realities of
the Marriage phase which as we all know can be more than enlightening
and is not for the faint of heart.
During Courtship we are all so goofy with our idealizing
projections onto this dream of a person we've finally located that we
can't even begin to notice any annoying or even disturbing personality
traits that might make us doubt this perfect match-up. We may even
think such things as this new relationship is so perfect that there may
never be any adjustments either of us need to make! Such is the air
balloon in early attraction and each of us deserves this halcyon
experience at least once. Some people like it so much they prefer it
over and over again rather than move beyond to experience Relationship
phase which takes some maturity to handle.
In the Relationship phase, we begin to deal with more reality and
see our love object as a person who may be late at times, a bit messy,
plays his/her music too loudly, dresses just a bit too casually or
even, heaven forbid, seems stubborn at times. So we begin to wonder if
our less-than-ideal selves can meld in mostly harmony and love.Time
and experiences together give us great information we must have to
make wise decisions about whether we can spend a lifetime with this
person. This is, after all, the "Go To Person" for life.
It is during this time that we may begin to think to ourselves
about possible adjustments or changes that this person may need to make
to be more compatible. We may not tell him/her what we are thinking
which is not good. Now is the time to discuss these issues to see how
willing and able the partner is to meet our needs for alteration!
Unfortunately many couples don't discuss them at all until after
the walk up the aisle has been taken, the honeymoon is a memory, and
marriage has begun. Uh-oh. "Now you tell me" and that doesn't feel
fair." Why didn't you tell me sooner that my putting catsup on my eggs
drives you nuts?" "Well, how was I to know you didn't like my best
friend and now you're trying to banish him/her from my life?" And these
are little things! My politics and love or sports, my need to shop and
my need for you to load the dishwasher my way are more difficult. Oh,
yeah..my family is not going away!
Most newly weds still operate under the somewhat delusional belief
that the partner can be altered...substantially. Older married people
know that is not the case. While you may be successful in "training"
your partner to pick up errant clothing or honor time requirements or
even remember to put an ATM withdrawal into the conversation, more
basic personality traits are resistant and usually impossible to
change. So you get to the "That's just the way he/she is" stage and
marriage becomes infinitely better!
Focus on the traits you love, endure those that you don't, and be
smart enough to know that changing anyone is not an easy endeavor. We
can only change ourselves and we all know how difficult that can be!
Giving up sleep for exercise, carbs for proteins,and coffee for herbal
tea...well, that kind change is just hard!
Thanks to Chris King & the folks from The Rev Room & Stickyz for this blog entry.
The following are the best live music shows in Central Arkansas in the coming two weeks:
Wednesday, July 13 — • JACK'S MANNEQUIN with Steel Train, Lady Danville & River James, ALL AGES, Rev Room, 7 pm, $20.50 at door or online, www.revroom.com • Mayday by Midnight, Stickyz Rock N' Roll Chicken Shack, 9 pm, $5 admission
Thursday, July 14 — •Ladies Night with Lucious Spiller Band, Stickyz, 9:30 pm, $5 admission
Friday, July 15 — • RANDY ROGERS BAND, AGES 18 AND UP, Rev Room, 9 pm, $20 at door or online, tickets available at www.revroom.com or at Rev restaurant, 300 President Clinton Ave. • Randall Shreve & The Sideshow, Stickyz, 9:30 pm, $5 admission
Saturday, July 16 — • The Venus Mission, AGES 18 AND UP, Rev Room, 9 pm, $5 early admission price at the door •
2nd Annual Midsummer Night's Jam with Freeverse, Tyrannosaurus Chicken
& Interstate Buffalo, 9 pm, $7 in advance, $10 day of show
Wednesday, July 20 — • Mayday by Midnight, Stickyz Rock N' Roll Chicken Shack, 9 pm, $5 admission
Thursday, July 21 — • MUCK STICKY with Flameing Death Fairies, ALL AGES, Rev Room, 9 pm, $8 at the door •Ladies Night with Lucious Spiller Band, Stickyz, 9:30 pm, $5 admission
Friday, July 22 — •
THOSE DARLINS with Spero, Vanhoose and Quin & Dodson, Stickyz, 9
pm, Tickets $8 in advance, $10 day of show, available at Stickyz, 107
River Market Ave., or at www.stickyz.com • Zodiac/Cancer Edition Dance Party with Punktronica, AGES 18 AND UP, Rev Room, 9 pm, $10 at the door
Saturday, July 23 — •
ALIEN ANT FARM with Me Talk Pretty & Se7en Sharp, AGES 18 AND UP,
Rev Room, 9 pm, $11 in advance or $15 day of show, tickets available at
www.revroom.com or at Rev restaurant, 300 President Clinton Ave. • THE LAST STRAW with Lazy Bone, Stickyz, 9 pm, $6 admission
* All shows at Stickyz are restricted to ages 21 and older.