Delicious Pumpkin Muffins

Posted by Lauren the Web Girl on October 10, 2011

I made the most amazing pumpkin muffins over the weekend. They were too good not to share the recipe on here . Speaking of the recipe, it tells me that each muffin is only  77 calories. The muffins are so good that I don’t know how that could possibly be true, but I guess it makes sense. The ingredients are an egg white, water, canned pumpkin, and spice cake mix. No oil, no butter, etc. Here’s the link to the full recipe. Thanks to Courtney at for sharing it. I promise you that even if you always burn or ruin baked goods you will be able to do these muffins. They take about 15 minutes to bake and 5 minutes to prepare. Easy, fast and healthy. Let’s take a look at some pictures, shall we?

Here are the only ingredients you’ll need to make tasty, amazing muffins:

Mix all these ingredients together like so:

Then bake. I baked mine for about 16 minutes. The recipe says 12-18 minutes. The finished product looks like this:

So light and fluffy. Extra points if you burn a pumpkin spice candle in the background while you eat them like I did.

You can also ruin some of the healthiness of the simple muffin recipe by adding cream cheese frosting. It’s worth it because they are SO GOOD this way:

I will definitely be making this recipe again. Perfect for October. Are you guys going to try it? Do you have any other pumpkin recipes that I should try?

Happy Fall

Posted by Melissa Midgley on October 02, 2011

This is my absolute favorite time of year. All of the beautiful colors that we can see in nature, the crisp cool fall air, baseball playoffs (Go St. Louis), the mouth watering smells of home cooked meals and the introduction of fleece and flannel for cuddle times on my couch. I love sitting on my couch under the warm knitted blanket that my mom made for me with a good book, warm cup of vanilla almond tea, Mira and Max. However, with fall comes some major food temptations for me. I love sweets and comfort foods this time of year. Warm baked apples, anything with pumpkin, pasta, homemade soups with warm Italian crusty bread, I am going to need some strong will power to not give into my cravings and stay strong on my new healthy eating lifestyle! To help curb my daily temptations I have made a few new goals for myself: get to a total weight loss of 50 pounds (only 5 pounds away) and to slowly begin to train for a race next spring. I NEVER thought the words run in a race would ever be something I would want to do or something I was driven to accomplish, but here we are.  Paige’s Butterfly Run, which is held in June as part of the Taste of Syracuse, is the race I hope to get in shape for. I am clueless on how to being the process of training for something like this, but I am lucky to have some co-workers and friends who are experts in this area!  My goal will be just to finish and as the years go on I hope to continue to race and beat my previous time.  Hopefully setting both of these goals will keep me on track to avoid the yummy treats that tempt all of us from now until January! Enjoy this beautiful season everyone!

Active Rest

Posted by Big Mike on September 24, 2011

New research from Stanford University found multi-tasking doesn’t save time – we actually lose
focus and concentration when juggling more than one job at a time. “Studies
show that our brain can’t keep attention on many things at once,” psychologist
Dr Suzy Green says.  She adds that the opposite of multi-tasking,  concentrating on one thing at a time
has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce heart rate. “We may be great at
multi-tasking, but it isn’t always beneficial. The ability to focus on one thing in the present is good for
your mental health.”

Well, if focusing on one thing is good, maybe focusing on nothing
could even be better! Clear the mind …. Reboot your brain!

So what should you do?

Active Rest … athletes do this during training to physically recover from the stresses of training and
competing.  It’s easy, low-intensity exercise that is actually a part of many training plans.  Well, how about “active rest” for your brain?

Complete Active Rest allows you to rejuvenate.

Turn off your cell phone, the computer, the internet, facebook, twitter and everything that requires mental activity. Take a nap,
watch a mindless game show (like The Price Is Right), lie on the couch, listen to music (Sunny102), sit on a park bench,
people watch, meditate. Can you do that for an entire day?  Or an entire weekend??

I work with people who are stressed doing a few jobs at once.  I always thought it could be bad for their mental health, but now it seems not so good for their overall health either.

Take it easy, relax,  rest ……

Todd Hobin

Posted by Big Mike on September 16, 2011

Todd Hobin gave a solo performance at LeMoyne College on Wednesday night. It was the
gala opening of The Music at LeMoyne Concert Series. I LOVED the show, even
dreamt about it that night. I’ve seen Bruce Sprinsteen, Elton John, Billy Joel,
Dan Fogelberg and Styx in concert (some of my favorites). I’ve also seen the
Stones, the Police, the Who, Dylan (three times), and many more. Todd’s concert
was up there as one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. He sounded perfect,
in great voice, playing guitar and grand piano. It was a pleasure to be able to
listen to Todd sing some wonderful songs.

In particular, there was one he wrote about his sister. Todd said he rarely
performs it. Apparently, his sister was blind and is only a memory to him now.
The tune was stunning … when it was over the entire audience was mesmerized,
waiting a few beats to applaud as we felt those beautiful words needed a moment
to reflect. There were a few moments like that during the night.

It was a moving experience yet a very FUN show … even some of the comments were like
Todd doing stand-up.

I’ve know Todd for many years. He’s been on my radio show many times, we’ve worked on
recording Christmas albums and more, we’ve appeared on the same stage at a
number of community events, shared cigars and laughs too many times to remember…

But at that LeMoyne show I wasn’t watching a great friend; I was enjoying
the creative efforts of a great artist.

Yes, a wonderful night and Todd: thank you very much!

An Important Message

Posted by Big Mike on September 08, 2011


“You’ve no doubt heard about people who have been abducted and had their kidneys removed by black-market organ thieves.

My thighs were stolen from me during the night a few years ago. I went to sleep and woke up with someone else’s thighs. It was just that quick. The replacements had the texture of cooked oatmeal. Whose thighs were these and what happened to mine?

I spent the entire summer looking for my thighs. Finally, hurt and angry, I resigned myself to living out my life in jeans.

And then the thieves struck again……

My butt was next. I knew it was the same gang, because they took pains to match my new rear-end to the thighs they had stuck me with earlier. But my new butt was attached at least three inches lower than my original! I realized I’d have to give up my jeans in favor of long skirts.

Two years ago I realized my arms had been switched. One morning I was fixing my hair and was horrified to see the flesh of my upper arm swing to and fro with the motion of the hairbrush. This was really getting scary – my body was being replaced one section at a time. What could they do to me next?

When my poor neck suddenly disappeared and was replaced with a turkey neck, I decided to tell my story.

Women of the world wake up and smell the coffee! Those ‘plastic’ surgeons are using REAL replacement body parts – stolen from you and Me!

THIS IS NOT A HOAX – This is happening to women everywhere every night.


I thought this was too ‘important’ not to pass on.

P.S. Those same thieves just came into my closet and shrank my clothes!

How do they do that????”