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May 2018

After the Show: Google Home and Alexa are Listening

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What else is your Echo and Google home recording?  Jodi has questions, and the guys geek out!

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At 22:47 in the show podcast below, Murphy and Jodi make sure they’re doing the right thing with their fish.

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Dan Fogelman reveals info about Season 3

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“This show!  Even though it hurts sometimes – I look forward to the pain.”  -Jodi

Listen to Jodi talk about this in the show podcast below at 2:54

According to CNN

Beth will have a ‘showcase’ episode

Fans of Beth Pearson, rejoice. Randall Pearson’s beloved and scene-stealing wife, played by Susan Kelechi Watson, will have her moment in the sun next season with an episode focusing on her backstory.

The identity of ‘her’ plays into the show’s ‘end game’

At the end of Season 2, “This Is Us” sent viewers into a tailspin with a monster tease involving Randall and his oldest daughter Tess.
In a scene taking place at least a decade in the future, Randall told his grown daughter cryptically and with an air of sadness that it was, “time to go see her.”
“Our writers and I … know where it ends. We have a path for each season of the show,” he said. “We’ve always had a plan. We didn’t want to get stuck.”
In fact, he said, “I’ve actually already shot pieces of the final scene of the series.”

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LISTEN: Learning from Others

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Can you guess who once skinned a squirrel? Also – what did Sam learn from all 3 Ex’s?

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At 11:40 in the show podcast below, Jodi brings in a list of must-see American landmarks.

 

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Top 10 Bucket List American Landmarks

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Can you guess who once skinned a squirrel? Also – what did Sam learn from all 3 Ex’s?

Listen to Jodi talk about it on the show podcast below at 11:40

1. The Statue of Liberty

Presented to the United States in 1886 as a gift from France, Lady Liberty is a near-universal symbol of freedom and democracy, standing 152 feet high atop an 89-foot pedestal on Liberty Island.

2. Hoover Dam

Holding back the mighty Colorado River, this massive feat of engineering creates hydroelectric power and helps provides water for seven states.

3.  The Freedom Trail

This path through central Boston provides a chance literally to walk in the footsteps of America’s forefathers.

4. St. Louis Arch

Part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, this iconic structure symbolizes the importance of St. Louis as the Gateway to the West.

5. Independence Hall

In this building the Declaration of Independence was signed, George Washington was appointed commander in chief of the Continental Army, and the Constitution was ratified.

6. Golden Gate Bridge

The suspension bridge connecting San Francisco with Marin County, completed in 1937, is a triumph in just about every way.

7. Mount Rushmore

In the midst of South Dakota’s Black Hills, 60-foot-high likenesses of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt are carved into a massive granite cliff; the result is America’s most famous memorial.

8. The Alamo

This one-time Franciscan mission stands as a monument to the 189 Texan volunteers who fought and died here during a 13-day siege in 1836 by Mexican general Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

9. The National Mall

Washington’s Mall is surrounded by a collection of great American landmarks, with the Capitol at one end, the Washington Monument at the other, and the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Memorial (among many others) near at hand.

10. Fort Sumter

The first shots of the Civil War were fired on this fort on a man-made island in Charleston’s harbor. The 34-hour battle that ensued would result in defeat for the Union and turn Fort Sumter into a symbol of Southern resistance.

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AFTER THE SHOW: A New Fish Tank

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Murphy & Jodi’s pet addiction had a big weekend – and the hangover is now.

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Jodi shares a list of the most iconic American landmarks that are good for vacation. Listen at 25:20 in the show podcast below.

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Taste of Summer Recipes

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  • 8 ounces rotini pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 (5 ounce) package Hormel pepperoni minis
  • 4 ounces provolone cheese (or cheddar) cut into ¼ cubes
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced ripe olives
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
Dressing: (you can use ¾ cup store bought Italian dressing as a shortcut)
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder (or fresh minced garlic)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste

Cook pasta in heavily salted water according to package directions. Drain and cool. Toss all of the salad ingredients except for the Parmesan cheese in a large bowl. Prepare dressing by whisking all of the dressing ingredients in a bowl. Add the dressing to the pasta and toss to coat. Chill for 1-2 hours in the fridge. Stir well and top with grated Parmesan cheese right before serving

 

Easy Key Lime Pie

Slice of key lime pie with fresh limes and a garnish.

  • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 16-ounce can frozen limeade concentrate (not thawed)
  • 1cup heavy cream
  • 16-ounce graham cracker piecrust
  • zest of 1 lime

 

Place the condensed milk, limeade concentrate, and cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat until fluffy and soft peaks form.

Pour the filling into the piecrust and smooth the top. Refrigerate until chilled and loosely set, at least 4 hours (and up to overnight).

Sprinkle the pie with the zest before serving.

 

Fresh Strawberry Pie

-Crust

  • 1 box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

-FillingDeliciously sweet strawberry pie with whipped cream.

  • 3 pints (6 cups) fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 to 5 drops red food color, if desired

-Topping

  • 1 cup sweetened whipped cream

 

Heat oven to 450°F. Bake pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell, using 9-inch glass pie plate. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, crush enough strawberries to make 1 cup. In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch; stir in crushed strawberries and water. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. If desired, stir in food color. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Place remaining strawberries, whole or sliced, in cooled baked shell. Pour cooked strawberry mixture evenly over berries. Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours, before serving.

Just before serving, top pie with sweetened whipped cream. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.

The Best Steak Marinade

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  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic

Place the soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, basil, parsley, and pepper in a blender. Add hot pepper sauce and garlic, if desired. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds until thoroughly mixed.

Pour marinade over desired type of meat. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 6-8 hours. Cook meat as desired.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Close up of a scoop filled with vanilla ice cream

  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can Pet milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbs. vanilla
  • Add milk to fill line
  • Add all ingredients to ice cream maker and churn until done.

 

 

*You can also add crunched up cookies or candy bars or fruit for a nice treat!

This is Jodi’s family recipe.

 

Sam’s delicious steak fajita recipe

½ cup soy sauce
½ cup lime juice from 6 to 8 limes
½ cup canola oil (I used vegetable oil)
½ teaspoon liquid smoke
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
3 medium cloves garlic, finely minced (about 1 tablespoon)
2 pounds trimmed skirt steak (about 1 whole steak),
1 large red bell pepper, sliced for fajitas
1 large yellow bell pepper, sliced for fajitas
1 large green bell pepper, sliced for fajitas
1 white or yellow onion, sliced for fajitas
Fresh flour or corn tortillas, hot
Guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, shredded cheese, and salsa, for serving, if desired

Combine soy sauce, lime juice, oil, liquid smoke, brown sugar, cumin, black pepper, chili powder, and garlic in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Transfer 1/2 cup of marinade to a large bowl and set aside. Place steak in a gallon-sized zipper-lock bag and add remaining marinade. Seal bag, squeezing out as much air as possible. Massage bag until meat is fully coated in marinade. Lay flat in the refrigerator, turning every couple of hours for at least 3 hours and up to 10.

While steak marinates, toss peppers and onions in bowl with reserved 1/2 cup marinade. Refrigerate until ready to use.

When ready, light one side of your grill…medium/high to high heat. Place cast iron skillet unlit side. When grill is ready place steak on the heated side and turn every couple of minutes until a nice char develops on both sides.

Remove cooked steak, place on plate and cover with foil.

Slide the cast iron to the heated side of the grill and add the marinated vegetables. Stir and cook for about 10 minutes, until vegetables are softened and charred in spots.

Thinly slice meat against the grain, warm tortillas and make your fajitas

Here’s a recipe for Millionaire Pie.Recipe: Millionaire Pie

My grandmother made this for years! Pretty sure it was a church potluck favorite. Easy, rich and cool. -Jodi

Millionaire Pie is simple to make and doesn’t even require baking! It is a rich creamy base is loaded with pecans and pineapple. You’ll need just about 5 minutes to prepare.

Listen to Jodi talk about it on the show podcast below [11:13]

 

  • 1 can condensed milk
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 cup of pecans
  • 1 small can pineapple
  • 1 9oz. tub Cool Whip
  • 1 large Graham Cracker Crust

Add Lemon juice to condensed milk.

Then add partially drained pineapple, nuts, and cool whip.

The Best Chicken Salad Ever

If you ever fix or cook anything for Murphy – KNOW that he will say “it’s good – BUT here’s what would make it better.”  I’m okay with it – now.   He inserts his foot into his mouth along with said food. HOWEVER! This week – he told me I’d made the BEST chicken salad he’s ever had. No BUTS! Say WHAAAAT?!

Here’s how I did it.  (easy)

I slow cooked a package of boneless skinless chicken breasts.  Only seasoned them with salt, onion & garlic powder, then put pats of butter on each one.   Slow cooked them for about 6-7 hours.  Then I shredded the chicken with 2 big forks.  You can let it cool and make chicken salad at this point, or refrigerate overnight and then make it.   Either way.  I made mine the next day.

  • Shredded chicken
  • Mayo (as little or as much as you like)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder

Viola.  He thought it was the BEST EVER?!   (it IS pretty perfect)  I would have loved to have added grape slices and walnuts.  Add whatever you like!  But for him – simple is perfect.  Enjoy.

 

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PODCAST: Kissing

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“I’m sure I’m not the only chic in the world who had her first kiss at church.”  -Jodi

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At 16:10 in the show podcast below, Murphy Sam and Jodi play Would I Lie to You? A game of deception and truth finding.

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LISTEN: Girls’ Vacation

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Why does Jodi want a vacay without Murphy?

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Murphy and Jodi’s oldest daughter showed up to the studio to share stories about her job and school.

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NSS Book Club: The Outsider by Stephen King

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An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

 

Listen to Jodi talk about it at 44 minutes into the show podcast below:

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PODCAST:

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Why Sam is against letting kids bring friends on the family vacation.

 

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At 25:16, Sam tells us a story about a recent encounter with the law and it didn’t go as he expected.

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