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Oct, 11

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NFL…..to IHop…Tyoka Jackson

Coming out of college, most football players pray to the higher powers for at least 10 years in the NFL. A decade is a true hallmark of them doing their job, remaining healthy, and probably not having an B rated reality show focusing on their "awesomeness". Tyoka Jackson is one who managed that balancing act and he did it for 12 years. Ty came out of Penn State undrafted, however was...

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Oct, 11

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Pumpkin Seed….not the beloved Sunflower Seeds of MLB

With the World Series in full swing,  I know that sunflower seeds are the choice of many baseball players and fans. My father loved them. David's Sunflower Seeds, very popular, now come in many flavors. Tasty as that salty shell is, I will stick with a childhood fall favorite... pumpkin seeds. Because my parents were big horticulturists, that's a nice way of saying they had a big garden...

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Oct, 11

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The Penn State Harrisburg Golf Outing……..just like The Masters

A few weeks ago my close friends Leslie, Shelly, and myself had the honor of being "Celebrity Guests" at the Penn State Harrisburg Golf Outing. The event was held as a fund-raiser for their athletic department. We were in charge of the "Hole In One" green. Ironically, none of us golf...at all. But for the record, I do own golf clubs. Anyway, golfers or not, we had an awesome...

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Oct, 11

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Morgan State Homecoming……First Annual Coors Light Greek Cook-Off

  This year I had the great opportunity to attend the Morgan State Homecoming.  My good friend Chris Thorpe invited me to experience The Coors Light First Annual Greek Cook-Off. Chris knows I am just as passionate about food competitions as well as any sporting event. Believe me this was a fierce battle and everyone was in it to win it. Wonderful day!!! - Morgan State University in Baltimore,...

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Oct, 11

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Fanatics!!!!!

           All sport fans have a handful of friends that go above and beyond in their "die hardness". Here are a few examples that I love; naming a child after their favorite player, a closet that has more sports apparel than work apparel, a "tricked out" school bus designated for tailgating, and a room or rooms dedicated to team memorabilia. This blog is about some the...

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Oct, 11

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Cooking with the pros of the future!!

In October 1993, I was in Columbus, Ohio with two of my best friends Dawn and Leslie for the Penn State-Ohio State game. The coldest game I ever attended. That weekend I found out I was going to be an aunt. Leslie couldn't contain her excitement sharing this news with Dawn and I. (Personally, I was horrified at the thought of having to be that responsible at the age of 23) In July 1994, my...

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Sep, 11

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S-T-A-T-E Go State!!!!

Last Saturday morning my ride to Happy Valley was a nostalgic moment for me. I realized the first poignant memory I have of Penn State football included the Crimson Tide. Time stood still for a moment and my mind saw the 1979 Sugar Bowl. My hippocampus was flooded almost instantaneously. A black and white television, Joe Paterno with his khaki pants rolled up, the name Matt Suhey,  Paul...

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Sep, 11

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A Golden Girl- Nicole Barnhart Olympic Gold Medalist

The last time I had a meal with an Olympian was in 1976 with Bruce Jenner over my bowl of Wheaties. Honestly, it was not very personal and with limited conversation.  Recently, I had the extraordinary opportunity to interview and dine with Olympian Nicole Barnhart. Nicole is a goalkeeper for the US Women's National Soccer team that recently returned from the FIFA World Cup Series. She is...

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Sep, 11

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Oh Opening Day

       Bitter sweet is how we often view Labor Day Weekend.  A sweet for many parents as school begins (let's keep it real) and a bitter to the end of the care free feeling of summer. With mixed emotions about both, I head  into the fall knowing  I am just ready for some football. After enduring the lockout and now the sad controversy that surrounds college football, I believe most...

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Aug, 11

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Serving Up True Grit

As a magazine junkie, I subscribe to more than my share and acquire just as many from my friends. Typically, I peruse them two to three months after the fact.  With that being said, I finally read the article "True Grit" from the April edition of Women's Health Magazine. This wasn't about John Wayne with a box of Marlboro Reds or me tasting  grit while learning to hurdle on...

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