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Jul, 16

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Track and Field

Today, the Track and Field Olympic trials begin in Eugene, Oregon. I am especially excited for this years trails as two people that I have a personal relationship with are apart of the games. Jessie Gains a young woman the did my show (I'll talk about her tomorrow) and Robyne Johnson. Robyne was an assistant coach while I was a Penn State and is one of the Olympic assistant coaches for the...

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Jun, 16

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Omaha

Peyton Manning has recently put Omaha back on the map with his play calling. If you are a football fan, you get what I'm saying. But as of this week, Omaha is in the spotlight for a different reason. The Olympic trials for swimming are being held there. As many of you know, I must catch up the next day. Starting the coverage at 8:00 at night is too late for me. But as I catch up, I see that...

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Jun, 16

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Losing A Great One

Unfortunately, when people retire and are no longer in the limelight, they fade from our thoughts. This morning I got a dose of that reality. Waking up to the death of Pat Summitt; hurt my heart. What that woman did for females and sports is unparalleled. When you think of title IX; you think of her. When you think of excellence and expectations; you think of her. When you think of the winningest...

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Jun, 16

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Being A Student

Upon retirement, I'm working on several new projects along with the cookbook. As I've been catering for my friends for years, I now just want to do it on a broader scale. So I sought out some advice from a local chef on all the necessary moves. Thank God I'm not required to go to culinary school, but I have to take a Serve Safe taste. Meaning I know all of the in's and out's...

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Jun, 16

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Sand Man

There's nothing worse than anticipating a show or in last nights case the draft. And falling asleep midway through. Not only did it happen last night, it happened last Sunday for game 7 of the NBA finals. Here's the deal; I'm an early to bed early to rise kind of gal. By 8:30 my kids are telling to get up off the couch and go to my bed. So all these late night sporting events that I...

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Jun, 16

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Sweetness…

When someone says sweetness, I automatically think of Walter Payton. One of my all time favorite NFL players. Even though my family bleeds black and gold, my father had a tremendous respect for Payton in my childhood and it rubbed off. Watching him was amazing. Very powerful and almost elegant on the field. Payton won two NFL MVP's and won and Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears. Unfortunately,...

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Jun, 16

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Summer Delight

After some major game day food, coming off the seven games of the NBA finals. It's time to lighten it up a little bit. Plus considering yesterday was the first official day of summer; many are focusing on their beach bodies. I think we know that doesn't include me. But here's the deal, on a day like yesterday here in the northeast hot, humid, and then a thunderstorm. I wasn't in...

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Jun, 16

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And Exhale…..

As I was in and out of sleep, watching game seven on Sunday night. I finally pulled it together to stay awake for the last quarter. Basically because Brooke refused to let me miss this nail biter. Once I became fully conscious, I realized what my nap had cost me. This was definitely one of the most exciting sporting events I've ever watched. When a game comes down to the last few seconds,...

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Jun, 16

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Hit The Ground Running

Hello my friends. It's been several months since I written a blog. Juggling school life, home life, cookbook life, recipe life, mom life...I think you get my point. But now with my retirement, yes I retired after 23 years of teaching. I'm more focused and dedicated than ever to pursue my real passion of cooking and sports. Ultimately, I have no choice. I do have two kids to support. One...

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Jan, 15

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Turnt Up For Wings

  Every few years, the vernacular of the street seems to change. As any good educator, I do my best to stay abreast of the lingo. Sadly however,  just when I think I know I have all the terms down and can wow my students with my quick wit and keen awareness.  Some kid yells something in the hallway, everyone gets "turnt up",  and I'm clueless on the new word. But what does...

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