Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Wild Oats Natural Marketplace - Health & Nutrition at its Best!

What a wonderful place to shop. If you are looking for wholesome, natural, organic, grains, pastas, nuts, baked goods, seafood and dairy products, Wild Oats is the place to go. Try something different. The Vegan muffins and cookies are marvelous! Indulge in some of the many prepared food items in the Cafe. There is a wonderful vitamin section and they carry a wide array of skin care products, plus so much more. So explore and enjoy. To find a location near you, check out the Store & Events tab on their website at Here's to your health!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Another Cup of Tea Please....

Tea is full of antioxidants and a cup or more per day provides a great way to boost your fluid intake, prevent heart attack/stroke and some cancers. Bottled teas are often loaded with added sugar so be sure to read the label before you buy. Try different varieties. Many store shelves are loaded with a variety of flavors (green, black, white, etc.). Whether you choose decaf or not is up to you. Caffienated Green Tea, specifically, is known to boost the metabolism. It is recommended that you do not add sugar to Green Tea in order to get the full benefit of it, however, it also comes in a variety of flavors, i.e. Blueberry, Orange, Lemon, etc. So the next time you are thirsty, try quenching that thirst with a nice cup of tea.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Recipe Of The Week - Quick & Easy Homemade Vegetable Soup

1 28oz can of Petite Diced Tomatoes (RedPack with garlic & olive oil is my favorite)
1 16oz bag of frozen veggies (Mexican Style is my favorite)
4 medium white potatoes
water (about 2 cups depending on how much broth you want)
Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
2 Tablespoons of butter

Peel, slice and dice potatoes in cubes. Cover with water and bring to a boil until done, then drain. In another pan, steam frozen veggies until heated through, then drain. In a large pot, combine the cooked potatoes, steamed veggies, diced tomatoes, water, salt, pepper, garlic powder and butter...stir, bring to a boil and simmer about 10 - 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

If you wish, you can brown, season and drain a pound of ground beef and add along with the other ingredients for boiling and simmering time OR for Vegetarians, toss in 1/2 bag of Meal Starters Veggie Crumbs the last 5 minutes or so of cooking.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

I Just Don't Feel Like It....

How many times has that phrase crossed your mind? There seems to be so much to do and so little time and every now and then, we just run out of steam. Sometimes we don't even understand why a certain task has been placed upon our heart; but we need to get the job done. If the thing you don't feel like doing is really important or something you've been led to do for someone else, pray and ask God for His will to be done. God will provide you with His strength from the Holy Spirit to complete the task. And God will honor your faithfulness and obedience. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Cold & Flu Season is Here Already

Now would be a great time to take inventory of your family's cough, cold and allergy needs. There are quite a few sales going on at local pharmacies right now. You can save tons of money most of the time by purchasing the store brand or generic brands.

Tissues, cough drops, allergy tablets, eye drops and acetaminophen (Tylenol) are always good to have available. But specialty items like Claritin, Alka Seltzer Plus, TheraFlu and Mucinex are terrific to have in preparation for the effects of seasonal changes. Keep in mind that it is very important to read all instructions and follow them to the letter! Please DO NOT mix the taking of various medications. For example, you may need acetaminophen (Tylenol) to help with pain and fever, and you may also want to take TheraFlu which is warm and soothing to the throat BUT TheraFlu already contains acetaminophen. You do not want to take an overdose. Adults should not drink alcohol while taking cold medications.

Old stand-bys to keep on hand, that are nonthreatening but bring a lot of relief are Vicks VapoRub (or any mentholated salve), chicken noodle soup, peppermint tea, saltine crackers, orange juice (frozen cans), rubbing alcohol and Epsom Salt. Adding a bit of rubbing alcohol and Epsom Salt to your bath water really help to relieve body aches and pain.

Flu shots are recommended annually for children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years, older children that have a chronic disease or heart and lung disorders, people that have had severe flu and/or pneumonia and senior citizens. Check with your doctor prior to making that decision.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Enjoy Your Weekend!

Friday - 10/26/2007
07:00 PM

Glad in Concert at Canton Baptist Temple
95.5 The Fish presents Glad in concert Friday, October 26th at 7pm at Canton Baptist Temple located at 515 Whipple Ave. NW in Canton. (doors open at 6pm) For ticket information call 330-452-8271 or visit

Saturday - 10/27/2007
11:00 AM

Mark Rein at Fred Martin Super Store
Join Mark Rein this Saturday, October 27th at Fred Martin Super Store from 11:00am-1:00pm. Mark will have the Fish prize wheel, plus check out all the great deals Fred Martin has to offer. Fred Martin Super Store is located at 3195 Barber Rd in Barberton.

Sunday - 10/28/2007
12:00 PM

Gina Hart at The Life Is Good Pumpkin Festival
Join Gina Hart at The Life is Good Pumpkin Festival on the First & Main Green in Hudson from Noon - 2:00pm on Sunday October 28th! Bring the whole family out for Live Music, Great Food, Games for all, Prizes and more! This is a very cool event in which the proceeds will benefit The Life is Good Kids Foundation and Hattie Larlham Foundation. Gina will have Bag O' Fish for your chance to win a Fish prize. Admission is FREE. For more information, call 330-931-8034.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Desperate Housewives...Of The Bible

Practical help for everyday life from 13 of the most fascinating women in history!

This is a very enjoyable book, that gives a unique perspective on some of the women of the Bible, i.e. Sarah, Deborah, Naomi, Ruth and many more. It is written by Doug Brendel, teaching pastor, speaker and author. This book and several others written by this esteemed author can be purchased via his website

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Weak Nails...Thicken Up!

If your fingernails are thin or weak, try Sally Hansen's Thicken Up! It is easy to use, fast drying and you will see results in about 2 weeks. Your nails will become stronger which, of course, helps them to grow longer and they will not break as easily as before. Apply this product before adding your nail color, and your manicure will last longer too. The Mom Squad gives a Thumbs Up to Thicken Up!

Vicks VapoRub is Amazing!

The Canada Research Council found that if Vicks is generously rubbed on the bottom of the feet, then cover with socks at bedtime, 100% of the time persistent, heavy, deep coughing stopped in approximately five minutes and did not return for many hours. This is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition, it is extremely soothing and comforting allowing the individual to sleep soundly.

The head of the Canada Research Council describes these findings on the part of their scientists when they were investigating the effectiveness and usage of prescription cough medicines in children as compared to alternative therapies like acupressure.

They say cough medicines in children often do more harm than good due to the chemical makeup of these strong drugs.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Recipe Of The Week - Stir Fried Steak Strips with Cashews


1 pound boneless steak
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
6 scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup unsalted cashews
1/4 cup water


Cut the steak into thin slices, trimming any excess fat.

Place the meat in a bowl and cover with the soy sauce, vinegar and 1 tablespoon of the ginger. Toss to make sure the meat is covered on both sides. Cover and let marinate for at least 30 minutes or refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Remove the steak from the marinade, reserving the marinade.

In a wok or large skillet, heat half of the oil over high heat. Add half of the garlic, half of the remaining ginger and all of the steak strips. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Put the remaining oil in the wok. Add the bell pepper, scallions and remaining garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for about 4 minutes. Return the steak strips to the wok and cook another 2 to 3 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Add the cashews during the last minute of cooking. Remove the mixture to a serving platter.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Positive Mom Squad Feedback

Dear Mom Squad,
I just wanted to write a little note and say Thank You for recognizing mothers. I am 31 and a mother of four children. The beginning of this past summer marked a new chapter in our families lives. We received a phone call asking us if we would be willing to take my sister's four children into our home. Of course, without a second thought we said yes. Now our home is filled with not four, but 8 wonderful children!

With school starting, there have been alot of new challenges for me. Homework assignments, projects- so many projects! I do not ever remember having that many projects when I was in school. All of the children are doing well, and I have to say that God has really touched our family. I feel that he has given us an opportunity to make a change in these children's lives.

Everyday we see the changes that he is making in them. What I wanted to let every mother know is that if I have learned anything in the past five months is that there is such a need for us in this world. I would not change anything that God has planned for my life. I just feel honored that I am able to do what he has called my husband and I to do, not only for our four children but also for my three nephews and niece.

* One other thing I have learned is Organization is the key to sanity!!!! God Bless, Mrs. Stephanie Byler of Green Ohio

Monday, October 15, 2007

Recipe Of The Week - Microwaved Baked Apples

Fall is here and its the perfect time for a quick, great tasting recipe for all those wonderful apples we are seeing in the stores.


4 large Fuji or Gala Apples (about 8 oz each)
4 tsp. margarine or butter
4 Tbsp. raisins or dried cranberries
4 tsp. water or apple cider
1 tsp sugar
¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

1. Core apples but don’t cut through to bottom. Beginning at stem end, peel apples one-third of way down.. Stand apples in 8 x 8 glass baking dish or 9 inch pie plate. Fill each apple with 1 teaspoon margarine or butter, 1 tablespoon raisins or cranberries and 4 teaspoons of water or apple cider.

2. In cup, combine sugar and pumpkin pie spice; sprinkle over apples in dish. Cover with wax paper and cook in microwave on Medium-high (70 percent power) 10 to 12 minutes or until apples are very tender. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Sprinkle with pecans or walnuts if you like.

Prep time: 10 min.
Microwave: 10 min.
4 Servings

Friday, October 12, 2007

Weekend Walks

October 15 is Infant Loss Remembrance Day. This weekend check out a few events in our area that honor and recognize life at it's most precious stage.

WALK-for-LIFE 2007
October 13, 2007 at the
Worldview Community Church
6941 Columbia Road
Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138

Contact Events Coordinator, Bobrie Jefferson at 440-243-2520 or email to register or for further information.

Massillon (near Canton):
Walk for the Angels Walk-A-Thon
Reservoir Park (North Sippo)
905 Sippo Blvd NE
Massillon, OH 44646
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Registration 8:30 a.m.
Open Ceremony 9:00 a.m.

More details at the website:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Free Gift for You!

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Ruth Bell Graham knows about prodigals- two of her five children were spiritual wanderers, From the pain she experienced as she prayed, watched, and waited for them to return to the fold, comes this book. Throughout the writing Mrs. Graham kept in mind both the hurt and disappointment the one who wanders feels and the confusion and fear of the one who waits. To capture both sides, she recounts stories about five prodigals, interlacing them with the stories of those who loved them. Mrs. Graham also includes her own poems and diary entries written during the prodigal years of her two sons, as well as hymns and Bible verses that brought her solace.

**This book is being offered for FREE to Fish listeners!!** It is a gift from Billy Graham Ministries. To obtain your FREE copy, call: 888-7-GRAHAM

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Usborne Books Make A Significant Difference In A Child's Life

Usborne Publishing, (USA distributors of Usborne Books) publish many children's Bibles, Bible stories, non-fiction books and learning tools for reading level age 3 to approx. 12. In designing each item, this company looks at the ways children learn - visually, orally and kinestheticly (hands on). It is a business started by a Dad, Peter Usborne, who is still head of Usborne Publishing Ltd. in London. When he became a daddy in the early 70's, he wanted to create children's books that were colorful and engaging so children would be more interested in them than TV and video games. The books are graphically designed to draw a child in, to make them want to learn the material and to help them remember it forever. For more information about ordering Usborne Books for your child or classroom, contact Jane Jenness, Usborne Books Supervisor at 703-406-0651, by e-mail at or via the web at Jane would be happy to discuss this wonderful home-based business opportunity as well.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Recipe of The Week - Potatoe Scramble

This is something you can have for breakfast or dinner. It is quick and the children will love it.


Eggs (use enough for your family)
1/4 cup of milk
Shredded Cheese (whatever kind you like)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cooking Oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil is great)
Potatoes (use enough for your family). As an alternative use Bag of Frozen Hash Browns or Home Fries

In a bowl add eggs, milk, salt, pepper, shredded cheese, then whip. Set aside. If using real potatoes, peel and slice as if making french fries or shred. If using frozen potatoes, use an amount that your family will eat. Heat a bit of oil in a skillet. Add potatoes and cook until almost done. Pour egg mixture over the potatoes and simmer. Once done, scramble a bit and serve.

If you like, you can serve this with sausage or bacon on the side or again as mixture becomes done, you can add slices of cooked sausage, ham, or smoked turkey to it. Another alternative would be to crumble a few slices of bacon on top of it.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Be Ye Anxious For Nothing

You know, when I was a child, I remember saying all the time, "I can hardly wait for ....." My parents would reply, "What's the rush?" Now that I am older, I find that I savor every moment. Yes, I do get excited about upcoming events, but I no longer try to rush the week to get to the weekend or drive fast to reach a destination or beg God to please, please, please make this or that happen. He tells us in His Word, "Be Ye Anxious For Nothing." He wants us to learn not only to depend on Him, but to wait on Him....His timing. His will is all that I want because then, whatever is to come and whenever it is to come, it is exactly what He planned for me. My oldest daughter at one time had a habit of rushing me. We had a wedding to go to one day and she said, "Mommy, we are going to be late!" I smiled and said, "Then maybe we are supposed to be late for a reason." Truly I had tried to get ready by a certain time but something kept preventing it. Believe it or not, there was a major accident in route to the church. Our 'lateness' not only prevented us from being a part of the accident, but it forced us to take a detour and as we were taking the detour, someone from the bridal party called and asked us if we could pickup the bride's Mom as no one had shown up due to the same traffic that occurred as a result of the accident. My daughter and I looked at each other, smiled, but no words were exchanged. From that day on, she never rushed me again. Wait on God...He's waiting on you.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Make Some Treats and Walk Your Street

You know, times have changed. The hustle bustle of life really keeps us on the go and sometimes we don't even know who our neighbors are or take the time to interact with them. You never know when someone right next door could be going through a crisis and need a prayer, a hug or even a helping hand. There may be senior citizens in your area that might need someone to rake leaves or shovel snow on occasion. Your mission field begins right in your neighborhood. You may be the only glimpse of Jesus that someone actually sees. So I encourage you to shine His light and encourage your family to do the same. Bake some cookies or Rice Crispy Treats, fill a basket and go door to door one day soon. Introduce yourself and show some love. It may seem strange at first, but people used to do this type of thing all the time. And remember, you may meet all types of people in your walk (of the neighborhood and in your spiritual walk), but we are all God's children and we all deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. There may be a homeless person standing near your job or someone experiencing hard times standing near your local convenience store. Offer a smile and a kind greeting, maybe something to eat if you can. You will be blessed.

Friday, October 05, 2007

It's The Weekend!!

Fri 10/5 at 8PM and Sat 10/6 at 2PM and 8PM only - Annie The Musical - This all new 30th anniversary tour launches a series of Broadway shows at University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall

Fri 10/5 from 5:30 - 9PM - Fall Family Hayride Night - Fall fun for the entire family. Star-gaze in the planetarium. Take a hayride through the Huntington Reservation. Enjoy pizza and hot chocolate by the crackling campfires. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 28728 Wolf Rd., Bay Village. Call 440-871-2900 for more.

Sat 10/6 and Sun 10/7 from 10AM to dusk - Celebrate Native American Culture - The Pow-wow will include Native American rituals, greetings, song and dance. There will also be a variety of vendors with Native crafts, jewelry, art, and massage. Baldwin Wallace College, 55 Bagley Rd. (just behind Ritter Library), Berea.

Sun 10/7 at 8AM - Hike or Bike for Nature Fundraiser to support the Jenny Goldman Memorial Nature Outreach Fund - The event begins in the Shaker Lakes Nature Center’s parking lot, 2600 South Park Blvd. Participants can make their own trail mix, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy music, children’s games and a balloon artist. Ages 3 to Adult will enjoy. For more details


Thursday, October 04, 2007

Breast Cancer Site - Do Something Wonderful For Someone Less Fortunate

The Breast Cancer site is not receiving enough clicks daily to meet the quota for donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes less than a minute to go to the site and click on the pink rectangle marked "Click Here To Give" - It's free.

This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate a mammogram in exchange for advertising. Please tell your friends to tell their friends today!

Here's the web site! Pass it along to everyone you know. And if you would like to know more about breast cancer and breast cancer treatment, the above booklet was created by The National Breast Cancer Institute and can be purchased on Amazon.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Cross Word Puzzles Get A Thumbs Up!

Did you know that Cross Word Puzzels are not just fun, they are a brain stimulus? It has been discovered that doing Cross Word Puzzles, Word Finds, and learning a new task actually promote brain power which can help in the prevention of Alzheimer's! Exercising your brain is just as important as exercising your body. Recent studies have shown that physical exercise may help to generate new brain cells. So take a brisk walk, then entertain yourself, with a specific purpose...grab a Cross Word Puzzle. Your brain will thank you for it!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Cornerstone Of Hope - Grief Counseling in Independence, OH

What is Cornerstone of Hope? Cornerstone of Hope is a comprehensive grief center offering both individual counseling and group support in a home like environment. They also offer educational programs and trainings to professionals and volunteers.

Who does Cornerstone of Hope serve? Cornerstone helps anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. Adults and children ages 5 and older can take advantage of our services. For children under the age of 5 years, parents or caregivers can get information and informal support on how to help their children.

What makes Cornerstone of Hope unique? Cornerstone is one of the few grief centers in the country that offers support to the whole family

Cornerstone is founded on Christian values and offer services to all regardless of thier belief system

Cornerstone helps children feel comfortable by using art, creative therapies and games to help them express feelings and learn new ways to cope

Cornerstone offers individual therapy at your child's school (restrictions apply based on location/distance)

Cornerstone offers free and sliding fee scale services, based on ability to pay

Cornerstone offers family workshops and events including a one day summer camp

Cornerstone support groups are led by trained professionals

Cornerstone will be working with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and in November will begin offering groups for people whose loved ones were killed by a drunk driver. Cornerstone also has an arrangement with the Cuyahoga County Library and are an off-site branch for them. People can come into Cornerstone with their library card and check out books on grief.

Feel free to contact Cornerstone with any questions or if you need additional information at (216) 524-3787 or go to

Monday, October 01, 2007

Recipe Of The Week - Chicken Breasts with Apricot Preserves


2 tablespoons margarine
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 skinned chicken breast halves
1/2 cup white flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup nonfat yogurt
2 tablespoons slivered almonds

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Melt the margarine with the oil in a shallow baking pan. Meanwhile, shake the chicken in a plastic bag filled with the flour and salt until the chicken is coated. Place the chicken in a single layer in the baking pan and bake for 25 minutes.

Combine the apricot preserves, mustard and yogurt. Spread the apricot mixture on the chicken and bake for 30 minutes more, or until done. Just before serving, brown the almonds lightly in a toaster oven. Sprinkle over the chicken and serve over rice