Archive for November, 2007

Shannon and the Cake
November 30, 2007

More cake day pictures. This one from Latrobe Elementary School.
I couldn’t resist this picture of Shannon digging in.

I can tease her about it… because she’s the skinniest one in our newsroom.

Here is promotion guru Heath Myrick (left) and producer extradinaire Kevin Kalia trying it out.

Even their forecast shows a problem for the Steelers game Sunday night.

Dripless Candles Can Drip
November 29, 2007

Thanks to the McCreary family for being great friends and smart people.
Here is a small mess on my friend’s Thanksgiving table. The dripless candles…. started to drip after burning beautifully all day.
So, here’s the tip to get that messy wax off of the table cloth..(of course if it doesn’t peel up easily.)
You’ll need paper towels and an iron.
Put the paper towel on the front and back of the cloth where the wax is stuck. Then iron over the paper towel and as the wax starts to melt, the towel will soak up the hot wax. You may need to move the towel around a little bit so a dry section can continue to soak up the wax.
Once again, the McCrearys to the rescue!

New Grass!
November 29, 2007

As promised… here are a couple of pictures of my new grass coming in.

I hope it makes it through the winter. For those of you who haven’t been reading this blog…. I had trouble in the Fall with grubs. They ate the roots to my grass and then raccoons came and tore up my yard to get to the grubs.

Yard Update
November 28, 2007

Many of you have recently written me asking about my yard. It seems a lot of us had the very same problem in the Fall with grubs. They hatch in the grass and eat the roots of the grass…. then raccoons and skunks dig up the grass (which is easy since there are no roots) and eat the grubs.
It’s ugly.
Here are some shots of the grass seed I threw down a month ago.

As I was raking leaves this past weekend I noticed some fresh new grass starting to grow. I’ll show you those pictures tomorrow. Today, I forgot the cables I need to put the photos into my computer.

Cake Day Pictures
November 27, 2007

School visits are our favorite days of the week.
Every Wednesday, an area school gets the treat of Stephen Cropper’s expertise …. and we enjoy the treat of a wonderful cake.
They come in all shapes and sizes and tastes…. but this one was worth a photo.
It’s the tallest cake of the year.

One of our employees actually said, “My brother’s wedding cake wasn’t that big.”

There is always a long line waiting for a slice…. Can’t wait to see what treat we get this week!

Pick a Presidential Candidate
November 23, 2007

A friend of mine sent me this and I think it’s worth your time.
It’s a presidential candidate match. Think you already know which candidate most agrees with your views? You might be surprised.
Click here to take the quiz.
It’s really quick… only taking a couple of minutes. You answer a few multiple choice questions and mark the ones which are most important to you.

Pittsburgh At Night Cards
November 22, 2007

Here is a look at the cards I promised to show you:

I love the Pittsburgh at Night print.
For those of you who’ve been reading this blog, you know I ordered a print of the beautiful watercolor. The artist lived in Pittsburgh. His name is Russel Snyder and he passed away in 1994.
His daughter saw I ordered the print (which I’ll show you when I get it framed) and contacted me about her father’s work. If you are interested in buying some cards… here’s her contact information: Her name is Cindy Urash 517-263-9072 or
It’s a great time to find some cool Pittsburgh things since the 250th anniversary is coming up next year!

New Book
November 20, 2007

This is the newest book I’m reading.

(I’m not exactly sure how to pronounce the title)
I’m only a few pages in … but I wanted to share it because of what I’ve learned about the author.
Irene Nemirovsky was a successful author living in Paris during the WWII invasion. She was also Jewish and forced into Auschwitz where she died. Her two small daughters, ages 5 and 13, escaped. They took with them their mother’s manuscript for this novel and it was just translated and published.
Her novel talks about people fleeing the Germans and packing up what they could carry and leaving everything else behind. I’ve only just started so I’m not ready to recommend it… but when I read about the author I wanted to share it with you.
I plan to spend a lot of the Thanksgiving weekend shopping and cooking and eating and reading this book.
Also, remember that watercolor I bought called “Pittsburgh at Night”? The artist’s daughter sent me a sample of some of the note cards from her father’s work. I’ll take a picture of them later today and tell you how you can order some. With Pittsburgh celebrating its 250th year… and the holiday cards going out soon… I thought you might be interested.

Wasting Time Online
November 20, 2007

Thanks to Lynn for writing in to suggest a website to check out if you are looking to fill a few extra minutes: = anonymous goings on inside offices

And here are a couple of my own suggestions: = music site that turns into a radio station playing only your taste in music. = 30 Second Bunnies Theatre = bunnies re-enact famous movies in 30 seconds.

Rich’s Recipe
November 19, 2007

This is the wonderful Rich.

He was the Executive Producer at Channel 4 but left us to for his own business. However, when we need him… he always comes back to help.
He was talking about making a dish that his kids love.
I asked him to pass it along… and here it is. Try it and let me know if Rich is as good of a chef as he is a producer.

Rich’s Pasta

3 cups Penne Pasta cooked al dente.
3 tbps diced fresh garlic
1/3 cup olive oil
1 medium shallot (chopped)
1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

Saute garlic and shallot in olive oil until garlic starts to turn brown
(about 2 minutes)

Add cooked pasta and toss in pan for 3-4 minutes.

Add half a cup of cheese and continue to toss for another 2 minutes.

Add remaining cheese, cover until cheese melts and serve.

Matt’s Tour
November 16, 2007

We all welcomed Matt to our newsroom this week.

He’s a great young man who’s been emailing many of us at the station for quite a while. He asks very serious and indepth questions and I’m sure will soon be joining our staff!
Here we are (when I first got to work and before makeup!… sorry!) in the newsroom by my desk.

Matt’s grandparents brought him in for a quick lunchtime tour this week (despite what the date on the photo shows).
Gus Rosendale was wonderful to show them around the station.
Right after I took this picture with him… his camera broke. I’m not kidding. I BROKE THE KID’S CAMERA! I really should have put on some makeup first. So our art department brought out one of their digital cameras and took the top one I posted of Matt and our gang on the set.
And see that old and fuzzy sweater I’m wearing? I’ve somehow turned into Mr. Rogers. I leave it at work and wear it until I’m ready to go into the studio. Once Janelle Hall stopped me and said, “Is that sweater your’s? I wear it all the time on weekends.” So there you have it. Janelle and I stay warm and comfy while we’re at our desks writing news scripts.
Coming next week….. Rich’s recipe. Our former executive producer Rich Cook (who has his own business now but often comes back to help us when we need him) is giving us his famous dish that he claims his kids “just won’t stop eating.” …. I’m asking him for a picture of him in the kitchen cooking this dish…. so you’ll see it here next week.

Jan’s Leaves
November 14, 2007

Meet Jan. She’s the wonderful voice on the other end of the line when you call WTAE.
She overheard Don and me challenging each other to find the perfect Fall leaf…. and she told me what she does every year.
She collects the best leaves and then irons them between two sheets of wax paper. (hot iron/ no steam)
She says they last for years and she decorates her Thanksgiving table with them. She gave me a few of her leaves and I asked that she take some pictures of her dinner table this year for me to share here.
Thanks Jan!

Thanksgiving Surprise
November 12, 2007


Your dinner will be the talk of the TOWN!!
You should try this!
Sure to bring smiles from your guests!
Here is a new way to prepare your Thanksgiving Turkey.

1. Cut out aluminum foil in desired shapes.
2. Arrange the turkey in the roasting pan, position the foil carefully. (see attached picture for details)
3. Roast according to your own recipe and serve.
4. Watch your guests’ faces…

Champion Enterprises Award
November 12, 2007

Here I am over the weekend with Bill Neal. He’s the CEO of Champion Enterprises. He founded the group 31 years ago and has been working hard to improve the lives of disadvantaged youth in Allegheny County.
Today, there are more than a dozen programs headed by Champion Enterprises.
Saturday night, Bill Neal honored women who are making a difference in the community with the Prudential Celebrating Women Award. I was honored to be one of the recipients. Thank you so much for the award and for all you do in the community to make this a better place for my children and all children.
If you’d like to donate or volunteer call this number: 412-607-3697.

My Starbucks Run
November 10, 2007

You wrote in and alerted me… Starbucks is switching out its Pumpkin Spice for the new Gingerbread Latte.
And here’s Becky tasting the proof. ( You know Becky from Links N’@ )
I was happy to make a coffee run for the newsroom Friday.
But Becky, I have a confession. Remember how I forgot Tom’s splenda for his soy latte? Well, I realized later that I also forgot something else. I forgot to order yours (and mine) with lowfat milk. So, you can blame me for several hundred extra calories. Since you’re so skinny I’m sure you can handle it!