Archive for February, 2008

Oscar Party
February 25, 2008

The Pittsburgh Film Office once again invited me to host “Lights, Glamour, Action!” The annual Oscar party is the biggest fundraiser all year for the film office. Click here to find out more about what they’re doing.

I saw my friend, Cheri Petrini Hayden, and her husband Dan there. You might remember she’s the jewelry designer of The Backlace … who went to the Oscars last year, and each of the presenters was given one of her pieces. This year, she stayed here and joined our Oscar party. (One of my producers saw this photo of me before I posted it and said it looked like I was ready to sneeze.)

Cheri donated several of her pieces to the Film Office to auction off.

And here I am with two of the best people on the planet. My best friends, Gail and Bonnie. We had a blast!
Thanks to Dawn Keezer and Jessica Conner for having me back this year. Gail is supposed to send me some more pictures from the event.. and when she does I’ll post them.

Heart Ball/Awesome Auctioneers
February 24, 2008

The 2008 Beaver Butler Heart Ball was beautiful.
I was honored to emcee the event for the American Heart Association. The co-chairs Dr Scott Seibel and Dr Prem Kumar did a beautiful job.
Here is just one highlight I wanted to show you. Watch Mark and Linda from Johnson Auction do their thing! They auctioned off six items and were so entertaining.

Here I am with Carlotta. She and her husband (Happy Birthday!) joined me at my table and were wonderful hosts.

The American Heart Association is making such a difference. It has reached its 2010 strategic plan goal of reducing deaths from coronary heart disease by 25%. That translates to approximately 160,000 lives saved each year!
If you’d like more information on how the AMA can help you, click here.
Thanks for having me and thanks for making such a difference!

Winterfest Ski Race
February 21, 2008

On this messy Friday…. maybe these pictures will remind you that someone out there, people are actually enjoying the snow. Here are a few photos from the media ski race at Seven Springs (one of the best places around). See who you can recognize.

Volunteer Kick Off
February 21, 2008

I can’t believe another year has already gone by!
Tonight I went to the Komen Race for the Cure volunteer kick off… and it rocked!
Super Steeler Chris Hoke joined us again… this time at Bar Louie at Station Square.

By the way, the women called him “hunkie Hoke” or “Hoke the Hunk” all night ; )

Chris is here with Mona Colicchie.. the event co-chair
And here’s the other event co-chair, Karen Martin… smiling with her new husband, George.

We also welcomed our brand new executive director Kathy Purcell. She’s wonderful and I can’t wait to get to know her better.
And I wanted to give a shout out to two wonderful photographers who work so hard.
This is Josh… (his camera is awesome)

And this is WTAE-TV photographer Lenni Todd.

If you’d like to register for the race you can do it by clicking here. It’s never too early to sign up and make a difference!

Microwave Meatloaf/Out of state viewer
February 20, 2008

I just noticed I never posted the Microwave Meatloaf Recipe.
I’ve never cooked one in the microwave like this before… I’ll have to try it because I love time-savings tips.

Meatloaf recipe:

2 lb lean ground beef
2 eggs
small chopped onion
approx 1 3/4 cup milk
2 cups italian seasoned bread crumbs
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon celery salt

Mix all ingredients in a bowl making sure eggs, milk and onion alre well
mixed into ground beef. Add enough bread crumbs (slowly) to absorb any
extra moisture and hold the mixture into a “loaf”.
Bake at 70% power in amicrowave oven.(700 watts or more) for 30-35 minutes.
Until meatloaf is done in the center. This recipe is very moist when done
in a microwave but, very dry when done in a conventional oven.

As an added flavor cover loaf with ketchup before baking, Cover with wax paper when baking.

And finally… here’s another former Western Pennsylvanian… who watches our noon show on the web. Thanks for watching and taking the time to write in!

Hi Michelle,

Just wanted to let you know that I also watch the noon broadcast online,
and I enjoy reading the blogs.

I moved away from Greensburg to Baltimore in October, and I’m still
adjusting. (I actually interned at WTAE about 5 years ago and reported for
a few years after college. I’m now working as a Producer and I teach the
news to students at a digital high school near the Inner Harbor… needless
to say, I’m a news fanatic and I can’t imagine a day without my “Pittsburgh
news fix”).

I love my new home, but I miss Pittsburgh very much and keeps me connected to my hometown! Really, what
would we do without today’s technology? Much thanks to those who make your
site as fabulous as it is!


Taco Bean Dip
February 18, 2008

Here’s a recipe from reader Rob….
It’s a Taco Bean Dip that sounds yummy…. I haven’t tried it yet but I will.

Shopping list:

1 lb ground beef
1 pkg of dry taco seasoning mix
1 8oz. can tomato sauce
1 16 oz. can refried beans (Old El Paso traditional)
1 small can chopped green chilies
2 cups (8 ozs.) grated cheddar cheese
8 oz. sour cream (I use 16 oz. cause I loooooove sour cream)
1 large bag Tostitos white corn tortilla chips

Brown and drain the ground beef.
Mix all ingredients together in a crock pot (except the tortilla
chips….they are for dipping in the bean dip.)
Heat on high about an hour or so just to melt the cheese and warm
everything through.

B E Taylor and the Ballet
February 15, 2008

Here we are backstage getting ready for the show called Forever Love.
B.E. Taylor (on the left) is a wonderful singer/songwriter … and you may recognize the guy on the right. He’s Jeff Jimmerson, who sings the National Anthem at the Penguins games and also sings at Orchard Hill Church.
The show is presented by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre at the Byham.
It runs through Sunday.
But before I tell you about the show.. let me tell you about B E Taylor.

I am a big fan and I’m not the only one.. He’s been a favorite for years on the regional and national music scenes with a career that saw him record three major albums in six years for national recording labels. He has had national success ….he’s had three major label albums in six years (two for MCA and one for Epic/CBS), and scored several regional top ten hits and two BILLBOARD TOP 100 HITS with his release of “KAREN” and “VITAMIN L”. (click here to get to his website.)

Jeff is a fantastic singer, too. I found this video (click here) of him on youtube singing at a Pens game. The audio isn’t professional and neither is the video… but he sounds great anyway.. and he sounds even better in person.

B.E. and Jeff are good friends and it was fun to watch them goof around and and tease each other before the show. The Pgh ballet director told me they were wonderful people who were so easy to work with. B E’s beautiful wife went and got his new C.D. called Love Never Fails and had him autograph it to me.

Ok… now here’s more about the show: They call it a ‘ballet with a bite.’
The contemporary production includes the Pittsburgh Premiere of Fluctuating Hemlines.

For more information on seeing the show click here

Valentine’s Day
February 13, 2008

It’s Valentine’s day and tonight I’m going to introduce B.E. Taylor at the Pittsburgh Ballet. It’s going to be beautiful!
I’m sure many couples will join me at the Benedum… celebrating this holiday. But the best gift you can give those you love is to take care of yourself.
WTAE is the media partner with the Race for the Cure. And I think a great Valentine’s gift would be for you to get a mammogram or encourage someone you love to do the same.

There are a couple of events this weekend where you can enjoy a great time and support a great cause.
They’re both this Sunday, February 17th.
The first is a Polka for the Cure.
It’s in Bridgeville on Third Ave from 1:00 pm until 8pm. There will be great music and fun for everyone.
Click here for more information.

The next is the Pink the Pete. You can watch the Pittsburgh Panthers women’s basketball team take on Connecticut. All fans are asked to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. The game’s at 2:00pm. Click here for more information.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Celebrity Olympics
February 11, 2008

First, I want to wish my wonderful mother a very Happy Birthday!
Mom, you’re the best… what a great example you are and I appreciate all the sacrifices you’ve made over the years. I am so blessed and thankful for you and all you’ve always done. Your grandkids think you’re perfect (they’re right!) And I’m glad we’re friends.

Now, here are some more photos from Winterfest at Seven Springs.
Here’s Jon Burton with former Steeler Louis Lipps.

Here I am with Steeler Chris Hoke.

And here’s Jim Parsons with Jerame Tuman.

Next, can someone tell me why my children get up an hour earlier than normal when they’re excited that school could be closed? Isn’t the idea to enjoy more sleep?

Winterfest Video/Super Bowl Bling
February 10, 2008

Check out the Super Bowl bling… on this video Zach shot at Winterfest.

You’ll see Steelers great Louis Lipps first… Remember he’s the former wide receiver Pro Bowler who still holds a punt return record. Then you’ll see Robin Cole another Steelers great Pro Bowler who was a linebacker. Actually, rather than video Robin’s face… Zach went straight for the ring.

I’ll post some other shots soon…. Current Steelers Chris Hoke and Jerame Tuman joined us.. along with former Steeler center Jeff Hartings (another Pro Bowler).

And I’ll have to tell you more about the new rooms at Seven Springs. They are wonderful! And there is so much going on there now.. including things in the summer. I’ll talk about that more later.

Oh, and I won a gold medal in the Celebrity Olympics! I’m not kidding… I think I tied with two of my coworkers for the gold, but I was so stunned that I won I can’t remember who else did. ( Maybe Marice and Janelle.) Chris Hoke had to pull me on an inner-tube through an obstacle course while he was blindfolded. Jerame Tuman and I teamed up for the human bowling ball event. And, as always, I was on the losing tug of war team (I haven’t won that event in 13 years).

Helicopter Game
February 7, 2008

Mike Clark sent me this link. (click here to play)
It’s a game that is fun but could drive you crazy.
You get to fly a helicopter.. by holding down your mouse and then letting it go. When you hold the mouse down it goes up… then to fly lower you have to let the mouse go. You’ll see.
You have to steer through obstacles. I usually crash.
It takes some practice… good luck.

Vote for my Friend!
February 7, 2008

My friend Agnus is up for a big award. The 2008 Dapper Dan Award and I think she deserves it. Voters cast their ballots online. (click here to vote now) . You can vote for the Sportsman of the Year, the Sportswoman of the Year, Best Moment in Pittsburgh Sports History, Best Team in Pgh Sports, and Best Athlete in Pgh Sports History.

Let me tell you about Agnus Berenato. She’s the coach for the University of PIttsburgh’s women basketball team. I’ve gotten to know her because we work together on Race for the Cure. You can’t spend more than a minute with her without being in a good mood. Her enthusiasm for life is infectious. I adore her.
Not only is she a wonderful person… she has done wonders with the Pitt Woman’s basketball team.
They are currently ranked higher than ever…. at 15th.

I could go on and on and on with all of her accomplishments…. you can click here if you want to read more about her.
But I also wanted to invite everyone to the Peterson Events Center to watch her at work on Feb. 17th.
Pitt is taking on the Conn Huskies and the game could catapult Pitt into the top ten!
It’s also Pink the Pete night… which means everyone should wear pink to support Race for the Cure for breast cancer and they’re donating part of the profits to the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Bird in Studio
February 6, 2008

There is a bird in our news studio right now!
It swooped down at meteorologist Erin Kienzle right after our noon show.
We went back in there and tried to find it… but it’s hiding up in the lights.
I have a feeling it will somehow make an appearance during our 5:00 newscast!
Keep watching!

Meet Yetti
February 5, 2008

This is Yetti.
I don’t know if Yetti is a boy or a girl… but I couldn’t resist putting this picture up.

Yetti is Nemacolin’s Japanese Snow Macaque.
You can see her/him at the Wildlife Academy at Nemacolin Woodlands.

Someone found the secret
February 4, 2008

I want you to keep sending me birthday message to pass along to Mike Clark. I’ve enjoyed passing them along!
In the meantime, I also wanted to show you something. This is from Robin who found the “secret recipe” for an Amish Friendship Bread starter bag. (click here to go to the website)
I haven’t tried it…. but since so many of you emailed me asking about it.. I thought I’d pass it along asap.