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Have you ever bought Girl Scout Cookies?

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Have you ever bought Girl Scout Cookies? For me it’s been a while. I can’t even remember the last time. I know my daughter bought them last year from a co-worker. I always enjoyed the mint ones.

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Skill #1: Goal Setting
Girl Scouts learn how to set goals and create a plan to reach them, enabling amazing experiences for themselves and their troops all year long, while helping others too.

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Skill #2: Decision Making
Girl Scouts learn to make decisions on their own and as a team, whether it’s how to run and promote their cookie sale, interact with customers, or spend their earnings.

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Skill #3: Money Management
Girl Scouts learn to expand their money smarts while running their own cookie business and create a budget to fund the experiences they want to share as a troop.

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Skill #4: People Skills
Girl Scouts find their voice and build confidence through customer interactions, developing valuable skills that will help them succeed in school, in business, and in life.

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Skill #5: Business Ethics
Girl Scouts learn to act ethically—lessons that will stay with them for a lifetime of leadership and success.


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Perfect and Easy Apple Crisp.

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Perfect and Easy Apple Crisp.

This recipe for apple crisp is adapted from a classic 50-year-old recipe. It works best with fresh, crisp cooking apples.

Many of the Amish Restaurants we go to feature the Apple Crisp. This is one delicious dessert.


  • 2 ½ cups apples – peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish.

  2. Arrange apple slices evenly in the prepared baking dish. Sift flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt into a bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry blender, or 2 knives, until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal; sprinkle over apples.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until topping is golden, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

  4. The butter should be gently cut into the flour so it remains in small lumps. This will result in a light, crunchy topping.


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All-Female Auto Shop Offers Oil Changes, Manicures, and Empowerment.

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All-Female Auto Shop Offers Oil Changes, Manicures, and Empowerment.

Girls Auto Clinic immediately stands out from the traditional car shop. For starters, the sign out front features a bright red stiletto with a wrench as the heel. Inside, along with all the typical machinery you’d expect from an auto shop, you’ll see an all-female team of mechanics as well as mani-pedi stations where customers can get their nails done while they wait for their cars to be fixed.

When it opened in 2013, the small business in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, made history as the first all-female auto repair shop in the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women currently represent about 12% of auto shop employees — a number that is now on the rise.

Founder Patrice Banks said she wants to encourage women to work in the auto industry and make mechanic visits more enjoyable for clients. “Women, it’s like a chore, we hate going in to get our oil changed — it’s always a chore, it’s always a burden,” she told the International Business Times.

Beyond the usual services like oil changes, Girls Auto Clinic also offers hands-on workshops for women, a “do-it-herself” glove box guide, and perhaps most significantly, an empowering community


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Arkansas Green Beans Recipe.

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Arkansas Green Beans Recipe.

Ditch your ordinary green bean recipes and try this incredible Arkansas Green Beans recipe instead! Featuring bacon and a savory sauce, this dish takes an old classic to a new level. It’s the perfect recipe for potlucks, holidays, parties, or family dinner! It’s sure to become your new go-to side dish.

Prep Time10 minutes 
Cook Time30 minutes 
Total Time40 minutes 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American


Servings: 10


  • 5 (15 oz.) cans green beans, drained or 4 (16 oz.) bags frozen
  • 12 slices bacon fried and chopped
  • 2/3 C. brown sugar
  • 1/4 C. butter melted
  • 7 t. soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 t. garlic powder


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Layer the green beans and bacon on the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ baking dish.
  • Mix together the brown sugar, butter, soy sauce, and garlic powder. Stir well.
  • Pour the brown sugar mixture over the bacon and green beans. Bake for 30 minutes at 350°. Alternatively, you can cook this in a slow cooker set to low heat for 5 to 6 hours.
  • Serve with a slotted spoon and enjoy!


Tip: Not a fan of canned green beans? No problem! Easily substitute 4 (16 oz.) bags of frozen green beans.


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Roasted Garlic Asparagus.

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Roasted Garlic Asparagus.
Make this incredible roasted garlic asparagus to perfectly complement your favorite meat. Cooked to perfection and featuring an amazing garlic flavor, it’s unbeatable when paired with steak, chicken, fish, pork, or any other protein! Use the written instructions or video below to learn how to make the best asparagus around. Your whole family will love it!


  • 1/2 C. extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 t. onion powder
  • 1 T. parsley, chopped
  • 2 lbs. thin asparagus, ends trimmed
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper


  • Line a large baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a saucepan, add olive oil, garlic, onion powder, and parsley.
  • Cook for 3 minutes on medium-low heat, being careful not to brown the mixture.
  • Trim the ends from asparagus.
  • Place asparagus in the prepared pan and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
  • Drizzle on the olive oil mixture. Roast in a preheated 400° oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!


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Cheddar Broccoli Casserole Recipe | Cheesy Casserole.

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Cheddar Broccoli Casserole Recipe | Cheesy Casserole.

Looking for a great potluck dish, or just a side that your whole family will love? With the broccoli-cheddar casserole, you’ve found it! This amazing recipe is cheesy, crunchy, and, above all, delicious!

Prep Time10 minutes 
Cook Time35 minutes 
Total Time45 minutes 


  • 2 (10 oz.) pkgs. frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (10.7 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cup butter-flavored crackers, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • Place 2 (10 oz.) packages frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained, in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 cup mayonnaise.
  • Add 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Add 1 (10.7 oz) can cream of mushroom soup.
  • Put 2 lightly-beaten eggs into bowl.
  • Stir ingredients.
  • Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Spread mixture evenly across bottom of 9 x 13″ pan.
  • Sprinkle the crumbled crackers over the mixture and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
  • Place in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven. Serve hot and enjoy!


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Male Duets.

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Male Duets. It’s the guys turn. This should be an easy one. Peter and Gordon, Chad and Jeremy, Righteous Brothers, McCartney &Jackson, and the list goes on and on.

“It Takes Two.” Indeed, a pairing of great talents can often lead to truly memorable (and highly profitable) results. Whether it’s a romantic ballad, a tandem melody, or complex, counterpart harmonies, the most successful duets find both artists supporting one another – allowing both parties to excel. From Motown to metal and pop to country,



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Raspberries Frontman, ‘All By Myself’ Singer, Eric Carmen Dead at 74.

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Raspberries Frontman, ‘All By Myself’ Singer, Eric Carmen Dead at 74.

Singer Eric Carmen, who was first known in the early 1970s as the frontman of the Raspberries, and later achieved solo success with hits like “All By Myself” and “Hungry Eyes,” has died at the age of 74.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we share the heartbreaking news of the passing of Eric Carmen,” the singer’s wife, Amy Carmen, wrote on his website. “Our sweet, loving and talented Eric passed away in his sleep, over the weekend.”

“It brought him great joy to know, that for decades, his music touched so many and will be his lasting legacy,” she added. “Please respect the family’s privacy as we mourn our enormous loss.”



Carmen’s wife concluded with “Love Is All That Matters…Faithful and Forever,” a callback to her husband’s song, “Love Is All That Matters,” from his 1977 solo album “Boats Against the Current.”

The singer’s cause of death and exact date of death has not yet been revealed.

In his early years, Carmen — who was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio — had his first big hit, “Go All the Way,” with the Raspberries after the band signed its first recording contract in 1971 with Capitol Records.

The song reached No. 5 on the Billboard singles charts.

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“Critics hailed the band’s unique twist on Beatlesque power-pop, citing Carmen as a pop visionary,” reported.

“Bruce Springsteen and Courtney Love both are fans of the band’s music. Kiss, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Guns N’ Roses cite them as an influence,” the outlet added.

The Raspberries had a few more hits after that, such as “I Wanna Be With You” and “Let’s Pretend,” before eventually breaking up in 1975.



But others may say that Carmen achieved greater success as a solo artist, with hits like, “All by Myself,” “Almost Paradise (Love Theme From Footloose),” and “Hungry Eyes,” among others.

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Notably, singer Celine Dion covered “All by Myself” on her 1996 album, “Falling Into You.”

While attending college at John Carroll University in the late 1960s, Carmen joined a band called Cyrus Erie, whose guitarist, Wally Bryson, had been playing with Jim Bonfanti and Dave Smalley in one of Cleveland’s most popular bands, the Choir, which scored a national hit in 1967 with the song, “It’s Cold Outside.”

After Cyrus Erie and the Choir ended, Carmen, Bryson, Bonfanti, and Smalley got together and created the Raspberries.



Carmen’s first solo album in 1975 had three Top 40 singles. The singer went on to release another three solo albums, achieving one more hit in 1978, “Change of Heart.” In 1984, his song, “Almost Paradise,” reached No. 7 on the Billboard charts after it was covered by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson for the film, Footloose.

In 1987, Carmen reached No. 4 with his song, “Hungry Eyes,” which he had written for the film, Dirty Dancing. The singer made it to the Top 40 carts again a year later, with his song, “Make Me Lose Control,” which peaked at No. 3.

Carmen lived in Los Angeles for a time, but eventually moved back to Cleveland in the mid-1990s, “and basically went quiet for several years,” reported.



At the end of 2004, the Raspberries got back together, and the band played a few shows in Cleveland, before performing eight concerts around the United States in 2005.

In 2014, the movie Guardians of the Galaxy gave the Raspberries another moment in the spotlight when it included “Go All The Way” in the film’s soundtrack.


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Easter pictures.

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Easter pictures.

I thought that I should show what the before and after pictures look like.



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Return Of An Icon — The 2024 Chevelle 70/SS Is Here.

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Return Of An Icon — The 2024 Chevelle 70/SS Is Here. An old article, but still very cool.


The idea of bringing back an iconic name in the automotive industry always conjures images of grandeur. Renderings run rampant with modern twists, updated drivetrains, and state-of-the-art suspension. When discussing the titans of the muscle-car era, I think most would agree that the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS is right in the thick of it, in terms of iconic cars that changed the way we looked at motorized transportation. Sadly, the Chevelle name has been gone for 45 years now. But, thanks to Trans Am Worldwide, the Chevelle is making a big return in 2024 as the 70/SS.

The 2024 70/SS is offered in a number of colors with numerous upgrades and options.

Knowing A Thing Or Two About Retro

Trans Am Worldwide currently builds, you guessed it, Trans Ams. However, they build their interpretation of what the Trans Am would be today had Pontiac not been shuttered by The General. To broaden their horizons, they have designed and built from the ground up, a car that they believe will live up to the Chevelle name. Badged as the 70/SS, Trans Am Worldwide took styling cues from the original 1970 model while at the same time putting their modern interpretations on it.

Starting with a new sixth-gen Camaro as the foundation, the designers completely changed every part of the exterior. The only untouched area was the windshield. As you can see, every body panel has been reshaped to pay homage to the classic ’70 Chevelle Super Sport. They even stretched the car’s rear with new quarter panels, deck lid, and bumper. The interior remains mostly Camaro. However, the 70/SS does receive retro-styled seats and carpet. The 70/SS badging and Hurst cue ball shift knob are also nice touches.

Almost nothing remains of the Camaro that serves as the foundation and starting point for the 70/SS. The windshield is the only exterior part that isn’t changed.

No Skimping On Power

If you are going to build a car to bring back the Chevelle, it had better not be short on horsepower. The 70/SS does an excellent job in this department. You can order the car with one of three powerplant options. The base engine is the 450-horsepower LT1 that comes in the Camaro. If you want more power and excitement, a 396 cubic-inch LT engine producing 900 horsepower can be installed. If you are anything like us and want to go all in, the 70/SS can be had with a 454 cubic-inch LS6/X packing twin turbochargers. The top-tier offering makes a tire-frying 1,500 horsepower.

The 70/SS can be ordered with a supercharged LT engine making 900 horsepower or even a twin-turbo 454 cubic-inch LS6/X that produces 1500 horsepower. Manual transmissions are also an option.

The 70/SS is offered in both manual and automatic transmission versions, and there are suspension upgrades as well. Just check the box for the optional removable hard top for those wanting the look of a coupe. Eight heritage colors are available, as well as ten modern metallic and pearl hues to choose from. You can even pick your own custom color if that’s your thing. Additional options include wheel and tire packages, custom graphics, exposed carbon fiber, and brake upgrades.

Wheel and tire packages and brake upgrades are just a couple of the myriad of options to choose from when ordering your own 70/SS.

We can’t wait to see the 70/SS in the real world pounding the streets. If you’re interested in ordering one, you might want to hurry, as there will only be 25 examples of the 70/SS with the LS6/X engine package produced.


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Female Duets.

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Female Duets.

A number of pop’s biggest stars made duets a regular thing . Whitney Houston , Barbra Streisand, Beyonce,  Lady Gaga and many others. So post your favorite female duets.



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Full-Time Thrifter Encourages Secondhand Shopping by Posting Local Treasures on Social Media.

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Full-Time Thrifter Encourages Secondhand Shopping by Posting Local Treasures on Social Media. This article is about a person who thrifts full time. For my wife and I , it’s a chance to give back and find items we use in our decorations. So please read and enjoy another persons take on thrifting.

Thrifting is an increasingly popular way to shop (and a great way to spend an afternoon), but what if we told you it could be a full-time job?

At least it is for Ambie Hay, who goes by “Palm Beach Thrifters” on social media. When she’s out and about in Palm Beach County, Florida, scouting for her clients, Hay follows their wishlists to find what they’re seeking. And when she comes across incredible antiques and vintage pieces that aren’t on the list, she posts them to her Instagram page, where she shares thrift items and their locations with her 196,000 followers from all over the world.


Her goal is simple: to promote secondhand shopping by encouraging people to check out local thrift stores.

“Thrifting is such a blast, but it really takes a lot of time, and a lot of people are working or they have children at home,” Hay, 61, told Nice News. “That’s where I got the idea that well, at least I could post because I’m out there anyway.”

Hay, who worked in retail for 25 years, closed her own design boutiques to pursue her passion for thrifting and become a full-time reseller. Around five years ago, she started an Instagram account “to show others and to help the thrift shops because they’ve helped me so much.”

“I found so many beautiful things in these stores, and I know how hard the volunteers work, and the thrift shops are always affiliated with charities,” she added. “And I thought, how can I give back to my followers? How can I give back to the thrift shops?”


She’s been able to give back to her local shops by featuring vintage treasures on her account, offering the publicity and exposure they might not have otherwise had. “One of the [thrift stores] the other day said, ‘Oh my gosh, we had a group of women down from Tennessee, and they came in because you mentioned our thrift shop,’” she recalled.

For Hay, who’s originally from Kentucky, thrifting runs in the family. Her interest in it began when her mom would take her to Goodwill as a child, and she now thrifts with her nieces and nephews.

“I really love seeing that the younger generation now is embracing vintage pieces and secondhand shopping. I think it’s just fantastic,” said Hay. “I can see that it’s getting bigger and bigger.”

While the resale industry in the United States is slowly increasing — the number of businesses has grown by an average of 3.5% per year on average since 2018 — Americans still throw away more than 34 billion pounds of used textiles each year.


But people like Hay are helping to reduce waste by turning consumers away from fast fashion and its detrimental impact on the environment.

And she’s starting ’em young: Hay wants to teach children about the importance of thrifting with her children’s book, published in 2021, focused on “the importance of recycling.”
As per her website: “Thrifting is proof positive you can earn money, save money, give back, and have fun all at the same time! … Thrifting is not a trend, it’s the future!”


Here’s my sweet boy Sailor, who inspired our Children’s book “Nifty the Thrifter.” He’s 17 and still loves to go thrift shopping!! My talented niece Madeleine brought this book to life with her colorful and whimsical illustrations! I’m so excited to share our book with you! 💕
I hope it book brings joy to both children and adults and inspires everyone to go thrifting!! 🌴☀️🐶💜🌸🎉🌟💕🌿🌟💫💫💫

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Homemade Pizza Crust | Make your Own Pizza Crust.

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Homemade Pizza Crust | Make your Own Pizza Crust.

It’s easier than you think to make homemade pizza dough! So skip the truly “cardboard” pizza the next time you’re at the grocery store and grab the good old fixings instead. In this post, we’ll tell you what you need to know to make made from scratch pizza crust.

Made-from-Scratch Pizza Dough

It’s easier than you think to make homemade pizza dough! So skip the truly “cardboard” pizza the next time you’re at the grocery store and grab the good old fixings instead. In this post, we’ll tell you what you need to know to make made from scratch pizza crust.


  • 1 C. hot water
  • 1 packet of quick rise yeast 1/4 ounce
  • 2 C. all purpose flour
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 T. olive oil


  • Mix hot water and yeast together in a small bowl. Set aside for five minutes.
  • Mix together the flour and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Gradually add the yeast and flour mixture to the flour and salt.
  • Add the olive oil and stir with a fork.
  • When well blended, place dough ball on a floured surface.
  • Knead dough and gradually add flour as needed until it is no longer sticky. Knead dough for 5-10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and pliable.
  • Roll dough out on oiled pizza pan or stoneware baking pan.
  • Bake in 450 degree oven for 5-10 minutes or until crust is just staring to brown. Remove from oven and add your favorite pizza sauce and toppings.
  • Ready for toppings.


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Cheers to being crooked again. Quirky English pub bulldozed after a fire to be rebuilt as it was.

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Cheers to being crooked again. Quirky English pub bulldozed after a fire to be rebuilt as it was.

The owners of a quirky 18th century British pub unlawfully bulldozed after a mysterious fire last year were ordered on Tuesday by a local council to rebuild it — and to stick to its original, lopsided dimensions.

The watering hole — known as the Crooked House for its leaning walls and tilting foundation — favored by many locals in the village of Himley, central England, was gutted by a fire and subsequently demolished last August.

Its demise saddened many in the village, about 210 kilometers (130 miles) northwest of London, and became the subject of a criminal investigation. Three people were arrested and later released on bail in connection with the blaze but no one was charged.

In a statement, the South Staffordshire Council said it had “engaged with the owners” and now ordered the pub rebuilt “back to what it was prior to the fire” by February 2027 or face prosecution for failing to comply. The notice was served on owners, Adam and Carly Taylor and the company secretary of ATE Farms, which bought the inn. They have 30 days to appeal the notice.

The fire took place two weeks after the pub was sold by operator Marston’s. Two days later — and before a cause could be determined — the pub was bulldozed without authorization, which raised questions among local residents.

Roger Lees, the leader of the council, praised campaigners whose “aim is to see the Crooked House back to its former glory.” More than 35,000 people joined the ‘Save The Crooked House (Let’s Get It Re-Built)’ Facebook page.

“We have not taken this action lightly, but we believe that it is right to bring the owners, who demolished the building without consent, to account and we are committed to do what we can to get the Crooked House rebuilt,” Lees said.

Andy Street, the mayor of the wider West Midlands region who has supported the pub’s reconstruction, welcomed the decision in a post on X, formerly Twitter. “Fantastic work from South Staffordshire Council,” Street said.

The pub, originally built as a farmhouse in 1765, started sinking on one side as a result of extensive coal mining in the area, which is part of England’s region widely known as the Black Country, a reference to its industrial and mining heyday in the mid-19th century.

Around 1830, it became a pub and was called The Siden House — siden meaning crooked in the local dialect.

In the 1940s, it was renamed the Glynne Arms but was condemned as unsafe and scheduled for demolition until a forebear of Marston’s bought it and made it safe.

Renamed as The Crooked House, it became a tourist attraction, drawing visitors to admire its odd structure, one side standing about 1.2 meters (4 feet) lower than the other.

Now, there is only three years to go until the pub rises again and thirsty regulars can sip a beer — or two.


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Truck Driver Pulled to Safety After Crash Leaves Vehicle Dangling Over Bridge Across Ohio River.

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Truck Driver Pulled to Safety After Crash Leaves Vehicle Dangling Over Bridge Across Ohio River. So how did this happen? The driver of a semi-truck was pulled to safety Friday by firefighters following a crash that left the vehicle dangling over a bridge across the Ohio River.

The three-vehicle crash on the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge connecting Louisville, Kentucky to southern Indiana was reported around noon, Louisville Fire Chief Brian O’Neill said during a press conference. One other person involved in the crash was immediately taken to the hospital and crews set up to rescue the truck driver from the cab.


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How a Vietnam vet found healing as the “Honey-Do Dude”.

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How a Vietnam vet found healing as the “Honey-Do Dude”. After his wife died, Danny Chauvin found out that he had a lot of time on his hands. But there was one thing he missed. The honey do list.

He posted on Facebook that he was available to help others. So now, on a daily basis, and sometimes four times a day, Chauvin fixes the hole in his heart by fixing just about everything else, like putting up a shower, hanging up a porch swing and fixing a closet door.

His charge for his services? Zero. He does out of the goodness in his heart. A 76-year-old man who is willing to help others.


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Songs with Rock and Roll in the title.

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Songs with Rock and Roll in the title. It’s a new month tomorrow and also time for songs with rock and roll in the title. This should be an easy one.

From floor-shaking stadium anthems to paeans to a lost past and roadmaps for a new life, here are the best songs about rock’n’roll.





How NCIS paid tribute to Ducky

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NCIS on Monday paid its final respects to star David McCallum, who died September 25 at the age of 90.

A fan favorite, McCallum was the last remaining original cast member on NCIS, in which he played an eccentric but highly efficient investigator Donald “Ducky Mallard” for two decades.

As heavily teased in the promos, the episode dubbed “The Stories We Leave Behind” opened with Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen, who co-wrote the episode) arriving at Ducky’s house to find his mentor — dressed in his monogrammed jammies — dead in his bed, with his sweet corgi looking forlorn in the foyer.


“Dying quietly in your sleep isn’t the worst way to go,” comments Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) back at the NCIS offices, after wrapping up a call with Scottish parliament who apparently wanted to send “a mountain of thistles” to honor their native son’s passing.

“He lived a very long, very rewarding life, which he would want us to celebrate more than anything,” added Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll).

So that’s exactly what the episode did — show old scenes from past seasons to remember the character who once said “we all die twice; when our bodies give out, and again when are stories stop being told.”

There was a flashback featuring Leroy Gibbs (Mark Harmon) with Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) and Ziva David (Cote de Pablo). Then came a scene with Ducky and Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette), followed by one with Ducky and Gibbs talking about how the latter never really shared personal stories at work.

But first, there had to be a case du jour: the last thing Ducky was working on involved a dead soldier named Danny whose name was getting smeared by an ambitious councilman named Allan Berger (um, not to be confused with, we guess, veteran talent agent Alan Berger). The official word was that Danny died in an Afghan brothel, his body riddled with heroin — but his daughter, Serena, suspected otherwise.

So did Ducky. The team does some digging and it turns out Danny was a former bodyguard for Berger, who previously worked as a contractor in Afghanistan and took money on the side from a local heroin operation. Once Danny threatened to expose the shenanigans, Berger had Danny killed.


Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer. Michael Yarish/CBS

With the case in the bag and Danny’s good name restored, the team could then move on to Ducky’s memorial. But first, a surprise was in store for Palmer, who was prepping to deliver a eulogy. In walks DiNozzo, who brought Palmer a special gift — a bowtie similar to what his mentor used to wear in the lab.

“He had a good friend in you,” DiNozzo tells Palmer. The two then head to the memorial, after Palmer turns the light off in Ducky’s former workspace.

Weatherly hasn’t appeared on CBS since his drama Bull ended in 2022. He left NCIS in 2016.

The episode ended with a title card that read, “In memory of our dear friend and colleague David McCallum. We will miss you.”





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Songs by your favorite Band or Bands.

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Songs by your favorite Band or Bands. So most folks have more than one favorite band. If you’re like me you have several. I’m going to start off with a Cleveland band that made it big.





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Almond Cookie Bars with Coconut.

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Almond Cookie Bars with Coconut.


This buttery cookie is made much like shortbread. Except we are using almond flour instead of all-purpose flour. Bob’s Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour is my favorite {not sponsored, just a big fan}.

Baking with almond flour is very common in gluten free baking. You use it much like regular flour, but the two can’t usually be swapped for one another without making additional recipe changes. Almond flour is made of finely ground almonds so it reacts differently from regular flour made of wheat.

a look at the chewy inside texture of almond cookie bars

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ingredients for almond cookie bars with coconut
  • Almond flour ~ I used Bob’s Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour
  • Confectioners’ sugar ~ adds softness and some sweetness
  • Kosher salt ~ if using table salt, use a little less
  • Coconut ~ use flaked or shredded, the kind that looks like shredded cheese. If you don’t want long strands in the cookie bars, give it a little chop before adding to the recipe.
  • Unsalted butter ~ because this is a shortbread like base, I recommend a good quality European butter such as Plugra or Kerrygold.
  • Chocolate ~ I used a chopped milk chocolate bar {I always have Trader Joe’s Pound Plus bars in my baking cabinet}, but you could use chocolate chips and dark chocolate, if preferred.
  • Almonds ~ dry roasted almonds were chopped for the topping, but you could also use sliced or slivered almonds.

Start by preparing an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. This is the USA Pan that I use and love.

Then add the almond flour, confectioners’ sugar, coconut and kosher salt in a bowl and mix to combine. I use my pastry cutter for this {less dishes to wash!}. Next add the unsalted butter and use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until a soft dough forms.

Now press the cookie dough evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 12 minutes, until the edges are set and lightly browned. Remember your oven is different than mine and our baking times might be slightly different.

unbaked buttery almond flour base in baking pan

When the cookie is baked, remove it from the oven and immediately sprinkle the chocolate over the hot bars. Allow it to sit for three minutes, then use an off-set spatula to smooth the melted chocolate over the almond cookie.

Sprinkle coconut and chopped almonds over the top of the melted chocolate. Then use clean hands to lightly press the coconut and almonds in to the melted chocolate.

Now comes the hard part, waiting for them to cool! It takes about an hour for the cookies to be cool enough to slice them into bars without them falling apart. You can speed this process up by placing the pan in the refrigerator once it is cool enough to handle with bare hands.

overhead look at cut cookie bars on a parchment lined cutting board


  • It’s EASY! Active time is 10-15 minutes.
  • No chill time.
  • Uses cold butter.
  • Creates soft and chewy almond cookie bars, with almond joy like flavors.
  • A great cookie bar for those needing a dessert without flour.
cookie bars with a bite out of it and bowl of coconut in the background
Just look at that soft and chewy texture!


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Classic One-Pot Pasta. Made the Amish way.

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Classic One-Pot Pasta. Made the Amish way.

This pasta dish doesn’t have to be made with spaghetti, you can use rotini, penne pasta, or noodles. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the spaghetti and it is delicious. Leftovers of this supper can be stored in an airtight container and put in the fridge. Out of all the one-pot pasta recipes I’ve tried this is one of the best and most flavorful.

Pasta is often seen as an Italian creation and perhaps it is, but the Amish have definitely embraced homemade pasta – especially noodles – as their own. Most noodles just take eggs, flour, and salt and some patience and you have a delicious dish.

Their diet revolves around self-sufficiency and locally-grown foods. They often make their own egg noodles, which are similar to pasta, and sometimes even other types like ravioli or lasagna.

  • 12 ounces spaghetti or homemade egg noodles
  • 6-8 tablespoons olive oil
  • medium onions, chopped
  • medium carrots, very finely chopped or grated
  • about 4 garlic cloves
  • cups home-canned chopped tomatoes with liquid or use store-bought
  • Tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, allspice (to taste) salt, pepper
  • In a pot, heat the oil and saute onion until translucent.
  • Add carrots and garlic and saute for 1 more minute.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar, spices   about 4 cups broth. Bring to boil and cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Add spaghetti and simmer until the pasta is   about 15 minutes. Stir from time In a pot, heat the oil and saute onion until translucent.
  • Add carrots and garlic and saute for 1 more minute.


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