As Promised… Feel free to keep them coming!

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Q: Do you ever come out to the Brunswick area?

A: We do and we will, so continue to send story ideas our way!

Q: Who is handling scam reporting over there? I feel I was scammed by TimeWarner and feel I am not the only one. I signed up for a deal for 90 days, and once the 90 days were up, I was to receive a $500 Visa gift card. It was suppose to go out 4-6 weeks from the completion of the 90 days. It has been 10 weeks. I tried to call the vendor handling their rewards,TriStar, yesterday, and was on hold for 45 minutes. I finally got sick of holding and hung up.

A: Jennifer Lewke is our investigative reporter and Dori Marlin also does some investigative work. They take care of our “Real Deal” and “Bottom Line” stories. You can reach out to them via e-mail. Jennifer Lewke is: jlewke@sbgtv.com Dori Marlin is: dmarlin@sbgtv.com

Q: Do you ever get out to the Brunswick / Grafton area?

A: We do cover stories in this area. If you ever have a story idea that you want covered, feel free to e-mail me at jlmullen@sbgtv.com

Q: How can you keep a straight face on some calls, like the 2 guys that just got arrested for sex with cows… Really?

A: It is our job to report the news and report it as professional as possible. There are certain stories we can have fun with, but this story was serious, even though it is pretty ridiculous. It’s not easy, because what you’re thinking is generally what we’re thinking too, but again it’s all about maintaining our professionalism and credibility when we are on the desk and out in the field.

Q: How tall ARE you exactly?

A: VERY TALL. Every time a viewer sees me in person I get… “You’re much taller and skinnier in person.” I am 5’9.

Q: Is it Mullen or Ross?

A: Is and always will be Mullen.

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Thank you goboldwithbutter.com for this AMAZING recipe.

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Spicy, cheesy, and perfectly poppable, Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are the ultimate appetizer to serve for the big game. I mix 99% fat-free ground chicken with a blend of homemade Ranch seasoning, stuffed with salty Feta cheese, then coated in spicy, buttery, buffalo wing sauce. Serve with toothpicks to enjoy all the flavor of a buffalo wing without the muss & fuss.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
By Kristin
Makes 16 meatballs

Ingredients:

1/4 small red onion, minced
3 gloves garlic, minced
1 egg white
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound 99% fat-free ground chicken breast
4 ounces block Feta cheese, cut into 24 ½-inch cubes (will have 6 leftover cubes)
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup buffalo wing sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Add red onion, garlic, egg white, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and seasonings to a large bowl then stir with a fork to combine. Add ground chicken then mix until combined – do not overmix or meatballs will be tough. Divide chicken mixture into quarters, then each quarter into 4 balls. Press a cube of Feta into the center of each ball then close mixture around cheese to seal. Place meatballs onto a buttered cooling rack set on top of a baking sheet, then bake for 20 minutes.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat then add buffalo wing sauce and stir to combine. Add cooked meatballs to skillet then use a spoon to coat in sauce. Place a lid on top and turn heat to low to keep warm.

Happy Birthday Facebook!

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014:

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Can you believe Facebook is celebrating 10 years today? That’s right – it’s been 10 years since Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room launch of one of the most popular social networks we’ve ever encountered… There’s even a movie about it out now!

Some pretty neat Facebook Facts: (if you’re into that kind of stuff)

-201.6 billion friend connections

-1.23 billion monthly active users

-945 million monthly active users who used Facebook mobile products

-6 billion likes per day (When are they going to come out with the unlike button?)

-400 billion photos shared

-7.8 trillion numbers of messages sent

-6,337 employees worldwide

Do you remember when you first found out about Facebook? I remember. I was so intimidated. I thought it would be just like MySpace – which I HATED. It all (these sites) can be so overwhelming. Whatever happened to simplicity? — OR — is this the new simple? How did you use to stay connected? Has it all changed now? I’m guilty… For me, it’s always texting, snap chats, Facebook, LinkedIn, Blogging, you name it… Skype and FaceTime – thank GOODNESS for those two creations.

On another note: Social media has COMPLETELY changed the world of News. We are expected to know how to work A LOT of what’s out there now. News is immediate – social networking allows us to be even MORE IMMEDIATE. How overwhelming though… I had to find a way to tie my Facebook page to my Twitter page to my LinkedIn page because I couldn’t remember to update every status on its own. I JUST started blogging and I’m not even that great at this…… yet! Social media is a lot of work, but it’s always fun to learn new things.

Aside from that – because social media is so immediate – there are so many whoopsies. (Should I have just tweeted that? Do I post this? Quick DELETE-DELETE – Disaster averted! OR is it some how some way still out there?) Social networking can also get very personal, another debatable topic… especially for public figures. How personal can we get without upsetting people? Our intentions are never to offend, but sometimes people forget the reality of it all, we’re real people too. Personally, I like to share a lot of PERSONAL information about myself. I don’t want my viewers to look at me as the typical newscaster. I want you to KNOW me. I want to have a personal connection with you. I want to EARN your viewership. I think it means more, but I of course know there are people out there that don’t appreciate that about me, and that’s fine too.

In honor of Facebook’s 10th year… I want to focus on the Then and Now:

1) How has the world changed since Facebook first launched?

2) What is the craziest thing you or someone you know posted?

3-4) What do you like about Facebook – What don’t you like?

5) What would make MY pages (Facebook-Twitter-Whatever you follow) more appealing to you at home?

6) Will social media ever go away – or will it continue to grow?

Thanks for reading and for answering everyone – I am excited to read your responses!

❤ JM