Tuesday, December 27

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Cactus Bowl and Oasis Party begins tonight 

We hang out with Baylor and Boise State cheerleaders and mascots before the teams take the field tonight at 8:15 p.m. at Chase Field for the Cactus Bowl. And, if you're passionate about tailgating, then join die hard Big 12 and Mountain West fans at The Oasis Cactus Bowl Pregame Party, which begins at 4: 30 p.m. Tickets: $25 

For more information, visit: https://fiestabowl.org/events/oasis-pregame-party/

A variety of ticket upgrades are available including lofts and luxury suits. To purchase upgraded ticketing, contact the Cactus Bowl Ticket Sales Office at (480) 350-0911 or email tickets@fiestabowl.org.

For more information about the Fiesta Bowl Organization, the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl and related events, please visit www.CactusBowl.com.

Chase Field---Oasis Party 
401 East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004 

Luis Gonzales urges more blood donations for United Blood Services

According to United Blood Services, now is the most difficult week of the year to maintain Arizona's blood supply. The organization says, this week, hospital patient blood needs are expected to outpace donations by 70 percent. Former Diamondback Luis Gonzales joins us to help organization ask the public for more donations. 

For more information, visit: http://www.unitedbloodservices.org/AZ/

Almond Tree Wedding Boutique: New local line of wedding gowns and Winter wedding fashion and trends

Almond Tree Wedding Boutique in Phoenix is launching their own new line of original wedding gown designs. The local wedding boutique will debut the dresses called Almond Tree Originals at the Arizona Bridal Show in January 2017. 

Almond Tree Originals is a series of five unique dress designs featuring flattering lines and a modern, romantic style. They were crafted to fit today's trends and fashion while being accessible and affordable for all brides.
"We took everything we've learned about what modern brides want in their perfect dress and poured it into these designs," said Pam Ronalter, founder of Almond Tree. "We did it in a way that keeps these unique dresses within reach."

The new designs will be featured in the daily fashion shows at the Arizona Bridal Show Fashion Debut on January 7-8, 2017, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Currently, brides-to-be can see, try on, and order the dresses now at the boutique located at the popular dining and entertainment district High Street. They will soon be available online through Almond Tree's website. 

More information about Almond Tree can be found by visiting www.almondtreeweddings.com

Almond Tree Wedding Boutique
5415 E High St Ste 137 Phoenix, AZ 
(480) 342-9784

Mom brings awareness to pediatric organ donation 

Cases of a rare birth defect, called Gastroschisis, are on the rise, leaving medical experts baffled. One Valley mom, whose son Jaxson, is suffering has been documenting his journey in a blog called Jaxsons Got Guts. She hopes to bring awareness to this disorder, along with the painful topic of pediatric organ donation. 

To help the family with expenses visit: https://www.youcaring.com/jaxsondahl-681028     

Make black eyed pea soup for new year good luck

Dating back to the Civil War, black eyed peas are known for good luck on New Year's Day. Valley food blogger Joanie Simon shows us her delicious soup recipe. 

When prepping your collards, be sure to remove the spine
Using fresh beans is easy and so much tastier, just make sure to soak them
If you don't want to do it in the pressure cooker, you can do it in the slow cooker translated into hours instead of minutes

Black Eyed Pea Soup
16 ounces black eyed peas, dried
1 yellow onion chopped
12 ounces chopped carrots
2 tsp Better Than Bouillon Chicken
¼ tsp caraway seeds
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Lawry's seasoned salt
1 Tbs Sriracha
1 tsp paprika
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs oil
8 cups water
12 ounces chopped Andouille sausage
3 cups chopped collard greens

Put dried black-eyed peas in a container and cover in water, 1 inch higher than the beans and allow to soak overnight.
The next day, drain the beans, rinse and place in the pot of an electric pressure cooker. Add in chopped onion, chopped carrots, bouillon, caraway, garlic powder, seasoned salt, Sriracha, paprika, balsamic vinegar, oil and water. Set pressure cooker at 6 minutes on high and allow to cook.
Once the 6 minutes is up on the cooker, release the pressure and add in the sausage and collard greens. Cover the pot again and pressure cook for 2 minutes on high.
Once cooking is completed, keep on warm until ready to serve. Add more salt to taste.
Serve with chopped scallions.

To watch how Joanie Simon prepares black eyed pea soup visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWdGDVh8Dzc&feature=youtu.be

For more information on Joanie Simon Food Blogger at visit: www.JoanieSimon.com or email: food@joaniesimon.com

New year's good luck bites

What do confetti fortune cookies, sparkling sorbet flutes and polenta rounds have in common? Luck, of course! All of these treats include a new year good luck tradition.  Valley food blogger Joanie Simon shows us how to make them at home. 

New Year's Good Luck Bites
All of these treats include something that's good luck, like the fortune cookie, grapes from the Spanish tradition and polenta with the corn being good luck in the south (it's gold and plentiful).

The fortune cookies are fun because of sprinkles and edible glitter which you can find at places like ABC Baking Supply on Indian School or Amazon.

The tradition of grapes in Spanish culture is to eat one grape per the strike of the clock at midnight for good luck the following year.

The polenta rounds are a take on a caprese salad, but making it a bite-sized appetizer with a polenta base.

Confetti Fortune Cookies
Ingredients: Fortune Cookies, white chocolate, assorted sprinkles and edible glitter
Instructions:  Melt white chocolate.  Dip the pointed ends of the fortune cookies halfway into the chocolate, then dip into edible glitter or sprinkles so that they adhere to the chocolate.  Place dipped cookies on wax paper to dry.

Sparkling Sorbet Flutes
Ingredients: Lemon or coconut sorbet, frozen grapes - halved, sparkling cider, champagne flutes
Instructions: Scoop a small amount of sorbet into a champagne flute, two scoops if you'd like.  Then add in two or three halved frozen grapes.  Top with sparkling cider or champagne and serve.

Polenta Rounds
Ingredients: 1 lb. Italian Polenta, 12 Basil leaves, 6 campari tomatoes, diced, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1 Tbs olive oil, and 4 oz. sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
Cut polenta into 1/2 inch slices and place on a baking sheet and bake at 400F for 8 minutes to cook through.  Remove from the oven and top each with a slice of mozzarella cheese, a leaf of basil and a generous spoonful of tomatoes that have been tossed with sea salt and olive oil.

For more information on Joanie Simon Food Blogger at visit: www.JoanieSimon.com or email: food@joaniesimon.com

Arizona Ghostbusters were called for Fiesta Bowl Parade

"Who you gonna call?" Arizona Ghostbusters were called for the 46th Annual Fiesta Bowl Parade, which will be televised live on 3TV Sat. Dec 31st. And, one of the many acts you'll see along the parade route is the Arizona Ghostbusters, a 501-c3 non-profit. They provide free fun to many charities around the State with their ghostbusters car and costumes, and you'll get to see them on the parade route Sat. beginning at 10 a.m. The Arizona Ghostbusters are proudly celebrating 10 years of volunteering in the community. The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl will begin at 5 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium featuring Clemson vs Ohio. 

For more information, visit: www.fiestabowl.org and http://www.arizonaghostbusters.com/