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Cave Creek's Famous Horny Toad Restaurant turns 41

Arizona landmark the Horny Toad Restaurant celebrates its birthday with some presents for visitors, great food at terrific prices. 

On Saturday, September 23 from 11 AM to 4 PM, The Horny Toad will celebrate turning 41 years old by offering food and drink specials including a half-fried chicken with crispy French fries and coleslaw for $8.95 and the Toad's famous strawberry shortcake, half order, for only $3.  The Horny Toad also will feature 16-ounce glasses of Horny Toad Golden Ale for $3 and a delicious prickly pear margarita for just $6. Music will fill the air from 12:30-3:30 PM featuring the Arizona Territory Band.

The Horny Toad is open Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM and Friday and Saturday, 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

For more information, visit: http://thehornytoad.com/

Horny Toad Restaurant
6738 E. Cave Creek Road
480-488-9542
Cave Creek, Arizona 85331

Phoenix Suns "Slam Dunk at 50" tips off the Suns' 50th season

"Slam Dunk at 50" starts a season-long celebration of the Phoenix Suns' 50 years in the Valley. The event will be held at the Southwest Airlines Hangar at Sky Harbor beginning at 6 p.m. 

  • A number of Phoenix Suns legends will be in attendance to celebrate Arizona's original professional sports franchise, including Amar'e Stoudemire, Tom Chambers, Jerry Colangelo, Walter Davis and Dan Majerle, among others
  • Fans will enjoy a night of live music, beverages, food and much more as guests will reminisce on a half-century of world-class basketball in the Valley of the Sun. 
  • During the event, the Suns will unveil their new Hardwood Classic Edition uniforms for the 2017-18 season as part of the event.

For more information, visit: http://www.nba.com/suns/slam-dunk-50/#gref

Southwest Airlines Hangar
4153 E. Sky Harbor Blvd.

Magician Bill Blagg ready to surprise valley audiences

The MAGIC of BILL BLAGG LIVE! tour comes to Mesa for one show only!  Critics and audiences alike rave about Bill's interactive magic & jaw-dropping illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief.  

For more information, visit: https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/the-magic-of-bill-blagg-live 

Tickets available at 480-644-6500 or www.MesaArtsCenter.com

Mesa Arts Center 
One East Main St
Mesa, AZ 85201

 "Decoding Annie Parker: Movie event comes to the Valley  

Told with breathtaking honesty, and starring Helen Hunt, Aaron Paul and Bradley Whitford, the new movie, "Decoding Annie Parker" will receive an exclusive Phoenix-area screening on Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. Annie Parker plays a role in the discovery of the BRCA gene mutation, also known as the breast cancer gene. She epitomizes a 2nd Act with her work in genetic awareness, and will be in the Valley signing her memoir during the post movie reception. 

  • "Decoding Annie Parker" Exclusive Movie Event
  • Saturday, September 23, 6:30 pm
  • Venue 8600, 8600 E. Anderson Drive, Scottsdale

Tickets for this movie event are $22 and are limited in number. They are available at www.A2ndAct.org/Decoding and at the door.

For more information, visit: www.A2ndAct.org/Decoding or call (833) 226-3228 which is (833) A2NDACT

UnitedHealthcare Joke book

Arizona Kids use laughter to help raise money for UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation. The foundation helps cover medical expenses for kids who do not have insurance or whose insurance may not cover some costs.   

The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their family's commercial health insurance plan.

Families can receive up to $5,000 annually per child ($10,000 lifetime maximum per child), and do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.

For more information, visit: www.uhccf.org

Men's fall fashion    

Guys it is time to give your wardrobe a fall makeover.  Alison Goodman from Scottsdale Quarter has some looks that will transition to cooler weather while still letting you look hot.

  •     This season, men's fashion is all about cozy, colors and The Quarter. J 
  •     Look for corduroy, chambray and lightweight wool fabrics to take your look into cooler weather.
  •     Don't be afraid to choose multiple pieces for one look layers are the key to dressing for fall and winter in Arizona.
  •     Worn-in denim and plaid are perfect go-to's for an easy, pulled together look.

For more information, visit: https://scottsdalequarter.com/stores

Scottsdale Quarter
15059 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Phone: (480) 270-8123

Game day food: Cardinals vs Cowboy

Cardinals got the W last week against the Colts and now it's on to Monday Night Football for the home opener!  Heather Walker is here with a couple of no-nonsense, Scott Pasmore inspired "break-fast for dinner" recipes for the Cardinals vs the Cowboys. 

Recipes
Dallas Cowboys "No Risk It, No Biscuits" and Gravy
Prep Time: 10 minutes / Cook Time: 20 minutes / Servings: 4

Ingredients:
    1 lb. spicy breakfast sausage
    2 cups whole milk
    3 tbsp. butter
    3 tbsp. flour
    salt/pepper
    2 1/4 cups biscuit mix (Bisquick)
    2/3 cup buttermilk

Steps:
Make the biscuits: 
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. Combine the biscuit mix and the buttermilk in a large mixing bowl until a soft dough forms.  

3. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface and cut round biscuits with a 3" biscuit cutter or a drinking glass.  Place them onto a cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees for about 8 minutes until golden brown.  Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Make the gravy: 
1. Heat a large skillet on high heat and add the sausage.  Cook until browned, about 7-10 minutes.  Remove from the skillet with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl that's lined with a paper towel.  Reserve the drippings.

2. Reduce the heat to medium and add the butter and flour.  Stir until a soft roux is formed, then stir in the milk.  Heat on medium heat and stir until a thick gravy forms.  Add the sausage back in, season with salt and pepper to taste and stir until combined.  

3. To serve: Place 2 of the biscuits on a serving dish. Spoon the gravy over the biscuits and serve!

Arizona Cardinals "Protect the Nest" Fried Chicken and Waffles
Prep Time: 20 minutes / Cook Time: 30 minutes / Servings: 4

Ingredients:
For the Chicken:
    3 large, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into quarters
    2 cups flour
    1 tsp. garlic powder
    1 tsp. onion powder
    1 tsp. cayenne pepper
    1 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. pepper
    2 cups buttermilk
    64 oz. vegetable oil for frying
For the Waffles:
    2 cups Bisquick mix
    1 egg
    2 tbsp. vegetable oil
    1 1/3 cups of milk
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/2 tbsp. fresh chopped rosemary, plus a few sprigs for garnish
    1/2 cup local honey
    non-stick cooking spray
Steps:
Make the Waffles:  
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. 
 
2. Mix together the Bisquick, egg, vegetable oil, milk, salt and rosemary. Whisk together until mixture is smooth.  

3. Preheat a waffle iron according to manufacturer instructions. Spray the waffle iron generously with non-stick cooking spray and spoon the waffle mixture into the waffle iron.  Follow manufacturer instructions for cooking waffles.  When cooked, place them in a warm oven until ready to serve.

Make the Chicken:
1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large dutch oven to 325 degrees.  

2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.  Whisk until combined.  

3. Pour the buttermilk into a large bowl.  

4. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel and dredge it through the seasoned flour.  Shake off the excess, then dip it in the buttermilk, then return it to the seasoned flour until coated.  Place on a large plate until ready to fry.  Repeat until all the chicken is coated. 

5.  Place the chicken in the heated oil 4-5 pieces at a time and fry for 6-8 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.  Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and place on a plate that's been lined with a paper towel.

6. To serve: Place two of the waffles onto a serving dish.  Top with 2-3 pieces pieces of the chicken.  Top with fresh, local honey and garnish with fresh rosemary.

For more information, visit: www.phoenixfamilyfoodie.com/blog

"HGTV-ify" Your Home at an Estate Auction! 
Treasure Hunting: Find Unique, Antique and Vintage Pieces in Valley Homes 

Looking for a conversation piece to impress your house guests? What if you could tell people how you scored a piece of art or furniture during a live auction right here in town? 

Thanks to those impressive "before and after" reveals on the hit TV network HGTV, more people are starting to think outside the box when it comes to decorating their home. 

Cookie cutter décor that everyone else has is definitely out, and unique and creative finds are in. Take the show Fixer Upper for example, whose star (Joanna Gaines) scours antique stores and markets year-round to create one-of-a-kind looks for her clients. 

Blue Leaf Estate Auctions which helps Arizonans liquidate all belongings in their home in one day hosts several estate auctions in the Valley every week. They've come across countless unique finds, and even have a client who has decorated their entire house by attending their events!

The photos below are just some of the thousands of items for sale at some upcoming auctions here in the Valley. See more here: http://602blue.com/upcoming-estate-sales/ 
 
For more information, visit: www.602blue.com or call 602-758-0865

D-backs Postseason Tickets

D-backs Postseason currently the D-backs are sitting in a Wild Card spot and could potentially clinch a postseason spot this weekend.  

If/when the D-backs clinch a spot, the Wild Card game will take place on Oct. 4th

Postseason tickets go on sale this Monday at 9 a.m. Tickets available at www.dbacks.com/postseason

JD Martinez Four-Home Run T-shirt, we will give away 10,000 on Saturday, Set. 23rd. Martinez hit four home runs on Sept. 4 at the Los Angeles Dodgers and became the 18th player in Major League history and the first D-backs player to club four home runs in a single game.

Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday, Sept. 24th in which all fans are invited to run the bases after the game and throughout the game we will give away many prizes including the following:

  •     Cox Connects Ultimate Fan Giveaway that includes an iPad Pro, 65" LED Smart 4K TV and a year of free Internet and cable service.
  •     Yeti Coolers from Beringer Founders Estates
  •     $100 gift card from Fry's Food Stores
  •     iPad Pro from Cox Communications
  •     Roku Streaming TV & Media Player from CenturyLink
  •     Tickets for upcoming concerts and events 
  •     Staycation nights at Vee Quiva and Wild Horse Pass

For more information, visit: www.dbacks.com or call 602-514-8400