Things We Talked About Today

-A study out this week says that nearly 75% of Americans are carrying a level of stress that is deemed to be unhealthy. Even worse, the stress is taking it's toll on our kids. So this morning, we talked about the different ways you handle stress. You can join the conversation on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.

-Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is coming to Augusta to build a home for a family from December 3rd to December 8th. You can be a part of the project as a volunteer or as a spectator. Visit for details. There's a big pep rally for anyone interested in volunteering on Thursday, November 18th at 6 PM at Diamond Lakes Recreation Community Center.

-A Night with the Chapmans is tomorrow at 7 PM at Millbrook Baptist Church in Aiken. Tickets are available at and will be available at the door. Doors will open at 6 PM.
-Our movie guy, Bob Waliszewski, from Focus on the Family reviewed Unstoppable this morning. While he said it is a well-written, well-acted film, it is filled with profanities and only merits a 2 out of 5 for family-friendliness. You can get reviews on movies currently in theaters at

-We had a great time ringing bells for the Salvation Army at the kickoff for their Kettle Campaign. They're looking for church youth groups who would be interested in ringing bells on Saturday, December 11th. It is a competition to see which youth group can collect the most money at their kettle. You can find out more by calling Beth Bargeron at (706) 922-0170.

Coming up Monday...The Mindbender at 6:10 and the Cheapie of the Week at 7:40. Plus, Monday kicks off collection week for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Join us at 7:10 to hear the story of a young lady whose life was changed after receiving a shoebox.

Things We Talked About Today

-Join those who are saluting the special vets in their lives on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.

-Businesses and restaurants are offering discounts to veterans today and over the next few days. See the list

-The folks who are sailing on the Music Boat Cruise with some of 88.3 WAFJ's artists are glad they're not on the Carnival Splendor, which is not so-splendid at the moment. Read why

-The Salvation Army's Kettle campaign kicks off today. John and Cleve are ringing bells at the Kroger on Washington Road at National Hills today from 12 noon til 2 PM. Volunteers are needed to man kettles and ring bells all around the CSRA. Get more information at

-We thought Chris Tomlin was a quiet, reserved guy off stage, but check out his appearance in a video about the "bowl" haircut. See the video

-Eighty-two year old Russell Quarles is the latest winner of the Living Well Award. It is presented by us, along with our Living Well Partners including WJBF Newschannel 6, The Augusta Chronicle and Doctors Hospital. Russell has been surviving prostate cancer for going on 20 years and has been giving back to help others who have been where he was. Read more about his story and nominate someone you know for the award by clicking here.

Simple Cooking - Chicken Pot Pie

1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
2 cans of mixed vegetables
1 box of refrigerated pie crust

Boil the chicken until done. Chop the chicken and place in a mixing bowl. Add the cream of chicken soup and the vegetables. Place in a pie pan on top of one layer of pie crust. Place the other layer of pie crust on top and cut slits in the top for venting.

Put a ring of aluminum foil around the edges of the pie crust and bake on 375 for 30 minutes. After the first 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes. The foil keeps the crust from burning.

This recipe came from John's wife, Amy. They like to use one can of cream of chicken with herbs and then one can of regular cream of chicken for an extra flavor kick.

If you have a quick and easy recipe to share, send it to If we use yours on the air, you'll get a thank you gift.

Things We Talked About Today

-Steven Curtis Chapman joined us this morning. He and his family are in concert on Saturday at Millbrook Baptist Church in Aiken. Tickets are still available at

-There's a new store in the old Circuit City building at the Augusta Exchange Shopping Center. It's called Christmas Tree Shops, but the funny thing is that most of the merchandise is not Christmas-oriented. John went and said it was like a combination of a Hobby Lobby, Big Lots and a dollar store. If you really want to get into the Thanksgiving spirit, they sell a hat shaped like a cooked turkey!

-Last night on News 12, it was a Hallmark moment when a soldier came home early from Iraq and surprised his daughters at school. See the video

-Two army wives at Fort Gordon are baking cookies for veterans and are looking for helpers. Read more

-Our Simple Cooking recipe this week is Chicken Pot Pie that John's wife, Amy, told us about this morning. Get the recipe

-Talk about irony, a nutrition professor has invented a junk food diet that helped him lose 27 pounds. He doesn't recommend you following his diet. He did it to prove a point. Read more

-Thursday is Veterans Day and you can pay tribute to the special vet in your life on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page at

Coming up Thursday...John and Cleve will help kick off the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign from 12 to 2 at the Kroger at National Hills. Representatives of the Salvation Army will be in at 7:10 to talk about it. At 8:40, we'll meet Russell Quarles, the latest winner of the Living Well Award, which is given through our partnership with The Augusta Chronicle, WJBF Newschannel 6 and Doctors Hospital. He is a cancer survivor who is helping others facing the same battle.

Things We Talked About Today

-After spending $4.2 billion last year on marketing, mainly to kids, the fast-food industry is being blamed for contributing to childhood obesity in a study released yesterday. This morning, we talked about how the fast-food restaurants are not totally at fault here. Parental responsibility is an important part of the equation, as kids can't drive themselves to the restaurants and pay for their own meals. You can read the story here. Join the conversation on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.

-Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection begins Monday. 88.3 WAFJ will again be serving as a collection point, Monday through Friday from 8 to 5. Click here to learn how to pack a shoebox and to find a collection point near you.

-Black Friday ads are starting to leak. Check and to see them.

-John and Cleve will help kick off the Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign on Thursday at the National Hills Kroger on Washington Road in Augusta. From 12 to 2, you can stop by and drop off your change in one of four college football kettles: Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Clemson. John will man the Georgia kettle and Cleve will man the Clemson kettle. Of course, there's a friendly competition to see which team collects the most money!

-November is National Adoption Month and this morning we talked with Loren Rae Easterling of Covenant Care Adoptions. They are a Georgia-based, ministry-minded adoption agency that is establishing a local presence in Augusta. You can learn more about them at

-MAU is hosting a job fair tomorrow in Augusta, looking to fill 50 industrial positions. Read more

Coming up Wednesday...Steven Curtis Chapman will join us at 6:10 and 7:40 AM. He and his family are in concert this Saturday evening at Millbrook Baptist Church in Aiken. Also, at 8:10 a quick and easy recipe for Chicken Pot Pie in our Simple Cooking feature. If you have a recipe to submit, send it to If we use yours on the air, you'll get a thank you gift.

Things We Talked About Today

-Monday Morning Mindbender
Q: The average man puts an extra 276 miles on his car each year doing what?
A: Driving around without asking for directions

-Georgia Southern won their homecoming game in Statesboro in overtime on Saturday. They played undefeated Appalachian State and handed them their first loss of the season. One listener called to tell us about about it and said that as an alumnus of GSU, it worth the trip to watch the game. The fans stormed the field at the end of the game.

-Speaking of football, Georgia plays Auburn this weekend. Talk about a rivalry! Millie, who is an Auburn fan, called to tell us about a video that shows how scary the word "Auburn" is to at least one little boy. Alabama and Georgia fans will enjoy watching this one. Watch the video

-The Cheapie of the Week is Green Giant Frozen Vegetables. See the post below this one for the details.

-Caleb Chapman, son of Steven Curtis Chapman, was with us this morning. He and his brother, Will Franklin, play in a band (Caleb) and will be joining their dad this Saturday night at Millbrook Baptist Church in Aiken. Tickets are available at We'll chat with Steven on Wednesday's show.

Coming up Tuesday...November is National Adoption Month, so at 8:10, we'll chat with Loren Rae Easterling of Covenant Care Adoptions. They are a Georgia-based Christian adoption agency that is in the process of establishing a local office in Augusta.

Cheapie of the Week - November 8th

Phyllis Jenkins of Martinez correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Green Giant Frozen Vegetables. Kroger has them on sale through Saturday (11/13) for $.88 a box. Use the printable $.60 off 3 coupon at to get 3 boxes for $.68 each.