Things We Talked About Today

-John was at the volunteer pep rally last night for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's Augusta project. The Diamond Lakes Community Center was packed with people eager to help out a family whose identity has even been revealed yet. The build will happen in 106 hours, from the time the old house is demolished to the time the family is handed the keys to the new home. Work goes on around the clock, so as you might imagine, a lot of volunteers are needed. Even if you don't have construction skills, there's a place for you. Sign up to volunteer at

-Our movie guy, Bob Waliszewski from Focus on the Family, reviewed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and The Next Three Days this morning. He doesn't recommend either of them for family viewing but says there are some good family movies like Megamind and Secretariat that are still playing in theaters.

-Phyllis Kramer joined us from the Butterball Turkey Talk Line to provide some cooking help for Thanksgiving and shared some funny calls she's received on the job. Listen to our conversation:
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-Bowen Hammitt, son of Matt from Sanctus Real, was able to go home yesterday after spending the first three months of his life in the hospital. He has another heart surgery in February, but for now, he is doing really well. Praise God for a miracle in this situation and continue to pray for Bowen and his family. Updates will be posted at

-The biggest shopping day of the year is one week from today. You can take a peak at Black Friday ads that have already been leaked at Also, listeners are discussing their Black Friday shopping strategies on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.

Coming up Monday...You could win tickets to the How Many Kings Tour with Mark Schultz and Downhere with the Monday Morning Mindbender at 6:10 and the Cheapie of the Week at 7:40. Also, we'll talk about a healthier Thanksgiving with the food and nutrition services staff at Doctors Hospital. They will share some dishes that don't sacrifice taste in the name of health at 7:10 and 8:40.

Things We Talked About Today

-Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection ends on Monday. Packing instructions and drop-off locations are at There's a great discussion about shoebox packing tips happening on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.

-Cold season is here and parents of small children are usually begging for some remedy that will help their kids sleep. There is now scientific proof to suggest that vapor rub may be the solution. Read more

-Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is looking for volunteers to help with their Augusta project happening December 3rd-8th. There is a pep rally tonight at 6:00 to recruit volunteers at the Diamond Lakes Community Center. The address is 103 Diamond Lakes Way, just off Windsor Spring Road. Keep up with the project at

-Today is the Great American Smokeout and it was the focus of our monthly Living Well series this morning. Find out more about it here.

-Renee called and shared that she tried the site that a listener mentioned earlier in the week when we were talking about ways you save money. The site plans dinner for you and does it using the weekly ad for your favorite grocery store. Renee said she saved $90 on her groceries and got her 7 year old to eat squash for the first time!

Coming Up Friday...Our movie guy, Bob Waliszewski, from Focus on the Family joins us at 7:10 for a family-friendly perspective on the weekend's new releases. At 7:40, Phyllis Kramer joins us from the Butterball Turkey Talk Line to help you get the turkey ready for it's big day!

Things We Talked About Today

-We had a crazy morning. Lightning hit our UPS (uninterruptable power supply) at the tower site in Beech Island, and we were off the air from late last night until just after 7:00 this morning. Then, we got knocked off the air for almost another hour. The good news is that we're back on the air!

-We didn't get to talk about much on the show today since we were off the air. We were able to talk with Lindsey Ferguson about the Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake she submitted for Simple Cooking with John and Cleve. Get the recipe

Coming up Thursday...The Great American Smokeout is the subject of this month's Living Well focus. We'll chat about that with Pam Major of Doctors Hospital at 8:10. Living Well is a partnership with WJBF Newschannel 6, The Augusta Chronicle and Doctors Hospital.

Simple Cooking - Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake

1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.

To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter, and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well. Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.

Lindsey Ferguson shared this Paula Deen original with us. 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

-US News and World Report blogger Kimberly Palmer shares some ideas for living off of $500 a month. Read more
You can share your penny-pinching ideas on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.

-Several folks have been asking about the website one listener mentioned that helps you plan meals and creates a shopping list based on your preferred store. The site is

-The pep rally to recruit volunteers for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Augusta project is this Thursday at 6 PM at Diamond Lakes Community Center. Find out more at

-Facebook is changing the way you communicate (again). Read more

-For those who prefer the old-fashioned way of communicating (phone calls), John found something that allows you to make free long-distance calls from your computer. Read more

-Matthew West was on Fox and Friends this past Sunday. If you missed it, like we did, check out the video from the After the Show Show.

Coming up Wednesday...Lindsey Ferguson shares an Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake recipe in our Simple Cooking feature at 8:10 AM.

Things We Talked About Today

-Monday Morning Mindbender
Q: Men spend three times more on this than women. What is it?
A: Tipping
Don't forget to thank those who serve you. 15%-18% is the usual recommended gratuity.

-We heard the story of Livia Satterfield, a young lady who received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox as a 12 year-old orphan in Romania. This box changed her life! You can see her tell the story by clicking the Videos tab at Shoebox collection is happening this week all over our listening area, including at the 88.3 WAFJ studios. To find a drop-off location near you, check our website.

-Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Cheapie of the Week is Stove Top Stuffing. To find out how to get it for pennies, click here.

-The South Carolina Gamecocks are celebrating winning the SEC East for the first time ever! Over 2,000 fans showed up at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia to welcome the team home at 2:00 on Sunday morning. We're wondering who the Georgia fans will support in the Gamecocks matchup with Auburn. With Georgia being fresh off a loss to Auburn, their fans may support the Gamecocks, but around these parts, the Georgia/Carolina rivalry is pretty fierce too!

Coming up Tuesday...
A blogger for US News and World Report has a strategy that will allow you to live off of $500/month. Ideas include taking cold showers, reusing plastic sandwich bags and making your own cleaning supplies. We'll talk about your penny-pinching ideas, so feel free to share them on the 88.3 WAFJ Facebook page.

Cheapie of the Week - November 15th

Tina Jackson of Augusta correctly guessed that the Cheapie of the Week is Stove Top Stuffing. You'll find it on sale at Target through Saturday (11/20) for $.79 a box. Use the $.50 off 2 Target coupon, along with the $1 off 2 manufacturer coupon to get two boxes of stuffing for 4 cents each plus tax! **If there is not a Target near you, take the $1 off 2 manufacturer coupon to Walgreens and combine it with the coupon in the in-store circular and get two boxes for $.49 each plus tax.