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Skry's The Limit: February 2013 and March 2013 Archives



For the first time in my career, I couldn't make it into work due to the weather. I joined the masses and enjoyed a "snow day" at home! I live in Springfield and commute about 40 miles to the tv station. After hearing reports of a snow and ice covered interstate, it was definitely not worth the risk to head into work. Thanks to the news team who made it in! They did an AMAZING job covering the storm!

So this was my view outside my window...absolutely beautiful. Many people ask me why I would ever leave California (I grew up there)? After seeing trees covered in snow and kids sledding, my reasoning is easy. I love the four seasons and don't mind the snow! Even if it means a record 18.5 inches in my neighborhood:

Yep, that's my backyard. I think it's pretty easy to agree with the National Weather Service about the amount! I've lived in the Midwest for a decade now, so I'm fairly used to dealing with snow. Mr. Skry and I spent several years living in Traverse City, MI. It's a gorgeous place that gets more than 100 inches of snow on average. Needless to say, we were ready for this snowfall. I think Mr. Skry was even excited to get the snow blower out from hibernation (we haven't used it in 3 years!). See the big smile?

And one last picture to share. Riley is a total "snow dog".

We got him as a puppy in Michigan, so he spent the winters digging through feet of snow for months at a time. I think he was in heaven yesterday! He spent the whole morning burying his ball, then digging it up. I just love this picture of his ears flapping as he runs. We used to have clothes for him to wear outside because he's a short hair dog and would spend hours outside! Hope you all enjoyed the snow, it was a fun reminder that winter just won't go away. Now, here's to hoping spring arrives soon...I'm ready to start gardening!

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People often ask me if we all get along at WAND. You see us bantering back and forth on tv, but is it fake or the real thing? To answer that--look no further than my candy jar! (Check out our boss...this is what happens if I forget to fill it in the morning!)

I like to think the candy jar brings us together. I've had one at my desk for years, giving people a little sweetness during their day. Sure, some of my coworkers think I'm crazy because I spend about $40-50 a month on candy. But, I look at my candy jar as a moral booster. Someone's having a bad day? Read a joke from the Laffy Taffy wrapper! Someone is exhausted from no sleep? A little chocolate will do the trick!

So what's the point of this post? Well, last week an email was sent out from "the candy jar". It was a simple reminder that Valentine's Day candy is half off (A day after a holiday is always the BEST time to find cheap candy!). Within a day, my desk was bombarded with piles and piles of candy. At least a dozen people chipped in for my candy jar.

It was such a nice gesture and made me realize why I enjoy keeping it filled. Our newsroom really is a family. 90% of the time we all get along great. To see a simple gesture like bringing in candy, shows me how well we all work as a team. If I was constantly filling it with no help or even a thanks, I'm sure I would have stopped years ago. But, if I can spend a little out of my pocket to bring joy to the newsroom...why not! Plus, I LOVE candy!

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It's an exciting day at WAND...or at least for me! My new segment, "Stirring It Up With Stacey", aired today at 4. Not to worry, you can catch it on Thursday mornings if you missed it. Cooking is a huge passion of mine and I've been wanting to do something here for a long time. And I have all of you to thank! After getting so many requests for my recipes, I decided to try and do something with it on the news. So that's how our new segment came about. Every other Wed/Thurs AM, I'll be sharing my recipes on tv. This month, they are two of my favorites. But, I'm looking for more! I want your recipes and I might just try them out on television! So keep sending them my way...I am always looking for something new to try.

Here's the second update for you-- I have a new cooking blog coming soon! A lot of you had liked the idea, so I've been slowly getting it together. Rather than flooding my work blog with recipes all the time, I'll be directing you to my cooking blog. And the name? Drum roll please.... "News & Nosh: News Anchor By Day, Wannabe Chef By Night". What do you think of my name and tag line? I have a company working on jazzing up the blog and it should be up and running by next week!

In the meantime, today's first recipe I shared on tv is posted below. We're making Banana Chocolate Chip Bread. This is my absolute favorite recipe! I've been baking this for decades and it is ALWAYS a huge hit. It's a really simple bread to make, as long as you follow the directions. The key: sour cream. I use a few tablespoons of it and them mix in the baking soda and baking powder. As you can see, the mixture will foam.

That's the first thing I do before creaming the butter and sugar. Just set it aside and continue with the recipe. You'll add the eggs and vanilla, then the bananas. I like to use really brown ones, they are the most flavorful and easier to mix. Here's a tip: Anytime you have brown bananas you aren't using, just throw them in the freezer. Then it doesn't go to waste. I use them for bread or smoothies.

This will make two large loaves. I will say that the cooking time varies. It might take one hour, or it could take 1 hour 15 minutes. Just make sure to keep an eye on it at about an hour.  Enjoy and let me know if you try it!

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 TBSP sour cream
  • 1 cup bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Less than 2 cups flour
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips (12 oz)


  •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  •  Combine the baking powder and baking soda with sour cream. Let sit, mixture should "foam".
  •  In a mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar. Mix in eggs one at a time. Add bananas and vanilla. Add sour cream mixture. Slowly add flour. Once mixed, add chocolate chips.
  •  Pour into two bread pans (make sure to first coat with non-stick cooking spray). Bake for 1 hour. Check batter, may need to cook for an addition 15 minutes.


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