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Jeh Jeh meets Sir Tophap Hatt

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama on April 9, 2015:

JEH JEH LIVE - Peep! Peep! Thomas the Tank Engine™ is celebrating friendship at Day Out With Thomas®: The Celebration Tour 2015, and families across North America are invited aboard! Little engineers everywhere are invited to join Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum for Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 on April 10-12,18-19, 2015.

This fun-filled event offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends® series. In addition, children will meet Sir Topham Hatt™, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more. The tour, now in its 20th year, will make 42 stops across the U.S. and Canada and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2015.

This year, Thomas & Friends celebrates 70 years of friendship. All aboard the Best Friends Express for an unprecedented year of Thomas-themed programs and activations as the #1 blue engine celebrates friendship with fans around the world.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday and Sunday & 8am-6pm on Saturdays

1919 9th Street, Calera, Alabama 35040

Tickets for Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free 866-468-7630, or by visiting ticketweb.com/dowt or hodrrm.org. Ticket prices are $19.26 plus tax for ages 2 and up - service charges and fee may apply.

For more information and directions, contact the 205.668.3435 or hodrrm.org.

For information on Thomas & Friends, visit thomasandfriends.com.

DR. F - Dr. Wayne Fleisig, a psychologist with children's hospital joined us to talk about problem solving skills.

1-Clearly determine what the problem is

2-Brainstorm about all of your options

3-Look at the consequences of all options

4-Make a choice

5-Evaluate how things went, and as needed start over.

CITYFEST - The Alabaster Arts Council and FOX6 announced on Wednesday that FOX6 will be the media partner for this year's Alabaster CityFest.

"We are excited to be partnering with FOX6," says Adam Moseley, president of the Alabaster Arts Council. The Council organizes the event, the largest of its kind in Alabama. "This is our 13th year bringing one of Alabama's biggest family festivals to this region. Partnering with FOX6, we think this year's event will be bigger and better than ever."

The council expects tens of thousands to attend this year's event scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at Municipal Park in Alabaster.

"We're pleased to be working with the city of Alabaster on this project," said FOX6 WBRC VP/General Manager Collin R. Gaston. "Beyond being the team that provides you with the latest news and weather, we're your neighbors. We are happy to support the Alabaster Art Council's mission of making life better for people through the arts."

Keep up with the latest CityFest news on Facebook at online at alabastercityfest.com.

CORNBREAD CONTEST - Join in for plenty of music, food and fun at the 19th Annual National Cornbread Festival, the last weekend in April - April 25 and 26. Play games, ride rides and enjoy wandering through the booths that line the streets of historic South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Stroll down cornbread alley where you can taste all different recipes using the glorious creation that is cornbread. Find handmade arts and crafts as well as local artisan treats like honey, fudge and rock candies from all over the south. The festival is filled with great family fun including a kid's corner with games, face painting and inflatables. Admission is $5 at the gate for all adults, preschoolers are free. The fun runs from 9am until 6pm on Saturday and 9am until 5pm on Sunday. Learn more at nationalcornbread.com

The National Cornbread Festival put a new twist on the 2015 National Championship Cook-Off competition. 10 of the First Place winning recipes from past years will be competing in an All-Star Cook-Off! Be sure to come out and support your favorite NCF Champion.

Linda showed us how to make one of the winning recipes - White Chicken Chili with Cheddar Hushpuppy Crust.

Prep 30 min.

Cook 27 min.

Yield 6 servings

Ingredients

FILLING

1 tablespoon Crisco® Pure Olive Oil

1 cup finely chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 19 oz. can cannellini beans, white kidney beans, drained

2 cups chopped cooked chicken

1 14 oz. can chicken broth

1 4.5 oz. can mild green chiles, drained

CRUST

1 large egg

1/2 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter, melted

1 6 oz. package Martha White® Cotton Country® Buttermilk Cornbread Mix

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 cup 4 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese

Sour cream, salsa, chopped cilantro

Preparation Directions

HEAT oven to 400°F. Heat oil over medium heat in 10 1/2-inch cast iron skillet. Add 1 cup onion, garlic, green pepper, cumin and chili powder; sauté about 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add remaining filling ingredients; simmer about 10 minutes.

BEAT egg in medium bowl. Add milk, butter and cornbread mix; mix well. Stir in 1/4 cup onion and cheese. Pour over chicken chili in skillet.

BAKE 25 to 30 minutes or until cornbread is golden brown. Top with sour cream, salsa, and/or cilantro, if desired.

IDOL CHAT - Mike and Janice talked with Dollar Bill and Madison from 102.5 the Bull about last night's performances on American Idol. Country band Florida Georgia Line and R&B star Jason Derulo mentor the contestants this week. The contestants sang Billboard hits. All eight contestants performed and fans got to save one of the bottom two contestants with a five minute text vote campaign. Rayvon Owen and Qaasim Middleton ended up in the bottom two. Fans voted and Rayvon won. He stays in the competition and Qaasim heads home.

OUR HOUSE - Meredith Jones showed us how to glaze your existing cabinets to make them look fresh and expensive!

Materials needed:

1. Paint in whatever color you want - you can use oil or latex but whichever type you choose, you must also use an oil or latex based glaze

2. Glaze

3. Measuring cup

4. Container to mix paint

5. Paint brushes or sponges

6. Clear coat - spray or paint on

Method:

1. Pre-paint the cabinetry a solid color or simply glaze over the existing wood

2. Remove doors from the cabinetry

3. Mix 1 part glaze to 3 parts paint into container

4. Use a small brush or sponge to apply glaze mixture to the area of the cabinetry that has crevices for the paint to go into

5. Let it set for a few minutes

6. Use a cloth or disposable towel to wipe off excess glaze. Wipe in the same direction as the wood grain if applicable.

7. Let dry for several hours then spray or brush on clear coat.

PET OF THE WEEK - Anna McFall with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call 205-942-1211 or visit gbhs.org.

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