We surprised Van a couple of times this morning for his birthday!  Bruce Lambert of Lambert & Ewers surprised him at 7:30 this morning with a huge platter full of smoked meats for him....smoked ham, smoked bacon, smoked turkey, smoked pork chops and a huge BLT Sandwich!  I've never seen such a large platter!  Lambert & Ewers now serves lunch at their new location in Kaleidescope At The Mall in the food court....check out their box lunches...fabulous!  You can even order ahead at www.4hams.com

Just after the 8:30 news, Hy-Vee Store Director Matt Hildenbrand and Chef Josh joined us in the studio.  Hy-Vee is having a huge seafood sale, including Alaskan Salmon!  They are even having a big seafood tasting on this Friday from 4-7PM and Saturday noon-4PM.  Chef Josh made us some salmon omelets live in the studio this morning...fabulous!  Josh promised to send me the recipe to put in my blog so you can make them too!  I'll post it as soon as I receive it from Josh.  Meanwhile, get some great seafood purchases from Hy-Vee!

I'll be broadcasting live from The Picker Knows on Saturday morning, 11AM-2PM, 221 SW 63rd St.  It's just south of Grand on 63rd Street on the east side of the street.  If you love antiques or collectibles, you'll want to check out their grand opening!  We'll have free food, classic car show and more!  See you there!

Tomorrow on Van and Bonnie, we'll have more Knoxville Raceway tickets to give away as well as Glenn Miller Orchestra tickets...plus Kelly Foss from the Des Moines Farmers Market will be joining us in the studio!

Try to keep cool today...hopefully those of you without power will have it restored before the heat of the day arrives!