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October 2023

National Knock Knock Joke Day

BOTC logoToday October 31, isn't just Halloween, it's also National Knock Knock Joke Day. Yes, there really is a day for that...
So in honor of the Day:
Knock knock
Who’s there?
Yah who?
Settle down, cowboy!
Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Nobel who?
No bell. That’s why I knocked.
Knock knock
Who’s there
My fell
My fell who?
My fell who Americans lend me your ears
Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
A little old lady.
A little old lady who?
I had no idea you could yodel!.
Knock knock
Who’s there?
Yah who?
Sorry, I prefer Google.
And finally...
Knock knock
Who’s there?
Shh who?
Fine I’ll go then!
Yes, I know, and don't worry, I'm keeping the day job...
$pend Wisely My Friends...
~ Mike

New Pickle Jimmy Chips® available now at Jimmy John’s locations nationwide for a limited time only

At Jimmy John’s®, every day feels like Pickle Day thanks to the world-famous Jumbo Kosher Dill Jimmy Pickles® on the menu 365 days a year. That’s why in honor of National Pickle Day on Tuesday, November 14, Jimmy John’s is upping the ante on all things dill and debuting the brand’s first-ever, limited-edition chip flavor – the Pickle Jimmy Chips® – designed specifically for this special occasion, available beginning today.

Starting with classic Jimmy Chips® made with real salt and 100% peanut oil, the limited-edition Pickle Jimmy Chips® feature a balance of salt, sour, and dill notes to capture that perfect pickle flavor. The new chips were created following an overwhelming number of requests for pickle-flavored chips from guests over the years.

And that’s not all! Party pickle people can also wear their love on their sleeves on Pickle Day and beyond with a new Jimmy John’s Pickle Sweatshirt ($50), Pickle Socks ($15), and a Pickle Ball Paddle Set ($60) – all available for purchase while supplies last on the Jimmy John’s Online Store.

“We see our fans profess their love for Jimmy Pickles daily and love to celebrate that excitement with something extra special each year when National Pickle Day comes around,” said Jimmy John’s Director of Culinary Innovation, Dustin Hilinski. “This year, we wanted to take it up a notch and give guests something they’ve been asking for, a dill-flavored chip, which led us to develop the new Pickle Jimmy Chips – a combination of two of our fan-favorite items – JJ’s pickles and Jimmy Chips – into one satisfyingly salty bite for National Pickle Day.”

VIPP Badge

Freaky Fast Rewards® Members who purchase the exclusive Pickle Jimmy Chips® by November 12 will unlock the new VIPP (Very Important Pickle People) Badge, and Rewards fans who want to brine and dine on National Pickle Day, can celebrate with a FREE jumbo pickle reward, valid for November 14.

The new Pickle Jimmy Chips® will be available now through November 26 – while supplies last.

For all the folks who have put off buying Halloween candy before now...


Here are some prices for bulk packages of candy, name-brand goodies to hand out on Halloween for those of you who haven't bought any yet, like me.  Yes, I'm a Halloween candy procrastinator.

I'm just not into candy, not even Halloween leftovers...

Here's the shortlist (at this point, the day before Halloween, items may be out of stock):


  • Mars Chocolate Bulk Halloween Candy Assortment, 53.26 oz, $18.98 - M&M'S Peanut & Milk Chocolate candy, SNICKERS milk chocolate candy bars, TWIX crunchy caramel cookie bars & smooth MILKY WAY milk chocolate caramel candy bars. Contains one (1) 53.26-ounce, 135-piece bag with an assortment of chocolate Halloween candy
  • Candy, Assorted, 80 each, 33.4 oz, $9.94 - Babyruth, 100 Grand, Butterfinger, Nestle Crunch


  • Mars Mixed Snickers & M&M's Chocolate Candy Peanut & Peanut Butter Variety Pack, 31.58 oz, $12.56
  • Mars Mixed Snickers, Twix, Milky Way & More Assorted Milk Chocolate Candy Bar - 50 Ct, $7.98
  • Hershey's Miniatures Assorted Chocolate Candy, Party Pack 35.9 oz, $13.24


  • Snickers Twix Milky Way & 3 Musketeers Variety Pack Milk & Dark Chocolate Candy Bars, 35.24 oz, $11.99
  • Hershey Assorted Milk and Dark Chocolate Flavored Snack Size Halloween Candy Party Pack, 33.4 oz, $12.99


  • Mars Minis Chocolate Favorites Variety Pack - 125ct/35.24oz, $12.99
  • Hershey's and Reese's Chocolate Assortment Snack Size Candy - 31.5oz, $13.69

Some items are already being discounted, but look for even deeper discounts after the holiday for more savings.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike



Sedgwick County Job Openings, 10/30/2023

Sedgwick County LogoJobs
Administrative Support I - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Public Health Planner COVID-19 - HEALTH - Wichita, KS, US
Business Analyst - HEALTH - Wichita, KS, US
Adult Integrated Care Specialist Team Supervisor - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Specialty Courts Administrator - CORRECTIONS - Wichita, KS, US
Crisis Integrated Care Specialist III - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Mobile Crisis ICS III - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Property & Evidence Technician - SHERIFF - Wichita, KS, US
Records Assistant - DISTRICT ATTORNEY - Wichita, KS, US
Intensive Supervision Officer I - Juvenile Corrections - CORRECTIONS - Wichita, KS, US

Eating KETO-Friendly at Tacos tj 664 in East Wichita

Tacos tj 664
My order, was a spicy shrimp, chicken, and pork taco served on a cheese shell.

What do you do when you're craving tacos but you can't eat traditional tortillas because you're doing the KETO diet thing?

You scarf on some tacos from Tacos tj 664.

My girlfriend Jennifer and I did just that on Friday night.  They've got a cheese shell made with Queso fresco that we were both anxious to try.

Tacos tj 664 has a great Wichita story, going from being a very popular food truck to a successful brick-and-mortar operation.  Getting its start in 2018 with the food truck, Tacos tj 664 went brick and mortar with a spot on the west side in 2019, moved to a bigger spot on the west side in 2021 at 1014 N West Street and with a growing fan base opened up a second location, making east siders happy in 2022 with a shop at 3526 N Rock Rd. 

I reviewed the East Side restaurant late last year (link below) and they easily earned a spot on my go-to list for tacos, with their great-tasting fare, the options, the generous portions, and the friendly service.

Tacos tj 664
Jennifer's order, steak, pork, and spicy shrimp. Check out the generous portions, and all the toppings. These things are LOADED!

I am a big fan of their spicy shrimp taco and was looking forward to sampling it with the cheese shell.  I went with three tacos on this occasion, all served in the cheese shell, so along with the spicy shrimp - a must-have - I also ordered chicken (pollo), and the pork (Adobada).  Jennifer, of like mind (great minds think alike after all...), also ordered three tacos served in the cheese shell, going for the spicy shrimp, steak, and the pork.

The place was hopping busy at the dinner hour, but it didn't take long for our taco order to be served up.  With all the tacos looking and smelling awesome, I almost forgot to take a picture before taking that first bite!  

I sampled the pork taco first and loved the cheese shell!  Golden, brown, and delicious, it had a pleasantly salty, slightly tangy bite.  Thicker than a traditional tortilla, it didn't fall apart like I thought it might, it held up from first bite to last, with a nice, firm exterior, and a yummy, melty interior.  Coupled with any of the meats and toppings, the cheese shell kicked up the flavor profile another notch, more than either a flour or corn tortilla ever does.  Let me put it this way, I'll order the cheese shell again in a heartbeat, it won't be because I'm adhering to KETO, I'll be ordering it because it's damn tasty!   Oh, the pork was delicious too, tender, and juicy, and all the toppings were on point.  The chicken was also stellar and nicely seasoned.  But the winner of the three was the spicy shrimp, which popped with flavor.  Jennifer raved about the tacos and the cheese shells as well, the steak taco she enjoyed was outstanding, but her favorite of the three she ordered was the spicy shrimp.  Winner, winner, shrimp taco for dinner!

Costing $26.50 for the six tacos on the cheese shell, the Tacos tj 664 East lineup of tacos was simply awesome.  From start to finish every bite of each and every taco was enjoyable, with all cheese shell tacos being repeat buys!  Located at 3526 N Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67226 the service at Tacos tjs 664 east was polite, efficient, and fast.  The crew handled a steady stream dinner crowd like a well-oiled machine, a machine with smiles!

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

Related: Best in the Wichita Metro Taco Challenge 2022: How does Tacos tj 664 east rate?


Chip Review: Proti Fit Spicy Nacho Cheese Chips

Proti Fit Spicy Nacho Cheese Chips
Nice crunch, nice spicy nacho cheese flavor

My girlfriend Jennifer, who is capital 'W' Wonderful, recently did some KETO-friendly grocery shopping, and one of the goodies she picked up was some Whisps Cheese Crisps, there's a link to that review below.

Another fun new product she picked up to try were Proti Fit Spicy Nacho Cheese Chips.

Here's the description from the Proti Fit website: 

The Proti Fit spicy nacho cheese chips are the perfect snack for you!!  These great tasting chips are just what you have been looking for.  Dieting can be tough when you can't enjoy all the things you love, however with this great tasting spicy chip you can enjoy dieting!!  One bag of these chips is packed with 15 grams of great tasting protein, only 4 net carbs and 130 calories.

Proti Nacho Cheese Chips
These chips hold up to dip well and there was minimal breakage in the bottom of the bag.

These things are tasty!  They've got a great crunch, kind of a hybrid of a tortilla chip and a cheese puff bite.  The nacho cheese flavor is good, but what puts these chips over the top is the added spice, it's a nice little kick.  Of the KETO-friendly chips I've tried so far, these have the best overall flavor.  The chips are also packed with protein with 15 grams per serving, there's only 1 gram of sugar and just 10 carb grams - a net of 4 carb grams per the product description.  Technically, these are what some might call "Dirty KETO", because they have a non-KETO approved ingredient, potato starch.

Costing about $20 on Amazon for a box of seven 1.27-ounce bags, I'm giving the Proti Fit Spicy Nacho Cheese Chips 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  They've got a good crunch, good nacho cheese flavor, and a nice little extra spice kick.  As far as a chip snack goes, with the high protein count, these hold off hunger longer than a regular chip and don't have near the carbs.  The only thing holding these chips back from being rated 5 stars is the price, which breaks down to about $2.85 per bag.  That's on the high end of KETO-friendly chip snacks even if "Dirty KETO."  Jennifer and I will be sampling more KETO-friendly chips before deeming this one worthy of being a repeat buy.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

Related:  Chip Review: Whisps Cheese Crisps - Bachelor on the Cheap

Related: Chip Review: Hilo Nacho Cheese Tortilla Style Chips


Botanical-Be Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Kuka Flex Forte, Artri King, and Reumo Flex (Capsules.) Due to Presence of Undeclared Diclofenac

El Paso, TX. Botanical-Be is voluntarily recalling of all lots of Kuka Flex Forte, Capsules, Artri King, Capsules, and Reumo Flex, Capsules to the consumer level. FDA analysis has found the Kuka Flex Forte, capsules, Artri King, capsules, and Reumo Flex, capsules, to be tainted with Diclofenac. Diclofenac is an approved non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), the presence of Diclofenac in Kuka Flex Forte, Artri King, and Reumo Flex renders them unapproved drugs for which safety and efficacy have not been established and, therefore, subject to recall.

Risk Statement: Consumption of undeclared diclofenac could result in serious adverse events that include cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, renal, and anaphylaxis in patients taking concomitant NSAIDs and/or anticoagulants, such as Warfarin, in those who have allergies to diclofenac, or those with underlying cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, renal, and hepatic illnesses. To date, Botanical-Be has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

These tainted products are marketed as a dietary supplement for relief of pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and are packaged as followed:

  • Artri king distribute in the bottles with 100 capsules.
  • Kuka Flex distribute in the bottles with 30 capsules.
  • Reumo flex distribute in the boxes with 30 capsules.

The affected product lots include the following lot numbers and expirations: Artri King lot 35421, with an expiration date of December 19, 2025; Kuka Flex Forte; all lots with an expiration date of December 12, 2024, and UPC code 0736640810265; Reumo Flex; all lots with an expiration date of October 20, 2024. These products were distributed nationwide via the internet.

Botanical-Be is notifying its customers via email and is arranging for the return of all recalled products. Consumers in possession of these products should cease usage immediately and return them to the place of purchase.

For any queries related to this recall, consumers can contact Botanical-Be by phone at ‪(915) 412-6237‬ or by e-mail at [email protected] on Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:pm, Mountain standard time. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Company Contact Information

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Chip Review: Whisps Cheese Crisps

Whisps Cheese Crisps
Robust with cheese flavor

Going KETO with the daily diet is fun!

"What?" you say, "dieting is fun?"

When going KETO it is!  I get to check out all kinds of fun new products and eat great-tasting food that's better for the body, and I'm learning more about food nutrition in the process.  Just as being passionate about your job isn't really work, going KETO isn't really dieting, it's food fun that's good for you.

My girlfriend Jennifer, who is capital 'W' Wonderful, recently did some KETO-friendly grocery shopping, and one of the goodies she picked up were some Whisps Cheese Crisps, Asiago & Pepper Jack flavored.  

These things are tasty!

Whisps Cheese Crisps, Asiago & Pepper Jack flavor
These crisps have a great crunch factor!

I sampled them straight out of the bag, they're super crunchy and pack some great cheesy flavor, you get the buttery note of the Asiago, and the bite of the Pepper Jack.  The crisps are on the small side, a perfect size for adding to soups and salads in place of traditional croutons.  They'd also be great on an appetizer plate or charcuterie board.

At just 150 calories per serving, these crisps pack 12 grams of protein and just 1 carb gram!  Bonus:  ZERO grams of sugar and they're gluten-free.

Costing around $3.50 for a 2.12-ounce bag and available at many popular retailers, I'm giving the Asiago & Pepper Jack flavored Whisps Cheese Crisps 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's a reasonable price for something that's KETO-friendly and gluten-free.  They're good straight out of the bag, but best suited used as a crouton.  I look forward to trying the other flavor varieties, including Parmesan, Cheddar, Garlic Parmesan, and Hot & Spicy.  Yes, they're repeat-buy worthy.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike


PumpkinFamilyFall is in full swing and pumpkin spice enthusiasts have been enjoying their favorite seasonal sips since we brought back pumpkin earlier this year. If you’re searching for more reasons to indulge in the season, we’ve got you covered! Tomorrow is National Pumpkin Day, and Dunkin’s fall menu is full of ways to celebrate.

Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte

Fall doesn’t begin until passionate pumpkin fans have had their very first sip of Dunkin’s Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte. As synonymous with season as the gourd itself, this iconic latte is best enjoyed with sweater weather and vibrant fall foliage. Available both iced or hot, this latte features notes of sweet pumpkin, vanilla and fall spices. It’s blended with rich espresso and milk, then crowned with whipped cream, a caramel drizzle and a dusting of cinnamon sugar. To make things even sweeter, Dunkin’ Rewards members with Boosted Status can earn 3x the points on Signature Lattes through Oct. 31!

Nutty Pumpkin Coffee

Last year’s crowd-pleaser is this year’s seasonal staple. The returning Nutty Pumpkin Coffee is a delightful drink that combines Dunkin’s Original Blend Coffee (hot or iced), with sweet pumpkin, cream and a touch of hazelnut. It’s the perfect sweet treat to pair with an afternoon of baking pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin Swirl

Transform any Dunkin’ drink into a fall classic with our most popular seasonal flavor! Add a Pumpkin Swirl to your favorite hot or iced coffee, espresso drinks or frozen coffee to make the most of the season. Enjoy a warm Chai Latte or Cold Brew with a Pumpkin Swirl as you craft your jack-o-lantern.

Pumpkin Bakery Line-up

No fall menu is complete without coffee’s favorite sidekicks from the bakery! Stop by your local Dunkin’ on the way to the pumpkin patch and grab a Pumpkin Cake Donut or Pumpkin MUNCHKINS® Donut Hole Treats. Both are glazed to perfection and are the perfect fuel for an afternoon of autumn fun. Or try our Pumpkin Muffin, brimming with notes of pumpkin and sweet spices, topped with streusel and a drizzle of white icing.

Are you dropping by your local Dunkin’ for one of these pumpkin treats on National Pumpkin Day? Let us know on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and TikTok.

Flood Watch Issued for the Wichita Area by the National Weather Service

A Flood Watch has been issued, until October 26 at 1:00 A.M. CDT 

Another round of excessive rainfall is possible through the late morning hours which may result in flooding.

Portions of Central and South Central Kansas are affected including the following counties in South Central Kansas, Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick.

The watch is in effect through this evening.

Excessive runoff from rain may result in the flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Creeks and streams may rise out of their banks. Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas. Low-water crossings may be flooded.

Heavy rain fell across portions of central and south central Kansas overnight and another round of heavy rain may develop today before diminishing toward evening.

Wichita Weather Forecast