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Daily Distraction

We've Got Company!

By Bob on August 31, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

Ever notice that in just about every action movie made in the past 40 years there is a point where someone says, "We've Got Company!". Me neither. But, these guys DID and the result is pretty funny.

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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on August 30, 2010 6:27 AM | Read More

They Call Them Golf Widows for a Reason-150.jpg#34 They call them golf widows for a reason.

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Daily Distraction

I Hear She's Great In Bed

By Bob on August 24, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on August 23, 2010 6:23 AM | Read More

You Never Marry the First Person You See Casablanca With-150.jpg#33 You never marry the first person you see Casablanca with.

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DVDelicious

Couples Retreat

By Bob on August 19, 2010 6:19 AM | Read More

You know those movies where the trailer is hilarious and the movie, well, not so much? Yeah, Couples Retreat is kinda like that.

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Guest Room

New York Flower Design

By Charlotte on August 18, 2010 9:58 AM | Read More

Bob and I enjoy entertaining. Whether we're hosting a graduation party, shower or holiday get-together, I call on my girlfriends for help. They've been known to pitch in with everything from extra serving dishes to food suggestions and table decorations (yes, they're lifesavers!)

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Daily Distraction

If You Think This is Good, You Should See Them Change The Channel

By Bob on August 17, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

If you drop the remote in here, you don't want to pick it up. Then again, they probably just leave the dish set on Animal Planet.

 

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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on August 16, 2010 6:20 AM | Read More

Follow the 48 Hour Rule-150.jpg#32 Follow the 48-hour rule. If you loaned it to someone and it hasn't been returned in two days, you'll never see it again.

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Don't Try This At Home

Keeping Things Real

By Charlotte on August 16, 2010 6:01 AM | Read More

To stay healthy, we need to eat healthy. That's our mantra.

 

But I have to admit it took some convincing to get here. After all, Bob and I were raised true Texas-style. We deep fried our vegetables as well as our meats, ate white-bread-and-butter sandwiches for lunch, and snacked on bologna and Heinz ketchup. (Is there any other?) As fun as that was, after:

·         Passing the big 5-0 marker

·         Finding extra pounds harder and harder to shake

·         Battling three major health crises (yes, they were all BIG but we'll go there another time)

 

We realized we had to change, and it was going to do us good.

 

That's meant retiring the deep fryer (except when we're at the gulf coast), preferring choices labeled "low-fat" and devouring any and all information on eating healthier. So I jumped at the chance to talk with registered dietitian Jackie Newgent. Who better to give us some nutrition-boosting tips?

 


See Jackie in action. Then read on for three family friendly recipes

that show just how yummy healthy eating can be.

 


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Fridge Finds: Spike Your Juice

By Bob on August 13, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

Ever had a bumper crop of fruit and thought to yourself, "Screw the preserves...let's turn these bad boys into an ADULT BEVERAGE!" Well, the folks at Spike Your Juice had the same idea. Well, sort of.

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Spike Your Juice is a DIY kit that turns your basic grocery store juice into a bubbly  champagne-like cocktail in about 48 hours. Now as everyone knows I'm definitely NOT the handiest of handymen but the crazy kind folks at Spike Your Juice sent me a sample and I gave it a try.

 

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What's Next?

By Bob on August 12, 2010 11:33 AM | Read More

Kerry Hannon's, What's Next? How to Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job, is a great how-to book for any Boomer at a career crossroads.  

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Remotely Possible

PC Summer Travel Tips

By Bob on August 11, 2010 10:43 AM | Read More

I never travel without my laptop. Yeah, I'm swimming against the Boomer male stereotype that says I'm supposed to be a Luddite sloth (Ok, maybe during football season) but I take my computer with me wherever I go.

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Daily Distraction

Geezer Crossing

By Bob on August 10, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

I think this new road sign was part of the Stimulus Package. Looks like this city got theirs just in the nick of time. Thanks to our friends at Stupid Videos for the great image.

 

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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on August 9, 2010 6:17 AM | Read More

Don't Buy a Car from a Friend or Relative-150.jpg#31 Don't buy a car from a friend or relative. Never sell a car to a friend or relative.

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DVDelicious

Crazy Heart

By Bob on August 5, 2010 6:37 AM | Read More

Crazy Heart is an insurgent movie. It has a stealth and quiet strength that sneaks up on you and then sucker punches your heart with powerful performances and a killer soundtrack. It's one lethal sumbitch.

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Daily Distraction

How Not to Break Up

By Bob on August 3, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

This boy is in serious need of a father-son talk.

 

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Boomerisms

Boomerisms

By Bob on August 2, 2010 6:14 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

Turning Over a New Leaf

By Bob on August 2, 2010 6:05 AM | Read More

Turning Leaf Merlot-100.jpgWine serves a lot of different purposes in our house.

Sure, we'll use it for celebrations, but most of the time it's paired with more mundane offerings ranging from iFratelli's Pizza to Charlotte's famous spicy chicken dip. I even introduced Charlotte to the elegant pairing of red wine and crunchy peanut butter back in our college days (Don't taze me Bro'...It's really good!).

That's why I was happy to see the folks at Turning Leaf had completed a national survey on take out foods and the wines we're pairing with them. Charlotte's hot bean dip did not make the Top 10 (Note to survey-taker-guy - this was an obvious oversight) but you may be surprised what they know about our dining habits.

 


We Really Take After Take Out 

 

Friday Night? All right!

The most popular night for turning to take out? Friday night. Seems that by the time we get to the end of the week we're just too tired to cook (Charlotte and I are guilty as charged).

 

Homemade? Don't bet on it!

More than one-third said they've passed off take out food as something they made from scratch. (Boomer Brief Rule - It's not deception if it comes from a really, really, really good place).

 

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When asked where they prefer to eat take out, there was a 50/50 split between cozying up on the couch and watching a little TV and sitting down at the table. (Boomer Brief Rule - Where you eat is an easy decision when either, a) Mad Men, b) Breaking Bad, c) Grey's Anatomy or d) Private Practice are on TV (the last two are for Charlotte).

 

 

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Taking Off

Affordable Private Tours

By Charlotte on August 1, 2010 1:05 PM | Read More

Bob and I are aching for an adventure. We've set our sights on Rome, Florence, Venice and maybe even the Italian countryside.

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DVDelicious

It's Complicated

By Bob on August 1, 2010 9:15 AM | Read More

Now that I've seen It's Complicated I officially forgive Meryl Streep for Mama Mia! Because, as bad as that movie was (c'mon you know it was a stinker) It's Complicated is that GOOD.

 

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Here's the Dish

Mod Tableware

By Charlotte on August 1, 2010 8:32 AM | Read More

Growing up in Texas, our family's summer backyard parties always revolved around burgers, watermelon and homemade ice cream. Simple fare served on sturdy, white paper plates.

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White Heat

By Charlotte on August 1, 2010 8:00 AM | Read More

White Heat, the first page-turner in Brenda Novak's new Hired-Gun Trilogy, pits private security operatives Rachel Jessop and Nate Ferrentino against a fanatical religious cult.

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Scoop Up a Trip to Chicago and $10,000

By Charlotte on August 1, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

The heat is on. We'll reach 98 degrees today in Texas and expect to break 100 this weekend. That means we're craving cool, creamy desserts so we asked renowned pastry chef Gale Gand to share some of her ice cream sundae making secrets.

 


Watch this video to see Gale in action. Then read on for 

the scoop on Breyers' ice cream sundae contest and Gale's recipes.    

 


 

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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.

Tips:

If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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