You know those movies where the trailer is hilarious and the movie, well, not so much? Yeah, Couples Retreat is kinda like that.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
Spike Your Juice is a DIY kit that turns your basic grocery store juice into a bubbly
crazy kind folks at Spike Your Juice sent me a sample and I gave it a try.
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.
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.
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.
This boy is in serious need of a father-son talk.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.