November 2010 Archives

Daily Distraction

Another Reason to be Frightened by the Jolly Green Giant

By Bob on November 30, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

Green Giant - 349.jpgCheck out the label for Mexicorn. A product that sadly is no longer available in Arizona...

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In the Mirror

Party Prep

By Charlotte on November 29, 2010 9:59 AM | Read More

Celebrating the season with friends and family is the best part of the holidays. So let's get ready to party! Even if seemingly endless to do's have you feeling frazzled, you'll be positively gorgeous in no time with a little help from these foolproof fix-me-ups.

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By Bob on November 29, 2010 6:40 AM | Read More

Nobody Calls Past 10 p.m-200.jpg#47 Nobody calls past 10 p.m. with GOOD news.

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By Bob on November 25, 2010 6:06 AM | Read More

Chloe is a movie that pretends to be something it's not. Its greatest deception is that it pretends to be good, when you know it's probably going to leave you feeling queasy and unsatisfied - kinda like the all-you-can-eat Mexican buffet at Pancho's.

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Guest Room

$60 Room Makeover

By Charlotte on November 24, 2010 9:31 AM | Read More

Growing up, I spent many Saturdays helping my mom move furniture around our Arlington, TX ranch-style home. Although my dad never knew where he'd find his recliner after work, my decorator-on-a-budget mom could give any room a lift by simply rearranging couches, chairs and accessories.  

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Daily Distraction

This Woman's Been to Canada Thanks to the Plastic Surgery

By Bob on November 23, 2010 6:35 AM | Read More

Ok, I guess it's official. Good looking people really do have more fun than the rest of us!

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By Bob on November 22, 2010 6:36 AM | Read More

Nobody Looks Good at 7-11-200.jpg#46 If you're not sure how he/she looks in the dim light of a bar, take 'em to 7-11. Nobody looks GOOD in that light.

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Handy Holiday Helpers

By Charlotte on November 19, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

We're big believers in holiday traditions. Since Bob smokes a mean turkey, we plan Thanksgiving and Christmas meals around his bodacious bird. That lets me focus on serious sides, delicious desserts (the more the merrier!) and, of course, pretty presentation.


What's on tap for our holiday table this year? That's still up in the air but the preparation just got a lot easier thanks to these handy helpers:tabletop high res-350.jpg


·         Fix-It and Forget-It Christmas Cookbook

·         Waverly-inspired paper goods from Hefty

·         ShopSmart's holiday food-styling tricks



We're giving away the Fix-It and Forget-It Chrismas Cookbook, a full set of Hefty's new Waverly paper goods and ShopSmart's Holiday issue ... FREE


Read on for details on how to enter. Contest ends Dec. 2!


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Dust Jacket

Cute Eats Cute

By Bob on November 18, 2010 6:02 AM | Read More

C.B. Murphy's Cute Eats Cute gave me flashbacks to my own small town upbringing. It's a place where everyone is hip-deep in everyone else's business. A town where everybody knows your name and you kinda wish they didn't.

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Remotely Possible


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

About a year ago we replaced our not-so-smart-phone (sorry, but you Motorola guys had to know the MotoQ9c was junk when you sold it) with the new iPhone. Translation: Best. Decision. Ever.

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Daily Distraction

The First Female President of the United States

By Bob on November 16, 2010 6:02 AM | Read More

I'm guessing that this little girl will become the first female president of the United States. Don't believe me? Watch this!


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Dig This

Leaf Loader

By Bob on November 15, 2010 6:57 AM | Read More

Like a lot of Baby Boomers I used to love watching holiday TV specials - usually sponsored by Kraft  - where people would rake leaves as they laughed in the crisp autumn air. As a kid growing up in west Texas where we had NO TREES this looked almost magical. "Trees," I'd think to myself, "I gotta get me summa them when I grow up!"

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By Bob on November 15, 2010 6:32 AM | Read More

Never Turn Down Free Pie-200.jpg#45 Never turn down FREE PIE or a chance to GO TO THE BATHROOM.

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Out of the Closet

It Happened in St. Helena

By Charlotte on November 10, 2010 8:49 AM | Read More

Lady Luck intervened when Bob and I visited St. Helena, CA recently.


We happened on this quaint, little town in the heart of the Napa Valley during a break between wine tasting tours with our long-time friends Tony and Debbi. Arriving just in time for the annual Harvest Festival, we were greeted by a lively street fair complete with a parade of pets decked out for Halloween.

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Guest Room

Living Your Best Life

By Bob on November 10, 2010 5:11 AM | Read More

We get offered a lot of self-help books here at The Boomer Brief. Some are good - some, eh...not so much. That's why it's great to get a couple of self-help books that really, well, help.

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Daily Distraction

Just in Time for Those Christmas Parties

By Bob on November 9, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

This great new party helper comes with everything except the surgery needed to repair the hernia it'll give you...


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Don't Try This At Home

The Grape Escape

By Bob on November 8, 2010 6:37 AM | Read More

A few months ago our life-long friends, Tony and Debbi Comparin suggested we take a little vacation. Internets, I have to confess something (relax, that mole turned out to be perfectly normal) Charlotte and I needed a vacation. We were ready, with a Capital RED and a triple EEE.


Didn't even ask Tony where, just said put us down for adjoining seats on the next American flight out of DFW. How 'bout we go to Napa? Tony asked. Dude, I answered, you had me at NAP.

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So, about four months later Charlotte and I found ourselves in a nice little bungalow at the lovely Yountville Inn in beautiful Yountville, CA. If you like wine, (show of hands?) Yountville is kinda like being a kid and discovering you've just been dropped off at Santa's workshop two weeks before Christmas. Yeah, it's that great.


It didn't take us long to unpack and begin our walking wine tour. We didn't know where we were going, but in Yountville just about any street will take you to a tasting room. See what I mean about great?


Three blocks from the Inn we found MY PEOPLE - The Hill Family Estate Winery Tasting Room *sound of angelic choir singing the Hallelujah Chorus*. 

I had no idea I had people in the wine bidness. I thought all of my relatives were dead or in jail occupied in other worthwhile pursuits. 



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By Bob on November 8, 2010 6:29 AM | Read More

If You're the Only One Who Remembers-200.jpg#44 If you're the only one who remembers, you've greatly exaggerated its importance.

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Make Me Young

By Bob on November 5, 2010 6:57 AM | Read More

Plastic surgery never held any fascination for me until Charlotte and I discovered Nip/Tuck. Now, that we're hooked on Season One (yeah, we were late bloomers to the six-season series) we'll have to watch ALL 100 episodes just to be satisfied. Maybe that's why I welcomed the opportunity to watch Make Me Young when they asked us to take a look.


Make Me Young (premiered on HBO in August as Youth Knows No Pain) is a behind-the-scenes/in-front-of-the-scenes documentary about the $60 billion anti-aging world. It's more than plastic surgery. In Make Me Young, we're treated to a whole cast of real-life characters who take advantage of everything imaginable to keep a youthful appearance.


We're giving away 5 FREE DVDs of Make Me Young.

Enter by emailing your name and shipping address to: Enter@BoomerBrief.com.

Hurry, promotion ends November 18!



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Dust Jacket


By Bob on November 4, 2010 6:09 AM | Read More

Rodeo in Joliet is a book you'll HATE. Before you stop reading, let me explain.

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Daily Distraction

Isn't There A Law Against This?

By Bob on November 2, 2010 6:00 AM | Read More

This is illegal in 49 states...guess where we found this sign...

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Here's the Dish

Light & Delish 400 Calories or Less

By Bob on November 1, 2010 9:35 AM | Read More

Now that I've hit middle age, I have the metabolism of a speed bump. I exercise just about every day (usually an early morning, two-mile, speed walk past the neighborhood chupacabra) but it's hard to drop those unwanted pounds. It probably has something to do with being raised in Granbury, Texas, where chicken fried steak is everyone's favorite vegetable and we drank eight glasses of cream gravy water a day. So much for good, clean living.

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In the Mirror

Flirty Fragrances

By Charlotte on November 1, 2010 8:02 AM | Read More

Fragrance is the finishing touch to any look. So when Bob and I step out, I want a sexy, sophisticated scent he'll appreciate. That can be tricky because that man has a keen sense of smell (think Gus' super sniffer on USA's Psych and you'll have the picture). To win with him, a fragrance must be interesting but not overpowering like these new favs from Coty.

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By Bob on November 1, 2010 6:27 AM | Read More

Tip the Dealer-200.jpg#43 Tip the dealer.

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Red Thong Strong: Girlfriends Little Secrets to Smoothing Lifes Panty Lines
Guest Room

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.


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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Playing Favorites

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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