We knew little Brady was on to something when he decided to take his online dating profile to the next level...
Charlotte and I like to travel and it doesn't take much to get us out the door and down the jetway. We've been talking about going to Italy (not Italy, Texas, but the Justin-Boot-shaped COUNTRY, y'all) for a long time.
Turns out our friends Gene and Shelley Tyler and Jerry and Debbie Williams had the same idea. In a moment of sheer brilliance (you know we're not talking about me now, right?), somebody said, "Hey, why don't we plan a trip to Italy?" You know what Internets? That's what we went and did.
None of us have ever been, so we'll be seeing things we've never seen. Eating foods we've never eaten. And spending money our children would rather we saved for them. BOO-YAH. It'll be a cultural exchange of the highest magnitude. I just know it.
We will see lots and lots of statues with nekkid people. Since we've never traveled to the birthplace of 2 of my favorite movies (Godfather I and II), I'm going in with some preconceived ideas. I want to see how my beliefs match up with reality, so I'm going to share them with you now. I'll circle back after the trip to tell you how they compare. Right now, here are the 4 things I know about Italy:
We will see lots and lots of statues with nekkid people.
Since we've never traveled to the birthplace of 2 of my favorite movies (Godfather I and II), I'm going in with some preconceived ideas. I want to see how my beliefs match up with reality, so I'm going to share them with you now. I'll circle back after the trip to tell you how they compare.
Right now, here are the 4 things I know about Italy:
But I'm still crazy about collecting cookbooks. They spill from our kitchen island to the pantry to the laundry room to the family room bookcases. Bob says we have so many I could use one each night and not repeat myself for years. (You know how he can exaggerate!)
That's why I'm psyched about this colossal cookbook contest! We've teamed up with publishers of some of the year's best new kitchen inspirations to give away 20 FREEBIES combined (almost a $465 value total).
We're giving away:
· Grace's Sweet Life (5 copies) - Your go-to, special-occasion guide for baking delicious, homemade Italian desserts
· My Recipes America's Favorite Food (3 copies) - A tech-savvy collection of MyRecipes.com's top-rated recipes including Scan-It/Cook-It technology that gives you instant access to free how-to videos and other recipe enhancers on your cell or tablet.
· Tortillas to the Rescue (5 copies) - How to make homemade tortillas or use store-bought to stuff, wrap, bake, roll and fry up a world of delectable dishes.
· Cornelia Guest's Simple Pleasures (2 copies) - A primer to delicious, vegan cooking and effortless entertaining.
· Beyond Diet - A set of 3 cookbooks including scrumptious soup, salad and dessert options geared to help you lose weight.
· Welcome to Claire's (2 copies) - Favorite recipes from Claire's Corner Copia, the beloved vegetarian restaurant located in New Haven, CT across from Yale University.
· Southern Living Classic Southern Desserts - A treasury of the top dessert recipes fine-tuned in the Southern Living test kitchens, foolproof baking advice and step-by-step instructions.
· Taste of Home Best-Loved Recipes - A tribute to home cooks showcasing 1,485 of the best recipes shared by Taste of Home magazine readers over the past 20 years.
· Taste of Home Cooking School - A comprehensive cookbook featuring more than 400 favorites from the expert instructors at Taste of Home magazine's cooking school, easy-to-follow how-to's and entertaining tips.
Click "Read More" for a taste of the delectable recipes* in store for our winners and details on how to enter. Contest ends Oct. 11!
* All recipes reprinted with permission; all rights reserved.
Make every day casual Friday. That's my mantra now that Bob and I work from home and I'm the master of my own dress code.
Not Sunday through Tuesday, I can't!
Charlotte and I love coming down to the beach after Labor Day. The place looks a little empty after the last family rolls up their beach umbrella.
Fort Morgan Peninsula, Gulf Shores, AL
Of course, as they head out of town in the packed-to-the-gills Chevy Suburban, someone will utter these words, "Did I forget anything?" Well, as a matter of fact...
True Texans, Bob and I can't go long without a Mexican-food fix. Make that nachos, burritos, enchilada casserole or just about anything with a little kick.
Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD
Author of Eating Free: The Carb-Friendly Way to Lose Inches, Embrace Your Hunger and Keep the Weight Off for Good
Every calorie counts once we reach our 50s. But most of us tend to keep eating like we're 25.
This explains why Tiffany and Zachary are a little hyper...
our reader among our millions of readers, you've probably detected a few recurring themes in this column.
You know that "Chuck" our neighborhood Chupacabra chases me on my morning walk. That I'm absolutely terrible at handyman projects. And every year Charlotte and I take on some project that involves a lot of skilled workmen and sometimes includes a Reality TV crew.
"Why would this year be any different?" you might ask.
"Because it isn't," I might answer. Yeah, I know. I've got some 'splainin to do.
The Fountain in its former happy home
About a month ago, Charlotte mentioned she'd like to have some landscape work done. I mumbled something affirmative and went back to watching Inuit Pawn Stars on The History Channel. Easy enough, right?
Three weeks later the doorbell rings and Mr. Landscape shows up with his estimate. He's got some good ideas - moving this here...moving that there...getting rid of this...adding that. It all looks pretty straightforward to me. Then he pulls out the OTHER sheet of paper.
"What's that?" I ask. "The backyard," Mr. Landscape answers.
You mean the fountain that's so BIG it has its own SOLAR SYSTEM?
Some people have a weakness for chocolate. (Yes, I mean Bob.) Me, I'd always rather have a warm, chewy roll; pumpkin bread; strawberry bread ... make that just about any kind of doughy goodness.
And sign me up for cutting time in the kitchen. I never compete with Pillsbury in the piecrust department or spend hours stirring up pasta sauce when our son Cole is already sold on Ragu.
So when the folks at Auntie Anne's pretzels asked us to try one of their easy At-Home Baking Kits, I thought "What a nice way to make some dough!"
You could score some nice dough thanks to Auntie Anne's pretzels. We're giving away 3, Boomer-licious prize packages, including:
· The popular, pretzel maker's At-Home Baking Kit. What an easy way to create heavenly, homemade goodies!
Click "Read More" for details on how to enter.
Contest* ends Sept. 20!
Earlier this year, pretzel lovers from across the country submitted tasty recipes for Auntie Anne's first-ever At-Home Baking Kit Recipe Challenge.
Why not try the pretzel-based recipe that took home the $1,000 grand prize? Putting her unique twist on a common dessert, Chaelyn [Shay-lin] Consaul of New York won the judges' top vote with her Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Pizza.
Like most mothers, I spend much of my day thinking about others. Well, one in particular.
Labor Day signals the end of Summer even along the Gulf Coast. Bellingrath Gardens looks like this now...
Offer fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, and Bob will agree to just about anything. Pick up groceries? Move furniture? Spend hours shopping at the outlet mall (IF we are in Alabama)? No problem!