By Molly McLaughlin, Senior Editor for Portable Electronics, ConsumerSearch.com
Downsizing now that the kids are out of the house? Retiring to a new area to escape a hectic atmosphere or harsh winters? You've probably moved plenty of times before - into that first apartment, into the house where you raised your family, relocating for work.
Flu...Kills...all I'm sayin'
I took this picture on the Mobile Bay Ferry as Charlotte and I were heading over to Dauphin Island. The view from up here is pretty sweet, but it's short-lived. In about 30 minutes it goes from this...
October was a real roller coaster. The month started on a high note when Bob and I took a dream trip to Italy with some of our best friends. But while we were out of the country, John Hill, Bob's 89-year-old father and friend to all, passed away and everything went downhill fast. Since then, meal planning has taken a backseat to catching up from vacation, getting a grip on our emotions and sorting out scores of details surrounding John's estate.
These days, staying ahead of Father Time's wrinkle wand is job 1.
I'm learning to sleep on my back instead of my side to avoid creasing my face. I'm giving up straws (Diet Coke will never taste the same!) because they lead to fine lines around your mouth. And I hunt down skincare products that can aid my cause.
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Forget all-natural. This fall, the biggest trends call for adding a little drama.
That's why I'm so excited about these 14 must-try beauty boosters. From bold eyeliner to deep red lips, they deliver instant updates that'll help you get gorgeous this season and beyond.
A couple of weeks ago, I did something I
often rarely do in this column: display my complete ignorance to our reader millions of readers. You know what I'm talking about - that column where I told you the 4 things I know about Italy.
Charlotte and I just returned from the land of gelato, vino de casa and more ruins than you'll see during an entire season of A&E's Hoarders. It's a beautiful country with warm and friendly people who cannot speak without using their hands. They don't really like talking about WWII, but they can tell you stories about every Pope that ever slipped on the red loafers (the way I heard it, St. Hyginus was funnier than Will Ferrell back in 136 BC).
A little slice of Italian heaven: vino and quattro fromaggio pizza
Give us a drum roll, Sparky:
I SAID: ...We will eat pizza. A lot of pizza. And it will all be good, because it is Italian Pizza served in the land of its birth. Like Chicken Fried Steak served in its native land, Fort Worth.
REALITY CHECKI DID eat plenty of pizza. Pizza in outdoor cafés and indoor restaurants. Pizza for lunch. Pizza for dinner. And as the Bible says, "It was GOOD." My 2 favorites were Quattro Fromaggio (4 cheese to you and me) and cheese pizza with thinly-sliced Parma Ham (how many M's are in Yummmmmmmmmm?)
All I was trying to do was export a little culture back to Texas.
Downhome Favorite with Gourmet Flair
By Chef Jerrett Joslin of The Wild Mushroom Steakhouse
Whether you're from Manhattan or Toronto, there's something about Southern comfort food that just always hits the spot.
Jolene couldn't understand why Roy was taking such long showers...
If you ever get the chance to visit beautiful Bayou La Batre, Alabama do yourself a favor and check out the shrimp boats tied up in the harbor.
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I almost ran out of gas following this truck...but no sign of what it was advertising.
One of the things you learn after 34 years of marriage is the delicate ballet of who-does-what. The dance has changed with Charlotte and me over the years, but the one thing that's been a constant is that Friday and Sunday night dinners are my territory.
That doesn't mean I channel my inner Bobby Flay (couldn't even if I tried) but it does mean I'm responsible for the meal. Charlotte's OK with me calling our favorite neighborhood pizza guys iFratelli or taking her out to a local restaurant. But, when I don't choose either of those options, I fall back on a handful of tried-and-true recipes.
Since we love pizza, I came up with this idea during the early days of our marriage. We liked it back then because all you really need to pull it off is English muffins, pizza sauce and provolone cheese. Over the years, I've tweaked it, spiced it up and perfected it into the recipe below. Yes, it is spicy, but it doesn't have to be. If you don't want it "Texas style" then, pardner, just omit the jalapenos and green chilies. We'll keep it our little secret, OK?
If You Don't Want the Heat...Stay Out of the Jalapenos
Hello fall! We're looking forward to changing colors, cooler temperatures and pumpkin-inspired desserts like these heavenly, cream-cheese-frosted bars.
By Jane Honeck, CPA, PFS
It's been more than four long years since our economy took a nose dive. And since that time, we've been ping-ponged with stories of gloom and doom and talks of optimism and recovery. One day, we're hopeful and reassured and the next back in fear and anxiety. And, try as we might to ignore it, it's like driving by an accident or fire, we can't help but stop to look. It's enough to make you crazy!
Does this place look familar to you?
Well if you live in Alabama, you might know that Sandra's Place is famous (at least down South) for having two items on the governor's bucket list. Know what they are?