October 2012 Archives

Guest Room

Relocating? 5 Apps to Simplify Your Move

By Charlotte on October 31, 2012 6:19 AM | Read More

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.

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Daily Distraction

Thanks, But We'll Try Walgreen's

By Bob on October 30, 2012 6:18 AM | Read More

Flu...Kills...all I'm sayin'

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Don't Try This At Home

Let Your Ferry Flag Fly

By Bob on October 30, 2012 2:18 AM | Read More

Dauphin Island Ferry Flag - 650.jpgI 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...

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Here's the Dish

Chicken-licious Tuesday Tortilla Soup

By Charlotte on October 28, 2012 8:49 AM | Read More

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.

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Pamper Your Skin with 3 Powerful, New Anti-Agers ... FREE

By Charlotte on October 26, 2012 1:46 AM | Read More

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.


My latest find: Nuvosa's new complexion-pampering line. Based on cutting-edge technology, this threesome combines powerful anti-aging compounds with natural and organic vitamins and supplements proven to improve skin. Though extremely potent, they're gentle enough for any skin type and skin tone.


Feeling lucky? You might have a chance to try them for yourself. We've teamed up with Nuvosa to give away a $198-value set including their Flawless Age Protection Toner, Deep Wrinkle Remedy Serum and Reborn Wrinkle Shield Moisturizer.


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Nuvosa combines powerful anti-aging compounds with natural and organic vitamins and supplements proven to improve skin. You could win this age-defying product family ($198 value) ... FREE:


Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Contest ends Nov. 8!


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In the Mirror

14 Fab Fall Beauty Boosters

By Charlotte on October 24, 2012 10:23 AM | Read More

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.

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Daily Distraction

It's the Great Pimpin Charlie Brown!

By Bob on October 23, 2012 7:46 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

Italy & Me

By Bob on October 22, 2012 4:08 AM | Read More

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.  


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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 

Quattro Fromaggi & Vino-400.jpgYeah, I had a boat load of preconceived ideas before we herded into cattle car airlines (American) and flew across the Atlantic. Here's how my beliefs matched up against the reality of 2012 Italy.


Give us a drum roll, Sparky:


Italian Food

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.



I 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. 

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With ... Charlee Storner

By Bob on October 19, 2012 5:23 AM | Read More

I've spent most of my adult life in the company of wonderfully creative people - art directors, actors, actresses, musicians, writers, photographers and artists, but Charlee Storner has a creative skill I've never experienced.

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Remotely Possible

411 on the New Cooking & Cocktail Apps

By Bob on October 18, 2012 5:46 AM | Read More

Charlotte's a cookbook collector. She's got hundreds of beautiful books that are dog-eared and stained with tomato sauce, flour, chocolate and probably Cole's sticky little finger prints. That works for her, but me? I'm becoming more of a digital cook whenever I venture into the kitchen or out to the grill.

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Guest Room

How to Make the Best Chicken Fried Steak in Texas

By Bob on October 17, 2012 5:23 AM | Read More

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.

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Daily Distraction

Redneck Shower Caddy

By Bob on October 16, 2012 6:19 AM | Read More

Jolene couldn't understand why Roy was taking such long showers...

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Don't Try This At Home

Forrest Gump Territory

By Bob on October 16, 2012 5:42 AM | Read More

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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Score 4 Steps to Younger-Looking Skin ... Free

By Charlotte on October 12, 2012 6:17 AM | Read More

complete-skin-renewal_2 160.jpgI have a weakness for serious skincare. After all, fighting lines and wrinkles today could mean a smoother tomorrow.


So I was PUMPED about trying Murad's travel-friendly Complete Skin Renewal Kit. Designed to reveal younger-looking skin, this maximum-strength, anti-aging system restores firmness while stimulating cell renewal to improve skin texture. It uses the science of cellular water, a Murad exclusive, to boost cell hydration and skin health.


Wanna see for yourself? We've teamed up with Murad to give five, lucky Boomer Babes a chance to do just that. You could win a Complete Skin Renewal Kit ($42.50 value) including a 30-day supply of these four, smart anti-agers: Refreshing Cleanser (1.5 ounces), Complete Reform (.33 ounces), Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30 (.7 ounces) and Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture (.25 ounces).



Murad uses the science of cellular water to help reveal younger-looking skin. This award-winning brand is offering five, lucky Boomer Babes the chance to win a travel-friendly Complete Skin Renewal Kit ($42.50 value) including these four, anti-aging essentials:



Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Contest* ends Oct. 25! 


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Home Runs

Jerdon MakeUp Mirror

By Charlotte on October 11, 2012 7:00 AM | Read More

When Bob and I traveled to Napa last fall, I found heaven at the Hotel Yountville. Our romantic, freshly decorated room included a dreamy, king-size canopy bed; charming, stone fireplace and lovely, large tiled bath.

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Playing Favorites

King's Row

By Bob on October 10, 2012 8:50 AM | Read More

Playing Favorites is a new column where Charlotte and I pull back the curtain on our Boomer lives to show you what we're into these days. It may be a movie we've discovered. A new restaurant. Great food. Interesting drink. A song we can't get out of our head...it could be anything. It's all about discovery and the stuff that makes us happy. So, step inside our lives and let us show you around. Don't mind the dust, the housekeeper comes on Thursday.

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Daily Distraction

I Never Got Close Enough to See Her

By Bob on October 9, 2012 6:11 AM | Read More

I almost ran out of gas following this truck...but no sign of what it was advertising.

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Don't Try This At Home

Spicy Texas English Muffin Pizza

By Bob on October 8, 2012 4:20 AM | Read More

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.


English Muffin Pizza - 600.jpgThat 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 

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Just Desserts

Fall-Perfect Pumpkin Spice Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

By Charlotte on October 7, 2012 11:43 AM | Read More

Hello fall! We're looking forward to changing colors, cooler temperatures and pumpkin-inspired desserts like these heavenly, cream-cheese-frosted bars.

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With... Gini Graham Scott

By Bob on October 5, 2012 3:21 AM | Read More

Gini Graham Scott is one of those multi-hyphenate Boomers who's talented at so many things it's tough to know how to describe her.

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Remotely Possible

2 Travel Apps to Fall in Love With

By Bob on October 4, 2012 5:13 AM | Read More

One of the best things about being an Empty-Nester Boomer is not being tied to the school calendar. When our son Cole was in school, we were slaves to the academic schedule. No more!

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Guest Room

Finding Peace in Today's Financial World

By Bob on October 3, 2012 5:47 AM | Read More

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!

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Daily Distraction

It Cleans It Up, Too

By Bob on October 2, 2012 6:06 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

Lunch Bucket List

By Bob on October 2, 2012 3:53 AM | Read More

Does this place look familar to you?

USED 8-7 - Sandra's - 600.jpgWell 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?

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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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