January 2013 Archives

Daily Distraction

Which Door Is It Again?

By Bob on January 29, 2013 2:09 AM | Read More

Oh...it's THAT door. Thanks!

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Don't Try This At Home

Super Bowl Bean Dip

By Bob on January 25, 2013 4:45 AM | Read More

I've been a fan of football and bean dip for as long as I can remember.


Over the years, I've supported only one pro team (Dallas Cowboys), but I've experimented with dozens of different bean dip recipes. Some are too hot, some are too bland, some are too much work, but all had the cheesy, gotta-have-another-scoop taste that makes a good bean dip great.


Super Easy. Super Cheesy. Super Bowl Bean Dip.

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All this bean-experimentation has paid off with this super easy, super delicious bean dip recipe. It has just the right amount of heat, a satisfying cheesy texture that hangs on to a good tortilla chip and (SPOILER ALERT) it's EASY.


Mix up a batch of this dip about 2 hours before the big game and it'll be ready by kickoff. Then sit back, relax and watch somebody other than the Cowboys (*sigh*) win. Maybe next year?



Super Easy. Super Delicious. Super Bowl Bean Dip.

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...Michael Gitter

By Bob on January 25, 2013 4:33 AM | Read More

Michael Gitter is a Boomer with a gift for nostalgia and getting things done. He's using his entrepreneurial skills to tap into the collective consciousness of pop culture with a new website you'll be talking about soon.

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Playing Favorites

Mother's Perfect Pecan Pie

By Charlotte on January 24, 2013 6:22 AM | Read More

Many of our favorite recipes are ones we grew up eating like this divine Pecan Pie. Bob's grandmother, Norma Crawford, often made it when he was a boy living in Granbury, TX.

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Guest Room

Fix Your Relationship in ONE Minute

By Charlotte on January 23, 2013 6:30 AM | Read More

What does that mean and is it possible?


By Fix Your Relationship in ONE Minute Author Jay Fleming-Smith


Happy New Year! You probably made your New Year's resolutions the moment you woke up Jan. 1. And the usual-resolution-suspects are most likely to spend more time with your children, friends and family; lose weight; or exercise more.

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Daily Distraction

Bad Kitty or Good Kitty? You Decide

By Bob on January 22, 2013 3:03 AM | Read More

I think this kitten knows who peed on the carpet. It's not telling...as long as everybody keeps their distance.

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Here's the Dish

WOW! Pork Chops

By Charlotte on January 20, 2013 6:13 AM | Read More

I usually wind up in the kitchen when I want to do something for someone I love. When our son Cole lived nearby, I was always baking favorites like pumpkin bread, green chile and bacon quiche, and enchilada casserole for him to take home. Sadly, that had to a stop when Cole left for Brooklyn, but my father-in-law John helped me fill the void.


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In the Mirror

4 Magic-Making Mascaras

By Charlotte on January 16, 2013 6:30 AM | Read More

Sometimes, we don't appreciate the little things until they're gone. That realization hit me big time Thanksgiving three years ago.

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Daily Distraction

Dreams Really Do Come True

By Bob on January 15, 2013 2:55 AM | Read More

Don't believe it? Well, this should convince you.

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Don't Try This At Home

View to Die for

By Bob on January 14, 2013 3:40 AM | Read More

There are plenty of beautiful places in the world and they're not ALL in Cranfills Gap, Texas. I took this picture when Charlotte and I were in Venice:

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If you don't know where it is, you can do what thousands have done since it was built in 1602: Sigh. I'll tell you where it is after the jump. 

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Fill Your Fridge with Healthy Dairy Delights ... FREE

By Charlotte on January 11, 2013 1:30 AM | Read More

Bob and I have a thing for goat cheese. It all started when we visited the JW Marriott San Antonio last springOne taste of Chef Jeffrey Surprise's great, goat-cheese-infused scalloped potatoes was all it took to hook us on this milky white cheese and send me searching for ways to use our new obsession. I scored big with my family after trying his recipe. Then I earned extra points with a quick, chicken and goat cheese pizza that sold everyone on the joys of white pizza.


Want to try what's become one of our favorite cheeses? We've teamed up with the folks at Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery to fill one lucky reader's fridge with goat milk cheeses and other dairy delights.  


We're giving away a $102 assortment of healthful options from Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery. 

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You could fill your fridge with 22 dairy delights FREE thanks to Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery. We're giving away a $102 assortment of their award-winning, healthful options, including: 


  • Redwood Hill Farm all-natural kefirs, artisanal cheeses and European-style yogurts made with 100% fresh, Grade A goat milk.  

Click "Read More" for details on this delicious prize package and information on how to enter. Contest* ends Jan. 31!


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Remotely Possible

4 Apps to Help You Find Love in 2013

By Bob on January 10, 2013 4:48 AM | Read More

If you're one of the many Boomers out there looking for love, cheer up. Technology is making it easier than ever to meet that special someone. We've found 4 Apps that may just help you find who you've been looking for:

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Daily Distraction

This Is How Mr. Tire Got His Bad Rep

By Bob on January 8, 2013 5:19 AM | Read More

He's the meanest MoFo on the freeway...

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...Dr. Scott Lewis

By Bob on January 4, 2013 5:16 AM | Read More

If Dr. Scott Lewis' life had a theme song, it might be the old Marx Brother's Classic, Hello, I Must Be Going. Like Groucho Marx in this classic routine, Scott doesn't stay too long in one place.

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Don't Try This At Home

Take a Pea aka What to Expect in 2013

By Bob on January 3, 2013 4:36 AM | Read More

I'm not gonna get all up in y'all's grills and yell FIRE, but you Boomers must realize that any year with the number 13 is just going to freak a lot of people out. You know what that means don't you? When people freak out all kinds of weird shi* happens.


If you're the least bit triskaidekaphobic (Google it), you know what I mean.


Now, just because I'm keeping the Family Truckster gassed up and parked nose-out in the carport, doesn't mean you should, too. But, just to be on the safe side, I'm taking a pea (Relax, we're not that kind of site yet.) I'm taking a pea because down here in the south we eat BLACKEYED PEAS every New Year's Day to make sure we have good luck. When you take a look at what's headed our way in 2013, my guess is you'll be taking a pea or two, too.



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The Boomer Brief Bumpy Ride Predictions for 2013



Due to the massive Federal Debt and gridlock, Congress will officially cease functioning as a governing body. Instead, it will be shut down and sold to the TLC cable network as a lead-in to Here Comes Honey BooBoo. Congress will be recast as a reality TV show called The Crybaby Good Time Hour. It will star (in order of appearance) Jadyn Bear (John Boehner), Harley Roo (Harry Reid) and Bunny Octave (Barack Obama).


We'll laugh. We'll cry. We'll watch 'em play games like "Pin the Bill on the Hooker" and "Pork that Barrel" but those hijinks won't be enough and it'll be cancelled by Week 3. That's the bad news. The GOOD NEWS is that Congress will keep the advance check and use it to give themselves a raise.


Congress gets a makeover

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Jerry Jones will move the Dallas Cowboys to the Ukraine in an attempt to expand his global brand. The Russian Mafia will be able to do something ol' Jer has been unable to do since The Jimster and The Bootlegger's Boy blew town - get him a Super Bowl Ring.


Unfortunately, the Super Bowl Ring will still be attached to Eli Manning's bloody finger, because the eager-to-please Russians went all Saw on Manning's as*. Why? Even non-English speaking Russians know that if Jerry holds out to get his Super Bowl Ring the "official" way - he won't live long enough to see it happen



...spend most of the movie teaching Cheetah how to score some blow.


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Guest Room

4 Easy Steps to Delicious, Nutritious Meals for 2

By Charlotte on January 2, 2013 3:45 AM | Read More

I'll let you in on a secret. Bob and I are serious snack-a-holics. We could (and some weeks do) live on red wine, cheese, peanut butter and crackers with a couple of pizzas thrown in for good measure.

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Daily Distraction

We Can't Give 'Em Away

By Bob on January 1, 2013 5:11 AM | Read More

They say chocolate makes everything better...then again, maybe not.

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