March 2013 Archives

Just Desserts

Just Desserts: Easy, Chunky Chocolate Pecan Cake Mix Cookies

By Charlotte on March 29, 2013 6:06 AM | Read More

If you're anything like me, you love baking homemade treats for your family but don't want to spend all your time in the kitchen ... especially if LOFT, Lucky, let's make that anyone is having a sale. So why not take a few shortcuts?

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Playing Favorites

Toad the Wet Sprocket

By Bob on March 28, 2013 4:01 AM | Read More

Thanks to Pandora, Charlotte and I have been revisiting our faded playlists and discovering some overlooked gems. We recently found Toad the Wet Sprocket, a 90's alternative rock band with several hits including Walk on the Ocean, All I Want, and Something's Always Wrong.

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Guest Room

5 Secrets to Saving on Groceries

By Charlotte on March 27, 2013 6:03 AM | Read More

By Michelle Snow, Author Quality Cooking at a Fraction of the Cost

We all need to eat and we all want to save money; so why not do both? Follow these grocery saving tips and you'll become a savvy saver in no time:

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Daily Distraction

False Advertising

By Bob on March 26, 2013 2:08 AM | Read More

Wanna see some "Mad Men"? Show 'em this sign.

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Here's the Dish

Tasty Texas Cowboy Soup with Cornbread Croutons

By Charlotte on March 24, 2013 6:19 AM | Read More

As a kid, I lived for Sunday lunches at my Mamaw Roberson's house. She often fixed red beans (that's pintos if you're not from Texas) and let me doctor mine by mixing in cornbread crumbles and plenty of ketchup. Yum! Just thinkin' about those days makes me hungry!

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Texas Martini

By Bob on March 21, 2013 4:45 AM | Read More

Making the perfect martini is a matter of personal taste. Through years of experimentation, I've mixed some that were too weak, too strong and some icepick-through-the brain concoctions tasting like paint thinner. Age and years of experimentation have finally led me to the perfect martini made with the perfect vodka: American Harvest.

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...Debbie Meyer

By Bob on March 20, 2013 4:18 AM | Read More

If you call Debbie Meyer a "bag lady," you're not hurling an insult at her. This Boomer IS a Bag Lady and she's real proud of it. You would be too, if your bags were in just about every household in America.

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Daily Distraction

Yeah, I'll Watch the Kid

By Bob on March 19, 2013 3:03 AM | Read More

How hard could it be?

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Don't Try This At Home

The S E X Talk

By Bob on March 18, 2013 4:13 AM | Read More

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Funny thing about writing a book that has the word SEX in the title. Sooner or later somebody's going to ask you to talk about it.


And by "it" I am of course referring to, well, IT. And by "talking about it" I mean, talking about IT in detail.


For those of you keeping score at home, this is the point in the post were Charlotte's hands start sweating and Cole stops reading. Good times. Good times.


Asking me to talk about IT is a reasonable request. My book, Dead Men Don't Have Sex: A Guy's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer, does have (as the title clearly states) S E X in it. Any guy that's gone through this hellish nightmare of an effing disease experienced prostate cancer will tell you, S E X is a big issue. That's why I'm more than happy to talk about it with anybody who wants to talk about it.


Remember, I'm the guy that got "nekkid" on the world wide internets. Nope, doesn't bother me at all to talk about S E X. And that's something of a problem.



There are lots of ways to talk about S E X. And they all don't start with,

"There was once a hermit named Dave..."


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You Could Clean Up with this Fab Freebie from Crabtree & Evelyn

By Charlotte on March 15, 2013 1:49 AM | Read More

It's nice to have someone who totally gets you. Take my sister Pam. She may be six years younger but she shares my affection for coupons, clothes and anything citrus. Lucky for me, she lives in the sunshine state because nothing brightens my day like the smell of those top-of-the-crop oranges she sends from Florida. Ahhhhh!

Wouldn't it be nice to bathe in that lusciously fresh fragrance? Thanks to Crabtree & Evelyn, the folks who really get botanical beauty, one lucky Boomer Babe will be able to do just that. We've teamed up with them to give away a $141 gift set including six of their new Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus and Sage-scented body and hand care indulgences. 


You could clean up with this fab freebie from the botanical beauty pros at Crabtree & Evelyn.
We're giving away a $141 gift set including 6 of their highly addictive, new Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus and Sage-scented body and hand care indulgences.
Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Contest* ends April 4! 
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Daily Distraction

What Do Your Friends Call You?

By Bob on March 12, 2013 4:58 AM | Read More

Word on the street is they call you...

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In the Mirror

5 Brilliant Ways to Boost Your Smile

By Charlotte on March 8, 2013 6:14 AM | Read More

Being a Boomer Babe can be SIC ... a self-improvement challenge. 

Besides having issues with weight and waning eyesight, we've gotta worry about our lips doing a disappearing act. Unfortunately, they get thinner and prone to lines as we age because our bodies produce less of the stuff (collagen) that gives your pout that perky plumpness. The lines get worse if you smoke or, like me, haved an addiction to straws (no more of that!).

We could curse Mother Nature but why waste time? A little help from talented smile specialists like these can provide a lift that helps you forget your lips were ever a sore subject.

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Guest Room

3 Reasons to Eat Raw

By Charlotte on March 6, 2013 6:59 AM | Read More

By Kate Magic, Author Raw Magic - Superfoods for SuperPeople

You may already have heard of the raw foods diet and dismissed it as just another California fad. It's popular in Hollywood; with LA being the raw foods mecca of the world (I believe there are more than 20 raw restaurants and cafes in LA). But I'd like to take a moment to explain about the diet a little more, so you can consider if it's something you are interested in exploring.

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Daily Distraction

Give Track #3 A Listen

By Bob on March 5, 2013 4:53 AM | Read More

I hear it's a real gas.

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Don't Try This At Home

Where to now St. Peter?

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

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Sorry, couldn't resist the dated Elton John reference. But, you know I never miss an opportunity to use old song lyrics in my posts.  

I've wanted to use this photo since the Pope turned in his two-week notice and I'm just now dusting it off to show you guys. I took this picture in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican when Charlotte and I were in Italy last fall.

The news reports say that the "old" Pope will live in an apartment at The Vatican, instead of moving down to Miami like so many other senior citizens. Check out this next photo and you'll see why he's staying put...


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Here's the Dish

Getting Creative with Grilled Cheese

By Charlotte on March 3, 2013 6:05 AM | Read More

Grilled cheese sandwiches are classic comfort food. This time of year, Bob and I have them at least once a week. But it's easy to get bored making the same ole cheese-and-bread medley every time.

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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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