July 2013 Archives

Daily Distraction

Crappy place for a birthday

By Bob on July 30, 2013 2:51 AM | Read More

I guess this location would work if the birthday boy/girl was a real stinker.

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Guest Room

10 Travel Essentials for Fat Loss and Fast Metabolism

By Charlotte on July 24, 2013 9:04 AM | Read More

By JJ Virgin, bestselling celebrity nutrition and fitness expert and author of The Virgin Diet

"Everything goes out the window when I travel," a friend recently told me. "I eat nearly perfectly at home, but put me at an airport or on a weekend road trip and I succumb to double cheeseburgers and greasy fries. It's almost as if being on the road gives me permission to cheat on my diet."

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Why Weight?

5 Worst Fitness Mistakes

By Bob on July 24, 2013 4:22 AM | Read More

I used to be a jogger. I say "used to" because I fell off a 12' ladder in 2005 and shattered my heel which resulted in a trip to ER and three surgeries. Today I walk, but Charlotte and I are pretty routine about our exercise routines.

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Daily Distraction

It's HELL down here

By Bob on July 23, 2013 2:44 AM | Read More

Our NY son Cole rides the subway every day (don't get him started about the problems with the G Train). He says the NY subways are Hell in the summer...looks like he's telling the truth.

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Just Desserts

Just Desserts: Mega-Moist Chocolate Mud Bars

By Charlotte on July 23, 2013 1:12 AM | Read More

Given half a chance, Bob would eat chocolate at every meal. Start the day with a chocolate-coated breakfast bar then move on to Chocolate Chip Cookies at lunch and his favorite Chocolate Cream Pie for dinner? He'd call that heaven!

If you can relate, you're gonna LOVE this cocoa-licious choice from The Old Farmer's Everyday Baking Almanac (Sherin Press, 2012, $9.95). Moister than a brownie; more substantial than a pudding, these Chocolate Mud Bars have a chewy, gooey texture that practically melts in your mouth. We're wild about their thick, milk chocolate filling (or mud as it's called), especially since it is packed with nuts (another of Bob's favorites!) and sits atop a homemade graham cracker crust.

Chewy, gooey Chocolate Mud Bars have a thick, milk chocolate filling packed with walnuts.


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Don't Try This At Home


By Bob on July 22, 2013 2:34 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary a few weeks ago with a cruise. We've thought about cruising for years. But, we always rejected the idea because we've never considered ourselves "cruise people" (not that there's anything wrong with that).  

Turns out, we are cruise people after all. Lemme 'splain. 

We had a few hangups about travelling this way. As wonderful as we've heard cruising is our main complaint was that we didn't want to eat at the same time - with the same people - every freakin' night. Yeah, I know people who've been forced to do this and become lifelong friends with their dinner companions. NMD (Not My Deal).

Besides, anyone who really knows me will happily tell you I'm not that loveable. I have a limited amount of bullshit and half-way through the appetizer our unassuming tablemates would discover my overwhelming lack of wit and charm. Seriously, who wants that?

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 I wasn't looking to link up with some strangers just so we could lock arms and sing Kumbaya

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Remotely Possible

6 Great New Apps

By Bob on July 18, 2013 4:27 AM | Read More

Looking for the next great app? Here are 6 you should really check out.

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Daily Distraction

Will You Marry Me?

By Bob on July 16, 2013 4:46 AM | Read More


'Cause I really need a new deer rifle!

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In the Mirror

8 Summer Lip Colors to Love

By Charlotte on July 14, 2013 6:53 AM | Read More

Bob and I thrive on routine. We ALWAYS go to the grocery store first-thing Friday morning, eat pizza at least once a week, and prefer red wine with cheese, peanut butter, make that just about anything.

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Here's the Dish

Here's the Dish: Tasty Pan-Fried Tilapia

By Charlotte on July 12, 2013 9:27 AM | Read More

When Bob and I visit our favorite beach in Gulf Shores, AL, we always crave fish. But I don't want to go to a lot of effort to make it ... after all, we're supposed to be on vacation. So, I usually pull out this easy Pan-Fried Tilapia recipe.

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Playing Favorites

Shiner Prickly Pear Lager

By Bob on July 11, 2013 4:23 AM | Read More

I've never had a beer where I needed to watch out for the thorns...until I tried Shiner Prickly Pear Lager. OK, I'm kidding. There aren't any stickers, but this seasonal beer from the folks at the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas is definitely different.

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Guest Room

7 Unconventional Gardening Tips to Liven Up Your Home and Yard

By Charlotte on July 10, 2013 6:13 AM | Read More

By Scott Sullivan, fine gardening manager at Topiarius

Want to make a statement without saying a word? Start gardening. Studies show that gardening is good for your health. It helps you reduce stress and allows an instant reconnection with nature--even for those who don't have large backyards. Plus, getting your hands dirty is a great outlet for creativity. Whether you're a perennial green thumb or a sapling when it comes to gardening, these approaches to unconventional horticulture will help turn your outdoor space into a unique oasis.

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Daily Distraction

We're Searching For The Missing Link

By Bob on July 9, 2013 5:40 AM | Read More

But, this handy zip tie will work great until we find it.

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Don't Try This At Home

Downhome Peanut Butter Pie

By Bob on July 8, 2013 1:22 AM | Read More

When I was in college, my good friend Jim Burks and I used to travel the 18 miles to Glen Rose, Texas to enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth smoked brisket at Hammond's Barbecue. Hammond's in those days was more than the best BBQ in North Central Texas. Liz Hammond, the matriarch of that smoky dynasty, made the best pies on the planet.


More often than not, she'd greet us at the door with, "I've got two slices of peanut butter pie left. I'll save 'em for you!". As any good southern boy will tell you, there's only one reply to that comment: "Thankya Ma'am!" 


This peanut butter pie is super easy to make and super delicious to eat!

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Jim and I were lucky that Liz Hammond took a liking to us (Jim really, but I was always happy to draft on his influence with great pie makers). But we were DOUBLE lucky in the peanut butter pie dept. In our own little town of Granbury, Texas, we had ANOTHER great place that made terrific pies: Rankin's Restaurant. When we weren't Jonesing for BBQ, Jim and I would hit Rankin's for open-faced roast beef sandwiches, burgers and its legendary peanut butter pie. 


Rankin's peanut butter pie was smooth, creamy and surprisingly light with a rich peanut taste that always left you wanting more. Through the miracle of Facebook, I've reconnected with some Granbury friends who unearthed the recipe to this delicious dish, which is unbelievably easy to make.


4 Ingredients Is All It Takes to Make This Delicious Peanut Butter Pie 



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Why Weight?

4 Stroke Warning Signs

By Bob on July 3, 2013 5:28 AM | Read More

A neurologist friend of mine says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he has an excellent chance of totally reversing the effects of a stroke. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed and then getting the patient medical care within that 3-hour window -- which is tough.

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Daily Distraction

If You Can't Say Something Nice...

By Bob on July 2, 2013 5:34 AM | Read More

You can tell by his expression, he's mad as heck!

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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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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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