January 2014 Archives

Why Weight?

4 MORE Immune-Boosting Foods

By Bob on January 29, 2014 4:16 AM | Read More

Excuse me while I sneeze...that's better. In case you've missed it (lucky bastard), cold and flu season is beating down just about every corner of the country.

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Daily Distraction

Distracted Drivers Are The Worst

By Bob on January 28, 2014 2:22 AM | Read More

Kinda like THIS guy!

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Just Desserts

Just Desserts: Quick Red Velvet Mug Cakes for 2

By Charlotte on January 24, 2014 1:31 AM | Read More

Its scarlet color and irresistible chocolate flavor make red velvet cake a Valentine's Day natural. But, when there's only 2 of you, baking a big cake seems silly. It's a lot of trouble and means you'll have to toss or giveaway most of your effort or face temptation for days!

That's why Bob and I adore these red velvet morsels from Mug Cakes: 100 Speedy Microwave Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth (St. Martin's Griffin Paperback Original, Aug. 6, 2013, $22.99). Besides being perfect for 2, these delightful Southern tidbits are amazingly fast and easy to prepare.

These microwave Red Velvet Mug Cakes are perfect for 2.

red-velvet 600.jpgThe hardest part is measuring the ingredients. You'll need an egg, cocoa powder, red food coloring plus the 7 other ingredients listed below. Per the recipe, cheap liquid food coloring works much better here than fancy food coloring pastes or gels. But, take it from me and handle with care, especially if it's in a glass bottle.

When making our mug cakes, I accidentally sat the food coloring too close to the edge of the pantry shelf. Seconds later, the FULL bottle dropped about 4 feet, broke into a zillion pieces after hitting the tile floor and splattered everything in sight (the floor, the walls, even serving dishes on the lower shelves!). It was a disaster so bad Bob said we should just draw a chalk outline around it and leave it be!

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Remotely Possible

3 Smartphone Secrets You Should Know

By Bob on January 23, 2014 4:20 AM | Read More

Owning a smartphone doesn't make you any smarter. In fact if you're like me, smartphones can leave you feeling, well, sort of dumb. They're infinitely complicated, but there are some easy tricks you can use to make you feel a little smarter.

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Guest Room

5 Logical Mistakes That May Be Keeping You from Losing Weight

By Charlotte on January 22, 2014 6:50 AM | Read More

By Susan Albers Psy.D. and author of Eat.Q.

Are you making a genuine and concerted effort to lose weight and eat healthier, yet the scale doesn't seem to budge? If so, you might be making these five common but critical mistakes. These errors are easy to make because the logical or intuitive answer seems right on target.

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Daily Distraction

I Always Fall for These Deals

By Bob on January 21, 2014 2:17 AM | Read More

You can't beat FREE! Then again, maybe you can.

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Don't Try This At Home

Chili Cheese Dip

By Bob on January 20, 2014 3:32 AM | Read More

Once the weather gets cold (we're in Texas y'all, so that's usually after Thanksgiving), I convince Charlotte to make a pot of her famous chili.

Here at Boomer Brief HQ, chili is the go-to dish for a lot of things. We use it in the Tex-Mex classic Frito Pie, homemade burritos, as a sauce for our favorite tamales - and as a key ingredient in Chili Cheese Dip. 

When I need cooking inspiration, I channel my spirit animals: Emeril & TupacEmeril-Lagasse-240.jpgTupac-240.jpg 


Chili Cheese Dip is my variation on the famous Velveeta-Rotel Queso Dip that's a staple of every tailgate and college dorm room. The chili makes the dip a lot heartier (not to be confused with heart-healthy - this is anything BUT!) and it takes the flavor to a whole 'nother level. We love it

So you just add chili to Velveeta Dip?



But that's only if you're channeling Emeril and Tupac...

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Comfort Corner

Comfort Corner: Individual Chicken Pot Pies

By Charlotte on January 18, 2014 6:34 AM | Read More

Bob has always had a weakness for Chicken Pot Pies. In college, he practically lived on 'em because, besides being satisfying, frozen ones were cheap (would you believe 5 for $1?!) and easy to fix.

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Here's the Dish

Terrific Taco Pie

By Charlotte on January 17, 2014 6:17 AM | Read More

Always a hit, this quick-and-easy casserole takes cues from two of my and Bob's favorites: tacos and pizza. It includes a thin, crunchy crust topped with cheddar cheese, a tasty taco filling, mild green chilies, bite-size tomatoes and, finally, a luscious crown of sour cream and cheese. Yum!

Taco seasoning, garlic powder and hot sauce give this pie a nice kick while tomato puree provides rich tomato flavor.

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Playing Favorites

I Give It A Year

By Bob on January 16, 2014 2:40 AM | Read More

I Give It A Year is a great indie comedy you've never seen featuring actors you see all the time. It's one of those how-did-I-miss-this-one films you'll be telling your friends about -- and they'll be glad you did.

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Daily Distraction

Stacy's Mom

By Bob on January 14, 2014 2:13 AM | Read More

Yeah, sing along with me...

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Why Weight?

3 Foods That Aren't As Healthy As You Think

By Bob on January 8, 2014 2:21 AM | Read More

The world is full of popular beliefs that just aren't true, like Elvis is dead, we put a man on the moon and all healthy food is well, healthy. For those of you keeping score at home, the first two are TRUE and the last one is FALSE. Lemme 'splain.

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Daily Distraction

I Lived Here in College

By Bob on January 7, 2014 1:58 AM | Read More

Don't judge me...you probably did, too.

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Don't Try This At Home

6 Predictions for 2014

By Bob on January 6, 2014 4:49 AM | Read More

Go ahead and admit it. You're more than a little surprised that we all made it out of 2013 ALIVE. I know I am.

Let's face it, 2013 sucked eggs. We had to push the reset button on our healthcare plans, watch Paula Deen implode, see Congress shut down the country more times than we could count AND suffer the loss of Breaking Bad.  ALL IN ONE YEAR.

2014-600.jpgI ask you. How. Much. Can. Humanity. Stand?

Thank GOD we were able to delay the zombie apocalypse with our secret government program (You're welcome). I don't think I could've handled that on top of everything else.

My new healthcare plan covers pre-existing conditions, but I've read the fine print and ZOMBIE wounds are not covered. I'll have to change providers before that shit gets real.



... a live TV production of Les Misérables - reimagined as a night at the Grand Ol' Opry.

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Bling in the New Year

By Charlotte on January 3, 2014 8:15 AM | Read More

Cobalt Blue Necklace Set 274.jpgWant to begin 2014 in style?  The folks at Bijuju can help.

If bling is your thing (color me guilty!!), you'll adore everything from this go-to accessory hotspot.

They've joined us to offer 4 lucky Boomer Babes a chance to win one of the top picks from their vaults of trendy trinkets... FREE. (Check the end of this post for details on how to enter.)

 Bijuju has joined us to give away their Oceana Jewel Necklace Set and 3 other outfit makers. 



Welcome 2014! We're celebrating the new year with a glam giveaway including 4 stunning statement necklaces from one of our favorite stops for trendy accessories, Bijuju.

Read on for details on how to enter. Contest ends Jan. 23!


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Remotely Possible

4 Tech Traps to Avoid in 2014

By Bob on January 2, 2014 3:03 AM | Read More

You don't have to be a technophobe to be tripped up by high-tech traps.
The tech world is filled with scams that can cost you money, steal your
identity or put you and your loved ones at risk. Make a resolution to avoid
these four tech traps this year:

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Guest Room

Irresistible Monkey Bread

By Charlotte on January 1, 2014 1:23 AM | Read More

By Anne Quatrano, Chef and coauthor of Summerland

A batch of monkey bread will not sit for long on your counter. The delicious, sweet pull-apart bread--an American favorite since at least the 1950s--has become a staple dessert at our Abattoir restaurant in Atlanta. Pulling off pieces of the sticky caramelized bread and eating them with your fingers is appealing to young and old alike. We use bread flour because the gluten level is higher and results in a chewier and slightly denser monkey bread. All-purpose flour will work as well, but will yield a slightly lighter texture.

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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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