June 2014 Archives

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Coppola's Director's Cut Cabernet Sauvignon

By Bob on June 26, 2014 2:05 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I had a wonderful dinner with Francis Ford Coppola winemaker Corey Beck a while back. Corey showed off a few of his favorite Coppola wines - all retailing under $20. Just as the evening was winding down, he stepped it up a notch and poured what may be the best mid-priced cabernet I've ever had: Coppola's Director's Cut Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Why Weight?

Peanut Butter is Good for You

By Bob on June 25, 2014 9:41 AM | Read More

If Charlotte and I have one vice it's crunchy peanut butter. We love the stuff. But, it's always been a little bit of a guilty pleasure. I mean, the gooey, crunchy spread can't be good for you, can it? According to the folks at Prevention Magazine, peanut butter has some surprising health benefits.

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Daily Distraction

Don't Make Me Go All Caveman on You

By Bob on June 24, 2014 4:44 AM | Read More

Don't start a rumble with a Rubble.

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Don't Try This At Home

Your New Favorite Summer Drink

By Bob on June 23, 2014 3:59 AM | Read More

I tried infused tequilas for the very first time when Charlotte and I were down at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa a couple of years ago. I have to tell you boomers, I fell HARD for these wonderful concoctions.

The beautiful JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & SpaJW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa - Front - 600.jpgAfter dinner at its Cibolo Moon restaurant, our server Lauren brought us a tequila "sampler" containing three infused tequilas - strawberry/jalapeno, lemon/basil and mojito. They were all good, but the easy standout was the strawberry/jalapeno. This bad-boy drink was like a jalapeno punched me in the mouth, then felt bad about it and asked his strawberry girlfriend to kiss me on the mouth.

Cibolo Moon RestaurantCibolo Moon-500.jpgIt's hard to forget something like that. And I didn't. 

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That's why I asked the kind folks at the JW Marriott to pulleeese share their recipe, so I could share it with our reader millions of fans. They were happy to oblige. The video 'splains it all to you (and comes complete with sound effects and my first taste ever of my own strawberry/jalapeno infused tequila - funny stuff). For those of you who aren't fans of my work in blogger cinema, feel free to jump past the video and print out the recipe below. 

You're gonna thank me for this one. Trust me. 


Simple Steps for Infusing Tequila at Home

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The List

The List: 14 Shore Things

By Charlotte on June 22, 2014 6:05 AM | Read More

May marked Bob and my 36th wedding anniversary. Woo Hoo! To celebrate that and 2 other Hallelujah-worthy milestones, we took an amazing, 10-day Mediterranean cruise that brought us to the beaches of 6 countries.

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Win a Body-Pampering Prize Pack from Crabtree & Evelyn

By Charlotte on June 20, 2014 1:14 AM | Read More

Magnolia blossoms may be the state flower of Louisiana but we Texans are wild about them too. Their heavenly scent reminds me of home because Bob and I had magnolias in our yard for many years. Bringing those citrusy sweet-smelling flowers indoors was a treat we looked forward to every spring. Ahhhhh!

Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy that luscious scent whenever you're in the mood? Thanks to the folks at Crabtree & Evelyn, one lucky Boomer Babe will be able to do just that. We've teamed up with them to give away a $109 gift set including four of their new Pear and Pink Magnolia body and hand care indulgences.

We're giving away four favorites from Crabtree & Evelyn's new Pear and Pink Magnolia body and hand care collection ($109 value). The prize package includes Eau de Toilette, Body Wash and Body Lotion (pictured below) plus Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy.

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You could win a body-pampering prize package from the botanical beauty experts at Crabtree & Evelyn. We're giving away a $109 gift set including 4 of their highly addictive, new Pear and Pink Magnolia-scented body and hand care indulgences.

Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Contest* ends July 10!


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Remotely Possible

iPhone Power Case

By Bob on June 19, 2014 4:32 AM | Read More

One of the drawbacks to traveling is that it can sometimes be a hassle to find an outlet to charge an iPhone, iPad or other electronic device. Finding a power station in an airport can be problematic and until recently, charging a device on a plane wasn't even a possibility.

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Guest Room

Sweet and Spicy Spareribs

By Charlotte on June 18, 2014 6:35 AM | Read More

By Jackie Collins, author of The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook

I'm crazy about spareribs. Nothing like a down-and-dirty barbecue to have fun.

This recipe also works well with baby back ribs, which take less time to cook through-- about a half hour. The internal temperature of the cooked ribs should be the same--165° to 175°F.

This barbecue recipe works well with spareribs or baby back ribs. (Photo: Amy Beadle Roth)

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Daily Distraction

How Laid Back Can One Person Be?

By Bob on June 17, 2014 4:39 AM | Read More

Maybe a little too laid back for his own good...

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Just Desserts

Bakery-Quality Queen's Crumble

By Charlotte on June 13, 2014 6:07 AM | Read More

Our nephew Zach has a thing for blueberries. So a fruity dessert was a must when he and my younger sister Pam (she may be 50+ but she's still the baby of our family!) visited recently.

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Daily Distraction

Hot Offer

By Bob on June 10, 2014 4:34 AM | Read More

I bet they don't get many takers.

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Don't Try This At Home

Rising Up From The Ruins

By Bob on June 9, 2014 4:39 AM | Read More

A few weeks ago I climbed in the Boomer Brief DeLorean and set the clock back to Dec. 2003. Seconds later I was sitting in an exam room with a doctor telling me I had cancer. 

I know, you're all, "Gawd...is he going down that road? I think my phone's ringing..."  



Before you bail - SPOILER ALERT - this isn't THAT kind of post. But if you're leaving, please return your tray tables and seatbacks to their upright and locked positions and don't ever sit in the exit row again.

Where was I?

Oh, yeah. The DeLorean.

It's a fixer-upper...but a little paint, some sheetrock...it'll be good as new

28-600.jpgWell when I hopped back in the DeLorean I accidentally reset the clock for the summer of 2009. That's when I found myself with Charlotte in another exam room. This time a different doctor was telling her she had cancer.

Doesn't that just suck?

For those of  you keeping score at home. IT DID.

The site of the 2015 Boomer Brief Cliff Diving Championship

81-600.jpgThat's why I beat it back to 2014. Because you know what DOESN'T suck? 

NOT having cancer.

That's why 2014 is better than 2003 and 2009. Charlotte and I just celebrated our 5 and 10 year anniversaries as cancer survivors **cue the marching band**.

Wonder how much I could get if I sold this logo to Nike?

103-600.jpgWhen we were diagnosed  I promised we'd do something special when we reached our milestones. You know what Internets? That's what we did.


 After selling The Boomer Brief DeLorean on EBay...

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Playing Favorites


By Bob on June 5, 2014 3:17 AM | Read More

If you're ready for an edge-of-your seat suspense movie, then put Prisoners at the top of your list. This film noir-ish drama features a superb cast, deliciously deranged plot and more twists and turns than your last rollercoaster ride.

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Why Weight?

4 Best Diet Tips Ever

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

Since I turned 50 I developed the metabolism of a speed bump. It's a problem all Baby Boomers face, but it doesn't mean we have to suffer the consequences. With a little common sense and a couple of life hacks, we can beat that middle-aged spread.

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Daily Distraction

What's Cookin'?

By Bob on June 3, 2014 4:31 AM | Read More


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Here's the Dish

Here's the Dish: Creamy Buffalo Ranch Ham Dip

By Charlotte on June 1, 2014 6:46 AM | Read More

Want a super-simple summer dip that everyone adores? Try this Creamy Buffalo Ranch Ham Dip. My family's addicted to this cool, cream cheese-and-ham sensation.

Creamy Buffalo Ranch Ham Dip gets a Texas-style kick from Wish-Bone Buffalo Ranch Salad Dressing and hot sauce.

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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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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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