July 2014 Archives

Daily Distraction

Last Hired

By Bob on July 29, 2014 4:09 AM | Read More

...FIRST fired?

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Don't Try This At Home

Rancho Mirage

By Bob on July 28, 2014 3:54 AM | Read More

Caretaker House View-Art-650.jpgI stepped out of the ranch house the other morning just as the sun was beginning to heat us up for another cloudless day. The water on the stock tank was like glass and - since I hadn't had my coffee yet -- made me think I was looking at a mirage. At least that's what it looked like when I got back to my desk and gave it the Photoshop treatment.

Your eyes can play tricks on you out there. But, that's nothing compared to what nature can do...

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Here's the Dish

Pam's Healthy Chicken Bryan

By Charlotte on July 25, 2014 6:47 AM | Read More

My sister Pam is a wonderful copycat. She and my mom Patsy often make a game of guessing what's in restaurant specialties and recreating them at home.

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Guest Room

Pretty Pink Chantilly with Cranberries

By Charlotte on July 23, 2014 6:22 AM | Read More

By Andrea Jourdan, author of 150 Best Desserts in a Jar

Filled with antioxidants and loaded with vitamin C, cranberries are very healthful. However, we hear so much about their health benefits that we sometimes forget how truly delicious they can be. This recipe is certainly the simplest and one of the most beautiful ways to serve cranberries.

This company-worthy, chilled dessert is great for entertaining. (Photo: Philip Jourdan)

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Daily Distraction

Let Me Ax You A Question

By Bob on July 22, 2014 4:05 AM | Read More

Is this safe?

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In the Mirror

19 Summer-Perfect Beauty Buys Under $45

By Charlotte on July 15, 2014 6:24 AM | Read More

Looking anything but red and wilted can be a challenge when the temp tops 90 most days (welcome to summer in Texas!).

That's why I'm lovin' these 19 fabulous finds. Made to take the heat, they're a sun-sational boost to your beauty routine.

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Daily Distraction

What A Refreshing Idea!

By Bob on July 15, 2014 4:22 AM | Read More

Just the thing for when your signature's too hot to handle!

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Score a $100 Shaping Spree from Spanx

By Charlotte on July 11, 2014 1:40 AM | Read More

Ever long for a little more support? The folks at Spanx can help.

The brand that revolutionized the shapewear industry is now turning heads with the first Spanx retail store in Texas at Dallas' NorthPark Center, only a short hop from our very own Colleywood. Looks like I just found a whole new reason to shop one of my favorite destinations!

The first Spanx retail store in Texas opened in Dallas recently giving me just one more excuse to shop at NorthPark.

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To celebrate the move to Texas, the shapewear giant has teamed up with us to give 1 lucky reader a $100 Spanx gift card. This ticket-to-a-smoother-you can be used at Spanx.com or any Spanx retail store in the country. (Check the end of this post for details on how to enter.)

Like other Spanx retail stores, the new NorthPark location is designed to take the sting out of shopping for shapewear. Everything from its chic, high-energy atmosphere to flattering lighting in the fitting rooms to helpful shaping specialists makes the experience easier and more fun.

Spanx Northpark-005 350.jpgYou could score a sensational shaping spree ... FREE! We're celebrating Spanx's arrival at Dallas' NorthPark Center by giving away a $100 gift card from the shapewear giant. This cool ticket-to-a-smoother-you can be used at Spanx.com or any Spanx retail location in the country.

Click "Read More" for details on how to enter. Contest* ends July 31!


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Guest Room

Hungry Girl's Chicken Hungry Girlfredo Bowl

By Charlotte on July 9, 2014 6:16 AM | Read More

By Lisa Lillien (a.k.a. Hungry Girl), author of The Hungry Girl Diet

The Hungry Girlfredo Bowl is a go-to staple of mine for both lunch AND dinner, and I eat it several times a week . . . YUM! This big fettuccine Alfredo swap can be made with tofu shirataki noodles OR broccoli coleslaw! Either way, you get a deliciously creamy and filling Alfredo bowl.

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Daily Distraction

New from Whammo!

By Bob on July 8, 2014 4:18 AM | Read More

Slime & Slide!

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Here's the Dish

Texas-Style Black-Eyed Peas

By Charlotte on July 4, 2014 2:01 PM | Read More

You can't get away with serving plain ole black-eyed peas around our house. If I try, both Bob and I end up reaching for hot pepper sauce (reminds me of his dad John), Worcestershire sauce, chow-chow relish or maybe all three. You know we Texans love to spice things up!

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Daily Distraction

Talkin' Trash

By Bob on July 1, 2014 4:12 AM | Read More

...but it damn well better be the RIGHT KIND of garbage!

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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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