October 2014 Archives

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Ain't Them Bodies Saints

By Bob on October 30, 2014 4:16 AM | Read More

The problem with the blockbuster movie business is that there are a lot of terrific films that don't have the marketing budget of say, Iron Man 7 so they go unnoticed. That's why it's a delight to run across an independent film as beautiful and haunting as Ain't Them Bodies Saints.

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Guest Room

No-Fuss, Make-Ahead Chocolate Tiramisu

By Charlotte on October 29, 2014 6:36 AM | Read More

By Julie Hasson, author 125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes

The name of this fabulous Italian dessert means "pick-me-up." Be forewarned: once you make this dessert for guests, you will forever be known for it. My sister-in-law Meredith loves this dessert so much that she had me make giant ones for her wedding reception.

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Why Weight?

4 BEST Appetizers

By Bob on October 29, 2014 3:04 AM | Read More

It seems like ages ago when Charlotte and I used to regularly make a meal out of appetizers. If I had a dollar for every time we enjoyed mozzarella sticks and potato skins, I could rebalance my retirement fund.

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In the Mirror

In the Mirror: Breathe Right Sleep In

By Charlotte on October 28, 2014 6:00 AM | Read More

I joined the Breathe Right Sleep In movement to try and catch up on my beauty sleep. Talk about a challenge!

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Daily Distraction

Truth in Advertising

By Bob on October 28, 2014 4:09 AM | Read More

How many times have you wanted to do this to a Micky D's sign? Somebody beat you to it!

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Don't Try This At Home

Fear and Loathing in New York

By Bob on October 27, 2014 4:20 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I flew up to NYC to celebrate our son Cole's birthday. Yeah, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Bob, how could you leave Dallas during its time of need? We saw on CNN how Ebola is turning Dallas into the LAST DAYS OF POMPEII and all that shit. Where's your civic pride?" 

You know what I said internets?

I said, "My civic pride is in ROW 12 SEATS D and C on AA Flight #1140 to LaGuardia, that's where." 

Then I told 'em to calm the Eff down. Dallas is going to be OK. I mean, we've got the former Ad Executive on the Taco Bell account as our mayor for Pete's sake. You think anything gets past THAT GUY?

Yo Quiero Taco Bell!

We got this.

Everybody's got something to hide except these two

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We weren't going let a little pandemic fear and loathing mess up our trip. We were bearing a gift from someone who knows what FEAR and LOATHING are all about. I'm talking about Hunter S. Thompson's favorite artist: Ralph Steadman. 

Didn't see that one coming did you!

Lemme 'splain. 

 Let's get down to brass tacks. How much for the ape?

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Remotely Possible

Avoid These 4 Tech Traps

By Bob on October 27, 2014 2:24 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.

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Comfort Corner

Comfort Corner: Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

By Charlotte on October 24, 2014 6:02 AM | Read More

Bob and I often crave chicken enchiladas. One of our all-time favorites, this lasagna-like dish offers that creamy chicken, cheese and corn tortilla taste we adore without a lot of work.

Perfect for weeknights, this Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole can be on the table in under an hour start to finish if you use precooked chicken.

Ready to eat-600.jpgI usually use grilled chicken breast that Bob has made ahead. (Don't you just love a man who cooks?!) But you can opt for boiled or deli white meat.

Once you've shredded (our choice) or chopped the chicken, you can forget slicing and dicing. The oh, so flavorful sauce includes cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, Rotel tomatoes with green chiles, more green chiles, four spices and Tabasco for an extra kick. Talk about easy! Making it is as simple as opening cans and adding spices.

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Daily Distraction

Batman the Later Years

By Bob on October 21, 2014 4:05 AM | Read More

Age left the Caped Crusader just a little bitter.

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Here's the Dish

Mediterranean-Style Cod Baked with Tomatoes and Feta

By Charlotte on October 17, 2014 11:56 AM | Read More

I absolutely adore making casseroles. Focusing on one, do-it-all dish seems so much simpler than cooking a meat and several sides separately. You can usually handle some, if not all, the prep ahead. Add bread, a tossed green salad or both and dinner's done.

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Guest Room

1 Potato 2 Potato 3 Potato Rolls

By Charlotte on October 15, 2014 2:50 PM | Read More

By Libbie Summers, author Sweet & Vicious: Baking with Attitude

Potato rolls were the only rolls I remember my grandma Lula Mae baking. Baking requires two qualities Grandma didn't have: patience and precision. No one would argue that she could cook the hell out of a side of pork, but make a cake or bake bread? Let's just say flour was not her medium. As I remember, it was quite a production even when she was thickening gravy. When she finally did find the flour tin (it was not allowed to take up counter space), she would open the top and scrutinize the contents, pushing the flour from left to right with her abnormally long index finger. It wasn't until much later in my life that I realized she was looking for weevils.

These potato rolls are wonderful made with russet potatoes, sweet potatoes or purple potatoes.

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Daily Distraction

One Tough Hombre

By Bob on October 14, 2014 4:00 AM | Read More

He shot straight with us, up until the very last.

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Don't Try This At Home

Here's Why You're Not Happy

By Bob on October 13, 2014 4:04 AM | Read More

I try to keep my fingers on the pulse of all that's going on in the world so I can keep you guys informed. But here lately it's been pretty damned exhausting. Why? Our reader millions of readers may ask. 

We live near Dallas, so it's a full time job just keeping Ebola from swallowing us whole, or talking to a reporter from CNN. 

You ever try and outrun Anderson Cooper? 

That sumbitch is fast. And his hair is always perfect.

I sat down at my state-of-the-art computer in my tastefully decorated office and pondered how to be happy.

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For the longest time, I thought all we had to fear were Iranian NUKES and our neighborhood CHUPACABRA (we call him Chuck, but he'll chew through cast iron when he hears any human sound). I'm coming clean with this admission: I WAS SO NOT RIGHT (I'm still having a hard time saying I was wrong). There's plenty to keep you awake at night, even if I was way off on my short list of dangerous things. 

So...as a public service, I'll give you 5 reasons to feel happy right now.

5 Reasons to be Happy

See this sign outside your bedroom window? Stay in bed...

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1. You're Not Here

Chances are you didn't roll over this morning and see this sign out your window. CONGRATULATIONS! It's going to be a great day!


What's worse than a four-year-old throwing a tantrum? 

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Playing Favorites

BoJack Horseman

By Bob on October 9, 2014 4:33 AM | Read More

Netflix has had a string of hits with its original productions. I love Orange is the New Black and Charlotte and I can't wait to binge-watch the next season of House of Cards. But when Netflix announced its latest series would be animated, I balked.

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Why Weight?

Does This Diet Make Me Look Old?

By Bob on October 8, 2014 4:40 AM | Read More

Did you ever stop and think that what you eat has an impact on how you look? Me neither.

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Out of the Closet

13 Essentials for Fall and Beyond

By Charlotte on October 7, 2014 8:15 AM | Read More

Looks can be deceiving. Take my closet. It may look full. But, as I keep telling Bob, there are only a few things I actually wear. The rest just take up space. They're out of date, don't fit right or just don't go with anything. Uggg! I obviously have separation issues or they would've found a new home long ago.

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Daily Distraction

Perfect Product Placement

By Bob on October 7, 2014 4:56 AM | Read More

But, sooo unfair!

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Comfort Corner

Comfort Corner: Creamy, Crockpot Chicken Artichoke Casserole

By Charlotte on October 3, 2014 1:58 AM | Read More

Bob and I discovered Asiago cheese while crusin' the Mediterranean earlier this year. Many nights on ship, we snacked on that to-die-for Italian classic, crunchy breadsticks, a Dirty Martini (Bob) and Prosecco (me) before dinner. What a way to live!

Once home, we stocked up on our new addiction. So naturally, we couldn't wait to try this Asiago-laced casserole from Donna-Marie Pye's Easy Everyday Slow Cooker Recipes (Robert Rose Inc., June 26, 2014, $24.95). This simple, crockpot delight features cooked chicken, artichoke hearts, green onions and red pepper in a cheesy Alfredo sauce with a crunchy-crouton topping.

Easy and delicious, this crockpot meal includes chicken, artichoke hearts and veggies in a cheesy Alfredo sauce with a crunchy-crouton topping.

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Remotely Possible

Sound Blaster Roar

By Bob on October 2, 2014 5:29 AM | Read More

The world is full of Bluetooth speakers that promise to deliver sound like you're sitting center stage at Carnegie Hall. Truth is there may be less than a handful that can actually deliver. 

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Guest Room

Perfect Any Season Buttermilk Pie

By Charlotte on October 1, 2014 6:38 AM | Read More

By Paula Haney, owner of Chicago's Hoosier Mama Pie Company and author of The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie

My mother used to drink buttermilk by the glass. While I wouldn't go that far, I do love this pie. It's rich and tangy and creamy and refreshing all at the same time! While it is a classic, desperation pie that you can make on a cold winter day, it is equally welcome on a hot summer evening, topped with fresh berries.

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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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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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