March 2015 Archives

Daily Distraction

Something you never heard on Wild Kingdom

By Bob on March 31, 2015 2:15 AM | Read More

Another little-known fact, they taste just like chicken.

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Don't Try This At Home

140 Characters & Counting

By Bob on March 30, 2015 4:15 AM | Read More

One of the best things about living in the INFORMATION AGE is that there are so many ways to say absolutely nothing. 

Texting, for example. I love texting. It's short. Concise. And so often filled with misinterpretation. It's HARD to put vocal inflection into a text. That used to get me in trouble on an almost daily basis. 

I mean, sometimes my sarcasm comes off as sincere. I hate it when that happens.

Just hanging out...what's new with you?

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And what about having a Sense of Humor? **if you don't have one, stop reading right now** THAT'S another sticky text area.

A joke can be wildly misread without the proper tone. A witty remark can fall flat without an accent, smile, wink or the occasional knee to the groin. There's just so much you can do with a few words. And don't tell me to use emoticons. The person who created them will spend eternity roasting next to the guy who invented decaffeinated coffee.

Oh, hell no


"Bob," you may ask with a pained expression on your face, "there's **sniff** GOT to be a better way." Well, indeed there is. After years of painful experimentation I've devised my own surefire TEXT ANSWERING SYSTEM (patent pending).

I don't reply to texts anymore. That is, I don't reply with words alone. I use words with pictures or just pictures to convey my meaning. That way, I get to say what I mean. Better yet, I get to mean what I say.

Here are 8 of my patented **not really, you think I'd spend money on this?** texts that work in every situation. Use them with your friends or enemies and you can thank me later. 


 I like this text so much I bought it a Cadillac

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Guest Room

Smoky Hot Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

By Charlotte on March 27, 2015 6:46 AM | Read More

By Rachel Rappaport, author of Cooking with Frank's RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce

The ultimate hot sauce lover's mac and cheese! If you aren't a fan of smoky Cheddar, use a plain sharp Cheddar or Gouda.

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Daily Distraction

Down in the dumps?

By Bob on March 24, 2015 2:11 AM | Read More

Trust me, this guy's job is crappier than yours.

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Playing Favorites

Serial Podcast

By Bob on March 19, 2015 11:49 AM | Read More

When it comes to podcasts, I'm a late bloomer. It's not that I didn't know they existed, there's just so much freakin' content on the web that I've never taken the time to check them out. 

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Here's the Dish

Win a $40 Prize Package to Put You on the Path to Better Health

By Charlotte on March 19, 2015 6:00 AM | Read More

Bob and I have stepped up our fitness routine lately. Eating right and exercising have always been important. But those healthy habits become an obsession when you've survived both prostate and breast cancer, see the big 6-0 marker looming ahead and have a 40-year high school reunion on the calendar. (I've got to get in shape before July!).

That's why we're eating more vegetables and trying to walk at least 10,000 steps daily. I aiso strive to climb 50 flights of stairs every day. Whew!

RB Cran Picture 200.jpgWant to join us in our drive to get fit? We've teamed up with the folks at Kellogg's to put one lucky reader on the path to better health. We're giving away a $40 prize package filled with good-for-you options, including: 

I'm wild about dried cranberries. I adore them in cookies, salads, quick breads or straight from the package. So I couldn't wait to try the new cranberry-infused version of my long-time favorite cereal. It blends crispy bran flakes made from whole grain wheat with two scoops of delicious raisons and cranberries for a flavor that's both tart and sweet. Yum!

Besides tasting great, this breakfast delight is packed with nutrition. Every serving of Kellogg's Raisin Bran with Cranberries contains five grams of fiber and an excellent source of vitamin E. I like eating it dry because the crunch is addictive. But add a half cup of skim milk and you also get vitamin D, 15 percent of your daily value of calcium and 8 grams of protein.


You could step up your fitness routine FREE thanks to the folks at Kellogg's. They've joined us to give away a $40 prize package to put you on the path to better health, including: 

Rasin Bran - 600.jpgTo enter the contest, email your name, mailing address (no PO Boxes please) and phone number to Enter@BoomerBrief.com by April 9 and put "Kellogg's Raisin Bran with Cranberries Blogger Giveaway" in the subject line. Click "Read More" for the official rules.


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The List

3 Sensational Side Dishes

By Charlotte on March 17, 2015 5:24 PM | Read More

For some people, Easter lunch is all about smoked honey ham, prime rib or some other mouth-watering cut of meat. But I focus on the vegetables. I'm not talkin' the plain-Jane variety here. I want my holiday sides dressed up with yummy cheeses, sauces and seasonings that'll have guests coming back for more. That's why I adore these three sensational side dishes.

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Daily Distraction

You've got to hand it to 'em

By Bob on March 17, 2015 2:07 AM | Read More

...then again, maybe you don't.

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Guest Room

Blue Ribbon Cheesecake

By Charlotte on March 13, 2015 6:35 AM | Read More

By George Geary, author The Cheesecake Bible

I have won numerous awards with this recipe, also affectionately called "Patty's Favorite Cheesecake" after my mom, my biggest fan.

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Daily Distraction

Math is hard

By Bob on March 10, 2015 2:04 AM | Read More

And it's even harder if you're stupid.

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Here's the Dish

Sweet Cornbread Muffins

By Charlotte on March 9, 2015 6:10 AM | Read More

Just when Bob and I thought Dallas would dodge the snow this year, several surprising arctic blasts closed schools for days and dropped more than four inches of ice, sleet and snow at our doorstep. Brrrr! Sure it was pretty but living in my Uggs for two weeks and all that white stuff got me itching for spring break. We're heading to the Redneck Rivera, aka Gulf Shore, AL, where we can warm up with the sand between our toes, pretty views of the Gulf of Mexico and these sweet cornbread muffins.

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Don't Try This At Home

Snow Daze

By Bob on March 9, 2015 4:03 AM | Read More

I'll admit that I'm more of a winter person than a summer person. I like the cold weather, because my body temp runs a little warmer than some folks **cue Foreigner singing Hot Blooded**.

When it's 25 outside, my body temp is just about normal. I like that.

Having said that, I've had all the winter I want for 2015. North Texas has had repeated rounds of ice, freezing rain, sleet, snow, THUNDER SNOW, THUNDER ICE and FROZEN FROGS dropping from the sky like a Biblical plague.

This is an "after" photo taken when we removed the millions of frozen amphibians from our pond


OK, I made up the part about the frogs, but you get the idea. Just know that I'm done with it.

Why? Because - wait for it - Texans SUCK at driving in snow and ice. There, I said it. C'mon, you were thinking it too, weren't you?

Lemme 'splain.

Charlotte hosted her Bunco bunch here at Boomer Brief HQ a few nights ago. Being the smart caring, nurturing husband that I am, I took off for the ranch to give them a testosterone-free house. Hey, that's just how I roll.

Sleet, snow and freezing rain were predicted for the next day, but the forecast said it'd be west and north of us. Colleywood, and its Grey Poupon-loving neighborhoods, would be spared the brunt of the icy blast. You pay a little more...you geta little more...AMIRITE?


Snow was piling up faster than Twitter crashes on Interstate 20...

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Why Weight?

Hack Your Diet With These 3 Tips

By Bob on March 4, 2015 4:53 AM | Read More

I'm a BIG fan of life hacks. You know, those simple, why-didn't-I-think-about-that tips and tricks that can make your life sooo much better.

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Daily Distraction

Time to catch up on my reading

By Bob on March 3, 2015 1:59 AM | Read More

So many chapters, so little time.

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Red Thong Strong: Girlfriends Little Secrets to Smoothing Lifes Panty Lines
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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