August 2015 Archives

Daily Distraction

There's Something About This Juice

By Bob on August 25, 2015 4:31 AM | Read More

It's cheap, but I just can't get anybody to take a crack at it.

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Don't Try This At Home

Who's Smart Now?

By Bob on August 24, 2015 4:24 AM | Read More

OK, I'm just going to put this out there for you to chew on: Smoke Detector's Save Lives.  

That's the kind of mind-expanding, provocative commentary you've come to expect here at The Boomer Brief. I'm happy to provide this as a public service. You're welcome 'Merica. 

Now, for the provocative part.

We'll return to my, er, dream after a brief interruption to change the effing battery in my smoke detector.

Cowgirls-600.jpgThey also SUCK. 

I know that's inflamed (see what I did there?) rhetoric, but gimme a chance to 'splain before you burn up the comments section.  

Smoke Detectors - at least the ones here in our home & Boomer Brief HQ - have battery backup systems powered by 9 volt batteries (the kind that used to power your transistor radio back in the good ol' days). Why is that a problem? 

Because they DIE.  

In the middle of the effing night.  

With a fingernails-on-a-blackboard-dying-sparrow-with-its-head-stuck-in-your-bedroom-window SCREEK!! 

Ever see a middle aged man in his boxers climb a ladder at 3 a.m. to change the battery in a smoke detector? Trust me, you can't handle the truth.

 I don't know how you live with yourself.

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Guest Room

French Bistro-Inspired Brie and Tapenade-Stuffed Chicken Breast

By Charlotte on August 24, 2015 1:24 AM | Read More

By Karen Adler & Judith Fertig, authors of BBQ Bistro

Let this recipe be your blueprint to create variations: French feta and roasted red bell peppers, Cheddar cheese and bacon, and chopped green onions and Boursin cheese are all delicious stuffing alternatives. Serve sliced rounds of the stuffed chicken with a cold salad the next day. When ready to serve, cut into 1/4-inch slices and arrange on the salad of your choice.

Brie and Tapenade-Stuffed Chicken Breast

Serves 6

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Out of the Closet

4 Must-Follow Sites for Scoring Brag-Worthy Bling

By Charlotte on August 21, 2015 6:18 AM | Read More

Torquoise necklace - 600.jpgThe right bling can give any girl an edge. Finishing a simple outfit with a stylish necklace, sassy earrings, bangles galore or, better yet, all three can add ooh-la-la personality.

That's why I adore these jewelry-centric sites. Pure heaven for those of us obsessed with trendy trinkets, they offer oodles of brag-worthy gems, elegant packaging and special offers you'll be tempted to share. You can also turn to them for chic styling tips, help making smart selections and more - some even delight in surprising you.

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Daily Distraction

I Always Obey Warning Signs

By Bob on August 18, 2015 4:27 AM | Read More

Especially ones like this.

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Playing Favorites

A Strong Case for Shiner

By Bob on August 14, 2015 3:36 PM | Read More

The good folks at the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas have come to their collective beer-making senses. Now, for a limited time (sounds kinda like a Toyota commercial don't it?) they're selling our beloved Prickly Pear Lager in six-packs and cases. 

You're welcome 'Merica.

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Daily Distraction

Wear Your Flotation Device

By Bob on August 11, 2015 4:07 AM | Read More

When I said I wanted a "Coke Float" this isn't what I had in mind.

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Here's the Dish

Sensational 7-Layer Mexican Dip

By Charlotte on August 7, 2015 6:30 AM | Read More

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Want a delicious dip perfect for everything from backyard barbecues to game day gatherings? You have to try this sensational 7-layer Mexican dip.

It's one of my go-to party recipes. Besides feeding a crowd, this easy appetizer has an irresistible Tex-Mex flavor with just the right amount of heat.

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Daily Distraction

I Blame The Schools

By Bob on August 4, 2015 4:01 AM | Read More

But then, I'd be wrong.

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Home Runs

You Could Freshen Up for Fall ... FREE

By Charlotte on August 3, 2015 6:38 AM | Read More

Summer may still be making things sizzle in Texas but I'm daydreaming about fall. Bring on the cooler days, football-focused nights and the chance to wear something other than the shorts that have been my hot-weather staple.

I'm thinkin' tweedy skirts, long-sleeve dresses and leggings to start then skinny jeans, sweaters and scarves. I haven't gone near that part of my closet for months thanks to our famous Texas heat so it'll seem like I have a new wardrobe. But wouldn't it be nice to have a quick and easy way to freshen up my favorites for fall without dry cleaning expenses or the trouble of hand washing?Dryel Starter Kit 167.jpg

The folks at Dryel want to offer five lucky readers some help doing just that. They've joined us to give away five starter kits for their in-home dry cleaning system. It safely steams clothing and cleans soils, stains and odors while removing wrinkles and saving considerable time and money.

We're giving away five coupons for Dryel starter kits including everything you need to freshen up your favorites for fall ... FREE.

Read on for details on how to enter. Contest ends Aug. 23.

Dryel is great for dry clean only things because it cleans them for as little as 25 cents a garment. Wow! And you can use it on most fabrics (excluding leather, velvet, suede, fur, silk and rayon).

I also like using Dryel for special care items like dresses, dark jeans, sweaters and blouses that call for hand washing and/or line drying and pieces that are difficult to wash like my go-everywhere jean jacket. (That's a must for every woman's wardrobe!)

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Using Dryel makes it easy to freshen up items that are a pain to launder like the jean jacket that's one of my constant fall companions.

Since Dryel works in your dryer, it's easy to use and avoids harsh dry cleaning chemicals. You simply spritz any spots with the included Booster Spray. Zip your clothing in a special bag that holds up to five items. Use the dryer to activate Dryel's steam cleaning environment. Hang up your things immediately once the dryer's done to avoid wrinkling. And voilà, you're finished except for an occasional ironing touch up.

What's more, Dryel cleans clothes in record time. I'm talkin' 30 minutes on medium heat in the dryer for deep cleaning. Make that 15 minutes if your clothes are like the things I need to prep for fall and only need freshening up.

Before using Dryel, I refused to let my dark skinny jeans get anywhere near the dryer. I was worried their color would fade, or worse, they'd shrink and I wouldn't be able to squeeze myself into them no matter how many desserts I skipped. So I washed them on delicate and let them line dry.(What a time sucker!) But Dryel won't fade, stretch or shrink clothing - even skin-hugging skinnies like mine. So instead of requiring a full day to wash and dry, my skinnies can be ready for action in 15 to 30 minutes. Nice!

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Don't Try This At Home

Super Easy & Delicious Grilled Chicken

By Bob on August 3, 2015 4:03 AM | Read More

Now that summer is winding down, I've been making the most of grilling season. Around Boomer Brief HQ that can only mean one thing - Grilled Chicken. It's our go-to entrée because it's easy to prepare and it finds its way into soooo many dishes. 

Since it's a kitchen staple, we keep a Zip Lock bag full of grilled chicken breasts in our freezer at all times. Why? After a hard day slaving away in the blogosphere, it's a quick and easy dinner.  

Yes, it takes a room full of people to bring you quality digital content like this

Boomer Brief HQ-650.jpgIf Charlotte wants to whip up some of her famous chicken enchiladas, she's ready to go. It's also great in her spicy chicken cheese dip, grilled chicken salads, chicken spaghetti and even by itself with a side dish of her special Mac & Cheese

This recipe is super easy and it's been road-tested so many times you really can't screw it up (and believe me, I've tried!).



It's a Classic Love Story - Boy Meets Grill

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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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