You can't compete with these stinkers.
When Charlotte and I aren't hip-deep in period dramas (Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge) we love a good crime story. Film Noir is my favorite genre (anybody up for Maltese Falcon, Diabolique or Elevator to the Gallows?) so we're always on the lookout for a new movie or series to scratch that itch.
Over the summer we hit the jackpot, by finding two gritty noir-ish series that satisfied our cravings. First we got hooked on the Netflix original series Bloodline. Then, we capped off our summer with the terrific Rectify from The Sundance Channel.
I'm guessing "walk" usually wins this one.
My friend Liz Benson, who loves to chat, gave her more laconic husband Tom a pack of "chitchat" cards for Christmas. Each card has a question guaranteed to be a conversation starter. These bars prompt the same flow of communication. When you bring them in to work or to a meeting, they break down social barriers, as unexpected treats generally do. Plus, you can reach almost everyone. On a diet? No problem. Fresh-ginger flavored with a hint of lime, just one good-carb cookie will satisfy. Gluten-free? Yes. Vegan? Check. Delicious? You betcha. Use a microplane grater to make short work of the fresh ginger--you don't even have to peel it.
I just can't wrap my ahead around this new cob melon.
When we were kids, summer seemed to speed by like a hummingbird on acid. Wait...I was having a flashback - I meant to say that now that I'm older summer speeds by like an armadillo on crystal meth.
It's essentially the same metaphor, but in this edit the armadillo represents ME and I don't know where the crystal meth came from. Seriously officer, I DON'T.
The only way I know the seasons change is by walking to Super Target and seeing the Christmas decorations. Since that usually happens late-August, I KNOW summer is over.
Try and keep up, OK?
Now that you're back, take out a #2 pencil and a clean sheet of notebook paper. I want your summer highlights on my desk by the end of this post.
Here are mine...
Bob and I had the family to lunch recently to celebrate my mom Patsy's birthday. Although I'm known for experimenting in the kitchen, I decided to play it safe and stick with tried-and-true recipes that I know everyone adores like this scrumptious squash casserole.
True to it's name, this classic has a big, bold flavor. Think crust-less quiche loaded with yellow squash, tomatoes, green chilies and oodles of cheese (my weakness). Ahhh! Plus, my spin on the Duke's famous egg-and-cheese concoction gets a nice kick from Sriracha sauce.
And here's why...
The new favorite pastime here at Boomer Brief HQ is binge-watching. We've discovered and rediscovered so many series and movies through the miracle of Netflix that watching episodic TV seems so...so...2014.
Our recent discovery is Mr. Selfridge, a British TV drama about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his department store, Selfridge & Co. The story kicks off in 1908 during a time when women were enjoying an ever-increasing amount of freedom and the world was rapidly changing.
Either way you wind up screwed.