October 2015 Archives

Dust Jacket

2 Highly Addictive Thrillers Sure to Surprise You

By Charlotte on October 27, 2015 6:45 AM | Read More

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Horrifying multiple murders, heart-touching forbidden romances and all-consuming desires take center stage in these sensational, new spine-tingling stories. Just as addictive as Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, they'll hook you from the first page and keep you on the edge of your seat for the rest of the ride.


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Texas Ranger Crawford Hunt needs to bring his darling daughter home. She's living with her grandparents because he spiraled out of control following his wife's sudden death. After cleaning up his act, the devoted father fights for five-year-old Georgia's custody in Judge Holly Spencer's courtroom.

But when a masked gunman interrupts the proceedings and kills a beloved bailiff, Crawford goes on autopilot saving the beautiful, ambitious judge from a bullet. To catch the calculating killer, the pair must form a secret alliance while wrestling an intense attraction that could prove disastrous to everyone involved. They find themselves torn between solving the brutal crime, protecting her hard-won career, keeping his precious family safe and giving in to unexpected passions.

Perfect when you're in the mood for a thrilling romance, this suspense-filled tale from the author of more than 65 New York Times best sellers entertains with memorable characters, sizzling-hot encounters and plenty of heart. I must confess to getting choked up at the end. (Grand Central Publishing, August 2015, 416 pages) 

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Daily Distraction

Peaceful Neighborhood

By Bob on October 27, 2015 4:58 AM | Read More

Hasn't had a noise complaint yet.

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Don't Try This At Home

If I'd Known I Was Going to Live this Long

By Bob on October 26, 2015 3:14 AM | Read More

I've got a milestone birthday next month. It's one of those that ends in a zero and suggests my career trajectory is arcing towards Walmart Greeter.

In happier times

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Being a certain age has its perks. People ignore me now more than ever. Plus, I get to say pretty much whatever I want and pass it off as senility. It's a win-win for me and everyone in my social network. They aren't embarrassed when I TALK IN ALL CAPS. And I continue not giving a rat's ass. Sweet deal. Amirite?

Now that Walmart's modernized, everybody shops there

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You're probably wondering, "Bob, what is your secret to living this long?"  

Well, as I was telling the young shoplifter in the Walmart parking lot just the other day, "The secret to a long and productive life is a healthy curiosity about the world around you, and DON'T DO METH."  

As I gazed deep into his wildly spinning pinwheel eyes, he said, "Isn't there more?"  

Sadly, our conversation ended when the cops tasered him. But, I shouted over his screams, "I'LL PUT THE REST IN THE BLOG." Then I wished him well and hoped he got a cell with a great broadband connection. Share this truth with your cellmates, Bro:  


He's got a great sense of humor for a multi-offender

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Guest Room

Awesome Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

By Charlotte on October 23, 2015 12:29 PM | Read More

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This recipe takes the vegetables that people hate the most, claiming they taste like feet (hi there, brussels sprouts), dirt (I'm talking to you, beets), or rotting trash (yes, you cabbage), and turns them into a dish that will be the new favorite in your house. That is what this recipe promises.* And if it doesn't succeed, it was totally your cooking. The recipe is awesome.

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Daily Distraction

We Used To Have Curb Service

By Bob on October 20, 2015 4:54 AM | Read More

...now we have a drive-through.

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Playing Favorites

Beck: Morning Phase

By Bob on October 15, 2015 4:23 AM | Read More

I'm a recent convert to the world of Beck, thanks to our son and MUSIC SHERPA, Cole. Beck Hansen's sound is an eclectic fusion of indie, pop, rock with a touch of jazz. And it's damn near impossible to turn him off after you start playing his music. 

This guy is audio Fritos. You can't listen to one song without wanting more.

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Daily Distraction

Does This Taste Funny To You?

By Bob on October 13, 2015 4:39 AM | Read More

I'll admit it's got a wang to it.

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Here's the Dish

Creamy Buttermilk Herb Vegetable Dip

By Charlotte on October 6, 2015 6:31 AM | Read More

A few weeks ago, eight of my closest girlfriends and I hosted one of our best-ever baby bashes. I adore giving showers with these women because no one gets overwhelmed with work. This time, Shelley handled invitations. Becky tallied RSVPs while Terri tracked down the group gift and Bev planned the menu. Linda and Debbie transformed my dining room into a gray-and-yellow, You-are-my-Sunshine-themed wonderland. Everyone filled the table with fabulous goodies. And all I had to do was clean house, send Bob to the ranch (it's dove season so he was more than happy to oblige) and make this delicious dip.

This yummy, Tabasco-infused dip perks up the taste of fresh veggies.

Vegetable Dip - 600.jpgWith the shower set for Sunday, I whipped up my contribution Saturday to save steps on party day. I adapted it from an idea in Fine Cooking Appetizers: 200 Recipes for Small Bites with Big Flavor (The Taunton Press; November 2010). Overflowing with creamy goodness, this crowd-pleaser features yogurt, light sour cream, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and low-fat buttermilk spiked with herbs, garlic, cider vinegar and Tabasco for that kick we Texans crave.

Talk about simple. You just stir the ingredients together in a large bowl and allow at least 15 minutes for the flavors to blend. If you're like me and want to make it ahead, just stash this winner in the fridge till serving time. 

At our shower, it looked pretty and proved a major hit plated with baby carrots (love that crunch!), grape tomatoes, celery pieces and pepper strips. You could also try asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower or just about any fresh veggie.

My talented girlfriends helped me fill the table for this yellow-and-gray, You-are-my-Sunshine-themed baby shower.

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Daily Distraction


By Bob on October 6, 2015 4:33 AM | Read More

...as a matter of fact, I am.

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Don't Try This At Home

4 People You'll See Exercising in Colleywood

By Bob on October 5, 2015 4:09 AM | Read More

History will record that I'm not the MOST fit person in Colleywood. A bum foot with more titanium than a new set of Callaway golf clubs will do that to a person.

The bad news is that there's a LOT of metal in here. The GOOD news is that I get EXCELLENT AM radio reception Bob's Foot-350.jpg

I do try and live a reasonably healthy lifestyle. And after extensive research I've learned that moderate exercise may not help me live longer, but it will help me die slower. So I've got that going for me. 

My day typically begins with a four-mile walk inside the bubble that houses Colleywood and Baja Colleywood (known by some as Euless). It's an urban/residential mix and my only wildlife sightings are what I see on the sidewalks, streets and parking lots.

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There's a pattern here. I see the same "types" of people every day. The seasons change...the outfits are constantly changing, but the people...well, I've identified 4 distinct groups.     

 This guy is my SPIRIT ANIMAL. 

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In the Mirror

4 Skin-Kind Finds Under $30

By Charlotte on October 1, 2015 5:03 AM | Read More

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Finding the right skincare routine can be like walking a tightrope. I've gotta have beauty products strong enough to do the job without sending my sometimes sensitive skin over the edge.

That's why I like to play it safe with skin-kind finds like these. They're designed to deliver powerful results with no fear of unpleasant side effects. You can pick up these budget-friendly buys at your local Target, one of my regular haunts. (I shop Friday mornings to miss the crowd.) And now to the end of October, Target is offering special discounts on these and other fan favorites from Neutrogena, Aveeno and RoC. (Check the end of this post for details.)

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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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