November 2015 Archives

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Must-Try Roasted Sweet Potato Pie

By Charlotte on November 27, 2015 5:44 AM | Read More

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By Thomas Gosney, author of Method of Procedure

Pumpkin pie is a popular treat for the fall. Down south sweet potato pie is a must year around. Roasting the potato instead of boiling is a much better method. The reasoning behind this is roasting concentrates the flavors and color, boiling washes it away. The extra time taken to bake the potato is well worth the effort.

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A Very Murray Christmas

By Bob on November 26, 2015 2:11 AM | Read More

OK, I am officially ready to get my Claus on. Christmas is coming early this year thanks to Bill Murray and Netflix.

Lemme 'splain. In a stroke of brilliance, Netflix conned kidnaped convinced Bill Murray to star in an all-star musically-driven holiday special, A Very Murray Christmas.

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Daily Distraction

I'd Take This Sign Seriously

By Bob on November 24, 2015 4:23 AM | Read More

You never want to confront a flying dog.

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Out of the Closet

Cold-Weather Challenge

By Charlotte on November 20, 2015 6:39 PM | Read More

Sweater Leggings - 350.jpgBob and I go our separate ways in cold weather. He stays in short sleeves until the temperature drops close to freezing. (Just the thought of that makes me shiver. Brrrrrr!) I begin layering on sweaters (this year, the longer the better), gloves, scarves and jackets at the first sign of a chill in the air.

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In the Mirror

Enter to Win 5 Anti-Aging All-Stars from RoC Skincare ... FREE

By Charlotte on November 17, 2015 6:09 AM | Read More

Dark circles. Fine lines. Sagging skin. Deep wrinkles. Ugh!  If you're anything like me, you long for a skincare routine that's tough on all those irritating signs of aging (and more!) without irritating your skin.

That's why I was thrilled to team up with the skincare pros at RoC for a beauty-boosting giveaway. They've joined us to offer one lucky reader a fabulous set of five anti-aging all-stars designed to tackle everything from a dull complexion to deep wrinkles. Valued at more than $125, this Boomer-perfect package will help you fight your top concerns around the clock without risking an upset.

Gold Deep wrinkle Serum- Hi Res 150.jpgCalling all Boomer Babes! We're giving away a fabulous gift from RoC Skincare including 5 anti-aging all-stars designed to tackle everything from a dull complexion to deep wrinkles:

You could win this face-saving, $125-value set ... FREE. Read on for details on how to enter*. Contest ends Dec. 15.

What's so great about RoC? To start, I share a birthday with this popular French skincare brand. It's been focused on helping women achieve healthier, younger-looking skin since 1957. Let's just forget doing the math and say that's more than 50 years so they gotta be doing something right. The pharmacist who founded RoC , Dr. Jean-Charles Lissarrague, created the first hypoallergenic skincare product and the first SPF sunscreen. The company went on to patent the first pure, stabilized form of retinol in over-the-counter beauty aids.

Besides developing award-winning products, the folks at RoC work closely with dermatologists and perform tons of tests to make sure their solutions are both effective and suitable for all skin types, even sensitive souls like me. Even better, my own dermatologist tells me it's good stuff.

Our giveaway includes the following five anti-aging heroes, which are gentle enough to use every day. After testing them for several weeks, I'm excited to report that my face is happy, healthy and holiday ready. And I've had no problems with the dreaded rashes, redness or dryness that can occur if I go near anything too harsh.

Gold Deep wrinkle Serum- Hi Res 150.jpgRetinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum

Clinically shown to reduce even deep wrinkles, this lotion-like powerhouse goes to work on creases with a blend of pure retinol and an essential mineral complex. It also helps improve skin tone and firmness.

Since retinol is known for its skin-smoothing abilities, I couldn't wait to try this yellow-toned serum on my forehead in particular. I swear I've had mega-lines there since I was born. (Thank goodness for bangs.) You can use it morning, night or both (my choice) after cleansing and before moisturizing.

With continued use, it promises a visible reduction in both fine lines and deep wrinkles so I decided not to stop at my forehead. I've been massaging it over my entire face. Although the label says you may notice a mild tingling after applying this one, I haven't had any unpleasant reactions. Instead, it's light, absorbs in no time and gives my skin a nice glow. What a way to start the day. ($22.99 for 1.0-fluid ounce bottle)

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Daily Distraction

The 3 Basic Food Groups

By Bob on November 17, 2015 4:19 AM | Read More

I hear that Yogi and Boo Boo shop here all the time.

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Don't Try This At Home

Having a Blast at Pine Hill Plantation

By Bob on November 16, 2015 4:50 AM | Read More

WARNING - This post contains references to quail hunting and fried southern food, which some people may find offensive. If you're in that group, please have a Salade niçoise and call someone who cares.

Our home-away-from-home at Pine Hill Plantation

Pine Hill Plantation - 600.jpgI may have mentioned that I was about to celebrate one of those milestone birthdays. Well internets, what I forgot to tell you was HOW I was going to celebrate it. 

About a year ago, I made the choice to welcome my 60th with the SOUTHERN TRIFECTA: Fried Food, Alcohol and Firearms. After some research, I decided the perfect place to enjoy most of what makes the South GREAT was Pine Hill Plantation in Donalsonville, Georgia. 

Don't make the mistake I made. 

I waited until I turned 60 to discover Pine Hill Plantation. 

If I was smarter (Can I help it that my parents had me when we were living under those power lines? Some things you just can't fix), I'd been coming here since I was big enough to cradle a shotgun. 

That's right, in my 30s.


We thought we'd died and gone to outdoor sportsman's heaven.

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Daily Distraction

I'd File A Complaint

By Bob on November 10, 2015 4:08 AM | Read More

I hate it when places discriminate.

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7 Health Risks More Likely To Affect Those Over 50

By Bob on November 6, 2015 4:51 AM | Read More

Age brings with it confidence and wisdom that can only be gained through decades of experience. Those decades, however, can be hard on the human body.

Adults over 50 need to be especially cognizant of the health problems prevalent in their age group to better take preventative measures.


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Master of None

By Bob on November 5, 2015 4:31 AM | Read More

I've been a fan of Aziz Ansari since his days on Amy Poehler's Parks & Recreation. His Tom Haverford character was easily one of the most memorable (OK, I liked the imitable Ron Swanson, too) on the sitcom and his standup (Buried Alive and Live at Madison Square Garden) is gut-busting funny.

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Daily Distraction

I Don't Know Why I'm Gaining Weight

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

I've been eating off the kid's menu.

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