January 2016 Archives

Playing Favorites


By Bob on January 29, 2016 11:30 AM | Read More

If you're a fan of period dramas (think Mad Men) that are binge-watch-worthy I have one you need to check out: Narcos. It's set in the late '70's and details the life and (many) deaths surrounding Columbian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

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The List

Top Recipes 2015

By Charlotte on January 27, 2016 3:22 PM | Read More

Bob and I adore sharing our favorite dishes with you. Actually, that's probably more my thing but, when he's not making me laugh, he does a lot of taste testing and takes all the photos. Is he a great husband or what?

Before we kick off a new round of recipes for this year, I thought it would be fun to see which of last year's picks you all liked the most. So let's take a look at the top 3 Boomer Brief recipes from 2015.

3. Patsy's Perfect Potato Salad 

My mom Patsy's yummy potato salad is one of our all-time favorite sides as well as your number 3 pick for 2015. It's comforting, creamy and calls for only 10 ingredients. Mom and I like using Miracle Whip (or Miracle Whip Light) instead of mayonnaise to save calories. Sweet and dill pickle relishes, dill weed, white vinegar and yellow mustard provide a nice zing.

Here's the recipe: Patsy's Perfect Potato Salad Recipe

A cool treat on a hot day, this so-good-I-could-make-a-meal-of-it salad is the perfect complement to barbecue beef sandwiches, grilled chicken, smoked ribs and many other summer-right choices.

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Daily Distraction

He Even Tried Mouth-To-Mouth Resuscitation

By Bob on January 26, 2016 4:13 AM | Read More

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Guest Room

Texas-Style Pinto Bean Chili or Meatless in Cowtown Frito Pie

By Charlotte on January 23, 2016 6:44 AM | Read More

By Laura Samuel Meyn and Anthony Head, authors of Meatless in Cowtown

Pinto Bean Chili 600.jpgWhen we moved to Texas and my husband joined the faculty of Texas Christian University, we accepted the serious responsibility that came with it to follow college football. TCU's Horned Frogs are the pride of Fort Worth, and it was for one of their away games that I hosted my first-ever "football-watching party," a task that, not having ever been a sports fan, seemed somewhat exotic.

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Daily Distraction

All I've Had To Drink Is Water, Officer

By Bob on January 19, 2016 3:08 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

4 Predictions for 2016

By Bob on January 18, 2016 4:50 AM | Read More

WOW is it 2016 already?! That means it's time to wipe the blood smudges off the old crystal ball and see what we're in for this year. 

Before I get to that, let me APOLOGIZE for getting all of my 2015 predictions WRONG. 

In my defense, I really DID think 2015 was the year for the Zombie invasion and I'm sitting on a crap load of T-Shirts that say, I Survived the 2015 Zombie Apocalypse. I'm paying for my mistake. Trust me. Looks like Cole will have to unload 'em in the estate sale when I've gone to that big ol' blog in the sky.

My Secret Lair is always gassed up and ready to roll

Secret Lair-438.jpgOn the positive side, 2015 didn't suck nearly as bad as I predicted.

Like you, I'm bummed we didn't get pizza delivery by teleportation, or a permanent ban on Taylor Swift music, but some good things did happen. Remember when Tony Romo beat Tom Brady in the Super Bowl? Wait...that DIDN'T happen? I've gotta stop getting my drugs predictions from that guy in the parking lot of the Euless Wal-Mart.

Good advice in any year

Not to worry, he's given me some tips I KNOW will come true this year. Sitting up here in my secret lair (It's really just a rusted out VW Microbus off Highway 10), I see the faint glimmer of hope. It's either that or the sunlight reflecting off the dull yellow eyes of my tweaked out muse. 

When I asked for his 2016 guidance, his lips curled into what he'd call a smile and he said, "Buckle up, buttercup. Shit's about to get real."



How much you wanna bet I can throw a football over them mountains?

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Daily Distraction

Size Matters

By Bob on January 12, 2016 4:05 AM | Read More

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Daily Distraction

A Little Late

By Bob on January 5, 2016 4:59 AM | Read More

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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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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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