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You Had ONE Job...

By Bob on July 26, 2016 1:20 AM | Read More

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This Tour Stinks

By Bob on July 19, 2016 1:13 AM | Read More

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Here's the Dish

Super Simple Mexican Salad

By Charlotte on July 18, 2016 6:09 AM | Read More

When it's hot in Texas (like NOW), Bob and I love having main dish salads for dinner. They let us load up on veggies without filling our kitchen with heat.

This simple Mexican mixture is one of our go-tos. It needs only nine ingredients, makes a super easy supper and you can have it on the table in no time. Plus, this chicken taco-like concoction gets a nice kick from Catalina dressing and Tabasco (optional but we gotta have it) while Fritos give it an addictive crunch. We prefer using grilled chicken but you can opt for baked, boiled, deli or any cooked chicken you have on hand.

The nine ingredients pictured here make this salad super good and super simple to put together. You can also add pepper and Tabasco if desired.

Ingredients - Alt Version - 600.jpgI've been making this delight for years, but only recently began including Shoepeg Corn in the mix. I have to thank my mom Patsy for that and for many of my best ideas.

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Don't Try This At Home

Olives Matter

By Bob on July 18, 2016 4:32 AM | Read More

Dallas has been in the news a lot recently. I gotta be honest with you internets, it's been a real s**t storm down here. The entire city has been walking around like its waking up from a bad dream, only to realize it wasn't dreaming. 

You know, kinda like the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE except the zombies are REAL. 

So there's that.

Dallas City leaders were just about to add this to the water supply...

Prozac-300.jpgOK...OK...OK...there have been bright spots. 

Dallas Police Chief David Brown. There's a bright spot. Lemme 'splain. 

When the politicians descended on Big D a couple of weeks ago it was Déjà vu all over again. Air Force One at Love Field. An American president headed to a big event. The similarities ended there, THANK YOU BABY JESUS. 

The memorial service for the fallen officers was a somber affair, exactly as it should have been. I listened to it on KRLD News Radio as I drove to Granbury. That's when the pimento cheese sandwich in my belly mixed with the Ummmm sound of Michelin's on hot asphalt. It sent me into a stupor. 

This guy saved the day...

Chief Brown-600.jpgI was one scripture away from dreamland and double-car pileup. So, I had to do something.



...he pulled out some vintage Stevie Wonder

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Guest Room

Rafael's Righteous Cream Cheese Brownies

By Charlotte on July 14, 2016 9:14 AM | Read More

By Sarah Levy Imberman, author Sweetness

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Photo © Anna Blessing, courtesy of Agate Publishing

How do you properly thank the person responsible for putting food on your table? With the gift of brownies, of course. A batch of luscious Rafael's Righteous Cream Cheese Brownies will put even the grumpiest of bosses in a good mood with its creamy, slightly tangy cream-cheese center and perfectly rich dark-chocolate swirl.

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Daily Distraction

Blame it on the Night Shift

By Bob on July 12, 2016 1:09 AM | Read More

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Measure Twice, Cut Onc...Ah, F*#$ It...

By Bob on July 5, 2016 4:58 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

5 Tips for Taking a Viking River Cruise

By Bob on July 5, 2016 4:47 AM | Read More

Charlotte got me hooked on Downton Abbey a few years ago.

Love it or hate it (I've been on both sides of this argument) one thing has always been the same.  Viking River Cruises has been a sponsor of the series from the beginning. 

You've seen the commercials. A ship serenely sails down some idyllic European waterway towards fun and adventure while its guests enjoy unparalleled luxury. You know, stuff the uppity Downton folks would like. Around here, we're more like Cowtown Abbey, but we decided to go anyway.

Going insane on the Seine...where we partied like it was 1899

Crusin-600.jpgAbout 18 months ago we booked a Viking cruise with our friends David and Catherine. The itinerary took us from Paris down the Seine all the way to Normandy. We'd cruise. We'd dine. We'd party like it was 1899. You know, Downton style. 

If you're interested in cruising with Viking, there are some things you can do to make the most of your vacation. So, I'm offering the following tips as a public service.



...make you feel like you dropped $5 in quarters into a Magic Fingers coin-op machine

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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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