August 2016 Archives

Daily Distraction

Not Going to Say I Told You So, but...

By Bob on August 30, 2016 4:33 AM | Read More


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Don't Try This At Home

Make Tracks

By Bob on August 29, 2016 3:06 AM | Read More

My freshman year in college I worked as a litter critter picking up trash and doing odd jobs at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas.

Dinosaur Valley State Park...where dinosaurs drank and college kids pranked

Dino Valley State Park-600.jpgEvery park has a hook - something that brings tourists in the gate. It may be a beautiful lake or steaming geyser, but there's something that makes that park stand out. At Dinosaur Valley State Park, that hook is...wait for it...DINOSAURS. 

Not actual real, live dinosaurs. Dinosaur Valley isn't a wealthy Texas oilman's version of Jurassic Park. Its main attraction is dinosaur tracks deposited in the soft limestone 113 million years ago by Tyrannosaurus Rex and his pals.

Actual dinosaur photo taken 113 million years ago...at least that's what my non-home-schooled friends tell me

Dino Valley Dinosaurs - 500.jpgSo, that summer I spent my time picking up 50-gallon steel trash cans filled with watermelon rinds and dirty diapers in the 100-degree Texas heat. And when we weren't hauling trash, mowing grass or scouring bathrooms until they sparkled like the Hope Diamond, we cleaned dinosaur tracks. 

At Dinosaur Valley, most of the tracks are in the shallow Paluxy River. In late summer when the river stops running the tracks fill with algae and take on a jade green/brown color. It makes them look and smell like a bus station toilet.  

 Take this job and scrub it 

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Playing Favorites

Narcos Season 2

By Bob on August 25, 2016 2:29 AM | Read More

If you enjoy crime dramas (think Goodfellas, the Godfather trilogy and The Wire) then I've got a binge watching bonanza for you. Narcos, the Golden Globe-nominated series from Netflix will be streaming Season 2 Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 2).

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Daily Distraction

Walmart Gets No Respect

By Bob on August 23, 2016 4:28 AM | Read More

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Guest Room

Why You Should Host a Summer Party for Your Staff

By Bob on August 18, 2016 2:05 AM | Read More

The heat of summer is upon us and with it comes the opportunity to party with the sun, yet so many of us are walking around in long sleeve business suits with no relief in sight.

If you own a business, consider for a moment the advantages of not being such a cruel tyrant and letting your employees wear whatever they want (within the boundaries of appropriate) at the workplace. Heck, let's take it a step further and throw a summer party for all the staff why don't we?

Why on Earth would you want to do that, you ask?

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Daily Distraction

Blanche Was Always a Rebel

By Bob on August 16, 2016 4:24 AM | Read More

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Just Desserts

Juicy 2-Layer Peach Cobbler

By Charlotte on August 11, 2016 2:33 PM | Read More

With summer in full swing, Bob and I have been scoring plenty of fresh peaches at our local Farmer's Market. They're great on their own and even better in this to-die-for cobbler. Adapted from recipe guru Southern Living, our favorite fresh peach medley is packed with fruit, juice and two layers of crust.       

Now, I know what you're thinking: "Sounds yummy but peeling peaches can be a lot of work." But I've got a wonderful trick for you. After rinsing your peaches, dunk them in a pot of boiling water for 30 or 40 seconds. Afterwards, move them to a plate to cool for a few minutes and the skin will slide right off with a little help from a paring knife. Peeling peaches just got a whole lot easier and, even better, you won't waste any of that precious fruit.  

Juicy 2-Layer Peach Cobbler

Serves 8

Combine peaches, sugar, flour, nutmeg and cinnamon in a large pot. Let mixture sit five minutes then bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer about 15 minutes until peaches are tender. Turn off heat, add vanilla and margarine, and stir until margarine melts. 

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Don't Try This At Home

4-Ingredient Grilled Chicken

By Bob on August 10, 2016 4:52 PM | Read More

This summer is almost in the rearview mirror, so I'm spending a lot more time around the grill.

When Charlotte says "Light my fire," I grab...wait that's another post...Ok, I'm back. AHEM...I turn on the grill and grab some chicken.

These breasts are the best

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Since it's a kitchen staple, we keep a Ziplock bag full of grilled chicken breasts in our freezer at all times. Why? After a hard day slaving away in the blogosphere, it's a quick and easy dinner!  

If Charlotte wants to whip up some of her famous chicken enchiladas, she's ready to go. It's also great in her spicy chicken cheese dip, grilled chicken salads, chicken spaghetti and even by itself with a side dish of her special Mac & Cheese. 

This recipe is super easy and if you know a guy who likes to grill, it's something he can do to help out in the kitchen. Bonus!



I Only Have Thighs for You...and Sometimes Wings 

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Daily Distraction

Probably Seen Too Many Bleeding Hearts

By Bob on August 9, 2016 4:13 AM | Read More

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Guest Room

Charlotte's Zesty Guacamole

By Charlotte on August 4, 2016 6:30 AM | Read More

Guac into bowl - 600.jpgBy Charlotte Hill, Linda Storer, Debbi Comparin, Becky Elder, Terri Jutras, Bev Mann, Shelley Tyler and Debbie Williams, authors Red Thong Strong

Fresh-squeezed lime juice makes this guac rock. If you can't find soft avocados, buy green ones, wrap them in a dish towel, and set them in your pantry or another dark place to ripen. Check their progress daily because they can turn to mush quickly if you're not careful.

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Daily Distraction

The SECOND Best Way to Put Out a Fire

By Bob on August 2, 2016 4:08 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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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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