March 2017 Archives

Playing Favorites

Fargo Season 3

By Bob on March 30, 2017 3:35 AM | Read More

When Charlotte asked if I was interested in Season 3 of the FX black comedy-crime-drama series Fargo, I answered, "Yah. You betcha." 

It was an easy call. Fargo Seasons 1 and 2 were must-watch TV here at Boomer Brief HQ. I've been waiting for Season 3 for almost a year. On April 19th the wait is over.

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Don't Try This At Home

I Hate Reunions

By Bob on March 28, 2017 10:03 AM | Read More

I have a confession to make. I HATE reunions. It's not that I'm antisocial, but I just don't see the point in getting together once every decade with people who only want to see me once every decade.

I hadn't seen many of these people since I drove them in the homecoming parade


What am I, Haley's Comet?

If you really like me (that's a really short list) you'll see me more often than every time the year ends in zero. Why? Because I'm just so damned charming. So of course, this is just a setup to tell you that I broke my rule and actually attended a reunion (finger wag at ME) against my better judgment. 

What reunion was it?

The WHAT isn't really important. It's the WHY that matters to me. Let's just call it the, People-Who-Meet-Every-Ten-Years (PWMETY) reunion. See, right now you know it's stupid because the acronym sucks.

Sadly, many classmates couldn't attend due to demanding work schedules

Waitress II-475.jpgBut in a fit of, lets-make-some-s'mores-and-sing-Kumbahyah nostalgia, we decided to go. This was a college deal, so at least adult beverages would be served.

How bad could it be? We figured we'd see some of the old gang. Have a couple of laughs and beat it out of there before they realized we didn't bid on anything in the silent auction.


 Do we know each other?

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Daily Distraction

Because there are some things air freshner can't cover up

By Bob on March 28, 2017 2:56 AM | Read More

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Just Desserts

Reduced-Sugar Pineapple-Coconut Chess Pie

By Charlotte on March 24, 2017 6:58 AM | Read More

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Bob's been battling bruises. He mashed his hand really good while moving our dryer (ouch!). So like a good little wife, I googled natural ways to help heal his hurts.

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Guest Room

4 Facebook Video Recipes that are Worth Trying

By Bob on March 22, 2017 4:34 AM | Read More

By now you've probably seen the Facebook cooking videos that feature disembodied hands cooking a simple recipe in double-time. Have you dared try any of these recipes yet?

If you've ever attempted a Pinterest craft only to have it turn out looking like your toddler did it, you might be skeptical about these quick cooking videos. Try some of the following, though, because they feature great recipes with clear directions and end results that are worth the work in the kitchen!

Greek Yogurt Dip

Everyone's definition of "easy" in the kitchen is different. Tasty's Greek Yogurt Dip is easy even for a kitchen novice, and it creates the perfect appetizer for a dinner party or a barbecue. All you do is mix a few ingredients into Greek yogurt, cut up your favorite veggies, and present them nicely on a platter. It's simple enough to view on your smartphone while you're cooking. Prop up the five-inch screen of your Samsung Galaxy S7 in your kitchen for easy viewing, and get started!

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Daily Distraction

Thanks for pointing out the obvious

By Bob on March 21, 2017 2:52 AM | Read More

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Daily Distraction

Trust us, we're really good at this stuff

By Bob on March 14, 2017 2:47 AM | Read More

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Playing Favorites

Grace & Frankie

By Bob on March 9, 2017 3:49 AM | Read More

In the mood for a quirky comedy? Netflix' favorite female odd couple, Grace & Frankie, returns to the streaming service March 24th. For those of you who haven't discovered the quirky Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin series it may be one for your watch list.

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Ava Joy's Lemon Streusel Coffee Cake

By Charlotte on March 8, 2017 2:41 PM | Read More

By Patty Pinner, author Sweet Mornings
Photo © Peter McCullough, courtesy of Agate Publishing

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Ava Joy Malone was a quintessential neighborhood beauty. She had beautiful bone structure, perfect satiny skin, and a full and shapely mouth. Her iridescent, cat-like brown eyes were so captivating that it was hard to meet them with your own when she focused on you. She had a certain charm, that je ne sais quoi--an enchanting and elusive quality that is pleasing to the senses but hard to fully explain. Every woman wanted to look, walk and talk like her, and every man just wanted to look at her.

Many neighborhood women would say mean things about Miss Ava Joy in front of their husbands and boyfriends, hoping to redirect their attention away from her beauty and toward her imperfections. But Mama liked Miss Ava Joy and would say so in front of anybody, including Daddy. Mama used to tell me, "The more you try to draw a man's attention away from a pretty woman by constantly publicizing her flaws and limitations, the more attention the man is going to pay her. The more you talk--good or bad--about a rival, the more you're puttin' her on his mind."

But Miss Ava Joy was much more than just a beauty. She had an engaging personality too. She wasn't stuck on her beauty, nor did she apologize for it. She walked with a slink, had excellent taste, and wore pretty clothes that accentuated her features and her gestures. She made beautiful crafts. When I was a little girl, I thought Miss Ava was an exotic creature to be studied.

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Daily Distraction

A semi-breech delivery

By Bob on March 7, 2017 2:39 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

Gulf Shores Getaway

By Bob on March 6, 2017 4:06 AM | Read More

Sugar white sand and tourquoise water await you in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Beach2-600.jpgIf you're looking for somewhere to relax this summer. I mean reallllly relax, look no further than Gulf Shores, Alabama. 

You mean Alabama has a beach?

Don't you wish you were here right now?

Beach Time II - 600.jpgYeah, it's home to 60 miles of bread-crust thin coastline curving from Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle.

Some folks call it the Redneck Riviera, but anyone who's been there will tell you about the sugar white sand, turquoise surf, great restaurants, resort-style golf courses and fabulous accommodations. 

Charlotte and I fell in love with this coastal hideaway twelve years ago and we've been going there ever since.


Try the fried green tomatoes. You'll thank me later. 

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In the Mirror

IT Cosmetics New Confidence in a Compact

By Charlotte on March 3, 2017 9:39 AM | Read More

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Some beauty bloggers try any and everything. But I'm pretty picky about what I test, especially if I'll be putting it on my face. Unfortunately, I'm on the sensitive side and making a wrong choice could (and has) cost me days, even weeks of recovery time. Yikes!

That's why I'm big on brands I know and trust like IT Cosmetics. They're one of my fav anti-aging makeup and skincare lines. Think Bye Bye Lines Serum, SuperHero Mascara and much more. The folks at IT work with doctors to develop serious beauty solutions based on ingredients that are both cutting edge and good for your skin.

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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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