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Fido was always a rebel

By Bob on April 25, 2017 10:25 AM | Read More

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Doctor Foster

By Bob on April 20, 2017 2:38 AM | Read More

You know the old saying, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned"?

Well, if you're into that sort of thing, I've got the perfect series for you: Doctor Foster

The British series originally aired on BBC One in 2015 and it's a gem (pun intended). Doctor Foster centers on Doctor Gemma Foster, a loving wife, mother and trusted doctor whose perfect world is upended by her husband's affair with a 22-year-old.

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In the Mirror

Anti-Aging Eye Creams for Every Budget

By Charlotte on April 19, 2017 7:20 AM | Read More

Ever feel like you're turning into your mother? Mine has always had trouble sleeping. And, I'm getting more and more like her every day. I wake up around 2 a.m. most nights and my brain starts racing. I spend hours obsessing over everything from picking the perfect paint color (Alabaster, Cotton Balls, White Dove, how many whites can there be?) to planning my next landscape project.

I'd like to think I'm no worse for the wear. But the dark circles under my eyes beg to differ. Combine lack of rest with my 50ish complexion (I'm actually 60 as of April 12 - yikes!) and Houston, we have a real problem.

That's why I'm thrilled to have found these seven, eye-opening creams. They're great for anyone (girls and guys) concerned about dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles and other frustrating signs of aging. And with prices starting at $38, there's a bright eye-dea for every budget.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream

What it is: A new, anti-aging eye treatment clinically shown to improve hydration that's made with ceramides, peptides, collagen and other skin-loving ingredients.

What I like: Acting like a wake-up call for tired eyes, this rich, caffeine-infused cream refreshes your entire eye area. It's super moisturizing without feeling greasy and soaks in quickly. I love using it morning and night to help reduce inflammation and puffiness wConfidence in an Eye Cream 400.jpghile brightening my skin.

Developed with plastic surgeons, IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream boasts a special apricot tint plus Drops of Light Technology to aid color correction. Nice!

The innovative formula plumps and fills lines and wrinkles, nourishing skin with avocado, hyaluronic acid, licorice and more. Put it on before applying under-eye concealer to help keep your makeup from sinking into and emphasizing trouble zones. You'll begin seeing the benefits immediately with more powerful results promised over time. Plus, this winner is from the beauty experts who brought us the best-selling Confidence in a Cream moisturizer and the smart, Confidence in a Compact foundation.

On the shelf: $38 at itcosmetics.com, Ulta Beauty and Ulta.com.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream

What it is: A high-performance, antioxidant eye cream featuring potent botanicals and plant oils that fight early signs of aging. It helps improve skin firmness, moisture, lines and radiance.

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Guest Room

Panko Ranch Chicken Strips with Dipping Sauce

By Charlotte on April 19, 2017 6:12 AM | Read More

Panko Ranch Chicken Strips with Grilley Soy Pepper petites 600.jpgBy Nancy S. Hughes, author The 4-Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook

I consider myself a lazy cook. I'm always looking for that shorter cut, that quicker way, anything to help me avoid work but, at the same time, I want my efforts to count.

So I created more than 160 recipes that use only 4 ingredients, meet the American Diabetes Association's nutritional standards, and are jam-packed with flavor like these pan-fried chicken strips.

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Daily Distraction

The photographer blew it with this picture

By Bob on April 18, 2017 1:18 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

Hot Water Cornbread

By Bob on April 17, 2017 2:12 AM | Read More

One of the best things about growing up in a small Texas town is the food.

Sure, Southerners get a bad rap for deep-frying just about everything that doesn't move (and yes, we really do that). But jeez, sometimes you just CRAVE a side dish that's hot, brown and just a little bit crunchy - like cornbread

Put a little south in yo' mouth, y'all

Hot Water Cornbread II - 600.jpgNever heard of fried cornbread? Well, Hot Water Cornbread as it's called is a staple that's celebrated in my Granbury, Texas hometown. No place puts it on a higher pedestal than the cornbread cathedral, the Nutt House Hotel.

Nutt House Hotel on the square in Granbury, TX

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My Granbury Facebook friends unearthed this crazy good recipe from the Nutt House (insert your own joke here). It's an easy dish to prepare and the result is cornbread with a delicate crunch and a soft, chewy inside that melts in your mouth.

If you want to really enjoy this delicious dish, serve it with some black eyed peas and a tall glass of iced tea or lemonade.



Nutt House Hot Water Cornbread 

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Daily Distraction

Welcome to Hell...

By Bob on April 11, 2017 2:49 AM | Read More

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Guest Room

Easy, Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes

By Charlotte on April 5, 2017 5:52 AM | Read More

By The Best of Bridge Ladies, authors of The Family Slow Cooker
Image credit: Colin Erricson

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Daily Distraction

Crappy forecast

By Bob on April 4, 2017 2:45 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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