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The April 2019 Episode

Shocker: She’s Got A Preference For Pink!

Kids these days… In our April 2019 episode, we become art critics, in that it’s the Art of Color issue and we’re highly critical. How many Tags For Hate can one episode handle? Apparently pink is here to stay (baloney is so on trend right now), beige is back (thank you Gen X), anything can be a neutral, and the most exciting thing about spring is cleaning your toilet. Oh, and the Could Be Better Department of Outdoor Living really needs you to turn in the paperwork attesting that you’ve decorated your deck or patio with an outdoor rug. We also share a few secrets: the recurring nightmare Rob had as a child, J’s middle name, and which featured room is really a sex den. Our takeaway lesson? Take time to smell the irises in the neighbor’s yard. Signature cocktail: Ginger-Rhubarb Raspberry Punch. Chef Tim’s Recipe Tastings: Spiral Ham With Orange and Garlic, Buttered Sweet Pea Rice, and Rhubarb Tart. Music by Bensound.com.

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In The Works: Our April Episode

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We haven’t forgotten you, dear listeners! Our April episode is in the works. We’re having a slight delay: Rob had the flu for a week, and his household’s copies of the April issue of BHG took their sweet-ass time getting through the USPS. apparently, Never fear, a new episode is coming to your #podcast feed during the week of April 2nd.

We haven’t been entirely inactive, though: we’ve been discussing some new promo ideas, and there will be more places you can come visit us in person this spring, including the Hudson Valley Creator Fest in Poughkeepsie on May 5th. Watch for more news!

In the meanwhile, enjoy a stiff drink and catch up on any back issues you may have missed. If you hear us going on and on about a hot trend from a year or so ago, let us know if our prediction/tag for love held up! You can always email us or post to us on Insta or FB.

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The March 2019 Episode

This month we make sure you’re a real trendoid by dissecting our most (and least) favorite so-called trends from BHG’s Trend issue. We’re dubious about ’70’s glam (curate it, please), all-in on mural wallpapers, and totally over a certain color–this time, even the #houseplants get in on the action. Rob is only here for the zoodles, while J. does something unconventional and has to get something off his chest. And which of these trends did we totally call in our January live episode? Remember, we’re not shoving trends down your throat–we’re only gently strongly suggesting them. Signature cocktail: “Matchamacallit” inspired by the matcha-mint “shamrock” shake. Recipe taste testing on our YouTube channel: red lentil soup and hen-of-the-woods tart. Music by Bensound.com.

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ICYMI: Could Be Better Live!

On Friday, January 18, 2019 we held our first-ever live event, featuring a taping of our January episode, free food inspired by the January issue of the magazine, delicious custom-made cocktails, audience participation signs, and nearly a full house of friends and listeners! We’re so grateful for all your support over the past year. We always have fun while we tape but this time we got to share it with you!

J., Rob and Tanner, owner of The Crafted Kup

Tanner and his staff at The Crafted Kup in Poughkeepsie provided the venue, a cash bar and lots of set-up help. The guys from Dead Radio Podcast chipped in with audio/visual support.

Chef Tim Lawton in the kitchen. Sloppy Joes for the win!

Chef Tim chose the Spicy Sloppy Joe recipe from the mag, and turned them into sliders which were UNREAL–definitely a keeper recipe!

He also set out savory, cheesy selections on big black cock cheese papers, since this issue went back to those fucking #partyboards AGAIN.

Cheeseboards and audience participation sign

We also asked our friend Amy Dittmar to create custom cupcakes for us. Though there were no cupcake recipes in this issue, the paint can lid page (featuring desert hues–a la succulents) inspired her creation of stunningly real-looking succulent mini-cakes.

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Amy sets up her cupcake display.

Since The Crafted Kup has a beer and wine license but not a full booze permit, we had to get crafty with our signature cocktail. Knowing that most people like bubbles for a special event, J. suggested a spiced pear prosecco cocktail. Rob whipped up a huge batch of simple syrup warmed with winter spices (cloves, black pepper, cinnamon), and the ‘Kup crew garnished each glass with a thyme sprig.

The spiced pear prosecco signature cocktail.

We wanted lots of audience participation, so Rob also created hand-held signs featuring some of our most-uttered phrases. The f-bomb icon got a lot of play during our taping!

It’s new, it’s now, it’s next.

Since some of our guests didn’t subscribe to the mag for the entire year, we brought along our back issues, tags intact. We laid them out for guests to peruse and read our notes. A bunch of people went back to the March issue for another look at Hot Toilet Guy and Kyle the gardener!

We also gave away copies of Better Homes & Gardens’ January and February issues, and one lucky guest will receive a year’s subscription! Amazingly our winner Joe didn’t have a subscription already.

J. talks it up with our hilarious guests.

If you couldn’t join us in person and would like to follow along with our slideshow, we’ll post it here once the episode is available in our podcast feed.

All in all, we had a wonderful night babbling about home decor trends along with our audience. Thanks to the CBB community and new friends for supporting us. We are truly touched! Here’s to Season #2–and please keep in touch as we roll along into 2019!

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Could Be Better LIVE Happens This January

Join J. and Rob for a live episode taping of their snarkalicious home and garden podcast on Friday, January 18, 2019 at The Crafted Kup in Poughkeepsie! Audience participation is encouraged!

Doors open at 7:00pm. Podcast taping begins at 8:00pm. Admission is free but registration is required.

Chef Tim will be sharing a few small bites, and The Crafted Kup’s full espresso menu will be available. We’ll also have craft beer, cider, mead and a special prosecco cocktail in honor of this special occasion! Drinks are on you, but we’ll provide the snark!

Want to be part of the show? Email pictures of your “I Did It” project, craft, tablescape, or room design ready for flaunting or revamping to couldbebetterpodcast@gmail.com Your submission could be highlighted in the show!

To claim your seat, hop on over to CouldBeBetterLive.Eventbrite.com to register for free. See you on Friday, January 18th!

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The November 2018 Episode

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In our November 2018 episode, we switch things up and hang out at J’s house, where green is a neutral. We tried hard but we could not find many tags for hate in this issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine! Maybe it’s because we both love Thanksgiving so much. Maybe it’s because the issue was mostly about the food (though we did do a fun recipe tasting at J’s house–watch it soon on this site)! Never fear, we managed to find plenty to talk about: more white walls and big art, pumpkins of all sizes and shapes (#phrasing), trends we actually like for once, and dramatic facelifts (the furniture kind, not ours). But how will Rob, aka Mr. Tablescape, react to the big tablescaping how-to feature? Make sure to listen all the way through for a special announcement about our first-ever LIVE event! Signature cocktail: a bourbon orange-cran smash. Recipe prep by Chef Tim Lawton and J. Dewey. Music by Bensound.com.

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Here’s J.’s version of the cranberry pear quince sauce…made with guava paste instead of quince paste. He turned it into an appetizer by toasting baguette slices and spreading on a layer of cream cheese and goat cheese.

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J. also tried turning Carla Hall’s roasted vegetables into an appetizer too.

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Rob’s bourbon orange cran smash cocktails, made with some of Chef Tim’s cranberry sauce (made correctly with quince paste, unlike J’s).

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Chef Tim tried the cover recipe: pumpkin bread trifle.

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Pumpkin bread trifle with bourbon whipped cream. To die for! Tim skipped the pomegranate arils but did make candied pecans.

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Yum.

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The October 2018 Episode

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In the October 2018 episode of Could Be Better, we try to be a little nicer, a little more helpful, and a little less judgy. But that’s no fun so we quickly devolve to our usual cocktail-fueled opinions. Though the cover of this month’s Better Homes and Gardens mag has us hopeful for autumn color–and the Halloween features are on point–our time machine has us trapped in the horrors of 1970’s design. Dark colors, spider-thin staircase railings, and ghostly-white walls  play up the witchy vibes, but Rob never gets any trick-or-treaters so it’s all lost on him. J. admires another big wallpaper pattern (shocker) but can’t get past all the pom-poms. But hey, it’s just decor. Why not embrace imperfection, warts and all? Signature cocktail: The Pum-mosa, made with cava and Roundhouse Pumpkin King Cordial.

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Food prep by Tim Lawton. Check out videos of our recipe tastings on our YouTube channel. Camerawork by Michael Hall. Music by Bensound.com. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook at Could Be Better Podcast.

 

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