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The December 2018 Episode

Oh, the irony! We’ve been looking forward to the December issue all year, and then when it arrives (super-late, for Rob) we get…more pink. Can we please declare a new It color for 2019? J. and Rob unwrap a holiday surprise when Santa reveals the hottest seasonal decorating trend: not using red and green. Stuff your stockings with thumbprint cookies, pom-poms, pom-ginger cocktails, water bottles (sooo romantic!) and clothespin dolls–if you’re lucky to get them at the craft swap party. J. shares another childhood trauma (it involves glitter) and Rob gets a little tearful (with laughter). Yet in the end, the guys make peace with this season of giving–10,000 spoons and butt butter for everyone!

Look for this month’s recipe tastings on YouTube! For December, Chef Tim made the ginger shrimp sheet pan meal and the thumbprint cookies. Signature cocktail: Pom-Ginger Shandy. Recipe tasting prep and end credits: Tim Lawton. Theme music: Bensound.com. End credits music by Lenny B and Madison Park. Merry Christmas, y’all!

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The September 2018 Episode

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In our September episode, we plant the seeds for fall with a new focus on decor. (Foodies, don’t worry: check out our YouTube channel for our monthly recipe tastings).  Rob mixes up a signature cocktail inspired by this BH&G issue’s global flair (a Chocolate Spice martini) but J’s excited by this month’s Editor’s Letter: cue another dramatic reading!

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In this Stylemaker issue, white walls reign supreme, purple is a neutral, citrine green and peacock blue are “it” shades, kitchens suffer from visual clutter, and there’s nary an “I Did It” nor a craft project in sight. Plus, we throw more shade in Waco’s general direction. Pour yourself a drink, open your magazine and join us for another intimate conversation about design trends (#tagforhate). After all, it’s just decorating. Signature cocktail: Chocolate Spice martini.

Recipes: Oat-Chia Bars, French Chocolate  Mousse. All music: Bensound.com. End credits: Tim Lawton.

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Mini Episode: YouTube House/Before & After

cbb_july2018_bonus_cover1200x1200In this bonus episode we’re featuring two segments from our July 2018 episode taping that didn’t make the cut (because we can’t stop blabbing). These are a little more design-y in nature, and they share a few common themes: white on white (on white) kitchens, “rustic” wood and a little more womp-womp talk about our least favorite big-name designer (guess who). Plus, Rob picks out a decor trick that he knows J. will totally, totally hate…and he’s right. Watch the feed for our August 2018 episode coming soon! Now go paint your front door pink!

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The June 2018 Issue: The Gay Pride Episode

CBB_June18_1200x1200In this episode of Could Be Better, it’s time for Gay Pride Month, but something’s a little amiss. There’s only one rainbow in the whole issue, the recipes feature low-alcohol cocktails, and the Editor’s Letter leaves us filled with regret. We’re determined to make it #werk, however, so we plow on while sipping this month’s signature cocktail, the Tito’s Smash (courtesy of the back cover…we’re making a real difference, girls). We take a trip back to the mid-80’s for color trends, swoon over Reese Witherspoon’s new Draper James line, tour a garden we’ll never have, and choose between summer tablescapes.

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Plus: peach emojis, hookups who linger for the photoshoot, and the long-awaited launch of our lifestyle brand! (It’s OK to launch a brand with no products, right?) Go behind the scenes and check out video of us tasting rose-flavored recipes while on vaca in Provincetown.

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The Tito’s Smash: muddle grapes, serrano pepper, a sugar cube and lime. Add vodka (we doubled it, of course) and orange bitters. Voila. A Tuesday night party!

Music by Bensound. Credits and baking by Tim Lawton. Welcome to your better life and Happy Gay Pride Month!

Videos

Video: June 2018 Recipe Testing

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Everything’s coming up roses! At least, everything in Chef Tim’s kitchen as we try out a few recipes from the June 2018 issue. While on a quick Memorial Day weekend getaway to Provincetown, MA, we sampled the feature recipe from the Roses Parade article (page 134), the rose and pink peppercorn donut tea cakes. These moist, gently-flavored cakes have a cream cheese glaze and beautiful rose petal and peppercorn “sprinkles.” We also sipped on a rose syrup cocktail, juiced to the max with grapefruit juice and a healthy dose of vodka, of course. Check out the video on our YouTube channel and get a preview of our upcoming June 2018 episode, coming to your podcast feed soon.

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June Episode Coming Soon!

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Heads up, CBB fans! We’re taping a new episode of the show TONIGHT (Tuesday, May 22nd) and spilling the tea (and a cocktail or two) on what we think about the June issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Drinking on a Tuesday night–what could go wrong? Be on the lookout for a full episode by the end of May.

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Plus, we’ll both be traveling over Memorial Day weekend (to the same place!) so there will be some super-special travel bonus content coming to our Instagram Story, YouTube and this site soon.

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What did you think of the June issue? Are you down with more #pink? What’s your signature cocktail for the month? Let us know in the comments or share on our Facebook page!

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Episode 4: The May 2018 Issue

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In this episode of Could Be Better, we pregame with the classic Tulip cocktail as featured in the magazine and the brandy goes straight to our heads. We imagine that our podcast has made an impact on the editors since the issue is a) all about tulips b) much more diverse and c) a greatest hits of the past few issues: dark wallpapers, a return to paint can lid color samples, painted kitchen cabinets and dads with untucked shirts. Plus, an “I Did It” neither of us have done, what party hosts love most about Rob, a pink palette we don’t hate (and one pink thing we really do), three-feet-long beans, and J’s future home reno projects.

Watch for video of our recipe taste testing on our new YouTube channel! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and, most importantly, subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and listen from the beginning. Welcome to your better life–happy drinking!

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