Pam Dickson is enjoying her annual July vacation, and her column “Out and About” will return Aug. 10. In the interim, enjoy excerpts from “Lipstick Digest,” by Kingwood resident and popular Tribune blogger Diane Blanco. They’re back on the runway! Last week was the season premiere of Project Runway, at 8 p.m. on Lifetime. If you have ever watched the show, I recommend it. First, the host is the gorgeous Heidi Klum. Then there is the fabulous Tim Gunn who  mentors the designers, giving them great advice and some tough love when needed. As the creative director of Liz Claiborne, he is one of the most fashion-savvy people around. The talent on the show is amazing. In the course of as little as one day, the designers must create an outfit using materials they have never seen before. Sometimes they actually get to use lovely fabrics, but for some of the shows they have to sew their garments using recycling material, aluminum foil, old blue jeans, paper, etc. What they come up with is just incredible. You cannot help but be blown away by what they create. Yes, I do love yogurt! I hope you love it,too because it is so good for you! The August issue of Cooking Light Magazine, page 38, highlights the benefits of yogurt, which are many. 1. The good for you bacteria in yogurt is present only in those that say, “active yogurt cultures” or “living yogurt cultures” or similar. Heat-treating kills those. 2. Greek yogurt is nothing more than regular yogurt with some of the whey drained off, leaving it with a higher protein content and a denser taste. 3. Even those who are lactose-intolerant can usually tolerate yogurt. 4.  When the whey is sitting on top, don’t pour it off. It contains protein and tart flavor–stir it in. 5. Check the fat content and calories of your yogurt. Some contain up to 250 calories in 8-ounces. 6.  Even when buying frozen yogurt, look for the “Live and Active Cultures” label. It may just have a bit of yogurt stirred into an ice cream product. 7.  Watch for added sugar – again, more calories. My favorite breakfast is granola, Greek yogurt with a little honey and fresh peaches and blueberries. Right now Texas peaches are great in the grocery stores! Ripen on the counter top and yum! Books & Tiaras I am a huge fan of Kathy L. Patrick, author of “The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life.” She is not only a book-loving literary expert, former publisher’s representative, hairdresser extraordinaire, but the founder of 319 Pulpwood Queen Book Clubs (We are organizing #317 in Kingwood). Authors adore her and flock to her shop, Beauty and the Book, in Jefferson, Texas for signings and of course, to get their hair done. Jan. 13 through 16, 2011, Kathy Patrick will hold her 11th Anniversary Girlfriend’s Weekend in Jefferson, Texas and we are invited! Not only will you have an opportunity to meet Kathy, you will be in the company of some of your favorite authors. In fact, there is an author’s dinner which is prepared by the authors themselves and served by them. Last year, the great Pat Conroy (“Prince of Tides” is one of my favorite, favorites!) served the iced tea and will be returning this year with his wife, author Cassandra King. There will also be a play written by and acted in by the guest authors. The highlight of the event is the Big Ball of Hair Ball, where you get to dress up and have really big hair. For some of us that will be a challenge. I am going to have to either rent or buy some hair because this little fuzz on my head will never qualify as ‘big” under any circumstances. Just ask my hairdresser Sylvia. She cries every time she does my hair. Lipstick Digest will be setting up camp in Jefferson hoping to rub shoulders with authors whose work inspires us. A complete list of authors attending and details about Girlfriend Weekend at Kathy’s website,, click on Girlfriend’s Weekend. Hurry, attendance is limited! Join Kingwood Travel and Lipstick Digest for the first annual Girlfriends’ European Christmas Market Tour of Austria, Germany and Switzerland Get together with gal pals and experience a Christmas shopping experience like no other from Dec. 1 to 9. Visit the traditional Christmas markets of Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Innsbruck, Zurich and Lucerne. See Europe decked out for the holidays in picture postcard splendor. The group will fly to Vienna, returning from Zurich, to begin an adventure with the services of a full-time Trafalgar guide and multi-lingual speaker traveling on a luxury coach with 30-plus fun-loving women. Diane Blanco, author of Lipstick and frequent European travel host, will be the tour director. In addition to shopping in the traditional Christmas markets and shops, the group will see some amazing scenery, landmarks and highlights of each city such as King Ludwig’s castle in Neuschwanstein. The cost is $2,650 which includes airfare, hotels, travel insurance, seven buffet breakfasts, three three- course dinners and a farewell dinner with wine in Lucerne, plus a pre-trip party to meet, greet and swap packing ideas. This tour will fill quickly. Deadline for this price is Aug. 13. To join us, call Ann Chamberlain at Kingwood Travel, 281-359-5464, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Have a spectacular day! Diane Read more of Diane Blanco’s blog “Lipstick Digest” at

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