Could Be Better
Two gay men, a few cocktails, and a popular house and garden magazine.
Hosts Rob Conlon and J. Dewey, two friends from New York's Hudson Valley, have a mutual love and appreciation for Better Homes & Gardens magazine. In this podcast, they pour drinks and spill the tea about what they reall
Season 3, Ep. 1
In this episode, we field a few pressing (not really) questions from readers (not really, the editors did that) instead of the usual “New Year, New Me” features. This month we have lots of dark paint colors instead of the usual white, including a purple/blue that Rob tags for love and J. tags for hate. Yet paint can lids are in scarce supply. We range from tips on cleaning (when should I clean?) to tips on landscaping (native plants all the way) but end with a throwback feature that is too retro red for us. Signature cocktail: a Sacred Sipping Chocolate Martini. End credits: Tim Lawton. Music by Bensound.com. What’s your problem?
The December 2019 Episode
Season 2, Ep. 10
It's December once again and we're in the holiday spirit...and into the holiday spirits with Rob's family recipe for egg nog. We have a few glasses and dish up our opinions on the latest issue of BH&G. There's a lot of Christmas and not many of our usual features, like I Did It or paint can lids. Instead we get lots of snow-white rooms warmed by holiday colors, even some non-traditional hues which is nice. Tag for love! Tag for hate on the oversized 5th grade play decorations. Sorry we weren't into what you wrapped in a bow. Signature cocktail: egg nog. End credits by Tm Lawton. Music by Bensound.com.
The August 2019 Episode
Season 2, Ep. 9
We're in the summer doldrums (but savoring them) so we're going shirtless for this episode! Why not enjoy a few stone fruit margaritas (inspired by the August issue's articles on peaches and plums, and how to throw an ice cream social) and hang out topless with your cohost?This month, we dive into beekeeping and hot beekeepers (new fetish alert!), why you should invest in your laundry room, and OCD pantry organization. The Color of the Year makes a return after a nine-month hiatus, the Editor's Letter has us nostalgic for mid-90's life in Chelsea, and a basement reno leaves us scratching our heads. Plus: we go gaga for a new feature but it's Tags for Hate on this month's wallet-busting I Did It. Oh yeah, and it's the family issue. This month's signature cocktail: the Stoned Rita Moreno (aka stone fruit margaritas). Recipe testing: savory stuffed waffles. Recipe prep by Tim Lawton. Music by Bensound. Did we mention we're shirtless?Subscribe and listen to all our episodes wherever you get your podcasts, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. Or visit us online at www.couldbebetterpodcast.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @couldbebetterpodcast for all the latest news...and more shirtless pics.
The July 2019 Episode
Season 2, Ep. 8
In our July 2019 episode, we have a summer surprise! Special guest host Bob Brink fills in for Rob while he recuperates from a solstice cold. Bob, who also happens to be J.’s husband, is a fine wine buyer and hospitality expert. He’s also not a regular BHG magazine reader, but you know what, sometimes an honest outside opinion is refreshing…like the Sandy Bottom, a watermelon-flavored signature cocktail. We talk frankly about hot dogs, toppings (of course), where not to put your child during a magazine photo shoot, more white walls, and the biggest light fixture ever featured (size does matter). Plus: a cameo by the Queen of Tennessee and a return to crafting! So Happy Independence Day, safe travels, and let’s just call it what it is, all right? Signature cocktail: the Sandy Bottom. End credits read by Tim Lawton. Music by Bensound.com. Listen to more episodes and subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at www.couldbebetterpodcast.com. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for all our latest news. Thank you for listening!
The June 2019 Episode
Season 2, Ep. 7
t's LGBTQ Pride Month and Rob and J. search desperately for some signs of gay life in this month's magazine. Though there's little to be found on the pages, there's plenty of love at the bottom of their cocktail glasses (thanks to the strawberry basil smash cocktails, lifted from the recipe section). J. explains why this episode was delayed and shares a very painful housing-related memory. Rob gets tongue-tied over a supergay font but otherwise feels kinda "meh," especially about all the #whiteonwhite neo-bohemian rooms. However, everything turns out all right in the end thanks to a Tea Dance #lewk for the ages. This month's recipes: white bean dip, crispy fish open-faced sandwiches, Pimm's Cup ice pops, all prepared by Chef Tim. Theme music is by Bensound. We're now on Spotify in addition to Apple Podcasts and all your other favorite podcast listening platforms. Visit us at www.couldbebetterpodcast.com for our blog posts, videos, and more! Happy Pride!
The May 2019 Episode
Season 2, Ep. 6
In this episode: Deception! Lies! Big baskets! Secrets revealed! But even those might be another deception. As Rob pours Kentucky Derby mint juleps made gayer with lavender and berries, J. digs up memories of a childhood dinner gone horribly wrong. (This is the Food Issue, after all.) We discuss what charities really want (NOT your #KonMari non-joyful items), what no one wants (Grandma’s silver trays), an instant classic color scheme, and another hot male gardener. (Brace yourselves for that one.) Plus, a house that’s nautical but not, kitchen countertops that Rob and J. both tag for hate, and the best I Did It yet. Signature cocktail: mint julep. Recipe tasting: five flavors of cold-oven chicken. Music by Bensound.com. Subscribe and rate us in iTunes or wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Visit us on Instagram and Facebook at CouldBeBetterPodcast, and please check out our website, www.CouldBeBetterPodcast.com, for bonus content, more opinions, and videos. And please, don’t make your mother cry.
Sidebar: Purple As A Neutral/Friends/Rent
Season 2, Ep. 5
If you listened to our April 2019 episode, you heard us discuss the "New Neutrals" article, about redefining what a neutral color is and how to make any color a neutral (in theory.) That led us to a sidebar conversation that didn't quite fit into the main episode (hello, tangent!) but did show our pop culture side. We'll be back with our May 2019 full-length episode very soon! Music by Bensound.com.