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    Hello QVC Friends-

    With the magic of the holidays right around the corner, I am starting to get that tingly feeling of magic and excitement that always comes at this time of year...and then sadly fades after the holidays are over. Don't you wish you could keep a little bit of that holiday magic with you year round? Well, if so, you are going to love the experience you'll have with our Today's Special Value, from BLISS!! Today we are featuring an all new Bliss Outdoor/Indoor SprightSmart Firefly Light, and it's the most affordable BlissLights projector we have EVER offered!! The new SprightSmart technology allows you to enjoy the beauty and ease of BlissLights at a terrific price!

    We LOVE BlissLights at our house!Here are some photos from my yard:

    Everything looks prettier with lighting, and in the case of BlissLights, it's the same technology used by professional theme parks....now available in your own yard or even indoors in a favorite room! BlissLights use a patented holographic laser light chamber, which safely creates a nighttime magical wonderland by projecting thousands of vibrant points of light in an instant! Enough to fill a 50 x 50 foot area! They create a sparkling, shimmering effect on shrubs, plants, trees, and your house itself, and it will take your breath away to see it! Everyone one who comes by to visit will comment on it and ask you how you did it! It is such a fabulous addition to your outdoor holiday lighting, and it takes just a moment to put the BlissLight into the ground, plug it in and turn in on! Then, get ready for the big WOW!! BlissLights are safe, do not get hot, do not use much energy and are industrial strength. You will have these quality lights for many years to come! Get ready to step back and STARE at your house from outside....that's exactly what I did!!

    The look is amazing and it works beautifully on any exterior material...brick, stucco, siding or stone.... as well as plants, trees and greenery.  Spruce up that shed or garage door....make the pool extra sparkly....shine them down low on the evergreens or way up high on the rooftop! It couldn't be easier or more beautiful! Best of all, they come with a timer feature, so you just turn them on the first night at the time you desire, and thereafter, they turn themselves on and off FOR you! Change your mind on the placement? Simply pull them out of the ground and re-stake them someplace else!

    Today's new BlissLights are offered in a color choice of green, blue or red and at this lowest price ever, you may want to consider picking up more than one in multiple colors or several of the same. Use them for parties and events...indoors or out!! They will REALLY make any gathering a special occasion!! Perfect for your Fall decor and your Holiday decor! Make every day and occasion....give your home instant curb appeal....capture that holiday magic, year round...with BLISS!!

    Your pal, and fellow Q shopper -

    Carolyn


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    It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks devoted to FFANY Shoes On Sale. But it really did start months and months ago. From our hard working shoe planners and buyers working with our generous donors, to planning a fun night of shoe shopping! Here are a few, well more than a few, photos from the past couple of weeks. There are so many people to thank, but mostly YOU for supporting this important cause along with us! 

    Off to the gala! And, yes, I chose the Ann Marino Kingdom Dress shoe.

    Excited!

    Lauri - makeup artist extraordinaire

    Beautiful clock in the Waldorf Astoria.

    Erin - One of our Marketing Specialists who did a fantastic job!

    How do I look in pink lighting?

    Recognize that lady twirling down the pink carpet?

    Sure - we are always happy to have our picture taken with shoes!

    Paparazzi - the Q crew hard at work!

    Sally Combs - always fun!

    Amy Oselken - loved having my shoe family there!

    Leilani Learn looking lovely!

    Touch up time.

    Like mother - like daughter.

    Proud Mom moment.

    Lovely gals from our shoe team.

    Pretty pink chandelier.

    Two of my favorite gals.

    Part of our broadcast crew all dressed in pink! 

    Nancy and I want to send a big THANK YOU to everyone involved for making this year's event so so special! We absolutely couldn't do it without each and every one of you!

    -Jane

     


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    Hello, foodies…

    I’ve been talking about decorating my home for the fall for WEEKS and just couldn’t seem to find the time. But yesterday, I buttoned up my Bethlehem Lights display and I think it looks great. What do you think?

    H200461

    Fall Decorations

    I took a peek to see if the mums and pumpkin arrangement are still on QVC.com and they are. In fact, they’re on clearance! If you’ve got space for a few more decorations—or you want to stock up for next year, now’s the time to grab these!

    We’re moving right along with our Classics with a Twist theme for October. This Sunday, we’re making a milkshake. But not just any milkshake. We’re using some of the Harry London chocolates (which are included in Sunday’s Today’s Special Value®) to make a Dark Chocolate Lava Cake Milk Shake.

    Dark Chocolate Lava Cake Milk Shake

    Dark Chocolate Lava Cake Milk Shake
    Serves 6

    Ingredients:

    • 4-1/2 cups chocolate ice cream
    • 6-oz piece of chocolate cake, cut into small pieces
    • 12 Harry London Dark Chocolate Lava Chocolates
    • 1-1/3 cups milk
    • Whipped cream (optional garnish)
    • Raspberry sauce (optional garnish)

    Preparation:

    1. Place the ice cream, cake pieces, chocolates, and milk into a large blender. Process for 60 seconds, until just smooth. (It's nice to have a little texture from the chocolates.) Pour into milk shake glasses. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and raspberry sauce, if using.

    This recipe is prepared with the Harry London (5) 1-lb Nutcracker or Village Tins of Chocolates (M44755).

    Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes
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    Foodies, I’m convinced that milkshakes—and mac and cheese—are meant to be enjoyed year-round. Not only will we show you how to make the shakes, but we’re also unveiling our October Mac and Cheese this Sunday…my Chili Mac and Cheese!

    Chili Mac and Cheese

    Your blog question today is what’s your favorite kind of milkshake? Are you a chocolate malt fan? Is vanilla still tops? Or is strawberry supreme? I still love to make a chocolate chip cookie milk shake…it’s something my mom made for my brother, sister and me growing up. Vanilla ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, and a cherry on top. MMMM!

    I’ll see you Sunday at Noon ET. The lovely Rachael Ray will be in our kitchen with some brand-new cookware a few other goodies. Join us on In the Kitchen with David…we’ve got 10 weeks until Christmas, everyone!

    Keep it flavorful!
    —David

    P.S. For those of you who picked up tickets to the New York City Wine and Food Festival, Mary and I will see you tomorrow! If you haven’t purchased tickets yet and you’re in the New York area, the NYCWFF website says there are a few tickets still available at the NYCWFF Box Office. Check out the website for more information.


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    Dear Fellow Pet Lovers –

    As a Rescue Pet Mom, I know there are many kindred spirits among you who are Rescue Moms, Rescue Dads, and those who simply love and respect animals of all kinds. I SALUTE every one of you and will say again, how much I appreciate you, your attitude, and all that you do to help and support animals and pet rescue.

    I have many rescued pets and every single one has added so much to my life, in many ways. All are different....all have so much to give, and ask so little in return. The month of October is National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. I ask that those of you who have already adopted a pet, whether it be a dog, a cat, a rabbit, a bird or another wonderful pet, consider adopting a dog or ANOTHER dog, to share your life as well. There are so many in need of a loving home, right in your own home town! Every animal shelter is overcrowded…every one of them could use your help, whether it be in the form of adopting, volunteering to walk the dogs or spend some quality time with them, even if you cannot adopt right now, or even helping with cleaning, organizing, mailings, or certainly monetarily. Whatever you can do, would be MOST appreciated by your local animal shelter or rescue organization.

    If you ARE considering adopting a dog, here are a few tips that you may find helpful in finding a great match for you and your family:

    DEFINITELY VISIT YOUR ANIMAL SHELTER FIRST

    Shelter animals are not damaged goods and are not there through any fault of their own. Often their owner has passed away, and no one stepped forward to take the animal. Sometimes, hard as it is to imagine, people move....and leave their pet behind, often in an empty house.  Sometimes families no longer have the finances to take care of a pet and have to give it up. Often, pets are simply dumped by the side of the road, and wind up in a shelter. The some shelters are "no kill"....but many shelters have limited space and the pets that have been there the longest are put on the short list for being euthanized. That is why I say when you adopt a pet....you save TWO lives....the life of the pet you bring home, and the life of the pet that was able to have its space at the shelter.

    TRY YOUR POTENTIAL PET OUT FIRST

    Most shelters will let you spend time with the pet you are interested in...visiting, or going for a nice walk. Often the staff will be able to answer most of your questions about the dog, as they have been spending time with that pup before you came to visit. They may or may not know the dog's entire history, but they can give you a good idea of the dog's personality, health, age, and whether or not YOUR particular family unit would be best for that dog. ASK QUESTIONS!!

    DON'T BE BREED-BIASED...BE FLEXIBLE

    Many folks go to a shelter looking for a particular breed of dog and feel like nothing else will do. You may think you know exactly what you want, but give every dog a chance. The staff can help you determine if a particular dog has the right energy level for you, for your kids or grandkids and for your other pets. Matching energy levels to your lifestyle is more important that sex, breed, or color. Although puppies are cute, no doubt, and usually have a "clean slate", they are also ALOT of work. Are you ready for that? If not, please also consider SENIOR pets....age 7 and better. These dogs are a joy....are usually perfectly housebroken and know the rules. They are easily adaptable and are so grateful for a second chance. Perhaps their owner had to go into assisted living or another situation where they could not take their pet.  Or perhaps their owner passed away, and now the dog is alone and has no idea where their owner went. How sad to spend the rest of his life in a shelter instead of another loving home.

    Whatever you decide, your life will only be improved and more joyful, when you welcome a shelter pet to share your days and nights. Pets are proven to be stress relievers, they give you unconditional love, they bring you joy and infuse your life with happy energy and fun. All they ask in return is food, shelter, a comfy bed, loving care and a pat on the head. Wow....you get ALOT in return from them!

    Please visit www.ASPCA.org for more information on adopting a pet, and for lots of terrific info on being a great pet owner, including diet, veterinary info, lists of what NOT to feed your pets, poisonous plants, and so much more. If you are looking for a place to adopt a pet in YOUR town, search the internet for the SPCA, Humane Society, or pet rescue groups, and include your ZIP CODE in the search.

    Please DO post photos of your rescue pets on my Facebook page ANYTIME! We love seeing their adorable furry faces!! For great pet products that I personally love on QVC.com, visit my Pet Mama ToGather page as well.

    Thank you....and God Bless you AND your animals, always.

    Love,

    Carolyn (and my little zoo)


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    Hi, everyone!

    It’s pretty tough to stump me when it comes to gift ideas. I’m surrounded by some amazing items each and every day here at QVC, so I seem to find presents for almost everyone on my list. But, I’ll admit that I love putting something personal in my family's stockings or having a little something for holiday guests, my kids’ teachers, their friends, the list goes on...

    This year, that little “something” is a pair of hand warmers!

    DIY Hand Warmers

    To make these, find:

    • 2 pieces of felt
    • Rice
    • Sewing machine
    • Funnel
    • Thread, to match felt

    Then:

    1. Cut each piece of felt in half and decide on a shape you want to make.
    2. Sketch the shape onto all four pieces of felt with a pencil.
    3. Place the felt on top of each other and cut out your shape.
    4. Sew two of the pieces together leaving a 1” opening. Repeat with the other pieces.
    5. Using a funnel, fill each pocket with rice. (You pick how much rice you want the warmers to have.)
    6. Sew up the opening.
    7. Warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds and hold on tight!

    We have a special time for You’re Home with Jill this week, everyone…join me on Tuesday at 5pm ET.

    From my home to yours,
    —Jill


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  • 10/17/14--13:12: Fall into Winter Windowboxes
  • This time of year, I like to fill my window boxes and containers with plants that will thrive in the cool and cold of the next few months – some will last throughout the year.  There are wonderful hardy plants in a variety of colors and textures to play with, and a great (safe) rule of thumb is to select plants that are hardy to one to two zones colder than your region (I live in Pennsylvania and we have at least 6 zones.)

    -Boxwood:  The standard is the English Boxwood, which is a favorite for its hardiness and deep green color.  I also like many of the Japanese Boxwood varieties such as Green Beauty and Morris Dwarf and Korean Wintergreen boxwood for window boxes.

    -Ornamental Grasses add height and color to all types of containers.  Try the Pink Muhly, Ruby Grass or Phormium for dramatic shades of reds and pinks.

    -Ornamental Cabbage and Kale provide great texture and color.  These robust plants can even take on greater color after frost which is quite unique and fun to wait for.

    -Fall Blooming Perennials are autumnal treasures.  For color I love Hardy Mums, Tall and Purpletop Verbena, Wood Asters and Sedum. 

    I like to add decorative pieces in too – branches of Curly Willow, sprigs of Bittersweet, Magnolia and White Birch twigs.  And you can’t go wrong with my all time favorite mix of cut evergreens, boxwood and winter berries in window boxes and containers – this creates a magnificent transition into the winter months.  Everything is better when you add a bit of your personality – it truly shows!   

    - Barbara 


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  • 10/17/14--13:42: Flower Power
  • I love decorating with “real flowers” for a party. They really make a setting festive and I can usually find fresh flowers for great prices at local farmer's markets. I bought a flat of a dozen orchid plants in a variety of white and pink shades for a recent bridal shower.

    Another thing I love for a party is a “signature drink”. In keeping with my orchid theme, I thought it would be fun to try Edible Orchids. I’d never used edible flowers before, but they were very easy to find online. I was even able to order them in the pink color I wanted.

    I used the edible orchids as a garnish in my signature cocktails, and as an ice mold decoration in my punch. The flowers made the drinks pretty. And a pretty drink always tastes better.

    Using orchids on my tables and in my guests glasses worked really well. And if you’re wondering what edible orchids taste like--they taste like slightly sweet lettuce! :-)

    Jayne Browne and Iris

    I'll see you in the morning for AM Beauty and AM Style.

    P.S. AM Beauty will air an hour earlier this week beginning at 6am

    Leah :) 


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    Happy Paw-Parazzi Monday!!

    This week's Paw-Parazzi Showcase photo submissions absolutely made my Monday!! They are SO purrrfectly adorable that I can barely stand it! Thank you to all my Facebook friends who sent in photos of their fur babies getting ready for the Halloween holiday. I loved hearing about what treats your little ones get instead of chocolate, and I heard suggestions like cucumber bites,  banana pieces, peanut butter bones and even baby carrots! I hope you enjoy this week's photos as much as I did!

    XO, Your Fellow Pet-Lover,

    Carolyn

     


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    Hi, everyone!

    My friend Emily and I have been friends for a LONG time. In fact, now that I think about it…we’ve been besties since we were eight. Our dads took business classes together, our moms were teachers and taught together...I'm not sure we had much of a choice in the matter!

    Anyway, she joined the same sorority at college that I did (even though we went to different schools), and she was the maid of honor at my wedding. I don’t see her as often as I would like and I’m sure you all have a friend like that. But, we both lead busy lives…me at QVC and a family at home; she, in Boston, a very successful and a best-selling book author and a family to boot.

    You’re Home with Jill airs tomorrow night at 5pm ET—mark your calendars!—and we’re talking about ways to make your home seem warm and inviting this holiday season. Emily knows a thing or two about warm and inviting…and great recipes. In fact, her Hello Yummy Bars are a staple at my holiday parties. This easy dessert appeared in her third book (that's right, THIRD), Nesting: A Chick Thing which we sold on QVC for a time.

    Hello Yummy Bars

    Hello Yummy Bars

    Ingredients:

    • 3/4 cup butter, melted
    • 1 box chocolate chip Teddy Graham cookies, finely crushed
    • 1 bag English Toffee bits (in the baking section)
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup chopped pecans or shredded coconut
    • 1 can (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk

    Preparation:

    1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
    2. Line a 9" x 13" pan with nonstick foil, allowing it to extend over the ends of the pan. Pour the melted butter into the pan. Sprinkle the cookie crumbs in the bottom of the pan and press firmly. Bake for 5 minutes.
    3. Layer the toffee bits, chocolate, and pecans or shredded coconut over the crust in the pan, pressing each layer down firmly. Pour the condensed milk on top. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool on the counter and then put the pan in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before trying to remove the dessert from the pan.
    4. Lift the foil out of the pan, turn the bars over, and use a serrated knife to cut them into squares.

    This recipe is prepared with the Temp-tations® Floral Lace 24-Piece Oven-to-Table Set (K39348).

    I often use shredded coconut instead of the pecans, although the choice is yours. Enjoy this recipe—and call your bestie tonight, okay?

    See you tomorrow at 5pm ET.

    XOXO,
    —Jill


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    How’s this for a spooky blast from the past? I came across an old Inside Magazine issue and had a good laugh at the front cover…

    YIKES!!!!! Yes, that is me! 

    So I'm sure you're wondering for what occasion did I undergo the Mrs. Doubtfire transformation! Back in 2005, Insider members were asked to help pick the Halloween cover for the October issue. There were 521 responses which all lead to me dressing up as a grandmother. It's funny how things turn out, right? 

    Looking back and even then, I was thrilled to have played the role of creepy grandmother handing out candy on Halloween! Out of all the possibilities, the Insider Members wanted to see that--  So I had to give the people what they wanted! 

    It was a blast getting transformed from plain old me, to Grandma Rick! Here are some funny photos of the transformation!! 

    Before:

        Step 1: Face Make Up. 

        Step 2: Stretch out face make up to create wrinkles!

       Step 4: Admire homemade face wrinkles. 

    Step 5: Go the extra mile with a granny hairdo.

    Step 6: Transformation complete thanks to make up artist, Sue. 

    The Final Product:

         

      

        

     


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    Hello, foodies…

    One of my favorite recipes in my new cookbook is my Mac and Cheese Bites. You all know I love mac and cheese, but it’s not exactly an easy-to-eat recipe at parties unless you serve it in cups or small bowls. Bites, however, are the perfect finger food. And you can fill them with virtually anything. That mac and cheese recipe inspired this one…Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites, which is right in line with our Comfort Foods with a Twist theme. Here’s how you make these:

    Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites
    Serves 6–8

    Ingredients:
    Bites:

    • 1 lb ground chicken, cooked and finely crumbled
    • 1/4 lb thinly sliced smoked deli ham, finely chopped
    • 3 Tbsp butter
    • 1/3 cup minced onions
    • 1 cup + 4 Tbsp flour, divided
    • 1-1/4 cup milk
    • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
    • 2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • Pinch of smoked paprika
    • 3 eggs, beaten
    • 1-1/2 cups cornflake crumbs
    • Oil, for frying

    Sauce:

    • 2 Tbsp butter
    • 2-1/2 Tbsp flour
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup chicken stock
    • 2 cups grated Gruyère or Swiss cheese
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • Pinch of nutmeg

    Preparation:

    1. To prepare the bites, place the chicken and ham into a medium-size bowl. Melt the butter in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent. Stir in 4 Tbsp flour and cook for a minute. Add the milk, mustard, salt, pepper, and paprika. Stir and heat until the sauce begins to simmer and has thickened. Fold the sauce into the bowl with the chicken and ham. Spread the mixture out onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until cool and firm, about 30 minutes.
    2. While mixture is cooling, make the dipping sauce. Melt the butter on medium-high heat in a medium-size saucepan. Add the flour and stir for about a minute. Add the milk and chicken stock and continue to stir while heating. When the sauce has almost begun to simmer and has thickened, add the cheese, salt and nutmeg. Stir until the cheese has melted and sauce is smooth. Hold on very low heat until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.
    3. To bread and cook the bites, heat a deep fryer or Dutch oven with oil to 375°F. Take the cooled mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls and roll into balls. Place them on a clean baking sheet. In separate shallow bowls, place 1 cup flour, eggs, and crumbs. Coat the bites 4–6 at a time with flour and then dip and coat completely with egg. Finally, roll the bites in the bread crumbs, coating completely. Place the bites back onto the baking sheet. Deep-fry the bites in batches of 6–8 at a time for about 3–4 minutes, or until deep-golden brown. Serve with the dipping sauce.

    This recipe is prepared with the Butterball Digital XXL 22-lb Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer (K41297).

    Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.

    Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites

    Foodies, I could eat a gallon of that cheese sauce on its own. Consider using it to top other favorites like baked potatoes, broccoli, cheesesteaks, or French fries. To keep it warm at your party, use a slow cooker or fondue pot. The bites should hold their temperature for a good half hour because of the heat trapped inside. But, if there happen to be a few bites left after an hour or so, reheat them in the oven at 425°F for a few minutes.

    For your blog question today, tell me what’s your favorite bite-sized food? Do you love chicken nuggets? Chocolate truffles? Sushi? See you on Wednesday at 8pm ET, foodies.

    Keep it flavorful!
    —David


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    We are definitely an iPad family. We're careful about what we let the girls use it for, and for how long, but I have to say, it's been a very welcome technology addition to our home. Today's Special Value, the 16GB iPad, is just that...a huge value opportunity for those who want to bring an iPad home, for WAY less. Husbands, wives, kids, grandparents, grandkids...it's really a gift for everyone and everyone has their own favorite ways to use it!

    My in-laws gave my girls their old iPad when they upgraded, so that the kids had an iPad to play games on and watch movies on…when they were 2! We travel so much, so it’s been very helpful for trips. They are allowed to watch certain movies, look at pictures, and play approved learning games.

    The rest of the family uses iPads primarily for movies, reading, and FaceTime! That's our biggie, we FaceTime every single day. I've got the mini, and I have lists on top of lists on mine. Another thing I love to do it use my bible app with my devotional on it…I use that every night!  I'm a big Twitter girl too so I do that and read on my kindle app every day. It comes in handy for everything from listening to music, updating my calendar, and writing in my gratitude journal. In the morning I do yoga and barre3 streaming from my husband’s iPad, which we have connected to the TV in the basement. When trying to list out all of the ways our family uses the iPad, I don't think the question is what do we do with our iPads, it's more like what DON'T we do!

    Xoxo

    Kerstin

    www.facebook.com/kerstinlindquistqvc

    www.twitter.com/kerstinlindqvc


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    Make-up

    • 2 teaspoons shortening
    • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
    • 1 teaspoon lour
    • 3 to 4 drops glycerin food coloring
    Mix ingredients together to form a paste and then add coloring. Apply to face and body and enjoy the Halloween festivities.
    And here is my easy tuna noodle casserole recipe, so you and your family can enjoy a quick and hearty dinner prior to trick-or-treating:

    Tuna Noodle Casserole

    • 8 oz. wide egg noodles
    • 2 cans tuna fish, well drained
    • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
    • 3/4 milk
    • 4 oz. can sliced mushrooms (chopped small) - optional
    • 1-1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
    • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
    • 8 oz. grated cheddar cheese
    • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 12 oz. sour cream
    • 2 tablespoons melted butter
    • 8 oz. frozen peas (thawed) (optional)

    If using frozen peas in this recipe, place in a bowl on the counter to defrost first.

    Cook noodles as directed on the package. Drain noodles in colander and return to the pan. Stir in sour cream, milk, cream of mushroom soup, mushrooms, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

    Then, stir in tuna fish and peas and transfer to an ungreased, two-quart baking dish.

    Stir together the parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese and bread crumbs in a separate bowl. Melt the butter and stir it into the cheese and breadcrumbs.

    Sprinkle evenly over top of the casserole.

    Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly.

     

    Counting our blessings,
    Mary Beth Roe

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    The biggest cooking day of the year will be here soon – Thanksgiving!  For my family, it’s not Thanksgiving unless there is a deep-fried turkey on the table.  We want to spend time with one another and I don’t want to be separated from my family, out in the yard watching over a fryer or stressing about the weather.  Our Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer allows me to fry our turkey inside, without all of the worry. 

     fryer

    Our team is excited to bring you this new model and I’m partial to the cinnamon one, since red is my favorite color!  Once you’ve wrapped up Thanksgiving, there’s no need to put the fryer away until next year.  Did you know the fryer also steams and boils?  We use it for weeknight dinners all of the time – Low Country Boil, Steamed Chicken and Veggies, and so much more.  Our team is here to answer your questions all day, so post them in the comments section below. We have also added some of our most frequently asked questions below.

    And don’t forget to check out recipes on the product detail page, where I’ve shared some of my favorites.

    Happy Frying and Cooking!

    -John McLemore, President/CEO of Masterbuilt

    FAQs:

    Q: How much oil do I need to use?
    A: The fryer will require approximately 2.75 gallons of oil max. The Max fill line is the maximum amount of liquid that can safely be used in this unit. Filling to the line is more than enough water or oil to prepare most foods in this fryer. Oil may not cover top of turkey breast. It is not necessary to add more oil, the breast will cook through completely during frying.

    Q: What type of oil should I use?
    A: Peanut oil is recommended because of the great taste and higher smoke point but, any common cooking oil may be used.

    Q: Should I keep the lid on during use?
    A: Yes, the lid helps retain heat, and keeps splatter inside unit.

    Q: How many times may oil be reused?
    A: Oil should not be reused more than four or five times as long as it is strained and stored in a sealed container and in a cool area but not necessarily refrigerated.

    Q: May I store my oil in my fryer?
    A: It is not recommended to keep oil stored in the unit. The unit should be cleaned thoroughly after each use.

    Q: How hot will the oil become?
    A: Oil should reach 375F in approximately 45 minutes. Oil temperature will decrease when turkey is placed in fryer.

    Q: What are the interior measurements?
    A: The inner pot measurements are 18" x 15" x 12".

    Q: What size turkey can I deep fry in this unit?
    A: A 14 lb-18 lb turkey is recommended. However, you can deep-fry up to a 22 lb turkey in this unit. Please DO NOT EXCEED 22 lbs.

    Q: Can an extension cord be used with this unit?
    A: No, extension cords will lose electric current resulting in increased cooking time and decreased performance. Extension cords can also pose a trip hazard.

    Q: Does the turkey go in the basket breast side up or down?
    A: Turkey should be placed horizontal in basket, breast side-up (see Fig. A on page 7 in your instruction manual).

    Q: I followed the formula and the turkey did not fully cook. What went wrong?
    A: Cooking conditions may vary. Turkey could have been cold. Bring turkey to room temperature before frying. Sometimes a cold or frozen spot in a joint or deep in the turkey breast does not allow that section to cook properly. For best results, wash with lukewarm water and pat dry inside and outside with paper towels before injecting with marinade. Watch the "How to Safely Fry a Turkey" video at www.YouTube.com/TheMasterbuilt.

    Q: Can the Electric Turkey Fryer be used outdoors?
    A: Outdoor use is not recommended for Masterbuilt's Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer. If you do not want to use the unit in your house, please use in a garage or covered patio to prevent Electric Turkey Fryer from being exposed to rain showers.

    Q: Why won't my turkey fryer turn on?
    A: The Control Panel features a "Safety Switch" that must be mounted properly on the mounting bracket of the outer shell for unit to power on (see page 3 in your instruction manual). The power light will illuminate when the control panel is mounted correctly.


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  • 10/21/14--10:43: Fall Beef Stew
  • When the weather gets cooler, there is nothing more satisfying than a hearty and savory meal to come home to.  This Beef Stew recipe is one that I’ve been turning to for years to welcome family and friends in on a cold autumn night.  What makes it perfect for Fall is that it incorporates some seasonal root vegetables like celery root, carrots and parsnips.  I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do! 

    Fall Beef Stew

    Ingredients:

    2 pounds beef stew meat (I use chuck roast) rolled in flour

    2 carrots (sliced thick)

    2 parsnips (sliced thick)

    1 celery root (roughly chopped into large cubes)

    2 potatoes (roughly chopped into large cubes)

    1 bag of frozen peas

    3 cloves of garlic, minced

    1 large onion (chopped)

    1 head of chopped celery

    3 tablespoons olive oil

    1 tablespoon butter

    4-6 cups of beef broth

    1 bay leaf

    2-3 tablespoons of tomato paste

    ½ teaspoon paprika

    Salt and pepper to taste

     

    Heat the olive oil and butter in a large stock pot and brown the beef. 

    Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.  Place garlic, onions and celery in your stockpot and cook until softened over a medium heat.  

      

    Add tomato paste, bay leaf, paprika, salt, pepper and broth and bring to a boil.  

     

    Stir in beef and celery root and simmer over low heat for 1.5 - 2 hrs stirring occasionally. 

    Add your remaining root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, potatoes) as well as a bag of frozen peas and continue to simmer until they are tender (about 30 minutes). 

    Enjoy the aroma of your house with this simmering deliciousness!  

     

    When serving, sprinkle fresh diced parsley over top for some color.  I like to serve my stews with a biscuit! This was the pull out of the can and bake kind! 

    Enjoy your hearty meal!!!

    What are your favorite meals to serve when the weather gets cooler?

    XOXO

    Alberti 

    Ps.  Do you follow me on FACEBOOK? I share recipes and other great ideas to help around the house weekly!

    www.facebook.com/AlbertiPopajQVC



     


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    I am so excited to be bringing you a new monthly feature here at QVC & Quacker Factory – and it’s called ‘Patrick’s Pick Of The Month’!!!

     

    I am deeply passionate about making sure that each of you is looking – and FEELING – your best every single day when you wake up!  Back on February 4th, 1995, women’s choices for clothing were dramatically changed when Jeanne Bice first appeared on QVC.  Never before has there been so much sparkle and shine – and HAPPY CLOTHES – as there is today – thanks to our beloved Jeanne! She not only brought you fun clothing that fits all body sizes and shapes – but she brought you the most beautiful colors!  Angel and I are so honored to be able to continue her legacy of unique, fun and comfortable fashion.

     

    I love our brand so much – and all of you – that I wanted to help you put together a few outfits from some of my personal favorite items.  So each month I’ll be sharing with you a complete head-to-toe outfit – and this month I have two outfits for you!  My first one is a dressy/red-carpet-moment outfit – and the second one is an outfit that’s perfect for you to wear on any day of the week!

     

    ‘It’s Time To Sparkle…Tis the Season to Shine!’

    Holiday Looks and Everyday Glam - Quacker Style!

     

    Jeanne used to say, “Life’s a party – so you have to go out and celebrate EVERY day!”  And what better way to celebrate then with my first outfit! 

     

    LOOKING FABULOUS FOR YOUR OWN RED-CARPET MOMENTS!

     

    Nothing says ‘party’ in the fall and winter better than luxurious velvet and that’s why I picked item A93848– Rhinestone Embellished Stretch Velvet Top as my first pick!  And can you believe it comes in 12 (TWELVE) colors?! 

     

    Here’s a picture of our beautiful Angel in the Royal Blue – doesn’t she look Quack-Tabulous?!  And our wonderful ‘Quack-Ette’ model Colleen is wearing the top in the really rich and perfect-for-the-fall color Emerald.  And if you don’t recognize our third model in the picture, it’s my gorgeous mother Ann Hoy – doesn’t she looked stunning in the black option?!

    For a complete head-to-toe outfit, I’ve teamed the top up with item A237789– Velvet Pull-On A-Line Skirt by Quacker Factory.   The skirt is available in 3 different colors – Black, Wine & Navy.  I LOVE the complete look of velvet on both the top and the bottom – and you’ll love the fact that this skirt is a pull-on with a fully elasticated waistband.  (Which is perfect if you have a second helping of desserts!)

     

    In the picture above, you can see that both Angel and Colleen are wearing it with the black option – which shows you just how much versatility you’ll get with the black.  Who wouldn’t want to be dressed from head-to-toe in some of the softest and most comfortable velvet?!

     

    But if you don’t want to match it with the skirt, that’s okay too!  Here’s a picture of Mom wearing the top on its own – I think you’ll agree that she and the top really are beautiful!

    Mom has paired this gorgeous top up with some of her own crop length slacks – along with a long necklace – thus giving the illusion that she is taller than she actually is.  And since this top is a ¾ length sleeve top, it really will show off all of your favorite jewelry  - and your sleeves won’t dip into the gravy at the Thanksgiving table!

     

    GET CASUAL & HAVE FUN!!

    My second ‘Pick Of The Month’ is all about having fun and looking fabulous!  And you’re sure to get noticed and complimented in this next outfit!

    I picked this one because the complete outfit, from head-to-toe, is a tribute to Jeanne Bice. 

     

    For the top, I’ve selected our brand new item A258930– Charmed I’m Sure Jacket & T-shirt Set.  Jeanne Bice LOVED charms!  She loved collecting them – and she loved showing them off!  So our creatively clever design team made this set especially as a tribute to Jeanne.  You get both the jacket & the short-sleeve top AND on each jacket, there is a matching (and removable!) charm with sparkle and shine!  Look at how adorable Angel, Colleen and my mother look in three of the four options!

    Angel is wearing the Black option that comes with a Nativity Scene T-Shirt – and the charm is a beautiful Star – wait until you see the detail in this set!  Colleen is wearing the Espresso option with a rich and vibrant tree bursting with fall colors – and the charm is an adorable pumpkin!  (And after Halloween is finished, you can remove the charm and wear the jacket for the rest of the year!)  And Mom is wearing the Royal Blue jacket that has a Snowflake charm – and the most beautiful snowperson on the T-Shirt!  And if you want a set that you can wear all year-round, we’ve got the perfect one for you in Red with the cutest kitties you’ve ever seen – and there’s a Heart charm for that one – because we know the second you see those kitties, your heart will be full of love!

    Jeanne would have loved the fact that you can remove the charms from each of these jackets and either wear them on your favorite charm bracelet when you’re not wearing the jacket – or you could even use them as bag charms on your favorite purses!

    And speaking of Jeanne, I just HAD to pair these new sets with the first ever DreamJeanne pant that Jeanne introduced to the world on September 22nd, 2010 – Item A212894– DreamJeannes 5 Pocket Knit Denim Boot Cut Pants.  Did you know that we now have this favorite of yours in TWENTY-FOUR colors?!?  How many colors do you have in your collection?!

    As you can see, I’m giving the thumbs-up to Angel, Colleen & Mom during our photo shoot!

    I hope you enjoyed my first ‘Patrick’s Pick Of The Month’ items.  Be sure to tune in on Wednesday the 29th of October where I’ll be sharing these items with you at 1pm EDT with Angel and Jayne Brown. 

    And if you loved these items – just wait until you see what I have lined up for you next month!

     

    Until then,

    Quacker Hugs & Love From Across The Pond!!!

    Patrick

    Xoxoxo

     

    Click on each link below to see more detail about each of Patrick’s picks

     

    Quacker Factory Rhinestone Embellished Stretch Velvet Top

    Website: http://qvc.co/EmbVtop

     

    Quacker Factory Velvet Pull-On A-Line Skirt

     Website: http://qvc.co/embVtop

     

    Quacker Factory Charmed I’m Sure Jacket & T-Shirt Set

     Website: http://qvc.co/charmed

     

    Quacker Factory DreamJeannes 5-Pocket Knit Denim Boot Cut Pants

    Website: http://qvc.co/5pocketpants

     

    To stay up to date at what’s Quackin’ at the Quacker Factory, join the email list! Click here to sign up to receive emails from www.QuackerFactory.com - http://bit.ly/PH_EmailLists

     

    To follow Quacker Factory on Facebook, click here:  http://bit.ly/QF_Facebook

    To follow Angel on Facebook, click here:  http://bit.ly/A_Facebook

    To follow Patrick on Facebook, click here:  http://bit.ly/P_Facebook

     

     


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  • 10/21/14--13:11: Windows Open Fall Day
  • Hello my LCNY fashionistas...happy Indian summer, windows open fall day.  I have every window open in my house.  My mother always did that four times a year in the beginning of each season. As she would say "let the bad air out and the good in".  I find as I am getting older and of course wiser I hear myself saying and doing some of the things my Mom always did.  Both my daughters have told me that after they finish doing the dinner dishes and the final cleanup, they light a favorite scented candle. It touched my heart because I have been doing that forever .....basically letting my gang know the KITCHEN is closed :).....On Saturday we all gathered together at my home and celebrated my mother's  80th birthday.  My brother and sister their spouses, three of the grand kids and their significant others, and Roy all in attendance.  The five remaining grandchildren out of town sent video messages.  She was overwhelmed!..  My father gave a toast on how they met at Ohio University.  She a freshman ....he a junior..at a fraternity/ sorority dance.  They both came with different dates.  He was dancing with a friend spotted this beautiful, cute redhead across the room dancing with her date and he on purpose bumped in to them......to start a conversation.  The rest is history.  The underlying theme of the evening was how kind, supportive, loving, always there for all of us, giving to her friends, her faith, at the ready for a friend in need......the list goes on about my Mom.  What a tribute to my best friend. You and I share a friend in common....Mary Beth Roe.  Her oldest son Eric just got engaged.  She is a Mom of four as you know and inspiring to all she meets.  I am very lucky to work with her on Wednesday mornings.  So join us tomorrow and we can congratulate the mother in law to be..bring your cup of joe and your friendship.  Several new items...a cross body bag, sweater coat, and the debut of our boot...oh my. 

    Your friend

    Linda:)

    My Mom..and her three kids!


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    I am so excited to be bringing you a new monthly feature here at QVC & Quacker Factory – and it’s called ‘Patrick’s Pick Of The Month’!!!

     

    I am deeply passionate about making sure that each of you is looking – and FEELING – your best every single day when you wake up!  Back on February 4th, 1995, women’s choices for clothing were dramatically changed when Jeanne Bice first appeared on QVC.  Never before has there been so much sparkle and shine – and HAPPY CLOTHES – as there is today – thanks to our beloved Jeanne! She not only brought you fun clothing that fits all body sizes and shapes – but she brought you the most beautiful colors!  Angel and I are so honored to be able to continue her legacy of unique, fun and comfortable fashion.

     

    I love our brand so much – and all of you – that I wanted to help you put together a few outfits from some of my personal favorite items.  So each month I’ll be sharing with you a complete head-to-toe outfit – and this month I have two outfits for you!  My first one is a dressy/red-carpet-moment outfit – and the second one is an outfit that’s perfect for you to wear on any day of the week!

     

    ‘It’s Time To Sparkle…Tis the Season to Shine!’

    Holiday Looks and Everyday Glam - Quacker Style!

     

    Jeanne used to say, “Life’s a party – so you have to go out and celebrate EVERY day!”  And what better way to celebrate then with my first outfit! 

     

    LOOKING FABULOUS FOR YOUR OWN RED-CARPET MOMENTS!

     

    Nothing says ‘party’ in the fall and winter better than luxurious velvet and that’s why I picked item A93848– Rhinestone Embellished Stretch Velvet Top as my first pick!  And can you believe it comes in 12 (TWELVE) colors?! 

     

    Here’s a picture of our beautiful Angel in the Royal Blue – doesn’t she look Quack-Tabulous?!  And our wonderful ‘Quack-Ette’ model Colleen is wearing the top in the really rich and perfect-for-the-fall color Emerald.  And if you don’t recognize our third model in the picture, it’s my gorgeous mother Ann Hoy – doesn’t she looked stunning in the black option?!

    For a complete head-to-toe outfit, I’ve teamed the top up with item A237789– Velvet Pull-On A-Line Skirt by Quacker Factory.   The skirt is available in 3 different colors – Black, Wine & Navy.  I LOVE the complete look of velvet on both the top and the bottom – and you’ll love the fact that this skirt is a pull-on with a fully elasticated waistband.  (Which is perfect if you have a second helping of desserts!)

     

    In the picture above, you can see that both Angel and Colleen are wearing it with the black option – which shows you just how much versatility you’ll get with the black.  Who wouldn’t want to be dressed from head-to-toe in some of the softest and most comfortable velvet?!

     

    But if you don’t want to match it with the skirt, that’s okay too!  Here’s a picture of Mom wearing the top on its own – I think you’ll agree that she and the top really are beautiful!

    Mom has paired this gorgeous top up with some of her own crop length slacks – along with a long necklace – thus giving the illusion that she is taller than she actually is.  And since this top is a ¾ length sleeve top, it really will show off all of your favorite jewelry  - and your sleeves won’t dip into the gravy at the Thanksgiving table!

     

    GET CASUAL & HAVE FUN!!

    My second ‘Pick Of The Month’ is all about having fun and looking fabulous!  And you’re sure to get noticed and complimented in this next outfit!

    I picked this one because the complete outfit, from head-to-toe, is a tribute to Jeanne Bice. 

     

    For the top, I’ve selected our brand new item A258930– Charmed I’m Sure Jacket & T-shirt Set.  Jeanne Bice LOVED charms!  She loved collecting them – and she loved showing them off!  So our creatively clever design team made this set especially as a tribute to Jeanne.  You get both the jacket & the short-sleeve top AND on each jacket, there is a matching (and removable!) charm with sparkle and shine!  Look at how adorable Angel, Colleen and my mother look in three of the four options!

    Angel is wearing the Black option that comes with a Nativity Scene T-Shirt – and the charm is a beautiful Star – wait until you see the detail in this set!  Colleen is wearing the Espresso option with a rich and vibrant tree bursting with fall colors – and the charm is an adorable pumpkin!  (And after Halloween is finished, you can remove the charm and wear the jacket for the rest of the year!)  And Mom is wearing the Royal Blue jacket that has a Snowflake charm – and the most beautiful snowperson on the T-Shirt!  And if you want a set that you can wear all year-round, we’ve got the perfect one for you in Red with the cutest kitties you’ve ever seen – and there’s a Heart charm for that one – because we know the second you see those kitties, your heart will be full of love!

    Jeanne would have loved the fact that you can remove the charms from each of these jackets and either wear them on your favorite charm bracelet when you’re not wearing the jacket – or you could even use them as bag charms on your favorite purses!

    And speaking of Jeanne, I just HAD to pair these new sets with the first ever DreamJeanne pant that Jeanne introduced to the world on September 22nd, 2010 – Item A212894– DreamJeannes 5 Pocket Knit Denim Boot Cut Pants.  Did you know that we now have this favorite of yours in TWENTY-FOUR colors?!?  How many colors do you have in your collection?!

    As you can see, I’m giving the thumbs-up to Angel, Colleen & Mom during our photo shoot!

    I hope you enjoyed my first ‘Patrick’s Pick Of The Month’ items.  Be sure to tune in on Wednesday the 29th of October where I’ll be sharing these items with you at 1pm EDT with Angel and Jayne Brown. 

    And if you loved these items – just wait until you see what I have lined up for you next month!

     

    Until then,

    Quacker Hugs & Love From Across The Pond!!! See you Wednesday, 9/28 from 1 – 3 PM ET!

    Patrick

    Xoxoxo

     

    Click on each link below to see more detail about each of Patrick’s picks

     

    Quacker Factory Rhinestone Embellished Stretch Velvet Top

    Website: http://qvc.co/EmbVtop

     

    Quacker Factory Velvet Pull-On A-Line Skirt

     Website: http://qvc.co/embVtop

     

    Quacker Factory Charmed I’m Sure Jacket & T-Shirt Set

     Website: http://qvc.co/charmed

     

    Quacker Factory DreamJeannes 5-Pocket Knit Denim Boot Cut Pants

    Website: http://qvc.co/5pocketpants

     

    To stay up to date at what’s Quackin’ at the Quacker Factory, join the email list! Click here to sign up to receive emails from www.QuackerFactory.com - http://bit.ly/PH_EmailLists

     

    To follow Quacker Factory on Facebook, click here:  http://bit.ly/QF_Facebook

    To follow Angel on Facebook, click here:  http://bit.ly/A_Facebook

    To follow Patrick on Facebook, click here:  http://bit.ly/P_Facebook

     

     

     


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    My team and I have so much fun decorating the set for my Heartfelt Holidays shows. I just wanted to share some before and after photos so you can see the full transformation of the set and how we decorate for the holidays. Enjoy!

    The set before is a blank canvas.

    The after fully decked out with holiday decor.

     

     

     


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  • 10/22/14--11:21: Moist Chicken & Veggies
  • I have only one thing to say about my Cooks Essentials Pressure Cooker…Where have you been all of my life!!!  I am having a ball trying out some of my favorite foods cooked the pressure cooker way.  Here is my latest dish.

    Moist Chicken & Veggies

     

    Ingredients:

    8 skinless boneless chicken thighs

    ½ cup chopped onions

    ½ cup diced red potatoes

    ½ cup chopped celery

    ½ cup chopped carrots

    1 cup sliced mushrooms

    ½ cup dry white wine

    ½ cup chicken stock

    ½ cup heavy cream

    ½ Tb spoon dried Rosemary

    ½ Tb spoon dried Thyme

    Salt & pepper

    2 cloves garlic

    Olive oil

    Directions:

    Season the chicken with salt & pepper.  Turn pressure cooker to browning mode.  Add olive oil and brown chicken on both sides.  Remove and set aside.  Add onions, garlic, celery, carrots & mushrooms to the pressure cooker sauté for 3-4 minutes.  Add wine, cream & chicken stock, stir for a minute.  Return chicken to the pressure cooker.  Add the potatoes, Rosemary & Thyme.  Put the lid on and lock it in place.  Make sure the pressure valve is set to airtight.  Program the pressure cooker for 30 minutes.

    I understand why people have used pressure cookers for decades.  It really helps to infuse the flavor of the seasoning you use into the meat and the meat is moist and tender.  Quick, easy, flavorful, one pot meal that is a breeze to clean up, what more could you ask for.  Enjoy!

     

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