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  • 11/04/14--13:14: Tune in—to yourself
  • Hi tartelettes!

    Here we are, in the midst of another beautiful holiday season. The air is crisp and cold here in the Northeast, our holiday shopping has begun, decorating is in full swing, and everything feels so joyful and bright.

    When I think of the holidays, I can’t help but think of the hundreds of things I need to check off my "to do" list in order to prepare for this festive and super-busy time of year. The cleaning, cooking, shopping--it can definitely feel overwhelming at times! I think we sometimes get so caught up in all of the things that we have to do, that we let ourselves take a backseat.

    This year, I want to encourage you to take a different approach to the holidays by taking a few moments to enjoy your own sweet indulgences--life’s simple pleasures that put you at ease and make you truly happy.

    I read an interview with Meredith Vieira recently where she said something that really hit home: “Women are so nurturing. We feel we have to take care of everybody but ourselves. But the truth is, you’re no good to others unless you’re good to yourself."

    Our sweet indulgences collection was inspired by just that--being good to yourself.

    Make time to recharge! Whether you leisurely sip your morning cup of coffee to clear your head, take a daily stroll, or relax in a peaceful bubble bath, if you don’t care for yourself, you won’t be able to sustain anyone else. A few of my sweet indulgences include evening walks on the beach near my house with my husband and enjoying my morning cup of chai tea at my desk before the day gets crazy. These little things put me at ease just enough to be able to really take on the rest of my life with a clear mind.

    This season, I want to pass on the same advice to you, so I've hand-selected all of my favorite products to create a treat to enjoy as a gift to ourselves, or our best girlfriends, moms and sisters. I want to encourage you to take those few precious moments a day to do what makes you feel good and happy. When we feel good, we look good, and a smile is the best beauty product you can use. :)

    I’m so looking forward to spending a whole day with all of you on QVC and talking about our sweet indulgence collection along with the rest of our holiday treats!

    XO,
    Maureen

    PS: What’s your special treat to yourself? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by tagging #mysweetindulgence.

    Have a question about tarte products? We would love to chat with you! Post your questions here and we will be answering them all day long on Monday, November 10th!


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    You know that feeling you used to get as a kid when Christmas was coming? That’s how I’ve been feeling for the past month! Every day I wake up thinking…”only this many days left until the big day on QVC.” And now temp-tations’ Today’s Special Value is finally here!

     

    Join me today on QVC for the debut of my brand new temp-tations 18-piece Bake and Serve Set! (insert link) Not only do I feel like a kid on Christmas Day, I feel a little bit like Santa, too. I designed this set to include brand new pieces specially requested by so many temp-tations lovers over the past 11+ years. It has all the essentials you need to plan, prep, cook, serve and store picture-perfect meals  -- during the holidays and every day.

    One of the most-requested pieces topping the temp-tations Wish List is an elegant serving platter. So I designed a beautiful 16-inch oval platter as a centerpiece for the whole set. And I even carried the beauty of my classic Old World and Floral Lace patterns into hand-sculpted figural handles. Just imagine presenting your favorite family recipes to a table filled with friends and family with this gorgeous piece!

    For the first time ever, I’m also debuting a set of two 9-inch cake pans, designed by special request for all the busy bakers and layer cake lovers who’ve been asking for them. And, like all temp-tations, they do so much more! Use them to bake deep dish pizzas, serve up cinnamon rolls…you can even fill a pan with gourmet ingredients, wrap it in cellophane, top with a bow and it’s a beautiful, multi-purpose gift basket.

    Because I know that space in the oven is often so hard to come by – especially during the holidays – I included not one, but two bakers complete with Limitless Lid-Its. So you can save time and space by stacking your bakers and Lid-Its together and baking several dishes at once.

     

    There’s plenty more – bowls to fit every purpose, pretty and practical nested measuring cups, an elegant spatula, storage covers and a set of recipe cards featuring some of MY favorite family recipes.

    And here’s something else I can’t wait to share: All of this comes in your favorite Old World and Floral Lace colors, including customer favorite seasonal patterns…plus NEW Floral Lace Eggplant! Christmas really has come early for so many temp-tations lovers. This has to be one of the most-requested temp-tations colors of all time.

    Be sure to tune in throughout the day. As a special bonus, we’ll be serving up plenty of great holiday recipes from my new holiday cookbook (F11683) to showcase all the ways Today’s Special Value set will help you keep holiday cooking, baking and entertaining stress-free, scrumptious and stunning.

    I teamed up with my friends at Taste of Home on this cookbook and hand-picked my favorite recipes created by home cooks, for home cooks, just for the holidays. Then each recipe was customized in the Taste of Home Test Kitchens to fit temp-tations ovenware.

    Here’s a little taste of what you’ll be seeing on-air today.

    CHRISTMAS MICE TRUFFLES

     

    1 package (15 1/2 ounces) Oreo cookies

    4 ounces cream cheese, softened

    1 jar (16 ounces) maraschino cherries (with stems)

    1/2 cup chocolate wafer crumbs

    1/2 cup sliced almonds or pine nuts

    Colored nonpareils or pearl dragees

     

    1. Place cookies in a food processor; cover and process until finely crushed. Add cream cheese;

    process until blended. (Keep unused mixture covered at all times with a damp cloth.)

     

    2. Working with a few cherries at a time, shape 2 teaspoons of mixture around each cherry, tapering to resemble a mouse. Sprinkle with wafer crumbs. Add almonds for ears and nonpareils for eyes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To serve, arrange on a temp-tations® Lid-It® or serving tray.

     

    Hope you’ll tune in to find out all the ways Today’s Special Value from temp-tations (insert link) will become one of your family’s most treasured traditions!

    XOXO,

    Tara


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    Hi, everyone!

    I love everything about pumpkin. I love the shape. I love the color. I love the smell. And I LOVE the taste. So many holiday recipes—like pumpkin pie—are steeped in tradition. But, I stumbled upon a dump cake recipe that’s fun and different and calls for…you know what’s coming, don’t you…pumpkin.

    Dumpy Pumpkin Cake

    Dumpy Pumpkin Cake

    This recipe is prepared with Temp-tations® Floral Lace 18-Piece Bake and Serve Set (K41206).

    Ingredients:

    • 1 (15-oz) can pumpkin puree
    • 1 (10-oz) can evaporated milk
    • 1 cup dark brown sugar
    • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
    • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    • 1 box yellow cake mix
    • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
    • 1/2 cup broken graham crackers (not crumbs)
    • 1/2 cup toffee bits
    • 2 sticks butter, melted
    • Whipped cream (optional garnish)

    Preparation:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 13" x 9" pan with cooking spray.
    2. Combine the pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, eggs, and spice. Pour the mixture into the pan. Sprinkle the dry cake mix on top, followed by the nuts, graham crackers, and toffee. Pour the melted butter evenly over all.
    3. Bake for 45–50 minutes, or until the center is set and the edges are lightly browned. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

    I hope you’ll consider this treat for your holiday spread this year. Or, if you just can’t break away from those classics, make it for another occasion...think dinner with friends, a church potluck, office party, or just a quiet Saturday night at home.

    Have a terrific night…see you soon!

    XOXO,
    —Jill


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  • 11/05/14--07:21: Birthday Blog
  •  

    November has always been a special month for me. Not because it’s my birthday, just because I love Fall and the lead up to Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the autumn months always feel like “old soul” months, which I am, for sure…an old soul. If you missed my birthday snapshots on FB, thought I’d post here and share some more deets. For starters, I turned 42 on November 2nd…but on November 1st, this gorgeous arrangement showed up at my doorstep from Mom and Dad. (Mom has such impeccable taste and she likes to do ‘sending flowers’ a little different. From Olive & Cocoa … magnificent!)

    Next up, we commuted into downtown Philly for an overnight complete with friends and surprises. Except behold, why does every city look like this on a Saturday night???? (The only thing that makes me more antsy and annoyed than traffic jams, are those 1-800 automated numbers where you never can get to a REAL person!) Nonetheless, wine and sushi were in my near future so I kept cool. Priorities.

    Went to Morimoto Sushi. Love sushi, really good sushi, bc there is really bad sushi, and I had always wanted to try this Iron Chef restaurant…

    Made friends with the Sushi chef. Total an art form what they do. You must order the Wasabi Fried Rice. Divine.

    Next up, time for my gift. My husband writes the most amazing cards, he’s a really tender dude. (Shh don’t tell him I told you that)

    I am so excited!!! He got me Andrea Boccelli tickets in NYC!!! We are going to spend the whole day in the City which I love, have lunch at Fred’s at Barney’s (which I love!) and pal around before seeing Bocelli who apparently does not do many live concerts. I cried when I opened the gift. Sap I am.

    Next day, Sunday, we visited the Rodan Museum…

     

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    And the Philadelphia Art Museum. I just love staring at the brushstrokes in the painting.

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    Leaving museum, decided we needed some lunch and stumbled into most adorable, witty cozy pub, The Dandelion in Philly. My new favorite. (The burgers will rock your world)

    Only thing I did not do on birthday, was eat birthday cake. Funny huh??!! No worries, with the holidays coming, there will plenty of sick indulgence. In the meantime, Joe and I can’t wait to get back to Philly for our next city excursion. The countryside brings peace and quiet that is good for the soul. The City just makes you feel young and alive. Want to be one of those people that has a house in both! Must keep working to finance large dreams. The End.

     


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  • 11/05/14--09:33: Pork with Wine Sauce
  • I have shared with you my basic pork chop recipe in the past.  Here is a way to change it up a bit.  You can use boneless chicken breasts instead if you prefer. 

    Pork with Wine Sauce

     

    6-8 pork chops

    2 handfuls of chopped spinach

    2 cups chopped mushrooms

    1 cup chopped onions

    1 cup dry white wine

    1/4 cup chicken stock

    1/4 cup heavy cream

    olive oil

    flour

    meat tenderizer

    salt & pepper

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Season pork chops on both sides with meat tenderizer, salt & pepper, dredge in flour.  Add olive oil to skillet brown the pork chops on both sides.  (I had to do them in two batches)  Remove and place into a casserole dish.  In the same pan add a little more oil, sauté onions, mushroom and spinach.  Add wine, chicken stock & cream to the pan, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze, bring to a boil.  Pour the sauce over the pork chops and bake covered for 25-30 minutes.  I served mine with mashed potatoes and peas.  Tender moist & yummy!  Enjoy!

     

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  • 11/05/14--11:26: Jewelry On QStreet
  • I love to ambush people to see what jazzes them up.  Check out the next installment in my Jewelry on QStreet series.   Sorry the Carolyn Pollack piece is not available until next year.

    Items in my tray:

    J149478: Stainless Steel Silk Fit "Our Father" Prayer Ring

    J292482: Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Sterling Inside Out Hoop Earrings

    J295377: 14K Gold Polished Byzantine Heart Enhancer


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    One of the things that makes the house look festive is having people over and setting the table for a party. One of the best ways to make your house look festive--without people--is setting the table anyway! By making your table look like an event, the entire house looks like you're ready to entertain. You don't have to buy all new dishes, just use what you have and bring in Christmas decorations. We decided to put together a video to give you some tips on how to do it. I think if you want to make your Christmas decorating extend beyond your tree, this will be very helpful. :-)

    See you at 10pm ET this Friday for A Lisa Robertson Christmas!
    --Lisa


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    A sweet indulgence.. That’s the inspiration behind this gorgeous holiday gift set from tarte. An indulgence that doesn't come with 1,000 calories, can be transformed into 1,2, or 3 perfect gifts, and makes getting ready for work and holiday parties so much easier... sign me up!

    I recently took a trip to the tarte offices in New York! I know, going to New York to get your makeup done sounds like a lot of work. Haha! It was so much fun, but the goal really was to see this gift set firsthand so I can share it with you. Here is Leigh from tarte, showing me this HUGE Today's Special Value.

      

     Here's the top four reasons I am ordering this set:

    1. It's the most pieces ever offered from tart and you won't find these shades anywhere else.

    2. All 12 pieces are under $60!

    3. All of the shades look great on everyone, whether you are going for classic daytime chic, or glamming it up for a holiday party.

    4. The entire set can be one big indulgence or can be seperated into three smaller gifts. Give some, keep some.. do whatever you want. You'll have a lot to play with.

     

    Now, to the fun part.. How does it all look on?

    Erin, the makeup artist from tarte, gave me the "recipe" for this sweet indulgence... and you don't have to be a chef to pull it off.

    Getting the look is really easy. Start with your foundation. Now, here's the color, step by step.

     

     

    1. Sweep Vanilla Candles all over your lid

    2. Lightly buff Pinky Promise in your crease for subtle definition

    3. Add additional definition in your outer crease with You Look Mauveless

    4. Line your top lashline with liner of your choice. Erin used Plum for this look.

    5. Use 2 coats of Lights, Camera, Lashes!

    6. Pop a light dusting of Pampered blush on the apples of your cheeks

    7. Finish the look using Lipsurgence Lipgloss. Erin used “Indulging” on me.

     

    To bump up your daytime look for more of a sultry smokey eye use the following…

     

    1. Add “Wind Down Brown” to your outer corners and lightly buff into the crease

    2. Smudge “Wind Down Brown” along the lower lashline

    3. Line your inner rim with our Lights, Camera, Lashes Inner Rim Liner in Black

    4. Add another coat of mascara to top and bottom lashes using our Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara

    5. Sweep a little more blush on your cheeks in the color “Savored”

    6. Finish with our Lipsurgence Lip Crème in “Rare.”

       

     


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  • 11/06/14--10:41: Quacker Cookie Exchange!
  • We had so much fun baking cookies! Alberti and Angel came over to bake cookies for our Quacker Cookie Exchange on November 10 at 1pm!

    I made Red Velvet Polka Drops! We named them for Jeanne Bice. She was the best at holidays. Plus - she loved polka dots!! This one's for you, Jeanne!

     

    Red Velvet Polka Drops

     

    1/2 cup unsalted butter

    1 cup sugar

    1 teaspoon white vinegar

    1 large egg

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    2 teaspoons red food coloring

     

    Dry ingredients:

    1 1/2 cups flour

    3 tablespoons cocoa

    1 teaspoon cornstarch

    3/4 teaspoon baking powder

    1/4 teaspoon salt

     

    1 12 oz. bag white chocolate chips 

    Preheat oven to 375.  Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  add vinegar, then egg until combined.  Add red food coloring and vanilla. 

    Mix all dry ingredients together and slowly add to the mixture.  Stir in a little over 1/2 the bag of chips. Roll into balls. Bake for about 10 minutes.  After you remove the cookies from the oven, place more chips on top, pointy side down to look like white polka dots.

    Enjoy!

    Jane

     

    You will find more fun things like this - and of course shoe shopping - on my facebook page;Jane Treacy QVC


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    Make this winter your most stylish yet.  I’ve designed a collection of practical and chic boots with you in mind.  My boots will help you transition as the temperatures cool down from the riding boot to over the knee, to ankle there is something for every woman.
    Marc


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  • 11/06/14--11:38: Happy Birthday Lisa!!!
  • Happy birthday my friend. I don't even know where to start – you are such an amazing woman. Smart kind funny tenacious loyal & beautiful. From the moment we met, you embraced me. You were straightforward, honest, and willing to share. Qualities that many women do not often share with one another. I was able to learn from you and grow with you.

    Another favorite memory is when she and I met Tracy Anderson for the first time. Nothing like doing a group work out where you think you're about to die and pride alone keeps you going. At the end of the workout Tracy told us she could help us figure out whether we were hip-centric or glute- centric. Lisa volunteered me, of course – at which point Tracy starts feeling my bottom and thighs to determine whether I was hip or glute centric. You could've dropped a pin in that room and we'd all have heard it. Lisa was struck mute and I swear her eyes bugged out of her head.  Of course, I'm standing there getting palpitated amongst my friends and completely mortified. Needless to say, No ONE volunteered to go next.  To this day we still laugh about it. 

     

    I also love that we can go to a sci-fi movie together and order popcorn with butter and NO judgement :~)

     

     

     

     

     

    One of my fondest memories is going to the Anthony robins seminar together . I remember I remember going through the entire weekend with introspection--thinking about who we were as people and where wanted to go in life. And of course, I remember interlacing our fingers so tightly as we were approaching the fire walk that I thought every single digit would fall off. It was so cold and I was so scared that I was shivering. But we made it through! It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience I forever be grateful that I share the experience with you. You have been a welcome addition around our table for Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, and special events. Family and friends are so incredibly important; and I am proud to call you a Family friend!


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  • 11/06/14--12:24: Happy Fall everyone!
  • I just can’t believe that we’re a couple of weeks away from Thanksgiving.  Actually, I just put all of the summer furniture away!  You know the story - trying to play catch up.

    I have designed this brand new luxurious faux fur throw in oversized dimensions (55” x 65”) that you will love.  This year I have included a full size faux fur signature teddy bear to match!    

    Brown Mink

    A little pre-Christmas gift from me to so many of you who have been my faithful customers through the years - and to welcome anyone new.  

    I have had this throw in my own home the past few weeks and have placed it everywhere from the living room, the bedrooms, and sitting areas.  It is truly amazing in a deep luxurious sculpted pattern that reverses to a micro sheared faux mink.  It’s faux fur to faux fur, completely machine washable, and in six amazing colors and patterns. 

    Alabaster 

    This can be the ultimate Christmas gift for a couple, children, teenagers and any adult.  There is no reason you can’t split them up and give the throw as one gift and the teddy bear as another.  You’ll have this by Thanksgiving ---- what an amazing way to walk in to friends and family with a special gift like this.  Trust me, your gift will create more attention than any bottle of wine or pumpkin pie that someone else is arriving with! This is truly affordable luxury at its finest.  As many of you know, it is the same quality faux fur that we use in our coats that we bring to you in home furnishings - rich, luxurious & sumptuous! 

    From my photos, you can see how beautifully they look all over my house, not to mention that Lily, our Schnauzer, commandeered the navy blue mink teddy bear.  Thinking further ahead this set can take a lot of people off of your Christmas list - I know it has mine.  As every year, this has become my signature standard gift to so many different people.  Somehow, one can never have enough of these faux fur throws!  I know in our house when we sit down to watch TV or read a book, everyone goes to grab for one to cozy up with.  So, please, enjoy these new patterns and colors and the special edition signature Dennis Basso teddy bear. 

    Navy Teddy

    Navy Set

    I look forward to seeing you at midnight with Jane Treacy!

    Xoxo, Dennis


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  • 11/06/14--12:26: Happy November
  • Hello friends and Happy November. I love November because it is the real start of the holiday season. The holidays are always busy for everyone, but they really are a magical time of year. My favorite part of the holidays is spending time with my family, my closest friends, and all of the people that are important to me. 

     

    In the rush of our busy, day-to-day lives, it’s easy to forget about slowing down and being present in the moment. Thankfully, the upcoming season is the perfect opportunity for this. I’m really looking forward to seeing all of my grandchildren. They are so incredible and continue to amaze me every single day. 

     

     

    Another group of very special people are all of you. I am so grateful that we have such a dedicated community of spectacular people. I really love to hear about all of the creative ways that you wear your pieces and how you make them unique in your own way. Recently, I had the chance to attend a special luncheon and reconnect with and meet so many of you. 

     

     

    We’re introducing some exquisite pieces just in time for the holidays that your loved ones will adore. I love incorporating thoughtful details into my jewelry. I designed my new ceramic watch so that the colors on the enamel face would coordinate with the ceramic running through the band. The ceramic treatment going through the band reminds me of a sugarloaf stone – very modern and sleek. The style of this piece is very fresh and new – we’ve never done a ceramic watch like this before. I hope you’ll like it as much as I do.

     

    Gemstones are my passion and one of my favorite stones is Blue Topaz. To pay homage to this remarkable stone, I designed this ring, earring and bypass bracelet using magnificent, frosted Blue Topaz from Brazil. Accentuate your look with one piece or wear the entire dazzling set.

     

    We have shows coming up this month and it is a perfect opportunity to get your holiday shopping done early. I invite you to join me on November 7 from 1-3am and 5-7pm and on November 8 from 4-6am and 4-6pm. Hope to see you soon.  

     

    XO,

     

    Judith


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  • 11/06/14--12:49: Happy Birthday Lisa!
  • When I first met Lisa it was a mix of emotions.  I was excited, scared, happy, nervous (I was sweating bullets), and ohhhh so apparently SHY! It was one of the few times in my life I couldn’t speak a peep! Then she smiled…and suddenly…I could be me again.  We chatted, we laughed, and then we said our good nights.  Lisa has a way about her.  In an instant, she took away my fears and made me feel like I could fly!

    That was a few years ago when I was a brand new guest at the Q.  I didn’t get to see Lisa in person again until over a year later when I moved to PA for my new job as a host.  We had been texting over the holidays, and she invited me over to her place for a pancake breakfast on Sunday Morning (I arrived the day before).  It was January 5th (MY birthday), and I was going to start it off with pancakes at Lisa’s. WOW!  There was nothing that could top that!  So on that morning I skipped to my car (actually I slipped to my car…there was ice ALLLLL over…but it didn’t matter…it was still the best day ever), and drove over to Lisa’s house.  She had a couple of friends over.  We ate, we laughed - we became instant “besties.”  The pancakes were DELICIOUS, and when we were done, we all helped to clean up together – which reminded me of being home with my family. For my birthday, Lisa had given me so much – comfort, friends, family and a feeling that I could now look at this place and call it “home” – I felt like I just won the Lotto.  

    Dear Lisa,

    In the past year we have gotten to do so much together.  We work together, we workout together, we shop and eat together. 

     

    Working out..

    Working out...sort of...

    And eat together..

    And eat together.... lol

    Even on a roller coaster while screaming for my mommy, I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else!  

    We have truly been enjoying life!  And I feel like Life has been enjoying us too!  We definitely make the world a more colorful place (and I’d like to say stylish).  You have given me so much since that first birthday present…

    My birthday wish for you is that you fly as high as your wings want to go…that you strike the Lotto of your dreams every day…and that the world smiles back at you the way you have always smiled upon it – with love, adoration, and magic.  God bless you, and I love you my dear friend.  Happy Birthday! May it be the best one yet!! 

    Love, Love, Love,

    Alberti 


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    Well the last few weeks have been a new chapter in my life and Nikki's college life...I have been sending weekly care packages filled with food, warm socks, decorations and anything else I could think of to remind her of home...I am officially on a first name basis with my new friends at the post office and putting my Q boxes to good use...

    I have already abandoned my promise to clean out the clutter in every room...I was thankfully rescued by my wonderful dance mom friends who invited me to continue to help with the fall fundraiser and the Snow Queen ballet again this year. 

    I spent the month working on crafts and enjoying the projects and the kids...this should keep me busy until Nikki comes home for winter break!

     

    Nikki on the other hand has discovered a whole new world...she has commented on occasion that it sure is hard to be an adult!  I am very grateful that she has fully immersed herself in all kinds of activities with dance, volunteering and leadership groups and the television station and magazine for freshman..

     

    She has spent hours cleaning a park, helped at the zoo and gone zip lining...yes I had to breathe deeply about zip lining….all the while having bronchitis and sinusitis which was her second trip to health services...I resisted driving to the college and bringing her home, so I sent soup, honey and tea and lots of tissues instead.

     

    All the while I am diving into work and waiting for the phone to ring...thank goodness for parent's weekend!  How wonderful to see your kid so excited about the possibilities in her future.

     

    Her friends are a really great group of friends which I now can thankfully put a face to each name when we talk about her day..the campus has lots of school spirit and even more steps to walk back to her dorm.

     

    She now has enough food, a holiday tree, and enough warm clothes until I see her for Thanksgiving break.

    I have many blessings in my life and I am grateful for everyone...Thanks for sharing my new normal as an empty nester...keep me posted on how your life is going too...

     

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    My wish for you is that this is the best birthday to date. I want you to know how loved you are! Cheers to one of the most fun and stylish women I know. Happy birthday Lisa! Love, Courtney and Aaron

    Dear Bestie, My birthday wish for you is that you fly as high as your wings want to go...that you strike the lotto of your dreams every day...and that the world smiles back at you the way you have smiled upon it - with love, adoration and magic. God bless you, and I love you my dear friend. Happy birthday - may it be the best one yet!! Love, love, love, Alberti :)

    Helen Steiner Rice said, "When you ask God for a gift, be thankful if he sends not diamonds, pearls, or riches, but the love of true friends." You my dear friend are loved. You're not getting older, you're getting better! Happy Happy Birthday! Xoxo, Doris 

    Happy Birthday Lisa! I hope all your wishes come true! Love, Amy

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LISA!!! You are one of those rare individuals who do get better with age!! And the best is yet to come!!! Love, Adrienne Denese

    You know my wishes for you, so I'd rather give you a birthday "Thank You." Thank you for always having my back, for pushing me when I needed a push, for making me laugh, and hugging me when I have tears....but most of all, thank you for being my "big sister" and my best friend...I love you! - Karen

    Happy birthday to my amazing social media partner, great mentor, and most importantly, my incredible friend.  My greatest wish for you in the coming year is that you are always reminded of how much you are loved! I hope that wherever life takes you, you find yourself surrounded by lots of love, laughter, friendship, and happiness. I wish you the happiest of birthdays! Love, Katie

    Dear Lisa, You are one in a million! Your sense of style (thank goodness for GILI so I can copy you!), caring heart, and ability to find humor in everything are a few of the things I love about you! I'm so lucky to call you my friend. Wishing you a wonderful birthday and incredible year ahead! Love Always, -Leigh

    Wishing you a day filled with laughter, fun, friends...and a sassy new pair of shoes wouldn't hurt :) XO - Staci D.

    May this day remind you of just how special and loved you are, all that you have accomplished, and all that is yet to come! Happy Birthday Lisa! Xo - Joanie

    Wishing you an amazing day for your birthday! Enjoy it to the fullest! Happy Birthday LR! We love you! - Michelle

    Lisa, you are talent, humor, chic style, and grace personified. It has been my true pleasure to stand in your light for as long as I could. You shine so bright. Continue to do the same in your next chapter. Thanks for the opportunity and the memories! Happy happy birthday, follow your heart. Best, Chandra

    Happy birthday Lisa! May the best of your wishes be the least of what you get! Love, Chantal

    Happy birthday to an extraordinary individual who has given me amazing opportunities in my career! Wishing you a special birthday. I hope this coming year brings you lots of love, laughter, and happiness. With Love & Style, Angelo

    I hope you have an amazing birthday and as much Fresh Cream as your heart desires. You are glamorous, strong, and funny! Happy birthday! -Mari Lyn

    My birthday wish for you is that this coming year is a year for you to take time for yourself, spend time with family and friends, and to travel wherever your heart desires! - Mary Beth

    I would like to wish my dear friend Lisa the happiest of birthdays! I hope it is filled with joy as well as LOTS of food to satisfy her firm belief in cleaning her plate :) There really is nothing like old friends. It truly is a gift to have been her friend for many years and we always have a blast when we get together. Good laughs really are the best medicine! Have a wonderful birthday, Lisa. You deserve it!!! xoxox, Laura

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU GORGEOUS GIRL! -Meghan 

    Lisa - what can I say to a wonderful, kind, and supportive friend who has been more like a sister.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY HONEY!!! Love, Eva 

    Huge blessings as you embark on the next chapter of your life! Oh, and a big piece of cake and no workouts for a week! Lots of Love, Nancy

    Happy birthday Lisa! May this year be filled with exciting adventures, delicious discoveries, and uninterrupted time with friends. Love you like mad. - Rachel

    Dear Lisa, As you start a new adventure, my birthday wish for you is that all your dreams and expectations are exceeded. Love, Kate

    Your birthday is a day that is very dear to me, it was also my brother's birthday who was very close to me. When I found out you were born on this day I realized why you are such an exceptional woman!! Lisa there aren't many people that you come across in life that have such an impact on your life. The light that you shed & the joy that you bring to everyone's life is infectious!!! I'm thankful for being able to share in your joy & wish you a birthday that is the best!!! Happy birthday to my friend!! Love, Monica

    Here's to one of the coolest women I know. May your birthday be indeed a very special one. May God bless you and grant you with plenty of birthdays so that you are always around to make the world a happier place to live in. Happy birthday! Love as Always, Jacqui

     

    Wishing you all of God's goodness and blessings for not only your birthday, but for your new venture ahead! - Susanne

     

    Miss Lisa! Happy happy birthday! New year for new beginnings! Blessings and an abundance in all of it. Love ya - Kerri

     

    My wish for you on your birthday is that you are and will always be happy and healthy! Have a happy birthday Lisa and many more to come!!! - Brenda

     

    Wishing a wonderful birthday to a beautiful lady with a great attitude, and who is always in control! - Renee

    Happy Birthday Lisa! Knowing that the best days of your life haven't even happened yet has me over the moon with excitement on all the new blessings coming your way. Looking forward to a long friendship full of inappropriate laughing, unexpected adventures, and having you share your life lessons with Olive. Here's to the brightest year yet! -Scott Grimes

    My wish for you this next year: chase ur dreams, dear girl! Run far, go wide, be fearless, tell "safe and predictable" to go bugger off....and don't you dare not stay in touch with me or I will hunt your stunning butt down. To a beautiful lady who is about to leap into greatness wearing fierce boots or incredible platform heels, this next year is only the beginning! <3 you LR! - Shawn

    Dear Lisa, If geisha have taught me anything, it's that beauty begins in the heart and the mind. You are the embodiment of that philosophy. Your friends at Tatcha wish you joy, love, and adventure in this coming year. Always, Vicky and the Tatcha Family

    Happy Birthday Lisa! You really do always, "pick us up!" - Love, Team WEN

    Lisa, I so enjoy any time we get to spend together (even if it's in a dressing room). You're hilarious, fun, generous, and I'm so grateful for our friendship. Love how we solve the problems of the world together haha! Love You Lots, Maria

    Happy birthday Lisa! I hope your weekend is filled with the people and things you love most! Hugs, Carolyn

    Happy birthday my friend. You are such an amazing woman. Smart, kind, funny, tenacious, loyal, and beautiful. I am proud to call you a family friend!! - Albany

    And last, but most definitely not least......Happy Birthday Lisa! You rock and I'm going to miss you so much. Xoxo - Nancy B. 

     

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    Recently, we got a new pressure cooker and I'm having a lot of fun trying recipes. One of my favorites so far comes from Bob Warden. My kids LOVE it. 

    You'll need:

    2 tbsp olive oil

    1 onion, chopped small​

    2 stalks celery, cut into 1/4 inch slices

    2 carrots, sliced into 1/4 discs

    1 tbsp minced garlic

    8 ounces package cheese tortellini (I used frozen, which I'll explain below)

    4 c. vegetable broth

    1 jar spagetti sauce

    1 can diced tomatoes (I used a 14oz can.)

    1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

    1 tsp sugar

    1/4 ts pepper

    Parmesan cheese for garnish

     

    Step 1:

    Chop your veggies. 

       

    Step 2: 

    Add the oil to the pressure cooker and heat on high or "brown" with the lid off. Sauté onions, celery, carrots and garlic until the onions begin to sweat. Add the remaining ingredients and stir. Lock the lid and cook on high for 5 mins. Since I used frozen tortellinis, not dried, I left my pasta out so it would not overcook.

     Step 3:

    Preform a quick release to release the cooker's pressure. Safely remove lid and check tortellini for doneness if using dry. Since I used frozen, I turned my pressure cooker on high and added the tortellini, simmering the soup (with the lid off) for a few more minutes until they were cooked through. Top with Parmesan cheese.

         

    Step 4: 

    Enjoy and be sure to find me on Facebook {Sandra Bennett QVC} and follow me on Twitter {@SandraQVC}, for more recipes and other updates! 

     


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  • 11/07/14--10:58: Fall in New York City :)
  • Fall leaves in NY

    Going through a seasonal change in a big city is such a different experience, especially in my adopted home of New York City. I just love strolling through all the city parks seeing the falling leaves, people swapping ice cream for cider and hot cocoa, sandals for boots and all the interesting layered looks. Fall really transforms New York City, giving it a cozy intimate feel for such a big, busy place. Weekends are great for picking out fresh local produce at the family oriented farmers markets. If you get the chance, visit the city during this time, it’s the perfect in between season to really explore and comfortably see the sights!

    Fall in the Park

    Fall at the Market

    Happy Fall!

    xX Lori

     

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  • 11/07/14--11:27: Bringing Fall Scents Indoors
  • As much as we all might lament the end of summer, fall does have its own wonderful aspects – cool breezes, bright red, yellow and burnt orange leaves, and the crisp smell in the air…in fact,  the more I think about it, I might just like the fall as much as I do the summer.  The aromas of autumn just make me want to get cozy in front of a fire, cook, bake and surround myself with friends and family.  I savor this time of year and the magnificent scents that I enjoy outdoors; I like to also bring into my home.

    A large bowl of apples brings color, flavor and scents that pretty much sum up the season.  Apples remind me of the apple tree I grew up with in my backyard.  I am an expert of everything apple - pies, tarts, breads, applesauce, cider, cakes… 

    The earthy aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg have always reminded me of my Grandmother baking at Thanksgiving.  

    Another scent I associate with this time of year is orange and it’s no wonder that this is one of the most popular of aromatherapy scents found in candles, lotions and soaps.    

    Here are a few simple ways I enjoy these earthy aromas in my home:

    -Simmer orange peels and cinnamon in water on your stovetop.  Your home will be filled with a soothing autumnal fragrance.

    -Create your own Pomander Balls with fresh oranges and cloves.  Place them in a bowl to enjoy for months. 

    -Take an essential oil (apple, orange, lemon, or cinnamon) and place a few drops in your shower.   Begin your day with an aromatherapy treatment!

    It’s Autumn inside and out!

    - Barbara


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