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    Patrick's Picks

    It is so good to be back with my new ‘Patrick’s Pick Of the Month!  As I said last 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 – especially on these cold winter mornings!!

    Speaking of cold winter mornings – as we all know, Jeanne Bice was originally from Wisconsin – so she KNEW what a cold, dark and long winter was like.  She use to say:

    “I don’t want to feel cold and dark when I put on clothes in the wintertime – I want to brighten it up and put a little bit of happiness, color and sunshine into my wardrobe – ESPECIALLY when it’s so cold outside!”

    So, with Jeanne’s words of wisdom for wintertime dressing ringing in my ears, I can’t wait to share with you my picks of the month!  But I’m warning you now, with SO many Quack-Tastic items coming your way from our Design Team this month, I couldn’t limit myself to just one or two things!

    Tis The Season To Sparkle & Shine!

    Nothing says ‘Season’s Greetings!’ like the sparkle and shine of sequins and that’s why my first pick-of-the-month is Item A238021 – Stretch Velour Sequin Swirl Short Sleeve Top.  This one comes in 4 beautiful colors.  Here is a picture of Angel in the Royal Blue option – and our gorgeous Kerin has chosen the Hunter Green - which I feel is one of this year’s most festive holiday colors.  Don’t they both look stunning in this top?!

    Sequin Swirl Short Sleeve Top

    I firmly believe that when you’re making a decision to buy a new ‘party’ top like this one, you need to ensure it will give you great versatility and be something that you can wear when you want to be casual as well – so that’s why I’ve teamed it up with my pick from last month - Item A210141 – DreamJeannes 5 Pocket Knit Denim Boot Cut Pants.  With over 24 colors in these DreamJeannes, you will DEFINITELY find a pair or two to wear with this top, when you feel like going casual! 

    But can I really tell you what I love about this top?!  As many of you know, a lot of ‘velour’ tops in the marketplace are packed with polyester – but not this one!  Our team made sure this one was soft and comfy – so that’s why there is 80% cotton in ours – how Quack-Tastic is that?!  And because this one is short-sleeved, it’s the PERFECT layering piece to put under a dress jacket – but comfortable enough so that you won’t be having your own ‘personal summer’ as you enjoy a yummy Christmas Day ham or turkey!  And the sequins are perfectly placed to reflect light to have you looking your best!

    Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

    It wouldn’t be the start of the holidays if our incredible design team didn’t take inspiration from beautiful Mother Nature – and while my next pick might be embellished with the most beautiful snowflakes ever created, make no mistake about it, you’ll be keeping warm and cozy as you wrap yourself in Item A238728 – Winter Wonderland Velour Top! This beauty comes in 4 colors – and just wait until you see the sizzle in these sequins!  Here’s Kerin wearing it in the radiant Ruby option – and you can see that this one is a tunic length!

    Winter Wonderland Velour Top

    I’ve teamed this one up with our BRAND NEW Velour pants WITH pockets!!  They are Item A259323 – Velour Pants With Pockets.  They come in 4 colors as well – and Kerin is wearing the Ivory option – which is this winter-seasons MUST HAVE color!  You can wear flats like Kerin is – or you can really go to town and strap on a pair of your favorite heels to glam up this outfit!

    Christmas waves a magic wand and everything sparkles just a bit more!

    Speaking of glamming it up – you’ll be the belle of the Winter Ball (or New Year’s Eve!) in this next pick of mine.  It’s Item A230735 – Sequin & Lace ¾ Sleeve Knit Top.  I love, love, love this top.  Jeanne loved making sure that you sparkle and shine – especially during the holidays – and I KNOW she is smiling down from heaven seeing this top.  It exudes confidence and pizzazz – and you will be too when you put this one on.  The lace overlay throughout the top makes this one extra feminine.  And what I also love is that you can wear this one ALL year long – now THAT’S what I call a good investment!  How beautiful is Kerin in the Black option?!

    Blue Sequin Black Option

    And I’ve put that together with my pick from last month, Item A237789 – Velvet Pull-On A-Line Skirt.  (Which, by the way, is now on Clearance Price – so click on that link and grab one if you missed out last month!)

    Getting Casual and Looking Fabulous!

    I know that the holiday season is not all about parties and getting decked out – in fact, you spend a lot of time ‘decking the halls’, decorating, shopping, wrapping presents, playing with grandchildren, etc. – so I’ve got the perfect top for those times when you just need (and want!) to be comfortable – but still want to sparkle and shine!  Item A96058 – Mini Sequin ¾ Sleeve 1x1 Rib T-Shirt is THE top that will be perfect for everything from decorating the tree – to chatting with your girlfriends.  This top was made for comfort – but still let’s you show the world you are a woman who can do it all!  I love the tone-on-tone sequins for that subtler look.  And since this one comes in SIXTEEN colors, you’ll be spoiled for choice!  Here are Angel & Kerin, looking adorable, in the Green and Ivory options:

    Casual and Fabulous

    Believe In The Magic Of The Season!

    I hope you’ve enjoyed my second series of ‘Patrick’s Pick Of The Month’ as much as I have enjoyed selecting these items for you!!!  I’ve got more coming up soon – but I hope these choices will give you some ideas of how you can look and FEEL your best over the upcoming holidays.

    Speaking of the upcoming holidays, on behalf of Angel and myself – and our entire Quacker Factory team (including Kerin and all of our beautiful models!) – I wish you the BEST ever start to your holiday season – may it be filled with love and happiness –and friends and family!!!

    Sending our Love

    Quacker Hugs & Love From Across The Pond!!!



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

    A238021 – Stretch Velour Sequin Swirl Short Sleeve Top

    A210141 – DreamJeannes 5 Pocket Knit Denim Boot Cut Pants

    A238728 – Winter Wonderland Velour Top

    A259323 – Velour Pants With Pockets

    A230735 – Sequin & Lace ¾ Sleeve Knit Top

    A237789 – Velvet Pull-On A-Line Skirt

    A96058 – Mini Sequin ¾ Sleeve 1x1 Rib T-Shirt

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    Hello, foodies…


    We’re in the homestretch, now! Thanksgiving is this week. Hopefully you’ve got your bird and you know how you’re cooking it. For our final Turkey Talk post, let’s talk about those last little details. First, how to make your stuffing:



    Next, let’s make gravy:



    And finally, a how-to video from the lovely Jill Bauer. She posted a carving your turkey video on Friday in her blog and I didn’t want you to miss it.



    Foodies, Wednesday is QVC’s Host of Gift Favorites event so while there won’t be an In the Kitchen with David at 8pm ET, I will be joining you for my favorites at 9pm ET. I’m posting a special blog tomorrow highlighting some of those items. Stay tuned for that!


    Keep it flavorful!


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  • 11/24/14--14:06: Legacy of Love
  • Sean and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this year! However, it seems like yesterday we were planning my parent’s 25th wedding anniversary party too!

    I was 11, and we had a Mass in our home the day of the anniversary, and a dinner for immediate family. Dad thought we were done with the celebrating, but little did he know that on Sunday we were having a huge "surprise" anniversary party! Since it was at our house, we had to tell him some people were coming over, but when the bus of IHM sisters arrived from Immaculata College, he knew this was bigger than he anticipated! How we crammed over 100 people in our small home I will never know, but I remember the fun and the laughter to this day.

    Our family is planning a celebration too, over the Christmas holidays when family will be in from out of town. I realized my parents set such a lovely example that I try to emulate every day. And their love almost didn't happen...

    My Mom was quite unusual in 1948. She had a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics, moved away from home to work just outside of Philadelphia, and at 27 wasn't married, despite being engaged several times! She honestly thought she may have a calling to the convent as her two sisters had. So in the spring of 1948 she traveled to Peru to visit her sister Theresa, Sister Mary Joan IHM.

    While they were there, they took food to a wise woman who lived in the mountains. My aunt spoke to her in Spanish and said, "My sister has a calling to be a nun like me." The old woman gazed at my Mom, and answered, "No, she has the eyes of a bride." 

    So, my Mom headed home without a clear answer on what to do. She brought letters and gifts from many of the Sisters to their families in the Philadelphia area. One family became good friends and told her to come to dinner one night. She almost didn't go since, as head Dietitian in a major hospital, it had been a hectic day. But go she did, and who was standing there but a dashing young man - yes my Dad!  

    Pictured below - bottom center.


    They were married a few months later on Thanksgiving Day 1948. 


    My Mom passed away 17 years before my Dad, and he missed her so every day of his life. Losing Dad was made just a tiny bit easier knowing they were reunited in love in heaven.


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  • 11/25/14--10:42: My Thanksgiving Menu
  • Four years ago, Aaron and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving together. It was just the two of us and neither of us had ever cooked Thanksgiving Dinner.  Every dish was new, exciting, and completely different from what we were used to having with our families back home.  That Thanksgiving we decided that every year after we would set the table with the tried and true turkey and racks of ribs, but change up the deserts and sides for an ultimate gourmet experience.  


    Cooking last year for friends

    Lisa, Rachel, My Mom & I... read more about last year's Thanksgiving in Rachel's blog here.

    Here's our menu for this year:

    (click the links for the recipes on Pinterest!)



    Artichoke Hummus with Crudités​

    Crescent Bread wrapped Brie with Apples and Almonds



    Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes 

    Sauteed Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes 

    Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese



    White Chocolate and Raspberry Bread Pudding

    The Biggest store bought chocolate cake I can find. 




    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!  


    XO, CC





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    Do you know someone who owns a KitchenAid® Stand Mixer?  Do you own one yourself?  The KitchenAid brand is in homes across America and here at QVC we are celebrating our 95th Anniversary.  Take a look at the history of this iconic brand and check back to see how QVC is celebrating!

    The history of the iconic KitchenAid® Stand Mixer began with an encounter between a baker and an engineer in Troy, Ohio. The year was 1908, and Herbert Johnston was watching a baker mix bread dough with an iron spoon. Convinced there had to be a better way, Johnston set to work developing an 80-quart electric stand mixer. Less than seven years later, professional bakers across the country had an easier and more efficient way to get the job done. From there, grew a portfolio of high-performance kitchen appliances, all created with the same attention to detail, quality craftsmanship and timeless design.

    Key dates in KitchenAid® history:


    The Model H-5, the first stand mixer for the home, is introduced. Called “the best kitchen aid” by an executive’s wife, the brand is born, and the KitchenAid trademark is registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The Model H-5 offers attachments that do everything from slicing to straining, branding KitchenAid® stand mixers as versatile “food preparation tools.” Interestingly, these early stand mixer attachments will fit any KitchenAid stand mixer today.

     old mixer


    The KitchenAid Manufacturing Company is created. KitchenAid® stand mixer operations move to Troy, Ohio.



    The Arens-designed Model K is introduced. KitchenAid production moves to Dayton, Ohio.



    On the eve of World War II, KitchenAid brand launches Arens’ Model K5A. Both Arens-designed stand mixers are virtually unchanged today.

    ka mixer


    The 4½-quart capacity Model K45 is introduced. The most popular stand mixer ever, the K45 is still an important model in the line.



    KitchenAid Brand celebrates a milestone at its plant in Greenville, Ohio where all KitchenAid® stand mixers are assembled: an annual production of two million stand mixers. Production of the KitchenAid®

     hand mixers are moved back to the Greenville plant from China. Today, stand mixers, blenders, hand mixers and sparkling beverage makers powered by SodaStream® are assembled in the Greenville plant.


    Check back soon to see an exciting special we have coming up to celebrate KitchenAid’s 95th Anniversary.  In the meantime, select KitchenAid items will be on Free Shipping and Handling at QVC, perfect timing for all of your baking needs!

    Tell us in the comments below!  Do you own a piece of KitchenAid history? 


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    Hello, foodies…


    Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with love, laughter, and delicious food.


    After the meal is over and you wake up from your sleep comas, I imagine you’ll be back in the fridge for seconds. But then what? What do you do with all the rest of those leftovers? Here are 5 delicious ideas:


    Chicken & Dumplings Pot Pie—use turkey, here, foodies!


    Day-After Roast Turkey and Stuffing Casserole


    Chef Salad with Green Goddess Dressing


    Lettuce Wraps with Turkey & Cranberry-Walnut Mayonnaise


    Apple Pie Bread Pudding


    As always, you can find these recipes and more on QVC.com. And, we’ve put all of these favorites on Pinterest.


    Keep it flavorful!


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    Here are the most frequently asked questions from our customers about the HP Touch Laptop.  If you don't see your question listed in the FAQs, post your question to this blog, below, and check back throughout the day on Saturday, November 29th to have your question answered by our HP team of experts!


    Q: Does this laptop have a touchscreen? A: Yes.

    Q: Does it come with an owner's manual? A: The owner's manual is available through HP Support Assistant and also at hp.com.

    Q: What is the weight of the computer? A: The 15" model weighs 5.62 lbs. The 17" model weighs 6.91 lbs.

    Q: How long does the initial battery charge take? A: The battery from the factory is typically 50-75% charged for immediate use. For best results, the battery should be charged overnight after first use.

    Q: Will the memory card reader read SD memory cards? A: Yes.

    Q: Is this Wi-Fi capable? A: Yes.

    Q: Is the wireless card built in?  A: The Wi-Fi is integrated, but there is not a 4G or 3G wireless card built into this laptop.

    Q: Is it Bluetooth-capable? A: No.

    Q: What type of a router do I need? A: Any wireless router can be used.

    Q: Can this be connected by cable to a printer? A: Yes.

    Q: Can you print wirelessly from this computer? A: Yes, if you have a wireless-enabled printer.

    Q: Is the operating system 64-bit? A: Yes.

    Q: Can the user upgrade the memory? A: No, the memory in this laptop has been upgraded to maximum capacity of 8GB DDR3L.

    Q: Can the processor be upgraded? A: No.

    Q: Does it have a CD/DVD drive? A: Yes, this laptop has a SuperMulti DVD burner.

    Q: Will it play and record Blu-ray discs? A: No.

    Q: Do the keys light up? A: No, the keyboard does not have backlit keys.

    Q: Does it have an HDMI port? A: Yes, it has one HDMI port.

    Q: Can I connect this to my HDTV to play DVDs? A: Yes, you can use an HDMI cable, if your HDTV is compatible with HDMI connectivity.

    Q: How do I clean outside case? A: With any dry microfiber cloth, it's not recommended to spray any type of cleaner on your PC.

    Q: Where are the speakers? A: The BeatsAudio speakers are located at the back of the keyboard.

    Q: Can I obtain a larger battery? A: Yes, larger extended life batteries are available direct through hp.com.

    Q: Is there a docking station for this computer? A: No.

    Q: Is there a TV tuner? A: No.

    Q: Does this have a webcam? A: Yes.

    Q: What is the megapixel level of the webcam? A: 1.3 megapixels.

    Q: Does the webcam have facial-recognition? A: Yes.

    Q: Can you connect a mouse? A: Yes, either a wireless mouse with a USB dongle or a wired mouse with a USB cable.

    Q: Can this be used in Europe? A: Yes.

    Q: What type of display does this laptop have? A: The screen is the HD BrightView LED-backlit display.

    Q: Can you play World of Warcraft on this? A: Yes.

    Q: Are backup discs for Windows 8.1 and other software included? A: No, backup discs are not included. You can create recovery discs at initial startup or by using HP Recovery Manager.

    Q: Can you run the computer on AC? A: Yes, you can remove the battery and run exclusively on AC power if needed/preferred.

    Q: Does it include a remote control? If not, can one be purchased? A: No, there is not a remote control available for this laptop.

    Q: Does it have a separate numeric keypad? A: Yes.

    Q: Is the warranty in-home or mail-in? A: The service is mail-in, as opposed to in-home. During your limited warranty period you get:

    • 24x7 toll-free technical & limited software support assistance via online chat, email, or phone in English, French, or Spanish at 1.800.474.6836.
    • Parts and labor coverage, including customer-replaceable parts, return of equipment to HP, and authorized service provider options (full details included in literature in the box).

    Q: Does Windows 8.1 have voice recognition software built in? A: Yes, to learn more visit this site: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/using-speech-recognition

    Q: Can I scroll through different screens without having to close what I am currently working on? A: Yes, using the Windows Key and TAB button or ALT + TAB.

    Q: Can you Skype with this computer? A: Yes.

    Q: Does the touchpad have slide bar on the side and bottom? A: No, this is a multigesture supported touchpad, meaning you can use two fingers to pinch, zoom, minimize, or scroll. A video tutorial on how to use the touchpad is pre-loaded into the Windows 8 start screen.

    Q: What is the difference between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports? A: USB 3.0 is newer technology and offers data transfer rates at up to 10X faster than USB 2.0.

    Q: Can you connect an external monitor? A: Yes, there is an HDMI port for an external monitor connection.

    Q: What is Bluestacks?  A: Bluestacks is a software program that allows you to download and run Android apps in a Windows environment.

    Q: How does Bluestacks work? A: Once Bluestacks is installed and launched on your laptop, you'll have a full-screen Android environment to work with, very similar to what you would see on an Android smartphone. All of the apps available in the Google Play Store are ready for download to your Windows laptop using Bluestacks.

    Q: Do you have to have an Android device to use Bluestacks? A: No.

    Q: Where can you download or purchase the Android apps? A: You download Android apps from the Google Play store.

    Q: Can I download all available Android apps? A: Yes.

    Q: Are there free apps? A: Yes, many of the apps in the Google Play Store are free.

    Information provided by HP.

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    Hello, foodies…

    Tomorrow night is a Host of Gift Favorites on QVC and I’ll be joining you with my Holiday Gift Picks at 9pm ET. In light of tomorrow’s show—and because I’m counting down the minutes until Thanksgiving—entertaining is on my mind. So I thought I might share 5 holiday essentials that I own, love, and won’t entertain without.

    K41436 -Keruig

    This Keurig makes you the ultimate host or hostess. While guests can still help themselves to coffee or tea when they like, as they like, you can also brew up to four cups of coffee in the 4-cup carafe and sit down at the table. Plus with so many K-cups and accessories, this is a complete get-started-gift in one box.

    K41329 - Le Creuset

    If you want cookware that will last you a lifetime—and then can be passed onto your children for another lifetime of use—get Le Creuset. This is French-made, heavy duty, cast iron cookware with a modern nonstick interior. We worked with Le Creuset to bring this large French oven to you at a special price and you won’t find it anywhere else.


    K32702 - Genius

    I think a lot of people tend to skip past recipes that call for lots of fresh ingredients because they just don’t have the time to chop or slice the veggies—let alone cook the meal. With the Genius, though, you can cut, dice, grate, or slice veggies with one fell swoop. At the holidays, particularly, you need all the time you can get and the Genius delivers.


    K38331 - Temp-tations(R)

    This isn’t just bakeware. This is beautiful serving ware. It’s practical save-this-for-later in the freezer or fridge ware. And it’s dishwasher-safe, cleanup-couldn’t-be-easier ware. There’s no reason you need to hold onto any other casseroles or dishes with this Temp-tations(R) set. It all matches, it does what you ask of it, and has every piece you’ll need for your holiday meal.


    Lenox Flatware

    You take time to make the holidays special for your family, friends, and loved ones. So make your table match your effort. This 18/10 stainless flatware set from Lenox is durable enough for everyday use but has that “silver” gleam that looks elegant and upscale.

    Remember, foodies, there's no In the Kitchen with Davidtomorrow night but I’ll see you tomorrow at 9pm ET with more gift picks!

    David at the Holiday Table

    Keep it flavorful!

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  • 11/25/14--13:38: Leftover Turkey Casserole
  • Hi, everyone!


    I just checked the weather and saw SNOW in the forecast here in the Northeast. Of course it’s right over Thanksgiving!! Please be safe the next few days if you’re traveling for the holiday—even if clear skies are in your future.


    I’m headed to my in-laws for Thanksgiving and the request was dessert. So I’m making a homemade pumpkin pie and my Grandma Metzger’s Cream Cheese Cherry Delight. I just went to the kitchen to make sure my recipe was handy when I found my Leftover Turkey Casserole. As much as I like leftovers, the quantity of those leftovers can be overwhelming, can’t it? So I always make this dish on Friday or Saturday and I love it almost as much as the Thanksgiving meal.

    Leftover Turkey Casserole

    Leftover Turkey Casserole


    This recipe is prepared with the Rachael Ray 12-Piece Gradient Porcelain Enamel Cookware Set (K39885).



    • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
    • 1/2 cup diced celery
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1/4 cup flour
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
    • 1/4 tsp pepper
    • 2 cups chicken broth
    • 1/2 cup whipping cream
    • 3-1/2 cups cooked turkey or chicken
    • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    • 1 (8-oz) package spaghetti, cooked according to package directions; set aside



    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 3-quart casserole or 13" x 9" pan and set aside.
    2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the mushrooms, celery, and onion until tender. Add the flour, salt, poultry seasoning, and pepper to the vegetables in the skillet. Stir well. Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Gradually add the broth. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly.
    3. Turn the heat off, add the cream, and stir until smooth. Stir in the turkey or chicken. Place half of the cooked spaghetti in the greased pan. Spoon half of the chicken mixture on top. Add the rest of the spaghetti and then the remaining chicken mixture. Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and cook for an additional 5 minutes.


    I hope you enjoy this as much as we all do. Stay safe and warm tonight. I have one more special Thanksgiving post tomorrow…stay tuned!


    From my home to yours,


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    Hi, everyone!

    Happy Thanksgiving eve! If you happen to have the Candle Impressions Fillable Glass Log at home, you can make a quick centerpiece, if you haven't already. We gave our talented blogger friends this versatile decoration and one direction: think Thanksgiving! And they delivered…again!

    Thanksgiving Centerpiece

    I wish I was as creative as Tristin from Tristin & Company. She created five different (all amazing) holiday scenes with her centerpiece. And I can’t decide which I like best! What do you think?

    SimmWorks Family Blog

    With the help of her husband, Danielle (from SimmWorks Family Blog) created an AMAZING tablescape with her centerpiece. I think I’ve found a project for Doug!


    Beeb from MomStart

    What did Beeb from MomStart use to decorate her centerpiece? An old T-shirt. So clever!


    Lisa from Planet Weidknecht

    Yes, those are mini peppers! That’s just one way Lisa from Planet Weidknecht filled her Candle Impressions. Check out her candy-filled holiday centerpiece!


    Fireflies and Jellybeans

    Fawnda from Fireflies and Jellybeans used tissue paper to “fill” up her glass log. I love how it looks on her table, but I think it’s even prettier placed amongst her photos and décor.

    Have a VERY Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to host another year of You’re Home with Jill and grateful to all of you for watching, interacting, and supporting me. I can't wait for 2015.

    From my home to yours,

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    Hi, everyone!

    How was Thanksgiving!? I always feel recharged after spending the day with my family and knowing there’s nowhere else I have to be or anything else I have to do. The day went fast for me, but I’m still enjoying a little down-time at home now.

    But, it’s time for your Flashback Friday post and here’s a terrific family recipe I found in our collection...Chicken and Broccoli Casserole. You might even want to make this now with your leftover turkey!

    Have a great weekend! If more Thanksgiving meals are in your future, enjoy every bite!


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    Hello, foodies…


    I hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving. I did the cooking at a friend’s house and everything turned out beautifully. Now I’m in leftover bliss and I’ve been munching all day. A think another quick trip to the fridge is in order after I write this blog…


    In the Kitchen with David is back this Sunday and we’re wrapping up our month-long theme of Pies & Sides with a side: Parsnip Au Gratin.


    Parsnip Au Gratin

    Serves 12


    This recipe is prepared with the Genius Nicer Dicer Plus 10-Piece Multi-Chopper (K32702).


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



    • 2 lbs parsnips, peeled and sliced into 1/8" thick slices
    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
    • 1-1/3 cups grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 tsp ground black pepper



    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8" x 8" baking dish with oil spray. Set aside.
    2. Coat the bottom of the prepared baking dish with 1/3 cup heavy cream. Place 1 layer of parsnips, shingled and slightly overlapping in the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle in 1/4 cup sliced green onions, 1/3 cup Parmesan, and a 1/4 tsp of black pepper.
    3. Create another layer, starting with 1/3 cup heavy cream. This time, overlap the parsnips in the opposite direction. Then, sprinkle another 1/4 cup green onions and 1/3 cup of cheese on top followed by another 1/4 tsp of black pepper.
    4. Repeat the process with 2 more layers (alternating the direction of the parsnips). Finish with the remaining Parmesan, green onions, black pepper, and heavy cream. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove the aluminum foil and bake, uncovered, for another 45 minutes, or until the vegetables are fork tender and the top is golden brown. Let the dish sit for 15–20 minutes before serving.


    Obviously we wanted to freshen up that classic recipe for Potatoes Au Gratin when we created this. Parsnips look like pale carrots and have a subtly sweet flavor that I find refreshing in this dish. And, you’ll love the contrast with the salty Parmesan. If you want to lighten this dish up a bit, you can always use 2% milk or whole milk instead of heavy cream.

    In addition to our Parsnip Au Gratin, we’re also debuting our November Mac and Cheese of the month this Sunday, and it’s our Lobster Bisque Mac and Cheese.




    This is the ultimate holiday mac and cheese…decadent, rich, and divine. Definitely a once-a-year treat.


    Your blog question today is all about Black Friday! Are you shopping today? If so, what for? Hopefully you’ve found some great deals on QVC.com and you’re still wearing your PJs! I’ll see you Sunday at Noon ET.


    Keep it flavorful!


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    Happy Thanksgiving! The winter chill is starting to set in & the hosts are bundling up with Susan Graver'sPuffer Coat today. Just because it's cold out doesn't mean you can't enjoy the outdoors!


    Check out the hosts bundled up around the Q!


    Jennifer Coffey 

    Kerstin Lindquist

    Rachel Boesing

    Carolyn Gracie

    Amy Stran

    Courtney Cason

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    Leah Williams

    Sandra Bennett

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    Caramel Apple Dip

    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1 block of cream cheese
    • 1 container of caramel apple dip
    • 1/2 bag of toffee bits
    • 1/2 bag of mini chocolate chips
    • Several apples of your choice. My favorite our the Honey Crisps

    With a hand mixer, mix the brown sugar with the cream cheese and spread in the bottom of a shallow dish at least as large as a pie plate or larger. Microwave the caramel apple dip just to soften it up but not too warm. Pour it over the bottom layer. Then sprinkle the toffee bits and chocolate chip bits over the top. Slice up the apples and dip away!

    Refrigerate any leftovers. 

    Counting our blessings,
    Mary Beth Roe 



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    Thanksgiving has always been very special to me.  Not just because my mom taught me to make the best pumpkin pies and home-made cranberry sauce --- but because it's a special celebration of family.  Of course I'm thankful for my family - but it's three of my Great Grandfathers that came over on the Mayflower that make the day a little more thankful!

    My father, Jack, who was a doctor back home in Albuquerque, had a few favorite things.  Studying skin cancer and prevention, watching the Wheel of Fortune (which he went on in 1985 and won a car!) and our family genealogy!

    Since the Internet wasn't around when my dad began our family research - he flew to many locations to track down records and stories from locals about our family.

    We are direct descendants from three passengers on the Mayflower:   

    Stephen Hopkins - my 11th Great Grandfather

    Thomas Rogers - my 11th Great Grandfather

    Joseph Rogers - my 10th Great Grandfather (Son of Thomas) 

    My father was a member of the Mayflower Society - and now I'm working on the paperwork for my membership.  Once Theresa turns 18 years old she can join!  I'm proud to pass this history down to my daughter!  

    I'm hoping to plan a trip to Massachusetts to see where they lived and learn more about my family that travelled across the ocean to the New World! 

    While on the other side of my family, my ancestors that came from Spain, were among the first to settle the state of New Mexico.  That side of my family has been a bit tricky to trace.  I found one of my Great Grandfathers married an "Indian Woman" - and at that time many Native Americans weren't designated names in records.  I'm hoping to find someone in New Mexico that can help me put a name to one of my Great Grandmothers and which tribe she called home! 

    ***If any of you have tips - please let me know!  I love learning genealogy tips!!! 

    We all have so much to be thankful for - and hopefully you'll enjoy tracing your family history as much as our family has!  It's always a work in progress - but thanks to my cousin David - he's helped keep our family linage recorded! 

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! 



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    Now that the excitement of Thanksgiving Day is over, I hope you are enjoying plenty of great time with those you love this holiday weekend! I know I am. J

    I am looking forward to some serious snuggle time with Fozzie, a few fun hangouts with friends and maybe even a little retail therapy. (Though I’m finding so many great deals on QVC today, I may even be able to skip the mall this year! Don’t miss QVC’s Black Friday Easy Pay offers on select temp-tations.

    And even though yesterday was like the Olympics of cooking at my house, I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen for one, glorious reason: Mmmmm…Leftovers. ;)

    Sometimes I think I actually enjoy leftovers even more than the Thanksgiving meal, itself. After all, when it comes to leftovers, you’ve already put in all the love and effort. Now’s the time to just settle in and enjoy.

    Do you have a favorite way to make the most of your leftovers? Turkey Casserole? Turkey Tacos? Turkey Tetrazzini? Let me know in the comments section, below. I’m always looking for new ideas. Here’s what I plan on enjoying today. It’s one of my all-time favorite ways to enjoy post-Thanksgiving extras.  

    Stuffed Turkey Panini

    2 slices sourdough bread

    2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard

    2 slices provolone cheese

    ⅓ cup leftover turkey, shredded

    ¼ cup leftover cranberry sauce

    ⅓ cup leftover stuffing

    2 Tablespoons leftover gravy

    2 Tablespoons butter, soft

    1. Place a grill pan over medium heat.
    2. Spread mustard on one side of each bread slice.  Set one aside.
    3. Lay one piece of cheese on top of the mustard on one bread slice.  Top with the turkey, followed by the cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy and the other piece of cheese.
    4. Top with the remaining slice of bread.  Spread one tablespoon of butter on the top of the sandwich and carefully flip it over onto the hot grill pan.  Spread the remaining butter on top of the sandwich.
    5. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side, or until toasted and golden brown.  If you have a heavy weight for your grill pan place it on top of the sandwich to ensure even cooking and grill marks. 

    My other favorite thing about Thanksgiving leftovers: It’s so easy to serve, store and serve them up again, when you use temp-tations. No searching around for the right-sized container or lid, not struggling with plastic wrap or foil. Last night I was able to clear our Thanksgiving table in minutes. I simply brought everything straight from the table to the fridge, added a storage cover and then went back to enjoying time with my family. Best of all, today all my panini ingredients are there, just waiting for me to remix them into something even more delicious.

    I can’t wait to read your delicious ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers. Hope I have enough left over to try them all! And I hope you and your family enjoy every minute of this holiday weekend and the holidays ahead. 



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    Theresa's Toy Shop – The ULTIMATE TOY GIFT LIST!!! 

    So excited to bring you my daughter Theresa's Toy Shop – with her personal toy picks for boys and girls of all ages!  Of course, she's hinting for herself most of the time!  

    We sit down together and talk about "WHY" a toy would be a great gift from her perspective!  Who's better than a child to give you advice on shopping for toys?  You all have been so nice and encouraging to her since we started Theresa's Toy Shop – that as a Mom – I want to say "THANK YOU"!!!   

    Since we're in BLACK FRIDAY WEEK here at QVC– we knew that this had to be the "ULTIMATE" gift list for those of you looking for the perfect gift!  Plus, they all come with "Theresa's Seal Of Approval"! 

    Here we go!!!  (***Just click on the BLUE highlighted areas below to go directly to that particular toy pick!)  PLEASE Let her know what you think of her gift picks below!    She loves hearing from all of you!  

    Jacque & Theresa 

    Me:  Theresa, we have a lot of people to help again with gift ideas for kids – are you ready?

    Theresa:  YES!!!  Let's play! 

    Theresa's Toy Shop GIFT #1: 

    WUBBLE BUBBLE  Set of Two With Pump – Ages 6 & Up

    Theresa:  I can't believe Wubble Bubble is finally here!  YEA!  They're so bouncy!

    Me:  Yes they are!  I'm glad we have two so we can both play with one!  You can sit on it too!  Why do you think the Wubble Bubble would make a great gift?

    Theresa:  Because kids can bounce it, throw it, sit on it and just have fun!

    Me:  But you need to be careful to not poke it – it is a "bubble" after all.

    Theresa:  Yes, mommy – I'll be careful.

    Me:  AND – be careful throwing it in the house – it moves really fast!

    Theresa:  It does – but that makes it so much fun!  I can't wait for my friends to play with these!


    Theresa's Toy Shop GIFT #2:


    Me:  You've always loved cars!

    Theresa:  I have?  I guess you're right, I always play with my old Twister Trax set.  Now I can add these to my old track and make a giant track!

    Me:  Exactly!  Why is this a great gift?

    Theresa:  Since I'm not old enough to drive a car – this is more fun,

    Me:  You're definitely right!

    Theresa:  I love the flashing lights on the cars and how it glows – that's so cool!

    Me:  And it's fun to play with inside when the weather is bad.

    Theresa:  They're so fast and fun!  I'm going to make a new track design now.

    Me:  Great sweetie – have fun!


    Theresa's Toy Shop GIFT #3:


    Me:  I know you love to build things – and that you love things that light up – why did you pick Laser Pegs as one of your gift picks?

    Theresa:  I thought that kids would like to build in the dark, or turn off the lights after they build something fun and see it glow. 

    Me:  Good point!  Did you see that you can make them blink to the sound of our voice or music? 

    Theresa:  That is so awesome!

    Me:  And you can push the button again for blinking, solid light or super-fast blinking!  What are you making?

    Theresa:  I don't know yet, I'm still working on it.  Let me surprise you.

    Me:  Is it a house?

    Theresa:  Mommy!  I'm building!  I'll show you when I'm finished!

    Me:  Well I'm glad you're getting to do something creative!  Have fun!

    (P.S. Get the Laser Pegs Storage Tub & Building Platform for more fun)

    Theresa's Toy Shop GIFT #4:


    Theresa:  I can't believe they made a new Flashpad!

    Me:  Yes, with 12 games – some favorites from the original Flashpad and some new ones!  You can also color on it!

    Theresa:  Color?  You know I want to be an artist – will you show me how to do that?

    Me:  Sure!  Just push the button that says "Color Me" and touch the circles to change colors.

    Theresa:  Oooooooooooh!  This is fun!

    Me:  Why is this a great gift pick?

    Theresa:  Because you'll have so many games to play and you can color and have fun!


    Theresa's Toy Shop GIFT #5:


    Theresa:  I still love playing with these snowballs Mommy!

    Me:  I know – Daddy and I love having indoor snowball fights with you!  Just don't let Gracie get them or she'll eat them!

    Theresa:  You're right!  The snowballs feel kinda squishy like real snowballs.

    Me:  They do, they have a "crunchy" feeling when you squeeze them.  I'm glad they can be washed when they get dirty too.

    Theresa:  Let's sneak up on Daddy and gave a snowball fight!

    Me:  Let's go!!!  

    Theresa's Toy Shop GIFT #6:


    Theresa:  How adorable!  I love the skirt!  Ohh and the shirt!  So cute! 

    Me:  They have Anna, Elsa, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella and Snow White.  Which is your favorite?

    Theresa:  I love Ariel!  That would be fun to wear to a party!

    Me:  So you think this would be a good gift?

    Theresa:  YES!  All little girls love Princesses!  Which is your favorite Mommy?

    Me:  I love Cinderella and Snow White – it's hard to choose – but unfortunately it doesn't come in my size.

    Theresa:  That's too bad Mommy – I can wear it for you!

    Me:  That's so nice of you – I'm sure you would!


    Theresa's Toy Shop GIFT #7:


    Theresa:  OOOOOOh Mommy how fun!  A light party with my favorite music!

    Me:  Yes, you hook up your music with a Bluetooth connection and it plays and lights up the lights for a party!  Can you imagine having a party with your Brownie Troop and this light?

    Theresa:  We'd dance and sing and have so much fun!  This is a great gift for anyone who likes music and to dance – or flashing fun lights.

    Me:  I couldn't agree more!

    Theresa's Toy Shop GIFT #8:


    Theresa:  You know how much I love sharks Mommy – this is so cool!  The shark swims around the bowl in the dark with a light!

    Me:  This certainly is better than having a real shark in a fishbowl.

    Theresa:  You can't put a shark in a tiny little fishbowl – it wouldn't fit.

    Me:  True!  But this one is the perfect pretend size – and we don't need to clean up his bowl or feed him! 

    Theresa:  I think this would be fun for any kid who loves sharks like me!


    Theresa's Toy Shop GIFT #9:


    Theresa:  I want to put the shark in the bowl with the Nixie!

    Me:  You want the shark to chase the Nixie?

    Theresa:  No!  She will chase the shark!

    Me:  Sounds good!


    Theresa's Toy Shop GIFT #10:


    Me:  They came out with new designs in your favorite blanket?

    Theresa:  Show me!

    Me:  They now have a Dragon, Owl, Pirate and Duck in addition to the Dog and Lady Bug.

    Theresa:  Oooooh I love the Dragon!

    Me:  I knew you'd like that one!  Why do you love this blanket so much?

    Theresa:  Because I can cuddle under it when I'm cold or just be warm while watching a movie.

    Me:  Would all kids like this?

    Theresa:  EVERY Kid will LOVE it!  It's sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo soft!!!

    Me;  I think you're right!

    Theresa's Toy Shop GIFT #11:


    Theresa:  She's so adorable!  I love Grumpy Cat! 

    Me:  She's really that size too – remember when I got to hold her at work and I showed you the pictures?

    Theresa:  Yes, she was tiny!  But Mommy, you're allergic to cats?

    Me:  Yes, but it was THE GRUMPY CAT – Tardar Sauce – I had to hold her!  I was careful and washed up right away!  

    Theresa:  This would be a good gift for you Mommy, or anyone who can't have a cat!

    Me:  I like you're thinking!  You're sweet

    Theresa:  Thank you! 

    Theresa's Toy Shop GIFT #12:


    Theresa:  Mommy, I know you love Cabbage Patch Kids.

    Me:  Yes, I had one when I was little and they first came out.  My parents had to get whatever was available!  You've seen mine – she has blue eyes and blonde hair.  Now you're lucky you can find exactly what you want!

    Theresa:  That's good because I think the girls who get this would like to have one that looks like them.

    Me:  I couldn't agree more!

    Theresa:  I love the babies – they're so tiny and sweet!

    Me:  And I still love how they smell!

    Theresa:  Me too!

    And don't forget about Elf On A Shelf!

    Elf On the Shelf A Christmas Tradition Book and Elf Gift Set

    Elf on the Shelf Claus Couture Child & Elf Chef Set

    Our "Polka Dots" returns on Thanksgiving each year!  This year Theresa asked Santa to send Polka Dots here with a friend --- a GIRL FRIEND!  

    Hope this helps with your gift purchasing and don't forget to let us know what you think! 

    -Jacque & Theresa

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    There are several ways to capture great photos during the holidays but today I want to share my top three tips for taking great photos:

    1. Plan ahead
    2. Location, Location, Location
    3. Take lots of pictures (I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record on this topic)

    Many of you must be thinking “wait, what about a tip for how to use my camera to take great photos?” I have to admit I am making an assumption that you already own a DSLR camera (insert shameless plug for Canon camera QVC is offering at a great price {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}). The Canon EOS Rebel T5 can deliver amazing photos with your eyes closed! Ok I am exaggerating but the reality is a good DSLR camera can deliver amazing photos for the new photographer who has very little knowledge of taking pictures. The road to taking great pictures starts with a plan and ends with taking lots of photos. If you follow these three tips for taking photos during the holidays you will be amazed at the results of your pictures.

    TIP#1 - Plan Ahead

    I learned from wedding photography that it is really important to plan ahead if you want to capture great photos. I have created a mental checklist of things I need to make sure I am ready for my photoshoot.  When I'm taking family photos during the holidays the checklist is a little smaller but still important to review. A few days before you are going to take photos you need to check your camera bag for: memory cards, batteries, camera, lenses, and any other accessories you know you will need (i.e. a tripod). Memory cards should be EMPTY! No photos from past events should be on your memory cards; this will make uploading photos from the new photoshoot much easier. Check that your batteries are fully charged and confirm if you need to purchase any batteries for an accessory like an external flash. Definitely make sure you have your battery charger in your bag! 

    TIP #2 - Location, Location, Location

    If you are hosting your holiday event then you should take some time to think about where you are going to capture the really important photos (i.e. the full family photo). The best location for a group photo allows for everyone to be seen clearly.  If the weather is permitting and the sun is still out, I would highly recommend you get EVERYONE outside for the one family/group photo.  If you can’t go outside be sure to have your indoor location ready with the appropriate amount of seating for some people to sit and the rest to stand or sit on the floor around the chairs (sitting on the floor works for the kids). If you are not going to be at your own home then make sure you scope out the best location for your group photo as soon as you arrive to the party.

    It can be challenging to organize a lot of people for a group photo so I also strongly recommend you try to get this photo completed as soon as everyone has arrived. If your guests get too comfortable enjoying yummy food and drinks, you will have a really difficult time getting the group to agree to getting up for the photo. Being super prepared for group photos will be the deciding factor of how good the final photo looks.

    I like to choose locations that will mean something to me in the future, which is why I like taking photos in front of my home. Dozens of years from now when my kids are older I can look at these photos and reminisce about the good times we shared.

    TIP #3 - Take Lots of Pictures

    If you’ve been reading my previous posts you know that my number one tip is always take lots of pictures! As you become more skilled with taking pictures with your camera you can be more selective in the volume of photos you take because you know what you like and you will know when you have captured that perfect photo. But until then, GO NUTS!

    For the group photos take at least 4 pictures (6 if the group will let you) because inevitably someone is not looking or eyes are blinking or smiles are not good. With multiple photos to choose from hopefully one will meet your needs.

    I think capturing a photo diary of your holiday event is a really great way to capture the day. Take a few photos every hour to make sure you are capturing the complete essence of your special event. Take close-up photos of the details (i.e. place settings, decorations, key ingredients to the meal, etc.). Take photos of smaller groups of people that are interacting (I am thinking 2 or 3 people). Capture photos of people preparing the delicious food, if you are the cook then make sure someone takes your picture! People eating never looks good so skip those moments, but definitely capture candid moments after the meal is completed.

    Candid photography is difficult because people don’t always look so good when they don’t know you are taking the photo.  I recommend getting your subjects attention and take a quick couple of pictures while they are giving you a nice smile. The quicker you can take someone’s photo the less annoyed they will be from you taking lots of pictures. Some photos where your subjects are not looking at you can be really nice when done well (kids playing, family members catching up, etc.).

    Because I am suggesting the beginner photographer take a lot photos this holiday season, try a camera feature you haven’t used before on some of the photos you take and see if you like the results of the photos (i.e. no flash with high ISO setting). Otherwise, set your camera to auto and work on your composition of each photo.

    To get 20-40 great photos I am expecting the beginner photographer to take at least 200 total photos on the day.  Taking lots of photos will give you a selection to choose from that is the cream of the crop. Your friends and family will love the best of photos and rave about how awesome a photographer you are…I promise.

    So who is up for my camera challenge to take at least 200 photos during this holiday season?

    This Thanksgiving I am going to focus on capturing really nice photos the kids in my family (my two sons and their 3 cousins) mostly because they will let me torture them with lots of photos (my wife is not as excited about being photographed J). Check back after the Thanksgiving weekend to see photos I take using the Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR camera. I will be demonstrating my tips in this blog post for the pictures I take this weekend.

    Wish me luck!



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  • 11/27/14--10:11: Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
  • May today and every day be filled with good things in your life. Happy Thanksgiving from the Q!

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  • 11/28/14--06:12: Chocolate Chunk Shortbread
  • Chocolate Chunk Shortbread


    4 ounces (generous ½ cup) sugar, plus more for dusting the pan

    8 ounces unsalted butter (2 sticks), cut into small cubes

    12 ounces (2¾ cups) all-purpose flour

    healthy pinch salt

    3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (scant ¾ cup)


    1. Pre-heat the oven to 325º F and butter a 9-inch square cake pan.
    2. Using a food processor, process the sugar until it becomes superfine sugar – pulse it for about 30 seconds. Add the butter and process until smooth, light and fluffy, scraping down the bowl of the food processor a few times during the process. Add the flour and salt and pulse the food processor until the mixture can be squeezed together in your hand to form a dough. Add the chocolate chunks and pulse one last time for about 15 to 20 seconds until the chocolate is evenly dispersed.
    3. Transfer the mixture to the buttered cake pan and press the dough into the pan, using a round can or drinking glass to smooth it out at the end.
    4. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 15 minutes and then transfer to the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until very lightly golden brown.
    5. Remove the shortbread from the oven and cut the shortbread into the desired shape with a knife. Let it cool. Once cool, cut the shortbread one more time into the desired shape, following the score marks and enjoy.

    Chocolate Chunk Shortbread

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