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- 01/08/15--10:17: CES Day Three: 9,303 Steps
- 01/08/15--11:27: Photo Doggies for Anthony!
- 01/08/15--11:49: Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!
- 1 1/3 cups organic flour
- 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 2/3 cup raw sugar
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 01/08/15--18:38: #TeamRookie Week 3 Check-in - Let's Talk Food!
- 01/09/15--07:54: CES Day Four: We Live in a Smart World
- 01/09/15--08:32: A Winter Walk - with Liam Bourke!
- 01/09/15--11:51: Jill's Sunday Funday - Hosting the Ultimate Football Party
- 01/09/15--12:31: 2015: The Year of the Moccasin
- 01/09/15--14:10: Bacon-Ranch Chicken Wings & My Favorite Game-Day Picks
- 1 (8-oz) container sour cream
- 1 (8-oz) jar mayonnaise
- 1 (1-oz) package ranch seasoning and salad dressing mix
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 4 Tbsp real bacon bits
- 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
- 24 chicken wings
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp celery salt
- 1 (1-oz) package ranch seasoning and salad dressing mix
- To prepare the sauce, place all the ingredients listed above into a small bowl and mix until well incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours, or overnight.
- To prepare the wings, place the wings, pepper, celery salt, and ranch seasoning in a large plastic bag. Close the bag and shake it really well until all the wings are evenly coated. Refrigerate and marinate overnight, or at least 8 hours.
- Place the oven rack in the middle and preheat to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease with oil spray. Remove the wings from the plastic bag and place them on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake until cooked through, and the skin is crispy, 40–45 minutes. Let them rest 3–4 minutes.
- Place the wings into a large bowl and add half the sauce. Toss until evenly coated. Serve with the remaining sauce on the side for dipping.
- 01/12/15--09:20: Paw-Parazzi Showcase: Keeping Active Edition!
- 01/12/15--12:21: Have Questions for the Roberta's Team? Ask here!
- 01/12/15--12:25: Have a Question for the Cottage Farms Team? Ask here!
- 01/12/15--12:56: January in Ireland - New Year Traditions
- 1/2 lb mushrooms
- 1 medium-sized carrot
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 Tbsp plus 1-1/2 cups honey-barbecue sauce, divided
- 1-1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a Texas-sized muffin pan with cooking spray, set aside.
- Finely chop the mushrooms and carrots in a food processor. Set aside.
- Cook the onion in the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally for 5 minutes, or until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the chopped mushrooms and carrot. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes, or until the liquid from the mushrooms has evaporated. Transfer the mushroom mixture to a large bowl and let the vegetables cool.
- Meanwhile, combine the breadcrumbs and milk in another bowl. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes and then spoon it in with the vegetables along with the thyme, Worcestershire, 3 Tbsp of barbecue sauce, salt, pepper, eggs, and turkey. Mix well.
- Divide the mixture into 6 large balls and place them into the prepared muffin cups. Lightly press the mixture into the cups, keeping a domed top. Take a 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce and spread it evenly over the top of each muffin. Place the filled muffin pan on a baking sheet and place it on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the middle of each meatloaf has reached 165°F. Serve with the remaining barbecue sauce.
- 1 store-bought gluten-free pie crust, thawed (Pillsbury, for example)
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into small bite-sized chunks
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 4 carrots, peeled and chopped into small bite-sized chunks
- 2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
- 1 small white onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons gluten-free flour (such as sorghum, white rice)
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened coconut)
- 2 stalks celery, sliced
- 2 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large pot combine the chicken broth, sweet potatoes, and thyme. Bring to a boil and cook until almost fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Add the carrots and continue cooking 5 minutes. When vegetables are tender remove from heat, cover and keep warm.
- Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium and cook the onion until tender, about 10 minutes, but do not brown. Sprinkle in the flour and cook about 3 minutes to remove the raw flour flavor. Add the milk and stir well to combine. Transfer the onion mixture to the pot with the chicken broth and vegetables, stir to combine and simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the celery, chicken, peas, parsley, and salt and pepper. Taste filling and add more salt and pepper if desired.
- Pour filling into a 9 inch round casserole dish. Roll out the gluten-free crust on a lightly floured counter and lay the crust over the filling, pressing the edges of the crust against the dish to seal. Sprinkle the crust with a little salt and pepper, if desired, and bake in the center of the oven until crust is browned and filling is bubbling hot, about 20 minutes. The cooled pot pie can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days, or in the freezer, well-wrapped, for up to 1 month.
- 01/13/15--13:53: 31 Days of Organization Continues!
- 01/13/15--14:04: Zucchini Boats and Cabbage Steaks - YUM!
- 01/14/15--07:39: 2015 CES Wrap-up: Our Favorite Things
9,303. That’s how many steps the QVC Tech Trio took today--a bit on the light side for #CES2015. We walked nearly four miles and climbed nine flights of stairs, according to the data from the iOS Health app. There are so many ways to use technology to track just about everything your body is capable of, and almost any article of clothing can be digitized, right down to your socks. Today at CES, we spent a lot of time checking out wearables on the show floor, and fitness was a common theme. It was far from the only category represented, of course, but still the dominant category in wearables.
Yes, fitness isn't just a trend these days--it's a lifestyle. And so many tech companies out there (SO MANY!) are taking full advantage by jumping into the fitness and wearables categories. There's Fitbit, an industry leader in activity tracking, producing bracelets, watches, and smart scales to wirelessly monitor your activity and work seamlessly with your fitness apps and goals. Garmin and TomTom, well-known GPS manufacturers, are in on the fitness game, producing high-tech activity-tracking watches. So are athletic apparel companies. For instance, we watched sports accessories and apparel giant Under Armour launch their new tracking network, UA Record, which keeps a visual dashboard of all your activity data in one location, making it a breeze to track your fitness goals. This was highlighted by a Q&A session hosted by FoxSports writer and personality Jay Glazer. The participants? Only Hall of Fame Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr., 21-year-old PGA Tour phenom Jordan Spieth, and pro surfer Brianna Cope.
But, as we mentioned before, wearables at CES were certainly not limited to fitness. At the show, we found wearable technology suited for an astounding variety of purposes. One example was the Sproutling Baby Monitor, winner of a 2015 CES Best of Innovation Award in the Wearable Technologies category. This innovative device wraps around a baby's ankle, allowing parents to keep a technologically focused eye on their little one's sleeping pattern.
Many other wearables on display mixed fun with function, from compact GoPro cameras that you can wear on your helmet to an assortment of smart watches that let you answer calls without even taking out your phone. At the Wearable Tech Awards, presented by Stuff, we learned about winners like the LookSee bracelet, a next-gen piece of jewelry with a display that can change designs or even be personalized with your own photos. Other gadgets we found on the show floor proved that the industry isn't just making wearables for people--they're keeping pets in mind, too! We were amazed by pet-centric devices like the FitBark, which attaches to Fido's collar and allows you to keep tabs on his activity.
What kind of wearables catch your eye? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to read our next blog for another CES update!
Sending big smiles to brighten your day, Anthony! Yes, Coco is smiling and she hopes this puts a smile on your face too!
Prince Charles sends his love and playful energy to help you feel better, Anthony!
I'm not sure if you have heard the news- Dr. Gross will have a busy day at the Q this Friday. We have a great kit for the New Year as well as two one-hour shows.
Dennis was resting up with our family in Mexico over the holidays, preparing for the special appearance this week. While he was diligent with his SPF, he looks a little tan to me.
Check out our selfie, what do you think?
During our vacation, one of our family discussions over dinner was about the new addition of the word “selfie” in the dictionary.
Dennis and I thought, what is the world coming to? The kids loved the idea. Who would have guessed that silly, new word for taking a picture of yourself would now be an official dictionary word?
The kids and I may not agree on Webster’s addition, but we do believe in family traditions. One involves sending Dennis off to QVC with a good-luck, banana-bread basket baked with lots of love by myself and the girls [find the recipe below!]. Yum!
I also whipped up his favorite soup and a few stuffed peppers with quinoa and black beans. Did you know Dennis is a pescatarian? So now he’s fully rested and full of delicious food for his QVC show.
Don't miss Dennis at midnight this Friday, 01/09. Tune in to see him, and tell him if you think he is setting a good example with his SPF! Dennis and I use Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution and our Alpha Beta Peels to soothe our skin after sun and surf.
Warm wishes for the New Year,
Carrie’s Classic Banana Bread
Makes one 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf (about 8 servings)
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8½ × 4½-inch loaf pan.
Beat in a large bowl at medium speed until creamy:
Beat the above into the flour mixture, then gradually add:
Now… add your Bananas! Fold in just until combined: 1 cup mashed VERY ripe bananas.
Here is where I alter the recipe and add DOUBLE the amount of bananas! I use at least 2 cups.
Many people also love to add coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans - I don’t do this before Dennis goes to QVC because nuts can cause him to cough which is NOT good, especially on a TSV Day!
Cool completely before slicing (if you can wait!). I like to slice when warm. Sometimes we even melt butter on a warm toasted slice. Delish!
I have not hit 10,000 steps every day on my Fitbit. I had two carrots left on my plate from dinner the other night and I threw them out, I didn’t eat them. I ate FOUR dark chocolate truffles at my desk yesterday and I loved EVERY SECOND of it. Guess what? I’m still on TRACK!
I have been walking every day and adding more and more steps. I have been drinking much more water throughout each day. That bowl of fruit and vegetables that we needed to finish in our house this week? OH YEAH, we did it (food challenge – WIN)! And we liked it! It’s nice to have variety on the plate for dinner instead of ALL protein. Team Rookie WIN!
Since our #TeamRookie focus this week is food-oriented, I wanted to introduce you to my friend Jenna Stranzl. She is a Registered Dietician, a Sports Performance Nutritionist, and REALLY FUN. She is a friend, a marathoner, an awesome aunt, AND she LOVES food. REALLY loves food, which we totally have in common.
I reached out to her and asked if she wouldn’t mind sharing some tips with us about how to make some better eating choices. She sent an amazing list of advice! NOW, before I get to it, you know me, I have to say it: PLEASE consult with your doctor before making ANY changes to your diet or health routine. I want what’s best for you, and your doctor knows that (for you) much better than I would. That being said, let’s hear Jenna’s advice!
1) When we consume high fiber foods, we are able to limit our intake and lower our appetite. One apple is 80-110 calories depending on size. A simple swap is to grab a nutritious piece of fruit instead of pretzels. Just because pretzels are low-fat, doesn't mean they are the better option.
2) Swap-out mayo for a different topping. Hummus and avocado are wonderful spreads to put on a sandwich, in a wrap or pita. Hummus is a nutrient-rich spread of good fats (olive oil) and garbanzo beans (a protein and fiber source) and avocado gets 5 stars for its vitamin E, good fats, and fiber. The benefits of these two choices are top notch. Another good choice? Cashew butter spread on a turkey or grilled chicken sandwich.
3) When making a pasta or rice dish, double the veggies and scale back on the pasta/rice. If you are making a primavera pasta dish, double the veggies and use half of the pasta you normally would. You will end up saving in the calorie bank, and getting a great extra serving or two of vegetables. Want to make it better? Switch to 100% whole wheat pasta
4) Don't settle for fat-free dressing. When selecting a salad dressing, skip the creamy dressings. A dressing like a balsamic or standard oil and vinegar are great.
5) Sometimes when we feel tired we go straight for the coffee or a snack; however, we could be just dehydrated. Start adding more fluids/water to your daily regime. Water can come from drinking water (obviously), fruits, vegetables, and water based foods like a giant salad or a bowl of soup. A great way to boost water's flavor is to add some fresh or frozen fruit to your bottle, glass, or pitcher, and splash of lime or lemon juice and drink!
6) Start with one new snack a week, one new breakfast, one new lunch, and one new dinner... even if it means a slight alteration. You don't have to completely throw out your favorite recipes or think healthier you means to get rid of the you that everyone loves! Start with small changes that you are comfortable making. One day this week, come home from work and try a new smarter snack (maybe hummus and carrots or an apple with string cheese). Try a new breakfast like a bowl of oatmeal with a handful of berries and slivered almonds with a glass of water, a cup of protein packed Greek yogurt. At lunch, swap out those pretzels for a side salad or fruit. Or, grab a glass of skim milk to promise yourself more vitamin D and calcium and some protein. At dinner, try adding those veggies or make a simple change like a sweet potato instead of white rice or a white potato.
ALL awesome info, SO, here are some simple changes to get you moving in the right direction:
- instead of a sugary cereal, try doing half sugary cereal with a high fiber cereal to start. Gradually try to change over to full-fiber cereal or just fresh fruit slices or berries to sweeten your cereal instead of the sugary cereal all together.
- Grab a sweet potato instead of French fries, white rice, white potatoes, or tater tots for boosted nutrients and fiber
- Add some protein to your breakfast -- focus on lean proteins like egg whites (or use 1 whole egg, and one egg white), Greek yogurt, mixed nuts, a glass of skim milk, Canadian bacon.
- Eat slower. Simply by eating slower, our internal signals have time to indicate when we truly are full. Take your time, enjoy your food and the others enjoy the food with you!
- If you enjoy a soda, limit yourself to a smaller serving (6-8 ounces) and swap the rest with a glass of water. Added sugars can contribute to weight gain, dental issues, and can lead to other complications
- Dark leafy greens instead of iceberg lettuce. Make that salad pop. Just by switching to dark-leafy greens, your intake of vitamins increase significantly! Spinach has a great source of iron as well and calcium. Do your body a benefit by making a simple swap to dark greens (kale, collard greens, spinach, etc.).
Thank you, Jenna! So much great information and SO very helpful. She is definitely this week’s #TeamRookie Fitspiration!
Keep making those great decisions, I’m so proud of all of your efforts, and please continue to support each other! When you read something that moves you, let that person know! We are in it together and I’m loving your drive and support! Onward and upward and remember: don’t quit! See you soon! ~ Mary DeAngelis, #TeamRookie
We live in a smart world. Smartphones, smart watches, smart TVs. But is your home smart? Like something straight from an episode of The Jetsons, the smart home is going to revolutionize, well, life. Just about every room in your home is about to get smarter. How? Read on.
When you think about brands like Samsung, your mind might immediately jump to your HDTV. Maybe you have one of their smartphones in your pocket, or a Samsung tablet nearby. You probably don’t think about Samsung in the kitchen—but maybe you should! Samsung is just one of the manufacturers showing off the possibilities provided by a smarter kitchen on the CES 2015 show floor, and the electronics giant is joined by companies like Panasonic and LG in making kitchens more high-tech.
For example, how often are you stumped by the question “What’s for dinner?” Well, what if your refrigerator could answer that question for you, using ingredients you already have? Panasonic’s futuristic smart fridge can do just that—a camera inside even lets you know what’s about to expire and suggest recipes accordingly. Once you’ve decided what’s on the menu, a timeline lets you know exactly how long it will take and what appliances you’ll need. Samsung was also touting its kitchen lineup, and despite the gorgeous HDTVs on display, the Chef Collection “inspired by chefs’ insights” was the star of the manufacturer’s booth. Just imagine an oven that can be used as one unit or two with a removable divider, like Samsung’s Flex Duo. That means you can cook two things at two different temperatures (within 75 degrees) at the same time! Who says appliances can’t be efficient, aesthetically pleasing, AND high-tech?
But why should kitchens have all the fun? On the show floor, we discovered smart appliances and gadgets for practically every room in the home. Want to turn on your washing machine while you're picking up groceries? We got a close look at Wi-Fi-enabled washers and dryers from companies like LG and Samsung that let you do just that--all through an app on your smartphone or tablet.
But you're not limited to controlling one appliance at a time. Back at the Samsung booth, we learned how you can use an app to send a list of commands to Samsung's Wi-Fi-enabled devices or other devices connected to their smart sensors or smart outlets. What could this look like in real life? Imagine heading home from work and, by simply selecting the "I'm Back" option on your app, turning on the lights in your living room and switching on your air conditioning unit? Besides adding convenience to your routine, these types of smart appliances give you an easy way to conserve energy.
Other devices on the show floor took smart technology outdoors, like the Parrot Pot. Featuring a built-in reservoir and sensors, this smart pot automatically waters your plant when it's thirsty and works with an app to provide detailed guidance on the care of your specific plant. Another garden-focused product, the Edyn Garden Sensor and Water Valve, was a 2015 CES Best of Innovation Award winner in the Tech For a Better World category. With smart outdoor products like these, even those unlucky in plant care can see their garden thrive!
What kinds of products would you want to see in the smart home of your dreams?
This weeks edition of A Winter Walk is with my pal and yours - Liam Bourke! Although, sometimes the best thing about winter is escaping to somewhere warm! That's what Liam did on his first cruise - complete with a yummy, fruity drink.
It wasn't all fun and games though. Here is is getting a healthy run in. Way to go!
How better to celebrate than with pizza!
It’s FOOTBALL season in my house. How about yours? I have no doubt my husband Doug will be watching the college championship game on Monday, and then all the BIG playoff games next week. I definitely don’t mind watching a football game now and then—especially now that they’re so exciting. But I LOVE the entertaining part of the game and imagine that lots of you too.
When I was growing up, I was in the California Junior Miss Pageant, and, as one of the requirements, created a football-game-themed party. I’m SO sorry I don’t have a photo to show you…I looked high and low for those pictures and I can’t find them!! Anyway, QVC is getting you ready for all of the big games to come tomorrow with an amazing La-Z-Boy Today’s Special Value®. So I thought it was the perfect time to show you some of what I did…all of those years ago!
A Texas sheet cake is an edible canvas—there’s a ton of room for you to paint an entire picture, so that’s what I did with my cake…in colorful vanilla icing. I posted the recipe right on my recipe page so you can find it. I spray painted and glued popsicle sticks and made the uprights. And I bought the little plastic footballs on top at my craft store…they were right in the baking/cake decorating aisle.
Now, let's talk about some of the props in the photos above...I really like to write something on my chalkboard, whether it’s the “theme” of my party, the names of the recipes I’m serving, or a simple message like, “welcome friends.” A few years back I picked up the cute little football-shaped serving vessels you see holding the napkins and straws, and I made Doug give up his football cup for the afternoon. All of these decorations I had around the house and that’s often how I decorate for every party I have. Cooking and hosting is effort enough—I don’t want to run all over the place finding props.
That dip you can find on my recipe page as well…it’s my Touchdown Chili Dip that has just five ingredients: chili, cream cheese, tomatoes, jalapeño, and cheese. I suggested baking this in the oven, but you can also make this in your slow cooker…that way, it stays hot for the duration of your party. My family likes to dip tortilla chips, but you can also have sliced baguette, fresh cauliflower and broccoli, or even soft pretzels available for guests.
My Tropical Touchdown Punch, also on “Jill’s Recipes,” is made with fruit juice, cream of coconut and club soda. If you’re hosting adults, you can also add rum. If kids are invited, make a non-alcoholic version and give grownups the option to add rum, if they wish.
Depending on the amount of guests you have—and the time they’re coming, that might be plenty. If you think you need more food, don’t feel guilty about taking a few shortcuts and buying some pre-made foods…wings, a sandwich platter, maybe an antipasti spread. I often do that and am SO happy I did...my guests are always on time!
I hope you’ll fit this game-day party into your near future…have a terrific weekend, everyone.
From my home to yours,
Hi girls! Happy New Year! You know what I always say—new year, new shoes.
For this TSV, I’m introducing my version of the everyday shoe but in ultra-lux suede. This is my classic moccasin silhouette updated with a gorgeous bow and gold tone-tipped detailing. Plus, metal tips and details are majorly on trend for footwear and handbags.
When I designed these, the classic, iconic silhouette of the bow really inspired me. I LOVE a good bow.
adies, when I say these will be your favorite shoes of 2015—I mean it. My Comfort Sock Technology is literally like a memory foam mattress for your foot. Over time, this shoe actually molds to the shape of your foot—so MAJOR!
You must stock up on neutrals like Black, Navy and Hazelnut but don’t be afraid to go for our bold, jewel tones like Summer Coral, Bright Orchid, Citron and Turquoise Green. These will really jazz up your wardrobe.
Versatility is the name of the game here. Not only can you dress these up or down, but you can also wear them from season to season. Girls, here are my favorite ways to style these mocs.
Wear them with your warmest coat, a pair of Boot Cut 24/7 Pants, and one of my 2-Ply Cashmere Cardigans.
Throw on one of my printed boyfriend cardigans, a pair of our ankle jeans, and an Essential Long Sleeve Knit Top.
For this look, wear your favorite pair of white pants, a woven floral blouse and the moccasins in an accent color.
I hope to see you Sunday at midnight for our first TSV of the New Year! It’s going to be fabulous! Can’t wait!
This was yesterday afternoon….
And, today, I’m home! Thank you all, so much, for your kind words on Facebook…I did have a wonderful vacation but am happy to be back. And, I’m looking forward to seeing you this Sunday for In the Kitchen with David.
I had the very difficult task of trying out the new La-Z-Boy Today’s Special Value® for tomorrow and did NOT want to get out of it. It’s OVERSIZED...just like me!
So the chair debuts tomorrow, then Sunday we’re making the ultimate game-day recipe. WINGS. But not just any wings…we’re making Bacon Ranch Chicken Wings!
Bacon-Ranch Chicken Wings
I HIGHLY recommend these, foodies, and would be willing to bet they’re much better than what you’d get from the pizza shop down the street. If you’re looking for other game-day foods you can serve at your party, here are a few ideas:
That’s a small assortment of the gourmet foods we offer here at QVC and one of my recipes….Philly Cheesesteak Dip with the Bella Brand Beef. You’ll also see the Perfect Gourmet Chicken, Pork, or Vegetable Potstickers, Cheryl’s Buttercream Frosted Football-Shaped Cookies, and Corky’s Hickory Smoked BBQ Wings.
And no party of mine is complete without a party mix…the Squirrel Brand Original Town & Country Artisan Mix is awesome—and it’s one less thing you have to make.
If you’re looking for some decorating ideas, my good friend Jill Bauer shared some fun ideas today in her blog. Go check them out. I’ll see you Sunday at Noon ET.
Keep it flavorful!
Hello my friends!
This week I asked you to share photos of how your pets help you with those fitness-related New Years Resolutions on my Facebook page!! I know my little "zoo" keeps me going, whether it's walking the pups, chasing the kitties around the house, or being inspired by the birds! It looks like your furry children are doing the same...thank you to all my Facebook friends who sent in their pictures! AND, if you're looking for things that will help you stay on track, check out my collection here!
1. Asta, Dottie, Maddie and Willis are ready to get out of the house and start riding!
2. Axel coaches his momma, Michelle, to "keep on keepin' on" as they get their steps in!
3. Deb says her and her little Lucy are feeling like couch potatoes in the cold weather! LOL!
4. Adorable Dixie Belle running for the ball...her mom says she loves to play fetch!
4. Ella loves playing soccer!
5. Max and Ruby are two lucky pups! Enjoying the warm weather in the home state of Arizona!
6. Kathy says her baby Izzy loves the outdoors but the frigid temperatures are keeping her inside!
7. My Facebook friend Kim, shared this picture of her 3 furry friends heading out for their walk!
8. Marlene shared with me a picture of her rescue pup, Baby. She says they walk twice daily, rain or snow! Way to go Marlene and Baby!!
9. Rigby looks like he might be a handful...good for chasing around the house!!
10. Roxanne says her little one, Mia, is ready for her bike ride! How CUTE!!
11. Miss Pink (what an adorable name!!) is all ready to go walking in her new coat!
12. "Come on Mom, we had fun running in the snow, but it's cold, let us IN!" (thanks Mitsi for sharing this adorable picture of Jules and Ginger!)
13. Jill says Murphy is ALWAYS ready and willing to play, and that he is helping to keep them FIT in 2015!
14. Tracie says that her baby, Nelson, has requested for his new years resolution that they take more walks in 2015...she hopes that will keep her more active! Here they are on the way to the park on a chilly day.
15. My Facebook friend Patricia sent in this picture of Baby during warmer times. She says, "She looks like a baby seal here, and was clearly not using her Fitbit yet!" LOL!
16. Wow, what an inspiration! This is Roxanne, who is a part of the "Phoenix Rising" rescue, and she just got her wheels! My Facebook friend Peggy says, "you should see her go!!" She is looking for a family...we all hope she finds one!
17. Denise says their new 10-week-old Golden pup, Phoebe, is the reason they're up early every day! Sounds like a pretty good reason to me
18. "What do you mean this machine is for YOU??"
19. "Ok Mom, I'm ready to go out now, let's just get this over with!!"
20. Sharon says, "Rain or shine, Truly needs to get her walk in and at least one good game of ball! Smooch, my little Teddy Bear gets his exercise by chasing Truly while he's playing ball. This is what gets me up and going every morning!"
21. Coopy loves to run and his mom, Vicki, has to try and keep up! Good luck Vicki!!
22. Kelly says she loves to talk her baby, Raz, for walks in the community park to stay active!
Hello Denim Divas,
It’s January! As I sit here working on this new blog post...it is very cold outside! Winter is here, and it looks like the cold weather is hitting many parts of our country. This is a good time to nest at home, read a good book or make some of those New Year’s resolutions (I make them and then break them!!!)…like getting active again! 2015 is going to be a great year!!!
Denim & Co. offers you a lot of choices when it comes to being comfortable, casual and even active…clothes that are real!
Many of you may know that I have been at QVC for about 8 years. I started as the designer for the Sport Savvy brand, which is no longer here at QVC. However, we had so many customer requests to bring that look back that we created Denim & Co. Active, which includes many of the same fabrics that you love form Sport Savvy.
Duo-Stretch was one of those great fabrics that we wanted to bring back because it was a customer favorite.
Duo-Stretch is a cotton rich fabric with 10% spandex that has a 2-way stretch for control and comfort. A sporty fabric with a more polished hand that can give a customer some control and a smoother shape without being binding. This is not a shaper, but it’s but a great casual fabric that will give you all the comfort and movement you want while still looking polished. As usual, this fabric is machine wash and dry…easy care.
There are so many different ways to wear the styles that are available, so we put together a few for you. Please check them out and let me know what you think…
Look #1: Running Errands on Weekends
We are all busy, right? It’s Saturday, and you have a lot to do. Put on your Denim & Co. Duo-Stretch pants, a great top and scarf and some comfy shoes. You will be done with those errands in no time!
Look #2: Time with Girlfriends
You’re going to lunch with the girls…maybe a movie and you want to be comfortable but chic. This outfit has you covered…and you know all your friends are going to want to know where you shop!
Look #3: Off to the Gym
Just because you’re going to the gym does not mean you have to look sloppy. This entire outfit is Duo-Stretch and so easy to wear. I love a pop of color with a tennis shoe and P.S you don’t really have to really go to the gym to wear this outfit!!!
Look #4: Lounging at Home
Ahhhhhhhh…now you’re talking! The errands are done, and now it’s a little “me” time. A great moment to curl up on the sofa and reflect on what a great year we have ahead of us and all that we have to be thankful for.
How are you planning to make 2015 a special year? Stay warm my friends!
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Get ready for Spring and have your questions ready!
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Jason- Roberta's Team
Do you have Spring Fever? Join me, William Moss, and the Cottage Farms team as we chat about gardening. Get ready for Spring and have your questions ready.
I’ll be chatting right here!
William - The Cottage Farms Team
Happy New Year! I hope that you had a nice Christmas vacation!
January has been incredibly mild here in Ireland, and so far we have seen no snow nor has the temperature dropped below freezing.
In my garden, the snowdrops have already come out, and the early primroses are already in bloom. I do hope we don’t get a cold snap!!
January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany, is known in the Irish language as ‘Nollaig na mBan’ - Women's little Christmas, where tradition has it that the women of the household have a day off work, and the men stay home to handle the household. It was a common custom for children to buy their mothers and grandmothers a small gift, but, in more recent times, this has been overtaken by Mother's day.
I think this is a lovely tradition and, because the women are the backbone of all the Christmas festivities, gives recognition for all their hard work. So, I did my bit and cooked dinner AND did the wash up too!
Have you any New Year family traditions? I would love to hear from you!
Stephen from Connemara Marble
I really had fun being back on In the Kitchen with David yesterday…were you able to join us? If not, you’ve got another chance on Wednesday at 8pm ET. We’ve got a big 3-hour show together and more laughs in store, I’m sure.
Budget-Friendly, Make-Ahead Meals month continues and this week we’re creating a recipe that’s the very definition of make-ahead…Honey-Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf.
Honey-Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf
This recipe is prepared with the Temp-tations® Old World Texas Muffin Pan with Wire Rack (K39672).
Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.
Just to reiterate what I did in the video…I baked these meatloaves in a muffin pan to make individual-sized portions. So, bake them, cool them, and refrigerate or freeze the leftovers for later. If you freeze the “muffins,” it’s best to thaw them the night before in the fridge. If there’s no time for that, you can always thaw them out in a water bath…put the muffins in an air-tight bag, soak them in cold water, and change that water every 30 minutes until thawed and then bake for about 30 minutes, or until hot.
To thaw them in the microwave, use the defrost setting or the reduced cook power and check your food often so it doesn’t start cooking. You can also bake foods from frozen. But, it usually takes 1-1/2 times the baking time to heat foods thoroughly, so be sure you have enough time. You may not on a busy weeknight.
You could bake all of these "muffins" and reheat them for later. You could also bake a homemade chicken pot pie and reheat it for later! Our friend Cat Ruehle, Holistic Nutritionist, Wellness Foods Chef, and author of Let Us All Eat Cake: Gluten-Free Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Cakes, sent us a make-ahead recipe that’s AMAZING and…gluten free.
Gluten-Free/Healthier Chicken Pot Pie
Yield: 4-6 servings
Foodies, your blog question today is what’s your favorite make-ahead meal? Do you make lasagna? Chicken and rice casserole? Maybe you'd like to try my Ratatouille Soup? I’ll see you Wednesday at 8pm ET.
Keep it flavorful!
It’s Saturday afternoon and you’ve got two hours of free time. Why not make dinner for the week? Last Wednesday I posted a Cheesy Chicken & Bacon Ziti recipe in my blog that you can bake ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. My team also got that up on my You’re Home with Jill recipe page. I’ve got quite a few freezer-friendly recipes there…Always Good Lasagna, Chicken and Broccoli Casserole, Slow-Cooker Three-Bean Chili. Go exploring. And start freezing for later!
Okay, I totally saw this on Pinterest…but how clever! You know that corner cabinet that’s an abyss? Maybe it takes hours to find the spice you need in your cabinet? Forget taking everything out one by one. You can see everything with a lazy Susan. Picture this on your table, too…it’s taco night, you’ve got 10 toppings on the table, everyone can reach what they need. Genius.
I recently read an article on “the proper way to organize your fridge” in one of those home magazines. I read it, gathered my favorite tidbits of info, and then did my own thing. Here’s what my fridge looks like at home. I used Lock & Lock and the Genius refrigerator/freezer deodorizer:
Who said Lock & Lock is just for food storage? I use these containers everywhere in my home…including the kitchen. You could even store my spices in Lock & Lock containers in a cabinet, so they're easy to grab and stay nice fresh. Now, if you’re crazy like me, you can label every one of these containers. Picture it: you know exactly what's inside—and so will everyone in the house.
I like to organize my pantry and storage areas by how much things weigh…really heavy stuff goes on the bottom, the lightest things go on the top. If you would happen to drop that beautiful platter (god forbid), better on the floor than your head.
Store-bought cleaners can be expensive and full of harmful ingredients…I like knowing exactly what I'm using around my family, which is why I keep a bottle of equal parts vinegar and water--with a spritz of lemon under every sink. (You'll also find a microfiber towel or sponge there, too.) Baking soda works extremely well and can give a vinegar/water/lemon spray a boost of power for tough jobs.
If you think about all the things you and your family needs when they leave the house, there’s no way a teeny shelf and boot tray will cut it. But, if you think big with a roomy organizer, you’ll have space for your purse, winter accessories, the dog leash and poop bags, umbrellas, hats, shall I go on???
If you’re not following me on QVC's toGather or Facebook, then you’ll have to wait a whole week for more organization tips. That’s like waiting for a new Downton Abbey!!! Okay, maybe not QUITE as exciting… Anyway, see you soon.
From my home to yours,
Oh my word! So many of you have asked for my recipes for these two delicious veggie packed recipes that I had to share. You won't believe how easy and scrumptious they are!!!
Please let me know how you like them - and please share your variations! We are always looking for a new quick, healthy dinner!
1 Large head of cabbage
5 zucchinis - cut lengthwise and cored
Shredded chicken or any other meat you prefer
Shredded cheese (to taste)
Olive Oil - to drizzle
Salt, pepper and spices of your choosing
Sliced cabbage in 1 inch thick pieces down to the core so it doesn't fall apart. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Bake Cabbage at 400° for 30 minutes
Cut zucchini and half lengthwise. Scoop out the center.
Zucchini halves should be briefly boiled in salted water.
Then, seasoned again before stuffing them.
Fill with meat of your choice. We like Mexican flavorings, so we used chopped chicken mixed with cilantro, onion, and cumin.
Top with salsa and cheese.
Bake on 400° for 15 to 20 minutes.
Do you have Spring Fever? Join me, William Moss, and the Cottage Farms team as we chat about gardening. We'll be LIVE and answering your questions today, from 10pm-1am!
Get ready for Spring with us and have your questions ready and chat along with me, here!
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Hey QVC beauties!
First of all I want to thank you for visiting my blog. I have so much to share with you. This month I was chosen to walk in the Dosso Dossi fashion show in Antalya, Turkey. It’s one of the biggest fashion events in Turkey. Their past shows have included top models including Irina Shayk, Miranda Kerr and Adriana Lima, so I was incredibly honored to say the least! Here’s a look inside my first trip to Turkey!
I never check a bag when I travel so my purse is always packed! My camera and journal are with me wherever I go, I love to write about my experiences and capture beautiful images. I also carry a few of my favorite shades of Wander beauty lipstick, you can easily transform your look from day to night with a pop of color!
Arriving in Antalya after a 12 hour journey.
I stayed at the Mardan Palace, the most opulent hotel I have ever seen. I was welcomed with flowers and a delicious kebab meal. Before bed I enjoyed a traditional Turkish bath treatment where I was exfoliated and then covered and scrubbed with bubbles, I loved it!
The day of the show started with breakfast, including a few cups of Turkish tea to stave off the jet lag. Then the hair and makeup team arrived to glam me up!
Here are a few of my beauty secrets for looking fresh when you haven’t had enough sleep or are jet-lagged. I spritz myself with cold Avene water when I wake up, then I apply two types of eye masks, one for hydration and one frozen mask for depuffing. Finally, I add individual eyelashes and a touch of highlighter to really open and brighten my eyes. Trust me you will look like you slept like a baby.
I loved the final look for the show! The makeup artist really emphasized my eyes with lashes, brown eyeliner and shading in the crease of my lid. To finish off the look the hair stylist gave me a side part and light waves, very classic. My hair has been through a lot in ten years of modeling! So about a year ago, I started using Wen by Chaz Dean cleansing conditioner and have noticed such a difference in the shine and look of my hair. Thank you Chaz!!
Backstage at the Dosso Dossi show in my first look. I was chosen to open the show and was starting to feel the nerves here! Thankfully the music was great, the opening song was "Hideaway" by Kiesza. I’ve learned to just dance and enjoy the moment. It felt great to be back on the runway, one of my favorite parts of modeling.
I was so inspired by the Turkish fashion. I noticed yellow is a big trend there for spring as well as light and bold shades of coral. I’m always taking mental notes for future Wander beauty color collections! I wore an elaborate handmade suede cape with this gorgeous headpiece, the designer asked me to really work the cape to show off the design, it was a lot of fun!
Welcome to my home away from home! After the fashion show I returned to the hotel for press interviews. I couldn't resist snapping a shot of this grand staircase, the runner was perfect inspiration for our signature shade, Wanderberry.
I woke at 6 am the next day to get ready for my flight back to NYC. The sunrise caught my eye through the drapes in my room, it was absolutely breathtaking. I enjoyed a moment of peace and gratitude, while also taking note of the beautiful shade of magenta! It was such a quick but incredible trip and I can't wait to visit again.
I hope you enjoyed this exclusive look inside my trip to Antalya! Check back next month for more of my stories. In the mean time, I would love to hear about your favorite travel experiences!
It’s hard to believe, but CES 2015 has come and gone. We’re still recovering from the thousands and thousands of steps we took, many miles we walked, and information overload we got at the show…but we couldn't wait to talk about our favorite things!
The QVC Tech Trio is used to everything in our lives being connected. We've got our smartphones in our pockets at all times. Our tablets are usually within reach. Smart TVs and gaming consoles allow us to stream content to the big screen with ease. And yet, with all of this connectivity that we take for granted every day, we never gave much thought to how our homes could be…smarter. That is, until we went to CES and were inspired by the many smart sensors, appliances, and other devices making waves on the show floor.
Program Host Jacque Gonzales with her Star Wars buddies.
How convenient would it be if you could adjust the thermostat while you’re away from home just using your smartphone? You could keep the heat down during the day, and crank it up as you leave work, ensuring your house will be nice and toasty when you get there without wasting money on heating. And it’d be a huge relief to be able to check that everything was locked while you were away--plus, knowing that you could unlock the door remotely to let someone in if there’s an emergency would be great for peace of mind while you’re on vacation.
Of course, not every smart home improvement has to be so serious. Take the Panasonic beauty mirror, which lets you test out makeup and hairstyles before making a commitment. One of us was able to get some time in front of this mirror at CES, and we were really impressed! The Panasonic rep demonstrated this remarkable beauty aid by trying on some dark eye shadow and false eyelashes in the mirror, and we were surprised to see that they moved around with our reflection. And this beauty innovation isn’t just for the ladies--there are plenty of beard and mustache styles to try out, too, fellas. Between this, various smart sensors, and the smart kitchen appliances Samsung and other manufacturers had on display, we’re completely rethinking just how smart our homes could be.
But those weren't the only home appliances that grabbed our attention. Thoughtful details and fresh features made washing machines—that’s right, washing machines—some of our favorite things at CES. We were wowed by a Samsung washer with a built-in sink for conveniently pretreating stains. What a clever solution for those of us without utility sinks! And, you know those washing machines with pedestals underneath? The LG Twin Wash switched out the pedestal for a smaller second washer, creating a washing machine that lets you run two loads of laundry at once. It almost makes us want to do laundry!
Almost. What we really want to do, though, is watch TV. Lots of TV. On an absolutely stunning 8K display. Though they won’t be available for sale until December (at the earliest), Samsung and Sharp (among others) rolled out giant TVs with 8K resolution—that’s twice the resolution that the new Ultra HD 4K TVs present, which is already gorgeous. Staring at the 85” 8K TV was mesmerizing; it literally felt like you were looking out a window. As one of the reps pointed out, if you looked closely enough, you could see people walking around in rooms of distant buildings—it was that crisp and clear. If you REALLY value your entertainment, how about a glasses-free 3D 8K HDTV? Those were on display also, and they were a sight to see. Not only is the picture ridiculously lifelike, but when you add in the 3D element, it’s like watching your favorite TV and movie stars or athletes doing their thing in your family room.
Also coming soon to an office building or hotel near you are wraparound LED TVs. They’re just what they sound like—the screen literally wraps around a column or pillar. We’re not sure how practical this will be for household use, unless your home was constructed with large pillars and columns and you need to be able to watch your favorite show every time you walk by…but this could really be a breakthrough as far as lobby entertainment for commercial buildings, and could go a long way toward impressing potential clients, guests, and employees.
CES 2015 was just as huge and overwhelming as people told us, but it was an amazing experience. And our hope is that we can share some of the knowledge and information we gained with you. While some of the products we mentioned throughout the week may not make their way to QVC’s airwaves or website, we wanted to share with you the biggest trends and coolest products in the electronics industry, as presented by the leading manufacturers and experts. We hope we were able to do so and that you enjoyed reading about it all as much as we enjoyed covering and writing about it.
Program Hosts Jacque Gonzales and Albany Irvin pose for selfies with help from the Selfie Stick.