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    I am often asked for my "special" Deviled Eggs recipe. And since I know a lot of people like to serve them at Easter, I thought now would be a good time to share my recipe with you.

    Bacon Deviled Eggs

    • One dozen eggs
    • 3 tablespoons Mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
    • 3 slices cooked crispy bacon, crumbled (not bacon bits)
    • chives

    Hard boil the eggs. Shell and cut lengthwise. Place whites on a plate and yolks in a mixing bowl. Add mayonnaise and dijon mustard to egg yolks. Mix well with a fork. For extra creamy filling, add more mayonnaise and use an electric hand mixer. Fill hardboiled whites with the yolk mixture. You can use a spoon or a mini ice cream scooper, or a cookie press, if you want to get extra fancy. Top the eggs with filled eggs with chives and bacon.

    Enjoy!

    Leah


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    Some of you may have heard me tell this story on-air with Heidi from philosophy just the other week when presenting Amazing Grace but I wanted to share it again.  This is my story about how Amazing Grace helped me fall in love again:

    I was never a big fan of perfume.  Outside of a bottle of Luv’s Baby Soft I wore in the 6th grade, I never found a fragrance that didn’t scrunch up my nose.  Maybe it’s because most of the women in my life wore very strong scents. You know the kind; the ones that stay behind in the room long after the woman who wears them has left.  So, to be able to credit a fragrance for helping me fall in love again, is nothing short of a miracle.

    It was several years ago.  I had just gotten divorced.  I was a single mom to my 18-month-old son, Ben, and just moved to a new apartment.  I felt like a failure, not really understanding why I couldn't make things work with Ben’s dad who, by the way, is a wonderful man and amazing dad.

    On my own, I didn't think I would love again but I knew I had to at least give it a try.  The thought of getting back into the dating game was terrifying and so I decided to boost my confidence with what else, a day of shopping.  I was searching for some new outfits, but then I came across philosophy and a bottle with the words “Amazing Grace."   I had always loved the name Grace, so I picked it up.  First I read the inscription and then sprayed it.  Wow!  In that moment, everything I thought about perfume changed.  Instead of being overwhelmed by a heavy scent… I immediately felt calmed, refreshed, and purged of all my negative feelings about myself and love.  I put it on and suddenly felt like a lady, so I bought it that second.

    Fast forward a few weeks later, my girlfriend called me and said it was time to get out and have dinner and drinks.  What she really meant was, it was time to get out and meet some new men!  I was a nervous wreck  but with a few sprays of my Amazing Grace, I embraced my femininity and was ready to face the single world again.  That night I met the love of my life and every time I spray Amazing Grace, it takes me back to when Larry and I talked for hours, unsuspectingly falling in love.


    Call it coincidence, call it kiss-met, call it whatever you want.  But I am sharing my story of Amazing Grace as Larry and I get ready to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary.  I truly believe Amazing Grace gave me the confidence to be myself that night, to feel beautiful and trust that love is something I could have again.  And now I have more love from him and the amazing family we’ve created.  Its better than I could have ever possibly dream of.

    xo

    Stacey


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  • 03/31/15--14:37: My Wonderful, Musical Family
  • Music filled my home growing up, because my father was always playing the piano. He played pieces we loved...I always begged him to play “The Entertainer,” by Scott Joplin, and he spent time composing. He wrote music for my mom’s plays, for musicals, for my siblings, and me or as accompaniments to his favorite poems. My dad has been composing for more than 50 years, so when he said he wanted a concert for his 80th birthday, we said absolutely! And this was to be a family affair--the three stars of the show were my dad –the composer and birthday man, my sister - the mezzo-soprano, and my mom – the producer/presenter.

    My sister spent the afternoons rehearsing at the piano with my dad. Although she and I did sneak away one day and to do a little shopping {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

    My mom started her days with a morning swim (here she is fresh from the pool), and spent the evenings rehearsing with my sister and the other singers.

    The concert was amazing. My sister was the mezzo-soprano in the quartet (which included a soprano, tenor, and baritone). I always say that every time my sister opens her mouth to sing angels fly out (at least that’s how I feel about it).  She and the others performed 23 of my father’s songs (wow!!!).

    It was so extraordinary to hear my dad’s music from the 60’s to the present. We heard his folk songs, operas and oratorios, musical theater pieces, and song cycles.

    Here we are celebrating post concert.

     

    It was a once in a lifetime evening, and my dad was soooo happy! Happy to hear his music, and happy to be joined by friends and family from near and far.

    For giggles, we decided to recreate an older picture. Here we are several years ago.

    And here we are today.

    Still laughing, celebrating (an 80th birthday!!!!), and supporting one another. Making wishes come true. Yup, that’s us {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

     


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  • 03/31/15--07:54: I'm Back!
  • Hello, my Dear Friends!

    I am so very excited to share with you that I am returning to QVC as Host.  It has been almost 4 1/2 years since I was a part of the QVC family and and I have missed you terribly! I have received the most amazing, warm welcome from the host team and everyone at QVC.

    Gino, my husband, and I are transitioning back to Pennsylvania now. As soon as all is settled, I'll see you on the air.

    Until then, much love and keep smiling!!!  {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

    Lisa

    P.S. My official QVC Facbook Page will go live on Wednesday, April 8th.  So be on the look out for that!   AND my first on-air date will be with the amazing Jane Treacy during a 2hr Discover Diamonique Show at 4pm ET on Monday, April 13th.  Hope you all can join me!  

     

    Take a look at the past couple of weeks as I have reconnected with so many of the amazing Hosts and Vendors from my QVC Family!

    {Mary Beth and I...She was my mentor when I began at QVC 20 years ago and she is my mentor again this time!}

    "Don’t you just love seeing a long lost friend you haven’t seen in a long time?  That’s why I’m so glad Lisa Mason is back as a QVC host!  After a decade and a half of shopping with Lisa, falling in love with her sweet southern accent and her charming sense of humor, she wanted to branch out and try other things.  We all understood, so she moved on about 5 years ago.  She wrote a book, dabbled in real estate, did infomercials and was even a guest on QVC with Supersmile (one of my favorite products), and now we needed her back!

    It’s like riding a bike…you never forget how.  She will jump right in and take you shopping, and I’m sure you will enjoy her, laugh with her laugh, and fall in love with her, “Sugar”…”you sweet thing”…  But also know that she knows her stuff.  She knows the products inside and out, and she especially excels with jewelry, beauty, fashions, accessories as well as home goods.  Cooking?  I’ll find out from Gino, her husband!  Welcome back, Lisa!" -Mary Beth Roe, Program Host

     

    {Carloyn, me and Dan

    "We are all so thrilled to have our girl Lisa Mason back in the building! We have missed her as much as our viewers have. What's the story, morning glory? The word, hummingbird, is...that Lisa is back home and we are ready to have some fun! Woo Hoo!!"  -Carolyn Gracie, Program Host

    "Sugar, I am so happy to have you back on the host team.  You are a dear friend!!!" -Dan Wheeler, Program Host

     


    {Doris, Adrienne and me}

    "I am beyond thrilled to see that smiling face and hear that Southern twang from my dear friend Lisa rambling through the halls of QVC again!" -Doris (Doll 10 Beauty)

    "I can not wait Lisa, to have you back at QVC. We used to laugh and had so much fun in the Green Room while waiting for our turn to go on!"  -Adrienne (Dr. Denese)


    {Sandra, Jayne, me, Lori Pickford and Amy Scaglionne}

    "I haven’t been called ‘Sugar’ in a long time so you know I couldn't wait to give Lisa Mason a big hug and hear her call me her favorite term of endearment! Seriously, I have always had a lot of respect for Lisa and I’ve so enjoyed our friendship over the years. We were texting and talking on the phone back when she first decided to come back, but a couple of weeks ago, a couple of us got together to have dinner with Lisa. We wanted to welcome her in person. It was like she never had left! We laughed, we shed a few tears, and we gave thanks that her journey has brought her back to our team. Lisa’s life has been changed quite a bit since she hosted her last show here. However, as you would expect from Lisa, she is returning even stronger and more grateful for life’s blessings. I’m so thrilled she has returned!” -Sandra Bennett, Program Host

    "My dear friend Lisa Mason is back at the "Q" as a Program Host!!  A few friends got together to welcome her home and catch up on all the things happening in her life.  Join me in welcoming out little "sugar" (said with a southern accent)! -Jayne Brown, Program Host

     

    {Alberti and me}

    "I met Lisa when she and I were on-air guests at QVC.   She was an amazing source of advice when I was going through my audition to be a QVC host.  She fully supported my decision and encouraged me to follow my heart." -Alberti Popaj, Program Host   

     

    {Valerie Parr Hill and me}


    {Dan and me}


    {David and me}


    {Sharon, me and Carolyn Pollack}


    {Laura Gellar and me}


    {Meghan Murray and me}


    {Rachel and me}

    “Welcome Lisa! We’re delighted to have you (back) on the team! {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}" -Rachel Boesing, Progam Host


    {Kathleen Kirkwood and me}


    {Nancy and me}

    "Lisa, I am so excited that you are back!! Welcome :)" -Nancy Hornback, Program Host



    "Lisa, I am thrilled to have you on the team! Even in the short time I have know you I can say your kindness and humbleness have made me adore you. I can't wait to work with you! Welcome back!" -Kerstin Lindquist, Program Host (not pictured)

    "Lisa, welcome back to QVC.  I know you have been greatly missed.  I can't wait to work together.  Maybe some of that infectious southern charm of yours will rub off a little on me!" -Stacey Stauffer, Program Host (not pictured)

    "Lisa and I both began our careers at QVC back in the Stone Age (wait, were we in ‘Black and White back’ then)? We were in  our small Studio, with our famous “Revolving Set”, reading  product manuals at 3AM  while trying to figure out how to “set the clock” on the JVC VCR. I still haven’t figured it out! Welcome back Lisa!!"  -Rick Domeier, Program Host  (not pictured)

     

    See you all on on-air soon!

    Until then, much love and keep smiling!!!  

    Lisa

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    At philosophy we inspire women to look, live and feel their best. We believe that fragrance should lift your mood and inspire a sense of well-being with clean, wearable fragrances. We bring you this luxuriously scented four-piece super-size fragrance layering experience  as a Today’s Special Value, covering your cleansing, moisturizing and scenting from head to toe. This full body collection will leave your skin feeling soft, hydrated and scented in your choice of Amazing Grace, Pure Grace, Falling in Love or Unconditional Love. This is our biggest fragrance Today’s Special Value ever, all at a value you won’t want to miss!

     

    Philosophy TSV set

    Here is what the Philosophy experts Dara, Mari Lyn and Heidi want to share with you about this super-sized Today’s Special Value.

    Mari Lyn

    Mari Lyn Meier:  This Today’s Special Value is one of my favorites because it has everything you need to extend the life of your fragrance all day long.  Philosophy fragrances challenge the notion that fragrance needs to be overwhelming to be noticed.  Our grace and love stories invite people to get closer and share the scent.  They are sheer, light, and full of emotion.   The choice is easy because there is not a bad egg in the basket. 

    I’ll make it easier for you…

    If you like soft florals and want to boost your confidence and feel pretty – choose Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace Philosophy Set

    If you like soap and water clean scents and the idea of something uncomplicated, but fresh – choose Pure Grace

    Pure Grace Philosophy Set

    If you like romantic blends of fruit and vanilla and the feeling of falling in love – choose Falling in Love

    Falling in Love philosophy set

    If you like something a little more spirited, but well-rounded with berries, florals and cashmere and you feel flirty and soulful – choose Unconditional Love.

     Unconditional Love philosophy set

    Head to toe, day to night – this Today’s Special Value will not disappoint you.  We deliver our most beautiful fragrances and sneak in the advanced skincare.  Imagine feeling proud to show off that spring skin because you are clean, exfoliated, hydrated and scented….all day long. 

     

    headshot of Heidi

    Heidi Guest: 

    I always love offering our signature bath and body experience to Philosophy fans, new and old.  For all of us, bathing is a practical ritual in our day.  To take this from a necessity to a luxurious experience is something that I am always delighted to bring to others.  To infuse the day with a little more joy, a little more pampering, while providing best in class care for your body skin and hair, is a wonderful lifestyle option to offer others.   

    Each fragrance we are featuring in this collection evokes a mood.  We always say “change your mood; change your fragrance.”   We are offering a complete fragrance wardrobe to choose from.  Often I select a Philosophy fragrance to match my mood or, perhaps, to evoke an emotion that i want to feel.  Most days, I am an Amazing Grace girl.  I love the clean scent mixed with a light hint of floral. Immediately, I feel feminine and classically beautiful, no matter what I am wearing.  On especially busy or complicated days, I reach for Pure Grace.  I love the soap and water clean and how it makes me feel active, refreshed, and crisp. Fragrance has a powerful effect on our well-being and I love that each product not only offers a prestige body treatment experience but also that each is infused with fragrances that whisper and don’t shout: scents that draw people closer to you.

    I love this particular TSV collection because it features the products our QVC customers ask for most.  I know they will be excited to see every item because each, on its own, is a favorite.  When they are placed together, it is pure heaven.  I also like that we are providing a complete layering experience and that each person can decide when and how they want to use their four piece collection.  For example, I rely on the 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath every day, always as my morning wake up call, and, as often as I can, as a luxurious, relaxing bath of bubbles at night.   This is the philosophy product I cannot do without. 

    I adore using it with the satin body puff included in the collection because it does a beautiful job of creating pampering suds in the shower.  I even use the shower gel on my fine washables.  The scents are so clean and the formulas are so gentle.  People are always saying, “You smell so good.”  It’s the best compliment ever.  About 4x a week, I use the olive oil body scrub for a more thorough exfoliation treatment.  Skin emerges from the shower or the bath smooth and super soft, like I’ve been to a spa and had a salt scrub.  I am beyond in love with the whipped body crème and find myself putting this on directly after the shower every morning. I also keep a tub on my nightstand as part of my nighttime relaxation ritual.  My skin looks so healthy and glowing that there is no way that I would skip a day.  And the eau de parfum scent tops it all off.  I personally love eau de parfums because they provide the most long-lasting fragrance. When they are layered over clean, hydrated skin, you get the truest scent too. 

    You are simply going to love our supersize 4 piece layering experience.   The hardest choice is to decide which scent to choose!  The truth is that you cannot go wrong with any of them.  For most of us at Philosophy, we use at least one or two.  These scents mix incredibly well.  I frequently mix Amazing and Pure Grace products to create my own custom scent.

     

    Headshot of Dara

    Dara Lynn:  I want to share my personal story on fragrance.  I love fragrance; I have always loved fragrance since I was a little girl.  I love to look at the bottles. I loved having a tray of fragrances to select from.  I would select based on my mood or outfit.  I was very heavy handed with fragrance in my younger years and look back now with a bit of embarrassment on how much fragrance I wore and must have been one of those people who left a fragrance calling card.  Funnily enough I never could smell it on myself. 

    Fast forward years later to when I started working for Philosophy.  Our fragrances are designed to be clean, soft, and easy to be around.  It was a totally different approach to fragrance.  They were whispers not shouts.  When I started using the fragrances, I liked them because I think I always admired fragrance and I believe in Philosophy and wanted to represent all things Philosophy. As time with the company went on, I grew to love the fragrances in a different way than I ever had in the past.  Typically, before Philosophy, I would pick up the latest and most popular fragrance and use a bottle of it and move on to another and then another.  I rarely repurchased any of the same fragrance.  It was the opposite with the fragrances at Philosophy.  I would see my shower gel getting low and I would immediately reorder. If I was on a trip and forgot my fragrance I did not feel the same. 

    So when I look back now as Philosophy turns 19, I have been using our fragrances for 18 of the years that I have been here.  I truly rely on these fragrances to make my skin look beautiful and scent myself with lovely clean easy to be around fragrances.  It is a rare thing with products especially in beauty that you can say you have loved and have relied on the same fragrances for almost two decades.  Now the fragrances are a part of me.  I do mix them and change them up, and have my favorites of course.  However, one thing is for sure: I am never without them.  These fragrances always get it right.  On my most important days or my most casual days I reach for them to complete how I feel.  They make me feel beautiful, they smell clean and they never impose on another person.  When I need calming they are there for me, when I need a burst of energy they are there for me, when I am looking forward to an occasion, they are there for me.  They have become a part of my life in a way I never imagined.  They are as much a beauty tool for me as my makeup brushes or my purity made simple or hope in a jar.  I use them to enhance my life and when I choose a fragrance, I want to know the others around me enjoy it too.  Even after all of these years when someone stops me and says "you smell so good," I still feel the same way I did when I heard it for the first time all those years ago when I fell in love with Philosophy fragrance. 

    One of my favorite topics about Philosophy is fragrance and mood and how it makes you feel.  Fragrance by Philosophy is the first stepping stone to connecting with feeling beautiful.  Very often when we give a consultation to introduce someone to Philosophy we always include fragrance in the conversation as a starting point. How you scent your skin is key to how you feel.  We talk about our fragrances being worn very close to the skin. What that translates to is fragrance that is very easy to be around.  People might not even detect it as fragrance, but they do know that you smell so good. In a hectic world with so much going on, wearing a clean, easy to be around fragrance is very grounding.  These products give you fabulous looking skin and fabulously scented skin.  You start the layering process in the tub or shower with mounds of cleansing bubbles from the gel.  You can polish and scent your skin with the olive oil body scrub, a totally unique item to Philosophy.  Dive into a tub of whipped body crème that is rich in texture and melts into the skin quickly and absorbs, hydrates and scents you in the fragrance of your choice. Final step, spray on the EDP spray in your choice.  Our highest concentration of fragrance carries you through your days and evenings.  Why not have the best looking and the best fragranced skin around?   

    Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks for full body scenting…

    • In a hurry? Mix a pump of your shower gel and a pump of your olive oil body scrub together to combine your bubbles and olive oil in one speedy quick-spa! 
    • Need a deep body polish?  Use your olive oil body scrub on dry skin before you step into the tub or shower, a deeper polish used this way.
    • Overnight mani and pedi? Use your whipped body crème on your hands and feet and sleep in socks and a pair of cotton gloves.  You can even do this trick while watching TV or reading a book. It works wonders to deeply moisturizer your dry feet and cuticle beds.  I do this trick in between shows on QVC so my hands and feet stay super hydrated and deeply moisturized.
    • Reverse scenting? What is that? I have often used my spray fragrances or body spritzes first before I layer on the whipped body crème.  I get a different "lock" on the fragrance and I love the staying power I get by using it this way.  After the tub or shower, I spray on a generous amount of the fragrance and then top off to "lock" my fragrance on to the skin with the whipped body crème.  It is not the traditional way of finishing with fragrance but it works for me and I love how it lasts on my skin! 
    • Did you say easy sachet for home and away?  I love to take a cotton ball and spray it with fragrance and then tuck the cotton ball into my pajama drawer.  Every night when I reach for my p.j's they are scented and smell so clean and fresh.  I also tuck the spritzed cotton balls in my suitcases when I travel, makes me feel like I am at home.

     

    With grace, love and gratitude,

    Philosophy

     

     

     

     


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  • 04/01/15--06:24: April's Unmistakably Judith
  • Hi friends! I hope your April is off to a great start!  It’s been a long winter for everyone and I think we’re all ready for spring.

    I just got back from Baselworld, which is the biggest international fine jewelry and watch show in the industry.  This year, there were over 150,000 visitors from all over the world.  The watch booths were especially incredible – they were two to three stories high and larger than many stores in Manhattan!

    I was thrilled to be there with many members of my team.  Beth and I were in our couture booth where we met with some of our international customers. 

    Judith Ripka at jewelry convention

    I came back from this show feeling so inspired by all of the incredible stones that I saw.  I am ready to do lots of sketching – my mind is racing.  This year, the rubies, sapphires, and emeralds were everywhere.  I love the rich and regal look of these stones and their color and vibrancy. 

    This month’s Unmistakably Judith item is something I’m particularly enthusiastic about because it’s very on-trend this spring.  Part of my Verona Collection, it’s made in a style that originated in Italy in the 1920’s and has recently enjoyed a renaissance – tubogas.  A flexible band of smooth rounded spirals, tubogas pieces are produced with no soldering, and take their shape from gas pipes found in the earliest luxury Italian sports cars.

    I’ve used tubogas in many of my new pieces this year.  It is so smooth and comfortable and I love the look of it, so I was pleased to see that it was so prevalent at Basel!  This necklace is the perfect example of the style.  It’s extremely flexible, chic, and the way that it moves is so graceful.  It will perfectly accentuate the necklines of your spring wardrobe.

    Judith Ripka necklace on a model

    And, you’ll love the color options — sterling, black rhodium plated, chocolate plated, 14K clad yellow or rose.

    Judith Ripka necklaces in gold and brown

    gold Judith Ripka necklace on a model

    I hope you’ll take this piece and style it in your own way!  I’ve added a beautiful, oversized lobster claw clasp, so you can wear it with the claw in the back or in the front and clip on your favorite enhancer.  Show me your photos on Facebook and tell me how you’re welcoming spring in the comments below!

    I’m looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks on our April 18th show.  Until then, be well, and get outside to enjoy the weather!

    With love, Judith


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  • 04/01/15--08:45: Treasured Easter Traditions
  • When I was a child, Easter was a very exciting time. We went out and got new dresses and new shoes (usually white patent leather).  On Easter Sunday, our family went to church in the morning, then we participated in the fun Easter egg hunt in the church courtyard afterwards.

    Lauren at the Easter egg hunt:

     

    After all the activities, we would head to my grandparents, pile into their tiny row home, and settle down for an early dinner of Cornish game hens, long grain and wild rice, and green beans. We’d eat and eat until we couldn't move, and then sit down together to watch the Ten Commandments. I treasure these memories so dearly and my husband and I have continued them with our daughters to this day. My grandparents have long since passed away, but I hope they are proud that I’ve held onto their legacy and traditions.  

    Chelsea enjoying her Easter basket:

     

    Lauren rocking the patent cross body bag with matching shoes:

     

    As an adult, I’ve really come to appreciate the entire Holy Week experience, living fully in the darkness of the events of the week, then springing forth into the joy of Easter Sunday.  I love the music and incense (or as we call it, “smells and bells”).  We enjoy the secular celebration of Easter, but the true reason for the season is the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  

    What are some of your most treasured traditions of the holiday?

    Don’t forget to check out my Facebook page for our Mid-Week Sneak Peek (#MWSP) item and if you haven’t already, be sure to like my page to get updates each week.

    Tune in Friday 4/3 at 10pm with Pat and me for Fashionably Late for a fun, relaxing night in before the weekend celebrations.

    I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend with your friends and family!

    Blessings,

    Jayne

    You can find me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/JayneBrownQVC

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    The start of spring has always meant Easter in my world. It was a time to make memories and enjoy fun times with my family. Growing up, I remember one of my favorite things was receiving new Easter outfits. They were complete with Easter hats, a purse, and patent shoes for church…I felt so stylish! Here I am on Easter with my sister Deb and my father.

    Of course, I continued the tradition with my daughter, Nikki. This is when she was little, dolled up in her own Easter best.

     

    And here is the only picture I have of her visiting the Easter bunny.

    As a kid I always looked forward to the Easter basket, of course. I remember getting these beautiful sugared eggs in my basket.

    I also loved the penny hunt in our back yard. My mom and dad wrapped pennies, quarters, and dimes in foil and hid them all around our yard. Everyone in the neighborhood was invited to join the fun. My sisters and I continued the tradition with our families too...Nikki just said she was texting her cousins and laughing about the penny hunt at Nanna and Grandad's every year. Apparently my youngest nephew was good at convincing the girls that pennies were better while he collected their quarters! LOL.

    Another fun memory…I remember creating "bunny tracks" when Nikki and my shepherd Misty were really young. I helped the Easter bunny by creating tracks leading to the baskets in the house. As I made them with cotton balls and powder, Misty followed behind and licked them off of the carpet. :)

    To decorate, my mom would hang eggs in cherry tree branches in our house. Easter afternoon, my family would eat a special ham dinner and enjoy time together. Today, I still love to decorate for each holiday, and of course I love seeing my loved ones around me. It's all about making new memories. I rely on Valerie Parr Hill decorations to set the stage for celebration.

    DIY projects are a lot of fun, too. Jelly beans are a cheap way to add color to candles. The trick is to keep from snacking on them before the big day! ;)

     

    And of course, I always put up special Sunday school artwork.

    Thank you for sharing in my traditions and I hope you will share yours with me too… I hope you have a blessed holiday! :)

    Please join Jayne and me for Fashionably Late on Friday at 10pm ET. Check my Facebook page later today for our Mid-Week Sneak Peek…and enjoy the rest of your week! See you Friday!

    Best,

    Pat

    You can find me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/PatJamesDeMentriQVC

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/pdementri

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/PatJamesDeMentriQVC

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  • 04/01/15--09:57: Chicken Marsala
  • I hate to toot my own horn but Toot Toot!  This was delish.  I looked at a few different recipes as a guideline and just kind of did my own thing.  I substituted Marsala wine for a cheap Chardonnay that I had​.  How can you go wrong with chicken, mushrooms & wine.  Enjoy!

     

    Chicken Marsala

    Ingredients:

    4 - 6 Chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4 inch thickness

    Seasoned Salt

    Pepper

    Poultry seasoning

    1/2 cup flour

    3 cups sliced mushrooms

    1/2 cup chopped onions

    1/2 cup Marsala wine (I  did not have any so I used Chardonnay)

    1/4 cup cream

    Olive oil

    Directions:

    Season the chicken breasts on both sides with poultry seasoning, seasoned salt & pepper.  Coat with flour.  Saute chicken breast until golden brown on both side.  Remove from pan, put them in a casserole dish.  Add a little more olive oil to the pan saute onions and mushroom for 5 -10 minutes.  Pour in wine, deglaze the pan.  Bring the mixture to a boil, add in cream stir.  Pour mushroom mixture over the chicken, bake covered for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  

    You can find me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/JayneBrownQVC

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/jaynebrown1

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/jaynebrownqvc


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  • 04/02/15--06:02: Beauty with Benefits
  • I am so much better knowing why I'm worth it and owning the great things about me, so that I can give more of myself to others and to the world.  When we are kids, we are mostly taught to give to others and that giving to ourselves is a selfish act. I am here to say that we need to teach our children and ourselves a new lesson! Unless we learn how to be loved and how to receive, we will find ourselves empty and feeling unfulfilled -- literally un-full-filled. I learned about my own self-worth a few years ago when I was doing some personal growth work. I realized then that I had become really good at taking care of others -- or so I thought.

    josie and her daughter

    People are like human bank accounts. We have to fill up our “self-worth bank” before we can actually have anything to give. So many times we think we are giving, but we aren't full ourselves, so what we are giving is just a fraction of what's possible from us and not really authentic to who we truly are. The art of receiving is something I practice every day. I spend a few minutes each day filling up with what I am grateful for and I see my self-worth bank account filling up; so I can be as much of myself as possible and give as much of myself as possible to the world.

    josie blowing bubbles

    Another practice I have is when someone gives me a compliment or says something sweet to me, I truly honor what is said and take it in fully. These little tools allow me to know I am worth it and to walk courageously and authentically in my life. I wish someone had taught me this when I was a girl, so I have committed to sharing this lesson with my two daughters and as many people as I can in my life.

    Josie and her family

    What makes you unique and awesome? Own it and see your life fill up with so much more love.

    josie swinging on a swing 

    Blessings,

    Josie


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    Every Easter we make what we call "Easter Cookies." They are an old family recipe of my Dad's, and it wouldn't be Easter in our family without them.  My Dad was an incredible fellow, passionate, brilliant, and a born leader.  So when he discovered a similar recipe on a cook show on PBS, he called a family bake off, and here's how it went...

    Jane's family

    When my parents were married, my Irish Mom wanted to learn the Italian recipes from my Father's family. But the recipes weren't written down, so what she got was not very detailed!

    Easter cookie recipe

    But being a nutritionist, my Mom experimented and came up with the recipe we loved every year.  Then, my Dad was watching a show on Italian cookies on PBS, and they made a cookie that was similar to our Easter cookies.  So, he decided to call the family together and have a bake off, since he was convinced the new cookies were the "real" recipe. (Note the bake-off started with a 6 minute video of the show!)

    Note from Jane's dad

    Since Dad called the shots, my sister and I dutifully made both recipes, and asked everyone to choose their favorite of the two. Unanimously everyone picked our original recipe! My Dad was holding out for my husband Sean; he was convinced Sean would side with my him. (Dad claimed to like the new recipe cookie)  When Sean tried the cookies he chose our original recipe!!! Here it is so you can start an Easter tradition too!!

     Easter cookies

    Easter Cookies

    1/3 cup butter, softened

    1/2 cup sugar

    2 eggs

    4 cups flour

    2 tsp. baking powder

    Pinch of salt

    1/2 cup milk

    1 tsp. anise extract

    2 Tbsp. anise seeds 

    Cream butter and add sugar. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together and add to bowl, mixing until blended.  Add milk, anise seeds and extract flavoring. Roll into 8" strips and then knot each strip. Bake at 350 for approximately 10-12 minutes. 

    Top with buttercream icing when cool: 

    1/2 cup butter, softened

    1 tsp. vanilla extract

    3 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

    4-5 Tbsps. milk

    A few drops of your favorite food coloring (we sometimes divide the icing for several spring colors) 

    Cream butter, add sugar, then add vanilla and milk. When icing is finished, add a few drops of food coloring.  Ice the cookies with the buttercream icing and top with sugar sprinkles.  

    Enjoy!!



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    I’m still reflecting on my week off which had me visiting “my besties". I just can’t tell you how treasured and priceless they are to me ... how seeing them refueled me. They see the best in me, are endlessly proud of me, they want me to succeed, they want me to fly, they want me to achieve my dreams and exceed my potential. They celebrate my talent, laugh at my quirks and flaws, and in a world where women all too often look at one another with jealousy or caution or judgment (I’ve done it too, shame on us for letting our insecurities taint our hearts and minds) they genuinely have the deepest and truest heart for me.

    Friends who grew up with you through grade school and college days are extra special. They saw you through all the drama that seemed like the world was ending, and that brings you closer. The bad hair, worse outfits, ridiculous boy crushes, horrific breakups, sharing lockers, enduring peer pressure, breaking rules, testing boundaries, enduring parents, springs breaks you had no business traveling to foreign countries for (not like I would know anything about that), getting big jobs, losing others, and the tears. Oh, the tears. 

    My first stop on day one of my week off was Maryland. Lori S is my bestie from my PSU college days. We were Lion Ambassadors together, roommates, kindred spirits. 

    Our dear PSU friend Jen, died from kidney Cancer only a few years after getting married, and she is the one who inspired my love of ladybugs. Lori and I share ladybug tattoos in memory of Jen.

    Jen, Lori and me

    Lori has two boys, a husband also from PSU, who makes me howl with laughter, and a dog who literally looks like a muppet. 

    We spent our day together shopping for Lori’s master bedroom at Tyson’s Corner (aka the most awesome mall in America), and I scooped up a baby gift for my PMS Producer Erica who is due any day now. Plus, how cool is this mall spotting…conveyor belt sushi!?!

    As most great days with besties do, the day ended with wine, deep chat, and some drama - after driving nearly an hour home from the mall, I realized I had left my wallet in a store. Let’s just say the folks at ZGalerie saved my life and are amazing. Crazy indebted, am I. By the way, ZGalerie sells the most hysterical books…

    Next stop, a 4 hour drive up to NYC from Maryland to play with two of my besties from HS - Laurie (flew in from Michigan) and Kathy (drove in from Ohio). 

    Here i m with Laurie in nyc circa 1997

    Laurie, Kath and I stayed at probably my fav hotel in the City, Crosby Street…

    More deep chats, lots of wine, and gobs of shopping. 

    There was dinner at Nobu New York (I love sushi)

    There was lounging in the hotel chill room that I wish were my family room…

    And our final dinner was at Balthazar, amazing. order the squash risotto!

    Oh and I forgot to tell you, I brought my girls a little bag of treats from QVC. Kathy is obsessed, owns just about everything I present on TV. And Laurie owns about every pair of Skechers GOWalk. So I knew they would go bananas with a bag full of surprises…

    And so it goes, when the end came, my heart felt so heavy it was like lead in my chest. Saying goodbye is the worst. But the thought of saying hello again soon, hopefully very soon, is the best. 

    I will see you beautiful ladies on PM Style starting at 10pET Mondays!
    Until then, mwah!

    Stay connected with me on Facebook and Instagram and if you've missed any of my PM Style shows so far, you can see just about everything here.

    Shawn
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    I hate winter. Okay, I'm a sucker for a white Christmas. And fine, there's nothing quite like a warm, toasty fire when the weather outside is, well, frightful.

    I also really like winter comfort foods. The kind that take hours to cook. The kind you make because you're snowed in and your furnace needs all the help it can get.

    My all-time favorite comfort-food dish is "Aunt Edna's Rice," courtesy of my grandmother. Aunt Edna was my great aunt (on my grandfather's side) but I never met her. And my grandmother doesn't know where Edna found the recipe. She just knows it was a depression-era dish..."an oldie but goodie," she would say.

    Because of the time it takes to make this magic rice (which, by the way, tastes kind of like rice pudding but better), Grammie didn't make it all that often. It was a special occasion when she did. Lucky for me, I was guaranteed to have it at least once a year on my birthday, because I requested it over cake. Yes, it's that good.

    Ingredients for Aunt Edna's Rice

    Ingredients:

    4 cups milk (from powder)

    1/4 cup raw white rice

    1/2 cup sugar

    1 tsp vanilla

    1/4 tsp nutmeg

    1/4 tsp salt

    2 Tbsp butter, cut into pieces

    1/2 cup raisins

    Preparation:

    Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9" x 9" casserole dish.

    Combine the ingredients, except the butter and raisins, in a medium-size bowl. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish and dot the top with the butter.

    Dot top with butter

    Bake for 1 hour. Stir in the raisins. 

    Add raisins

    Bake for 1-1/2 hours, or until all liquid has been absorbed. Stir frequently.

    Two helpful notes: one, Edna's recipe called for powdered milk but I've used normal Vitamin D milk and didn't notice a difference; two, it takes every bit of 2-1/2 hours for the milk to cook down. You won't really need to stir during that first hour, but I break that last 90-minute chunk into three 30 minute portions, so I don't forget to stir it.

    I've made this dish at least five times over the winter and just finished my final helping for the season.

    Piping hot: Aunt Edna's Rice

    How long until next winter?

    -Foodie Friend Amy


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  • 04/02/15--14:21: Unconditional Love
  • Happy Easter friends!! I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday spent with friends, family, and one of my all-time favorite things in the world… delicious food!!

    Our Today’s Special Value is something I’m super excited about, and I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it’s something YOU are also super excited about! It’s a philosophy gal’s dream come true! We’re talking a 4pc. SuperSize collection of philosophy’s traditional scents (Amazing Grace, Pure Grace, Falling in Love, and Unconditional Love).

    I am one lucky lady who walked into her dressing room one Monday to find this amazing Easter basket from our philosophy team. It’s like they knew that Unconditional Love was my all-time favorite! While it’s jam packed with other goodies, I want to point out some of the items that you will find in our TSV package.  

    You’re getting:

     The 32 oz. Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel
    The 32 oz. Perfumed Olive Oil Scrub
    The 8 oz. Whipped Body Crème
    The 4 oz. PerfumeAnd as a bonus you will also get the satin body puff!

    I think every girl has a favorite scent from philosophy, and for a special reason! There’s a story behind all of our favorites, but I think the story behind your favorite perfume speaks many volumes. The sense of smell plays a huge role in the way we recall certain memories and special moments in our lives. Do you ever have those moments where you smell a familiar scent and immediately you are brought back to an old memory? Maybe it’s the smell of your grandmother’s favorite perfume that triggers memories from spending time with her as a child. Or maybe you’re a beach bum like me and while driving in, you roll down the windows and take in the smell of the salt water and suddenly you feel a sense of relaxation.

    For me, Unconditional Love is one of my all-time favorites. I’m a huge fan of all the traditional scents from philosophy, but I can really say Unconditional Love is the first scent I actually fell in love with. Maybe it’s not even so much that I love the scent myself, but I think one of the main reasons I love it so much is because it always gets Steve’s attention whenever I wear it. Is that completely cheesy? Please say no because I really do mean it!!! Now a days date night only rolls around every once in a blue moon, and I think we’ve reached the point of really trying to impress each other haha – so even the smallest compliment about my perfume makes me smile. It’s like wow he likes it, I think I’ll remember to wear that one again, lol!

    Also, one more note about my excitement for our philosophy TSV. It just so happens that this supersize collection of Unconditional Love falls on Easter -- Which reminds me so much of the bundle of Unconditional Love that was born on Easter Sunday last year!!! 


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    Hi all!

    I am so excited to join Shawn this Saturday from 2-3pm on “Shawn Says, Accessorize!” I am a big fan of hers (and have never gotten to work with her before) so am super excited to talk fashion & have some fun! I have gotten to meet so many of you over social media and I am so appreciative of all of your comments/suggestions. Keep ‘em coming. I am new to your family and loving every minute of getting to know everybody!

    So…onto this magic leather bag that is about as big as my hand…

    We all have those items that we can’t leave the house without, right?  What are your must-haves? I made a list of mine (and there are more than I thought!) I challenged this Camo Crossbody to see if it can hold my goodies!

    In my bag:

    4 credit cards

    My Iphone

    Money

    My lucky penny (always carry it!)

    My house key

    Lip gloss (my makeup must-have)

    Eyeliner

    Bronzer

    Mini Blush-brush

    Headphones

    Hand Sanitizer

    Hairband

    My Oil (similar to perfume- travel style!)

    Can you believe it fits everything?

    One side holds all my $$$ , my house key & my phone (I’m using it to take the pic so not in there—it fits right inside when I zipper up!) … the other side holds the rest!

    Now, I am not saying this is your every day “schlep” bag (it is not going to hold your workout clothes, files and kid’s toys.) This is the bag that when you are running out, sightseeing or out for the evening… is perfect.

    I am a big believer in 2-1’s and even a BIGGER believer in 3-1’s. I believe when you invest in an item you should be able to use it many different ways. This bag can be worn as crossbody, as a wallet  (throw it in your bigger purse) or as a clutch (the strap is detachable!) P.S- perfect for travel—it fits your passport!

    This comes in fun colors as well as basics. As we go along, you’ll hear me say that the Camouflage print is a “classic.” Camo was so big on the runways and continues to be a staple in designer’s collections. If you invest in a print like this (especially a muted one)—it will not go out of style. It is rare I will encourage you to spend $$$ on something that is super trendy and feel like will be “out” the following season. The G.I.L.I. team tries to create items that will stand the test of time. We want you to feel like you are building a wardrobe and creating a lifestyle for yourself while staying on trend…investing in pieces that you will be able to wear for years to come.

    As we go along, I will try to encourage you to try patterns (even colors)  you haven’t tried before. Trust me…fashion is fun and we should always be pushing our comfort level (I still do too!)

    Tweet me @jillmartin @qvc and let me know what your must-haves are—curious to see what YOU can fit in this bag…it’s like a clown car…you can’t believe how much you can get inside!  

    XO See you Sat. with Shawn!

    Jill 


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    G'day friends!

    Join Steve and I all day today for our Vionic with Orthaheel Orthotic Thong Sandals Cassie TSV.  We'll be chatting live, right here, at 12M ET, 6am ET and we'll be checking in throughout the day to chat and answer all of your questions!

     

    Hope you all can join us during a Day of Hosts Favorites on this lovely holiday weekend!

    -Liam and Steve 


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  • 04/03/15--09:13: A Gorgeous April!
  • Hi kids! Happy Spring!

    There are SO many fun things happening this month. This weekend is the Annual Good Shepherd’s Services Spring Party. Good Shepherd helps inner city kids get the resources they need to brighten their futures through some wonderful programs. I love GSS and the party is a wonderful way to get together and raise money for such a good cause. This will be the fifth year that we’ve hosted the fundraiser, and I think that this year will be better and bigger than ever!

    Last year was fabulous! I was having a major polka dots moment here. 

    Nate Berkus looking chic at last year’s event – look at that divine little pocket square!

    This week is also the Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball. As anyone who knows me knows, I’m crazy about animals and my dogs are everything to me. Sometimes, I call them “my boys." This year, I’m Emceeing the event with the gorgeous actress, Lake Bell and it’s being held at the super chic and very New York hotel, The Plaza. I love being involved with the ASPCA and without organizations like this, I never would have had the chance to adopt Harry and Dean.

    Now that it’s finally warm out, I’ve been able to take my boys outside on long walks in our neighborhood. After such a long, dreary winter, they were starting to get cabin fever. Now, our walks are long enough that they come home and nap for hours.  his. Is. A. Miracle.

    Harry and Dean looking exhausted after a long weekend walk. 

    Whether you have dogs to walk or not, go outside, enjoy the weather, and get some Vitamin D!

    Isaac




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    Hi, everyone!

    Thank you all for my birthday wishes on Facebook. Today is my 29th birthday and I feel GREAT! :) Someone asked me this morning what kind of dessert I like on my birthday and that would have to be my Strawberry Cake. We have it listed as “Strawberry Cupcakes” on QVC.com, but obviously, you can do a traditional cake. It's just so good...I had to share the recipe again, especially because I bet there are lots of you who haven't seen it!

    Strawberry Cake

    Strawberry Cake

    Ingredients:

    Cake:

    • 1 box white cake mix
    • 3 Tbsp flour
    • 1 (3-oz) box of strawberry Jell-O
    • 5 oz frozen strawberries, thawed
    • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
    • 4 eggs
    • 1/2 cup cold water

    Strawberry Syrup:

    • 2 cups sliced & hulled fresh strawberries
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup water

    Strawberry Buttercream Frosting:

    • 1 cup unsalted butter
    • 3-4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
    • 4 Tbsp Strawberry Syrup (recipe below), chilled
    • 1-3 Tbsp milk
    • Pinch of salt (optional)

    Preparation:

    1. To prepare the cake, preheat the oven to the recommended temperature on the cake box. Combine the cake mix, flour, and Jell-O in a large mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix on medium speed while adding the oil, eggs, and strawberries.
    2. Mix well and pour into two 9” round cake pans OR a 12-cup muffin pan lined with cupcake liners. Bake the cake according to the package directions. Cool completely before frosting.
    3. To prepare the strawberry syrup, combine the strawberries, water, and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat and pour it into blender. Blend until smooth.
    4. To prepare the frosting, cream the butter and the confectioners' sugar together. Add the strawberry syrup, one Tbsp at a time, and the salt (if desired) and beat on high for 30 seconds, until fluffy. If it's too thick, add the milk, one Tbsp at a time, until it's the desired consistency.

     

    Slice of Strawberry Cake

    If you like strawberries, I know you’ll love this cake. In fact, if you like strawberries, you HAVE to make this cake. I think today is your birthday, too, isn’t it?

    XOXO,
    —Jill


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    Hello, foodies…

    I’d like to start off today by showing you some of YOUR pictures. In the chat on Wednesday night, Mary DeAngelis asked if any of you started making Easter recipes and not only are you, but you’re creating some AMAZING things!!

    Melissa B's Bread Bowl

    A bunny bread bowl…thanks, Melissa B!

    Roxanne P's Cupcakes

    Roxanne P made these adorable Easter cupcakes.

    Kristi C's Barnyard Cake

    It’s springtime on the farm. Cute, Kristi C.

    Easter Grass Cupcakes by Katie R

    Now THAT’S Easter grass. Thanks, Katie R.

     

    Kathy's Peep Topiary

    Kathy S. made this Easter topiary. Decorative and delicious!

    Kim G's Easter Table

    Kim G., I’d love to come sit at your Easter table. That looks terrific.

     

    Beth Z's Passover Macaroons

    And last but not certainly not least, here are Beth Z.’s Passover macaroons. Happy Passover to all our Jewish foodies.

    My mother never made anything quite as fancy as your creations, but my mother’s mother—Burnzie—did. She didn’t always join us for Easter but when we did go to her house or she came over, she brought a coconut layer cake that had coconut milk in the batter and in the 7-minute frosting. Then, she covered the whole outside in shredded, sweetened coconut flakes and put a little nest of jelly beans on top. It was moist, delish, and so good. I recreated the cake in my first cookbook, Comfort Foods That Take You Home. And we also did a version of it on In the Kitchen with David some years back. It’s called my Springtime Lemon-Raspberry Coconut Cake.

    Easter dinners at my house were after church and we almost always had ham, sweet potatoes, and green beans from my grandmother’s garden. The day before Easter, we dyed Easter eggs with those old-fashioned kits…we dropped the colored tabs in vinegar and hot water and then dyed the eggs. Sometimes the kits came with crayons and I remember writing messages  or pictures on the eggs. The night before, the Easter bunny hid all the eggs (inside, of course…the Easter Bunny always worried about the weather). And he also hid some candy…like jelly beans, marshmallow bunnies dipped in chocolate, and if we were very good, we found solid chocolate bunnies. Mine were always made of white chocolate.

    We always had brand-new Easter outfits for church. My sister got a new dress and my mother would buy my brother and I new suits and bow ties. It was such a special thing to go to out in our new clothes and enjoy the day. I remember being thankful for the new season and fresh flowers, new life, and we all felt very spiritual because Easter is such a special day.

    I’m sure many of you share similar Easter traditions and I hope you have a very happy holiday with your friends and loved ones. I’ll be joining you for In the Kitchen with David at Noon ET and I’d love to join you as you prepare the holiday meal or clean up after the chaos! We’re making our second sandwich recipe of the month….we’re reinventing the classics throughout April. So an easy breakfast sandwich is up this Sunday…Ham, Egg & Cheese Pancake Pitas!

    Ham, Egg & Cheese Pancake Pita

    Ham, Egg & Cheese Pancake Pita
    Serves 4

    This recipe is prepared with the Technique® Hard Anodized Set of 2 Skillets with Color Smart (K37511).

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

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups just-add-water pancake mix
    • 1-1/2 cups water
    • 1/2 cup maple syrup
    • 1 Tbsp butter, cut in 4 pieces
    • 6 eggs
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp pepper
    • 2 Tbsp oil
    • 3/4 cup finely diced red pepper
    • 3/4 cup finely diced onion
    • 1/4 lb thinly sliced black forest ham (or leftover ham)
    • 4 slices extra sharp cheddar cheese

    Preparation:

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Combine the pancake mix, water, and maple syrup in a medium-size bowl. Heat a 9" skillet over medium heat, add 1 piece of butter, and let it melt. Ladle about 3/4 cup of batter onto the skillet and spread it over the entire bottom surface. Cook until bubbly on top and golden on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook until golden on the bottom, about 2 more minutes. Place the pancake on a baking sheet. Repeat 3 more times.
    3. While the pancakes cook, make the eggs. Scramble them in a bowl with the salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil, onions, and peppers and sauté until the onions are translucent and the peppers are soft, about 6–8 minutes. Add the eggs and gently stir until you have large curds. Continue cooking until thickened and no visible liquid egg remains. Remove the pan from the heat.
    4. Divide the ham slices over the pancakes. Divide the scrambled eggs and place them down the center of each pancake. Top the eggs with a slice of cheese. Bake the pancakes until heated through, and the cheese has melted, about 5–8 minutes.

    Talk about easy breakfast recipes! If you're celebrating Easter on Saturday, make yourself this sandwich on Sunday. Or, wait until Monday morning to use up some of your leftover ham. Just promise me you’ll give this a try…you’ll love the flavors in this all-in-one sandwich.

    Foodies, for your blog question today, tell me how you’ll be spending your Easter or Passover holiday. Are you going to visit family or friends? Are you hosting guests? Are you going out to eat for the holiday? Staying in with some chocolate goodies? I’ll see you all this Sunday at Noon ET.

    Keep it flavorful!
    —David


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  • 04/03/15--16:37: Think Spring With Grass!
  • Wheat grass isn't just for juicing anymore!  I love making centerpieces, arrangements and party favors with wheat grass.  Since wheat grass has strong roots and is bound tightly, it is wonderful to use in many applications.   With a few inexpensive supplies – ribbons, eggs, and flowers – you can make plush, green, spring showstoppers! 

    I have sowed my own flats of wheat grass with seeds and soil – grass will grow within two weeks or so.  But you can also purchase flats from your local garden centers. 

    This centerpiece begins with a flat of grass.  I wrap a colorful ribbon around the base to cover the “mechanics.”  I took tulips and ranunculus – some of my favorite spring flowers – and placed them in water tubes.  This will not only keep the flowers fresh longer, but should you want to switch-out the flowers it’s so easy! 

    A great unique tall arrangement to be placed on your kitchen island or buffet is made from a flat of grass and a cylinder vase.  Wrap the grass around the vase with florist wire (or even fishing line) tightly.  I like when you can see the roots too – it makes for an earthy natural look.  I take a bunch of Forsythia from my backyard that is just about to bloom and place into the vase.  And again, add ribbon or raffia for whatever look you like.

    I also love the idea of personalized place settings that my guests can take with them.  If you have the time and want a bit more color on your table, you can paint small terra cotta pots or simply go for more the natural look of the clay.  Cut the grass with scissors and place into the pots – no lawn mower needed!   I like to add a name or message “Welcome Spring” or “Happy Easter.”   Then I take a colored egg and place on top.  Voila!    

     

    Welcome spring.  We’ve been waiting for you! 


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