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- 2 Tbsp oil
- 3.25–3.5 lb chuck roast, cut into 2 large pieces
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1/2 cup beef stock
- 1 lb carrots, peeled and cut into 1" pieces
- 2 cups diced onions
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 cloves peeled garlic, smashed
- 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 3 Tbsp cornstarch
- 3 Tbsp water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 8 slices potato sandwich bread
- 8 slices extra sharp cheddar cheese
- Add the oil to the inner pot of a pressure cooker and activate the browning setting. One at a time, brown each piece of chuck roast and then turn the unit off. Place both pieces of browned chuck roast into the cooker. Add the wine, stock, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, rosemary, and thyme. Place the lid on the cooker and close the pressure valve. Set the cooker timer on high pressure for 50 minutes. When timer reaches zero, turn the cooker off. Open the pressure valve and release the steam. When the steam has released, remove the lid.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the meat from the cooker and place it in a casserole dish, leaving the broth and vegetables in the cooker. With 2 forks, shred the meat into 1" pieces and set it aside. With a fork or potato masher, crush the carrots into the broth. Activate the browning setting and sauté for 5 minutes. Combine the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. When the broth and vegetables come up to a simmer, stir in the cornstarch mixture, salt, and pepper. Simmer until thickened. Turn the cooker off. Add the meat back into the cooker and stir until coated with the sauce.
- Lay out the slices of bread on a baking sheet. Divide the meat mixture over the bread and top each "sandwich" with a slice of cheese. Bake for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
- To brown the meat, use the "Meat/Chicken" setting and adjust the time to 20 minutes. Use "Warm/Cancel" to turn the unit off.
- To pressure-cook the meat, secure the lid, close the pressure valve, and hit the "Meat/Chicken" button. Adjust the time to 50 minutes. Hit "Warm/Cancel."
- To make the gravy, use the "Beans/Lentils" setting. When thick, hit "Warm/Cancel."
- 04/05/15--14:09: Seven for Sunday - 4/5/15 Edition
- 04/06/15--07:55: Seems like yesterday!
- 04/06/15--09:45: Eat More Veggies – Cauliflower Pizza Crust
- 04/06/15--13:25: LCNY and Spring is in the Air!
- 04/06/15--17:51: Which shoes will you choose?
- 04/07/15--07:08: London Calling
- 04/07/15--07:26: Beauty with Benefits: Better Together
- 04/07/15--09:42: Joan Rivers’ Famous “Blank Canvas”
- 04/07/15--18:19: Gluten Free Power Pressure Cooker Chicken Broccoli Mac & Cheese
- 04/08/15--08:53: My Friend Laura!!
- 04/08/15--09:45: Models/Stylists Luncheon!
- 04/08/15--10:09: Laura Geller: Life in Rose TSV
- 04/08/15--11:01: Share Your Favorite Cocktail Recipe!
- 04/08/15--13:44: What is Your Moment? Marie Osmond shares her Nutrisystem story here!
- 04/08/15--14:19: Happy Birthday Winston!
- 04/09/15--09:23: PM Style Blog 04/09 - What's in my wardrobe for summer 2015?
- 04/09/15--09:23: Shepherd's Pie with Veggies Recipe
- 04/09/15--10:05: Super-Sized Superstars TSV!
- 04/09/15--10:53: Better Together with Laura Geller
I hope you had a very happy Easter! Today is my mom’s 80th birthday! So I am in North Carolina with my family celebrating a belated Easter and mom’s very special birthday. We did our best to surprise her...we told her my brother and his kids were coming to celebrate, but we didn’t tell her that my sister and her husband were coming, and that I, too, would be flying down. So that was quite a surprise and she was very excited.
I’m off to do some baking with the kids in a minute, but I wanted to be sure to share Wednesday’s In the Kitchen with David recipe: Open-Faced Pot Roast Sandwiches.
Open-Faced Pot Roast Sandwich
This recipe is prepared with the Power Pressure Cooker XL (K42415).
Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.
Power Pressure Cooker XL Prep Tips:
If you decide to invest in Wednesday’s Today’s Special Value®…the Power Pressure Cooker XL, we included some pointers for using the control panel because you set it according to what you're cooking. I’m a big fan of this unit—it’s 8 quarts so it accommodates huge roasts and extended family-sized meals. And, it can even be used to can your fresh produce!
Foodies, your blog question today is what’s your favorite open-faced sandwich? Do you love a good-old fashioned turkey sandwich? Eggs Benedict? A Hot Brown? What about cream-chipped beef or S.O.S. (depending on where you’re from!)? I’ll see you all Wednesday night at 8pm ET for ITKWD.
Keep it flavorful!
Another week is in the books and it’s time for another ‘Seven For Sunday’!
‘Seven for Sunday’ is our weekly QVC Plus Recap, with some product suggestions and items that you might have missed thrown in. Here’s what’s we’re loving this week:
7. COAT OF CHARMS
We had the pleasure of having Gabrielle Kerr on QVC Plus this week as she stepped in to host last Sunday’s edition of ‘What to Wear’. She was absolutely head over heels with an Isaac Mizrahi Trench Coat that was in the show. As we head into April showers, a light weight water repellant trench is a definite must have.
‘What to Wear’ to stay dry, and look fly: qvc.co/QVCPlusIssacTrench
6. BUBBLING OVER WITH EXCITEMENT
Amy Stran and Mari Lyn Meier kicked their heels up and had some serious girl talk while showing off some suds during an hour of philosophy. The two were so excited to bring a little taste of summer to the show with Philosophy’s Vanilla Coconut Trio. In fact, Mari Lyn couldn’t resist using Vanilla Coconut High Gloss, High Flavor lip shine. She started applying mid-selfie!
A Tropical Trio that will be your new BFF: qvc.co/QVCPlusPhilosophyGel
5. LORD OF THE RINGS, LORD OF THE DANCE
We always have so much fun when Courtney Cason is on QVC Plus with us. During a Steel by Design show on Tuesday night, the whole crew was cracking up as Courtney began laughing at some backstage shenanigans mid-sell. She was in the middle of explaining how our Producer Bryan picked up a Steel By Design ring for his wife, when she noticed a crew member off to the side of the set dancing and lost it. It was a really funny moment that had us all laughing.
A ring worth dancing over: qvc.co/QVCPlusSBDRing
4. SAY CHEESE
It was picture day this week at QVC Plus. However, this time it wasn’t our hosts getting glammed up for a photoshoot – it was our QVC Plus Crew. The team all got new headshots done, as did the rest of the QVC Backstage and Category Production team. Everybody got the VIP Treatment as they got their picture taken, and our QVC Plus Producers Tony, Bryan and Tori couldn’t resist taking a fun team photo. (They’re still taking suggestions for what to call their first album.)
Picture yourself setting up a Professional Photo-op: qvc.co/QVCPlusPictureDay
3. TOTAL GYM, TOTALLY AWESOME
Jayne Brown had the eye of the tiger as she came to conquer an hour of Total Gym with Rosalie Brown on Thursday night. The two showcased how you don’t have to be up in the gym, to work on your fitness (as we witnessed!)
Steal Jayne Brown’s fabulous Fitness style: qvc.co/QVCPlusFitFab
2. PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD
When it comes to deep decisions of the sole, sometimes you need to enlist the help of your friends…or in Nancy Hornback’s case, her Facebook friends. Nancy had quite the dilemma as she got ready for an hour of Clarks on Thursday night – which shoe to choose? Torn between the navy and white choices, Nancy took the question to her Facebook and asked you guys to vote during the show. The Navy choice won in the end, but many of you asked the question “Why not Get Both?” ... shoe fans after our own hearts!
Two Great Choices, One Great Style: qvc.co/QVCPlusClarksWedge
1. NEW TIME, SAME GREAT STYLE
This week, join us on QVC Plus as 11 PM ET on Sunday for an hour of Susan Graver Style with Sharon Faetsch. Susan will be on QVC From 9 PM-11PM on QVC, so after that show finishes up – join us for an hour of bonus Susan Graver! That’s 3 Big hours of your Favorite Susan Graver style!
Sneak peek of a Springtime go-to: qvc.co/QVCPlusSGPedalPush
Join us this week on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday was we go LIVE. As always, if your Cable Provider does not carry QVC Plus yet – you can always watch on our live stream or Mobile app. What were you loving this week?
Wow! Has it really been 20 years since I was first on the air at QVC? Yes! It has been 20 years! Hard for me to believe. But, in April 1995, exactly 20 years ago, I had my first show with Mary Beth Roe. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a food show. I sold a spiral-cut ham. One word sums it up. Disaster! At the time, I simply didn't know how deeply I disliked cured pork. I took a bite and immediately make a face… as the camera zoomed in! Thankfully, Mary Beth swooped in just as I reached for a napkin to discretely spit it out! (Yes, I know. Very classy!)
LOTS of things have changed in 20 years. QVC is now global. Our studio is the most advanced in the world. We are the undisputed leader in the industry. QVC is on practically every social media platform..(side note….when did the “number sign” become known as “hash tag”. No matter, I have embraced this new way of communicating. Here goes… my first effort "to trend"… #thisoldbroadistotallyconfusedbutistryingtokeepupwiththeyoungpeopleatQVC
All jokes aside, while there have been numerous changes over the years at QVC, many things have stayed the same. And for that, I am so thankful! 20 years ago, people at QVC genuinely cared for each other. They still do. 20 years ago, the focus was on the customer. It still is. 20 years ago, QVC generously gave back to the community. It still does!
I've heard it said many times before, "It’s sweeter the second time around." I never really knew what that meant. But, today I do. I’m so thankful to be back. So grateful for my QVC family. So happy to get to be connected with YOU again. So blessed to be home.
So, here’s to another 20 years together!! Hey, why not dream big? And when we reach that milestone, let’s have a giant party. All of us! Potluck!! Of course, I’ll bring the ham!
Much love and keep smiling!
Hope you enjoy this little flashback video- I laugh every time I watch this!
It’s warming up outside. For real this time, I can feel it! It’s inspiring our house to eat more fresh fruits and veggies. It does NOT, however, squelch our deep, unwavering love for pizza. I mean, we love pizza. When you’re trying to eat a little smarter AND you're gluten free, it can be tough to do. BUT, have you tried the cauliflower pizza crust trend yet? Sounds crazy, but it’s TRULY GOOD and gluten free! Here’s what I was able to put together:
1 head of medium to large size cauliflower (7-8 cups)
Olive oil spray (OR 1/8 cup of olive oil)
2 teaspoons of chopped garlic (from the jar) OR fresh chopped garlic (4 cloves)
1/8 teaspoon sriracha (feel free to add more heat OR leave it out altogether – I like a little heat)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Rough-chop the cauliflower into chunks (florets). In a bowl, toss the cauliflower, olive oil, garlic, and sriracha all together. Spread the mixture out evenly on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the salt and parsley over the top of the cauliflower. Roast in the oven for about 25 minutes or until you see browning across the tops of your cauliflower. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and chop fine. After chopping, place your mixture into a bowl and let it cool for about 10 minutes. Now’s the time to spoon-mix in your egg. Dump the mixture (which should resemble a grainy dough at this point) back onto your baking sheet and form into a round, flat, and even “pizza shape”. I use parchment paper to make the slicing process easier. Do whatever feels right! Make it round, rectangular, square… Get crazy.
Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. Remove and add whatever toppings you’d like. In my photo, I added some fresh tomato puree, mozzarella cheese, chicken sausage, tomato slices and a little oregano. Once you’ve added your toppings, place back in the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes depending on your oven AND when you see browning.
Slice and enjoy! We never wait for it to cool, we chow down ASAP. I want to know: how do you make it? Do you add cheese to your dough? Do you use garlic salt instead of kosher salt? Please let me know what you try, I’m always looking for ideas. Thanks for reading and happy eating! ~ Mary D
Hello my LCNY fashionistas....happy April..today in the West Chester, Pa area sunny,warm around 65. I got inspired!
I did my two mile walk, opened the windows, set out the deck furniture and cleaned up the golf clubs. I am also getting my tennis racquet restrung. There is something about spring...the sunshine, the fresh air that inspires us all to do more.
I am not going to lie, the past couple of months have given me a severe case of the put-it-off-to-tomorrow attitude. But look out, she is back and ready to go. And, speaking of ready to go .... you asked for it and we heard you.
Wednesday morning we are going to celebrate Mary Beth becoming a mother-in-law soon...I have a few surprises for our friend! She will be flying to England to celebrate the marriage of her oldest son, Eric...bittersweet I am sure. Alice is one lucky girl to have MBR as a mother in law. So caring, warm and genuine. I see a wonderful relationship developing between the two of them.
So, join us this Wednesday morning for friendship, laughter and girlfriend time. Let's give our friend a loving send off as the next chapter in her life begins. Grab your cup of Joe (or tea)!
P.S. Keep in touch with me on my Facebook page.
My family and I have returned from our wonderful vacation to London and I wanted to share some of our trip with all of you. This was such a special journey for all of us….me returning to London after almost 19 years, a first trip overseas for the kids, Doug’s first time in London and my Mom coming along for the ride! A trip destined to be filled with wonderful memories. My only regret is that it wasn’t about 5 days longer! London is such a wonderful city, there is never enough time to see it all.
Our home base for the week was the St. Ermin’s hotel. It’s a lovely hotel, tucked into a beautiful courtyard near Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. I would highly recommend staying here…the service, atmosphere and location are all topnotch.
Since our hotel was so close to so many things, we were able to walk around and see iconic landmarks all times of day. I love this photo of Big Ben and the London Eye at night.
Westminster Abbey is one of my favorite places to visit in London. It’s a beautiful building, with amazing architectural details. There is a majesty to this building that I just can’t describe. Peaceful and breathtaking.
Of course, no visit to London is complete without some time visiting Buckingham Palace. This bridge is in the middle of St. James’ park…a special place to me, because it was the first place I ever ventured to visit when I moved to London for a few months in 1996. It’s still as lovely as I remember. So green, with flowers blooming all around. A true Queen’s park!
Some of you may remember that I worked for QVC-UK for a few months early in my QVC career. My flat was in the very posh area known as Sloane Square and it was a beautiful place to live. I don’t think I fully appreciated how lucky I was to live here…now, I look at this area with awe…it’s amazing.
it’s probably the most famous crosswalk in the world….Abbey Road. How can you be in London and NOT take your own version of the famous Beatles’ album cover?
One of the highlights for Kylie and Trevor was visiting the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studios. The filmmakers saved everything! The sets, the costumes, the over 100,000 props! It was magical…we’ll never forget it! Here is the great hall at Hogwarts, where the students would eat and commune. So cool!
All aboard the Hogwarts Express….this is the actual train from the movie…it dates back to the 1930’s, but was given a fresh coat of paint for the films.
And of course…you can only board the train at platform 9 3/4…here I go!
One of my favorite areas was Dumbledore’s office. All of the books and artwork were created by artists for the film. Magnificent!
Good news! The sorting hat placed me in Gryffindor! I think I’ll get an A for school spirit!
One of my favorite parts of this trip was that my Mom could come too. She and my Dad loved London….and it was wonderful for her to spend time with her grandchildren here. Here we are at the Tower bridge after a long day walking around the Tower of London.
Another one of our day trips took us to see Stonehenge. It’s really awesome…and no one really knows the why. Many theories of course…it’s fun to imagine how these massive stones got here and why it was built in the first place.
Stonehenge selfie! Despite the rain and windy weather, Doug and I had a blast seeing all sides of the stones. It’s interesting how different Stonehenge looks from all sides.
Here’s an aerial view of London from the famous London Eye. A great picture to leave you with! I hope you enjoyed seeing the sights of London with my family. It’s a wonderful city….rich in history and filled with fun. We left with exactly what I was hoping we would leave with….memories of a lifetime.
Love & friendship are powerful things! This year we're kicking off Beauty with Benefits with a celebration of those people who make our lives better—whether it be a spouse, parent, friend, teacher, etc! We've asked a few of our hosts to share who they turn to when they need support.
Comment below and share your "Better Together" story!
Coco Chanel & Prince Charming are better together! xoxo Alberti
My family completes me. Life is best when we're together. -Jane
"My best friend in the world, Kim, makes me better. Whenever I’m with her I’m less stressed-- she brings out my sense of humor. When you aren’t born with a sister, sometimes you’re lucky enough to find one :) " -Jennifer
“My Husband and my best friend. I really couldn't tell you who I talk with (laugh with, cry with, struggle with) more. They are my "people" and I’d be lost without them.” -Kerstin
"I have known Laura Geller for more than a decade. What a remarkable friend she has become! So, it is not surprising that our friendship has extended past a host/guest relationship on QVC. Extended well past!!! The more I got to know Laura over the years, the more I saw her absolute passion for helping others. Especially those dealing with cancer." -Lisa
"Pre-Isabella I viewed my life as a sundae drizzled with butterscotch and topped with whipped cream. When this amazing little bundle dropped into my life, she put the cherry on top! My life is bigger and better with her in it!" -Nancy
"Kerstin is someone who always makes me better. She pushes me, she encourages me, and inspires me to be in the best health I can be—she cracks the whip on our walks!! Our conversations are therapeutic and in general, she keeps me sane!" -Rachel
“I think the QVC team is better together! We are truly a team in every sense of the word. One of the teammates that holds a special place in my heart is Mary Beth Roe. She was my mentor when I started and she continues to be one of the first people I share news with, whether it is good or bad. I always know that Mary Beth has my best interest at heart and I love her for it!” -Sandra
Don't forget to tune-in April 15th from 10pm-12am ET for QVC & CEW Present Beauty with Benefits. When you shop our assortment of beauty essentials, 80% of the purchase price of donated merchandise benefits Cancer and Careers.
Joan was, without a doubt, the best dressed woman I’ve ever known. I want you to look closely at the photos of Joan below. Other than looking fabulous (as Joan always did!) what else do you see?
Did you guess it right? There is a style trick that Joan taught me years ago; you might have heard us mention it on air. We always called it her “blank canvas”.
Look again at the pictures. What’s at the core of all these amazing glamorous outfits? Perfectly tailored black pants, a slim skirt or a classic little black dress. Add a jersey tee shirt, tank top or turtleneck. These are the basic underpinnings that Joan felt comfortable in and knew would take her through a long day.
It was what she added on top of these easy, relaxed pieces that made Joan’s “best-dressed style” really soar. From a fabulous beaded jacket to a simple cotton boyfriend shirt, Joan felt comfortable and looked SMASHING. The icing on the cake of course was fabulous jewelry from the Classics Collection.
And, keep in mind, a column of a solid color (the “blank canvas” doesn’t have to be black! Joan loved navy, dark brown, charcoal) will also make you look taller, with a thinner silhouette. And who doesn’t want that!!
Joan’s vision was to bring these wardrobe-building solutions to all women, creating classic designs that work well on all body types, using fabrics that resist wrinkles, don’t cling, feel luxurious to the touch and look fresh 24/7. This is how our Wardrobe Builders® collection started.
I thought I would list a few of my favorite wardrobe builders and help you get started on Joan’s foolproof method of always looking good and feeling great!
A228327- Wardrobe Builders® Easy Chic Turtleneck Tank- Customer Top Rated
A231693- Wardrobe Builders® Square Neckline Tank
A253691- Wardrobe Builders® Ponte Knit Tee Shirt
A238740- Wardrobe Builders® 3/4 Sleeve Square Neck Top- Customer Top Rated
A251431- Wardrobe Builders® Short Sleeve Knit Cardigan- Customer Top Rated
A235382- Ponte Knit Pull-on Slim Skirt- Customer Top Rated
So give our “blank canvas” style of dressing a try. I think you will love it!
I hope you can join me on QVC this month at the following times:
11-Midnight Joan Rivers Classics Collection on QVC Plus
4-5am Joan Rivers Classics Collection
1-3pm Joan Rivers Classics Collection
6-7pm Joan Rivers Classics Collection
7-8pm Inspired Style
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I have never used a pressure cooker before. I have seen them A LOT on In the Kitchen with David, but I have never actually done it myself. I just used the Power Pressure Cooker and it’s EXCELLENT. Pressure cookers of today are NOT the pressure cookers we grew up with in our mom’s kitchens. SO, start this recipe with no worries! You can’t mess it up and you won’t hurt your kitchen.
24 ounces (3 cups) Jovial penne pasta (2 boxes)
24 ounces of water (3 cups)
1 tablespoon salted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup skim milk
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese (say THAT three times fast)
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 leftover chicken breasts, diced (about 2 cups)
2 cups cooked broccoli florets
4 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
½ teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
½ teaspoon dry mustard
(Sriracha – optional, I can’t help myself: I love heat)
Make sure the pot-insert is properly inserted into your Power Pressure Cooker. Place uncooked noodles and water in the pot insert of your pressure cooker. Gluten free pasta can be fussy. I found the bast brand for gluten free pasta pressure cooking is Jovial. Here's what it looks like:
Secure your lid and make sure your valve is closed. Plug in your pressure cooker, set to “rice/risotto”. The timer will default to 6 minutes, which is perfect.
When it’s done, release the pressure via the valve on top. The PC will default to the “warm/cancel” setting. Safely remove the lid and stir in your butter and your milk until the noodles have separated.
Now toss in your cheese, chicken, broccoli, and seasonings. Don’t worry! It’s not pretty yet, but it will be! Once everything is in, give it a good stir, and place the glass lid on top.
Now put your machine on the “slow cook” setting. Press the “cook time select” button in the center until it’s on “medium”. The screen will read “P6:00”.
Let it cook about 10-15 minutes until all the cheeses are melted and your “gooey” factor is at a premium. Stir occasionally until all the ingredients are incorporated together. OR, until you can’t stand it and you’re eating it out of the machine!
We found this recipe could feed 6-8 people OR 4 crazy-hungry folks. Feel free to cut this recipe in half too. Also, please feel free to add anything you’d like! I like a little heat, so I added some Sriracha!
Overall, I am thrilled with pressure cooking and especially thrilled with the Power Pressure Cooker. It does so many things: pressure cook, slow cook, soups, stews, risotto, AND CANNING! Have you tried pressure cooking before? Where did you find the best recipes? I would love to know!
Thanks for reading and happy eating! ~ Mary D
I felt like Laura Geller was my friend even before I met her. My Dad got a magazine that profiled celebrities and their style evolution. The article also commented on their makeup by expert artist Laura Geller. I looked forward to reading it every month, not knowing someday I would be lucky enough to call her my friend!
"Just Sayin'," (one of Laura's favorite expressions), she is as funny and warm and fun to be around off the air as she is on the air. There is always a moment when we are on air together, when I am listening to her, that I forget that I am hosting the show and become part of a captive audience. That never happens to me unless I am on with Laura. We've spent wonderful times at the beach together, laughing, sharing stories, and just happy to be together.
One year I was helping a local school organize a career day. I asked Laura if she would come to speak to the students, since she is such a role model. Laura is an artist, a business woman, a mother, and a great friend. I was thrilled when she said yes and booked her as our first speaker on the day. QVC added a show to Laura's schedule and she had to work on air till after three in the morning. But the next morning, bright and early, she and Johnny were there ready to wow the students. And she did!
And she is ready to wow us once again this Friday on QVC!!!
I recently hosted a luncheon to thank the models and stylists who work relentlessly to bring my designs to life on air.
After all the designing, manufacturing, buying, and planning, it's the stylists and the models in the end, that matter most.
With the talented stylists.
With the models.
Me, Katia, and Brenda.
Katia, me, Stacey, and Lori Graver (my sister-in-law has recently joined the team!)
There are days, especially during TSV's that the models are on and off air for 24 hours straight. Although they would prefer to be curled up in bed, they come out with a smile on their face, and a twinkle in their eyes! Their hard work and devotion never goes unnoticed.
Pic of me Sandra, Stacey and the models on a TSV day.
Because of these wonderful women, I go on air with confidence and trust that my designs will shine and my vision will be carried through. For that, I am forever grateful.
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My Today’s Special Value has everything coming up roses! It contains some truly beautiful make-up must-haves that I am so excited to share with you!
My Life in Rose collection is a celebration of feminine beauty! Life in Rose (La Vie en Rose) captures a romantic color collection. Our latest formulations and gorgeous new hues beautify for a classic, sophisticated look. Our color-correcting Baked foundation evens skin tone while a NEW Baked Gelato Flower Blush delivers a luminous, rose color to cheeks. Eyes stand out with a neutral eyeshadow duo and a universally flattering shade of INKcredible Gel Eyeliner. A NEW lip color combines lip gloss and lipstick in a silky, vibrant formula. Delivered in a chic go-anywhere tote bag with a double ended brush, Life in Rose will leave you with timeless beauty, anywhere you go! Our fresh-picked shades will flatter every skin tone to give you the PERFECT Spring makeover!
Thank you to everyone who is tuning in throughout the day. I am so happy you can join me!
Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Time for picnics, barbecues, trips to the beach, and of course, fun and delicious cocktails. What’s better than sitting on the porch (or poolside, lakeside, on the beach or in front of the TV watching Fashionably Late J) with a freshly shaken (or stirred) cocktail and some yummy food? That’s right—nothing. I couldn’t think of anything either.
Pat and I invite you to share your favorite cocktail recipes and photos in the comments section of my blog posts. Each week, we’ll pick one of your submissions to feature on our blog. We’ll also be sipping the weekly winning cocktail live on Fashionably Late. We’re calling them the L8DY of the Week or the “Lady of the Week.”
To kick it off, I’m sharing one of my all-time favorite cocktail recipes – the Pineapple Martini (I’ve seen it in some restaurants as “The Knockout” to give you an idea of its potency). It’s so simple to make and absolutely delicious. I’m sure it’ll quickly become one of your favorites, too!
1 large bottle vodka
Cut the pineapples and place in a large glass jar. Pour entire bottle of vodka over pineapple and let sit for 7 to 10 days (no refrigeration needed).
Remove the pineapple and discard (do not eat). Shake vodka with ice and serve in a martini glass.
I can’t wait to read your submissions! And if you make the pineapple martinis, let me know how you liked them.
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. And tune in Friday 4/10 at 10pm for Fashionably Late for some pre-weekend girl time with me and Pat.
Don’t forget to post your cocktail recipes and photos! Cheers!
My whole life was changing; I was getting divorced after 20 years of marriage, looking for happiness, trying to get my life back and I was so overwhelmed with everything. The last thing I needed to be overwhelmed with was getting off 50lbs of weight.
My whole life I tried dieting. I was so afraid. I am not kidding, I tried everything – the cookie diet to the drinking liquid diet, the weigh yourself and be humiliated in front of everyone diet. I didn’t want any of them. I remember my moment and I was watching QVC, sitting there so overwhelmed when Nutrisystem came on. They were talking about glycemic index – what’s that? They were talking about good carbs. And I thought, FOOD, that’s a concept. Actually eating on a diet. Actually eating foods you wouldn’t normally eat on a diet. And I ordered Nutrisystem.
I want to encourage people, what is your moment? What is going to shake you up? I realized I had a good 45 to 50 years left and I looked back and said, do I want 40 years of this? My mother said to me, do not do what I did. I wish I could be there to help you with your children. You have to take care of yourself and your body. As a women, we take care of everyone else, but ourselves. And that was my moment!
Make this your moment and do what I did. And oh…the Mac & Cheese in my new Marie’s Favorites – I think it’s fantastic!
Before* & After
*Marie Osmond went from 165 pounds to 115 pounds in 5 months and she is 5'5". She was on the Nutrisystem Advanced program 7 days a week. Her exercise program included dancing. Results not typical. Individuals are remunerated.
At the end of 2013 I didn't think my life could get any better. The man of my dreams had asked me to marry him and all seemed right in my world. It was the beginning of December when Aaron took me out to a nice dinner and told me that he'd be giving me one of my Christmas presents early. At first I thought would be going to a Christmas play but when we arrived in front of an apartment building I knew something was up. As we got on the elevator Aaron looked at me and said he was getting us a dog for Christmas. At that point I just burst out crying because I couldn't have been more excited.
As soon as we walked into the apartment we met a dog named Jax, who was a beautiful Hound- Labrador-Pitbull mix. As soon as I got on the floor to meet my new baby, Jax decided he did not want me to be his new mommy. Between tearing up my faux fur vest, taking a number two next to me, and humping me as I walked away, it was at that point I decided that he was trying to tell me that he be happy or somewhere else.
Our next outing for a new fur baby took place at Main Line Animal Rescue. It was the third fur baby we saw that really melted my heart. Upon the opening of the doors, a puppy named "Mutt" came running towards me and leaped into my lap. He then ran over to Aaron to do the same thing but "Mutt" overshot his jump a little to the left causing Aaron catch him mid-air. I thought to myself "This is the man I'm going to be having children with. This is looking good."
From that point on we knew we had to make this fur-baby a part of our family forever. We named him Winston and from time to time we still refer to him as "a little off" from the first moment we met him :-).
With that being said, April 10th is my baby Winston's birthday!! He will be turning two years old and is the best, most handsome dog on the planet!! Here's a look through the years...
On his way home from MLAR. I'm not sure he knows what to think of us!
Winston's first interaction with the girls, Allie and Millie. They're reaction was "Ugh, what's he doing here?"
Winston and Allie became quick best friends and can often be found watching TV together.
Millie still questions Winston all the time. She wonders why he doesn't understand she reigns supreme.
He is a boy that has bad hair days just like the rest of us.
Who enjoys the finer things in life...
Sometimes he can be a little bashful,
Happy birthday Winston, we love you so much!!!
I had so much fun with all of you last Monday night with our PM Style chat question, “What’s your fav toenail color for summer pedi season?” I love how crazy opinionated and passionate gals are about something as innocuous as toe polish. So it got me to thinking about my own piggies, the sandals I just bought in NYC on my “besties trip”, and the lead up to the big moment….Summer 2015.
To begin, since you always ask about what I’m wearing, here are my new "babies", aka, my acquisitions on said NYC trip. These are the sandals I bought...
Perforated leather shooties - Vince Camuto
Lace up snake skin sandals (Vince Camuto)
Black spikey sandals - Sam Edelman
Blue gemstone thong sandals - Ivanka Trump
Plus, there are new sandals from QVC that I’ve fallen for and just had to own, so they too are taking up new residence in my closet. Vionics are a particular favorite of mine because of my bad feet. I’m telling you they have been restorative to my hurty piggies and related knee issues, so that for the first time in years, I can now wear heels more than ever. Yay Me! Er, yay Vionic!!! and ok truth... they do still hurt hence why I take those darn heels off so fast after my show like Oprah used to do. The crew nearly gets whiplash watching me and ducking. ; )
Thong sandals with studs and gems - both Mark Fisher
Summer also brings mani / pedi season and I have been rocking a nail color lately that you have asked about, so I thought I would share. Perfect Formula is a huge fav of mine and I wear it all the time, it’s how I got out of fake nails and repaired mine in order to grow long and strong. This is a new color coming to Perfect Formula's Holiday 2015 collection...
Speaking of nails, back when I had fakes (which if they didn’t require so much money and time, I would love to still have them) I loved playing with fun nail art. It’s thrilling the kind of stuff you can do with nails now. You know how I love the ‘bugs. This was Summer 2014…
I love Julep nail polish, can’t rave enough about their fun colors and glitters. But BEST of all, is Julep Polymer nail polish. You MUST own this if you do your own nails. It’s like a polymer gel top coat that not only gives glass like sheen to your nails, but dries them and makes them smudge proof and touchable in minutes. It sold out when it was on Tuesday Night Beauty. I live for the stuff when I do a quick dash polish minutes before I go on air and need a super fast dry. Amazing.
PS: A close cousin to toenails and sandals, is self tanning. If you are lost, scared, jaded, or stuck…let me recommend a few awesome ones that are newer to the scene. Josie Maran’s just sold out on PM Style a few weeks ago and it is incredibly affordable for self tanner…it is Argan Oil infused and comes with a luxurious velveteen application mitt. Vita Liberata lasts gobs longer than most tanners and the color brown it makes you is enviable. And St Tropez has a new one called Express Tan. It’s not only light and airy like their original mousse, but now it develops faster so you can sweat, shower etc in as little as one hour. A one hour tan!! I use all three and love them. And if you want a little faux glow for your face, Im obsessed with and addicted to Dr Dennis Gross GLOW pads. They are the absolute best thing in the world. (Next to wine, pasta, cheese, and European vacations.)
See you ladies Monday at 10pET!! (PS: A top from GILI is going to make the customer service phone lines smoke and smolder. I’m freaking out over it already.) Will leave you with throwback photo of me enjoying teenage summer in my hometown outside Detroit. Yes I was late bloomer. Yes, I thought that hair looked good.
From my kitchen, to yours...here is my Shepherd's Pie with Veggies Recipe. For this recipe I make mine with sweet potatoes and coconut milk as part of a Paleo Diet. You can simply substitute white potatoes and heavy cream for regular version :) And I made it one of my favorite temp-tations dish in black!
Ingredients - Serves 4
1 lb sweet potatoes
1 yellow onion
6-8 ounces parsnips
1/2 bunch chives
1 lb ground beef
1 tb butter
1/4 cup coconut milk (or heavy cream)
1 1/2 tb tomato paste
1 tb almond flour (or regular flour)
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon chicken base
Preheat broiler to high. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Peel onion and mince. Rinse carrot and parsnip and cut both into small dice. Rinse chives and thinly slice.
Pat beef dry with paper towel.
Place potatoes in large pot and cover with cold water. Add generous pinch of salt and bring to boil. Cook until fork tender about 10-12 minutes. Drain and place in large bowl. Add butter and milk and using a masher or fork, mash until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
While potatoes cook, heat large high sided oven-proof pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add beef, season with salt and pepper and cook breaking up beef with back of spoon, until browned, about 5-7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl.
Wipe pan from beef clean and add 1 TB olive oil over medium-high heat. When oil shimmers, add onion, carrot and parsnip.
Cook until softened, about 8-10 minutes. Return beef to pan and stir to combine. stir in tomato paste and cook until brick red, 2-3 minutes.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together chicken base with 1 cup water.
Reduce heat under beef and veggies to medium and sprinkle in flour. Stir until combined, about 1minute. Slowly pour over Worcestershire sauce and chicken base mixture. Stir and cook until sauce is thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
Broil Shepard's Pie
Spread mashed sweet potatoes evenly over beef. Gently spread, trying not to submerge them and cover as much surface area as you can.
Place pan under broiler and cook until potatoes are golden brown, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle over chives. Serve hot, family style!
From my kitchen to yours,
It’s TSV time and I am especially excited this time around. I pulled together some of my customer favorites to create a kit that contains an entire skin care routine or you can incorporated it into yours and then I said SUPER SIZE it! My Anti-Aging Super-Sized Superstars have you covered from day to night with Super-Size 17oz. Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, two full-size 60-count Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads, Super-Size 2oz. Retinol Fusion PM (QVC Customer Choice Winner for Best Retinol 2013 & 2014), and a TRIPLE Super-Size 3oz LF Moisturizing Gel Cream, so you can apply 2X a day and bring it down to your neck and décolleté. My product formulas are created with potent ingredients, SUPER SIZED – it’s a complete skin win.
Let’s talk tips and tricks and how to get the most from the Anti-Aging Super-Sized Superstars Kit. Start with the Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, an at home anti-aging facial every time you use it! It’s pretty simple, lather, remove all make-up, massage for about a minute then rinse. This cleanser is also great to use in the shower as an all over body wash. I don’t know anyone who has a problem with flawless legs and arms!
Next, follow with Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads, they can be used daily on clean skin in the AM and/or PM. I've supplied you with enough to use once a day! For months! Gently apply to the face, neck, décolleté, (leave on for approximately one minute or up to three minutes) AND here’s a tip to do after you've finished applying to your face, apply to the tops of hands, leave on for up to 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water to neutralize peel and pat dry. Make sure to close the jar tightly after each use to keep product from drying out. Tip! Cut peel pads in half if you want to use it twice a day in the AM and PM! If you choose to only use once a day, my suggestion is to use it at night and follow with Retinol Fusion PM, so your skin has a freshly exfoliated surface and the retinol can work over night. Then follow with LF Moisturizing Gel-Cream.
Retinol Fusion PM is for evening use only. Shake well before each use and apply nightly to a cleansed and peeled face. I suggest dispensing a few drops into the palm of your hand and then use fingertips to dab on skin. If sensitivity occurs, you should listen to your skin and use every other day. Follow with LF Moisturizing Gel-Cream day and night for moisture. It also doubles as a primer so apply before makeup for a smooth, long-lasting flawless finish. Apply thin to win!
Whether you are a celebrity or not, this kit will make you feel like a star!
Wishing you beautiful skin,
I have known Laura Geller for more than a decade. What a remarkable friend she has become! So, it is not surprising that our friendship has extended past a host/guest relationship on QVC. Extended well past!!!
The more I got to know Laura over the years, the more I saw her absolute passion for helping others. Especially those dealing with cancer. And, while Laura and I attended many New York City cancer fundraisers, nothing compared to one in particular!
You see, a national organization singled Laura out for their highest honor based on her generosity toward helping others. So, you can imagine my joy when Laura asked me to write and present a speech to introduce her and recount her accomplishments! What an event! And what an eye-opener for me.
Seeing first-hand the need for research and funding. I was so moved and hoped to someday get more involved. However, nothing could have prepared me for what was coming,
Today, I have been personally touched with a devastating diagnosis of cancer. So, I dig into my memories of what I learned from Laura and other extraordinary generous people. Now, it's my time to STEP up!
And I will.
I now offer myself as a volunteer for the esophageal cancer awareness association. It is my honor to give all I can to help others!
We truly are "better together" in this world!!! Thank you Laura Geller and all other selfless, kindhearted souls for your examples! Thank you for letting us watch you! We watch so we can learn. We learn so we can help. We help so we can, someday, end cancer!
With love, keep smiling!