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- 05/21/15--12:56: _Salute to Summer!.....
- 05/21/15--13:07: _16 Memorial Day Rec...
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- 05/22/15--08:36: _Happy Memorial Day ...
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- 05/22/15--10:13: _Community Update Ma...
- 05/22/15--11:59: _Bacon and Hash Brow...
- 05/22/15--14:56: _Mrs. Shirley Temple
- 05/28/15--08:55: _IML June 1st TSV Blog
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- 05/28/15--10:54: _Do It Yourself With...
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- 05/21/15--12:56: Salute to Summer!... and My Favorite Deviled Egg Recipe!!!
- 12 hardboiled eggs, cooled and peeled
- 8 slices bacon or pancetta, cooked crispy and crumbled
- 6 ounces strong blue cheese, crumbled
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- ½ teaspoon of creamy Dijon mustard
- Paprika, fresh parsley and/or chive blossoms for garnish (see below)
- Cut each egg in half lengthwise. Remove yolks by pressing gently on the bottom of the egg white.
- Using the back of a fork, mash the egg yolks and stir in the cheese, mayo and mustard. I like to leave this mixture a bit on the chunky side, not too smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Stir the bacon into the egg yolk mixture; make sure to save a few pieces for garnish.
- Using a fork, spoon the filling into the egg white halves and arrange on a pretty platter.
- Garnish with a piece of bacon and a few parsley leaves and/or chive blossoms. Dust with a bit of Paprika for a festive touch.
- 05/21/15--13:07: 16 Memorial Day Recipe Ideas
- 05/21/15--13:42: New York Minute!
- 05/21/15--19:46: #QVCPlusStyle: What's your 2015 Summer Look?
- 05/22/15--05:30: Everyone Loves Some Barbara Bixby!!!
- 05/22/15--08:36: Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Guess What We're Grilling on Sunday?
- 1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
- 2 Tbsp finely diced red onion
- 1-1/2 Tbsp ketchup
- 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
- 1-1/2 Tbsp dill pickle relish
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 2 10" flour tortillas
- 4 slices American cheese
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat a grill over medium heat.
- Combine the ground beef, onion, ketchup, mustard, relish, salt and pepper in a medium-size bowl.
- Place the tortillas on a clean work surface. Spread half the meat mixture on half of each tortilla, leaving about a 1/2" border. Top the beef with 2 slices of American cheese and 1/2 cup cheddar. Fold the empty side of each tortilla over the filled side.
- Grill for 1–2 minutes on each side, or until the cheese has melted and light grill marks appear. Cut into wedges before serving.
- 05/22/15--08:52: Get Your BBQ On: Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa!
- 1 Tbsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp mustard powder
- 1 tsp course ground black pepper
- 1-1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 Tbsp oil
- 2 pork tenderloins, about 1-1/4 lbs each
- 1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2"-thick slices
- Oil, for brushing
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 1/2 a jalapeño, seeded and minced
- 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp course ground black pepper
- Preheat the grill over medium-high heat.
- To prepare the pork, combine the paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, curry powder, mustard powder, black pepper, salt, and oil in a small bowl until you have a paste. Rub the spice mixture on each side of both pork tenderloins and set aside.
- To prepare the salsa, brush the pineapple with oil and grill for about 2–3 minutes per side, or until grill marks appear and it's cooked through. Remove the pineapple from the heat and set it aside. When the fruit is cool enough to handle, dice the pineapple and place it in a medium-sized bowl. Add the ginger, jalapeño, red onion, lime juice, honey, olive oil, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Stir together and let the salsa marinate while grilling the pork.
- To cook the pork, place it on the preheated grill and cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. When the pork is cooked, place it on a platter, cover it with foil, and let rest for about 10 minutes. Slice and serve with the salsa.
- 05/22/15--10:13: Community Update May 22, 2015
- 05/22/15--11:59: Bacon and Hash Brown Egg Bake
- 05/22/15--14:56: Mrs. Shirley Temple
- 05/28/15--08:55: IML June 1st TSV Blog
- 05/28/15--10:07: Mary Beth and Rick Go to Paris
- 05/28/15--10:54: Do It Yourself With Dan: How to Frame Your Flat Screen
- 05/28/15--14:08: Shawn's “Top 20 Travel Picks” for Summer 2015...
- 05/29/15--08:44: Recap of my Favorite Spring Moments!
- 05/29/15--12:50: Works Of Art
- 05/29/15--13:28: June Unmistakably Judith
- 2 Tbsp wasabi powder
- 1-1/2 Tbsp water
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 16 oz fresh salmon, cut into 2" chunks
- 2 scallions, cut into 1" pieces
- .5 oz fresh ginger, peeled and cut into small pieces
- 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 Tbsp unseasoned gluten-free breadcrumbs
- To prepare the mayo, whisk together wasabi powder and water in a small bowl until a paste forms. Whisk in the mayonnaise, ginger, soy sauce, and lemon juice until evenly incorporated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate at least 35 minutes.
- To prepare the burgers, preheat an outdoor grill over high heat. Place all the ingredients, except for the breadcrumbs, into the bowl of a food processor and pulse 12–15 times, or until the mixture is ground, with a few small chunks of salmon. Remove the mixture from the food processor and place it into a mixing bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and mix until evenly incorporated.
- Form 4 patties, place them on a plate, and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Lightly brush the outside of each patty with a little vegetable oil to prevent sticking, and place the salmon patties on the hot grill. Cook for 3–4 minutes, or until char marks appear. Flip the patties and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the patties reads 155°F, about 4–5 more minutes. Serve the burgers on sesame seed buns and top with the wasabi mayo.
- 05/29/15--14:04: It's All About You! Customer Favorites Collection
- 05/29/15--14:32: Watermelon Mojito
Summer is finally here and this means Memorial Day and the 4th of July, my two favorite summer weekends, are right around the corner. Cook outs, picnics, fireworks!!
Roscoe is ready for Memorial Day!!
I couldn’t write my first blog of the summer without sharing my favorite recipe for picnics and cookouts. I try to make these deviled eggs at least a couple of times during the summer.
David’s Blue Cheese and Bacon Deviled Eggs
Makes 24 stuffed deviled eggs
I have flowering chive plants in my garden in Chester County and if the time of year is right, I like to sprinkle the platter with chive blossoms! Enjoy!
Whether passed as hors d’oeuvre, or on a bed of spinach greens as a summer salad, these deviled eggs are the most popular thing that comes out of my kitchen! If you try them, you will know why!
Hurray for the Red White and Blue!
A great way to celebrate these traditional American holidays (and any day that you are feeling patriotic!!) is to add a little RED, WHITE and BLUE to your outfit. And it’s easy!!
From fabulous stars and stripes themed scarves:
To patriotic bee pins and butterflies:
To fun apparel pieces you might already own, wearing RED, WHITE and BLUE is an attractive and stylish way to sayGod Bless America!
As I write this we are planning our annual Summer Margarita party at out New York office. Here’s a picture from last year’s party with my coworker Eileen!
I hope your summer holidays are just perfect!
Here’s to the start of a wonderful summer season!
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Happy (early) Memorial Day! We made it to those blissful warmer months. Whatever you’re doing this weekend—whether you’re hosting a barbecue, heading to a family potluck, or grilling at home—you’ll need some terrific mains, sides, and desserts to celebrate the new season.
Keep it flavorful!
As you may have noticed from my Facebook page, I made a trip up the NYC on Tuesday to visit some of our QVC friends. Meg and I drove up early on Tuesday morning to kick off our QVC Vendor tour starting at the Empire State Building with the philosophy team!
Fun Fact: for those of you that don’t know the story of how I met Steve or even what I did before I started at QVC, here’s a hint:
Yep! I moved to NYC to pursuit an acting career. Between auditions I was a waitress at this very restaurant and bar located on the first floor of the Empire State building. It was at the Heartland Brewery that I became very close with one of the bartenders aka: Steve! It was so weird revisiting the restaurant and thinking back about my life before QVC or even before Steve. You know that weird nostalgic feeling?
Anywho, after I grabbed my picture in front of the restaurant that built me, lol, we met up with a familiar face – Mari Lynn! I was so happy Mari Lynn could make the trip up to NYC with us to check out the philosophy office.
It was unbelievably gorgeous and I was able to meet the philosophy team that dedicates all of their time, energy, and creativity to everything we bring to you at QVC. I learned more about the brand and got a sneak peek at all of the magical things we have coming up for you!!! I’m not very good at keeping secrets, so I’ll just leave it there!
Next stop on the QVC tour called for a little shoe shopping (you know that’s my favorite!). That’s right we made our way to Marc Fisher’s office in the Trump Plaza. Holy shoes!!! I was so excited to spend time with Marc, his team, and our girl Cara Kohn.
I learned a lot more about Marc and his serious passion for all things shoes. His team told me that often times when they are out buying/shopping for inspiration, they will send Marc a photo of a shoe. Immediately he calls them and tells them what he likes, what he doesn’t like, what he would like to tweak and create so that he can execute a shoe that is absolutely perfect for YOU!
Also, another fun fact about Marc -- he cracks me up!
I had one of the most delicious brownies I’ve ever had, saw some brand new shoes that will be coming to you this fall, and I even picked out a special shoe that I will have exclusively for my Facebook gals within the next couple of weeks. So yes, I’d say it was a successful visit!
Last but certainly not least we hit Aimee Kestenberg’s showroom.
Oh my goodness… it was handbag heaven. Really, one design was better than the next and I really had a difficult time putting some things down. Here’s a look at one of my favorites you can shop right now from her latest collection!
I wanted to share this photo of the showroom edible entry – does this girl know the way to my heart or what? These jars you see here are filled with different candies from Dylan’s Candy Bar and Aimee insisted that we make a goodie bag for the road… So you know I did lol!
A lot of Aimee’s show room showed some of her newest designs that are not yet at the Q, so I promised I wouldn't post photos and ruin the surprise – but let me tell you, you are going to LOVE! She is a genius! Speaking of Aimee’s genius creativity, did you know she is a three-time finalist and two-time winner of the Independent Handbag Designer Awards. Check out this unbelievable handbag made out of all Swarvoski crystals. Aimee created this COMPLETELY by hand and she told us it took her three weeks to do so. Three weeks of non-stop work with little sleep in between. Amazing!
You know I wouldn’t come home from the city empty-handed, right?! As I mentioned before about the special shoe from Marc Fisher, we saw a number of things that I can’t wait to share with you on my Facebook page, so be sure to check it out and follow along for special surprises from our visit!
Unofficially (yet completely officially) Memorial Day is the kickoff to summer style. It’s finally time to break out those white pants, stylish tanks, and perfect sandals. It’s time to rock that effortless summer look!
Memorial Day weekend is also the the first of a lot of great summer events – picnics, barbeques, fairs, summer date nights – too many to even name. You want your style this summer to be completely on point, but you also want it to be easy and comfortable. We’ve put together two fabulous looks to achieve just that – you’ll look like you spent all morning picking out your outfit, when in reality it was your easiest choice of the day (after all, who can really easily choose an ice cream flavor? Not me, that’s for sure.)
Why we love it: You social butterfly you. Your Memorial Day weekend is booked to the brim with several social events: family picnics, parties with friends, and community events. However, we all know that even though you want to look your best – a community park is no place for your couture favorites. You want to be comfortable and stylish, and this ensemble is your go-to. This Joan Rivers cardigan is perfect for adding a little bit of polish to your outfit without adding heavy layers, and the skinnytee tank will stay put no matter how active you are. The Sketchers GOWalk sneakers and B. Makowsky bag are the perfect practical finishing touches.
Get the Look:
Cardigan: Joan Rivers (http://qvc.co/MemorialDayJRCardi)
Tank: skinnytees (http://qvc.co/MemorialDaySkinnyTee)
Bag: B. Makowsky (http://qvc.co/MemorialDayBMakowsky)
Shoes: Sketchers (http://qvc.co/MemorialDaySketchers)
Why We Love It: Is there anything better than an amazing summer night? Dinners beachside, strolls on the boardwalk, fireworks displays, and maybe even a drive-in movie (Remember those?). Even though summer days are normally burnin’ up, the evenings can still be a bit chilly. However, this denim jacket from Joan Rivers is the perfect summer layering piece, and a light airy scarf is a perfect complement to the look. You’ll look absolutely effortless which is what summer style is really all about.
Get the Look:
Tank: skinnytees (http://qvc.co/MemorialDaySkinnyTee)
Jacket: Joan Rivers (http://qvc.co/MemorialDayJRJacket)
Bag: Travelon (http://qvc.co/MemorialDayTravelon)
Scarf: Joan Rivers (http://qvc.co/MemorialDayJRScarf)
We hope that you got some inspiration for your summer style kick off. We’ll always try to keep you guys updated on the hottest fashions and newest trends all season long. You can always check out What to Wear (Sundays at 6:00 PM) and Styled Out (Thursdays at 10:00 PM) for even more looks and ideas on how to rock your best summer look for 2015!
Happy Memorial Day everybody!
- Tori, QVC Plus Blogger
Ok friends... I have some VERY excited news for you coming up tomorrow!
For now, I want to take a little moment to appreciate the jewelry piece that really outdid itself!!! Who remembers this Barbara Bixby ring? I asked my Facebook fans a few days ago to share theirs so that we can really appreciate the AWESOMENESS of this ring. Thanks to everyone that participated in sending me pictures!!
Freida C. this is gorgeous... love how you paired it with the matching bracelet!
Gaynella B.... Oooo lala girl!
Rosalind C. this looks stunning with your nail color!!!
Alice W. has them all!!
You go, Karen M. rock those rings!!!
Memorial Day always seems to sneak up on me…but it’s a pleasant surprise because it means summer—as we know it, anyway--has arrived. I'm always proud to be an American, but it means even more at this time of year, doesn't it? I read an article this morning on a local news site that warmed my heart. In Long Beach Island, New Jersey, a beautiful beach-town not far from Philadelphia, students from the community high school in Manahawkin put 6,847 American flags into the ground at a local park in honor of the U.S. servicemen and women who were killed in Afghanistan or Iraq. Can you imagine how beautiful that would be??
A Memorial Day service is happening at the field at this very minute and I’m thanking the young men and women who made such a kind gesture as well as all of the people who have fought and died for this country. As we all sit down at our picnic tables this weekend for some great food and fellowship, don’t forget to say a prayer for our brave soldiers—living and gone.
If you’re lucky enough to know a veteran or soldier on active duty, I can’t think of a nicer gesture than to invite them to a backyard barbecue this weekend. I posted 16 of my favorite barbecue recipes yesterday in a special blog and here’s another to consider…it’s Sunday’s recipe on In the Kitchen with David, Cheeseburger Quesadillas.
This recipe is prepared with the Traeger Lone Star Wood Fired Grill & Smoker (K41583).
Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.
I think you’ll be thrilled with this dish, foodies. I’m hesitant to call it an entrée because it could very easily be cut into smaller pieces and served as an appetizer. I just love how you can assemble a classic cheeseburger and grill the whole thing…it doesn’t get easier than that. We even have you put the condiments on there beforehand so there’s nothing you’ll need to serve on the side, unless you just like to give your guests the option.
Again, don’t forget to check out my entire list of Memorial Day must-tries, but in case you’re looking for a Mexican-American side to accompany those quesadillas, might I suggest my Tomatillo Guacamole:
Or, how about Quick and Easy Queso Dip?
I’ll see you on Sunday at Noon ET for more In the Kitchen with Davidfun. Have a TERRIFIC weekend, everyone. Happy, happy Memorial Day.
Keep it flavorful!
What are you up to today? Are you relaxing with friends and loved ones? Taking advantage of the weather (which I hope is as beautiful as it is here!)? Hopefully your American flags are flying high and you’ve remembered to honor our servicemen and women.
I’m enjoying the day at the beach but wanted to share Wednesday's ITKWD recipe, because it's perfect for dinner tonight.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa
This recipe is prepared with the George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill (K41708).
Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.
A quick tip, foodies...if you cook the meat to 165°F as directed, your pork will be medium. If you prefer rarer meat, pork is safe to eat when the internal temperature reaches 145°F (medium-rare), according to the USDA. I know that’s hard for those of you who grew up in households where you cooked pork until it was DONE. But, chefs say pink is the way to go if you want tender, flavorful pork. Just be sure to let the meat rest for at least 3 minutes before slicing, so all those juices can redistribute throughout.
I’ll leave you to enjoy your holiday…please consider posting pictures of your barbecue dishes on Instagram, Twitter, or my Facebook page. I’d love to see what you’re cooking! See you Wednesday night for In the Kitchen with David at 8pm ET.
Keep it flavorful!
We want to thank the customers who have been patient while we address the problem with SPAM posts during the late night / early morning hours. We will be launching the enhancement for this problem on June 11th, 2015, which means we will need to continue to be block commenting during the overnight hours until that date.
Monday, May 25, we will be able to reduce the time when posting new comments will not be available. Starting on Monday the commenting will be closed from 3AM to 5AM ET. We realize this is an inconvenience to customers who use the QVC forums during these specific hours and want to thank those customers for their patience while we complete the fix which is scheduled for June 11.
This weekend (May 22 - May 24) the commenting will continue to be closed from 1AM to 7AM ET. The new time will begin on Monday and last until the enhancements are launched on June 11.
The QVC Community Team
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Here is a yummy bacon and hash brown egg bake casserole that my sister made for Nikki and I last Sunday. It would make a great casserole for a picnic or brunch. Please share with me your Memorial Day recipes so we can try new ones this weekend!
Bacon and Hash Brown Egg Bake
1 lb Bacon, cut into 1” pieces
1 med onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped (3/4 cup)
1 package (8 oz) sliced fresh mushrooms
2 tbs of Dijon mustard
½ tsp of salt
½ tsp of pepper
¾ cup milk
1 package (2 lbs) frozen hash browns, thawed
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (8 oz)
In a 12” skillet, cook bacon until crisp and remove from pan to a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate. Use drippings reserving 1 tablespoon in pan, add onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms. Cook 4 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in mustard, salt and pepper.
Spray a 13x9 (3 quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Spread half of has brown in dish. Spread onion mixture evenly on top. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese. Spread remaining hash browns over top. Pour egg mixture on top. Cover, refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Heat oven to 325°F. uncover and bake 50-60 mins or until thermometer inserted in center reads 160°F. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of cheese and the bacon. Back 3-5 minutes longer or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Top is puffed and cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes.
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Who remembers drinking Shirley Temple’s as children? A bit of ginger ale and cherry juice!?? Well here is an “adult” version called MRS. Shirley Temple. We also made a MOCK Mrs. Shirley Temple. Let me know what you think!
Pat and I have had a lot of fun each week picking one of your beverage submissions to feature and sipping them live on Fashionably Late. Tonight's drink of the night will be a Mrs. Shirley Temple and our L8DY (Lady) of the week is Janet. Thank you Janet for providing such a yummy recipe for us to share!
We are pairing this week’s cocktail/mocktail with a “snack chat” item: Squirrel Brand Town and Country Nut Mix
Mrs. Shirley Temple – Alcohol version
2 cups crushed ice
1 cup grenadine
2/3 cup vodka
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup club soda
2 lemon slices
6 maraschino cherries
Divide ice between 2 tall glasses. In cocktail shaker, shake grenadine, vodka and juice. Pour into glasses; top with soda. Garnish with cherries and lemon slices.
(Mock) Mrs. Shirley Temple - Non Alcoholic Version
2 cups of crushed ice
1 cup of grenadine or cherry juice
1/2 cup of orange juice
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1 cup of club soda
2 Lemon Slices
6 Maraschino Cherries
Mix all ingredients, except club soda, together with ice cubes. Shake well and fill glass that has ice in it ¾ full then top with ¼ cup of club soda. Add 3 Cherries and one lemon wedge to glass.
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Hello girls! Happy June! Now that summer’s here, I’m spending more time in Bridgehampton and working on getting into that sort of laid-back summer state of mind. I have to admit, summer isn’t my favorite season – it’s too hot and humid for me. However, there are parts of summer that I enjoy and being prepared for the season always makes me feel better. Whether you’re into summer or not, you can’t survive the season without must-haves.
And darling – summer must-haves are not just clothes. Your summer must-have could be your favorite stripy beach chair, a very well-functioning central air system (good AC = MAJOR), or it might be your gorgeous barbecue dinnerware with those cute little lobsters.
Right behind air conditioning, my summer must-haves are without a doubt my boys – Harry and Dean. They love being outside more than anything else in the world, so they are in heaven when we're in Bridgehampton.
Harry en route to Bridgehampton
From days by the pool to sunset walks, summer is their favorite. Seeing them so happy is wonderful and let’s be honest – they get so tired from running around all day, that they are not nearly as mischievous!
Dean freshening up for summer activities
This year, I want you to have everything you need to look and feel gorgeous, which is why my new TSV is here at the perfect time. I couldn’t be happier to kick off this month with my new Short Sleeve Peplum Top.
We did a Peplum style last fall and you LOVED it, so I wanted to bring it back but in a version that's perfect for warmer weather.
Four words: This. Shape. Is. Divine. Seriously, a tailored Peplum looks good on everyone. The structure of this top will literally give you the best, most flattering shape ever – it doesn’t matter if you’re a size 2 or a size 20!
The fabric drapes SO well and the weight is just right – it’s not too heavy but it’s also not sheer or clingy. And the best part? It literally FEELS like a sweatshirt but gives you the elevated look of a couture piece. This top makes it easy to look elegant and incredible.
You’re going to be so obsessed with this that when summer’s over, you won’t be ready to stop wearing it so when I picked out colors, I included two all-season options – Teal Green and Green Olive. The Black, Cream, and Royal Navy are your staples. They’re perfect for right now and they go with everything you already have. Of course, I had to add a bright, brilliant Bijou Pink because nothing is more fabulous than pink!
The stunning shape of this top makes it the perfect match for a skinny pant. I also love how it looks with printed pants – you could do gingham, plaid, or even a fun floral.
For a casual daytime look, wear this with skinny white pants and your favorite denim jacket. If you need a more refined nighttime look, I would pair the Black with a striking jacquard jacket. For the office, just add a statement necklace – this neckline looks divine with a big, bold necklace!
I want to hear all about all the exciting things you have planned for this season and you have to fill me in on your summer must-haves. Keep me updated and in the comments below!
See you soon dolls!
Considering I had never been to London or Paris before, it's pretty amazing I traveled to both places in just a short amount of time! Our son, Eric was married in London in April and just a few weeks ago, I had the privilege of traveling to Paris with Rick Domeier. Rick and I helped in training ten Hosts who will launch QVC France later this summer.
Rick and I do not speak French; however, we connected with them pretty quickly. A few of the Hosts from France spoke English and we also had help from interpreters. I'm sure you can imagine the many laughs we shared together, especially given Rick's fantastic sense of humor! Facial expressions are priceless!
Rick explained what QVC is all about and the focus and priority our company places on our customers. Then I took them through the best practices of a presentation, explaining the amount of preparation it takes to really know what each product is all about.
Of course, we got them up and giving presentations, sometimes ending up in affectionate laughter. And of course, Rick had them laughing a LOT!
It's exciting to see the growth of QVC around the world and finding out we may be able to help by sharing our experiences! It was a quick 72 hours in Paris, but it was a rich experience nonetheless .... one I will always remember and one I will always appreciate!
Mary Beth Roe
Hello again. If you’re like most of us you spend more time staring at your television that you do at any other home appliance. I'm not saying that the dryer on the spin cycle can't be mesmerizing but still..... So how can I help you to make the appearance of your TV just a little bit more attractive and make it a focal point of your home décor too?
Let's do this, let’s put a picture frame around your television! High definition TV is the best picture quality we have ever seen so why not frame your TV as if it were art itself. And you can do it. Welcome to the latest installment of "Do it Yourself with Dan".
In this episode we will tackle a really simple project that you can enjoy with even the simplest of wood working skills and transform that ho-hum TV into something that really reflects your own sense of style and personality. I will help you with the basics but it will be up to you to decide what the final look will become. Simple, fancy or even extravagant, it is all up to you. The "trim section" of your local hardware or home center is chocked full of all kinds of wonderful wood working trim pieces. Some are very ornate like crown molding and others are simple and yet elegant like the trim used around doorways and windowsills. We are going to re-purpose those trim pieces to make your television's picture frame.
Please take the time to watch the enclosed video on how to do it and then let your imagination run wild. This is a fun project and can easily be accomplished in just a few hours.
First let's measure the picture screen of your TV, (I said picture screen and NOT the overall dimensions of the TV....we just want to frame what your eyes are looking at and not the entire "cabinet" of the TV.
By the way whenever you buy a television they always list the "size" of the TV with a diagonal dimension of the screen size and not a measurement from left to right or up and down. Have you ever wondered why they do it that way? Simple math and marketing actually.......the measurement from the lower left hand corner to the upper right will always be a larger number than if they just measured it from left to right at the top or bottom. The bigger number is more impressive and that's why ALL Television manufactures do it....sneaky fellows.
Ok so measure your screen size from left to write and write it down...now do the same for the measurement of the screen size from top to bottom and do the same thing...write it down.
Those measurements will become critical when you go to make your frame. They will become the "inside" measurements of your frame. The outside measurement will be decided on what pieces of trim you decide to use and at this point doesn't even matter. In the video I chose to use a decorative molding that is readily available at most home centers but on my own TV in the "Dan Cave" I used some left over barn siding that I found years ago from a 200 year old colonial barn here in Pennsylvania. It sat in my workshop for years just waiting for something fun like this. The process is exactly the same no matter what you choose.
Once you have your measurements you will have to purchase your trim pieces, some wood glue, a few small finishing nails and what is called a framing clamp. The framing clamp will hold your pieces of trim at the right 90 degree angle as the wood glue dries. In the video, I have four of them but just one will work but you will have to allow additional time for each corner to dry before moving on to the next three...... a little fine grit sandpaper and some stain and polyurethane or spray paint and you’re ready to begin. You will also need to pick up a single piece of lumber called a "one by one"...it is just a piece of pine that will hold the top of your new picture frame and allow it to rest on the top of your TV. I'll get to that later.
You will need to cut the four pieces of your frame at a 45 degree miter so that they will make a perfect square in the corners of your viewing screen.....a "miter box" or what is called a "chop saw will do this nicely for you. Make sure that the measurements for the width equals the inside or smallest dimension of the first trim piece you cut. Do this for all four sides and you can begin the gluing process. Be liberal with your glue and a wet paper towel can wipe away any excess....place one side and either the top or bottom into your framing clamp and allow it to dry overnight. Do this again for the other pieces until you have a square picture frame for your TV.
You will then attach the "one by one" piece of pine to the back of the top of your frame on the back side so that it will rest on top of your TV and hold it in place...you might need to have someone hold the frame in place so that you can draw a line on the back of your frame for the proper positioning. Glue that piece to the back of the frame (I used wood working clamps but pieces of tape will do the same thing for you).
One last step in assembly...most TV's use and infra-red remote to change channels and control volume.....your new frame will most likely block that sensor and your remote won’t work. Look for it at either the lower left or right hand corner of your screen. A simple hole drilled in your new frame will allow the remote to communicate with your TV and you are ready to sand it and either paint or stain your new frame as you desire.
There you have it. Another do it yourself project that you have completed and you can sit back watch TV and admire your own workmanship too. That's a good feeling. Enjoy it.
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I am pretty much always eager to travel somewhere even more so when the place I'm travelling to is rich in history, flavor, color, and spice. I recently returned from such a place ..... Puerto Rico. So I thought this week's PM Style blog would be the perfect vehicle to share my “Top 20 Travel Picks” for Summer 2015 with you ...
1. Heys Luggage Set (pssst, check out our TSV)
I live for hard sided luggage. All I travel with. Lighter, sturdier. The best. Cool prints and patterns too!
Get on whatever wait list you can for this magical new tinted gel moisturizer SPF thing. It’s crazy amazing!
I take my Vionics on every summer trip. They are awesome for looking cute, while treating your feet with science so you don’t dread hours and hours of sightseeing. Pompei, Italy was the biggest test for me and baby, they were heroic.
Recently lost my wallet for 2 hours at a Z Galerie store. Was worst 2 hours I have spent in long time. My habit of not carrying handbags is starting to backfire in scary ways so since I think backpacks are the new cool “cross body”, I’m ordering this one. Sporty chic over sundresses while ambling around cute towns with a camera and shopping bags.
I live for the Vera travel and weekender bags. I take them on every long trip, road trip, cross country trip, int’l trip…including the daily trip I take from the QVC parking lot into the building :) I carry one every day to transport all my work clothes and essentials into the Q.
6. Julep nails
Julep polymer gel coat is the greatest invention on earth next to air conditioning and the internet. Yes I’m exaggerating, but still. It dries your nails and makes them glass like and smudge proof in abt 2 min flat. I never do my nails without it. This combo has the most awesome color in it because it’s fantastic for both toes and fingers. Proof: I just had a nearly identical color painted on my nails for Puerto Rico (Bc I couldn’t get this set shipped to me in time)
TULA is one of my new skincare favs bc it’s powered by Probiotic technology. And travel size skincare is key when you hit the road or skies bc the biggie at-home sizes are too bulky and heavy for luggage. I particularly love their Day-Night cream. yes, a 2 in 1, very cool.
You know I swear by Philosophy. I have never left home without Purity and Microdelivery Wash. I simply cannot breathe without these.
This is the brand’s fully featured travel size version which I think I have shared in every possible show and blog and gift list etc, that it is the #1 best product I discovered 8 yrs ago when I joined QVC.
I’ve had Melanoma skin cancer, not fun. Don’t tell my dermo, but despite losing part of my toe to it, I still allow myself 1-2 vacations a year where I hang in the sun albeit under great protection. Sunscreen is a must, and SuperGoop is awesome bc it is anti aging skincare too. Plus doesn’t clog pores!
11. Emjoi MicroPedi - Your toenail polish may last weeks without chipping but if you’re like me, calluses return within 2 days or your fancy pedi. This heroic little device painlessly removes calluses and is a packable friend to keep your sandal feet looking good when you’re home away from home.
Just told my college friend, Lori to get this bc she asked which tanner I’m currently loving. I doused my body in this awesome mousse a day before we left for PR. Great stuff, tan lasts 4x longer than most if you apply it 3 times within 24 hours-48 hours
13. GILI Obi Belt - I own two colors. I used to think belts were a weird meaningless accessory. I love this one. Goes over every dress skirt tunic caftan etc to give you a cute waist and the Kimono belt thing is very chic and beach friendly
Own it in black. Size up!! Perfect way to look pulled together without wearing tight uncomfortable pants. And Jumpers are very chic so this with the OBI belt is a fashion slam dunk on holiday that can do flats or heels brilliantly and bc it’s a silky poly fabric, it’s so friendly for hot weather.
Own two colors. Love with jeans for casual or a skirt for dress up. I love the fabric, it’s this stretchy scuba ponte knit stuff. Extremely flattering!
Please don’t use the dryer attached to the wall of the hotel. It is so damaging to your hair and doesn’t have the power or technology to do your 'do' justice. Travel dryers can be pretty wimpy with only one benefit - they fold and are small. Wait that’s two. Nonetheless, this one is 1000watts and has the same power as many full size dryers. You will love it. And if you save space and weight by not taking your full size dryer, you can buy more souvenirs. Score.
Perfect shoe for sundresses and jeans and nighttime dress up. I’ve worn them for 3 straight hours on air so I can attest to their comfort. Plus I likey the pricey.
I have long sworn by Nick’s SHINE spray. I use it every day. Gives your hair that shiny youthful look while taming frizzy humid hair fly a ways. Perfect still is this collection that comes with travel sizes
I take shine spray everywhere! Currently have a few in my bathroom.
Took them to Turks & Caicos and fought over them with BFF Jenny.
Awesome. Wish I had invented them. Solves an age old problem. Use mine all the time. Friend first gave me fancier version that cost 3 times as much.
I love Spring... it's one of my favorite times of the year... and also at the Q! I had so much fun here with the hosts, guests, vendors, and products that I wanted to make a recap of the past few months! Thanks for hanging out with me!
You helped me decide which color wedge to wear! I went with the navy :)
I "gelled" my nails "Big Apple Red" before a Mally beauty show. Have you tried this manicure system?! It's amazing...
When I had the pleasure to speak at the annual banquet to honor the Shining Stars of QVC's West Chester Distribution & Customer Service Departments for 2014. I left feeling so blessed & proud to work with excellent-to-the-core people like John Mathew! Congratulations!
Before the Gold Gala... Antonella and I always have a little fun! Coke or Pepsi?!
The art on the walls in my house makes me happy! Each picture or painting has a special story or meaning. What hangs on the walls is what helps make my house a home. I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you and the reasons why I love them. I hope you enjoy! :-)
California Girl -- the friend who gave me this painting said that it had a “California vibe” just like me. No matter where else I live, I’m a California Girl at heart!
Turned On Its Side -- If you look closely you might notice that this abstract piece is a little bit “off”. The picture was actually designed to be hung horizontally, but it was the perfect size to fill a narrow wall, so I hung it sideways to fit the vertical space -- don’t tell...
Pier 1 Deal -- I love a good bargain as much as I love a colorful painting. The frame on this piece had a slight bow (nothing that couldn’t be fixed with a hammer and nails), so the price was a steal. And I love how cheery this floral picture makes my office feel.
The Family -- Jackson-Collins is a favorite artist of mine. I call this piece, the family because there are three people and two sets of eyes -- they’re all connected. Family!
Wash Day -- I’m old enough to remember when hanging wash on a clothesline was commonplace. :-) My Godmother game me this serigraph called “Wash Day”. She has the very same piece in her house.
Pigtails -- I wore my hair like this as a little girl. Something about the way the artist captured that feeling makes this a piece I enjoy every time I look at it.
Making Music -- This vibrant work on canvas is one of the first things you see when you walk into my house. I like to think it encourages good times!
I Know The Way Home -- This modern watercolor vase and fruit bowl painting hangs in my kitchen, because every kitchen needs fruit and flowers!
Yellow is My Favorite Color -- This was a birthday gift, and the artist signed it for me when I met him at a gallery. He said he wasn’t surprised I was drawn to this piece. And on the back of my painting he wrote: “To Leah, what I say believe me... you truly are a light”. Jackson-Collins. This is my absolute favorite of all!
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After a long winter on the East Coast, it is so wonderful to enjoy a warm and vibrant spring. I hope all of you are in the midst of planning fun holidays and events for the long summer stretching out in front of us.
I’ve often mentioned how I love spending time in the summers with my family, but we recently had a special reason to get together in Philadelphia for a big celebratory event – the college graduation of my granddaughter, Nicole Ripka. We are all so proud of Nicole and were thrilled to be there when she received her diploma from the University of Pennsylvania. UPenn hosted a lovely weekend full of events – the college graduation, a reception at Nicole’s sorority, and the University-wide Commencement with Samantha Power speaking, and even a parade down the main campus!
Ron and I loved visiting the campus and had fun demonstrating our school spirit – hurrah for Pennsylvania!
I know many families will have graduates this year, and Nicole’s graduation made me want to feature something special to honor this important event for all of our favorite students. This month’s Unmistakably Judith piece, our Sterling Silver or Clad Diamonique Flower Necklace, is a the perfect gift for June graduates, and is something they can wear proudly on special occasions or to their first day of work.
Part of my Double Brilliant collection, this beautiful necklace features a timeless silhouette and 1.30 carats of my exclusive 118-facet Diamonique stones, precision cut by Swarovski. My signature rope and berge texturing detail the pendant in the most feminine and beautiful way. This is a classic piece that can be worn as an everyday essential. Best of all, both the silver and gold clad are under $100 – you may even want to keep one for yourself!
I’m wishing all of our graduates a heartfelt congratulations and very best wishes for their bright futures! Please let me know all about your family’s celebrations and fun plans for the rest of the summer in the comments.
And mark your calendars for my upcoming shows – Thursday, June 4th from 9am – 10am, my weekly mini-series on Friday,June 5thfrom 11am – 12pm, Sunday,June 7thfrom 4pm – 6pm, and join Beth on Monday, June 8th from 1am – 3am and 1pm – 3pm.
May was national barbecue month and all month long on In the Kitchen with David we celebrated with mains, sides, drinks and desserts…everything you could possibly want at a backyard barbecue. This Sunday, as May comes to a close, we have one final grill-friendly great to share with you…Salmon Burgers with Wasabi Mayo.
Salmon Burgers with Wasabi Mayo
This recipe is prepared with the KitchenAid 9-Cup Exact Slice Food Processor with French Fry & Dough Attachment (K41122).
Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.
This is a healthier alternative to your everyday burger and perfect for folks who love seafood. Keep in mind we used salmon because it’s such a popular fish, but you can also use tilapia, crab, shrimp, bass, or another fresh fish in salmon’s place.
So what’s coming up for June? Road Trip month! For the past couple of years on In the Kitchen with David, we’ve taken virtual road trips across the country in search of our nation’s best foods. Last year we honored military towns and communities and this year, we’re celebrating local college-town eateries. I know I’ve shared some of my favorite restaurants at UNC Chapel Hill with you all, but thought you might like to see these North Carolina landmarks for yourself.
More to come on Monday in my next blog, but that’s just a glimpse at June. On Sunday, we welcome a very special guest to our QVC Kitchen….Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban!
Mark’s coming with some all-natural, nutrient-packed peanut butter called Nuts ‘N More in three flavors: regular, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Toffee Peanut Butter Crunch. I think you’ll be pleased with the flavors and perhaps they’ll inspire you to make a “healthier” version of one of our favorite peanut butter recipes:
Well, maybe just keep this one as yummy as it is:
I’ll see you Sunday for In the Kitchen with David at Noon ET.
Keep it flavorful!
Do you remember making lists of favorites when you were a girl?
~ Favorite color (hot pink)
~ Favorite holiday (4th of July)
~ Favorite subject in school (English)
~ Favorite TV Show (Full House)
Lists of favorites have always been fun and exciting, telling a story one question at a time! One day at the office, we made our own list of favorites. YOUR favorites. A list of our favorite stories you’ve shared - on Facebook and in emails, in letters and in person - about how IT Cosmetics has changed your life. And this list is how we came up this Today’s Special Value! IT’s all about you…and your favorites!
YOUR FAVORITE FEATURE: LIFE CHANGING COVERAGE
When you need real coverage, finding something that doesn’t crease, doesn’t crack, and doesn’t require layers and layers of product is a quest, this beauty mission impossible. So when we hear from you that IT foundations and concealers deliver the real results, the real coverage promised, it means the world to us! Complexion perfection isn’t just a turn of phrase for IT. It is our life.
Bye Bye Under Eye has changed the way so many women have considered coverage. You have voted this as the Customer Choice Award Winner for Best Concealer THREE years in a row! The promise of full coverage without creasing or cracking…The promise of full coverage that looks and feels like your skin even when you are up close with the ones you love…The promise of full coverage that treats your skin with anti-aging ingredients while you wear it. We made these promises to you and asked for your trust to try IT. In four years, you have made Bye Bye Under Eye the most famous product in the entire IT Cosmetics line. Life changing coverage is no longer this unattainable beauty hope. IT is here!
YOUR FAVORITE SKIN BENEFIT: SPF 50 PHYSICAL ONLY SUNSCREEN
Sun protection is important. You know it. We know it. Everyone knows it. But it can be an extra, sticky, smelly, goopy step! Infusing SPF 50 physical only sunscreen with UVA/UVB broad spectrum sun protection is one of the benefits of IT Cosmetics that you have celebrated. Finally! High SPF protection in your coverage, but because it’s physical only sunscreen, it’s never sticky or smelly or greasy! To thank you and to make it even easier to protect your skin, we’re introducing Celebration Foundation SPF50! This hydrating powder foundation is your flawless full coverage AND full sun protection in 30 seconds! At IT Cosmetics, IT’s all about your skin every day. What your skin looks like with beautiful coverage. What your skin feels like with amazing treatment benefits. And protecting your skin in every way we can!
YOUR FAVORITE SURPRISE: SIMPLE STEPS MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE
We have loved hearing from so many of you who have told us that these products you’ve never used, these steps you’ve skipped in the past, can transform your entire complexion. Adding warmth to your skin with the Customer Choice Award Winning Vitality Matte Bronzer gives your skin a healthy glow that fades as we grow older. Adding a flush of color to your cheeks with a brightening blush instantly makes you look younger! Choosing the right color in a formula that blurs the look of pores and imperfections on your cheeks perks up your skin – and we’re introducing the brand new Bye Bye Pores Pressed Brightening Blush to do just that! And one of your favorite tricks, light has power to change your complexion. Customer Choice Award Winning Hello Light Crème will give you the look of lift, the look of life, the beautiful kiss of radiance that goes hand-in-hand with younger-looking skin. We’ve put each of these products in one brand new palette so your award-winning must haves are all in one place!
YOUR WISH LIST – BYE BYE PORES PRESSED
When we came to QVC four years ago, there were three products that we introduced first. Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer. Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil. And Bye Bye Pores Finishing Powder. And for four years, the #1 most requested product from IT Girls has been to create a Bye Bye Pores Pressed. A compact version of the IT Girl Favorite that treats your skin to real silk, hydrolyzed collagen, and other anti-aging powerhouses while erasing the look of pores, fine lines and imperfections. We knew that this pressed version needed to be perfect, to capture every element that you love about Bye Bye Pores without losing anything of what has made this product so special to begin with! It took years but we did it. Bye Bye Pores Pressed is here and ready to airbrush your beautiful complexion!
Today’s Special Value days are exciting for all of us at IT Cosmetics because we get to show you new products, to celebrate your favorites, and say THANK YOU for all you have done. IT Cosmetics has grown because of YOU and the way you’ve spread the word about this great makeup that gives you your best skin. Today is a special day because of YOU.
Perfect for a hot summer day, these refreshing and delicious Watermelon Mojitos are delicious!
Tonight's FL8 drink of the night will be a Watermelon Mojito and our L8DY (Lady) of the week is Pamela. Thank you Pamela for the recipe idea! We are pairing this week’s cocktail/mocktail with a “snack chat” items:
Watermelon Mojito - Alcoholic Version
1 cup of ice
4 pieces of fresh watermelon, 1” cubes
6 fresh mint leaves, plus mint springs for garnish
½ ounce fresh lime juice
2-1/2 ounces of white rum
Splash of club soda or ginger ale
1 tablespoon of sugar
Fill glass with ice. Muddle the watermelon and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and the lime juice, sugar, and rum and shake vigorously. Strain into the glass filled with ice and top with club soda. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve.
Mock Watermelon Mojito - Non Alcoholic Version
1 cup of ice
4 pieces of fresh watermelon, 1” cubes
6 fresh mint leaves, plus mint springs for garnish
2 oz. of lime juice
1/2 liter of lemon lime soda
1 tablespoon of sugar
Fill glass with ice. Muddle the watermelon and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and the lime juice, sugar and shake vigorously. Strain into the glass filled with ice and top with lemon lime soda. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve.
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