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    As the trees lose their leaves and the weather starts to chill, I like to cozy up in the kitchen and savor the calm before the holiday craziness.
    Last week I enjoyed a rare afternoon home and whipped up a wonderful creation I wanted to share with you.  It really warmed me up and got me in the mood for the season ahead.
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    Easy Baked Apples
    Core 6 apples and put them into baking dish.
    In a small sauce pot combine the following.
    1/2 cup honey
    1/4 cup maple syrup
    1/2 dried cranberries
    1/4 yellow raisins
    1/2 chopped walnuts
    Stir on low heat for 5 min to mix all ingredients and liquefy the honey a bit.
    Put a full cinnamon stick in the cored center of each apple then fill the hole with the mixture.
    Place the filled apples in the oven at 250 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the apples soften. 
    Serve in something fun like a thick walled martini glass or a footed bowl. 
    Maybe even add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. 
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    This is also the time of year when my thoughts turn to the special people on my gift list for the holidays.
    This year many of my favorite gadgets are included in bow and go gift sets that really are an easy way to share some of the best gadgets we offer on QVCwith the special people on your gift lists.
    Here are just a few of the sets being offered with gift boxes.
    K39546 Kuhn Rikon Set/4 Ultimate Kitchen & Multi Use Shears with Gift Boxes  
    K39715 Kuhn Rikon Set/3 Polka Dot Can Openers with Gift Boxes
    K39664 Kuhn Rikon Set/4 3.5oz Glass Ceramic Grinders with Gift Boxes
    You can keep one for yourself and give the rest away or keep them all.
    I admit it, sometimes I'm tempted to keep them all for myself.
    I look forward to seeing you all this Holiday Season and sharing these and other great gift ideas with you.
    I hope you enjoy the Easy Baked Apples recipe!!
    "Deeg-in",
    MarkCharles 

     


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    Antonella took the Q Quiz! Check out her answers and take the Q Quiz along with her by leaving your answers in the comments below!

    { Favorite holiday? }

    Christmas

     

    { Favorite holiday memory? }       

    It is a memory that happens over and over every single year.  Christmas Eve at my mom’s house with the whole family…and I mean “whole”!  All the aunts, uncles, cousins, children, grandchildren etc.  It is the best feeling to sit at one of the many tables and look to the left and to the right and see all of the people that I have loved all my life.

     

    { Best advice for holiday entertaining? }   

    Pre-prep everything as much as possible.

     

    { Favorite holiday recipe? }           

    Ma’s Apple Pie

     

    { Holiday party décor? }                

    I love candles and music to set the mood and lots of sparkly, glittery eye-catching decorations. (Shocking, right?! {#emotions_dlg.biggrin})

     

    { Gift giving advice? }                      

    “Think it through”.  I always try to think of something special that happened between me and the person during the year, and I try to give a gift that reminds them of that special time.  For example, one of our Jewelry Buyer came to a Christmas party at my house and she loved my “Bliss Lights” that I used for decorating the front of my home.  She just bought a house and invited me to a housewarming party – and I took her a Bliss light as a gift.  She loved it!

     

    { Favorite Christmas song? }        

    The one about chestnuts roasting on an open fire….which one is that!??!  Oh yeah – Nat King Cole sings it… “The Christmas Song”!

     

    { What’s on your wish list? }        

    #1 – Happiness, Fulfillment and Joy for my family

    #2 – A nice BIG piece of BLING!!  {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

     

    { When do you start decorating? }

    At Thanksgiving, I put up my Bethlehem lights wreaths to make the house seem cozy and festive, but I don’t turn on the lights.  To me Thanksgiving is warm and welcoming and Christmas is lights and sparkle.

     

    { Holiday attire? }              

    “Keep it Simple”  Probably black head to toe with some sparkle and shine added – either with a cute sequin shell or I would use jewelry to elevate the look.  Unless you are asking about Christmas Morning – then it is definitely PJ’s and slippers – ALL DAY!

     

    { Gifts: Give or receive?  }

    Give!  I get so excited seeing the person’s reaction!  And, as you all know, I am terrible at keeping secrets.  For a long time now, I have allowed my kids 3 hints about their gift – and I LOVE driving them crazy with it until the 25th!!

     

    { Any holiday tradition?  }

    My family always does the “7 Fishes” for dinner.  We also always go to Mass.  And my kids know that every single Christmas morning they get a brand new pair of PJ’s and a photo album of our Summer Vacation photos.

     

    { I finish all my shopping.. }

    the 24th!  (Doesn’t everyone? {#emotions_dlg.biggrin})


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  • 11/19/13--06:56: Foods of the Season
  • Boy! All of a sudden it feels like winter! I could have sworn that October was just yesterday, but I realized today that we’re more than half way through November! How did that happen? October is one of my favorite months. The weather is great, the food is great, the trees outside look so pretty. It’s a pretty great month here in Pennsylvania. Here are some of the foods I enjoyed this October.

    First of all, you can still get great tomatoes in October and that’s the perfect time for slow roasting them. It’s too hot to slow roast tomatoes in the summer, but in October, you can leave the oven on for 5 or 6 hours and let the tomatoes fill the house with a delicious aroma.

    October is also the month when I like to start having soups again. I really enjoyed this Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup, which was so easy to make using my Vitamix blender! I just cut up the leeks and cauliflower, tossed them with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted them in a 400º F oven until the cauliflower was just starting to turn brown. Then, I put it all into the Vitamix and blended it up with some water. The garnish is a little chili oil and fried leeks!

    Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup

     

    October is also the month of Canadian Thanksgiving. I love having Thanksgiving in October. It’s just far enough away from the Christmas holidays that it feels a little more relaxing to me than American Thanksgiving. I had some friends down from Canada and we roasted a turkey and had a fantastic meal. We weren’t the only ones who ate well that night, however. My lovely Golden Retriever, Ruby, was eyeing the turkey the entire afternoon. Below is a photo that I posted of her on my Facebook page. What I didn’t tell everyone was that Ruby actually did a little agility performance later on and managed to get an entire turkey leg off the platter that I had diligently prepared! It took three of us to pry it away from her! Rascal!

    Ruby and the Turkey

     

    Finally, late in the month I found myself in a pizza frenzy (it’s still going on)! I sought out thin-crust pizzerias all over town and also made my own. I love making pizza on a stone in my oven, but I also love a wood-fired pizza. Maybe one day, I’ll have a wood-fired pizza oven outside. If only we sold THOSE on QVC. ;)

    Flatbread Pizza

     

    Check out some more delicious recipes on my newly re-designed recipe page!


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  • 11/19/13--12:01: It's Christmas at the Q!
  • It's Christmas time at the Q! Here's a peek at the beautifully decorated Christmas trees around our home at Studio Park!

     

     

     

     

     

    We'd love to see your holiday decor! Show us below, on Facebook or on Instagram using the hashtag #QVCholiday!

     


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    Some people (and those people are probably wise) make it a point to not eat in their living room. But, that’s just not the case in my busy house. So, yesterday as I walked into the living room with a hot plate of food, I noticed white heat marks on my table—telltale signs we’ve rested one too many hot plates on top! After a little research, I found some tips on removing those marks and it WORKED! All you do is place a clean, white cloth on top of the mark, turn your iron on the steam setting, and run it over the top. Voila! White marks gone.

    What an easy way to make your house look clean and polished…and it took 10 minutes! As we get ever-closer to the holidays (can you believe Thanksgiving is just over a week away!?) I’ll try to share little tips like this with you. We’ll get our homes company-ready yet!

    When do you start decorating for Christmas in your house? Early December? The weekend after Thanksgiving? I tend to start as soon as Thanksgiving has ended because I just love Christmas and all its vibrant, glittery decorations. In case you’re an early decorator too, I wanted to share two recipes/DIY ideas that you should absolutely do with the kids: homemade Christmas ornaments.



    Here’s the recipe for those Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments:

    Ingredients:

    •    1/2 cup (4-oz) ground cinnamon
    •    1 Tbsp ground nutmeg
    •    1 Tbsp ground cloves
    •    2 Tbsp white glue
    •    3/4 cup applesauce
    •    3/4 cup flour

    In case you’re seeking a recipe a little less involved, you can’t go wrong with traditional Salt-Dough Ornaments:

    Salt Dough Ornaments

    Ingredients:

    •    4 cups flour
    •    1 cup salt
    •    1-1/2 cups warm water

    Directions:

    1.    Preheat the oven to 325°F.
    2.    Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl and slowly stir in the water. Knead the mixture with your hands until you have a soft dough.
    3.    Roll the dough out on a flat, floured surface until it’s 1/8” thick.
    4.     Use holiday-shaped cookie cutters to make shapes. Use a straw to cut a small hole in the top of the ornament (so you can attach a ribbon for hanging).
    5.    Place the ornaments on ungreased baking sheets and bake for an hour, or until hard.

    Decorate those ornaments any way you wish…when Trevor and I made these, we painted our ornaments and two coats was plenty. We let them dry overnight and then we cut some colorful string to size and looped it through the hole. Now we’re ready for the tree—which we still haven’t gotten just yet. But, at least we’re ready!

    If you plan to give these to family and friends as gifts, put plenty of padding in the gift packaging. And, be sure to wrap these carefully after the holiday season ends.

    Have fun with this! Don't forget to check the You're Home with Jill brand page on QVC.com for more recipes and DIY ideas. I’ll blog again next week. In the meantime, here’s a gift idea from Dennis Basso you can really cozy up to. :)



    From my home to yours,
    —Jill


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  • 11/20/13--06:36: My Top Fragrance Gift Picks
  • I always think receiving fragrance as a gift is very special. If you're still thinking about your holiday-shopping list, think about giving the gift of fine fragrance. It works for everyone, from your sister to your aunt to your BFF. To give you some help, I’ve picked my top five favorite fragrance gifts this year.

     

    1. The Blend 10-Piece Rollerball Fragrance Custom Blending Kit 

    The Blend

    2. Dennis Basso Fragrance Gift Set with Bag 

    Dennis Basso

    3. Penhaligon's 5-Piece Fragrance Discovery Set 

    Penhaligon's

    4. philosophy home & away holiday fragrance duo 

    philosophy

    5. FABULOUS Isaac Mizrahi Intense Fragrance

    Isaac Mizrahi

     

    Happy holidays!

     

    —Claudia Lucas


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    Sarah Potempa - Allure Award

    My team and I are thrilled to announce that the BEACHWAVER was named the “Best Curling Iron” in the Allure Best of Beauty 2013 Awards. Allure Editor in Chief Linda Wells announced the winning products at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week. It was such an honor to receive this award for my BEACHWAVER. I spent countless hours in research and development, from my initial sketch to overseeing the cutting of the steel for the molds. It’s truly an innovative product. As a hairstylist, I'm proud to say my idea has become a reality and even prouder that the beauty industry acknowledges my tool as a top curling iron on the market.

     Xo,

     —Sarah Potempa

    Beachwaver


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    First of all - Theresa wanted me to thank you all for reading about her very first toy gift pick last week - Stuffies (click here to find them) - and for your nice comments! You really made her smile! She's having fun - and that means the world to us! :) Thank you!

     

    We are VERY excited about her pick for this week because we've been waiting for it to get back in stock! It's FINALLY arrived!!!

     

    And "Theresa's Toy Shop" pick this week is... The Customer Top Rated - 25 Count SNOWTIME Anytime Indoor Snowballs!!!

    Click here for the Snowballs!

    ***What you need to know - there aren't a lot to go around in this order and if you want them for this year - we'd suggest that you get your order in as soon as possible! We don't know if there will be another order this year after this one!***

    Me: Aren't you excited we finally get to tell everyone about the Snowtime Indoor Snowballs you love?

    Theresa: Yes!!! They're so fun! (She said with a high pitched squeal!)

    Me: Ok sweetie - so why would the indoor snowballs be a good gift for kids?

    Theresa: Because they're fun and soft! Your hands won't get wet and cold. You stay warm inside and get to have a snowball fight!

    Me: We may need to order another set - especially if daddy wants to throw them at us!

    Theresa: You're right. He would try to get them all for himself and hit us with them!

    Me: But they don't feel like getting hit with a real, cold, wet snowball do they?

    Theresa: No! They feel like a...what's that puffy thing you use to take off my nail polish?

    Me: A cotton ball?

    Theresa: Yea! They feel like a big cotton ball!

    Me: That's a perfect description sweetie!

    Theresa: Thank you. (She smiles.)

    Me: Would a kid like them?

    Theresa: Of course. All kids love throwing snowballs!

    Me: What about adults? Would they like them?

    Theresa: Yes, they'd like them too. Some adults like to play in the snow like kids.

    Me: I think they're really fun! I don't like getting cold throwing real snowballs! You got me good with them tonight!

    Theresa: Yes I did mommy! They bounced off your head!

    Me: I think they'd be fun all year-round --- but also for anyone who doesn't get snow!

    Theresa: What? Some people don't get snow?

    Me: Yes, there are places that never get snow or very little snow.

    Theresa: Then they need the fluffy snowballs so they can play and they won't be sad because they don't have snow.

    Me: That's a nice idea sweetie. So do the SNOWTIME Anytime Indoor Snowballs get your "Theresa's Seal Of Approval"?

    Theresa: Yes! Oh, mommy - be sure to tell them they get a clear case to take them anywhere.

    Me: You just did! I'm typing what we're saying to each other.

    Theresa: Yea!!! 

    If you're looking for great toy ideas for kids of all ages on your list --- please check out our QVC Toy Shop by clicking here ---> Toy Shop.

    We'll be back with another fun you gift idea next week with "Theresa's Toy Shop"!

    If you have any questions you can find me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/jacqueqvc

    And Twitter: www.twitter.com/jacqueqvc

    Best wishes and blessings,

    Jacque & Theresa :)


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    3 Perfect Coats

    Once the cold weather hits, we’re stuck wearing coats day after snowy, stormy day. It could be a drag, but only if you pick the wrong topper. That is why your coat purchase is possibly the most important thing you will buy all year. Let me be your guide! I’ve collected plenty of tricks after so many New York winters, follow my tips below to find the most flattering coat for your body. It doesn’t hurt that these all pack an extra point of interest that will keep you entertained all the way until spring.

     

    1. TALL GLASS

    Faux fur is the coziest, most glamorous way to take an everyday coat to a whole new level. When you pull this Dennis Basso number on, no matter where you’re headed, you’ll feel and look like a million dollars. The real star of this one is the sash belt, which cinches the waist and adds a new dimension of texture. This is the ideal shape for taller women, as the heaviness could overwhelm a small frame, but in basic black it goes with everything, anywhere.

     

    2. BOOTY-FULL

    One sure way to keep your love strong for a coat is grabbing one in an eye-catching shade and pattern. This Houndstooth beauty by Isaac Mizrahi Live! is a bright blue, sure to cheer you up on even the cloudiest, coldest days. The structured shape is extra flattering on those of us with a pear shape, creating a waist and disguising hips.

     

    3. TAKE IT FROM THE TOP

    There’s something I’m loving about the pajama trend happening right now, and tying on a robe-like coat by G.I.L.I is the ticket to really rocking this style to the max. The luxury of the exaggerated collar is a statement-maker in itself, but it’s also a great trick to minimize a large bust. The belt ensures that you will have a distinct shape, and this rich berry color is also extremely regal.

     

    What kind of coat are you shopping for this season? Please share any tips for the ideal winter-weather mate in the comments!


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    I am hosting Thanksgiving this year. No big deal, right? Truth be told, we have always gone to my parents’ or the in-law’s houses for Thanksgiving. I have happily shown up for 31 years bearing pies and treats for all. I’ve become the best hostess gift-giver ever. My four children sat me down and said, "Mom, it is time to start memories in the new home." They are right. This is the year of new beginnings, memory-makers, and, of course, new traditions. So let the games begin! Or should I say, the cooking!

    So what is Thanksgiving all about, aside from the feast? As you know, this past week MBR lost her Dad, a wonderful gentleman from all that she has shared with us. She went back home to be with her family and friends – to share stories and memories, reminisce, eat, laugh, cry, play games, and feel the comforts of home. I know she was thankful for her time with her family. MBR's version of Thanksgiving came early. I am thankful and blessed to be able to prepare this meal. I am no Rachael Ray or Martha Stewart, but I am a mom, daughter, sister, and aunt. We will share a wonderful meal together, laugh, tell stories, tease each other, and remember the first Thanksgiving in our new old home.

    That being said, traditions are important and so is the one we started with you on our Wednesday morning show…THE NEW YOU. Even though the show is not back on until January, we will continue bringing you a NEW YOU item. Why not? You deserve it. This week’s item is our Liz Claiborne New York Cotton Cashmere Turtleneck (A236652). It is part of our cotton cashmere collection. It’s awesome to the touch, fits true to size, and most definitely helps you style the town and country look. Kevin took the pic of me in front of our fireplace. Yes, I am the matriarch of my gang and the hostess with the most thankful heart this Thanksgiving.

    What are you thankful for this year?

    Have a wonderful holiday!

    Linda Smile

     

     

    Shop the Liz Claiborne New York collection.


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  • 11/20/13--12:27: Meet Audrey and Jack Graver!
  • This is the time of year, as the holidays approach, that I look forward to spending time with the people in my life that I'm most thankful for. This year, I would like to dedicate my love and appreciation to two of the most incredible people in my life: my mother-in-law and father-in-law, Audrey and Jack Graver.

    From the moment we met, they made me feel comfortable and immediately embraced me as part of their family.

    Here we are together at my wedding.

    You may have heard me mention Audrey during my shows. She is the most beautiful woman I have ever known with a heart of gold and an impeccable sense of style. Audrey has a keen eye on the pulse of fashion, and I am so fortunate that she joined me in designing my collection for QVC from the very beginning.

    My father-in-law, Jack Graver, is the rock of the family. His strength, warmth, wisdom, and compassion for people is evident from the minute you meet him. He has traveled the world, was a leader in the fashion industry, and shares great stories of his experiences.

    I adore this picture of Audrey and Jack!

    I am so thankful for having them both in my life. Who are you thankful for? I'd love to hear!

    xoxo,

    Susan


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    Maria McCool and Calista Tools have brought back a customer favorite - their Ion Hot Rollers, featured as the Today's Special Value® on Saturday, November 23rd. These rollers heat up quickly and stay hot longer, and now come with a larger base to hold all twelve rollers at one! Do you have a question about using this fabulous set to achieve the curls of your dreams? Ask now by posting your questions below. And don't forget to check back throughout the TSV day on 11/23 for your answers from the Calista Tools Team!

     


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    Hi Everyone!

    Lauren here, my team and I decided to switch it up this week and turn the camera around, to share some background information about my career at QVC as a Senior Buyer.

    I hope you enjoy the video post below.  Please feel free to ask me any questions in the comment section. I’d love to hear your ideas and learn more about what types of footwear you want me to buy for QVC.

    Talk to you soon!

    Lauren

     

     


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  • 11/20/13--13:38: ARE YOU A GLAMOUR GIRL?
  • Hello Mackinistas!

    I recently had a lengthy discussion with a bunch of girlfriends…it was a girls’ night get-together. The subject was about glamour. It all started with the casual inquiries about what we had planned for the upcoming holidays. Ivo and I will be in New York City for Thanksgiving, and then we will host Christmas Eve at our home. This conversation naturally evolves to the ‘what do you think you'll wear?’ We are all very different in personalities, body styles and ages. The word ‘glamour’ popped up several times, and what started as fashion chit-chat became a deep and thought-provoking talk. Not in a bad way of any sort, but it was more of a realization that sometimes we see ourselves much differently than others see us and that each of our views about glamour are very different.

    For example, one of my friends sees herself as a non-glamorous person. She followed that line up with 'I'm pretty boring.' To the contrary, I would describe her as glamorous, in a Kate Hepburn sort of way. There were other viewpoints that involved expressions like, ‘I could never pull that off, but you can’ or ‘I'll completely embarrass myself if I wear that.’ It was not just the simple truth that we have different tastes and styles of dressing, but it was the insight that we might be tempted to dip our toes into unfamiliar waters if given the chance. The AHA of the night…there is not one way of looking or feeling glamorous and certainly many ways of approaching it.  

    I would compare it to how we all appreciate art in different ways. Each work evokes a different feeling for each person. We all take away something different.

    The more I thought about this conversation, the more I thought about Bob Mackie. The mind of a truly gifted designer is amazing. They are creating for women of many different shapes, sizes, tastes, ages, etc. (My little girls group was just a drop in the bucket for variety.) It's the art of tapping into all of our individual ideas of glamour and how we want to express that.

    The correlation that I made with a work of art was just a coincidence, but doesn't that just make sense as Bob Mackie is an artist aside from being a fashion designer? So it would figure that in his Wearable Art line at QVC there is a work of art for everyone.

    I invite your thoughts about glamour…how do you define glamour? How does it vary from you to someone else? How do you like to bring glamour into your wardrobe?  

    Webster's Dictionary defines glamour as an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness.

    Now, I don't know every single woman in this world, but I am sure that most of them, in their own way, would appreciate a little slice of romantic attractiveness from time to time.

    Who better to help out with that in terms of fashion than Mr. Bob Mackie, of course! And that is the bottom line, right? We all are different and have different opinions and desires when it comes to glamour.

    So, just like my girls and I asked each other…’What are you planning for the upcoming holidays?’ and ‘What are you going to wear?’

    Maybe it's a Bob Mackie that is hanging in your closet right now. If you need to do some shopping, may I suggest these:

    Bob Mackie's Placement Print Pullover (A237604)

    This one comes in color choices of grape, olive or slate. This is for the woman who feels glamorous in a yummy cotton/rayon blend featuring a classic paisley print.

    Bob Mackie's 3/4 Sleeve Sequin Blouse with Back Seam Detail (A237610)

    Some of us need some sequins to set the tone for glamour. This one does that and so much more in choices of black, cranberry, navy and plum.

    Bob Mackie's Burnout Velvet Cowl Top (A238453)

    And then there is the velvet burnout. That will do it for me every time. Available in black, garnet and sapphire, this one screams, ‘Glamour alert!’

    Which one will you go for? Happy shopping and happy planning for the holiday season!

    Best,

    Margaux


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    It's the most wonderful time of the year (are you singing yet?) It's time to treat the person (or people) who know you better than you do: your best friend(s). What do you get...and better yet, how do you make a gift feel more personal?

    Most of you have seen pictures of me with two of my best friends...Leslie and Kym. What goes through my mind when I'm shopping for them? Especially because they really do have everything?

    In a lot of cases, if I don’t know what to get, I keep my eye out for a great piece of jewelry. Leslie likes really bold, really cool eclectic jewelry so I keep my eye out all year for something I know she’d like. If you see it in March—and you know she’d like it, you’ve got to grab it.

    For Kym, I look for jewelry that has a connection to a trip we’ve gone on together. So I’ve given her an Egyptian Hamsa Hand (which is said to protect you from Evil) and an Indian Diety Ganesha (to whom you have to honor with a gift before entering his temple).

    Here's Kym on our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. She's eating a cricket! :)

    Jewelry is always a great gift because you know she’ll like it if it fits her style or has a connection to an experience you shared.

    If your best friend isn’t a jewelry person, a laugh is a great gift—you can never go wrong with funny. I’ve given Leslie and Kym funny cards, pithy magnets, and other little things. Sometimes those little things mean as much as the big ones.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing them this year...we don't have a specific night when we exchange gifts, because we don’t live close to one another. If Leslie is coming into QVC, she’ll come over and we exchange. If she’s not coming down, I’ll head up to New York and visit for the holiday. Kym and I normally travel together in January so we exchange then.

    I love this video with Leslie. She's going to be chatting with you on Friday night for A Lisa Robertson Christmas! I hope you'll join her on my FB page.

    See you Friday at 10pm ET. :)
    --Lisa


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  • 11/21/13--09:23: Dyson Engineer Live Chat
  • Chat with a Dyson Engineer all day on Sunday, November 24 for expert answers to your Dyson questions. Discover the engineering, power, and innovation that separates this brand!

    Dyson is here to answer your questions!

     


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  • 11/21/13--14:17: Grateful This Thanksgiving
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    It is the time of year when we all talk about things that we are thankful for.  I am grateful to have a wonderful family. I am incredibly thankful to be healthy. I have a husband that loves me, a roof over my head and a job that I love. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I will just keep working hard to deserve it.

    I would like to spend this time talking about YOU. I have been chatting with you for over 2 years now and we have become good friends. I read your comments, I love your jokes, and I get a kick out of your pictures. I love to see photos of your kitchen successes (no matter how messy you think they are)! When you don’t feel well or have gotten bad news, my heart goes out to you. When you have had great news, I want to celebrate your triumph! I am very thankful that you have chosen to share these times with me.

    I would like to mention a few specifics, if I may. I am proud of Kim for her hard work on her career. I am heartbroken that Harold and Linda passed away. I love when Kathleen shares recipes. Katie and Carole, my heart goes out to you both. Stephen, thank you for always giving us the low down on our most wanted kitchen items! I am so sorry Brenda had some trouble with her computer this year, but so glad the iPad is awesome! Ali, I am so excited for you and Mike. Chris and George, I so appreciate your kind spirits. Rachel, you have wonderful times coming your way. Please join our chats and meet all of the wonderful people that make up our Foodie Family. ALL of you are amazing, this paragraph just names a few.

    I am proud to be your friend and am so proud of everything you all do for your families, each other, and for your communities. If you know me, you know I don’t do this often, but I would like to make a request. Please get out this holiday and volunteer, if you are able. Check online for your local food bank or food cabinet and see how you can help. Let’s take our fantastic foodie community and share it to those that need us.  I sure do appreciate you and THANK YOU!

    BIG BIG hugs to all of you! Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Chanukah!

    Much love and thanks ~ @MaryQVC


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    Did you know November is "National Peanut Butter" Month? I know, I know... it’s surely some marketing gimmick crafted by the peanut butter industry. But I enjoy peanut butter, so I’m ok with a little PB self promotion. How about you? Are you a fan of peanut butter?

    I thought it would be fun to take a poll to see what tops the list of peanut butter favorites. And for good measure, I included the easiest peanut butter cookie recipe ever.

    If you have peanut butter and fifteen minutes, you’re golden!

    Enjoy!

    Leah :-)

    Poll: Vote for your Peanut Butter Favorite

     

    Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich

     

    Peanut Butter Cookies

     

    Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

     

    Apples and Peanut Butter

     

     

    Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies Ever

    1 cup peanut butter (any kind)

    1 cup sugar (granulated)

    1 large egg

     

    Preheat oven 350°F.

    Mix sugar and egg together, then add peanut butter until smooth. Form into 1" balls and press with fork in criss-cross.

    Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

    Makes 1 dozen cookies.

     


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  • 11/22/13--07:48: A Thanksgiving First
  • Hello friends,

    I love that at my age I still get to enjoy plenty of “First” experiences.  This Thanksgiving I’ll be a hosting dinner for friends on my lake + cooking my first turkey, in I can’t remember how many years.  I’m a fairly fearless guy, a more than decent cook yet the thought of roasting a turkey scares the heck out of me.  With a new oven, all the appropriate roasting tools + tons of “The Perfect Foolproof” recipe from everyone I’ve shared this fear with, my bird should be OK.  Luckily my neighbors are all bringing side dishes + dessert.

    The holiday is giving me an excuse for taking some extra time off.  Need to clean up my house, do those get ready for winter chores, and decorate for my Thanksgiving celebration.  My new favorite indoor outfits are my casual PJ’s…A331101 + A331103.  Many of you have been asking me for more men’s styles and these are the perfect gifts of comfort for the men in your life! I’ll be wearing them to clean up + cook in.  Promise to change for dinner.

    Know as we go around the table + give thanks, that my answer will be simple.  I’m very thankful every day for the richness of my life, comfortable (fleece PJ’s not withstanding) + content in my career and treasure my family + friends...old + new.  As for Q friendships here are some photos from my 20th anniversary live audience show reception.  Thanks again to all of you who were there in person - and who watched from home - for making it such a special day!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Follow me on Facebook to see when I’ll be on in the next few weeks…and enjoy your holiday wherever you may be!  And if you have a foolproof turkey recipe, send it on.

    -Stan


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