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    As the famous blonde bombshell once said, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!” 

    Known for their fire, shine, facets and brilliance, they sparkle like no other gemstone.  They are in fact the hardest natural substance on the Earth.  They rate a 10 on the Moh’s hardness scale.  Their durability and timeless beauty has kept women – and men – entranced forever.  The earliest written account of diamonds dates back to around 500 B.C.!!!   Most diamonds found in nature are between one to three billion years old – that’s Billion with a B!!!   {#emotions_dlg.laugh}

    Whether they are white, blue, yellow, champagne, chocolate, green, purple, pink or red – we ADORE these beauties;  we cherish them;  and we hand them down as the perfect heirloom – a family treasure! 

    Diamonds can mean “I’ll love you forever".  They can also mean “I’ll love ME forever!”  They can signify a promise; they can be all about Flash; they can be total adornment.  Diamonds are a classic, they go with everything and NOTHING sparkles quite like this pure beauty. 

    April baby – you are one Lucky girl!!  The rest of us have to think up reasons to own diamonds………..you…….it’s just your birthstone!  {#emotions_dlg.w00t} Tell me why you love your diamond!  Post a picture, tell me your story and ……………………………………….. Sparkle On baby – SPARKLE ON!!!! 

    Take a look at these gorgeous pieces I chose for this month's blog!

    Wow!  This is 2 items...the center ring is a 1cttw Cushion Cut Halo Ring and then the Set of 2 Affinity Diamond Band Rings. I {#emotions_dlg.wub} this look!

     

     Ok!  Maybe I got a little carried away trying them on - but come ON!  They are so beautiful!  From left to right, they are:  Affinity Diamond 1cttw Cluster Ring;  Affinity Diamond 1/4ct Flower Design Band Ring; Affinity Diamond 1cttw 3 Stone Cluster Design Ring; and then the 1cttw Cushion Cut Halo Ring worn with the Set of 2 Affinity Diamond Band Rings.

     

     

    Those earrings are the Affinity Diamond 1cttw. Round Cluster Studs.


    And of course the Affinity Dia 1/8cttw Diamond Angel Wing Pendant.

    If you didn't see what you like in my picks, here is the entire Diamond Shop: Happy shopping!   {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

     

     

    Xoxo,

    A

     

     


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    One of my go to pieces in the summertime is a great basic jersey dress. If it's a good one, I'll need it in a number of colors, because I'll be wearing it a number of days every week! When it's comfortable and it's flattering and it's versatile, it's going to be a staple in your wardrobe. This week we have a great dress in our show (in regular and petite), so I thought it would be a great time to talk about different ways to style the perfect basic.

    We also have the newest concept from IT Cosmetics this week too.

    See you Friday for The Lisa Robertson Show at 10pm ET. :)
    --Lisa

    P.S. I'm wearing the dress right now and loving it!


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  • 04/09/14--13:47: Craisin Chicken Salad
  • I am very excited to share with you this week’s Sensational Spring Salad recipe.  Eileen Reimer and her daughter made this yummy salad and they so kindly offered to share the recipe with me so that I may share it with you!  I am making it this weekend!  YUM!!!!  Thank you Eileen!

    Craisin Chicken Salad

     

    Ingredients:

    1 cooked rotisserie chicken

    3-4 diced stalks of celery

    1-2 cups of craisins ( more or less depending on your taste)

    1-2 TBSPS of tarragon leaves

    Mayo to taste

    Directions:

    • Cut chicken into cubes or thin strips.
    • Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
    • Chill for at least 3 hours

    If you have a recipe for a “Sensational Spring Salad” that you wouldn’t mind sharing please send it to me with a picture to my email: j_brown@qvc.com or you can post it directly on my Facebook page.

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

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/jaynebrown1

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    Google+: http://qvc.co/JayneBrownGPlus


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    I’m so glad spring has finally sprung (at least in most of the country). I just love the sense of renewal and rebirth that comes with springtime. It really is life-affirming. 
    One thing I do every spring is take a little trip to my local farmers' market to check out the fresh spring produce. I’m always amazed at the bright colors, flavors, and value of fresh in-season fruits and veggies. There’s nothing better! 
    Here’s my top 10 fruits & veggies list:
    Asparagus. Depending on where you live, most asparagus is harvested in the spring before June. I like thin spears best, but thicker spears can be just as tender after you cook them. Try steaming with a little squeeze of lemon and a dab of butter. 
    Artichokes. Look for tight, compact leaves and stems that have been freshly cut when shopping for artichokes this spring. 
    Peas. When I think of spring, I think of crisp, bright green peas and pea pods. Yum! 
    Radishes. These little red spicy/sweet beauties are at their best every spring. I toss them in salads and munch on them all by themselves. 
    Carrots. Usually available all year, but I love the carrots farmers pull in spring and early summer. They just seem sweeter to me. 
    Cherries. Juicy Bing and Rainier cherries are a delicious way to welcome spring and early summer. 
    Strawberries. The strawberries seem especially sweet this year. And did you know they’re full of vitamin C? 
    Mangoes. Mangoes are a favorite fruit for billions of people all around the world. Trees near my home will be drooping with fruit by late May and June. Can you say mango salsa? 
    Apricots. Ripe and fresh spring apricots are delicious on their own or sliced on top of cereal, ice cream, or baked into pies or tarts. 
    Herbs. Spring herbs are also abundant in this time of year—especially mint and parsley. I love snipping a little bit of parsley from the bunch and adding it to all my dishes. And fresh mint is incredible in hot tea or cool drinks. 
    Some more tips: Always check the color of fruits and vegetables before you buy. They should be brightly colored for the best value. To be sure you’re getting ripe, juicy, delicious fruit, always pick it up and see how it feels. It should feel heavy in your hands for its size. You should also do a sniff test. The fruit should smell like you want it to taste. 
    What’s your favorite spring fruit or vegetable? Message me and let me know what fresh spring produce you’re looking forward to most!
    If you’re not getting all the nutrients you need every day, Nature’s Code ONE Optimal Nutrients Everyday can help fill nutritional gaps in your diet. ONE’s once-daily, soft veggie capsule gives you the optimal nutrients you need every day to help support immune function, support metabolism, and support the conversion of food into energy through B vitamins.*
    Be sure to tune in or log on to QVC.com for the upcoming Nature's Code ONE—Supplement Your Health show this week on Saturday, April 12, at 4am ET. 
    Here’s to your health!
    - Naomi Whittel, Founder & Spokesperson, Nature’s Code ONE Optimal Nutrients Everyday
    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  • 04/10/14--10:35: Your Spring Statement Piece
  • Hi girls!

    I'm so excited about today's TSV - the MOST GORGEOUS Bridgehampton hobo bag for Spring! You know I love Bridgehampton because of its casual elegance, and that lifestyle is really what inspired this bag. I see the most divine women in Bridgehampton. They're completely put together, but in such an understated and easy way. And this bag is perfect for those girls and ALL OF YOU! Bridgehampton is my happy place, and this bag is a close second. Seriously!

     

     Bridgehampton house

    My Bridgehampton house

     

    We've made this particular style just a bit smaller, but in a size that can still hold everything you need, from day to night. Work to dinner. Errands to date night! There's also this ADORABLE little wristlet done in the fabric that lines that hobo (MAJOR!) that you can put a few cards and your phone in, and use for an evening out. The construction of the bag is so well-thought out. It's the easiest bag, I swear. From the way it fits perfectly over the shoulder, to all of the little pockets, and the outside pocket with an enamel snap. You won't go a day without using this bag! Also, I am CRAZY for the quality of this leather, it is so rich and supple; really divine. My love for color also really inspired this bag. To me, color is everything. It's the greatest luxury of all and a really fun way to show your personal style. You'll notice we didn't do this bag in black, but instead white and light cognac, as neutrals - perfect for Spring and Summer! And by the way - the citron, tangerine, aqua, and dark indigo are PERFECTION. Color, my girls, COLOR!!! This bag will truly be your Spring statement piece and I can't wait to be on air all day showing it to you! 

    Original sketch

    My original sketch of the TSV 

     

    xIsaac


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  • 04/10/14--11:46: Dolly Parton Sweepstakes
  • This is where the Dolly Sweepstakes will live.

     


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    Hello, foodies…

    Easter is just over a week away—what’s on your menu? And how are you using up those leftovers? Allow me to offer a few suggestions—well, a dozen suggestions. We’ve got a lot of great Easter dishes on “David’s Recipe Page” and I wasn’t going to share just five! Here’s my must-make list. As usual, you click on the recipe titles below to go right to the recipe. And, you can also find them all in a single pin on my Pinterest page.

    Deviled Egg Chicks

    Deviled Egg Chicks

    Hands down, this is the cutest recipe we’ve ever done on In the Kitchen with David. Your guests will just go nuts when they see these chicks in the center of your holiday table. Or, use these little guys as place settings on the table. They’ll surely welcome guests to their seats!

    French 75

    French 75

    I always like to have a special drink prepared for guests. But on a day like Easter, when I’m also preparing a big dinner, I’ll only consider easy drink recipes. The French 75 has four ingredients and you make the garnish from the lemon you use to prepare it. It’s springy, fresh, and light—everything you want.

    Cream of Asparagus Soup

    Cream of Asparagus Soup

    Roasted asparagus has long been an Easter staple at my table, but I’ll be serving my Cream of Asparagus Soup this year. This recipe made its debut in March for “It’s Not Easy Eating Green”month, when our goal was to open your eyes to surprisingly tasty green foods. This was one of the tastiest recipes we did...see if you can't convert a few veggie haters!

     

    Orange and Pineapple Ham Glaze

    Orange and Pineapple Ham Glaze

    Lots of pre-cooked hams come with the standard brown sugar glaze. While yummy, there are so many other flavors that enhance the flavor of a ham. This recipe, for example, calls for pineapple, orange marmalade, orange juice, and some spices. It takes seconds to whip up and will completely transform your Easter main course.

     

    David's Baked Corn Casserole

    David’s Baked Corn Casserole

    I was introduced to corn casserole when I worked as a reporter/anchor in central Pennsylvania. Baked corn casserole is a staple there, often served at every holiday meal. After you sample this dish, you’ll understand why…it’s just delicious.

    Cabbage, Kale & Broccoli Slaw

    Cabbage, Kale, and Broccoli Slaw

    My grandmother loved to serve cold “salads” when she made Christmas or Easter dinner and I think all of them contained Jell-O in some capacity. Cold slaws are coming back...but hold the Jell-O. Try this Cabblage, Kale, and Broccoli Slaw and serve it in spring ramekins. Or, stage it underneath your Deviled Egg Chicks—like edible Easter grass!

     

    Roasted Rack of Lamb in a Cherry & Red Wine Balsalmic Sauce

    Roast Rack of Lamb in a Cherry & Red Wine Balsamic Sauce

    It’s common practice in the Venable household to serve two entrees at holiday dinners. If you’re hosting a number of people at Easter, you might consider making lamb and ham. Or, if you’re the kind of person who likes to change things up, swap the ham for this easy-to-prepare entrée.

     

    Pecan Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    Pecan Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

    Holiday feast grocery store bills can really add up, so if you’re trying to keep things reasonable this year, consider this cake. It calls for most pantry staples except for the fresh pineapple, and you can always use canned instead of fresh. Buy a large economy-size can and you’ll have enough for the cake and my ham glaze.


    Springtime Lemon Raspberry Coconut Cake

    Springtime Lemon-Raspberry Coconut Cake

    Both my grandmothers were great cooks and my mom’s mother, “Mother Burns” made a coconut layer cake at almost every family gathering. At Easter, she decorated it with jelly beans. At Christmas, she hand-cranked fresh coconut onto the cake and called it snow. Just as it has in my house, I hope this cake makes its way onto your list of family favorites.

     

    Pink Stuff with Macadamia Nuts and Lemon Zest

    Pink Stuff with Macadamia Nuts and Lemon Zest

    If "easy" is your motto this Easter, there’s no better recipe for you than my Pink Stuff. You’re literally dumping six ingredients into a bowl. And it just so happens to look pink when it’s all mixed—talk about a pretty spring dish!

     

    Spring Fruit Compote with Cinnamon

    Spring Fruit Compote with Cinnamon

    This recipe can be a side, dessert, or topping for your ham! I like to double the recipe and keep some for leftover ham sandwiches. It’s the same yummy concept as turkey and cranberry!

     

    Salted Caramel Chocolate Nests

    You don’t need a centerpiece for your table if you make these nests, place some colorful eggs inside, and then stack the desserts on a cookie or cake tower. Again, you could use these as place settings, too, and even write the person’s name on a larger egg, which would fit perfectly inside the nest.

     

    Happy Easter, everyone…keep it flavorful!
    —David


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    Need a side for dinner? Let's do this!

    Gluten-Free, Super-Easy Broccoli Casserole

    Ingredients:

    1 TBSP oil (vegetable, coconut, olive – whatever type you prefer)

    1 medium yellow onion (diced)

    12 oz. broccoli (one Wegmans steamer bag)

    1 ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese

    1 cup light sour cream

    ¼ cup mayonnaise

    1 TBSP. Sriracha (optional)

    Salt and Pepper to taste

    2 large eggs

    2 TBSP cornmeal

    Directions:

    Heat oil in a sauce pan over medium heat until shimmering. Cook diced onion in heated pan until the onions are translucent.  Place cooked onion in a large bowl and set aside. I use the broccoli in the steamer bags because it is crazy-easy.  However you buy your broccoli, heat 12 ounces of it thoroughly and place in the same bowl as the onion. To that same bowl, add 1 cup of cheese, the sour cream, the mayo, the Sriracha (if you dare!), and the salt and pepper. Mix all of these ingredients together thoroughly.  Beat 2 eggs in a separate bowl until you have a well-beaten egg mix. Pour this egg mix into your broccoli-cheese-heaven bowl and mix the two together thoroughly. Pour the contents into an 8” x 8” square baker. Using a teaspoon, shake the cornmeal evenly over the top of the uncooked casserole. Top with the remaining ¼ cup of cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes on the middle rack.

    NOTE: I use a gas stove, so please, if you have an electric stove: keep your eye on the cooking time and adjust accordingly for the type of oven you have.

    DONE! Now you have an incredible side to serve with your chicken, fish, or steak! What would you add to it? I would love to hear! Maybe some corn? How about Spinach? Are mushrooms out of the question? I sure would love to hear your spin on it. Thank you for reading and talk to you soon! ~ Mary QVC


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    YOU VOTED…WE MADE IT…

    IT’S HERE…AND IT’S GLORIOUS!

    At last…the Winning Design from our 2013 Quacker Factory Garden Party is READY FOR YOU!

    TUNE IN Saturday, April 12th from 8:00-9:00PM EST!

    Last year, we asked you to vote for the design you liked best from 3 sketches presented during our 2013 Quacker Factory Garden Party. The winning design would then be created and featured in our 2014 Garden Party show!

    Angel, Carolyn, Amy and Patrick at the 2013 Garden Party show

    We gave you three beautiful designs to pick from...

    We were thrilled to see how many of you voted and thoroughly enjoyed reading all your comments! We thought it might be a close decision. But the results were clear!

    The winning design was the ‘Pen and Ink Floral’!

    Here’s a look back ‘BEHIND THE SEAMS’ to refresh your memory of how the MAGIC all began…

    It all started with Lead Design Artist John Shrader. John LOVES springtime and draws his inspiration from his beautiful garden outside his lovely cottage in upstate New York.

    Creative thoughts flow freely as he puts his VISION onto paper to come up with the “Finished Art!”

    John sends his sketches on to Team Member Leslie, who turns the Paper Art into a beautiful prototype sample! She has the fun job of choosing colors, sequins, rhinestones and threads which all get sent to the factory.

    Once the prototype is back, the TEAM makes decisions about any changes needed and a final sample is made which gets fitted on a live model!

    TA DA…THERE YOU HAVE  IT!

    May we present to you the 2014 Quacker Factory ‘Pen & Ink FLORAL FANTASY’ Tunic!

    IT’S READY FOR YOU TO PICK FROM THE FABULOUS BOUQUET OF COLOR CHOICES!

    Of course, who says you can’t choose them all!

    Don’t miss Angel and Jacque as they present the Quacker Factory Pen & Ink Floral Fantasy Tunicduring our 4th Annual GARDEN PARTY on SATURDAY, APRIL 12th from 8:00-9:00 PM EST!


    If you missed our previous “Behind the Seams” blog installments, you can read them below:

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3

     

     

    Shop Quacker Factory Spring Fashions on QVC.com.


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    When we first got the Agave Vapor Iron in the office, we all just stared blankly at it. Of course, we were immediately enamored by the cool design and promise of help to our distressed locks. We had heard about the amazing concept—a straightening tool that helps smooth  your hair with a nutrient-rich steam as you use it, but we were a little unsure about how to wield this particular straightener. It has a few more ins and outs than what you might be used to, so follow along the steps and figure out how to make the most of it with me.

    *Press button in front to release vapor holding device                                 *Squeeze (some, but not too much) agave oil into the chamber

    Agave 1 
    * Close the rubber lip and place the chamber back on the styling iron
    * Click to secure
    * Set dial for temperature and heat the iron
    * Comb out knots and section hair to start smoothing at the bottom
    Agave 2
       
    * You’ll notice a lovely steam with a nice aroma, that’s the vapor
    * Your hair will be left soft and smooth, not oily
    Agave 3

    We loved the Agave Vapor Iron, what do you think? Feel free to ask me anything in the comments!


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    April is National Garden Month! To celebrate, we have compiled the most asked gardening questions. Check back every week for answers to your burning questions!

    3) What Blooms in Winter?

    Hellebores flower in the cold weather months and give life and abundant color to the garden when very few plants are in bloom or even green.  And more pluses, Hellebores are disease, deer and bug resistant.

    Hellebores are of the Buttercup family, having clusters of flowers and are one of the most versatile and reliable cold-season garden favorites.  These no-fuss plants can bloom upwards of four months with vibrant color.  What a treat it is to look out onto a snowy landscape and see colorful blooms against the white!  In the past few years through hybridization, Hellebores come in a wide array of colors and some now even sport stripes – reds, purples, blacks – a far cry from the original shades of white.  Hellebores like moist, not wet soil and do best in full to light shade – perfect for bordering areas and trees.  Even if these wonderful plants do not bloom, their textures and shades of greens still make them a garden gem.  I think that anyone who will give these plants a whirl will be as addicted as I am!   Get ready to fall in love with this wonderful plant.  

    The pictures you see were kindly shared by world renowned horticulturist David Culp and author of the award-winning book The Layered Garden.  Not only is David’s book and property in Pennsylvania a must see – his expertise and love of these wonderful plants are infectious! 

     

    4) What Is Deadheading?

    Deadheading is the simple task of removing spent flowers either by pinching with fingers, using scissors or pruners.  The reason for deadheading is to deter your plant from going to seed (a natural instinct when it thinks it is dying – to reproduce), but rather have it focus its energy on its growth.   I find that many of my window box and container plants need this for continuous blooming and strength.

    Many gardeners, including myself find this a relaxing task which actually gives me a chance to take a good look at my plants.  Others new to the process might see this as a harsh action, but I think we can all agree that the results of proper deadheading extends a plant’s bloom season and helps prevent infestation and disease.  And most importantly makes for a happier and healthier plant.  Who doesn’t want that?

    Deadheading is a different process based on the type of plant.  For example, for plants with tiny clusters of flowers it is easier to wait until the entire cluster blooms is spent.  Then cut the stem that is holding the cluster, sometimes all the way to the main axel stem.

    The early bloomers and plants with one flower per stem, such as Geranium, Shasta Daisy, Gerbera, and Agapanthus benefit from deadheading at the base where there is new growth on the plant.  When you see the plant is drooping, cutting the plant back to its base may rejuvenate it.

    There are many opinions on how to deadhead roses.  Gardeners seem to split on two different ways to maximize the process.  The garden traditionalists are dedicated to using pruners on their roses deadheading the blooms by making a 45 degree angle at the first node.   Roses generally respond better with a more vigorous pruning as opposed to a conservative pruning.

     

    “O” – A fun, true “Jackie O” story!   In New York City in the early 60’s, my father decorated Jackie’s penthouse apartment with the most glorious floral arrangements.  Her favorite arrangement was the “Geranium Pie.”   Here is the recipe:  my father would take geraniums and after deadheading the plants, would stuff a plant saucer or terra cotta pot with vermiculite (this was before oasis) and fill it with geranium blossoms. I always grin when I deadhead plants and think of my father and his famous geranium-loving client.  Give this arrangement a whirl – I think you will love it!


    Have more questions, ask below and check out our Gardening Guide for more helpful tips and to shop our selection of garden and outdoor items!

    - Barbara 


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    Hello, foodies…

    I just caught the local weather report and some beautiful things are happening here in the Philadelphia area. We’ve got a perfect 10 weekend in store...70s and sunny every day! I’ll be spending a lot of time outside this weekend in-between Saturday Morning Q and In the Kitchen with David. If the weather’s looking just as nice where you are, get outside and enjoy it. Then, when the sun sets, why not whip up some tasty muffins!

    If, by the end of today’s blog, you’re not singing Do You Know The Muffin Man, there’s something wrong. I’ve got THREE terrific recipes to share with you today and all of them can be made in a 12-cup muffin pan. Here’s Sunday’s recipe: Pigs in a Cornbread Blanket. I just LOVE this recipe!

    Pigs in a Cornbread Blanket

     

    Pigs in a Cornbread Blanket
    Serves 6–12

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 3 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 cup buttermilk
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1/4 cup oil
    • 2 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
    • 3–4 hot dogs, cut into 12 (1–1/4”) pieces

    Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat each cup of a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
    2. Whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium-size bowl. Whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and oil in another small bowl.
    3. Whisk the wet mixture into the dry mixture until smooth. Fold in the cheese, and then divide the mixture evenly among the 12 cups of the muffin pan.
    4. Place 1 hot dog piece, vertically, into the center of each muffin and then bake for 15–20 minutes. Serve warm.

    This recipe is prepared using the Technique® 7-Piece Knife Block Set (K39858).

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

    Corn dogs are just one of those foods you never outgrow. I loved them when I was a little boy and I love them today. Think of these muffins as corn dogs without the stick, and dare I say better--we've added gooey, melty, cheddar cheese. Make these for your son or daughter’s birthday party, serve them on game day, or whip them up for dinner this weekend. They’ll be gobbled up faster than you can say corn dog.

    Cornbread and hot dogs are a natural fit. But hot dogs aren’t the only thing you can stuff inside that crumbly bread. What if I told you we stuffed macaroni and cheese inside a cornbread muffin? I hope your answer is something like, “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!”

    Mac N Cheese Cornbread Muffins

    My Mac N Cheese Cornbread Muffins recipe is the fourth mac n cheese dish we’ve made in 2014, so that means we’ve got eight to go! (In case you’re new to In the Kitchen with David, this is our fifth year on QVC, so we’re celebrating with a mac n cheese recipe every month!) You can find all of my mac n cheese creations right at the top of my recipe page, on Pinterest, and the ITKWD app for the iPhone.

    I promised you a third muffin recipe today, so I won’t keep you waiting. This one comes to us from two very special guests we’re welcoming into our kitchen on Wednesday night—the Beekman Boys! They’re bringing their newest cookbook: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook. Brent and Josh were kind enough to share their Vegetable-Cheddar Breakfast Muffins recipe with us a little early. Don't miss their return on Wednesday!

    Vegetable-Cheddar Breakfast Muffins

     

    Vegetable-Cheddar Breakfast Muffins

    Reprinted from “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook” by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell. Copyright (c) 2014 by Beekman 1802, LLC. By permission of Rodale Books. Available wherever books are sold.

    I can’t end without asking you to share your favorite muffin recipe with me for today’s blog question. Are your blueberry, lemon poppy seed, or chocolate chip muffins out of this world? Maybe you also have a stellar savory muffin recipe? I’ll see you this Sunday at Noon ET for In the Kitchen with David.

     Keep it flavorful!
    —David


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    It's been over three months since many of us made our New Year's resolutions to get back in shape - I must say, I'm proud of myself for making it this far and still going strong! Once or twice each week I take classes with a wonderful instructor in my neighborhood who helps to keep me motivated and pushes me to do my best. Although it's difficult to get up and start, afterwards I feel lighter, sharper, more prepared for any obstacle that may come my way! There are countless way to keep in shape but when you find what works for you, it just clicks and you start to enjoy the process, not just the results. I think I've found mine!

     

    Can you guess what I do to keep in Shape? Vote Below!

     


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    Hi everyone!  I'm excited that today is the day for our Quacker Factory Garden Party - 8pE/5pP along with Angel and the ladies!  I can't wait!  I'm especially excited because I'm going to be doing more with Angel and Team Quacker!!!  YEA!

     

     

    AND we finally get to debut the design chosen by YOU from our last Quacker Factory Garden Party!  It's called "Quacker Factory Pen And Ink Floral Fantasy"!  It was a great process watching this top being created!  You can see how it came about here -> 

    http://qvc.co/FloralFantasyBlog

     

    You can find it in our Quacker Factory Shop HERE ((A251798)) or wait until we show it live during our show today!

     

    ***I do have one favor to ask of you!  

    We're going to have a FUN time and want to invite you to join us DURING the show!  Go to my Facebook Page about 2 HOURS before our 8pE/5pP show - www.facebook.com/JacqueQVC - click "LIKE" - and look for our picture and answer the question I will have posted: "Quacker Factory makes me feel ______!"!  Then watch the bottom of your TV screen during the show to see if your message shows up LIVE!!!  Have fun with your answers!  

     

    Have a QUACK-TASTIC Weekend!!!

    Jacque :)


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    Hello and Happy Springtime, Everyone!!

    Since the Easter Bunny will soon be hopping into town with baskets of goodies and colorful eggs, I wanted to devote THIS month's Fur Baby Blog to some of my absolute favorite pets ever, my loveable, smart, silly, cuddly, sometimes ornery, BUNNIES!!

    Did you know??????

    Bunnies are super smart, and can be easily litter box trained!

     

    Bunnies are very social, and hate to be left all alone! They love to have another bunny friend, and they also love their humans!

     

    Bunnies are great pets for humans OVER the age of ten. If you are thinking of getting a new pet for your younger child, a guinea pig is better if they are under 10 years old. Why? Because rabbits are somewhat high maintenance, have special dietary needs, and their back legs are very powerful and can injure your young child by accident or, if your child picks them up incorrectly, they can kick their legs so hard that they could injure themselves too!


    Bunnies can live to be 10 years old or more, with proper care and lots of love!

     

    Bunnies should live INDOORS and not outside in a cage or a hutch. Too many things can harm a rabbit outdoors...even in a cage. Dogs, cats, foxes, hawks, extreme heat or cold and loneliness.

     

    Bunnies require a specific diet of timothy pellets, timothy hay, fresh greens, and lots of water EVERY day.

    Bunny tummies do NOT tolerate JUNK very well, and things like nuts, yogurt drops, pet store rabbit "treats" or "treat sticks", and even too much fresh fruit, which is sugary, can make your rabbit very sick.

    A GREAT source of information on ALL things about rabbits and their care, is this website:  www.mybunny.org I highly recommend it. My friend Alex runs it and she taught me much of what I know about rabbits!!

    Remember do NOT give your child a baby animal for an Easter gift or ANYTIME....unless YOU plan on taking care of it and keeping it forever. That means no baby bunnies, chicks, ducks, etc. Give your child or grandchild a STUFFED animal instead!!

    If you DO decide that you can give a bunny a proper, loving forever home, please visit your local animal shelter!! Adopting a rabbit can be one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do!!

    Till next month, give ALL of your fur babies a big hug from me!!

    Love,

    Carolyn and My Little Zoo XOXO


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    This is a cute project for the kids old enough to use a microwave. The end result can be eaten or used as decoration for your Easter table.

    Easter Egg Nests

    Ingredients:

    6 oz. white almond bark

    1-1/3 cup flaked coconut

    1 Tablespoon milk

    green food coloring

    mini jelly beans / mini Robin's eggs candy

    In a small mixing bowl, stir together the coconut, milk and a few drops of food coloring. Stir until evenly tinted to the shade of green you desire.

    Place the almond bark in a microwavable bowl and melt. Watch closely and stir as necessary. It took about one minute and thirty seconds in my microwave. Stir melted chocolate thoroughly and add to the coconut mixture, stirring until completely blended.

    Place a spoonful of the mixture onto wax paper and shape into nests. Fill with mini jelly beans and decorate as desired.

    * I did not have almond bark on hand this time, so I used a combination of symphony bars from Hershey, one cookies and cream and one half of milk chocolate with almonds and toffee

    * The "nests" can be made to any color you desire. If you would rather have brown nests, simply use all milk chocolate or blend food coloring to make brown

    I hope you have fun making these.

    Counting our blessings and Happy Palm Sunday to you and yours!

    Mary Beth

     


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    Instead of putting the Littles on a COMPLETE sugar-high, we skip the traditional Easter Basket candy and decorate a cake together. We've been doing it for years and I love to see how different each cake turns out as the Littles get older and their cake decorating ideas AND skills mature. 

    Here are some pictures from this year's cake decorating. The theme: A Day at the Bunny Races! :-) 

    Because bringing the Littles to the grocery store usually results in WAY too many snacks and lots of whining, I usually pick up the ingredients and candy toppings myself and let them work their magic with whatever I bring home. 

    Middle Little is a pro in the kitchen, so he usually gets the cake prepped to be baked. 

    Once the cake is made the Littles are ready to dive on in to the decorating process. It's taken a couple of bad experiences for them to learn to let the cake cool before starting their creation!! 

         

    It looks like two littlest Littles actually sneak more candy toppings into their mouth then on the cake!! ... So THAT'S where all the toppings went.    

    I'd like to think they get their sense of creativity from their mother, because they come up with some really great ideas! The theme of this year's cake was "A Day at the Bunny Races." :-)

    Here is the final product! Can you believe there is a cake under ALL OF THAT?! So much for skipping the sugar high! 

    What sort of Easter traditions do you have with your family? Be sure to check out my Facebook page {Albany Irviin QVC } to check out what the Littles are getting into next for Family Fun Friday! Be sure to share Easter photos or memories on my page. I would love to know the creative and festive things you do at your house!! 

     

         


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    I loved this blonde wig the minute I put it on. I love the Blonde Ambition cut, and the completely realistic coloring (with the darker roots and the different shades of blonde).  I put it on and I feel…”polished”. The cut is precise, it’s longer on one side, and falls in that perfect “straight from the salon” way.

    You don’t often see a sister with blonde hair, so I feel very conspicuous.

    I met my girlfriend for dinner, and I send her a text that says “look for a blonde.” She spots me and says thank goodness for the text, because she wouldn't have been expecting this.

    Despite the precise cut, I think the overall tonal coloring softens my face somehow. To me the color says “summer,” and I appreciate the easy way the style falls into place.

    Last week I went for length (long brown hair), and this week I chose a color I’ve always wanted to try. 

    So use that as a tip… if you’re thinking about a color, try a wig in that color first, and check out the shade before you pick up the dye Wink

     

    I'm wearing (Blonde Wig) and you can shop our wig selection here (Shop for Wigs).


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    A little makeup can make a big difference! Tiffani Thiessen is excited to invite you to tune in to QVC April 17 from 8-10pm ET for QVC® & CEW Present Beauty with Benefits, an event in support of Cancer and Careers, which helps women with cancer thrive in the workplace.



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