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- 06/27/14--11:26: _A Day of Discovery
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- 07/01/14--07:26: _The QVC Studio Thro...
- 07/01/14--08:14: _Black Hills Jewelry...
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- 07/01/14--11:01: _Jennifer's Gumbo
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- 07/01/14--14:48: _A Patriotic Party--...
- 07/02/14--05:48: _A Smart & Tasty Fou...
- 07/02/14--07:14: _July’s Hotties – Ra...
- 06/26/14--12:47: Easy Summer Makeup Tips!
- 06/27/14--07:53: Blackberry Pear Smoothie in the Vitamix
- 06/27/14--08:17: Live Logo by Lori Goldstein Blog Chat 5-7pm with Danny Monday 6/30!
- 06/27/14--08:54: A Walk In Your Shoes – Summer Mini Series – Amy Oselkin!
- 06/27/14--11:26: A Day of Discovery
- 06/27/14--11:49: Order Your Copy of Cookbook #2--Back Around the Table--This Sunday!
- 2/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 (14-oz) bags frozen, fully cooked salad shrimp, thawed
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
- 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
- 2 vine-ripe tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
- Whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, lime juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cilantro in a large bowl.
- Add the shrimp, red onion, celery, jalapeño, and tomatoes and gently toss until all of the ingredients are evenly coated. Serve immediately or place into an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- 2 oranges, plus ½ teaspoon finely grated orange zest
- 6 ounces (6 cups) baby spinach
- 2 carrots, peeled and shaved with vegetable peeler lengthwise into ribbons
- 2 scallions, sliced thin
- 7 teaspoons rice vinegar
- 1 small shallot, minced
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 3/4 teaspoon mayonnaise
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1-1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
- Cut away peel and pith from oranges. Holding fruit over bowl, use paring knife to slice between membranes to release segments. Place orange segments, spinach, carrots, and scallions in large bowl.
- Combine vinegar, shallot, mustard, mayonnaise, salt, and orange zest in small bowl. Whisk until mixture appears milky and no lumps remain. Place vegetable oil and sesame oil in liquid measuring cup. Whisking constantly, very slowly drizzle oils into mixture. If pools of oil gather on surface, stop addition of oils and whisk mixture well to combine, then resume whisking in oils in slow stream. Vinaigrette should be glossy and lightly thickened.
- Pour dressing over spinach mixture and toss to coat; sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately.
- 06/30/14--14:48: Light Potato Salad & How-to Make the Very Best Burger
- 3 lbs red bliss potatoes, cut into 1-1/2” pieces
- 2-1/4 tsp salt, divided
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1-1/4 cups nonfat Greek yogurt
- 2 Tbsp yellow mustard
- 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
- 1/2 small white onion, finely chopped
- 6 hard-boiled eggs, cut into small wedges
- 2 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
- Place the potatoes in a large stock pot and fill with tap water, covering the potatoes by 3”. Add 1-1/4 tsp salt and stir. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until just fork tender, about 15–20 minutes. Drain the potatoes, run them under cold tap water to cool them, and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, Place the remaining 1 tsp salt, black pepper, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, nonfat Greek yogurt, mustard, chopped celery, and onions and stir until combined. Add the cooked potatoes, eggs, and parsley and gently stir until the potatoes are fully coated with the yogurt mixture.
- Place in the refrigerator and chill completely before serving, at least 5 hours.
- 06/30/14--15:23: My Favorite Sale Time of the Year!
- 07/01/14--04:30: Your Favorite Hosts Share Christmas in July Recipes
- 07/01/14--07:26: The QVC Studio Through the Lens of a Canon
- 07/01/14--08:14: Black Hills Jewelry Memory
- 07/01/14--09:21: Leah’s Summer Beauty Tips
- 07/01/14--11:01: Jennifer's Gumbo
- 07/01/14--11:18: It's Christmas in July!
- 07/01/14--12:29: Twenty Years of 4th of July memories!
- 07/01/14--14:48: A Patriotic Party--Complete with Recipes--for Independence Day!
- 1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1-1/2 sticks cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 1/4 cup ice water
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- Egg wash (one egg + 2 Tbsp water)
- 2 (14-oz) cans blueberry pie filling
- 1 lb fresh blueberries
- 2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds
- Zest of 1 lemon
- To prepare the dough, combine the flour, sugar, and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor, and pulse to blend. Add the butter, a little at a time, and continue to pulse until the dough comes together in small pieces. If it looks dry, add in the cold water, and pulse. The dough has reached the perfect consistency when you can form it into a ball. Wrap the balled dough in plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Unwrap the dough and roll it out to form a 10" x 16" rectangle. Wrap the dough around the rolling pin and lift it onto a large rectangular baking pan.
- Sprinkle the dough with sliced almonds, leaving a 2" border clear to fold over the tart.
- To prepare the filling, drain the canned blueberry filling, leaving about 1/2 of the syrup in the can. Combine the half-drained blueberry filling with the fresh blueberries and lemon juice. Spoon the filling onto the crust, leaving a 2" border. Gently fold in the edges on all sides. Brush the edges of the pastry with the egg wash and sprinkle with the sliced or slivered almonds. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
- When ready to serve, garnish with the lemon zest.
- 07/02/14--05:48: A Smart & Tasty Fourth of July
- 07/02/14--07:14: July’s Hotties – Ravishing Rubies
Dear Denim and Co Divas, Friends and Fans-
After hearing your MANY requests for a new, slimmer leg "Active" French Terry pant, I am thrilled to be able to introduce you to our Today's Special Value from Denim and Company!! Please meet our brand new D&CoActive French Terry Straight Leg Pull-on Pants!! These are what you have been asking for....a "Go-To" pant for ALL seasons, to get you through those busy days when you have a long "To Do" list and you want to be both stylish AND comfortable!
As you know, the new "Active" line from Denim and Company (which is somewhat inspired by the former Sports Savvy line at QVC), has been very successful and popular with the Denim and Company customers. You have raved about the French Terry fabric, which is smooth on the outside, and has the soft, tiny loops on the inside. You have told us you LOVE the updated SLIMMER leg shape, which is very slenderizing, but NOT tight-fitting like a legging, and won't look boxy. You have told us you love this fabric weight, which is not see-through and does a great job of hiding those pesky lumps and bumps! And of course these pants have POCKETS!! (But you won't even notice them unless you need them!)
You'll find ALL of these customer favorite features in these new TSV pants, as well as "wear now/wear later" transitional colors of Black, Navy, Light Heather Grey, Dark Olive, Chestnut Brown and Deep Wine.
We're offering these pants in all sizes, XXS through 3X and in THREE inseams....Petite (27inches), Regular (30 inches) and Tall (33 inches). And of course, they are easy care, machine wash and tumble dry!!
I LOVE these Denim and Company Active pieces for my casual, everyday lifestyle activities like walking my dogs, running errands, or just relaxing at home or with friends. But, with our NEW TSV pants today, I also love that they have a more polished silhouette, so that I will definitely feel comfortable and appropriate when wearing them as part of a career look for work, or for a luncheon with the ladies!
"Insider" Tip Alert!! Since we have introduced the Denim and Company "Active" Collection, nearly every single piece has been extremely popular and has quickly sold out. Unfortunately, there is usually also a long waiting list to get them back in stock. So don't be disappointed, and order your favorite colors and sizes EARLY. You'll love having them in your closet and will wear them often!! Click here for more info about our Today's Special Value and stay tuned for more new tops and bottoms coming soon to the D&Co Active Collection! Happy D&Co shopping!!
PS: Hope you'll join me every Tuesday morning at 11am eastern for Denim and Company!
You can always shop online for your D&Co favorites as well! <Click Here>
It is Denim & Co. TSV day today, and I am looking forward to chatting with you about the TSV or any other questions you have for me today. Today we are offering another great Denim & Co. Active bottom; Denim & Co. Active French Terry Pants with Pockets. It is being offered in regular, petite& talllengths. Regular has a 30” inseam, Petite has a 27” inseam, and Tall has a 33” inseam.
It is in our customer favorite pull-on style with a flat elastic waistband with must-have side pockets. And it is in our customer favorite French terry, 95% cotton 5% spandex. It has a semi-fitted fit in the hip, a straight leg shape, and falls at the natural waist.
The pants are available in Black, Light Heather Grey, Navy, Dark Olive, Chestnut Brown, and Deep Wine. What colors are you looking at today?
This style would be a great addition to your Denim & Co. Active wardrobe. Have you purchased any of our Denim & Co. Active bottoms yet?? I would love to hear your feedback. What are you looking for in your Active bottoms??
If you have any questions or comments about the TSV or anything you see today, or just want to chat, I’ll be checking in throughout the day today. Talk to you soon!
And don’t forget to check out Gary's blog to see more about Denim & Co.
Blackberry Pear Smoothie
Recipe compliments of Vitamix!
1 cup (245 g) plain yogurt
2/3 cup (160 ml) water
2 bananas, peeled
1 ripe pear, 7 oz. (200 g), halved & seeded
2 cups (280 g) fresh or frozen blackberries
1) Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
2) Select Variable 1.
3) Switch machine to Start and slowly increase speed to Variable 10.
4) Blend for 30 seconds (or until desired consistency is reached) using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
Hello all, Danny here! Sharing the love of Logo by Lori Goldstein. So, we have a fantastic day of all new debuts from us to you, coming 6/30…
We wanted take this opportunity to talk about our new piece and styling ideas we’re very excited to share!
It’s my definite pleasure to bring you a set of pieces so near and dear to us for our June TSV!
First and foremost, Logo by Lori Goldstein is all about comfort and versatility, and layering all in the name of fashion. We’ve created this super set of our Short sleeve Asymmetric Hem top and contrast tank to give you that in Spades. Two pieces, one look, artisanally styled and picked by Lori.
The whole collection features 6 Color combinations, a total of 12 different colors. Lori has designed this combo in her favorite chic and fashion forward color pairings that are ready to wear now, and that will carry all through the seasons.
We have 3 great neutrals and 3 fashion pop color pairings in our saturated yet dusty palette that is both subtle yet makes that statement.
Now, the best part, we encourage you to be your own stylist! All of these colors are virtually interchangeable! Each piece can be mixed, matched and cherished. There are so many different ways to wear. We’ve styled them in 36 different ways!
Watch Lori show you a few of the looks you can achieve when you purchase multiple sets in the video below.
You can explore SO many different color combinations!
They beg for you to play, mix match. Each piece can be worn alone, or layered together, for our signature logo layers look. We invite you to play with color and let every thing truly go with anything. We’ve made a little diagram to show you just How Versatile these pieces are!
We have a full amazing day just for you starting at Midnite!
12 am with Sharon Faetsch
3 am clearance with Nancy Hornback
6 am Fashionably Early
10 am with Mary Beth Roe and our Littles debut! Stay tuned!
12 noon Q Check with Jennifer Coffey
3pm with Antonella Nester
5-7pm with Leah Williams
PM Style with Lisa Robertson
11pm with Shawn Killinger!
Join me tomorrow with Lori for our 2 hour show! I’ll be on hand for a live chat to talk color, combos, and all that is Instant Chic!
So join us!
How will you put them together?
It is so nice to have Amy Oselkin from Clarks shoes back with our family after having little Dylan! She's was our featured gal for this week's edition of A Walk In Her Shoes Mini Series on SSWJ - along with beautiful Dylan and hubby! Guarantee you will say awwwww when you see the baby's photos!
Out and about in Central Park.
Amy's bff, Jackie, visiting from London.
Ok - this is it....get ready to awwww....
I told you!! Such a beautiful baby. How can he not be with such beautiful parents - inside and out! I love watching our shoe family grow!
Thanks for sharing, Amy!
Tune in next Thursday to Shoe Shopping with Jane to see who from our shoe family will be featured next!
QVC held a Day of Discovery yesterday in the atrium at Studio Park. To celebrate the event and to help employees discover all of the terrific products we carry, all were invited to participate in a contest. It created a lot of buzz and showcased some of our amazing talent here.
To enter the contest, employees were asked to submit a photo of themselves with one of our products and tell us in just a few sentences why they love it so much. The creativity between these walls is just astonishing and it was neat seeing how others use our products! And, I discovered a few new ones in the process.
The board above was created to showcase the entries. Below are the winners (in no particular order)
Winner # 1 - Elizabeth loves her LOGO!
Winner #2 - Susan Graver's skirt went to Bangkok with Kristen!
Winner #3 - Ryan in the kitchen with his Ninja!
Winner #4 - The Halo was an angel during the winter storms to Scott and his family!
A good time was had by all!
We even had live music provided by Mark Julian Teague!
There was even a surprise visit from Gabrielle Kerr and her daughter, Jericho.
One of my favorite products and one I recently discovered is The Ultimate Fireman's 5-Pattern Hose Nozzle. Of course, it's perfect for watering plants and flowers, but it's also great for cleaning. I just used it on the cushions for my patio furniture, which were stored away. They cleaned up beautifully and I'm all ready to relax on my deck ..... my clean deck. : )
See you in the morning for AM Style With Leah Williams.
By the way, what's your most recent discovery on QVC?
I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting to tell you these six little words: I just completed my second cookbook! I can hardly believe it. The recipes have been written, tested, and finalized and the manuscript is off to print. It has been an incredibly busy—and incredibly exciting—year. In a way, I still feel like I’m on cloud nine because of the first book. You all welcomed that book into your kitchens and cooked your way through every recipe. I’m thrilled every time you post a photo of one of my recipes on Facebook. And now…cookbook #2! Are you ready? I couldn’t be more ready!
Foodies, this Sunday is the first opportunity to get your advance order copy of Back Around the Table. It’s available exclusively on my Facebook page for just a few days. Now, you don’t have to have a Facebook account to get it—just go to Facebook.com/DavidVenableQVC on Sunday and look for a post about the new book. When you click on the link, it’ll take you back to QVC where you can purchase it. The book will ship to you October 7…which will be here before we all know it.
Speaking of which….can you believe June is almost over??? We start a brand-new month and theme on In the Kitchen with David next Wednesday. But we’ve got one more No Bake, No Cook, No Fuss recipe to share….Summer Shrimp Salad.
Summer Shrimp Salad
Makes 8 servings
This recipe is prepared using the KitchenAid Set of 3 Non-Slip Mixing Bowls (K34993).
Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.
I know you’ve all had those creamy seafood salads…sometimes there’s so much mayonnaise it overpowers all the other flavors—not to mention adds a ton of calories. My Summer Shrimp Salad has a little mayo, but there’s also Dijon mustard, lime, fresh cilantro, onion, jalapeño, and fresh tomatoes. It’s light, refreshing, and exactly what you crave on a hot summer day.
If you opt to make a Shrimp Salad Sandwich, may I suggest a nice side salad? Here’s a Fresh Spinach Salad with Carrot, Orange, and Sesame courtesy of our friends at America’s Test Kitchen.
FRESH SPINACH SALAD WITH CARROT, ORANGE, AND SESAME
Your blog question today foodies is what’s your all-time favorite salad? Cesar salad? Cobb? Is potato salad the only “salad” you’ll eat? I love a garden salad that’s chock-full of fresh garden veggies. But I also do love a great pasta salad. I’ve got some great salad recipes on QVC.com. They’re also no-bake, no fuss—check them out! I’ll see you Sunday at Noon ET.
Keep it flavorful!
P.S. I hope you’ll join us in the chat on Sunday—Tovi, who works on the ITKWD team, will be taking over the chat for our girl Mary when she’s on vacation. Be sure to stop by and say, "Hi, Tovi!"
I’d like to start by saying THANK YOU for all your wonderful comments about cookbook #2...I can’t wait until you all have that book in your kitchens and you start cooking your way through it. While I won't be hand-signing this book as I did with the first, I want you to know we are planning lots of events later in the year and I hope to have the opportunity to sign your book then. This new title was a true labor of love and I’m proud of each and every recipe. Back Around the Table is still on sale exclusively through my Facebook page. It goes on sale on QVC.com TOMORROW!
Tomorrow is also the first day of July! And that means it’s “Summer’s Best” month on In the Kitchen with David. Think about your favorite summer treats—fair foods, campfire favorites, backyard barbecue bests, and more. Tomorrow’s recipe is a classic we’re asked for again and again—a Lighter Potato Salad. Here’s how you make this picnic-perfect side.
Light Potato Salad
Yields 8–10 servings
This recipe is prepared using the Cooks Essentials® Premier 18/10 Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set (K19781).
Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.
So what, foodies, is the perfect partner to potato salad? A burger of course. I’ve got a few burger recipes on QVC.com that you should definitely check out. And, you have to see this video from our friends at America’s Test Kitchen. Dan Souza, the Associated Editor for Cook’s Illustrated, performed an interesting experiment with two hamburgers and a heavy Dutch oven. His point? It’s better to make your own ground beef.
The only thing we didn’t talk about yet is DESSERT! I am constantly blown away by our foodies inside QVC and my friend Sam recently shared two Fourth of July recipes that are AWESOME.
So how do you make edible flip-flops? Sam says she decorated Nutter Butter cookies with gel icing and a little candy bead. As for the ladybug bruschetta, she used cherry tomatoes to make the bodies, black olives to make the heads (and the spots!), and they’re sitting atop lettuce leaves. The white part is a creamy sour-cream based dressing and it’s all set on slices of baguette. Foodies, make either one of these recipes for your July 4th barbecue and you’ll be the talk of the party!!
Speaking of Independence Day, tell me how you’ll be celebrating the holiday for today’s blog question. Are you barbecuing? Camping? Watching fireworks? Maybe just keeping cool in the air conditioning? Whatever you’re up to, I wish you a very happy July 4th on behalf of the entire ITKWD team. I’ll see you this Wednesday for In the Kitchen with David at 8pm ET.
Keep it flavorful!
Hello PM Stylers!
I'll keep this one short, sweet, and to the point. Fourth of July is always on of my favorite times of the year because of one sign on every retailers door; SALE.
Below I took the liberty of finding some great summer clearance items all for less than $28. I love to break for bargains, but I also love a good clearance find without the sweat ;-). Enjoy!
Chic shade from the sun... VT Luxe hat
The Go-To, IML knit dress
All you need is love necklace
Feeling blue... Rachel Zoe necklace
Chandelier effect earring
The lazy day, blanket
Minnesota Mintballs from Host: Mary Beth Roe
1 cup softened butter (or shortening)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 cup quick oatmeal
Mix together all of the above ingredients and roll into 1 inch size balls. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
Our Studio Scoop team was able to get our hands on Wednesday's Canon TSV camera a couple days early. We decided to take the camera on a behind the scenes, all access tour of the QVC studio. We hope you enjoy the pictures and don't forget to tune in at midnight tonight (Wednesday 7/2/14) to get all the details on the camera responsible for these stunning, strike-a-pose worthy pictures!
~Studio Scoop Team
#StudioScoop on Instagram and Twitter
I wanted to share this beautiful post from one of my Facebook Friends, Linda R. She wrote this during the Black Hills Jewelry show on Memorial Day. (BTW – the Black Hills Gold Guy is Jim Whittaker. J)
“I am so enjoying the Black Hills Gold show. I would so have loved to speak to the Gold man as my mother's wedding set from the 1930's was Black Hills Gold. I don't know whether she knew what is was as her method of getting it was a little different. It was during the depression and she always said they were married after church one Sunday morning with a cigar band as that was all they had. (I never knew whether she meant a real cigar band or a small ring!). One of my aunts had married Harold Smith, Sr. in Reno and he invited all of her Texas brothers and sisters to come out there and work. He had plenty of jobs for them. My dad went out there and my mother and I followed (I was less than a year old.)
Mr. Smith thought my mother deserved a real ring and so told my dad that someone had lost a wedding set at the tables in his casino and he wanted my mother to have them. And that is how my mother had a Black Hills Gold wedding set.
As a child, I was fascinated by those rings as I had never seen a gold ring with pink gold roses and green gold grape leaves around it. The engagement ring was also set with tiny ruby and diamond chips, all in all a very appropriate depression wedding set.
When my dad bought her new rings for their 25th anniversary, I have no idea what he did with her original rings. I never saw them again, although they may be put away in the box her granddaughter was given at her death.
Wherever they are, I never knew what they were until I saw Black Hills Gold on QVC whenever they began many, many years ago. I have since bought several pieces for myself and always look at it and remember my mother and dad and their story and their love together.” Linda R.
Summer is my favorite time of year; sunshine, warm weather, vacation getaways. But summertime can also wreak havoc with our beauty routines; make-up melts, hair frizzes, and skin is parched and dry. Here are a few of my favorite beauty tips that get me through the warm weather season -- no sweat!
#1 - Wear A Hat
It’s important to wear sunscreen, but another great way to protect yourself in the sun is to wear a hat. Think of a hat in summer the same way you would gloves in winter -- it’s a smart accessory. Besides shielding your face from the sun’s harmful rays, a hat also protects your hair from the sun’s damage. Summer hats aren’t just for the garden or beach. With all the fun styles from baseball caps to woven wide brims, grab a hat whenever you plan to be out in the summer sun.
#2 - Discovery Kits Make Great Travel Products
I used to gloss right over the “discovery collections” and “trial size kits” of my favorite brands. I figured, if I liked a product, I wanted it in the big full size. But the smaller sizes offered in many kits and collections are perfect for travel. The small bottles fit easily into a toiletry case or cosmetic bag, and most can be refilled from the full size products that I use at home. Summer vacation is also a great time to try a new product line when it’s offered and sized right for sampling.
#3 - Pop With Polish
A bright nail polish is the perfect way to highlight your summer look! Neon shades, candy colors, fruit hues, and pigmented pastels. The rainbow of colors offered in summer is vast. And because our toes are exposed in all those sandals we’re wearing, summer nail color is front and center in more ways than one.
#4 - Body Bronze Leg Veins Away
Pale skin isn’t the only concern that body bronzers address. Veins show up on my brown legs too. So when I’m wearing shorts, skirts and dresses in summer, I dust a little bronzer over the veins and they’re history. The great thing about body bronzer is that you add the color where you want it, when you want it.
#5 - Make Under
When the temperatures sore, the risk of make-up meltdown is high. So why not skip the heavy foundation and layers of color altogether? A good tinted moisturizer with SPF and lip gloss is all you need for a casual look that is natural and so easy. If you want to lighten things up for summer, paring down your make-up routine is a great way to go.
During the holidays it's tradition in my New Orleans-based family to take all the leftover turkey and turn it into a gumbo! Here's the recipe...hope you like life spicy!
2 lbs cooked turkey off the bone
8 cups stock (chicken is fine, but bonus if you used the turkey bones to make the stock!)
1 lb. fresh or frozen okra, sliced into small rounds
1/2 cup cooking oil
1/2 cup flour
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 can chopped tomatoes
3/4 pound andouille sausage, sliced into small rounds
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. sage
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne (more if you're adventurous!) salt to taste steamed rice
Saute the okra for 15 minutes in a drizzle of oil until the "stickiness" is gone and set aside. Heat the remaining oil in a large stockpot and add the flour, stirring constantly until the mixture turns a caramel color (this is called a "roux"). Add the onions, bell pepper and celery and cook until tender. Add tomatoes, sausage and okra. Cook 15 minutes more then add all the spices and the stock. Simmer for an hour, add the turkey and simmer another 15 minutes.
Serve in soup bowls with a scoop or steamed rice. Even better then next day!!
Christmas in July is a great time at QVC, for it's all the fun of the holidays minus the storms and snow! This past winter was particularly brutal, as the east coast got hit hard with severe weather. During Christmas in July,it may be 80 degrees and sunny outside, but it definitely feels like the holidays at QVC. It's exciting to see what the hot new gifts of the year will be and all the new holiday decorations.
This year, I'll be launching a new, taller version of my Fold Flat Christmas Tree. It's 6 feet tall! I love these trees so much, they're really the only decoration my husband and I put up during the holidays because it's so fast, easy, and gorgeous. All you have to do is twirl it open like a fan, plug it in, and watch as a sparkling tree comes to life. Twirl it closed when ready to put it away for the season. And since it folds completely flat, you can store it almost anywhere.
You can actually fill your yard with multiple trees—I got four to store in the same space as one traditional tree. My husband used to moan about putting up our tree (and who can blame him since we are so busy), but now with our Fold Flat Christmas Tree, complaining went away and the trees now go up early since I can do it by myself in just minutes!
Here I am stuck in one of many snowstorms at QVC last January:
Here's a fun pic of some of my team and Shark Tank entrepreneurs at QVC during the holidays wearing my fellow shark Robert's deal, the "Tipsy Elves Christmas Sweaters":
Summertime also means I'm busy shooting the next season of Shark Tank. But have no fear, I'll be at QVC for Christmas in July and my Clever & Unique Creations shows! Of course shooting Shark Tank is a ton of fun. We see about eight entrepreneurs a day and it's very fast paced. I wake up early to get ready—around 5:30am—and finish around 7pm. So you can imagine it's a long day…but I love it!
Here’s Mark, Robert, and I shooting a new intro for season 6 of Shark Tank:
Don't miss my upcoming Clever & Unique Creations shows! Tune in to QVC Friday, July 25 at 11am and 7pm ET. Then I'm on again on Wednesday July 30 at 10am ET.
It’s hard to believe, but on a beautiful Fourth of July weekend in 1994, Bill and I said “I do” in the presence of our families at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Everything was perfect, just as I had imagined, and that’s really all I could do is imagine given that I had never been there and this was pre-internet! All I could do was refer to the brochure, trust my wedding contact at the hotel, and pray for good weather! In a way, I think that made the experience more magical for me. I didn't know until I walked through the door what the hotel, my room, the reception area, the flowers, nor the pastor would look like. Oh, and speaking of pastors, he didn't show up for our rehearsal, and it wasn't until 9:30 the night before our morning wedding that I finally met him! Anyway, everything was fabulous! Miles and Tiffany had never met my family, and it was so much fun watching all of my nieces bond with them. In fact, they kicked us out of our bridal suite the night after the wedding for a slumber party! But not before they bribed me with a rose and Bill with local fudge.
That Fourth of July was the first of many magical ones. Bill and I made a tradition of having pool parties with live music and lots of activities and food for friends and family. We would head up the Turquoise Trail in our 1961 turquoise Lincoln convertible to join the parade in the old mining town of Madrid.
One year, much to our neighbors’ surprise, we decided to head “Up North”, as we Minnesotans call it, for a week of canoeing in the Boundary Waters. Wow, what an absolute escape! Luckily, my brother in-law and avid outdoors man, Al, was our guide through the portages and camp sites. It was an escape full of pristine water and air, the northern lights, howling Timber wolves, calming loons, and no communication devices! If only we had caught some fish.
Over our twenty years, Bill and I have cherished our travels with our QVC family as well. There have been many memorable road trips. It all began in 2005 with our seven day journey along Route 66 with a QVC crew we had never met, but instantly bonded with and love to this day. Since then, we have spent most of our vacation time traveling across America with a QVC crew and you! Many of our best vacation memories involve our QVC family, and it is such an honor to be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary with you, at the Q, on July 3rd, 4th, and 5th! What a Happy Fourth of July!
Thanks for blessing our lives and creating so many wonderful memories together!
Carolyn and Bill
Now that you have the perfect makeup tips for summertime (thank you Laura Geller!), let’s talk about throwing that Fourth of July party. There are so many ways you can make your tablescape look patriotic. In past years, I took mini American flags and incorporated them into flower arrangements, mason jars filled with strands of mini lights, and even lined the pathway to my patio. In years prior, I celebrated with red and blue Temp-tations®. This year, I’m finding those handy bandanas I used to decorate for my summer barbecue and voila…I’ve got a red, white, and blue party!
One last note…if you happen to have red, white, and blue accent pieces, they only enhance your theme. Just be sure to work in some neutral colors—note the burlap tablecloth and wicker basket in the photo above. It grounds your theme and makes everything seem more inviting.
So what are you serving this weekend? If you need inspiration, check out my recipe page. How about my Seafood Kabobs or Black Bean Avocado Salad? And what about my Rustic Blueberry Tart for dessert…garnish with fresh strawberries, cherries, or raspberries and top with whipped cream for a beautiful red, white, and blue dessert! Just make the tarts the day before your party to get a head-start on prep. You can easily warm them back up in the oven—or the microwave for that matter—before serving.
Rustic Blueberry Tart
This recipe is prepared using the Cake Boss Beechwood Rolling Pin (K302461).
I’m cherishing some time with my family at the beach for the Fourth of July holiday. Follow me on Facebook…I’m posting vacation photos as often as I can. In the meantime, I hope all of you get out and celebrate the summertime this weekend. Happy Birthday, America!!
From my home to yours,
Independence Day is right around the corner! How do you plan on spending it? With family and friends? Will you celebrate by the beach or BBQ style? No matter how you celebrate, there are always delicious sweets and snacks lying around that may not be on your summer slim-down plan. Here are some tasty and nutritious treats to keep you on track while you indulge!
Red, White & Berry Parfait
Looking for a better sweet treat? Switch out the ice cream for your own yogurt parfait sundae!
Low-fat or fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
1/2 cup low-fat granola (for extra crunch)
Optional: For some extra protein, add a 1/2 scoop of our Re-Body Vanilla Meal Replacement Powder
Mix all ingredients in a bowl or parfait glass and enjoy!
For a refreshing dessert in the heat of July, try making your own Firecracker Frozen Treat.
Fill popsicle molds with refreshing coconut water. Drop some berries in your popsicle mold. Freeze overnight and enjoy!
Do you have any special Fourth of July recipes? Let me know so I can try them out!
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July,
There’s no place like home….. there’s no place like home…..
How many of you have watched “The Wizard of OZ” and DROOLED over those “Ruby Slippers” that Dorothy sparkled at us???!? As a little girl, it was at that moment that I fell in love with July’s birthstone…. The Ruby. Nothing else is quite like it in all the gemstones. It’s rich and deep, yet still vibrant and alive. Ruby symbolizes devotion, integrity, courage and happiness.
This gem rates an 8.5 on the Mohs hardness scale and they are in the corundum family of stones – the same as sapphire. They are the 3rd strongest stone in all the world – after diamonds and moissonite. The name 'ruby' comes from the Latin word 'rubeus,' meaning 'red.’ The ruby is considered one of the four precious stones, together with the sapphire, the emerald and the diamond.
A symbol of love and immortality, the ruby has been the focus of many myths and legends throughout the centuries. In ancient times, Hindus believed rubies possessed an inextinguishable inner fire, causing the gemstones to shine through clothing. The vibrant, red gem was commonly thought by some cultures to bless wearers with health, wealth, wisdom and success in affairs of the heart.
Ruby is one of the sexiest gemstones; hot with it’s passionate red shade. As the weather gets hotter so do the birthstones and you, July Babies, are no exception! You are Smokin’ HOT and I totally dig your stone!
The glowing ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For this they’ll be exempt and free,
From Love’s doubts and anxiety.