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Today on Home & Family Thursday, October 17th, 2013


Tim DeKay
" White Collar" actor Tim DeKay reveals details about a juicy plot twist in season five. His character, an FBI agent, finds himself on the other side of the law after getting framed for murder! Off-screen, Tim is building a green house from the ground up to reduce his family's carbon footprint. He also shares tips to help slash your utility bills and explains how he's using recycled denim as insulation for his new home.

Season five of " White Collar" airs Thursdays on USA at 9/8c. For more information on Tim's green house project, check out stonepinefarmhouse.com.

And, you can follow family member Debbie Matenopoulos on Twitter @iamdebbiem.

Ken Wingard's Halloween Decorations

Design expert Ken Wingard crafts poetic Halloween decorations based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven."

Halloween Decorating with Ken Wingard
Design expert Ken Wingard swoops in with bone-chilling Halloween crafts based on Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem, "The Raven." First, he makes a glow-in-the-dark mirror with a raven stencil. Then, he makes "Raven"-themed candle holders. By adding muslin, a vintage typewriter, silver pumpkins, old books, and lanterns to our tablescape, Ken creates a spooky scene.

>"> Get the instructions and "Raven" images here>>

For more, visit Ken Wingard at KennethWingard.com and follow him on Twitter @KennethWingard. Tune in for a new season of " Home Made Simple" on OWN, beginning Saturday, October 19 at 9a/8c.

Cristina Cooks Beef Brisket

Cristina shares a tasty holiday recipe for sweet & sour beef brisket with a side of roasted fingerling potatoes and carrot coins.

Cristina Cooks Sweet & Sour Holiday Beef Brisket
Matt Iseman helps Cristina in the kitchen as she shares a recipe for sweet & sour beef brisket with a side of roasted fingerling potatoes and carrot coins. This is a great dish to serve your family and guests for Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, and even Halloween. Cristina suggests cooking one day ahead of time to maximize its tenderness. As an added bonus, brisket makes great leftovers to enjoy for days to come. She also explains why brisket takes so many hours to cook and suggests cutting against the grain.

Tips:
1. Generously season both sides with Kosher salt and pepper.
2. Cover tightly with foil or lid. 3. When the brisket is cooked, use a spoon to scrape off fat deposits. 4. Let brisket rest for several hours before serving. 5. Cut the brisket into ¼ - ½ inch slices. 5. This recipe can also be done using a slow-cooker. This recipe is courtesy of "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook."

Matt Iseman
Comedian and Emmy-winning TV host Matt Iseman tells us why he traded in his stethoscope for the microphone. In an unlikely career shift, Matt left medicine to pursue stand up comedy. He explains how the support of his parents and the confidence and self-worth he earned from his degree helped him succeed in showbiz. But, it was no laughing matter when Matt was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease. Thanks to the Remicade treatment he's receiving, his symptoms are under control.
For rheumatoid arthritis support, visit www.creakyjoints.org.

Watch Matt host "American Ninja Warrior" on NBC.

Hollywood Steals with Sandie Newton
Sandie Newton has a whole new slew of deeply discounted items. The phone line has been flooded with calls each week, so dial quickly before your picks are sold out. This week, Sandie showcases made in the USA handmade jewelry for up to 69% off. Reduced by 68%, this iPhone clutch is a fashion-forward and functional accessory. As an alternate to inflated salon prices, straighten your hair with this formaldehyde-free DIY Brazilian Keratin Treatment at a 60% savings. And, don't miss out on this opportunity to save 71% on this NY Fashion Week must-have floral scarf that can be worn 40 different ways.
To take advantage of these Hollywood Steals and more, call 1-855-655-STEAL or visit http://www.hollywoodsteals.com/.

To learn more about Hallmark Channel's Pet Project, visit www.hallmarkchannel.com/petproject. Make a new furry friend from Lucky Puppy Rescue & Retail.

Orly Shani Tie-Dye Lesson

Learn stylish tie-dye techniques from Orly Shani.

Tie-Dye with Orly Shani
Orly Shani is giving us something to "dye" for. With celebs such as Reese Witherspoon and Hilary Duff sporting tie-dyed apparel, the trend is making a comeback in a big way. Orly explains how to make a few different kinds of tie-dye patterns on clothing. Get on your rubber gloves and get tied up.

Learn the tie-dye techniques>>

Tips:
1. Read label on your dye.
2. Salt helps cotton fabric absorb dye. 3. Dye pattern depends on rubber bands. 4. After fabric has dyed, let sit for 30 minutes. 5. Rinse out dye with rubber bands. For more from Orly, go to www.tucandwes.com and follow her on Twitter at @orlyshani.

For more recipes and crafts, check "Home & Family" out on Pinterest at pinterest.com/hallmarkchannel.

Moms Going Back to Work with Jill Simonian

Jill Simonian has tips for women who chose to stay home to raise children, but are now ready to head back to the office. She suggests avoiding falling off the radar and ways to rebuild your network of contacts in only a few minutes per day. Jill explains how skills are transferrable from one industry or field to another and how to ace your first job interview in years. There are even career fairs targeted at mothers reentering the workforce.

Jill answers more common questions and concerns>>

To further educate yourself on this topic, go to AskAManager.com, WorkingMother.com, TheMomFair.com, and workingmomslifestyle.com.

For more with consumer reporter Jill Simonian, please visit thefabmom.com and follow her on Twitter @jillsimonian.