Today on Home & Family Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Cristina Teaches Kym Douglas to Cook
Cristina coaxes Kym Douglas to step out of her comfort zone in the cosmetics aisle and into the kitchen for a cooking lesson. Together, they prepare saut é ed liver like you would chicken piccata.
Television personality Montel Williams talks about his involvement in the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. He explains how he transitioned from serving in the military to becoming a motivational speaker. Montel also discusses coping with his MS diagnosis and his daughter Maressa's current battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade airs on Hallmark Channel on December 11 at 2/1c and Hallmark Movie Channel on December 20 at 5/4c.
Michael Gaffney's DIY Holiday Wreaths
Michael Gaffney designs custom, couture holiday wreaths to decorate your home. He simply pin-cushions flower stems into oasis foam forms to create lush arrangements. Michael also explains how to keep the flowers hydrated.
For more with Michael, visit www.newyorkflowerdesign.com and order a copy of his book, "Design Star: Lessons From the New York School of Flower Design," available at www.amazon.com.
"Dancing With the Stars'" Emmy-winning makeup artist and author of "Glitter and Glam," Melanie Mills, gives Debbie Matenopoulos a holiday makeover. Later, Debbie takes off her sunglasses to reveal her smokey eyes and luminescent glow. Melanie touches on which lip trends are in (gloss and shine) and which are out (matte) of style. And, Melanie suggests enhancing your face with trendy false eyelashes.
Melanie's product line and book are available at gleambymelaniemills.com.
You can follow TV host and personality Debbie Matenopoulos on Twitter @iamdebbiem. And, be on the lookout for her forthcoming cookbook, "It's All Greek to Me: Transform Your Health the Mediterranean Way with My Family's Century-Old Recipes," set to be released on April 29, 2014.
Renee Felice Smith
"NCIS: Los Angeles" star Renee Felice Smith drops by to give us a preview of an upcoming episode. Plus, Renee shares eco-friendly gift wrapping tricks that have been passed down from generation to generation in her family. She demonstrates how she uses last year's greeting cards as gift tags this year. And, she also teaches us how to slice a grocery bag along the seam to repurpose as wrapping paper.
Follow Renee on Twitter @reneefsmith and watch her on " NCIS: Los Angeles" on Tuesdays at 9/8c on CBS.
Hershey's Bliss Chocolate Filled Crescent Rolls
Come see the sweetest side of Mark as he gets his chocolate fix in the kitchen. He's in heavenly bliss while he bakes chocolate filled crescent rolls using Hershey's Bliss Chocolate. Hot out of the oven in 10 minutes, Mark drizzles chocolate onto the top of the rolls as a finishing touch.
Functional Fitness with Kathy Smith
Fitness expert Kathy Smith leads Mark, Cristina, and Kym through a series of exercises you can do in your everday life. Using a chair and matt, Kathy trains them from head to toe in only one move! She promises this fitness regime will strengthen your core and help you achieve better posture and a flatter tummy.
1. Integration, not isolation, is the key to functional fitness.
2. Train your muscles in the way you will use them. 3. Having a strong core will help your lower back, posture, and balance. 4. You don't have to do crunches to exercise your abs. 5. Squat with overhead press - do this to work large muscle groups at once. 6. One-legged squat with discus arm - helps with balance and stability. 7. Plank - good way to work the core without crunches. Learn more about Kathy Smith at kathysmith.com.
"At Home" Food Businesses
Cottage Food Chefs discuss the legal challenges they've faced in selling homecooked food. Laws vary from state-to-state and California just recently passed legislation to allow these products to hit the market, but with restrictions. The small business owners also share advice on how aspiring entrepreneurs can get started.
To familiarize yourself with the laws in your area, visit cottagefoods.org and cottagefoodlaws.com.
Learn more about today's contributors: Shawna Dawson, founder Artisanal LA,
Hillary Danner, Cottage Food Chef and owner of Jenkin's Jellies, JenkinsJellies.com
Wendy Osmundson, Cottage Food Chef and owner of Granola Mama's Handmade, granolamamashandmade.com
Max Lesser, Cottage Food Chef and owner of Morning Glory Confections, morninggloryconfections.com
Jessie Jane's DIY Christmas Tree Ruffle Skirt
Jessie Jane crafts a no-sew ruffled skirt to cover your Christmas tree stand . The always-resourceful Jessie uses an existing skirt or gets a new large piece of material.
For more with Jessie Jane, visit lilyshop.com.
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