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Today on Home & Family: Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

"Northpole" stars Bailee Madison & Max Charles
Bailee Madison and Max Charles stop by to share a sneak peek of their upcoming Hallmark Chanel Original Movie, "Northpole!" Set in the magical metropolis of Northpole, Bailee and Max play a pair of holiday do-gooders, determined to bring the spirit of Christmas back to the town. Bailee and Max share a special clip from the movie and also share stories from working on set with legendary actors Robert Wagner and Jill St. John. And later, Max and Bailee share some of the special holiday traditions from their own families.

Watch Bailee & Max chat about “Northpole”>>

Northpole premieres Saturday, November 15th at 8/7c on Hallmark Channel!


Cristina Ferrare's Thanksgiving Recipes
Helping you get ready for the holidays, today Cristina Ferrare shows how to make Chimichurri Brine for your turkey. This recipe will help break down the turkey's protein, making it juicy and moist. Plus, Cristina shares her own recipe for gravy and mashed potatoes!

Watch Cristina show how to make her fluffy Mashed Potatoes & Gravy>>

Get Cristina Ferrare's Thanksgiving Recipes here>>

Click here to get your copy of Cristina Ferrare's cookbook, "Big Bowl of Love." Get additional recipes from Cristina at www.cristinaferrarecooks.com.



Culinary Expert & "Top Chef" Judge Gail Simmons
"Top Chef" Judge Gail Simmons gives a behind the scenes look at the latest season of the hit culinary competition show. Gail also opens up on some of the strangest things she's had to eat on the show. She even talks about some of the recipes she'd like to forget! And later, Gail jumps into the kitchen and shows how to make her savory mushroom bacon bread pudding with maple and sage.

Watch Gail Simmons make her Savory Mushroom Bacon Bread Pudding>>

Get Gail's Savory Mushroom Bacon Bread Pudding with Maple and Sage recipe here>>

And you can catch "Top Chef" on Bravo, Wednesday's at 10/9c.



Hot Holiday Purses with Kym Douglas
Beauty expert Kym Douglas shows some of the hottest trends in purses and bags for the winter season. Gracing the shoulders of Hollywood's A-Listers, Kym's collection of winter bags includes some of the hottest accessories of the season. And for the stylish men in your life, Kym even shows off some of the hottest trends in "murses!"

You can purchase Kym's Hot Holiday Bags & Purses at:
• She + Lo bags available at SheandLo.com

• Big Buddha Bags, stylish and animal-friendly, bigbuddha.com

• Find stylish and practical messenger bags for men at ModernManBags.com



Legendary Actor Thaao Penghlis
Celebrated soap opera actor Thaao Penghlis discusses his new book "Places, The Journey of My Days, My Lives." The book chronicles some of Thaao's adventures in some of the most historic and troubled places in the world. Thaao also chats about his time on "Days of our Lives," when his character was killed on 6 separate occasions. And later, we learn how a chance encounter landed Thaao an audience with one of America's most glamorous first ladies.

"Places, The Journey of My Days, My Lives," by Thaao Penghlis is available on amazon.com. Visit OpenRoadMedia.com for more information.


Ken Wingard's DIY Book Lamp
Add a touch of literary class to your home with lifestyle expert Ken Wingard's DIY Book Lamp. This simple craft is a great way to add color and style to any room in your home. And, as Ken demonstrates, you don't need to be an electrician to make this lamp.

Watch Ken turn old books into a stylish lamp>>

Get Ken's DIY Book Lamp Instructions here>>

Visit Ken Wingard at www.KennethWingard.com and follow him on Twitter @KennethWingard.


Self-Defense Tips with Steven Ho
Martial artist and professional stuntman Steven Ho shares some important tips on protecting yourself from attackers. Steven starts by explaining the best way to stay safe, by avoiding dangerous places. Steven then explains how to ward off attackers by making yourself into a "bad target." And later, Ken shows some basic self-defense techniques to fight off a potential physical attack.

For more information on Steven Ho, go to: stevenhomartialarts.com.


Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments
The family gets together to share their favorite Keepsake Ornaments that capture the memories and milestones of 2014! This year’s collection of Keepsake Ornaments includes Elsa from Disney's "Frozen" and an adorable replica of Doc McStuffins. And, Hallmark's Gold Crown stores Holiday Open House is just around the corner, from November 7th-16th!

Visit your local Hallmark Gold Crown Store for all of the 2014 Keepsake Ornaments!

And you can share your Keepsake Moments by visiting hallmark.com/keepsake.


Turn your Fireplace from Drab to Fab with Paige Hemmis
Lifestyle and design expert Paige Hemmis shows how to renovate your fireplace without breaking your budget. Using faux stone, Paige shows how you can execute this renovation in little more than an afternoon. Paige also shares some simple tips so that you can finish this project without using a contractor!

Watch Paige show how to turn your Fireplace from Drab to Fab>>

Get all of Paige Hemmis' Fireplace Renovation tips here>>

Follow lifestyle design expert Paige Hemmis on Twitter @paigehemmis and check out her site www.paigehemmis.com.