Erin Krakow
Actress Erin Krakow tells us about breaking a sweat on the hot Vancouver set of the new Hallmark Channel Original Movie "A Cookie Cutter Christmas." In the film, her character is judged by co-star Alan Thicke in a cookie baking competition. Plus, Erin shares some adorable childhood photos for flashback Friday.
Look for the Hallmark Channel Original Movie "A Cookie Cutter Christmas" in the coming holiday season, part of Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas. Follow Erin on Twitter @erinkrakow.

Cristina Cooks Wonton Ravioli

Cristina Cooks Nona's Wonton Ravioli
Cristina shares a family recipe for her nona's wonton ravioli. Using the tomato sauce she canned earlier in the week, she makes a lighter version of the pasta dish, which typically features ground beef, pork, and veal.
here to get your copy of Cristina's cookbook, "Big Bowl of Love." Get additional recipes from Cristina at

How to make an Invisible Christmas tree

DIY Invisible Tree with Ken Wingard
Ken Wingard suspends strands of fishing line from the ceiling to make an invisible Christmas tree. It looks like the ornaments are floating in mid-air. Then, he tells us how to avoid getting all the strands tangled when storing the decoration. and follow him on Twitter @KennethWingard.

Hot Holiday Toys of 2014 with Christopher Byrne

The toy expert Christopher Byrne introduces us to the toys that are sure to make every kid's wish list this holiday season. If you want these under your tree, shop now before stores sell out. No one wants to have a disappointed child come Christmas morning. Toys:
1. Leapband, Leap Frog, ages 4-7, $39.99
2. Crayola Paint Maker, ages 8 and up, $24.99 3. Doh-Vinci: First Handheld 3D Play-Doh Printer for Kids, $19.99 4. Kinetic Sand, $14.99 5. Zing Zano Bow, $12.99 6. Nerf N-Strike Elite Mega Thunderbow, $39.99 Get more information at

Mary Murphy

"So You Think You Can Dance" judge Mary Murphy gives aspiring contestants a key audition tip to earn a ticket aboard her hot tamale train! She discusses how some dancers without any professional training at all have impressed the panel enough to make the final round. Plus, learn about some of this season's contestants in just eight short seconds. And, Mary gets Mark, Cristina, and the family on their feet to dance to Pharrell's "Happy." "So You Think You Can Dance" airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on FOX.

Follow Mary on Twitter @HOTtamaleTRAIN. Join her at Universal City Walk on Saturday, July 26 for National Dance Day to participate in the largest flash mob ever.

Fallen Branch Christmas Tree with Shirley Bovshow

Fallen Branch Christmas Tree with Shirley Bovshow
Garden designer Shirley Bovshow turns a large fallen branch into a glistening Christmas tree simply by spray painting it silver. When the LED lights are illuminated at night, this looks simply magnificent with the reflection of all the silver, white, and glass decorations hanging off the twigs. This project would also make beautiful decor for a wedding or bridal or baby shower.

Check out Shirley Bovshow's garden designing expertise at and follow her on Twitter @EdenMaker.

Baby's 1st Christmas with Debbie Matenopoulos

Celebrating a baby's first Christmas is a milestone parents will treasure forever. First-time expectant mom Debbie Matenopoulos is excited to share the holiday with her newborn later this year. She shows us some gifts to create lasting memories and freeze this special moment in time. Products:
Small Baby Blanket by Willow Creek Memory Quilt is available for $95 at Receive 20% off purchase with code HALLMARK20.

Custom Photo Blocks and Trays are available for $84-119 at Get 25% off with code HALLMARK25. Offer ends on July 18, 2014.

Weechooze Baby Shoes are available for $25 at Get 20% off your purchase with code HALLMARK. Offer good now through July 31, 2014.

Custom Stamped Jewelry is sold for $43-109 at Receive 15% off with code Hallmark15.

Memory Photo Pillow is available for as low as $49 at Get 25% off home decor products with the code TINYPRINTS. Offer ends Friday, July 18.

Follow TV personality and style expert Debbie Matenopoulos on Twitter @IAmDebbieM. Her first cookbook, "It's All Greek to Me," is available in stores now and at

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Tom Best

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Tom Best
Hallmark Keepsake Ornament artist Tom Best joins us via Skype with a special sneak peek of the 35th ornament in the popular Frosty Friends Collection. But this year, it's extra special because it's the first time a reindeer pal has been featured. In the "Happy Eskimo and His Reindeer Pal" ornament, a little eskimo is using his reindeer friend's antlers as a slingshot to launch a snowball. Plus, Tom shares where he draws inspiration from and previews a sketch of a 2015 ice fishing ornament.
More than 200 all-new Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments arrive in Hallmark Gold Crown Stores July 12-13. Find the location nearest you at Share your keepsake memories on the "Home & Family" Facebook page. Use #keepsakeit. Please enter to win the "Home & Family" Sweepstakes Ornament Giveaway. Seven lucky viewers will win seven wonderful ornaments.

Ask Ken Wingard

It's Ken Wingard's turn to answer viewer-submitted questions. He shares tips to get beginners active in the craft room without feeling intimidated. Learn why Ken inherited the crafting gene from his mom and grandmother. Find out how to put an emblem on a car without ruining the paint job. Ken teaches us to tie a ribbon into a beautiful bow for gift wrapping. Plus, learn the mathematical equation to determine how many lights it'll take for your Christmas tree to shine bright like the Rockefeller Center tree. And, get ideas on how to design a beautiful centerpiece with items you already have at home.

The Los Angeles Ice Theater

U.S. Figure Skating National Champions The Los Angeles Ice Theater beat the heat when they hit the ice on the "Home & Family" driveway. The girls perform a routine to the Mariah Carey hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You." Visit The Los Angeles Ice Theater at We'd like to thank Willy Bietak Productions for today's rink. Check them out at

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