Mark Steines' Birthday
Everyone here at "Home & Family" would like to wish Mark a Very Happy Birthday! Today, we celebrate with gifts and a cake. Plus, we surprise Mark with a special video montage of some of our favorite moments with him on the show and special family photos with his sons.
Actor Richard Brancatisano tells us about his role on the new series "Chasing Life." On the show, he falls for his co-worker who is a young journalist diagnosed with leukemia. The storyline and a personal connection to cancer has inspired Richard to join the bone marrow registry and he is encouraging others to follow suit. He also tells us how a guitar teacher got him involved in acting. Next, Richard takes control of our kitchen to share his grandmother's recipe polpette (meatballs) in pomodoro sauce.
Register to be a donor at bethematch.org.
Baby Stuff for Dummies with Kym Douglas
Kym Douglas is helping Debbie Matenopoulos make a list of baby essentials for her gift registry. She features some great products for playing, learning, napping, eating, and more. Products:
Baby Einstein stimulating mat, Available Online , $59.99
Ingenuity Gentle Automatic Bouncer, Available Online, $49.99 Lounger pillow, comfortandharmony.com, $34.99
Sun shade, shaidee.com, $39.99
Plate and bowl, superhealthykids.com, $7.99. Get 10% off your purchase using the promo code HOME.
Hot August Night
Neil Diamond Tribute Band Hot August Night takes the stage to perform "Cracklin' Rosie" and "Sweet Caroline." Frontman Dean Colley tells why he assembled the group instead of enrolling in USC medical school and how he gets into character to resemble the superstar. For Hot August Night's tour schedule, check out hotaugust.com.
Actor and author Dwier Brown slides into "Home & Family." The "Field of Dreams" star is excited to celebrate the film's 25th anniversary with a cast reunion and screening on the Iowa ballfield the movie was shot. Dwier takes us back a quarter century when he was coping with the loss of his father during filming and how production worked around a dire drought. Realizing the impact "Field of Dreams" has on fans, he was prompted to pen a memoir titled, "If You Build It," an iconic line from the movie. Then, he heads out to the backyard to "have a catch" with Mark.
Dwier Brown's new memoir, "If You Build It…A Book About Fathers, Fate, and Field of Dreams," is available wherever books are sold.
Actress Anne-Marie Johnson tells us how she drew from personal experience to take on the role of a woman in the final stages of pancreatic cancer for her guest spot as Taye Diggs' wife on "Murder In the First." Then, she lightens the mood and she introduces us to plants that naturally attract hummingbirds and butterflies to our garden.
DIY Vintage TV Art Easel with Mark
For only $80, Mark constructs a TV stand that looks like a vintage art easel. This is a safe, secure, and interesting way to watch all your favorite programs. Mark tells us that you can even get some of the materials pre-cut at the hardware store to make this DIY project ready to build when you get home.
Cristina Cooks a Pear & Lemon French Toast Bake
Cristina impresses the family with this recipe for pear and lemon French toast bake. It's a great breakfast or dessert to serve to large groups of people. It can even be prepared ahead of time and baked the day of your gathering. Cristina suggests what kinds of breads are best for this dish. She also recommends using Eggland's Best because the brand doesn't contain hormones, plus it has extra antibodies and Omega 3's. Cristina includes cinnamon as another ingredient, which acts as a superfood. To top it off, you can serve with powdered sugar, ice cream, maple syrup, or yogurt.
"Home & Family" producer Brooke Schley has nominated her mom Annie as this week's lucky makeover recipient. Annie is a retired Spanish teacher celebrating her 60th birthday. Today, the glam team shaves 20 years off her look, giving her a youthful appearance with a new outfit, makeup routine, and hair style. Now, Annie and Brooke look more like sisters than mother/daughter. We'd like to acknowledge:
Shoes by Chinese Laundry, chineselaundry.com
Dress by Kevan Hall, kevanhalldesigns.com
Rave Clutch by Glass Handbags, glasshandbag.com
Jewelry provided by jtv.com
Unite Hair Products, http://uniteeurotherapy.com
Face treatment gifted by The Arcona Studio in Santa Monica, CA, arcona.com
Meet the beauty squad:
Sadie Harloff, expert makeup artist, browsbeautybody.com
Jesse German, celebrity hairstylist, jessegerman.com
Anya Sarre, fashion and style expert, @stylistanya
Debbie Matenopoulos, TV host and personality, @iamdebbiem. Her new cookbook, "It's All Greek To Me," is available here.
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