Today on Home & Family
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
"Orange is the New Black" star Selenis Leyva reveals the origin and pronunciation of her unique name. Find out how she was cast in the hit web series that has set the standard for binge watching. Selenis explains that she bases her incarcerated character on women she grew up with in the Bronx. The entire cast has great camaraderie with one another. Listen to a hilarious behind-the-scenes story from the set. Plus, Selenis describes her reliance on her 11-year-old daughter and parents and how she believes her faith helped her brother recover from a childhood illness. And, hear all about Selenis' experience working with Bill Murray on the film "St. Vincent."
Follow her on Twitter @selenis_leyva.
Chef Evan Funke Cooks Cavatelli Alla Carrettiera
Chef Evan Funke takes pride in making pastas entirely by hand. He learned this art in Italy and uses this approach with local, seasonal ingredients at his restaurent. Evan teaches us the process of rolling up pasta noodles.
For more info on Evan Funke and his restaurant Bucato, go to www.bucato.la.
DIY Winter Trampoline Oasis with Paige Hemmis
You don't have to wait till spring to add spring to your step. To prevent rust from developing on the frame of your trampoline, repurpose it indoors for the winter and add extra padding with pool noodles. Create a bouncy reading nook sanctuary to snuggle up in with cozy bed linens and a hanging canopy net.
How to Preserve a Pumpkin & DIY Pumpkin Cookie Monster with Shirley Bovshow & Tanya Memme
Shirley Bovshow and Tanya Memme share footage of their recent outing to the pumpkin patch with Tanya's daughter Ava. Shirley teaches us about the different size and color varieties of pumpkins and how to pick the perfect one. Then, learn how to preserve and sanitize the pumpkin by spritzing a special solution before carving. This will double its lifespan. Next, Tanya takes us to the Sesame Workshop and paints the town blue with a Cookie Monster pumpkin.
Special thanks to Pierce Farm Center, piercefarmcenter.com.
Kelen Coleman has the right stuff! The actress' fangirl dreams have become a reality. As a child, she crushed on New Kids on the Block hearthrob Joey McIntyre, so much so she still owns his doll. Now, she's playing his on screen sister in the new comedy series "The McCarthys." Kelen is also in awe of the comedy stylings of fellow co-star Laurie Metcalf and even reenacts her favorite scene from "Roseanne." And, she can't get over the uncanny resemblance between co-star Tyler Ritter and his late, great father John Ritter.
Cristina Cooks Halloween Carrot Cake
Kelen helps Cristina bake and decorate a carrot cake for our Halloween dessert table. Once they're done adding the cream cheese frosting, they wrap the cake in festive wired ribbon and place crawling spiders across the top.
Home Renovation Tips with Jennifer Adams
Celebrity interior designer Jennifer Adams rewinds to the very beginning of the remodeling process for her client's one bedroom condo. The original floorplan didn't take advantage of the beautiful beachfront view. So, she completely gutted the place to start from the ground up. When renovating your space, Jennifer highly recommends budgeting to go over budget and to check your contractor's references. Stay tuned for part two of the condo remodel, coming soon.
Viewers could win one of over 1,000 prizes for their home, including our grand prize of an Avignon bedroom ensemble from Jennifer's furniture collection that was personally designed by Jennifer Adams. Visit skymall.com/dreamroom and submit your information to enter. The contest runs until December 31st.
Natural History Museum's Spider Pavilion with Lila Higgins
If you suffer from arachnophobia, avert your eyes. Lila Higgins, Manager of Citizen Science at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, brings along a collection of eight-legged creepy crawly pals. Get educated on an assortment of spider species, including tarantulas and black widows. Find out which spiders have harmful venom and why spider bites are often misdiagnosed.
Check out your Natural History Museum to see what fun and exciting programs they offer. Find more information about the Los Angeles Natural History Museum at nhm.org.
Apple Varieties & Their Uses with Sophie Uliano
Sophie Uliano introduces us to just a small fraction of the 2,500 varieties of apples that are present in the United States. Each kind has its own purpose, determined by the fruit's taste and acidity. Let's take a look at some of the common types you'll find at the market. Find out why you should never peel your apple. And then, Sophie makes jars of apple butter, perfect to spread on rice cakes for a healthy snack.
Ask Paige Hemmis
Paige Hemmis answers questions "Home & Family" viewers have submitted on Facebook. Learn the safest way to clean up lightbulbs containing mercury. Find out why it's best to rent a sander to refinish a wood floor efficiently and professionally. And, get help choosing the right shade of tan paint for your walls.
Paige Hemmis has lots of information on home remodeling and DIY construction. We love to hear your questions and comments, so keep asking. Go to facebook.com/homeandfamilyshow.
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Best Friends Animal Society is teaming up with Hallmark Channel! This kicks off our "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month." Every day for the month of October we'll be having a furry friend here on set that is up for adoption.
Visit our gallery of dogs available for adoption today, courtesy of Best Friends!
To donate, adopt one of our shelter dogs of the day, or for more information on adoptable animals in your local communities, visit bestfriends.org/hallmarkchannel or contact Best Friends Animal Society at (818) 643-3989. We also invite you to visit bfla.bestfriends.org and bestfriends.org.
To learn more about Hallmark Channel's Pet Project, visit
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