Ricky and Andrea Schroder Interview

Husband and wife team, Ricky and Andrea Schroder sit down with Mark and guest host, Debbie Matenopoulos and open up about the secrets to their happy marriage. They also talk about what it is like raising their four children in the country, surrounded by farm life. Ricky has been staying busy, last year he filmed a war documentary in Afghanistan and most recently, he wrapped up the TV movie, “Coat of Many Colors” pairing him with Dolly Parton. The movie airs December 10th, 9/8c on NBC.

Dr. JJ Cooks!

Dr. JJ is in the kitchen with Debbie cooking up Christmas Pull Apart Bread with cinnamon, vanilla and butter. She warns you ahead of time that this bread takes patience, because you are supposed to let it rest and rise for an hour. If you live in climate that doesn’t allow bread to warm and rise, you can also use a heating pad or blankets.

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DIY Candle and Pine Centerpieces

Andrea Schroder is back and this time she is making Candle and Pine Centerpieces. When it comes to scents, Andrea says ginger and citrus are in and very subtle. She enjoys using candles because they create a warmth to the table. When you combine the candles with the foliage you create a sweet smelling holiday centerpiece!

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Not So Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Debbie introduces Mark to a whole new line of Christmas sweaters that are currently in fashion. The ugly sweater trend started in early 2000’s, but now they are being worn by celebrities!

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Clay Walker Performs

The country singer visits Home & Family to talk about life and managing the symptoms of his Multiple Sclerosis. He credits his wife, Jessica to keeping his diet in check and he even has his own organic garden. He also emphasizes the importance of exercise and finding the right medication. Clay has also been staying busy moving into his brand new ranch-style home. After the interview, Clay plays a Christmas song, “All Wrapped Up in You.”

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DIY Christmas Crate

Ken Wingard helps get you ready for the holidays by making a Christmas crate. By repurposing old wood you can save money. Ken also suggests using an old trunk. Before adding the presents, Ken fills the crate with Christmas orbs, lights and greenery.

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Holiday Extreme Art Carvings

Master food carver, Jonathan Neill talks about some of his most famous carvings, one being a Santa sleigh out of a pumpkin. He shows Mark and Debbie how he carved a squash and sweet potato and turned it into a Santa face. Jonathan’s work has also been featured on “Cake Wars: Christmas,” which airs Mondays, 9/8 on Food Network.

Magical North Pole Party Scape

Kristin Smith is joined by her little friends Sidney and Zion as they talk about getting festive for the holidays. Kristin introduces parents to fun websites where they can track Santa’s movement and she also creates a reindeer food bar of oats, raisins, chips, sprinkles and brown sugar.

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Six Flags Holiday in the Park

Mark and Debbie talk about how Six Flags is celebrating the holidays by transforming their parks into a winter wonderland. The park is also in the spirit of giving and on December 5th and 6th, Six Flags will donate $1 of every full-price front-gate admission ticket to Feed the Children.

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