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Family Christmas Card 2014 Pictures – the Blooper Reel

Every year, for the Family Christmas Card, I come up with great ideas for the theme of our pictures, and then the kids veto those ideas.  I come up with some more great ideas for even better themes for our Christmas pictures, and then the kids veto those ideas.  Eventually, we come to the happy medium where I tell them they will not be fed until I have family Christmas card photos in a theme that makes me happy.

Normally, you only get to see the polished, finished product – and that’s when I find time to actually address and send the cards after I make them.  But after today’s photo shoot, I thought I’d share my blooper reel with you – the photos my kids would rather you didn’t see, because then you’d be all like, “Oh yeah, I totally see why that woman isn’t right in the head sometimes.”

So here they are – my bad and my ugly.  Stay tuned for the Family Christmas Card 2014 for the good.  I hope.


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Usher in Thanksgiving at Bobby Flay’s on the Food Network

There are two things high on my list of things I love – Food Network and Thanksgiving.  I look forward each year to the Food Network’s Thanksgiving specials, and cannot wait to see the latest!



Bobby Flay Joined by Katie Lee, Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael Symon for Turkey Day Feast With All the Trimmings

Bobby Flay hosts all-star special Thanksgiving at Bobby’s this holiday season, complete with favorite recipes, delicious tips and expert culinary advice to help viewers prepare for their own upcoming feast.  Along with co-host Katie Lee, Bobby welcomes his friends Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael Symon to the party to share their favorite Turkey Day dishes, traditions and personal family memories. Thanksgiving at Bobby’s premieres on Saturday, November 22nd at 12pm ET/PT.

“Thanksgiving is Bobby’s favorite day of the year and it shows – he’s opened up his table to our audience for a personal look at how his family and friends celebrate,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. “The dishes, tips and tricks that Bobby and his friends share will inspire everyone planning their own holiday meal.”

Bobby always makes the turkey for Thanksgiving and this year he’s preparing Roasted Turkey with Mustard Maple Glaze.  Katie uses a little inspiration from the South to make her grandmother’s Cornbread Stuffing with Herb Butter, while Sunny’s Sage and Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole is an ode to her mother’s sweet potatoes with melted marshmallows.  Alex offers the unexpected and delicious vegetable dish Broiled Cauliflower Steaks with Parsley and Lemon and Michael finishes off the meal with a Chocolate Pumpkin Pie.   Other dishes on the menu include Holiday Sangria, Mashed Potatoes with Buttermilk, Black Pepper and Green Onion, along with Katie’s take on a classic Deviled Eggs appetizer.

At FoodNetwork.com, viewers can find all-new Thanksgiving recipes, behind-the-scenes photos and more.  During the show, get your Thanksgiving questions answered live on Food Network’s Facebook page and on Twitter, with hashtag #ThanksgivingFeast.

Thanksgiving at Bobby’s is produced by Rock Shrimp Productions.