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Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

I have a bunch of random Stuff I’ve Gotta Share with you today, and you should probably see it!  Here ya go!

Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Chicken -
This is the recipe I wrote for Parade Magazine this week- Easy Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Chicken.  It’s for those nights when you have to run around and take one kid to baseball and then another kid to lacrosse, and then no one is home until it’s too late to make any sort of great dinner.  The kids will enjoy this one since it’s tender chicken with a peanut buttery sauce!  Check out the recipe > HERE.

QVC Appearance May 2013
Last week was my big national TV debut on QVC- I had the opportunity to share my book- The Recipe Girl Cookbook with the world!  I was on David Venable’s “In the Kitchen With David” show.  He couldn’t have been nicer and more genuine.  I loved every minute of my experience there.  It’s such a well run organization, I met SO many neat folks there who were selling other products.  The products they choose to feature on the show are ones that they truly stand behind and believe in.  As I was leaving, I apparently walked right by rapper Fifty Cent and his entourage and was completely clueless… didn’t even notice.  He was there to sell his headphones.  If you watched my show, thank you for the support!  And if you missed it, you can still view it HERE on the QVC site (just click the video link).  I’m getting such positive feedback from all who have purchased The Recipe Girl Cookbook, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about that!

My neighbor flagged me down the other day to tell me about her FIT BIT.  Do you know what these are and what they do???  From their website: This slim, stylish device is with you all the time. During the day, it tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. At night, it tracks your sleep cycle and wakes you silently in the morning. Just check out the lights to see how you stack up against your personal goal. It’s the motivation you need to get out and be more active.  I’m pretty much obsessed with the idea of getting one of these now!!  They are currently running $99.95.  If you have one, I’d love to know how you like it, and what your experience has been with it!

Here’s another great new E-Book on the market offered at $9.99:  Cooking Techniques With Olive Oil.  Description from Amazon:  How often do you come home from buying a beautiful bottle of extra virgin olive oil and wish you had more uses for it, other than a salad dressing or sautéing up a quick dish? In this book you will learn the easy cooking techniques of poaching, braising, marinating, infusing, and baking with olive oil. Our goal is to teach you a new way of cooking and to help you master fundamental skills.

Nominated for a Global Ebook Award, this cookbook is a fantastic resource for anyone who enjoys olive oil. You will find detailed descriptions, as well as recipes for vegans and meat eaters alike, including plenty of beautiful and vivid photographs. Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil is fabulous resource for cooks of all experience, from the novice to the professional.

Written by Mary Platis, culinary instructor, owner and chef for the Greek Gourmet catering company and food blogger ( Also written and photographed by Laura Bashar, graphic designer, photographer and food blogger (  

I know the authors personally and I have complete confidence that they have put together a fabulous book!  Check out Laura’s Family Spice blog for more information and a giveaway, and check out Mary’s California Greek Girl blog for more info and a giveaway too!

Cheesecake Cookies RecipeBoy

Oh dear.  My boy (now 12!) is at it again with his fun baking ventures.  This time he made some rather fabulous CHEESECAKE COOKIES (edged in graham cracker crumbs) for his current post, where he is featuring the Cookies for Kids Cancer cookbook:  All the Good Cookies (all money earned on this book goes toward pediatric cancer).  The cookie recipe is fabulous, and he’s also offering a giveaway for the book!

I’ve been obsessively shopping for summer things lately, so I thought I’s share some of my fun finds.  Although kind of expensive, Anthropologie is one of my favorite stores to find unique clothes.  The green T. you see above is their Raw Edge V-Neck (on sale for $34.95).  It’s gotten some mixed reviews because the cotton is super soft and tends to wear and get tiny holes in it after a while.  Call me crazy, but I LOVE that sort of shirt.  It’s completely comfortable, and I want to wear it to the beach and also wear it to bed every night.  I bought it in green AND white!  The pants shown are their Braided Twill Trousers ($88).  I never, ever buy pants that are that expensive, but I failed to look at the price of these before I tried them on.  They fit so perfect and they were so comfortable that I splurged and bought them in both gray and green.  I’ll wear them all summer long, so I figured they were worth the price.  I got three compliments on them the first day I wore them!  The shoes I’m showing here are the Kandalini Sandals ($88).  I haven’t bought them yet, but they’re pretty darn cute so I may have to dig deep and buy those too!  Or maybe someplace like Target has a similar style??  Please let me know if you’ve seen a cute style like these at a more affordable price!

Fashion Finds

Here are two more summery pieces that I picked up.  The Maxi dress I found at Chicos (a store I only usually frequent for their jewelry, but I happened to spot this while I was there!): Striped Brooke Dress ($139)- comes in brown too.  Again, I don’t usually spend this much on a dress, but they were offering some sort of great coupon the day I was there, so it wasn’t as much.  I will wear this to summer parties this year in both day and night.  What I consider to be a really great purchase for summer are these linen pants I found at Nordstrom: Drawstring Linen Pants ($59).  I bought them in two colors- New Spice and Lapiz.  Last night, I accidentally put my Lapiz pants in the DRYER and thought that I for-sure had shrunk them and ruined them.  Nope, they were still perfect!  These will be comfortable and cool for summer.

Have a fabulous weekend!

XO… RecipeGirl


  1. postedMay 30, 2013 11:42 PM

    Congrats on your QVC appearance!!! WOW!!! thanks for sharing that!

    And recipeboy is so…grown up! Just like 18 mos ago he seemed so….young! Kids. They grow. But where does time go!

    And those Anthro shirts. I have wanted one and have put it off, but that is SO my kinda shirt. I love the cut, the vneck, the thinner cotton. I’m going to go in there this weekend I hope and get one!

  2. postedMay 31, 2013 4:33 AM

    I have a Fitbit flex and find that it’s basically an expensive pedometer. I no longer wear it to sleep because I had trouble sleeping with it on.

  3. postedMay 31, 2013 5:24 AM

    Enjoyed watching your QVC appearance live, Lori! Fabulous cookbook! And, thanks so much for sharing your shopping finds. Everything is ultra cute for summer. LOVE Anthro and Nordies! By the way…Recipe Boy’s Cheesecake Cookies are beyond the bom diggity! xo

  4. postedMay 31, 2013 5:48 AM

    Congratulations on your QVC appearance. You were awesome. Love those cookies Recipe Boy is sharing. The sound perfect! Could he be any cuter?!?!?

    Loving all the great finds you found! So great for summer!

  5. postedMay 31, 2013 5:58 AM

    Huge congrats on QVC! That is so exciting! Way to go you!

  6. postedMay 31, 2013 6:24 AM

    Congrats on QVC! I love that striped dress!

  7. postedMay 31, 2013 6:57 AM

    Congrats on the QVC success, Lori! What a wonderful lineup of fun finds!

  8. postedMay 31, 2013 7:11 AM

    Congratulations on the QVC spot. Look at all that food!!

  9. postedMay 31, 2013 8:34 AM
    Karen Mericle

    I preordered my Fitbit Flex and I LOVE it! I’ve had other pedometers before, but I love that this is a bracelet. I thought I was pretty active already, but tracking my activity this way really motivates (shames) me into exercising more. Also, it tracks your sleep and can tell how efficient your sleep actually is.

    The regular monitoring service is free and I’m happy with that. I have mine connected to several apps like My Fitness Pal and Endomondo, so I can actually see what types of exercise working more effectively.

  10. postedMay 31, 2013 9:04 AM

    I have a fit bit and love it. It is fun to compete with my husband and friends. Trying to reach certain acheivment badges is a good motivator to get moving on days when I don’t feel like it. To me it is pretty amazing to see how many miles I do in a day without even trying. Chasing three kiddos around keeps me busy.

  11. postedMay 31, 2013 9:55 AM

    Cute pants, need a pair of comfy pants that will last – I will check these out. Anthropologie is dangerous for me though.. especially their sundresses, I want them all!

    I have the competitor band, the Nike Fuel Band and I have to say I love it. It’s really changed my feelings on fitness and it’s a great motivator.

  12. postedMay 31, 2013 10:04 AM

    Congrats again on your QVC appearance, Lori! Looks like you nailed it!

  13. postedMay 31, 2013 10:38 AM

    Congrats for being on QVC!

  14. postedMay 31, 2013 11:41 AM

    Fun stuff!! I’m pretty sure I need those Anthro pants now!!

  15. postedMay 31, 2013 3:25 PM

    I love that you teamed up with Parade, so awesome that you’re writing for them, such a great fit 🙂
    My sister has a Fit Bit and she loves it, she tells everyone to go buy one. I’m thinking about it too!.
    And i’m all about the stripped maxi dress right now, I love that one you posted. I think I need one for Austin!

  16. postedMay 31, 2013 3:59 PM

    That peanut butter chicken sounds great! I need that. I saw you on QVC as I said, and your dishes looked phenomenal! I’ve forgotten what fifty cent looks like and would t have know either! ???? Cheesecake cookies?! Yes! Love that green Anthropologie tee. Have a great weekend!

  17. postedMay 31, 2013 6:24 PM

    My sister has the UP bracelet (I think she got it at the Apple store, but it’s the same type of bracelet). She loves it – she’s been tracking her steps, and it shows her how well she’s been sleeping.

  18. postedMay 31, 2013 6:40 PM

    So happy for you to be on QVC! I have shopped for everything you can imagine from there for over 20 years. In my opinion, QVC is this country’s best retailer! Thanks for the fashion show.

  19. postedMay 31, 2013 8:48 PM

    I LOVE my Fitbit! i find it extremely motivating. i am always sure to hit my daily stepping goal and I try hard to exceed it. Instead of standing on the sidelines watching my son play like all the other parents, I pace back and forth. 1000 steps down/ 100 calories burned. It reminds me to stay in motion when I am on my feet. I love when it sends me texts telling me I am an “overachiever”. I would highly recommend it. I also love your blog and will be trying the peanut butter chicken this week.

  20. postedMay 31, 2013 8:51 PM

    Congrats on QVC! I have been hearing about those Fit Bit bracelets too and I am so curious to hear if people like them!

  21. postedJun 1, 2013 4:58 AM

    So excited for you, Lori!!! In addition to doing a fabulous job on QVC, you look absolutely gorgeous…I am quite sure that I would have looked a nervous wreck, lol! Huge congrats – your beautiful book deserves every accolade it gets!

    I’m definitely going to check out Fit Bit, thanks for sharing! And LOVE those Anthro sandals!! 🙂

  22. postedJun 1, 2013 10:17 AM

    Congrats on the tv debut! You’re a rock star, Lori!

  23. postedJun 2, 2013 1:19 PM

    I absolutely adore that blue dress. I usually can’t wear horizontal stripes (they make me WIDE) but I wonder if the fact that none of the stripes go all the way across would make it work. Love the shot of you on tv. Very cool. Congratulations!!!

  24. postedJun 3, 2013 1:08 PM

    Hi Lori! I can’t believe your son is all-grown up! Being on QVC must have been the biggest rush! You look great on TV! Thanks for posting out new ebook, I greatly appreciate it!

    • postedJun 3, 2013 4:58 PM

      You’re very welcome!! And thank you!

  25. postedJun 5, 2013 4:47 PM

    Major congratulations on your QVC appearance 🙂 how fun!

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