Shirley, Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines with actress Deidre Hall of Days of Our Lives on the Home and Family Show

“Home & Family” Show Season Two- Behind The Scenes!

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Appearing as a regular on the Home & Family show, which airs on the Hallmark channel is a full time job for me.

Many hours go into preparing a garden segment, but once I'm on the set, addrenaline takes over and there's more than enough energy to get the job done.

Take a look at some behind the scene photos of my recent appearances on the show which is now in it's second season.


By the way, it's a wonderful cast and we have a good time together.



One of the most colorful personalities on the show is Chef Favio Viviani of Firenze Osteria and Cafe Firenze in Studio City and Moorpark California.

You may know Favio from his appearance on season 5 of Bravo’s hit reality series Top Chef in 2008, earning the “Fan Favorite” title. 

Viviani returned to Bravo in 2010 to compete in their Top Chef All Stars edition and a spinoff culinary reality show, Life After Top Chef.



Co-Hosts, Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines are great friends off camera and get together often for family events.


jessie-jane-jim sears

If you're a parent who seeks out medical advice for your children, you've probably heard of Dr. Jim Sears.

Dr. Jim Sears is a pediatrician and co-host of the Emmy-nominated TV show "The Doctors."


Dr. Sears has co-authored several books that have become go-to guides for parents, including The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood, Father’s First Steps — 25 Things.

He's joined in this photo by up-and-coming-crafter and lifestyle expert, Jessie Jane of LilyShop.



Jill Simonian, (to my left) is a charismatic and talented entertainment reporter-turned-mommy blogger and consumer reporter.

She blogs at The Fab Mom and presents segments of interest to parents and women who are returning to work outside of the home.


To my right is New York Time's bestselling author, Sophie Uliano, healthy beauty advocate, and passionate environmentalist.

Check out Sophie's book and blog at  "Gorgeously Green."

Sophie shares the latest information on eco-friendly beauty products and solutions for organic living.



Daytime soap opera fans will recognize the tall, dark and handsome actor, Galen Gering of "Days of Our Lives" to my left.

Galen and his castmate Deidre Hall were on the Home & Family show to promote their new book, "Days of Our Lives Better Living: Cast Secrets for a Healthier Balanced Life."



I especially enjoyed meeting fellow gardener, Cindy Davison of the online shop, The Succulent Perch.

Cindy and her boyfriend, Kevin drove down from San Diego to Sudio City the night before taping so she could get up bright and alert and prepare for her first national television appearance!

Congratulations Cindy and kudos on your gorgeous pumpkin succulent planters that you presented to an enthusiastic crew.

The secret to Cindy's long lasting pumpkin planter is that she glues moss and succulent cuttings directly to the top of a Cinderella pumpkin….

..No cutting!

Once you cut a pumpkin, it begins to degrade and rots within a week or two.

Cindy says that her pumpkin planters can last up to six months, so it sounds like solid advice.


Shirley, Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines with actress Deidre Hall of Days of Our Lives on the Home and Family Show

"Days of Our Lives" leading lady Deidre Hall joined Galen Gering to talk about their new book and stuck around for a number of segments including the highlight of my day- the carmel apple making segment!

I can't believe that I made my first caramel apple EVER on television!


Cristina Ferrare wrote a blog post that includes information about the "out-of-this-world" caramel she used on the show.

MMMM…mmm good.



It was a pleasure to meet the handsome, Dr. Courtney Campbell, a fun-loving veterinarian with a great TV presentation style!

Dr. Campbell's segment on how to do a mini physical on your dog at home was filled with useful information.

It's a good feeling to be equipped with basic knowledge about caring for my dogs.

I won't worry anymore when my dog's nose is dry.


Follow The Experts From "Home & Family" Show on Twitter!

Here's a few of the experts I've worked with recently on the show and their Twitter handles.


Christina Ferrare @CristinaCooks

Mark Steines @MarkSteines

Sophie Uliano @SophieUliano

Jessie Jane @JessieDIY

Tanya Memme @Tanya_Memme

Kym Douglas @KymDouglas

Jill Simonian @JillSimonian

Ken Wingard @KennethWingard

Fabio Viviani @FabioViviani

Shirley Bovshow @EdenMaker

There are others and I'll post their information along with photos from future segments!


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