Labor day fun

I hope you got to watch the Season Finale of Daphne Dishes.  Backyard Camping.  Check out recipes here.  It was great to make the 13 episodes for season 2 and I worked with such lovely people.  Everyone was super kind and supportive of my kids which is was my first priority.

crew photo

crew photo

 

shooting Daphne Dishes

shooting Daphne Dishes

 

friend and Production assistant takes my kids to school

friend and Production assistant takes my kids to school

My kids are good sports about having a wacky mom who has a camera enter their home at regular intervals.  First for Coolmom and Momversation and now Daphne Dishes.  They are use to people being in our home and are happy to see them when they return.

kitchen crew Daphne Dishes

kitchen crew Daphne Dishes

You can’t do this alone!  Food Producer Tim Macklin, Food stylist David Domedion ( who also works with Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond), Food stylist Sarah Blair.  They make the food look pretty for beauties and help me figure out how to make things look better, taste better from my original idea.  For example: I make something and it’s not quite right to me.  We all stick our spoons in it, “needs more honey, needs a bit of lime juice, no, I think it’s fine, etc”  While the camera folk are standing around waiting for us to make up our mind.  We had a tight schedule for season 2 and Mark was busy with Bombo opening so Sarah and I worked form 10 to 8 every day a for a week before shooting testing recipes.  Some were not finalized till we were on set.  Tim always let Rex play a game on his phone when he asked.  Sarah was very motherly to the kids.  Nice people.

I like to work with people I’ve worked with before.  So our second camera was Chung Ming Huang, who shot some of my best Cool mom Vids and even made a cameo once

Make up  and hair artist Crystal Bernal ( oh I wish I could the braids she can do) and Brittany Merideth, stylist Lauren Francis.  I worked with them all at TV Guide Channel.  Lauren has dressed me, skinny, fat, pregnant, not pregnant, crying after my dad’s death, inbetween nursing.  She is unflappable and always sees me prettier than I see myself.  Which is nice when you are getting naked in front of people! Lauren always let Vivien be her assistant when she came home from school.  Viv has an eye!  Vivien hates getting her hair cut, but one day she allowed Crystal to give her a trim.

with stylist Lauren Francis

with stylist Lauren Francis..I’m doing my mean look

 

 

 

producer of daphne dishes

 

Our super sweet producer Craig Anderson of Concentric.  He took us out to dinner the day we shot our last shot for Season 2.  Food Network had me meet a few producers when we were figuring out this show and I picked Craig.  He has a very warm vibe, he is a dad and was gentle with all of us as he helped me loosen up and be myself doing the hardest hosting I’ve ever done.  Cooking and talk to camera is more difficult than it looks!

typical exchange when we worked on the pilot

“what are you doing?”

“stirring”

“Why?”

“so it blends, so it doesn’t burn”

“Say that to camera”

“Ok”

“smile when you talk”

“Oh”

“does this make you think of something.”

“um.. um “

“did your mom make you this?”

“Oh, no she never made she would make..”

“Okay, tell us that story.”

“Ok”

“smile”

I do my thing

Craig, “That was great!”

Me: “it was?”

 

impossible to get a screen grab where I don't look crazy. Hazards of an expressive nature

impossible to get a screen grab where I don’t look crazy. Hazards of an expressive nature

So, obviously I hope we are back for more.  I have lot’s of recipes riffing off stuff I tasted in Europe and just fooling around as I slowly got my colon back in order.  Thanks to all the folks who watch and gave us nice tweets and such.  Keep going back and look up recipes.  I know I do!   If you missed any the shows are on itunes.

For those of you who are just finding my site through the show here is one of my more successful and madcap videos.  It’s sort of  food.. muffin.. except, not.  Happy cooking.

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=92B2I1jHBKk

Momversation: What’s Your Best Piece of Parenting Advice?

What’s the best parenting advice you ever got? I’m sure some was when I was super sleepy so I can’t remember it, but in this Momversation I did mention some gems. Some of the Momversationalists don’t like advice. I don’t mind advice, I mind a snippy know it all attitude which is not the same thing. If someone is tsk, tsking while your kid is in a meltdown and says things like “gee, maybe you should feed her” and you want to scream “Of course I feed my kid dumbass, she is 3 and this is part of being her age. Don’t judge my mothering!”

In the same situation the onlooker could say “I know this is tough mom. If you are ok with it sometimes I give my kids a c-o-o-k-i-e. I have some if you want it.”

Note on the programming: I shot in my dressing room at tv guide on a shoot day so I have pro hair and make up. Not all haggard.

Golden Globes

I was twittering like a teletype while watching the pre-shows. I had to have some outlet since everyone else on the TV Guide staff was hired to work the red carpet except for me. (Sigh.)

After two hours of having NO ONE to agree with me how on how good gun metal dresses looked and how improved Jenna Fischer of The Office was, I yelled to Mark, “If I don’t get to watch this with a woman or a gay man I am going to go out of my mind.”

We were invited to watch it with some neighbor friends, but we had to wait while Rex’s car seat was washed and dried. Earlier there had been a rather disgusting accident. I don’t need to draw too clear of a picture.

When Ryan Seacrest tossed to his big forheaded co-host ( Yes, When TV Guide is on commercials, I do flip over to E!, but I always flip back) I ran and separated the car seat from the rest of the wet laundry and popped it into the dryer on high.  I had to get out of here.

I enjoyed watching the show when we got to our friend’s house. I liked Ricky Gervais’s put-down humor, and I thought dress-wise most of the gals wore gowns that favored their shape. They might not have been the best clothes, but for the most part none that cut people in the wrong way.

Least favorites. Julia Roberts. Ratty. Make an effort movie star.

Julianna Margulies, Love my “good wife,” but this neckline was distracting

Rita Wilson’s gown, wow, grandma left some drapes lying around?  Her husband can print money, let’s pick it up.

Kate Hudson, was she trying to steal something as she teetered on her hooker heels?

Diane Kruger, Here comes Kool Aid!

And sidebar, who is Sally Hawkins? She presented and everyone in the room was saying “who is this?” I just saw her name next to the picture of Ratty Roberts.

There was more good than bad, a few highlights:

Oliva Wilde ( “House”), was crazy about her sparkling gun metal, draped so well.

Marion Cotillard, that saucy French wench brought it.  Love the peekaboo lace on the leg. Daring, original, and the color of her dress was amazing with her eyes.

Jeanne Tripplehorn, momma has some junk in trunk and wore a lovely long sleeved black number with bejeweled cuffs that artfully pulls the eye away from any imperfections, and the solid color block is slimming.

And of course they all strutted in the rain, so if their hair survived they had great stylists… and probably enough air spray to finish off the ozone layer.

Maternity Clothes Are a Racket!

Well, maybe they’re not entirely a racket, but I have had a revelation about maternity clothes during this pregnancy. Often NON-maternity clothes can work better than maternity clothes.

Cute black pregnancy dress - Coolmom.com

The crack wardobe department at TV Guide channel brought this home at my fittitng. (A fitting is when I try on a bunch of outfits to see if they will work for the next month of shows.) Check out the cute black dresses (one above and one below). NOT maternity.  

cute black dress for pregnancy - Coolmom.com

Almost all of the clothes I have worn on the show are not maternity wear, and they are adorable. Who’d a thunk? The clothes they put me in either have an empire waist or a stretchy jersey that leaves room. Lauren Francis (in pic behind me) and Amanda Jones have done the hard part, going to Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Target to find things and I only need to try them all on. But I’m telling  you, the prego dresses were shaped like potato sacks and they often cost more than the regular clothes.

I have a pair of maternity jeans and a maternity jean skirt that have such a constricting waistband, I lose my breath when I put them on. I never feel like that with the NON-maternity clothes.

good maternity pants - Coolmom.com

I do have these Pea in the Pod slacks I bought for this pregnancy (above). They are comfortable and good for work. I think the chief reason I like this waistband is not because it grows as I do, but because I pee so much, it’s easier just to pull down my trousers as opposed to unsnapping and unzipping each time. Jeez, I’ll be back in the loo by the time I get zipped up again.

Behind the Scenes: Why I Love Working in TV

When I had Vivien, I didn’t have a gig. I was okay with it, because I had long thought I wanted that first year with my baby. But when she was only 9 days old, I got a call to come in to do a comedy bit for CMT (the Country Music Channel), for a Christmas show. I was to be Mrs. Claus and improvise jokes based on silly videos I watched.

I walked into that studio with a smile on my face, thanking everyone I met. “Hi, Julie? You do makeup? God bless you! Fred, you do lighting? Oh blast me!” I might have kissed the guy who brought the bagels and fruit. And I almost cried when I realized I was going to get a paycheck for the day, as well.  When you haven’t earned your own money in a while after having supported yourself for years, it gets to you.

Even though I was dressed as Mrs. Claus, I was so happy to be out of the house for a few hours, to see that I could still make jokes and go through hair and makeup – even if I was in a white wig and a big red dress.

Well, here is a little peek at the behind-the-scenes of my present job, as host of the “The Fashion Team” on the TV Guide channel. I’m lucky to have a job and even luckier that they apply makeup when I get there.

Halloween at the Fashion Team

When Viv was younger (under 3) she was happy to be a model on my TV Guide show, The Fashion Team – or at least, she tolerated it. Now, not so much. It’s nice when she does the Halloween show, like she did last week, because the producers get her a costume and lazy mom (me) doesn’t have more work to do for the big day. But this year, Viv had really had it – and showed it on camera.

Vivica A. Fox Visits Cool Mom

This is what a techno lame-o I am.  About a month ago, Vivica A. Fox, actress and host of VH1’s “Glam God,” visited my TV show The Fashion Team. She is good-natured and funny, so I asked her if she would speak to the Cool Moms on my new Flip camera. Yes, she said, no problem. Even though she is not a mom, she knows a lot about looking good on the fly, so I asked her about some simple beauty and style tips for the rest of us.

Then I loaded the Flip to the computer and the video was… a small black square. Oops. I had tech support come in (aka, my 14-year-old stepson, Oliver), and we downloaded it again. Here is where I should not have listened to my tech support, or maybe wait until he is out of 9th grade. He said I should delete the original on the camera and I did… uh-oh.

Later, a tech-savvy friend came over and said the problem was I needed to download something to read the file and now I would never get the video picture back because I deleted it.

May I say that when the Flip camera says I can just plug it into my computer and watch, I EXPECT that to actually happen? What’s with the download?

Fortunately, my tech-savvy girlfriend was somehow able to magically find this lost treasure of fashion advice.

Long story short… here’s the quick minute with Vivica A. Fox.

Meeting Karina Smirnoff

I keep meaning to write about this. A couple of weeks ago, Karina Smirnoff of “Dancing with the Stars” was on my show, The Fashion Team. I love “Dancing with the Stars” and always admire the leanness of the dancers’ bodies. Imagine having NO back fat!

Karina Smirnoff and Daphne Brogdon at The Fashion Team

Karina was so sweet and still so heartbroken over her break-up with Mario Lopez. Yeck, yick, blech. His half-naked body was all over the cover of the latest issue of TV Guide Magazine, so her publicist was rounding them all up in the studio so they wouldn’t be face up as Karina walked into the green room or the dressing room. Like being a good girlfriend.

At one point after we bonded I told her, “You can do better than Mario Lopez. He is coming off as a big narcissist with all his naked body pictures.” She was wistful and said, “For two years, I was so in love, I didn’t see it.” Me: “Well, that’s what your 20’s are for. Now, onward and upward!”

I told her about my blog and said, “Look, mommies don’t look like you and don’t go on big dancing shows, but what’s your advice for some easy glam tips?” She said lip gloss and Scott Barnes body glow. I’m a firm believer that a spray tan makes you look 10 pounds lighter, so I am sure she is right.

On the show, I asked her if she was bummed when as a dancer they get stuck with a turkey partner, like Penn Jillete. She was kind and said you never know who is going to do well. They must be though, as they get paid per week, and if Monica Seles (video) is your partner, that’s a slim payday.  Whenever the show starts up again, I will be rooting for Karina.

Brooke Burke Visits The Fashion Team

As is so often the case when I meet a really skinny and beautiful mother of four, I wanted to find something about Brooke Burke to dish on. (Actually, I don’t know if I have ever met a skinny, hot mom of four.) Alas, she was very nice, professional and down-to-earth.

Brooke Burke and Daphne Brogdon on The Fashion Team

She was a guest yesterday on my show, The Fashion Team. I am always slightly fascinated when a woman who has had multiple babies still has a fab body. But she started with one, so there is that. Brooke also swears by her Taut, one of the products she has developed for would-be or new moms. Basically it’s like a girdle that you wear after giving birth, for 40 days. I said, “Isn’t that uncomfortable? I think it would make me even more cranky than I was.” She said she would take it off to nurse or if it was bugging her, but she believes it helped her get her figure back.

Her fourth child is 4 months old, and Brooke looks good. Almost as impressive was that she didn’t have that super-haggard look I associate with myself and other new moms. I was trying not to be obvious as I scrutinized around her eye and barely saw one line. She said having four kids is a challenge (and three isn’t?).

I asked her how the older kids dealt with a new baby, since I often wonder how I would handle that if I have another. She said she tried to make the older kids feel that the baby is theirs, too. Letting them hold it and if they are not holding it properly don’t yell at them, just change the holding in a gentle way. Sounds good to me.

This “Lost” Star Is a Cool Mom

In my job as one of the hosts of “The Fashion Team” on TV Guide Channel – or, as I like to call it, “deep cable” – I meet various celebrities. One of the great aspects of motherhood is the insta-connection you can make with people of all stripes. Between takes on my show, it’s best to chat with your guest, get to know them, make them comfortable, distract them so they don’t notice it’s taking 20 minutes to set up a shot. Some are more fun than others.

Elizabeth Mitchell, “Juliet” on “Lost,” was a recent fave. We all loved her. I remember her from 10 years ago as Angelina Jolie’s girlfriend in “Gia” (hot!). It took us about 10 seconds before we were chatting about our kids, who are only a couple weeks apart. Mitchell’s not a Hollywood mom; she lives in Hawaii for the show half the year, and Seattle is her homebase and she doesn’t have a nanny. Her husband and relatives help her out. Love a Mister Mom!

I asked her what’s one of the beauty rituals that’s gone out the window with motherhood. She said, “I’m doing it.” She said she only puts nail polish on the toes that peek out of her pumps and since she doesn’t wear those much (for motherhood or “Lost”), she doesn’t bother with a full pedi – it’s outfit dependent. Good tip! (No pun intended.)

She gained 70 pounds with her pregnancy. Wow, that’s a lot of girl. She is tall so she could carry it better than I – I would have been a perfect circle. She’s lovely now, so I asked her how she lost it: “Nursing and running.” We chatted about how nursing peels off the pounds. I have the knees of 60-year-old, so the running isn’t happening for me anymore.

I asked her if I could quote her on my blog. Being Ms. Perfect, she said (paraphrasing), “Oh, yeah, I think motherhood can be really hard, all that goes with it, and I like to demystify it.”

I gazed at her, “You had me at the toenails.”