Woman's Day magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Mayhew (one of our favorites around here at Candace Rose) stopped by to share the must haves in holiday entertaining. From monogrammed linens to tasty dinner and dessert recipes, quick and efficient appliances to the dreaded clean-up!
Elizabeth Mayhew: "Hey, Candace!"
Candace Rose: Hi Elizabeth, how are you?
Elizabeth Mayhew: "Great to see- I can't see you but one of these days I want to meet you; but great to talk to you again."
Candace Rose: You too! I know, I was so happy that we're connected on LinkedIn, so I feel a little closer to you!
Elizabeth Mayhew: "That's true!"
Candace Rose: You know with the holidays creeping up on us, do you have any suggestions when it comes to decor?
Elizabeth Mayhew: "Yeah, so this holiday season one thing that we are loving and what we're doing on our tables (what I'm doing) are monogrammed linens. They're really elegant and beautiful. They don't have to cost a lot. I think sometimes people think that monograms are expensive. They're really not especially if you go somewhere like Lands' End. You can see these really pretty napkins on the table, they come trimmed in all different colors so you can pick your own color scheme, but they have six different monogram types that you can choose from. They're timeless, they will work on your table throughout the year, not just for Christmas. They're also machine washable which I love. The other thing that Lands' End has done is they've really focused on finding products made in the U.S. which I really appreciate and like; so the little pine cones place card holders, the pretty organic leaf ornaments and the leaf napkin ring holders- those are all made from artisans from Wisconsin to Rhode Island, so you feel about about your purchase and it just adds a little lift to the table and again they can be used time and time again. You can even have an ornament at each place setting for your guests to take home which is a really nice thing to do."
Candace Rose: And how about when it comes to meal planning?
Elizabeth Mayhew: "When it comes to meal planning we are all about getting it done. We want it to be delicious but we want it to be easy and we want it to be fun to make. That's why we love T-Fal Actifry. Actifry is kind of the newest multipurpose cooker that we found. A lot of our readers love the slow cooker; well, this I call the fast cooker which is you put all your ingredients in, there's a paddle that moves the food around, it's done with a special patented steam heat and it cooks with very little fat so all you use is a tablespoon of fat for a whole thing of french fries. So, you can make delicious tasting french fries that are low fat but you can also make a full dinner- like we did this turkey and vegetables stir-fry in only 20 minutes and never have to stir, never have to do anything at all, just put the ingredients in and turn it on. We even made this morning homemade granola, so imagine you can wake up Christmas morning and in seven minutes have a nice warm toasted granola. You can get all the information at TFalActifry.com or check out your local Bed, Bath and Beyond. I know this month they're doing demonstrations throughout the month, so you can really see how it works and taste how good the food is. It's super convenient and the other thing is all the pieces come out and go in the dishwasher so clean-up's easy too. It's great all year long, not just for holidays."
Candace Rose: Wow, that's amazing!
Elizabeth Mayhew: "Yeah, very cool. It would be a great Christmas present too."
Candace Rose: Yes, I want that on my list.
Elizabeth Mayhew: "Yeah!"
Candace Rose: And what about the dreaded clean-up?
Elizabeth Mayhew: "Well, Candace, you can't forget about dessert!"
Candace Rose: Oh, I thought the granola was dessert!
Elizabeth Mayhew: "No, so for dessert one of the things you can do is if you're watching your waistline during the holidays you can for a Coffee-Mate- one of their seasonal collections. So, they've got two new flavors that they've added to their seasonal collection. Now this is only available through January. They have a 'brown sugar maple latte' and a 'warm cinnamon sugar cookie' so you can add some of it. It's 35 calories for one serving and one and a half grams of fat, add that to your coffee and it's kind of a guilt-free sweet. The other thing you can do though is you can use Coffee-Mate to make delicious desserts- go to CoffeeMate.com for tons of recipes. A couple that we made today; we made an eggnog tiramisu and we made a peppermint mocha cheesecake. We also made a gingerbread martini so you can even make it into a drink. So all those recipes are at CoffeeMate.com. Now to your clean-up!"
Coffee-Mate drinks and desserts! Be sure to head to CoffeeMate.com for these recipes and more!
Candace Rose: Shame on me for forgetting dessert!
Elizabeth Mayhew: "(laughing) You want us to clean-up. No. But for clean-up, listen you can have the cousin who spills the red wine on your carpet or the aunt who leaves the big lipstick smudge on your beautiful monogrammed napkins; well, Clorox to the rescue! They have a holiday stain hotline that they have implemented this year, so you call 877-Stain-411 and a scientist- one of the Clorox scientists that are Dr. Laundry will answer all of your stain questions.
They're also doing something where on their online community they're asking users to participate and to send in your most messy moment and the winner of the messy moment, what they call 'Bleachable Moment' is going to win $25,000, so that's pretty interesting. Also, they have an app. so you can download it; if you have a smartphone download their stain app, that way if you're at someones house and you accidentally do something and you quickly want to know what works better- you know club soda or salt, they'll answer your question right there."
Head over to Facebook.com/Clorox to enter to win $25,000 for your "Bleachable Moment"
Candace Rose: Okay, that's next on my list. I think I'm downloading that today.
Elizabeth Mayhew: "My Stain App."
Candace Rose: And do you have any additional tips or information you'd like to share?
Elizabeth Mayhew: "You know you can always pick up a copy of Woman's Day. It's on the newsstand now, we have tons of recipes and decorating ideas or go to WomansDay.com."
Candace Rose: Well, thank you so much, Elizabeth. I look forward to talking with you in the next few weeks.
Elizabeth Mayhew: "Thanks, Candace. Bye!"