Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jason Knapp's Cheesy Treat

Just a preview of what you'll have if you make Jason Knapp's goat cheese treat from Tuesday's show. Recipe can be found on the "Good Morning Arkansas" or the "Recipes" pages under "Seen On Seven." Enjoy!
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Beth's Favorite Things

Wow... it gets harder every year to come up with NEW favorite things, but I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with what I've come up with this year!

-- I have a major sweet tooth... and this holiday season, my "fix" is coming in the form of a milkshake. Chik-Fil-A has some of the most amazing handspun milkshakes around. My favorite right now...Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake. I HIGHLY recommend it. Treat yourself. You can thank me later!

-- In addition to having a sweet tooth... I also have an addiction to MAKING the sweet stuff. I love baking cakes, cookies, pies... you name it. There's just something about a homemade dessert that makes everyone happy.
One day I was searching online for a chocolate sheetcake recipe, and I stumbled upon a blog here:
Ree Drummond is The Pioneer Woman mentioned in the web site... she was a self-described spoiled city girl who transitioned into a country wife. She is fascinating... and has some of the most delicious recipes I've ever tried. Everything I've made... has been spectacular.
Her cookbook is a New York Times Bestseller... and you can find it on her web site, or at any bookstore. (I got mine at Barnes & Noble)
The great thing about her cookbook, is that she shows step-by-step photos of all the dishes she's taught herself to cook through the years. There's a lot of butter involved.... and that CAN'T be bad. The book is a little less than $30. Buy it... and you will not be disappointed. The cinnamon roll recipe alone is worth the cost of the book!

-- This time of year can wreak havoc on your skin, if you aren't careful. I don't know about you... but my hands get so dry this time of year! I feel like I've tried about every body cream on the market, but my most favorite... are the hand and body cream and body butter from Victorias Secret. They aren't too greasy, or oily... and leave your skin silky soft! Here's the web site for price info:

-- One of my MOST favorite things of the year... is D1 Sports Training Facility in WLR. I've been working out there since August... and I've been blown away by how much I enjoy it. It's the hardest workout I've ever had... but also the most fun. Ben Faires, Anthony Lucas and all the D1 coaches do an amazing job of encouraging, motivating and helping you reach your fitness goals! It's sports minded personal training in a group setting. They have classes all throughout the day to help you meet your goals. Go here to find out more:

-- Last, but not least... I wanted to feature the book "Making Memories"... it's a tribute to the life of my friend Anne Pressly, who was brutally murdered a little more than two years ago. Written by Randy Dixon and Christina Munoz, the book is filled with wonderful photos, and fun Anne stories and memories. I think it's so important that we keep her memory alive. All proceeds from the benefit "The Anne Pressly Scholarship Fund"... which will help other young women who are interested in pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. For more information on purchasing a book, you can email Debby Hook at Or, you can purchase the book at Bedford Camera & Video in either Little Rock or North Little Rock.

Love Ya, Mean It!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Melinda's Favorite Things

Hi everybody! Melinda Mayo here and I'm excited to be kicking off this years "My Favorite Things" on Good Morning Arkansas. This year I've chosen some items I have found to be handy in the kitchen, my great make-up find of the year, my favorite thing to wear to Razorback games, and for the first time in "favorite things" history...a pet item that has become an obsession at my house. Enjoy!!

1, Aroma Rice Cooker - I love to cook cajun food and sometimes for lots of people which means I need HUGE amount of rice. This year I discovered rice cookers which make the job so much easier, no more standing over a pot of boiling water! I didn't really research different cookers. I really just bought the first one I saw at Sams for about $40, but I love it. It has a setting for white and brown rice, plus can be used as a food steamer if you want. Just put in the rice, water, hit the button, and walk away. It's perfect rice everytime.

2. Pampered Chef Ice Cream Dipper - One job I hate is trying to dip out hard ice cream. I've bent spoons backwards and almost strained an arm muscle before. But this is no ordinary dipper here. It has a defrosting liquid in the handle. The warmth of your hand warms the liquid inside making it super-easy to scoop. It's only $15 and can be ordered at

3. Make Up For Ever - The ladies (and men) and KATV are always looking for a new foundation with great coverage. And with HDTV on the way, this is going to be even more important soon. Many of us are using the Make Up Ever line from Sephora. I think it's High Definition Foundation is great for TV and for everyday use, too. Just a little bit goes a long way. I'm also a big fan of the Duo Mat Powder Foundation. You can find the whole make-up line at Sephora stores or

4. Fan Frocks - It's the hottest thing at all the Razorback games. This company in Conway will embellish your Razorback or other team/college t-shirt, making it into an adorable dress or tube-top shirt. The best way to find out more information and see examples is through Facebook. Simply send a friend request to Fan Frocks. You can also email the company at The cost is $46 for a dress, and $18 for a shirt.

5. Crazy Critters - I had seen the TV commercial for these things and thought maybe I'd order one, but I ended up picking one up at a pet store. They are stuffing-free plush toys for your dog, so there is no stuffing to come out later. There is a squeaker on both ends and I must tell you that my dog, Ozzie, is OBSESSED! He carries his around the house like a security blanket, even brings it to bed with him. It comes in a raccoon and a fox. Costs $9.99 and can be found at, but I've also seen these at Wal-Mart and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It's definitely Ozzie's favorite thing ever!

That's it! Just some things I've found this year to make life easier and more fun! Stay tuned the next few days for Barry and Beth's Favorite things.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Pine Encrusted Salmon...yummy

Peter Brave
Brave New Restaurant

1 6oz filet
1 cup pine nuts
3 cups breadcrumbs
1 cup flour
3 eggs
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp butter

Pine nuts and breadcrumbs should be blended together.  Eggs and water should be mixed

Setup breading station with flour, then eggwash, then breadcrumbs.  Season filets.  Place them in flour and shake off excess.  Dip in eggwash and breadcrumbs.  Saute in hot butter for 1 minute.  Then flip and finish in oven at 400 degrees for 3 minutes.

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Monday, December 06, 2010

November At-Home Beauty Remedies

Grape facial cleanser
1 Cup Mashed Grapes
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Salt or Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Milk
put all ingredients in a blender. Use morning and night . Grapes are an axioxidant and also high in minerals.

Remedy for chapped lips
1 Teaspoon Shredded Cucumber
1/2 Teaspoon Honey
1/2 Teaspoon Sour Cream
almond oil
mix ingredients ( except almond oil) and apply to lips. Leave on for 10 min. Rinse and apply almond oil to lock in moisture. The cucumber and honey will sooth the chapped lips and the sour cream will exfoliate.

Lemon, vanilla, whitening tightening mask
2 tablespoons honey
4 teaspoons lemon juice
3 teaspoon vanilla yogurt
1 egg white
Mix together and apply to face for 15 min. The lemon juice whitens, the egg white tightens, and the vanilla and honey soothe. The perfect mask for the season!!

These recipes were provided by Dee Dee Helbig of Ava Bella Day Spa.