During the fall I’m always looking for quick and yummy ways to get my family to the table! This recipe my friends does both. I think the Mr. almost proposed all over again. He’s requested it every week. We might have it every other… you know, I’m about playing hard to get.

It starts with this…

2 bottles of Enchilada sauce (my favorite is from Trader Joe’s)
2 organic chicken breast
2 onions chopped
1 head of broccoli
1 medium butternut squashed, peeled, cleaned and cut into cubes

toppings
cheese
avocado
sour cream
rice

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Step-byStep

1. cut onion, squash and broccoli
2. put onion, chicken and enchilada sauce in a slow cooker cook on medium for 8 hours / six on high
3. three hours into the cooking time add butternut squash
4. one hour remaining in cook time add the broccoli and shred chicken
5. Create the bowl: ladle enchilada over rice and top with cheese, avocado and sour cream

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Enjoy!

I hope you’ll join us every Wednesday, October 22nd to November 12th for a monthlong #FamilyRecipe series. Revisiting the tradition of passing on our family traditions through the handwritten word of recipe cards.

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So excited for tonight’s The Design Network #Video101 Twitter Party! Today we continue our Meet the Panelist Series with our final panelist Laurie of Customized Walls …

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Laurie is one sharp cookie and I absolutely love her passion for video and look forward to learning from her…

Meet Customized Walls, Laurie Laizure

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Laurie Laizure is the founder of CustomizedWalls, a bespoke wallpaper and wall murals printing company. She has extensive experience in the highest quality fine art printing, a craft that has taken shape over her 15 year career and set about gaining national attention for her innovative wallpaper and murals through e-commerce business, blog and social media. Her online network reaches over 100,000 people. You can find her on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and as founder of the popular Interior Design Community on G+ for Interior Design professionals. They host weekly video hangouts and interviews and have quickly become a valuable resource for the business of design.

Chatting with Laurie… 

The Gracious Girl: What excites you about video?

Laurie: I love so much about video. It is hard to articulate. I have been producing, editing, creating video tutorials and interviews weekly for the last two years. I was nervous, critical of myself. I made mistakes. Yet, two years later, I am still as excited as I first was. It connects you to your audience. It lets people in and shows them who you are. It allows people to see your expertise, sense of humor, interests. I think what I love about it most is how real it can be. Oh, and the search results and great traffic are not half bad either… 

The Gracious Girl: Which TDN video personality would you most like to chat with at a dinner party and why?

Laurie: Well, I have followed and chatted with Barbara Viteri for some time. She was on my show awhile back interviewing her about her new Designerlebrity show. I would have to pick her. She is my girl! 

The Gracious Girl: What’s one nugget of wisdom you have for a web video newbie?

Laurie: Be prepared. Educate yourself about what it takes to produce, capture, and edit video but also realize that you can not do it all. Outsource what you can’t do well or quickly and focus on what you do well. Also, forgive yourself your flaws. No one is perfect and it is sometimes those imperfect moments that people relate to the most! 

See you on twitter, October 8th 8PM ET for #Video101!

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The Design Network #Video101| Meet Panelist Traci Zeller

by Mindy Lockard on October 7, 2014

Our The Design Network #Video101 Panelist series continues with day three and designer panelist Traci Zeller

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Chances are you already know and love Traci’s style, but if not, here’s a little background and her advice for video…

Meet Traci Zeller

About Traci Zeller Designs believes that beauty is created when you make the ordinary, orderly. With this philosophy in mind, Traci and her team daily seek to empower families to live harmonious lives, full of style and grace. As a busy wife and mother to exuberant twin boys, Traci understands the challenges of today’s active lifestyles and creates solutions that are both beautiful and functional.

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Chatting with Traci… 

The Gracious Girl: What excites you about video?

Traci: As much as I love social media, it’s more personal when you can see a person’s body language and hear their tone of voice. Video also lets you capture the process of design, and even the relationships in a space, in a way that photographs simply can’t capture!

The Gracious Girl: Which TDN video personality would you most like to chat with at a dinner party and why?

Traci: Ooooh, that’s a tough one! I’m really excited about the new Designerlebrity Talk with Barbara Viteri, and I know she would be tons of fun at a party. But I’d also love to sit with Beth LeManach. Even though I never cook, we share a similar philosophy — simple and elegant — and it would be interesting to see if our styles dovetail in other ways. Heck, she makes me want to try her recipes … and that is saying something!

The Gracious Girl: What’s one nugget of wisdom you have for a web video newbie?

Traci: The camera loves energy, so pick up the pace!

See you on twitter, October 8th 8PM ET for #Video101!

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Front Door Decor on KING 5 New Day NW!

by Mindy Lockard on October 6, 2014

Today I will be stopping by my favorite Seattle morning show tomorrow, KING 5 New Day Northwest, to share a few Front Door Decor tips that I have up my sleeve!

Here they are step-by-step

Fall Rake Swag…

What you need: pinecones, leaves, plastic gourds and ribbon, small garden rake (handle cut down) and paint

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Step-by-Step

1. Spray the rake

2. With a hot glue gun arrange and glue on fall leaves, berries and gourds.

3. Add ribbon and hang

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Monogrammed Front Door Decor

What you need: Large letter, yarn, silk flowers & berries & Ribbon

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Step-by-Step

1. Wrap the letter with the Yarn

2. Glue on flowers and berries

3. Hang with ribbon

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Spooktacular Wreath

What you need: Metal wreath frame, black fabric in strips, skeleton face, glitter and glue

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Step-by-Step

1. Cut fabric into strips

2. Tie to the frame

3. Paint skeleton face with glue and dust on glitter

4. Tie onto wreath

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#Video101 | Meet Panelist Leslie Carothers

by Mindy Lockard on October 6, 2014

Our The Design Network #Video101 Panelist series continues with day two and panelist Leslie Carothers…

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Chances are you already know Leslie, but if not, here’s a little background and our chat about Video…

Meet Leslie Carothers of Kaleidoscope Partnership!

About Leslie

Leslie Carothers is the CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, a 12 year old strategic planning and social media branding agency for interior designers and furniture brands based in Houston, Texas.  She has planned the strategy and executed on the social media campaigns for many nationally known brands. She is a national keynote speaker, a writer and is a widely followed design microblogger on Twitter, known there as @tkpleslie.

This year she will be launching her 2nd give back business, Messages of Hope, where 20% of her net profits on the e-cards, gifts, art and decor items- themed exclusively around hope and inspiration and available on her site – will be given back, once a month, to any charity her customers care about and choose from an extensive dropdown menu available next to each item at checkout.

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Chatting with Leslie… 

The Gracious Girl: What excites you about video?

Leslie: It’s immediacy and that you can hear someone’s voice, see their body language and get a feeling about a space that a static medium will never give you.

The Gracious Girl: Which TDN video personality would you most like to chat with at a dinner party and why?

Leslie:  I would most like to chat with TDN video personality Mitzi Beach, because she understands the issues that I am facing with my 84 year old Mother and can make design suggestions for her that make my Mother still feel chic, yet also comfortable and safe. 

The Gracious Girl: What’s one nugget of wisdom you have for a web video newbie?

Leslie: The #1 one nugget of wisdom I have for a web video newbie? Be your self – be natural. On video, in today’s world, contrived personas doesn’t work as well with consumers. Consumers relate better to authentic, genuine people sharing solid tips that can make a positive difference in how they live in their homes.

See you on twitter, October 8th 8PM ET for #Video101!

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