A Happy Southern Girl In Sunny California.
Well, I’m fresh off my trip to Hollywood for a guest appearance on the Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family Show and I wanted to share a little of the ‘behind the scenes’ look with you!
We arrived Wednesday and took a drive through Beverly Hills, just to see this iconic view of a palm tree- lined street. I’m sure you recognize this from a movie or a TV show or two and it’s real! Made me happy to be in the sunshine, cruising the streets of the stars.
We drove to the studio Thursday morning, picked up our passes at the gate and drove up Steven Spielberg Drive to get to the Home and Family set. It’s an actual house!
Of course it was built as a set, but inside it has all the rooms you’d expect in a real house-kitchen, bedroom, living room, family room, and even an outside deck where we shot the opening of the show.
The on staff chefs prepared the chicken casserole in advance and created this beauty shot for my scene in the kitchen where we talked about the recipe. This recipe is actually Captain David Tomlinson’s mom’s recipe that he showed me how to cook last year in our Firehall 29 webisode. Engineer Tracy Townsend Skyped with the show and gave me a little on line assistance. He made everyone laugh with his southern charm and wit…and that made us all happy!
I got to talk with Katee Sackhoff of the show Longmire, which Charlie and I have been fans of since the beginning. And here’s Michelle Ang from Fear the Walking Dead. She’s about to have a baby and said she craves hardy home cooking and was interested in getting a copy of the book.
Brett Endes, The Dog Savant was on the show, too. He has a really unique approach to dog training and I was amazed how quickly he related to Callie, the Golden Retriever and calmed her instantly. He was really impressive and I love his approach. He loves dogs too and that made me happy cause so do I!
Of course the hosts, Debbie Matenopoulous and Mark Steines, were so kind and made me feel right at home. They are such pros and I was so grateful to have had a chance to meet them and watch them work–absolutely fantastic people!!
As we were leaving the set, I saw some of the crew digging into the chicken casserole and that made me the most happy. The crew is usually the unsung heroes in TV world and these guys at Home and Family are a well-oiled machine. With 10 or more segments, each in a different spot, these guys are moving non stop and they do a fantastic job. So even though I don’t have kids, I still have that nurturing and southern instinct and the mother hen in me was happy to see the ‘family’ at Home and Family enjoying some well-deserved home cooking!
Thank you so much to everyone at Home and Family for a wonderful experience!! You are all amazing!!