Cheers to Easter!

After a couple of months of silence on this blog (more on that soon - I spent the first two months of this year wrapping up a master’s degree!) - my travel schedule is now packed with spring and summer segments.

What better way to pick the pace back up than with Easter celebrations? I teamed up with Kobrand Wine and Spirits and Omaha Steaks, which sponsored the segments and this post, to share ideas for pairing wines with a traditional Easter menu.

Here is a link to my recent segment on ABC15 in Phoenix; full details on the pairings are described below:

Easter is a celebration, so why not break out the bubbles? In my opinion, Champagne goes with pretty much anything, but the delicate bubbles and flavor of Taittinger Brut La Francaise pair nicely with saltiness of Easter ham and the creaminess of scalloped potatoes. Another nice pairing with ham is Louis Jadot Rosé, which has fruit and floral flavors that enhance the sweetness of the glaze on the ham.

The dark plum and blackberry flavors of Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon bring out the rich flavors of leg of lamb and other red meats, as well as potatoes roasted with butter and sage. For a versatile, food-friendly white wine, the buttery, smooth finish of St. Francis Chardonnay is also a nice match with the creaminess of whipped potatoes or rainbow glazed carrots.

All of these wines are paired up with the yummy array of options from Omaha Steaks, which has complete Easter dinners that are, for the most part, “heat and eat.” Choose from sweet, smoky, or savory country hams, along with savory sides and a mouth-watering selection of carrot cake, pineapple upside down cake, and other desserts. Order online to have them delivered to your door. Or, pick them up locally if you are lucky enough to have one of their stores nearby.

Happy Easter!

On-The-Air: Los Angeles

Being a Southern girl, I am always up for any occasion that calls for a party and a football game.

The big game coming up next Sunday is a great excuse to gather friends, even if some of them are more focused on the commercials than the game itself.

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If you’re hosting people next Sunday, here are a few food and drink ideas I shared today at CBS Los Angeles. This segment and this post were sponsored by the featured companies:

On-The-Air: "FOX & Friends"

Live TV is very unpredictable. Segments can get cancelled, rescheduled, or shortened last-minute due to breaking news.

Despite the busy news morning at “FOX & Friends” today, I was still able to share a variety of last-minute gift ideas you can wear, watch, eat, or play. We covered everything you see on this table in just over two minutes - check out the full segment below!


On-the-Air: Los Angeles

Each year, we put up our Christmas tree before Halloween. This year, it went up on October 14.

I also start working early in the season on our main family holiday gift: the annual Sewell Family Yearbook, a photo book that I have created for the last eight years.

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This year, with Thanksgiving falling very early, I am getting an early start on sharing holiday gift guide segments as well. Here are a few of the items I showed this morning on KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. The segment and this post are sponsored by the featured companies.

Thanksgiving Week Deals

It was great to be back at “FOX & Friends” this morning with some great shopping deals for Thanksgiving week!

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I rarely talk about Black Friday much anymore, since many of the deals now start much earlier - and run much longer.

Here are the deals I discussed. The segments and this post were sponsored by featured companies:

NordicTrack x22i Incline Trainer - 30% off from November 23 to 26 from NordicTrack.

Beautyrest Foam Queen Mattress from Mattress Firm - $99 per piece on November 21 and from 8 a.m. to noon on November 23 (in-store only).

Oven-Ready Ham and Prime Rib Feast from Omaha Steaks - $219 through December 31. This price represents a 47% savings compared with buying the same items separately. Available online and in Omaha Steaks stores.

2-Carat Pear-Shaped Engagement Ring from Helzberg Diamonds - 20% off through December 24. Also, when you spend more than $1199 at Helzberg through December 24, you get a free Nintendo Switch System! Available online and in-store.

Motorola moto z3 5G Upgradable Smartphone - 50% off at $240 through December 31. Available exclusively at Verizon.

43” Samsung 4K UHD Smart TV at Best Buy - 27% off at $277.99 from November 22 to 24. Available both in-store and online.

PS4 Spider-Man Bundle from GameStop - More than 30% off from November 18 to 26 for just $199. Available both in-store and online.

Holiday Greeting Cards and Stationery - 50% off at Shutterfly from November 16 to 18.

Augmented Reality Toys - Augie, a robot that teaches kids how to code, is 30% off at Target from Thanksgiving through November 26. Additional STEM toys from Pai Technology are 30% off at Staples from November 18 to December 1.

Happy shopping!