My First TV Experience and a GIVEAWAY!!!

by Holly on March 12, 2009


This is me. This is actually me posing for my bloggy friends photo shoot in the Good Things Utah kitchen. You really have to love bloggers. It is so great being in a group of people that think alike. Lindsey, Becky and I all showed up with our cameras and both gals took shots of me in the kitchen, which I couldn’t have done for myself, so I am so grateful! The pictures here are from Lindsey since she had a great pro camera. I hope they got some pictures of them too because I was pretty out of it trying to get ready to cook on live TV and was kept pretty busy with that too.

Let me warn you right now that there are a lot of links you are going to want to check out in this post, so if you didn’t already know, ctrl click is your friend and will leave this post open and let you choose to open the link in another window so you can enjoy all the good stuff!

The TV segment yesterday was awesome. I was completely nervous, but I think I hid it pretty well. I am told by my immediate family that unless you knew me well you might not catch my tells (the shaky voice and hands at times). You know I am all about full disclosure and honesty here, so now when you watch the video you can see if you catch me shaking in my boots! Well, my ballet flats anyway. If you want to miss all the rest of the fun and jump down to the video link toward the middle of the post, you can, but there is lots of fun stuff to tell, so you may want to stick around.


That is the demo plate of the Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas I made for the show. I have mentioned it a couple of times before, and I got to mention on air that the original recipe for these came from a couple of other bloggers, but I just wanted to reiterate here how grateful I am to Melanie at My Kitchen Cafe for turning me on to this recipe in the first place.

The really fun thing (I think) about this original recipe is that it has been through at least three or four sets of adaptations. That probably isn’t even the whole story. In my enchiladas, I increased the honey and lime a bit and took the amount of chili powder down a bit. I also use fresh garlic because that is what I always have on hand and like that more than the powder for something like this. I also decreased the amount of cream a little bit and I like to play with the types of cheese I use for topping – mostly depending on what I have on hand. The other change I made was that I really love using the corn tortillas for this now. I can’t tell you enough how ridiculously easy and delicious these enchiladas are.

I first saw this recipe made by Melanie (who made some changes to it), Melanie at My Kitchen Cafe got it from Brittany (The Sister’s Cafe which is a GREAT blog by the way), and Brittany got a version of it from a friend who brought it to her after she had her baby. Now, I give you my Good Things Utah version, as well as the links to all the others (just click on the various blogger in this paragraph to find the recipe versions.

That is really the great thing about this recipe. It is so flexible to change and still turns out such fantastic results! Confusing? My point is that you can adapt this and have a great time doing it and still have great results. Don’t believe me? Well…


Imagine my surprise and thrill when I tuned in for GTU this morning and Nicea mentioned that she made these enchiladas for her family last night and that she adapated the recipe for them a bit too (she subbed the heavy cream with some half-and-half to make it a little less decadent) and that they still turned out great.

I had someone in the studio audience ask me what else you could substitute to make them healthier and I had to chuckle at myself a little bit when after she asked me, and I paused and said, “well, just leave the cream out altogether.” I chuckled because I didn’t remember at first, but, I believe Melanie made the addition of the cream in the first place. This is one chameleon of a recipe!

We got to talk with Nicea and Reagan on the show and they were both amazing! I have to tell you, these gals look great on TV, but even better in person! I was in awe of how put together and awesome they were! Thanks again to both Nicea and Reagan for having us and for making us feel so comfortable!

In my humble opinion, the best compliment you can get on a recipe is when someone actually makes it! I am so glad that the ladies at GTU loved it as much as I do!

One thing I didn’t get to mention on air either was the fact that the substitution of using corn tortillas for the enchiladas instead of flour actually came from my sister, Michelle. The first time I ever made these enchiladas was with my neices, Miranda and Brit, when they were visiting here. Those are the original “Rock Your World” version already here on my blog. We all loved them and were floored by how good they are. I told my neices I would try to give them a shout out on the show if I could, but frankly, I was so discombobulated just trying to remember what I was supposed to be doing that I didn’t get to. Therefore, I told them they would get the shout out here in writing instead! Hi girls! Love ya!

My Good Things Utah experience was not only a good thing (see how I did that… I’m just so clever – snerk) – it was a GREAT thing!

The producers, staff, cameramen, and especially the hostesses at Good Things Utah are simply wonderful. There really isn’t another word to describe them. Even though I was nervous just by the new experience of being on live TV (or any TV for that matter) they made me feel so comfortable that it went a whole lot better than I hoped it would.

HUGE Thanks go out to all the crew and hostesses over at Good Things Utah for having us on the show and for just being so wonderful! Thank you, thank you, thank you! (And for all my foodie friends, did you know that they make a recipe on there pretty much EVERY DAY and there are video links and recipe links to them on their site? Yeah, I thought that might get your attention!)

The only problem was that there just wasn’t enough time to talk about all the things I wanted to. We talked about food blogging in general and about the recipe and a bit about what we do on a food blog, but we just ran out of time before we could get into all the things I hoped too.

They showed the front page of my blog several times though which had a great link to The Hive and I have already had several requests to join The Hive blog as well as the group on Facebook. So, even though we didn’t get to spend time talking about The Hive once we cleared up the issue of what this food blogging thing is all about, we certainly seem to have succeeded in getting the word out about our little group!


I also gave away a copy of my favorite baking book of all time – Baking From My Home To Yours (I talked about Tuesdays with Dorie too – it was great!) to a great lady in the studio audience who had to answer a food related trivia question that Reagan, one of the hostesses, had to come up with since yours truly was in such a dither still that I couldn’t come up with jack!

SO. After all those fun pictures. Now you can even watch us on Good Things Utah (and please do because poor Becky was blocked in the picture to the right from this angle and she looked great too, so you really need to see!) – HERE IS THE VIDEO LINK TO THE INTERVIEW! Here is a little link to the story.

By the way, the videos are kind of small but when I did a right-click I was able to go full screen.

AND. Here is the recipe link for my take on the Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas that I made on the show – which you can watch THE VIDEO LINK TO THE COOKING SEGMENT HERE.

BUT. Before you run off and check it out, make sure you come back, because you see those seriously cute aprons we were wearing? Yeah. I thought you did. Well… drum roll……

My good friends over at
have decided to throw down some fantastic deals for my readers and Good Things Utah viewers…….

They are going to giveaway an apron. Not just any apron though. Whichever one the winner chooses from their website. That’s right. You get to pick.

Here is the thing about this fantastic company. These aprons are all unique because they are made with care and love, one by one. No manufacturing here. You see that pretty fringe-y stuff on Reagan’s apron? Yeah. It is delicate stuff. The heart pockets are stitched on with skill and care. They use only the highest quality materials and fabrics and have so many seriously fun varieties.

So, do you want to know how you can win? Of course you do!


You’ve got up to five chances to enter here! Good luck! Mr. will be doing the drawing – you’ve got until midnight (MST) on March 18, 2009 to enter!

1. Go to Bloom-n-Blush ( ), and sign up for their newsletter. Then look around their website and come back here and tell me you are going to get the newsletter and tell me what item on their website you would most want to win.

2. Subscribe to PheMOMenon via email or reader (links in the left bar), then tell me you did. If you already do, well, great, that counts so let me know.

3. Follow PheMOMenon on Twitter. Link is right over there on the side bar. If you already do, that counts so leave me a comment.

4. Twitter about the giveaway and leave me a comment that you did.

5. Blog about the giveaway – please include a link to both PheMOMenon ( ) Bloom-n-Blush ( ) ! (I am even posting a picture of one of their darling aprons below that you can use on your post – yes, it happens to be my personal favorite!)
Now, as if all those chances weren’t enough, we all realize that a lot of you are going to want one of these spectacular aprons (did I tell you they have bags too? Yeah. I know!) the ladies over at Bloom-n-Blush want to make it even easier for you to get an apron for you, your mom, your grandma, your daughter, your sister, your best friend, or whoever – so here is some more good news:

For the same time as the contest, if you make a purchase from Bloom-n-Blush you get free shipping in the Continental U.S. and Canada – so get your order in before midnight (MST) on March 18th!

That’s not all though – you can also use the discount code: GTU (as in Good Things Utah) as an extra thank you (and if you don’t already watch the show, then you should) to get an extra $10 off your purchase now through midnight (MST), April 30, 2009!

Good luck! I can’t wait to hear what you all pick out from their site!


On a related note, I have had a few requests on how to find the other recipes I mentioned on the show. Here are links to both the Jicama & Black Bean Salad Lindsey made and the Gooey Coconut Dream Bars I made a while ago and mentioned during the show. Enjoy!

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slush March 12, 2009 at 1:04 am

WOW Holly! You did such an amazing job. You looked great too babe! Love the TWD mention. You gals rock! much love. xoxo

Melanie March 12, 2009 at 1:06 am

Fabulous job, HOlly (I watched it online since I’m not in UT right now). I didn’t notice your shaking at all. You are darling!

slush March 12, 2009 at 1:08 am

Okay, I signed up for their newsletter. You know you are in my reader and my twitter. (although, you also know I am a bad twitterer. I always forget to turn it on.)

Maria March 12, 2009 at 1:16 am

Love all of your photos! you are too cute! you really did a fabulous job, I loved hearing more about it. So fun! Love the aprons too, I subscribed and I love the Maggie, the black and white one! I already follow you on twitter:)

Maria March 12, 2009 at 1:19 am

I RT it on twitter too:)

Shari@Whisk: a food blog March 12, 2009 at 1:49 am

You’re a star! And those Chicken Enchiladas look amazing. I’ll have to try them!

Brilynn March 12, 2009 at 1:57 am

Well done on the tv spot!
I already follow you on twitter!

AimΓ©e March 12, 2009 at 2:27 am

Wow, must have been an exciting day! The interview is great and you are super relaxed!!
I follow you on Twitter, so please enter my name in the draw!


chefwithshinguards March 12, 2009 at 2:36 am

I am a follower; I made the enchiladas tonight! LOVED THEM! I plan to throw all other enchilada recipes away.

Lisa March 12, 2009 at 2:38 am

LOVE THE ENCHILADAS; I am a follower.

Jinii March 12, 2009 at 2:41 am

It was fun to watch you guys on the show. I would love the lemonade or Maggie aprons!

Mary Ann March 12, 2009 at 2:46 am

its funny- I came over here from the GTU page because I wanted to tell you how great you did! I watched the video and you rocked! What a great opportunity. Amazing!

kim March 12, 2009 at 3:32 am

you three did such an amazing job on the show!! i would have been a nervous wreck! πŸ˜‰ it is so cool that food bloggers are getting press coverage!
i have #2 and #3 down for your contest πŸ™‚ very cute aprons!

Annemarie March 12, 2009 at 4:42 am

It was fun meeting you today!

BrendaSue March 12, 2009 at 6:01 am

I love your site! And I signed up for the newsletter from “Flounce and Fluff” and my fav apron is the box of chocolates . . . and I am subscriber to your blog! So that makes 2 entries. Thanks!

LaDue & Crew March 12, 2009 at 6:31 am

I signed up for the newsletter!! I just love the “cup of kindness” apron! You were absolutely fabulous, and more beautiful “in person”! Janet

LaDue & Crew March 12, 2009 at 6:32 am

I follow your blog!

LaDue & Crew March 12, 2009 at 6:32 am

I follow you on Twitter!

LaDue & Crew March 12, 2009 at 6:35 am

I Tweeted about it!

Kassy March 12, 2009 at 9:12 am

I am already a subscriber and I just signed up for the newsletter! It’s a tough decision, but I would choose either the Maggie or Retro Dots apron! They are all so cute πŸ™‚

Cristine March 12, 2009 at 9:44 am

How fun! I made those enchiladas a few months back and they have become a favorite here in my house (and at a couple of friend’s houses, too!). Great job!!!!

chocolatechic March 12, 2009 at 11:18 am

I subscribe to you on my google reader.

chocolatechic March 12, 2009 at 11:21 am

Oh…I just went to their web site.

How cute can you get?

I’d love to win their Cupcake Cutie or the Natasha.

I love their aprons.

Dorie March 12, 2009 at 1:17 pm

You were great! You looked so comfortable and at ease — didn’t see a single ballerina-slippers-quake. It was a terrific segment and thank you so much for choosing my book as the prize.

The Bentley Family March 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Signed up for the newsletter- They have the cutest stuff. I love all of the aprons in their kitchen kuties line but also LOVE the Natasha. Of course I subscribe to your blog. Dah! Just signed up for Twitter- will work on finding out how to comment on it =) Blogged about your giveaway on my blog. My fingers, toes and eyes are crossed. I want one of these aprons!

Denise March 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Denise Panhorst…I signed up for the newsletter. I love the “Maggie” apron.

Laura March 12, 2009 at 2:49 pm

1. I signed up forthe Bool-n-Blush news letter. I would love to win the retro dots apron. too cute!

2. I already recieve your email newletter. πŸ™‚

You did so wonderful on the show. I didn’t see any shaking either. You were awesome!

Natalie March 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm

you were great on the show! congrats! and great dorie plug. πŸ™‚

Bridgett March 12, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Congrats on a successful taping! It looks like you had a fantastic time!

Teri March 12, 2009 at 4:35 pm

I watched the segments and thought you (and the other ladies) did an awesome job! I’m trying the recipe tonight and can’t wait.


Connie Weiss March 12, 2009 at 5:17 pm

I love the Natasha!

I am following/subscribed and I follow you on twitter!

steph- whisk/spoon March 12, 2009 at 6:53 pm

just watched your segments–you were great! so poised…i would be tripping over my words!

shimmiesandsprinkles March 12, 2009 at 7:14 pm

You didn’t show at all being nervous, and you were every bit as good as anybody on Food Network. They need to hire you right quick chiclet!

Aisha March 12, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Signed up for news letter!! The Natasha apron is my favorite as well!!

Aisha March 12, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Blogged about the giveaway!!

Aisha March 12, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Subscribed to PheMOMenon!!

Jaime March 13, 2009 at 11:25 pm

wow what an exciting opportunity!! i’m so happy for you πŸ™‚ i love those enchiladas and have made them a few times now!

you’re already in my google reader so i hope that counts as an entry πŸ™‚

Anne March 13, 2009 at 11:30 pm

I signed up for the newsletter! I’d want to win the “Maggie” design the most. You’re also in my google reader πŸ˜€

Pamela March 14, 2009 at 2:09 am

Holly! What a great experience that must have been. You look like you are having such fun. :o)

I am a subscriber to your blog already, and I love it!

I just signed up for the newsletter at Bloom & Blush, too. I love the Sunny and the Maggie aprons. What a great idea for a giveaway!

The Food Librarian March 14, 2009 at 2:32 am

You did such a fantastic job Holly!!! I know we don’t really know each other, but I’m sending you a big {{hug}} – I’m so proud of you! You were soooo great!

Emily March 14, 2009 at 3:41 am

I saw you on good things utah and came to your blog and love it. I also saw the giveaway and i would love a new apron. I went to bloom & blush site and I think my favorite apron is the retro dots.

Emily March 14, 2009 at 3:42 am

I’m pretty sure I subscribed the other day when I was on so I am a subscriber. I hope I did it right, thanks! March 15, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Holly, it sounds like everything went so well and you look so great! Congrats! I already subscribe to you in my google reader πŸ™‚

doughmesstic March 15, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I follow you on Twitter! (of course!)

doughmesstic March 15, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Hmmmm – Natasha, Retro Dots and Hey Cupcake are all super cute.

doughmesstic March 15, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Guess who tweeted??? πŸ™‚

Mary March 16, 2009 at 12:08 am

Wow! How exciting to be on tv! And you look great! I have subscribed to the newsletter and I gotta say that I love the Lemonade apron (although I’m worried I’m an amazon and it won’t fit.) And yeah, although I’m terrible about leaving a comment, I have subscribed to you for a long time now and read you most mornings!

Carolyn G March 16, 2009 at 12:59 am

You did great!!

I like the Diggin Darling gardening apron

Diana March 16, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Great job! What a special opportunity. I subscribed to the newsletter for the aprons!

Diana March 16, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Okay I’m already following your blog but now I’m following you on Twitter too πŸ™‚

Jennifer March 18, 2009 at 3:08 pm

I am already a follower. Isaw you on GTU and I think you did great!

Jennifer March 18, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Okay, so I signed up for their newsletter and I love the Retro Dots apron! I have all of my Grandma’s aprons and I cherish them. They are one of my most prized posessions!

Jodi March 18, 2009 at 3:44 pm

I am now following you on Twitter! Also, I made the Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas last night and they are TO-DIE-FOR!!! Seriously, my husband said it was the best enchilada he’s ever had. Thanks for sharing!

Jodi March 18, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I am now subscribed to your blog via email!!

Andrea and Casey March 18, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Their site is adorable! I love the Maggie apron! I signed up for their newsletter.

Andrea and Casey March 18, 2009 at 6:36 pm

I’m a subscriber to your blog!

PK and Doll March 18, 2009 at 9:43 pm

You are famous! Those lights and cameras are scary, good job. I love aprons and I signed up for the newsletter!

Me! March 18, 2009 at 11:55 pm

I already had you in my reader

Me! March 18, 2009 at 11:59 pm

But now I twittered too

Erin March 20, 2009 at 12:07 am

That is so cool, Holly! Isn’t it crazy that this recipe went from neighbor to blog to TV?! How cool! πŸ™‚ You look great in the pictures!

Deborah March 22, 2009 at 2:59 am

Holly – it’s been way too long since I’ve visited your blog (new baby and all) and I’ve missed so much! You look so great on your segments. It looks like food bloggers are taking over local tv – both Stephanie (Stephanie’s Kitchen) and I have been on Studio 5. Go food bloggers!!

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