The Pampered Chef

23 Apr 19
carolbankswebercoggie

I was out walking in the rain when an unpleasant memory struck me between the elementary school my son went to and home. I couldn’t get the image of that teenage girl out of my head, her with her swarm of queen bees, strolling into the Cake Walk like they owned me. Because, they did. […]

23 Apr 19

This past Easter I thought I would try making deviled eggs, especially since I got a special accessory for my Pampered Chef Quick Cooker that allows 12 eggs to be hard boiled at once. Online, I’ve seen instances where people just pile in eggs beyond a dozen in InstaPots. But, since this was kind of […]

22 Apr 19
Color Me Bipolar

I bought some aluminum straws after trying my best friends straw a couple weeks ago. These things are out of this world! I think I might be able to consume more water this way. It is nice and chilly and your beverage stays cold as you suck it up. It is fantastic. We were frequent […]

22 Apr 19
National Post

TORONTO — While a feast of rock idols the likes of Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Nickelback dish out epic anthems at the Roxodus music festival this summer, groups of VIP concertgoers will be chowing down on a more lavish experience an earshot away. A series of mouth-watering, four-course meals cooked up by celebrity chefs Massimo […]

22 Apr 19
Concealed Carry Kim

My kids all love helping out in the kitchen. It is something I strive to include them in. When my daughter Kate was in preschool, she wanted to bring cupcakes to school. The teacher suggested we bring the ingredients to the school and we bake them in class. How fun! My eyes were forever opened […]

21 Apr 19
Beverly's Cooking Solutions

Thanks for joining me! I am a mom to 4 wonderful kids, ages 6, 6, 4 and 5 months, Pampered Chef Consultant and home-school teacher. My kids enjoy helping me in the kitchen and I enjoy having healthier foods for them to grow on. I want to share with you, my ideas and kitchen experiences […]

21 Apr 19
Reem Shams's Blog - Business Coach

So now you heard a friend of yours telling you about some business he/she joined and how excited he/she is about it, or some network marketer prospected you to join his/her team/company, or even … But then you kinda heard about all the scams happening in this field, how people with bad experience discourage you […]

21 Apr 19
The Irish Sun
WE pulled up, somewhat sheepishly, in our rattling Toyota hire car. Within seconds, it had been whisked away and we were handed a glass of perfectly chilled rosé. La Residence, in Franschhoek, is set on a private 30 acre estate surrounded by vineyards The spectacular Great Hall entrance in the magnificent La Residence “Welcome to La Residence!” beamed our chirpy and cheerful host Abre. From the outside, the spectacular hideaway in the heart of the South African winelands is reminiscent of a Provencal home, but as Abre led us into the magnificent Great Hall, it looked more like the inside of an English stately manor. It was a majestic sight of crystal chandeliers, vast fireplaces and beautiful black and white marble tiles, set under a magnificent beamed and thatched vaulted ceiling. Still gawping at our opulent surroundings, we were taken to our room – one of 16 gorgeously decorated suites at the hotel. The hotel’s ‘Armani Suite’ – a super luxurious room with a ‘modern classic’ twist The luxurious bathroom with a freestanding bath-tub and walk-in shower – there are 11 suites in the hotel, as well as five vineyard suites From an exotic Tibetan suite decorated in a riot of orange and maroons, to French boudoirs with Provencal antiques, every suite is unique and lovingly designed by owner Liz Biden, who previously worked in the fashion industry. One room is referred to as the “Elton John suite”, as it’s designed to suit the style and tastes of the Rocket Man singer for when he comes to stay. We were allocated the “Armani suite”, a super luxurious room with a “modern classic” twist and an impressive painting of a ballerina hanging from the wall. There is an enormous Persian rug, sofa, cushy armchairs and a bed so comfy it’s like falling into a bed of feathers. And then there’s the palatial bathroom with a freestanding bath-tub and walk-in shower, and piles of fluffy white towels and posh potions. Pampered guests (myself included) have the option to have their clothes laundered and then return perfectly folded in a box, wrapped like a gift. A set of French windows can be thrown open to reveal a stunning view of the hotel grounds, a lake, the mountainous landscape and a field of springbok and sable antelope. The beautiful pool area with the dramatic mountain backdrop It was this breathtaking scenery that inspired Liz to convert the former plum farm into a luxury hotel 12 years ago, when she stumbled on the area while out walking her dog. La Residence is set on a private 30 acre estate, surrounded by vineyards planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes, olive groves and plum orchards, with a dramatic mountain backdrop. Lounging by the infinity pool in blissful tranquillity, with only peacocks and expensively manicured guests for company, it’s hard to believe La Residence is less than an hour from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. Service is impeccable and staff are friendly but not obtrusive – which can be a difficult balance to strike. The stunning hotel, just 45 minutes away from Cape Town, has breathtaking views If you can peel yourself away from the poolside, there’s a feast of food and drink on offer. There is an extensive buffet selection for breakfast, as well as a cooked option. The lunch menu is designed to make guests feel “at home”, with a delicious range of comfort food favourites. Dinners served in the magnificent Great Hall is a snazzier affair, with a four-course menu served up by chef Lennard Marais. Sir Elton John has a suite at the swanky hotel The appetising breakfast buffet on offer – there is also a hot menu to choose from The plush hotel is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and plum orchards with a majestic mountain backdrop One of the resident peacocks in the hotel grounds Ideally located just a short walk from Franschhoek town centre, La Residence is perfectly placed to explore the surrounding vineyards. The hotel gives guests the chance to do this via helicopter. [article-rail-section title=”most read in travel” posts_category=”22″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Sadly, we had to opt for the less extravagant “wine tram” that stops at a selection of vineyards on a designated route and sees tourists turn from timid to tipsy in the space of one jolly afternoon. As we checked out, I leafed through the guest book – it had been signed by the likes of Lionel Richie and George Clooney. Right at that moment, our Toyota hire car was returned and we were brought, with a bump, back to reality. [boxout headline=”TRAVEL FACTS”]ROOMS 16 suites, which includes five vineyard suites. RATES Double rooms from £563.92 (ZAR10,289), including tax at 15 per cent. Rates include breakfast, a complimentary mini-bar as well as house wines and local beverages. GETTING THERE The nearest airport is a 45 minute drive away in Cape Town. CHILDREN Kids over the age of 10 are allowed in the main hotel, while children of all ages are welcome in the five vineyard suites. [/boxout]
21 Apr 19
The Scottish Sun
WE pulled up, somewhat sheepishly, in our rattling Toyota hire car. Within seconds, it had been whisked away and we were handed a glass of perfectly chilled rosé. La Residence, in Franschhoek, is set on a private 30 acre estate surrounded by vineyards The spectacular Great Hall entrance in the magnificent La Residence “Welcome to La Residence!” beamed our chirpy and cheerful host Abre. From the outside, the spectacular hideaway in the heart of the South African winelands is reminiscent of a Provencal home, but as Abre led us into the magnificent Great Hall, it looked more like the inside of an English stately manor. It was a majestic sight of crystal chandeliers, vast fireplaces and beautiful black and white marble tiles, set under a magnificent beamed and thatched vaulted ceiling. Still gawping at our opulent surroundings, we were taken to our room – one of 16 gorgeously decorated suites at the hotel. The hotel’s ‘Armani Suite’ – a super luxurious room with a ‘modern classic’ twist The luxurious bathroom with a freestanding bath-tub and walk-in shower – there are 11 suites in the hotel, as well as five vineyard suites From an exotic Tibetan suite decorated in a riot of orange and maroons, to French boudoirs with Provencal antiques, every suite is unique and lovingly designed by owner Liz Biden, who previously worked in the fashion industry. One room is referred to as the “Elton John suite”, as it’s designed to suit the style and tastes of the Rocket Man singer for when he comes to stay. We were allocated the “Armani suite”, a super luxurious room with a “modern classic” twist and an impressive painting of a ballerina hanging from the wall. There is an enormous Persian rug, sofa, cushy armchairs and a bed so comfy it’s like falling into a bed of feathers. And then there’s the palatial bathroom with a freestanding bath-tub and walk-in shower, and piles of fluffy white towels and posh potions. Pampered guests (myself included) have the option to have their clothes laundered and then return perfectly folded in a box, wrapped like a gift. A set of French windows can be thrown open to reveal a stunning view of the hotel grounds, a lake, the mountainous landscape and a field of springbok and sable antelope. The beautiful pool area with the dramatic mountain backdrop It was this breathtaking scenery that inspired Liz to convert the former plum farm into a luxury hotel 12 years ago, when she stumbled on the area while out walking her dog. La Residence is set on a private 30 acre estate, surrounded by vineyards planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes, olive groves and plum orchards, with a dramatic mountain backdrop. Lounging by the infinity pool in blissful tranquillity, with only peacocks and expensively manicured guests for company, it’s hard to believe La Residence is less than an hour from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. Service is impeccable and staff are friendly but not obtrusive – which can be a difficult balance to strike. The stunning hotel, just 45 minutes away from Cape Town, has breathtaking views If you can peel yourself away from the poolside, there’s a feast of food and drink on offer. There is an extensive buffet selection for breakfast, as well as a cooked option. The lunch menu is designed to make guests feel “at home”, with a delicious range of comfort food favourites. Dinners served in the magnificent Great Hall is a snazzier affair, with a four-course menu served up by chef Lennard Marais. Sir Elton John has a suite at the swanky hotel The appetising breakfast buffet on offer – there is also a hot menu to choose from The plush hotel is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and plum orchards with a majestic mountain backdrop One of the resident peacocks in the hotel grounds Ideally located just a short walk from Franschhoek town centre, La Residence is perfectly placed to explore the surrounding vineyards. The hotel gives guests the chance to do this via helicopter. [article-rail-section title=”most read in travel” posts_category=”33″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Sadly, we had to opt for the less extravagant “wine tram” that stops at a selection of vineyards on a designated route and sees tourists turn from timid to tipsy in the space of one jolly afternoon. As we checked out, I leafed through the guest book – it had been signed by the likes of Lionel Richie and George Clooney. Right at that moment, our Toyota hire car was returned and we were brought, with a bump, back to reality. [boxout headline=”TRAVEL FACTS”]ROOMS 16 suites, which includes five vineyard suites. RATES Double rooms from £563.92 (ZAR10,289), including tax at 15 per cent. Rates include breakfast, a complimentary mini-bar as well as house wines and local beverages. GETTING THERE The nearest airport is a 45 minute drive away in Cape Town. CHILDREN Kids over the age of 10 are allowed in the main hotel, while children of all ages are welcome in the five vineyard suites. [/boxout]
21 Apr 19
The Sun
WE pulled up, somewhat sheepishly, in our rattling Toyota hire car. Within seconds, it had been whisked away and we were handed a glass of perfectly chilled rosé. La Residence, in Franschhoek, is set on a private 30 acre estate surrounded by vineyards The spectacular Great Hall entrance in the magnificent La Residence “Welcome to La Residence!” beamed our chirpy and cheerful host Abre. From the outside, the spectacular hideaway in the heart of the South African winelands is reminiscent of a Provencal home, but as Abre led us into the magnificent Great Hall, it looked more like the inside of an English stately manor. It was a majestic sight of crystal chandeliers, vast fireplaces and beautiful black and white marble tiles, set under a magnificent beamed and thatched vaulted ceiling. Still gawping at our opulent surroundings, we were taken to our room – one of 16 gorgeously decorated suites at the hotel. The hotel’s ‘Armani Suite’ – a super luxurious room with a ‘modern classic’ twist The luxurious bathroom with a freestanding bath-tub and walk-in shower – there are 11 suites in the hotel, as well as five vineyard suites From an exotic Tibetan suite decorated in a riot of orange and maroons, to French boudoirs with Provencal antiques, every suite is unique and lovingly designed by owner Liz Biden, who previously worked in the fashion industry. One room is referred to as the “Elton John suite”, as it’s designed to suit the style and tastes of the Rocket Man singer for when he comes to stay. We were allocated the “Armani suite”, a super luxurious room with a “modern classic” twist and an impressive painting of a ballerina hanging from the wall. There is an enormous Persian rug, sofa, cushy armchairs and a bed so comfy it’s like falling into a bed of feathers. And then there’s the palatial bathroom with a freestanding bath-tub and walk-in shower, and piles of fluffy white towels and posh potions. Pampered guests (myself included) have the option to have their clothes laundered and then return perfectly folded in a box, wrapped like a gift. A set of French windows can be thrown open to reveal a stunning view of the hotel grounds, a lake, the mountainous landscape and a field of springbok and sable antelope. The beautiful pool area with the dramatic mountain backdrop It was this breathtaking scenery that inspired Liz to convert the former plum farm into a luxury hotel 12 years ago, when she stumbled on the area while out walking her dog. La Residence is set on a private 30 acre estate, surrounded by vineyards planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes, olive groves and plum orchards, with a dramatic mountain backdrop. Lounging by the infinity pool in blissful tranquillity, with only peacocks and expensively manicured guests for company, it’s hard to believe La Residence is less than an hour from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. Service is impeccable and staff are friendly but not obtrusive – which can be a difficult balance to strike. The stunning hotel, just 45 minutes away from Cape Town, has breathtaking views If you can peel yourself away from the poolside, there’s a feast of food and drink on offer. There is an extensive buffet selection for breakfast, as well as a cooked option. The lunch menu is designed to make guests feel “at home”, with a delicious range of comfort food favourites. Dinners served in the magnificent Great Hall is a snazzier affair, with a four-course menu served up by chef Lennard Marais. Sir Elton John has a suite at the swanky hotel The appetising breakfast buffet on offer – there is also a hot menu to choose from The plush hotel is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and plum orchards with a majestic mountain backdrop One of the resident peacocks in the hotel grounds Ideally located just a short walk from Franschhoek town centre, La Residence is perfectly placed to explore the surrounding vineyards. The hotel gives guests the chance to do this via helicopter. [article-rail-section title=”most read in travel” posts_category=”324″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Sadly, we had to opt for the less extravagant “wine tram” that stops at a selection of vineyards on a designated route and sees tourists turn from timid to tipsy in the space of one jolly afternoon. As we checked out, I leafed through the guest book – it had been signed by the likes of Lionel Richie and George Clooney. Right at that moment, our Toyota hire car was returned and we were brought, with a bump, back to reality. [boxout headline=”TRAVEL FACTS”]ROOMS 16 suites, which includes five vineyard suites. RATES Double rooms from £563.92 (ZAR10,289), including tax at 15 per cent. Rates include breakfast, a complimentary mini-bar as well as house wines and local beverages. GETTING THERE The nearest airport is a 45 minute drive away in Cape Town. CHILDREN Kids over the age of 10 are allowed in the main hotel, while children of all ages are welcome in the five vineyard suites. [/boxout]
20 Apr 19
Luxury Travel Diary

This article reviews club lounges in the hotels in Naples with the best club or executive lounges. By reviewing each of these club lounges, in turn, I conclude which hotel club lounge comes in at the top and which hotels I would select as having the best club lounge in Naples. Club Lounge Access For […]

19 Apr 19
Calgary Herald

Twenty-somethings, newlyweds, families, seniors — whatever the demographic, the travel industry has it covered. That’s also a reality for one of the fastest-growing segments — women-only travel. There are now tour operators, networks and clubs specifically set up for women wanting to explore the world while other travel firms have added women-only itineraries. “We’ve grown […]