TV Behind the Scenes

Icing Sheep Cookies with Steve Harvey and Christina Milian!

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Dani Fiori, Christina Milian and Steve Harvey on the Steve Harvey Show (Photo courtesy of Steve Harvey TV)

A couple of weeks ago, when everyone on the Eastern seaboard was bracing for the blizzard (the blizzard that never was btw), I was on my way to Chicago to meet the hilarious and amazing Steve Harvey! My cookie assignment? Help Christina Milian make some fun and easy favors for her daughter’s 5th birthday party which she planned to be an animal theme! Here’s the behind-the-scenes of my fun whirlwind of a cookie adventure in Chicago…

I got in trouble for this carry on because it wouldn't close. Minutes before takeoff one of there flight attendants (who was very upset with me and didn't care that I was cookie expert on the way to a TV show) finally agreed to store it in the closet at the front pf the plane rather than my lap.

Newark Airport: I got in trouble for my carry-on because the plane was full and my cookie kit bag doesn’t really close. Minutes before takeoff one of flight attendants (who was very upset with me and didn’t care for my “I’m a  cookie expert on the way to a TV show” explanation) finally agreed to store it in the closet at the front pf the plane rather than my lap. If you happened to be on that plane and you are reading this- I am sorry for the drama but I was going to see Steve Harvey!

I waited a long time for my car at the airport because I would have never guessed it to be a stretch limo! (They had to call me to tell me that this car was for me!)

I waited a long time for my car at the airport because I would have never guessed it to be a stretch limo! (They had to call me to tell me that this car was for me!)

Chicago is an amazing city! I can't wait to go back!

Chicago is an amazing city! I can’t wait to go back!

After a quick look at the table...

Steve Harvey Studio: After a quick look at the table…

...and a quick tour of the Steve Harvey set with my friend and Creative Director, Kelli Bishop...

…and a quick tour of the Steve Harvey set with my friend and Creative Director, Kelli Bishop…

...I was off to Dylan's Candy with my set stylist, Mikel, to buy candy for cookie decorating. I headed right back to my hotel room and got to work.

…I was off to Dylan’s Candy with my set stylist, Mikel Welch, to buy candy for cookie decorating. I headed right back to my hotel room and got to work.

I'm guessing no one at the Public Hotel ever iced cookies all night in one of their rooms but you never know!

I’m guessing no one at the amazing Public Hotel ever iced cookies all night in one of their rooms but you never know!

I wanted to have plenty of sheep cookie beauties for Mikel to style with.

I wanted to have plenty of sheep cookie beauties for Mikel to style with… these sheep were made from my signature SDB Sheep Cookie Cutter which comes in 2 sizes.

Shimmer sprinkle cookie sheep!

Shimmer sprinkle cookie sheep!

And I couldn't resist spelling out Steve's name in cookie marquee letters!

I couldn’t resist making a few mustaches or spelling out Mr. Harvey’s name in cookie marquee letters!

Making royal icing right before my segment

Steve Harvey Studio Show Day: Here I am backstage making royal icing right before my segment.

I LOVED the way Mikel styled the table! YUM!

I LOVED the way Mikel styled the table! YUM!

About a minute before I was about to go on: Wardrobe check, hair and makeup touch ups... What an amazing team! I was so grateful to them!

About 2 minutes before I was about to go on; Wardrobe check, hair and makeup touch ups… What an amazing team! I was so grateful to them! Here I am also listening to the interview segment with Steve Harvey and Christina Milian.

The segment was super fun! Christina added hearts to her sheep's fur while Steve used champagne bubbles and sprinkles!

The segment was super fun! Mr. Harvey definitely kept us laughing and turned out to be a great cookie icer!

I loved how Christina added hearts to her sheep fur while Steve used champagne bubbles and chocolate sprinkles!

I loved how Christina added hearts to her sheep fur while Steve used champagne bubbles and chocolate sprinkles!

We gifted Christina a cookie gift box for her daughter inspired by her animated character, Shelby Star.

At the end of the segment we gifted Christina a cookie gift box for her daughter inspired by her animated character, Shelby Star. (Photo courtesy of Steve Harvey TV)

...and just like that, the segment is over and the table is dismantled!

…and just like that, the segment is over and the table is dismantled!

After the show we packaged up all the cookies and gifted them to everybody.

…but we packaged up all the cookies we could and Kelli shared them with the amazing Steve Harvey staff.

Thank you Mr. Harvey and to everybody at the show for being so SWEET! What an amazing adventure! If you missed the segment you can catch it here at Steve Harvey TV. Meanwhile, our signature sheep cookies will be inspiring us all year long as 2015 is the Year of the Sheep and there are just too many adorable and delicious ways to ice them!

To purchase our sheep cookie cutter click here.

To purchase our Expert Icing Bottle Kit click here.

To watch a tutorial on how-to-ice our fluffy sheep on SweetDaniB TV click here.

Life is Sweet! Xo Dani

 

Spreading the Love with Meredith Vieira!

 

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We LOVED spreading the Valentine love with Meredith Vieira! Here’s some fun behind the scenes photos from a fun and fabulous morning!

TV shows wake up so early! Good thing Heartman is an up and at 'em kind of cookie.

TV shows wake up so early! Good thing Heartman is an up and at ‘em kind of cookie.

30 Rock! Woohoo! We know this place!

30 Rock! Woohoo! We know this place!

Waiting for me in my green room- delicious Bouchon snacks and a note from Meredith. So sweet!

Waiting for me in my green room- delicious Bouchon snacks and a note from Meredith. So sweet!

I was beyond excited to see Chip Glynn and find out that he would be styling my segment! We worked together on the Martha Stewart Show. He is one of the best and the sweetest!

I was beyond excited to see Chip Glynn and find out that he would be styling my segment! We worked together on the Martha Stewart Show. He is one of the best and the sweetest!

Chip did an amazing job styling our tables. Here they are backstage waiting to be moved out on to set!

Chip did an amazing job styling our tables. Here they are backstage waiting to be moved out on to set!

The show's wardrobe stylist suggested I leave on my gold sneaks instead of changing into heels. I was super happy about this! For me, being comfortable with what you are wearing is so key to being comfortable on camera.

The show’s wardrobe stylist suggested I leave on my gold hightop sneaks instead of changing into heels. I was super happy about this! For me, being comfortable with what I’m wearing is so key to being comfortable on camera.

...and before I knew it, it was time! Here's Kyle the stage manager waking me out to set. (I know him too! Another favorite!)

…and before I knew it, it was time! Here’s Kyle the stage manager waking me out to set. (I know him too! Do you remember him from the Martha Show?)

Watch our full segment on the Meredith Vieira show here and see demo process how-to here. Meredith was one of the warmest, nicest celebrities I have ever met. She put me right at ease and our segment was so much fun!

Here's our easy to ice heart monster cookies!

Here’s our easy to ice heart monster cookies!

...and just like that, the table is rolled off set and we are off!

…and just like that, the table is rolled off set and we are off!

As we broke down the table I was happy to share the candy and cookies from our segment with everybody, especially the lovely Meredith Show producers who helped me with my segment!

As we broke down the table I was happy to spread the love and share the candy and cookies from our segment with everybody, especially the lovely Meredith Show producers who helped me with my segment!

One of the best mornings ever! It was so amazing and even a bit surreal to be here at 30 Rock spreading the love!

One of the best mornings ever! It was so amazing and even a bit surreal (after all these years of watching all the shows on NBC) to be here at 30 Rock spreading the love!

HUGS and love to all! Happy Valentines Day! I hope some of these ideas inspire you!

HUGS and love to all! I hope some of these SWEET ideas inspire you! Happy Valentines Day!

Life is Sweet! Xoxo Dani