It’s hard to believe that in less than 48 hours season 5 will wrapped! It’s been a full and exciting season that has left me exhausted but incredibly grateful for the work that I get to do and more importantly the people that I get to work with. When I show up each morning I feel as though I am surrounded by family – and I can’t think of any better environment to work in.
Our first week in the studio was a blast with highlights including visits and on camera cameos with my sister and best friend Julia. It’s the best when friends and family get to be part of episodes and I’m looking forward to a few more instances of that this week (including Ollie!). My incredible set designer Jeanne Lurvey outdid herself with baby touches on set this season to make it look as though Oliver could be crawling around in the background while I’m cooking away. She captures my aesthetic perfectly and I’m so grateful to have her keen eye as part of the Kelsey’s Essentials team.
The day we began shooting in the kitchen this week I was shocked beyond belief with news that I had been nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Culinary Host category. The term shocked is an understatement – I didn’t even realize I was eligible! It’s still settling and I’m pinching myself daily that my name is amongst those that I have admired long before I ever entered this field. I’m incredibly honored and can’t wait to be part of the festivities in June. Now I just have to find a dress! Heaven help me…what does one wear to the Daytime Emmys?! The crew on set was so nice to get me a congratulatory cake- they are always so thoughtful and supportive of me!
One highlight this week was coming home after 14 hours to a home cooked meal that was made by none other than my dad who was staying with us to watch Ollie each day. He swapped places with my mom and completely blew me away with his domestic skills! He was incredible with Ollie and even managed to do some laundry and cooking while he was here. Whatta’ guy!
Here are a few behind the scenes shots including how to make a grilled cheese extra melty in a pinch and what behind the counter looks like. Notice the 4-inch floor that they had to build for me so that I don’t look so darn short! I only trip over that ledge a few times a day….
Finally, I can’t get over how incredible it feels to walk in the door and sweep this baby up in my arms. He has been a complete champ while my schedule has been so demanding and I think that I’ve still managed a way to stay his “favorite.” T-minus two days until I can get back into my Ollie boy routine. I can’t wait!