April Slayden McKinney appears on the TODAY show Monday!

If you look under "blogs I read" you will see one entitled "Passionately Cooking Newlywed" written by April Slayden McKinney. She is the daughter of a good friend of mine. I met April for the first time last year when she asked if she could interview me on camera for an assignment, and I agreed.

I knew the day I met her that April was special. She is bubbly, talented and driven. She also has a passion for food and cooking. This year she was a finalist in a Paula Dean recipe contest and was selected to appear on Paula's show. More recently she entered a TODAY show Thanksgiving recipe contest and was selected to appear on the TODAY show Monday, November 22, 2010. So if you tune in on Monday and see April, I just wanted you to know that she's a friend of mine ... because I am so proud of her!!!

In addition to her appearance on TODAY Monday morning, News Channel Four will air a segment they taped with April on the ten o'clock news tonight.

Way to go, April! I am so excited for you!


Shari, You are so sweet! Thank you for all of your encouragement, you are an inspiration!