Cooking and Katting with Chef Franco Lania


Chef Franco Lania Cooking and Katting #meerkat Since live streaming Apps Meerkat and Periscope (owned by Twitter) were launched last month they have been highly publicized in the news and online.  Both apps, currently available only on iOS, let you broadcast live video from your smartphone to the app’s other users or to a private group of friends and followers.

***Update** Meerkat App now Available also for Android Smartphone Users!! Meerkat On Android for Everyone May 1st 2015 We introduced Chef Franco Lania to the Meerkat App as the perfect venue for his brand and personality.

“Ever since Meerkat captured the imagination of this year’s SXSW audience, it has become one of the most hotly-discussed new platforms in recent years among marketing industry experts.” “It’s been claimed by many that Meerkat is the biggest SXSW breakout product since Twitter in 2007” read more here

Chef Franco’s enthusiasm and passion for cooking is contagious and can be caught by watching him cook and engage with people. We chose to showcase Chef Franco’s magnanimous personality using the Meerkat App during a cooking session.

Most Meerkat users are aware that the app offers an option to save their video streams on their mobile devices but does not save to YouTube for you. We decided to use the Katch App.

Katch allows you to simplify the process of preserving your memories while passing off the storage and distribution concerns to YouTube’s servers. By adding “#Katch” to your Meerkat video stream description, you’ll immediately alert Katch, which will then save your video, upload it to YouTube and then send you the link via your Meerkat comments.  read more here We added  #Katch to our Meerkat Video Title to capture our video for posterity.

When we reviewed the “Katch Video” we discovered that the last 10 minutes of our saved video was out of sync.  We had lost video view for a few minutes during our meerkat broadcast and that must have disrupted the recording. Chef Franco was able to have the video put back into sync then placed up on YouTube. Chef Franco Lanio Meerkat Cooking YouTube Chef Franco’s Mission is to inspire people that have hit hardships and adversity in their lives using the invigorating energy of cooking. Meet Chef Franco Lania His passion for the kitchen and its potential to heal the soul have made him a grassroots sensation, inspiring culinary professionals and novice foodies alike. The Master Chef has appeared on HTTV and The Food Network, where he served up delicious recipes garnished with his famous joie de vivre.  Now Chef Franco shares his joy of cooking, his recipes, and the story of how he found happiness in the kitchen with people around the world….and how you can do the same.

The following is a three-minute clip from Katie Shea Design’s Meerkat Video summing up Chef Franco Lania’s Cooking Mission: Short clip from Katie Shea Design's Meerkat Video of Chef Franco Lania

Some Cooking Tips from Chef Franco Lania: 

Tip 1: Boil the pasta nice and easy to keep the integrity of the shapes.

Tip 2: Large sweet onions do not make you cry as much.

Tip 3: Remove the onion root before cutting to enable the onion to easily fall apart into half moon shapes. 

Tip 4:  Undercook your pasta by about 3 minutes.This allows the pasta to cook the rest of the way with the other hot ingredients.

You can find the Spring Pea and Pancetta Pasta Mista Here

Pasta Mista Image shot with an iPhone6 VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design April 2015

While using the Meerkat App to video this cooking session; we used a Verizon WiFi Hotspot since “Live Streaming” devours Wireless Data.

What is a WiFi hotspot?

“Imagine a gadget that’s smaller than a deck of cards, as easy to use as a light switch and powerful enough to provide a super-fast Internet connection to numerous devices. That’s a mobile hotspot, which lets you take Wi-Fi with you. Wi-Fi hotspots—or Verizon Jetpack mobile hotspots—keep multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices connected to the Verizon 4G LTE network. Unlike a USB modem or wireless modem, which can be used only with your laptop, a mobile hotspot can easily connect your laptop and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously.” We keep a sharp eye on  Data usage since the business smartphone has a 2GB plan. By using the Verizon Hotspot we did not consume a chunk of the Data plan for one “Live Streaming” session.

The following image illustrates an example of a possible Verizon Wireless Customer’s Monthly Data Usage:

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Please Click on the following image to calculate your Monthly Data Usage:

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After calculating your estimated Monthly Data Usage stop by Verizon Wireless and check out all the latest Wireless Plans available for your wireless devices.

The scale is tipping in our personal and business lives to a more “Video Usage” world.  Ensuring we have a “Data Plan” that can accommodate our lifestyles and budgets is essential.

A Verizon iPhone6 128GB was used to shoot Katie Shea Design’s images and Meerkat Video in this post.

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Catch up to “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” with Verizon FiOS On Demand


A few weeks back I was invited to attend ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel‘ New York Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater.

Katie Shea Design Screening Pass for the Premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in NYC Katie Shea Design

I was so excited for the event since some of my all time favorite actors would be attending.  “I am going to breathe the same air as Judi Dench and Richard Gere” my daughter said when I asked her to attend the premiere with me.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  was released in the U.S. back in 2012.  I had not viewed it so I decided to rent it “On Demand” on my Verizon FiOS.

Watch the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Verizon FiOS

I have Chosen Verizon FiOS ON DEMAND because of the following features:

  • FiOS brings the most On Demand titles to the TV screen with access to more than 100,000 titles, thousands of which are free.
  • Wide variety of content available including blockbuster movies, concerts, sporting events, exercise, and kid’s programming.
  • Content is refreshed weekly, so there’s always something new to watch!
  • Many new release movies are available before Netflix.

I was really pumped after watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel twice since I had the movie for a few days.  Could not wait to see the next saga of all these fabulous adventure seeking retirees.  Lucky for me, I did not have to wait long since I was attending the premiere.

Katie Shea Design Premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at the Ziegfeld Theatre NYC Katie Shea Design

Having the ability to view a movie at my fingertips “On Demand” is extremely crucial to my work on Social Media.  I was able to get acquainted with all the characters and be ready for the premiere of the second movie very quickly.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was fabulous!  I am hoping Fox Searchlight Studios decides to create a Third Exotic Marigold Hotel and develop the characters for closure.

While I am waiting for that I will BUY “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” when it becomes available “On Demand” Love my Verizon FiOS!

Katie shea Design The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  Cast at the Premiere NYC by Katie Shea Design LifeOnFiOS

Also I invite you to Check out my Post on:

CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET Collection Inspired By The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie

Disclosure: **I am a member of the #LifeOnFiOS Ambassador Team – A  select team of influencers for Verizon FiOS who love the FiOS service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET Collection Inspired By The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by World Market. All opinions are mine alone.

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I was so excited to be invited to the NYC Premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at the Ziegfeld Theater.

Trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie

Besides having the opportunity to attend, I was eagerly anticipating viewing the movie to see how this month’s line of CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET was inspired.

CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET is a whole new way to shop the world. Their merchants search the world for rare, handmade finds and offer them up in small quantities for a limited time. If enough people pre-order an item, it will be made and shipped. These items can’t be found in World Market’s retail stores and are exclusive to the CRAFT collection.

World Market sourced the following pieces from artisans in India.  These pieces are one-of-a-kind items designed specifically for CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET and inspired from The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in theaters March 6th, 2015.



Jewelry plays an important role in Indian bridal dress customs. Every state and culture have a particular way of adorning the body and clothes with jewelry. Styles vary from state to state, as can be seen in the film The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  Pay attention to all the jewelry flowing at the wedding of Sonny (Dev Patel) and lovely Sunaina (Tina Desai).



The widowed Evelyn (Judi Dench) took up a new occupation as a textile buyer for an overseas company while residing at The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Evelyn learned how the Artisans start each scarf by hand-spinning wool, then weaving, dyeing and embroidering completely by hand to create an accessory that reflects the vibrant design culture of India.



The wedding of Sonny (Dev Patel) and lovely Sunaina (Tina Desai) was rich in Indian fabrics, jewelry, and age-old customs.

The weddings in India are vibrant, colorful affairs, as depicted in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  Brides wear colorful, embroidered saris on their wedding day, and each of Craft World Market’s one-of-a-kind, hand-made Suni Sari Bags are created from recycled saris and clothing worn by women in India.



Since the late 16th century, floral frames and foliage have been popular in Indian architecture and textile design. Representing abundance, and a tribute to the natural world, CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET’S Nila Bone Inlay Tray has a foliage motif that gives the decor piece a lively fluidity.

While living in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel all the characters find themselves coming alive in the most unexpected ways.



The lotus blooms above muddy water and produces a beautiful, layered flower. Buddhists believe that the lotus flower’s rise above the murky waters symbolizes our own journey towards self-purification and enlightenment.

The characters in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  are all on specific journeys that bring them through and to places they did not even dream of.



This limited-edition piece is embellished with designs inspired by the traditional architectural motifs found in homes throughout Rajasthan, India, a region renowned for its royal crafts.  There are so many beautiful pieces featured in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

This hand carved mango wood table was inspired by the traditional Indian furniture found in the inn that inspired the set design of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.



Long believed to be symbols of divinity and compassion, elephants occupy a gargantuan place in Indian culture. Communities throughout the Indian subcontinent often anoint these benevolent beings with special oils and decorate their bodies with specific pigments as devotional acts.

 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  reflects the Indian culture of: “There’s no welcome like an Indian welcome” ~ The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Quote



Throughout The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the vibe: open and free is created by the open architectural design of the hotel itself.

Many of the homes and buildings in Rajasthan are left open and free for curious eyes to take in their unmistakable beauty. Here, you’ll see pieces like CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET ‘s Carved Blue Shelf adorning homes and businesses in appreciation of the carved pillars created by artisans throughout the centuries.



The inn chosen to represent the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a rural palace situated in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, a region celebrated throughout the world for its arts and crafts. The building dates from the early 17th Century and is filled with historic furniture that celebrates the global influence of its many rulers.

CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET was attracted to this welcoming bench because of its style, inspired by the gathering place of the characters in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Its wide seat provides a pretty place to perch while watching the sunset from your own oasis.  You can spy Muriel (Maggie Smith) resting on the welcoming bench in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET is a whole new way to shop the world. Their merchants search the world for rare, handmade finds and offer them up in small quantities for a limited time. If enough people pre-order an item, it will be made and shipped. These items can’t be found in World Market’s retail stores and are exclusive to the CRAFT collection.

Here’s how it works:

  • If you see an item you’d like to buy, click “pre-order”. You’ll enter your credit card information but won’t be charged unless the item meets the pre-order requirement for production.
  • You’ll be sent an email confirmation for your pre-order.
  • Your order will be confirmed when enough people have pre-ordered the item.
  • When your item is shipped, your credit card will be charged.
  • When your item is on its way to you, we’ll send you a final email.

If the number of pre-orders isn’t met within the time frame (typically 30 days), the design will not be created. Your pre-order will be canceled and your credit card will not be charged.

New selections appear every month, so be sure to check back to see the latest limited-edition handcrafted selections from around the world.

Here’s a link to a video to help you understand the program.

I love that this CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET Program exposes and brings to market so many artisans from around the world.

The opportunities for the artisan, World Market, and World Market’s customers are unlimited.

Present day technology has afforded these opportunities as well with so many of the world’s population connected online.

I will be glued each month to World Market’s CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET Program to shop new and exciting one-of-a-kind products only offered by World Market!

Today March 6th, 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie is in a theater near you!

Plot Summary

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.

What was your most favorite part of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie?

Which CRAFT BY WORLD MARKET piece do you like, want to purchase or purchased??

Stop back in and share your experience.  I would love to hear your thoughts!

Links you might enjoy:


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The Second Best Exotic MARIGOLD HOTEL

Pinky Up Downton Abbey Fans.. #DoTheDownton With Me!


Pinky Up Downton Abbey Fans!

Getting ready for the Season 5 Finale of Downton Abbey #DowntonPBS!

My table is set and my Downton Abbey Tea is brewing!!

Downton Abbey Season Finale March 1st 2015  Pinky Up by Katie Shea Design

Season 5 of Downton Abbey is recorded on my Verizon FiOS Quantum Gateway Router.

With my Verizon FiOS Quantum Gateway router I can:

  • Save full seasons of the series you love.
  • Record up to 12 shows at the same time.
  • Pause, play and rewind live action on any TV in your house with a set-top box. ( Not just the ones connected to a DVR. You can even move from one room).

Also, I can watch LIVE TV anytime, anywhere.

Fios MobileI will be LIVE streaming Season 5 Episode 9 with the Verizon FiOS Mobile App on my Sony Xperia® Z2 Tablet. This app accesses Live TV and On Demand movies almost anywhere on any compatible device.

If you have not watched Season 5 or missed some episodes; you can watch any or all of the S5 Episodes here until March 15th, 2015

Have you ever dreamed of  Visiting the iconic Highclere Castle for private afternoon tea?

Well, maybe you have not been aware that your dream could become a reality.

Enter the 2015 Downton Abbey Sweepstakes every day through March 15th, 2015 for a chance to win a Downton Abbey Dream Trip!



Let’s Do The Downton

Join Cost Plus World Market “YOU are INVITED! “Let’s Do The Downton” (pinky up) pinning party!! Please pin images of tea parties, tablescapes, blogs featuring Downton Abbey, tea party recipes and menus for any of your own Downton Abbey Tea Parties.  Please include #DoTheDownton in each description. To Browse World Market’s Downton Abbey products: **Here** To request an Invite to pin to this Pinterest Board email: Subj: #DoTheDownton

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 **I am a member of #LifeOnFiOS – a selected team of influencers for Verizon who love the FiOS service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

Virtual Tea Party #DoTheDownton With World Market 12/07/14


#DoTheDownton  Pinky Up Elizabeth of KatieSheaDesign World Markets Virtual Tea Party

An Invitation to #DOTHEDOWNTON TEA PARTY from Cost Plus World Market:

“Join Cost Plus World Market on Sunday, December 7th for our “#DoTheDownton” Tea Party (pinky up)!

To celebrate our partnership with Downton Abbey we are having a Tea Party and invite all of you to join us. All you have to do is host your very own tea party and share with us how you “Do the Downton” for a chance win great prizes. 

Here’s how to “Do The Downton”:

  • Host a “Do The Downton” tea party (this can be with friends, family, or just enjoy some tea alone) using your favorite tea cup and tea selection
  • Upload a photo on any of your social channels (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) with your “Do The Downton” tea party pose (pinky up) 
  • Include the phrase “#DoTheDownton with @WorldMarket” in the photo description
  • We’ll be giving away 30 prizes throughout the day.
  •  Prizes include: (30) $50 World Market gift cards, Exclusive Downton Abbey Tote Bag and Exclusive Downton Abbey Tea Mugs  
  • Contest runs 12/7/14 only


PLUS!!! We are having a Social Media Party too! 

Now for the REAL fun. On Sunday, December 7th, Cost Plus World Market &  Kimberly Sneed of are hosting a #DoTheDownton Virtual Tea Party! The tea party is an ALL DAY Social Media Event, taking place on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

Here’s the breakdown:” Click for all the Details and to RSVP for a chance to win Great Prizes!

Please Visit the #DoTheDownton Pinterest Board and if you would like an Invitation to be a Contributor to Post your Tea Party images Please email: Subj: #DoTheDownton

DoTheDownton Pinterest Board do the downton by katie shea design

Watch, Catch Up, Revisit and or Binge Watch any or all Four Seasons of  Downton Abbey on Verizon FiOS TV.  

Downton Abbey available on demand for purchase on Fios

 Downton Abbey Entire Series and or single episodes available for purchase on Verizon FiOS TV, Smartphone or Tablet.

Verizon FiOS sign in to buy TV Shows by KatieSheaDesign

 Sign into your Verizon FiOS Account whether online or on a mobile device.

Tap into the power of Verizon FiOS  Katie Shea Design

 Browse /Search under “BUY Shows”.

Browse under buy shows for Downton Abbey

 Purchase a single Episode  of Downton Abbey or Full Seasons.

Watch Downton Abbey Season 4 on Demand with Fios Mobile Stream FiOS TV channels on your iPad, Android or Kindle Fire – a home or out and about using Verizon FiOS.

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Katie Shea Design’s #DoTheDownton Tea Party Image shot with a Verizon Droid Turbo smartphone provided by Verizon #VZWBuzz

Disclosure: **I am a member of both #LifeOnFiOS and #VZWBuzz  Ambassador Teams–  selected teams of influencers for Verizon FiOS and Verizon Wireless who love the FiOS and Wireless service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

World Market provided product for Katie Shea Design’s Photo Shoot and Virtual Tea Party.

Carted Away With Cost Plus World Market

Grand Opening Cost Plus World Market photo credit Katie Shea Design #WorldMarket_NJ

Katie Shea Design  Attended the Sneak Peek Preview and Grand Opening of Cost Plus World Market’s North East Store.

The Property Brothers @WorldMarket Livingston NJ with Kathleen DeCosmo KatieSheaDesign

The first store in the North East, World Market celebrated it’s debut with The Property Brothers greeting customers with smiles, handshakes, hugs and autographs!

Inspiration Pieces from World Market Livingston NJ  #WorldMarket_NJ  photo credit Katie Shea Design

Lots of oohs and ahhs were heard as each aisle was being shopped.  Inspiration pieces galore!

Tea for any taste at world market livingston by katie shea design kathleen decosmo

The tea selections are very interesting as well as the line of teacups.  A great place to begin a teacup collection.

@WorldMarket Products from around the Globe Photo Credit #KatieSheaDesign

Most new customers were so excited about the product choices from all around the Globe!

Italian Soda Varieties  by World Market #WorldMarket_NJ photo credit #KatieSheaDesign

World Market’s variety of Italian Soda is worth traveling for.  The road will be worn out to Livingston NJ by Katie Shea Design!

#KatieSheaDesign's  World Market Favorites #WorldMarket_NJ  These are my top three food finds at Cost Plus World Market:

Pomegranate soda to invite a splash of Vodka on the rocks for a hot summer’s day.

Sriracha Mayonnaise for so many Pinterest Recipes in the cue.

Salt Caramel Syrup slated for cupcakes, pancakes and ice cream toppings.

Carried Away @WorldMarket Livingston by KatieSheaDesign #WorldMarket_NJ

One could say that Katie Shea Design was carted away with Cost Plus World Market’s aisles and aisles of inspiration not only for decorating but for cooking and baking as well!

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Cost Plus World Market.

All opinions are my own.

All Images shot with my #GalaxyS5 Smartphone #VZWBuzz

Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Blogger Program

The Best Christmas Is….

The Best Christmas is...

 “The best Christmas of all is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up with one another.”  ~ Burton Hillis

Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

The Birth of Jesus Christ

Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25–Christmas Day–has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870.

Christmas Traditions Worldwide

Christmas as we know it today is a Victorian invention of the 1860s. Probably the most celebrated holiday in the world, our modern Christmas is a product of hundreds of years of both secular and religious traditions from around the globe. Discover the origins of Christmas traditions from around the world, like the Yule log, caroling and how Christmas is celebrated “Down Under.” read more..

What is your best Christmas?

I invite my readers to leave a comment, a blog post link, a pinterest pin link, a Bible verse or a Quote/link you would like to share.  I will be happy to share your responses on my Social Media platforms.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you and yours!!

Related Links:

The Birth of Jesus Christ

History of Christmas Trees , Santa Claus

Shopping Inspirations:

Top 25 NYC Shopping Destinations Place Pin Pinterest Map 2013Top 25 New York Shopping Destinations

World Market Pin Board worldmarketcom

World Market’s Downton Abbey Collection

♥♥ Recipe Inspirations ♥♥

Cupcakes!! Everything Cupcake! 

Cake! Let them Eat Cake!!

Christmas Tree Image shot with a Samsung Galaxy Camera #VZWBuzz

Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Blogger Program


Putting Up the Pinky for #DoTheDownton @WorldMarket

Do The Downton by WorldMarket

A Social Media Party Across All Platforms!

It’s more than a ‘Virtual Tea Party’ it’s a Social Media Movement! And the best part? There are TONS of ways to play!

 RSVP: Ascending  for the #DotheDownton @worldmarket Virtual #Tea Party 12/8/13 11 am PST/2 pm EST! (oh & a trip to #London too!)