Her calling to Ethiopia and establishing a business started when the family discussed saving up for a trip to the country in the distant future to allow their oldest adopted nine-year-old daughter, Lucy, to meet her biological mother.
The love for her cupcakes expanded to not just family and friends but to total strangers as well.
If they are nervous and start sweating, it's right there for the world to see." (premiered Sept.
3) Kelly Ripa got a new co-host last week in Michael Strahan, but earlier this year, she also got a new set.
Meanwhile, the setup at the CBS Broadcast Center also is more ideal for delivering a live, topical show, Noonan adds.
For his part, Cooper was closely involved in picking out the new studio and designing the new set.
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The new set also features a 60-inch plasma screen monitor that will be used to show clips while Ray is cooking and flexible, switchable mirror film behind which the audience will be able to watch activities taking place -- say, a cookoff -- at the touch of a button.
One thing that didn't make the move was the turntable -- a revolving part of the floor where audience members sat -- but the new space will allow for a slightly bigger audience, about 125 in total.
Annino adds that Ray had a big hand in designing the new set and kept a lot of the same colors from the previous set, including golds and greens and autumn colors.
"The new set captures a lot of her personality," she says.