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Bamix, Birthdays and Breakages!

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As many of you will know the kitchen and I are not the most perfect pairing. We rub along and we respect one another – kitchen appreciates that as a wife and mother, my time spent within her four walls is necessary, but at times trying (unlike the joy she must feel when Dan is masterfully maneuvering around her surfaces!). However, (what’s that phrase about a workman and his tools?) I’m thinking that with the right tools even I can be positively skillful in the kitchen – so to put that theory to the test… lets Bamix!

This handheld food processor has barely needed to change in the last 60 years and has been the choice of many professional chefs, so surely it will make a difference to my kitchen skills. The Bamix has the ability to liquidise, whisk, blend, chop and grind and when something can multitask to that level, I for one, am listening.

A sample of the Bamix Todays Special Value offer for the 5th of May was in my dressing room awaiting my return from Disneyland and as Toms 14th birthday is on the 4th May, I figured as I looked through the recipe book that I would test it out. The choice was mahoosive, but I had it on good authority from Charlie Brook that the Victoria Sponge was the way to go.

“It’s foolproof Claire” was ringing in my ears as I unpacked the Bamix at home, cleared the surfaces and found myself accompanied by two helpers, Maddie and Tom. Everyone wants to get in on the action in this house, I tell you!

Here’s our little (rather badly made) video.

I don’t think QVC’s camera operators are in any danger, I even chopped my beautiful girlies head out of shot (sorry Madds!) and here’s the end result…

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Taaaaaa Daaaaaaa!

Tom has four friends from school coming home with him for a birthday tea, a cinema visit and a sleep-over, so I’m thinking that it will be devoured in five minutes! So we made a cake to show you, but the other things this little baby can do are incredible, and what speed – it’s the fastest, most efficient wand mixer I’ve ever held and so as a gadget goes, it’s got a huge thumbs up.

Will it be a gadget relegated to the back of the cupboard? Oh no way! It has a stand and will be out and in use 24/7 – from food pureeing, soup blending, spice and coffee grinding, ice cream making just from skimmed milk (I kid you not), sauce making, oh and having the impressive SliceSY as part of our TSV means the Bamix becomes a food processor and can slice, grate and chop.

I’m exhausted just writing it but honestly, it’s the easiest and quickest little machine you could hope to own. So many people have owned their Bamix’s for years and years, how refreshing to be buying into something that will be in use in your kitchen for years to come.

Tom’s 14th birthday is only days away as I write, though as you read we probably will have had the celebratory weekend. He is 14 on the 4th and always has the Bank Holiday to enjoy even more birthday treats; friends for a sleepover, brunch with family, pizza with two other very special families and (sssssssh) Ollie Murs tickets for the day of his birthday! I am SO excited as he loves Ollie Murs and has his music blaring out of his room or my car at any given opportunity.

I bought them in December and haven’t let slip to Maddie and Joe as I’m worried they’ll find it too hard to keep it to themselves. We shall head to the O2 and eat together and then I am the chosen one to accompany Tom whilst Dan can see the latest Avengers movie with the other two. It’ll be a rowdy car of singing on our way home I’m guessing, that’s if Tom is still awake after all the excitement. I shall be sure to share some pictures with you in my next blog.

claire 1 editNow for the breakages part of this blog – my poor, poor, poor Mummy has only gone and done it again. In the words of her consultant and surgeon “You’ve made a very good job of that…” ‘That’ being her ankle which is broken in multiple places for the third time. She is being incredibly brave and is counting the days, hours, minutes until the most uncomfortably heavy, pink plaster cast is removed.

That said, it also hurts, really, really hurts and it’s after the plaster is taken off, of course, that there will be another huge challenge of recovering fully. claire 2 editMaddie was rather taken with Grannie’s wheelchair and spent all her visit maneuvering herself around the hall in it – if only Grannie were as adept! Mummy is being superbly looked after and loved by her wonderful man, but oh, if only she were nearer and the snake of the M25 wasn’t between us.

The chink of light at the end of her gloomy tunnel (she’s being remarkably stoic and as upbeat as she can be) is that my brother Neil is coming home from Australia for a couple of weeks and we can’t wait to see him. Now that’s a lovely thing for her to look forward to, isn’t it?

I shall be back super soon with Tom’s birthday update and progress of Mummy. I shall pass on any “get better quickly” wishes to her, though she does read my blogs too, so would see them herself.

Oh and please join in with our new Lunchtime Show – it’s just before 1pm each weekday. Dale and I loved ours last week and hopefully you will be joining me on Tuesday 5th.  It’s fun, relaxed and chatty, with lovely interaction between our guests, who all get to play with and ask questions about each other’s products. There’s even a fun competition too, don’t you know?  Now, I wonder which of my guests will be fighting for their turn with the Bamix? Will the Bamix make them masterful in the kitchen or will mayhem reign?

Much love,

(I may just go and hang out in my kitchen – she and I have become better friends (thanks Bamix!))

Claire xx

17 Comments

  1. Sandra Gregory May 1, 2015 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, your poor Muumy. Give her my very best wished for a speedy recovery, bless her. Also I hope Tom’s birthday goes off well. Take are Sandra xx

  2. mary morphy May 1, 2015 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    HI clare..enjoy Olly Murs..i bought my 15 year old daughter a ticket for her birthday..her cousin is taking her on Sunday..she has been on Olly countdown since Jan 1st….hope you enjoy. I thoroughly enjoyed your WDSD blog…Tom is lucky to have you and you are very special people who have been given the gift of Tom. Have fun xxx

  3. Jennifer Gray May 5, 2015 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

    Just want to say get well soon to your Mum. I broke three bones in
    my ankle some years ago so know only too well what she is going
    through. Hope you son has a lovely happy birthday.

  4. Linda May 5, 2015 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire,
    So sorry to hear about your poor Mother, but glad to hear that she is being well looked after. Hope she gets well soon. Hope Tom has a fab birthday and that he loves the concert. Wish him a great birthday from me. We are both bulls mine is the 17th.
    Lots of Love.
    Lyn. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  5. GLENYS HARRISON May 6, 2015 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, I feel for your Mom because I broke my arm a couple of years ago and I had a pink plaster. Give her my best wishes for a speedy recovery she will feel better when the plaster if off.
    Also wish Tom a very happy 14th birthday and after watching you on QVC with all the love for him and your family you will give him a wonderful birthday. I also want to give a big thank you to You, Chloe and Nickie from Birkenstock, for helping me win £65. in the Luchtime competition, I was delighted it made my day. I did ring QVC customer service to ask them to thank you all and they very kindly said they would pass the message on. Take Care, Glenys xx

  6. GLENYS HARRISON May 6, 2015 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, I didn’t think about the date of Toms birthday when sending my message to you. Sorry I am a couple of days late hope Tom and your family had a wonderful time. I was so excited to thank you personally about me winning the Lunchtime Competition. Take care, Glenys xx

  7. Steoh May 6, 2015 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Poor poor Mummy of Claire, and why the “pink” cast? Get well soon. xx

  8. Nicky b May 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire. What a lovely update of family life. Tom certainly had a fabulous 14th birthday, Olly Murs concert, lucky boy, hope you both enjoyed it. I’m sorry to hear about your poor mummy and do hope that she has a speedy recovery, at least she has something lovely to look forward to with your brother coming home.
    With love Nicky xx

  9. claire sutton May 11, 2015 at 8:28 am -  Reply

    Glenys,
    How lovely to hear from you and you are so welcome, what a great treat winning the money. I”m so pleased for you , and relieved its our guests who have to do it!! Nicky did so well didn” t she. Mummy is counting down the days till the pink plaster is off, though i fear still a lot to recover with a boot, she has been told….still at least she will be able to weight bear on that .
    Take Care Glenys and see you in another week when im back on the Lunchtime show!! if not before.xx

  10. Claire sutton May 11, 2015 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Nicky,
    Yes she’s counting down the days and it is super that he’s back I think the day before !! If only for good.. Thankyou for your lovely message .
    Love Claire xx

  11. Claire sutton May 11, 2015 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lyn,
    Happy Birthday for the 17 th! Hope you have a great day – tom certainly did! And maddies now trying to plan hers and she’s not even till June! Lots of birthday wishes.. Claire xx

  12. Claire sutton May 11, 2015 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jennifer, oh goodness you too.. I hope you’ve made a good recovery ? I’m anxious for mummy I have to say .. Thankyiubfor your lovely wishes . Claire xx

  13. Claire sutton May 11, 2015 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

    Hello lovely Mary ! So… Did she love it too. He was brilliant and held the stage fantastically. Tom’s face was a complete picture which was a joy for me to see Thankyou for your lovely words xxx

  14. claire sutton May 12, 2015 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Sandra , thankyou so much for mummy and toms good wishes. Tom had a ball and mummy ticking off the days till the plaster is off…Thankyou!
    love Claire x

  15. Jan May 15, 2015 at 7:46 am -  Reply

    Saw you on the QVC yesterday – just love these shopping channels unfortunately things like work etc. just get in the way – so unfair – anyway – noticed you’ve dropped a few pounds – you were lovely before – how did you do it and how much have you lost – could tell by your face – oh and I absolutely would love to have your head of hair – it’s beautiful

  16. claire sutton May 18, 2015 at 7:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Jan,
    hello! well yes i have, it was back in september i decidede to do the christianne wolf BODY RESCUE…it worked well, was tough the first detox..caffeine and alcohol all out …and some, but made a big difference, now i just am more aware about whats going in, eating more and more regularly. i think i woke up my metabolic rate!! alcohol has crept in, there are so many fun occasions at the mo, but a juice every morning, hot water, herbal teas and makin gsure i have nuts and stuff so i dont succuumb to the rubbish with the shifts and busy days here!!
    Thankyou re my hair, im lucky to have it i know, tho today its all back as toooooooooooo tired to do it!! a busy weekend of socials! have a lovely week,
    claire xx

  17. Janet May 25, 2015 at 9:39 am -  Reply

    I have the Body Rescue Book but not tried it yet – I really would like to give it a go but not too sure how I would cope with juices but I’m seriously going to have a look at it after this next week – working over 45 miles away training on a new job so maybe not the best time and it’s not an easy journey doing it from home. You have the most fab hair . How much weight did you lose – just saw you on TV this morning and you really don’t want to drop any more weight – did you take any supplements the plan recommends. Think there are a lot of QVC people had great success on this programme. I don’t have a lot to lose perhaps about 5lb! But think it would make a difference.

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