Cookie’s Essential


Julia's cookies Thanks for all your good wishes regarding my recent house move. I can confirm that most of the boxes are now either unpacked or stored in the garage and that we all love the new house, even Poppy our cat , who had initial reservations.

We have also worked out how all the different 'machines' work, i.e dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer etc. My main concern was the cooker which is very different from the one we left behind as part of our house sale.

I'm used to a gas hob, which is very instant heat, and this is electric so it has been a bit of a learning curve, particularly getting pasta up to the boil and keeping it there without it boiling over. Still, at least it's easier to clean than the gas hob!

I've used the oven a few times for main dinners but not really for baking and the family were starting to get withdrawal symptoms! So, this morning I decided to have a go at baking cookies and they turned out pretty well. I thought you might like the recipe as I haven't shared one for a while:

Julia's Pecan and Choc Chunk Cookies
4oz margarine or butter
2oz golden caster sugar
4oz light soft brown sugar
1 free range egg
1tsp natural vanilla extract
8oz plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4oz plain choc chunks
4oz pecan nuts ( chopped )
1. Cream the marg with both of the sugars and then beat in the egg. Add the vanilla extract.

2. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix well. Fold in the choc chunks and pecan nuts.

3. Place dessert spoonfuls of dough on to a well greased baking tray (I usually make 14), allowing room around each to spread.

4. Bake at 190 C/375 F/Gas 5 for 15 minutes.

5. Allow to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
If you can bear to wait to taste them, I like them on day two after they've been stored in a tin> They're slightly more moist and chewier. Let me know if you like them!
Next weekend I'll have to start thinking about baking the Christmas cake if I can find time amongst all the Butler and Wilson hours!!!
Much love,
Julia x


  1. Claire Upton November 13, 2010 at 12:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Like the cookie recipe, think I might have to try them. I can remember moving into my house, going from a gas oven to electric fan oven, as you could imagine, I had a few disasters at first, isn’t it funny how we get so attached to certain white goods.
    I too need to start with the Christmas cake baking, I did yours last year, it was gorgeous so will be using that again, as previous mentioned Mum is going through her BC treatment for the three weeks of December, so I am going to make one for her too!
    Think I may have to put it in the diary for next weekend, along with a 2 hour training jog, bathroom decorating and some Xmas card making. Why is this time of year so busy!
    Looking forward to the B & W hours!
    Take Care and speak soon
    Love Claire xx

  2. Una November 13, 2010 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    So glad you guys are happy with the move. Even Poppy!!
    Will try the cookie recipe next weekend, as I have some friends popping in for a couple of hours to visit. They sound delicious!
    Did you find the elusive bath mats yet??!!!!!!!
    Love Una x

  3. jan matthews November 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    my son as made your cookies there lovely im just waiting for my on toffee apple crumble to come out of the oven

  4. Alana Hughes November 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Your pecan and choc chip cookies sound lovely!Can’t wait to try them. Glad to hear you are settling in well to your new home. Looking forward to Butler and Wilson next wekend, I think I may have to treat myself for christmas!!
    Alana x

  5. Wendy November 13, 2010 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    All that unpacking and recipes as well! I still have boxes left from my move 6 years ago – not to mention the garage!
    I am looking forward to the Butler and Wilson shows particularly the new watch, is there any chance of seeing it again before the day?
    Hope you soon feel settled in your new abode,
    Best wishes

  6. Sharon Gasparutti November 13, 2010 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Julia, your move reminds me of our move to the house now live and the gas cooker that we had to leave behind. The hob part was absolutley fine, however it took me two years to find out why I kept burning the bakes and roasts. We had a fan oven and I was put it to a slightly higher temperature by accident. It was a case of me not listening to the oven. We have since replaced the electric oven with a new one and timer, mind you it was just as well as the people who had connected the old cooker had made a mess of it and maybe it would have worked or I could’ve a been shocked while using the cooker.

  7. elizabeth power November 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Another recipe to add to the collection! I have just made the coffee and walnut cake. My daughter, son-in-law and little 3 year old grandson are on their way home from Disneyland Paris so thought they would appreciate a cake to take back to Devon with them! Have to say you are looking absolutely great so assume you have given up on the cakes or are you being really good and only having a sliver…!
    I have meant to ask you if you have a younger sister who has appeared on Escape to the Country on BBC2? I caught a repeat and I think her name was Kay looking for a house in Cornwall. She is the spitting image of you…if not your sister, you have a double!
    Best wishes from a very windswept and rainy Dorset coast!
    Liz xx

  8. maureen November 14, 2010 at 11:40 pm -  Reply

    hi julia,your cookies look yummy,i lve cookies they are my weakness.i always buy those ready made ones from the supermarket but ive always wanted to make my own.can u pls tell me what the oz in the recipe converts to in grams cos i have no adea,thanks mauree,croydon

  9. Sandra Gray November 15, 2010 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Good Luck in your new house xx

  10. Steven November 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    The cookies look fab Julia. My Mum is a great baker too so I should give her your recipe. That can be her job for Saturday morning!!
    Take care xxxxx

  11. barbara November 16, 2010 at 9:12 am -  Reply

    hi julia good to hear you are all settling into your new home and you will all be happy there. your cookies look yummy and i am going to make them for my grandchildren who will really enjoy them. looking forward to the B W shows. could you let me have your christmas cake recipe i would be most grateful. speak to you soon and take care of yourself barbara x

  12. julia roberts November 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    DON’T overdo it – as someone who did just that last year I can tell you it ‘s not worth it. I was off sick for most of January ( and I’m never usually ill ) and your Mum will need you after her treatment. Maybe the bathroom can wait?? ….. the jog probably can’t because of your training, and you could always supplement making some cards with buying a few charity cards? Just want to keep you well!
    So pleased you enjoyed my Christmas cake recipe last year – I usually do 2, one for us and one for the guys backstage at QVC – it seems to go down well.
    Much love and don’t do too much
    Julia x

  13. julia roberts November 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    No I didn’t find the ‘elusive’ bathmats yet – I’m thinking maybe I used them to pad out a box which I have just put straight into storage in the garage …………. good job we didn’t want to put a car in there it’s chocker block!
    Hope you enjoy the cookies – needless to say my batch has all gone, but I made Apple Pie and Jam Tarts last night so that will keep my lot going for a while.
    Julia x

  14. Hefina Mitchell November 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

    Julia,you are looking great ,dont loose any more weight,you look much better in your clothes now;Ihave alsow lost 25lb,thanks to you Ibloged you around 3 months ago telling you Iam vegatarian now again thanks to you any main meals recipe to share thank you Hefina

  15. julia roberts November 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi jan
    Glad you liked the cookies – toffee apple crumble sounds good, do share
    Julia x

  16. julia roberts November 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alana
    Hope you like the cookies if you try them. I think you should treat yourself to something Butler and Wilson this weekend- trust me there will be plenty to choose from!! Did you see the skeleton watch I was wearing the other day?? Not a fan of all the skeleton styles personally but really like the watch. TSV is rather gorgeous too ( love the blue ). See you Saturday midnight?
    Julia x

  17. julia roberts November 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Wendy
    Feeling really settled in the ‘new abode’ as you put it. I have to bake otherwise I have to buy and then I don’t know what additives have been added!
    I will wear the skeleton watch again tomorrow during my Tiana B and Pilates shows – just don’t tell Simon! It also comes with a white face
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts November 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sharon
    Better to be safe around electric and gas! At least you now know why things were getting burned. I just made a quiche and it looks slightly more browned than usual – I was about to blame the oven before realising I had set it at 200c instead of 180c. That’s what comes of trying to do 3 things at once!
    Julia x

  19. julia roberts November 16, 2010 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Hello Elizabeth
    i haven’t done the coffee and walnut cake for a couple of months and now you’ve got me hankering after a slice. I haven’t given up eating cakes and cookies, but I do limit myself to one slice or one cookie. The bread thing is the big one for me …….. sticking to a maximum of 2 slices a day has really helped keep the weight off.
    I have an older sister but she lives in Scotland. I would love to live in Cornwall or Devon – if this lookalikey Kay finds a nice house perhaps I’ll buy it off her one day! Mind you I like Dorset too. We took the children on holiday there when they were little. We stayed part of the time in Walditch before moving to Swanage for the rest of our holiday. Some lovely walks and a trip to Corfe Castle – we had a great time!
    Julia x

  20. julia roberts November 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Maureen
    OK, I’m not very good at converting oz’s to grammes but I think 1oz is 25g so you would just adjust the weights accordingly. Let me know how you get on cos it’s so nice to have homemade instead of shop bought.
    good luck
    Julia x

  21. julia roberts November 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sandra
    Thanks for the good wishes – we are all really enjoying the change.
    Julia x

  22. julia roberts November 16, 2010 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello Steven
    Why don’t you suprise your Mum and make them for her? Cookies are really easy to make as long as you follow the recipe properly. Imagine how impressed she would be – mind you, you might make a rod for your own back if they turn out too well LOL !
    speak soon
    Julia x

  23. julia roberts November 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello Barbara
    Hopefully that will be me one day baking for the grandchildren ….. no rush just yet though! My Christmas Cake recipe is on a blog from around this time last year but I will try and ‘copy and paste’ it to a more prominent position ( always assuming someone is around to help me as I’m not that good on the computer! )
    Hope you enjoy the Butler and Wilson weekend – phone in and say hi!
    Julia x

  24. julia roberts November 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello Hefina
    Congratulations on your weight loss – that is exactly the same as me. I don’t know about you but I FEEL so much better in myself. Thanks for your kind compliments.
    How are you getting on being a vegetarian???
    Julia x

  25. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen November 16, 2010 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    I hope you are happy in your new house.
    happy birthday to daniel this month.
    Hope you arew ell.
    I am not bad.
    Hoep sophie is well

  26. Steven November 16, 2010 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    That sounds like a great plan Julia. Can you come round to give me a hand!I might give that a go though. Couple of good results for Palace since we last spoke. It’s all quite tight down the bottom. Long way to go though. Is there not something like 46 games in the Championship?
    Steven xx

  27. steve November 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    The cookies look good, you could give Nigella a run for her money x
    well….i’am recovering from a flue virus i ran into a week ago, i was due to compete last week as you know, but was far to weak even to stand, there was no way i could even travel, let alone stand on stage and go through a routine!
    So disappointed to miss out on the show 8 weeks of dieting out the window! Apparently when you diet down and get depleted your Immune system runs very low, not very healthly i know to say its a health and fitness show! But its the condition that is needed on the day.
    So being positive and looking ahead to the next show early next spring, and when we are out of the flu season! Until then i will stay focused and be eating clean, however i do need to increase my body fat levels again, so any chance of making some more cookies just for me?
    speak soon, Steve X

  28. Jess November 17, 2010 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Glad you have settled into your new home now. Hope you will be very happy there. Watched you on the Pilates show and you truly are an inspiration. I have had my machine a few weeks now and am already feeling a difference. Not sure if you can see a difference yet…………
    Take care
    Jess x

  29. julia roberts November 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello Martin
    Yes we are all very happy in the new house.
    Thankyou for remembering Daniel’s birthday later this month – can hardly believe he will be 24!!
    Sophie is on holiday at the moment so I am looking forward to hearing all about it when she gets back next Wednesday.
    Glad to hear that you are well
    speak soon
    Julia x

  30. julia roberts November 17, 2010 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    We really needed a couple of good results or I fear Burley would have been for the chop!!! I had a feeling we were going to beat Watford even though we were behind at one point. We are on TV this Saturday – the late kick off so maybe you wouldn’t mind cheering us on?? Yes it is a long season of 46 games plus cup matches ( assuming we make it through to the next round of the FA Cup! ).
    Rangers are top are they not?
    Happy baking
    love Julia x

  31. julia roberts November 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jess
    Thanks for your kind comment ……….. I don’t know about inspiration though! You are right, you feel the difference with Pilates first and then you start to see the difference. I know I rave about it a bit but I truly can tell you it works for me.
    Looking forward to going to work tonight – more Pilates and Tianna B dresses ………… and to think I get paid for that!!
    Julia x

  32. Una November 17, 2010 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    We are so lucky, knowing our Emu slippers will be hiding somewhere under the tree.
    I missed Beauty day completely unfortunately. I was a bit poorly again. Will be watching 5th December no matter what though!!!!
    I thought Emma mentioned her baby was due in January. Will you let us know what she has?
    Im quite excited today. We got a surprise invite to a wedding on XMAS EVE! My Goddaughter has been engaged for 4 years, and due to work commitments on both sides, they just never got round to organising a wedding. They are having to relocate to Chicago in early January, so decided they wanted to be married before they moved. Between their announcement, and a certain other announcement made this week, my head is spinning with all this loved upness LOL!!!!! Not that I will be invited to the other wedding right enough, but its lovely news none the less!!!!
    Have already had a browse on my favourite website, and think I have decided on my gift and my outfit! Will QVC be doing millinery between now and xmas eve do you think HAHA!!!???
    Take care Julia
    Love Una x

  33. Jess November 18, 2010 at 8:37 am -  Reply

    Forgot to ask……………Is that a diamonique ring you are wearing on your ring finger? Any clues………..?

  34. julia roberts November 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steve
    Sorry to hear you are not well – what a disappointment to miss out on the competition after all the preparation. Get yourself well, and as I said to Steven the recipe is really easy to follow so you don’t need me!!!
    Comparing me to Nigella – now there’s a compliment! Maybe I should stick a few of my veggie recipes into a book???? Would you buy it? I could do some healthy and some naughty but nice!!
    Get well soon
    Julia x

  35. julia roberts November 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    Sorry to hear you were not too well – are you feeling better now?
    What exciting news for you – a Christmas Eve wedding sounds very romantic. I wonder if it will snow??? We don’t do ‘fascinators’ on QVC but maybe we should as I’m sure the Royal Announcement will spark a glut of weddings. Maybe even Chris will propose?!?!? LOL
    If you are up to it I am on with Keeley tonight at 11p.m. and 1a.m.
    much love
    Julia x

  36. julia roberts November 18, 2010 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jess
    I namechecked you on the Pilates show last night – were you watching? You are very eagle-eyed ……… it is indeed a Diamonique ring coming up between now and Christmas. I would recommend watching Diamonique Day!
    keep up with your Pilates
    Julia x

  37. Steven November 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I noticed Palace are on the Tv. I have got a ticket for Rangers game at Kilmarnock but its a lunchtime game so I probably will be back to cheer on the Eagles. I’ve even got some of my mates backing you guys now! We are top of the League by one point and there is news tonight of a potential takeover and we have a wee game against Man United next Wednesday at Ibrox – exciting times. I really don’t know if/when I’ll get in time to do my baking! I will try it though as the cookies look fab. As did you on the pilates the other day there. looking good chic
    Love Steven XXX

  38. Una November 18, 2010 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    You never know, maybe he will!!
    Feeling a bit stronger, Im going to make sure I can watch you and Keeley later tonight.
    It was such a surprise to everyone, little monkeys, springing it on us like that!! Shes decided her bridesmaids are wearing burnt orange, but cant find any dresses she likes, so has found a lovely lady who has promised to have THREE ready for the big day!!!
    Shes got us all roped in to making the “flower” arrangements for the tables and in the church. She wants spiced orange ornaments instead of traditional flowers. They sound lovely, and she did a few little sketches, I think it will also smell gorgeous. We are going to be so busy between now and xmas. Thank goodness I have all my shopping done!!!
    My friend was going to a wedding last year, and decided she wanted a fascinator. She was describing her outfit to me, but got the words mixed up,and said she was wearing a “pacifier”,
    that was a VERY confusing conversation I can tell you LOL!!!
    Lots of love
    Una x

  39. Janice reeves November 18, 2010 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, Just had to write back and say that I made the cookies on Wednesday and they are delicious, and have gone down really well with my family, and I am going to make some more nearer Christmas and give them away to my neighbours along with their Christmas presents as they would go down well with a cup of tea on a cold winter afternoon, instead of Christmas cake, thanks for you recipe and you look great, I must try and lose some weight in the New Year as have a wedding in April, any tips on what you did ie did you join a club or on your own. Lots of Love Janicexxx

  40. Kathryn Casson November 19, 2010 at 8:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia found your recipe for pecan cookies on Monday have made two batches already they are lovely and very popular with my family.Really liked the sound of your chocolate cake you mentioned last night! Love your shows Thankyou Love Kathryn

  41. Una November 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Managed to stay up for your 11p.m show with Keeley. Im SO glad I did. You were both on top form as usual. Very funny. Keeley was hilarious when she was on with Ali Young earlier in the day. She is just so funny when she starts giggling. Poor Ali and the model were trying so hard to hold it all together, but was very hard for them not to start too. Thats why i love QVC. We get to learn from the best, how to get the best from our products, but we are not lectured to. Its like sitting with friends, and having a wee chat!
    I ordered the mens luxury collection for my husband. He has used Elemis before, and loved it. As it was on easy pay, he is getting a wee extra gift in his stocking.
    I dont know if you read the other presenters blogs, but I mentioned to Catherine, that I have almost finished my xmas shopping. Mostly QVC purchases. I was a bit bored one day, and did a like for like comparison on my Elemis, Loccitane and Yankee candles. I knew I had saved quite a lot, but hadnt quite realised it was over £300!!! So thank you QVC, my friends and family really appreciate the amazing prices!!!!!
    Remember you have a chocolate cake to bake for Kaia!!!!!!!! Lucky wee boy! LOL
    Lots of love
    Una x

  42. Jess November 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    What a surprise, yes I did hear my namecheck on the pilates show. Thank you for the tip to watch Diamonique day and for your encouragement with Pilates.
    Jess x

  43. Alana Hughes November 20, 2010 at 8:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I made your cookie recipe last night and they are very tasty!! Yeh I will be watching Butler and Wilson at midnight and I’m sure I will be purchasing, especially if there are some new cat pieces.
    Watched the pilates shows as I bought the last pilates tsv on qvc. I’ve noticed a difference in the tone and the shape of my body already and I only manage to go on about twice a week as I like to do other cardio. Definitely a good buy!!
    Enjoy tomorrow with Simon.
    Alana x

  44. julia roberts November 21, 2010 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Even you and your mates cheering us on couldn’t help the Eagles to win!!! Mind you I think the ref played his part in our defeat too!! Neither of the first 2 penalties was a banged to rights, and the sending off …………… young lad with a fiery temper reacting to an inept Official! Thought our goal was stunning ( was hoping Vaughan would score a second ) and Julian Speroni fantastic as usual. Then the Ref lets a clearly offside goal stand and Davies loses his cool. I’m still fuming ……. can you tell?!?!?
    How did Rangers do? Good Luck for your Man Utd game on Wednesday
    speak soon
    Julia x

  45. julia roberts November 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    Burnt orange is a great colour choice for a winter wedding – and I love the idea of the spiced orange decorations, very festive!
    I am still giggling at the thought of your friend with a giant dummy on her head!!!!!!!! – maybe she could start a new trend? – or not!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  46. julia roberts November 21, 2010 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    Hello Janice
    So pleased you liked the cookies and I love the idea of making some for your neighbours. There really is nothing like home baking – part of the enjoyment is the aroma that lingers in the house afterwards!
    Thanks for the comment on my appearance. I didn’t join a club but I did kick things off with the Diet Chef. I followed it for a month ( with no naughty treats ) and was so pleased with the results I did it half and half for another couple of months. Now I’m trained to eat smaller portions and keep the treats to a minimum. I’ve also been using my Pilates 3 times a week and my treadmill. I’ve actually lost 26 lbs overall since March ( the last 2 I wasn’t even trying, but it could have been my recent house move! )
    I am pretty sure we have a Diet chef TSV coming up at the beginning of January – keep your eyes peeled!
    Julia x

  47. julia roberts November 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathryn
    So pleased you liked the cookies – for variation you can use hazelnuts instead of pecans, and I guess you could use milk or white choc chunks? ( I haven’t tried changing the choc chunks as I am a fan of plain chocolate! ) I will be making chocolate cake this week as I always do it for family birthdays and it’s Danny’s birthday this coming Saturday. Would you like the recipe?
    Julia x

  48. julia roberts November 21, 2010 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Una
    I love it when Ali Young starts to giggle – it’s very infectious. Did you see her with the ‘chocolate episode’ on her 15th Anniversary show??? It was hilarious.
    Glad you managed to catch the Elemis show and treat your hubby. The shaving cream is amazing isn’t it?
    I do sometimes read the others blogs to find out what they’ve been up to! Believe it or not we don’t actually see much of each other – I haven’t seen Catherine in weeks! That is an incredible saving ………… you and I have similar taste because all of the brands you mention will be on my present buying list. I haven’t actually started yet – it’s been left due to the house move I’m afraid!
    I’m going to be busy baking aren’t I?
    Julia x

  49. julia roberts November 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jess
    Don’t know why I said Diamonique Day ( we already had that in October ) but all the pieces I have been wearing lately, the ring, the star necklace and the heart bracelet are on air before Christmas, so probably on our website already?
    Sorry for the misinformation – must have got a little lightheaded from all the Pilates LOL!!
    Julia x

  50. julia roberts November 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alana
    Hope you enjoyed the Butler and Wilson shows – there weren’t many ‘cat’ pieces in the shows I did so I’m wondering if you managed to add to your collection?
    Great that you are seeing results from your Pilates machine. I only use the cardio board once or twice a week as I have a treadmill at home as well, but I go on my machine after my ‘walk’ for strength and stretch.
    Julia x

  51. Steven November 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Palace were very ublucky I was gutted too! I thought you guys deserved at least a draw. Its still tight down the bottom though so dont get too down hearted yet. Rangers won at the weekend and Celtic drew with losing a last minute goal – there is a god! So we’re 3 points ahead. Thanks for your best wishes against Man U. I can’t wait. Atmosphere should be electric. We just need to give it our best shot. Can’t see us getting anything but you just never know. Speaking of refs did you hear the ones in Scotland could be going on strike – so we might not be playing next weekend. Ive got tickets for the game at Dundee United too. Not sure what the outcome will be
    Take care xx

  52. julia roberts November 22, 2010 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Yes I saw on the news tonight about the Scottish refs – what’s that all about??
    Thanks for supporting the Eagles – I agree we should have at least had a point, but then I would say that wouldn’t I?
    Did you watch the QVC Search for a Presenter in 2007? One of the finalists was Claire Simonsen, the wife of the Sheffield Utd keeper. Just before kick off on Saturday my mobile bleeped – it was a message from her – had another one today asking if I’m still speaking to her LOL!!!!!
    Again best wishes for Wednesday
    Julia x

  53. Jess November 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I wondered why I couldn’t see a Diamonique day before christmas. Do you know the item no of the ring please?
    Take care

  54. Alana Hughes November 23, 2010 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I did manage to add to my cat collection from Butler and Wilson. I ordered the sitting cat brooch in purple online as I was going out for the day. I’m glad I did as the brooch sold out in the preview!!It’s only my third piece of Butler and Wilson but I’m sure I will buy more!lol!
    Can’t wait for the Elemis tsv in a couple of weeks, I’m sure the phones will be in melt down at midnight!
    Alana x

  55. Steven November 25, 2010 at 11:25 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    It looks like the strike is going ahead. The refs are striking because of all the criticism they have had in recent weks. Most of it has come from one club in particular – Celtic. To be fair there have been instances where things have gone against them but thats part and parcel of football. Swings and roundabouts i s the phrase I would use.
    I’m a wee bit gutted afterlast night? Did you see our game? 1-0 with a late penalty. We gave it our best shot and had a lot of injuries to contend with so Im very proud of our guys. We have competed remarkably well in the Champions League this season and still have the consolation of the Europa League after xmas.
    Is that Steve Simonson then? Hope you are speaking again lol.
    Speak soona nd thanks again for your reply always appreciated xxx

  56. lynn November 25, 2010 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    I have just got a pilates machine, love it but having trouble getting my legs in the stirrups. Can you give any tips

  57. julia roberts November 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jess
    Sorry for being such a ‘numpty’! I don’t actually have the number of the ring ( I’m doing this at home ) but I checked the website and judging by the picture I think it might be 690162. Have a look and see what you think
    Julia x

  58. julia roberts November 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alana
    Well done you – although I don’t order off the website much I do try to encourage you guys to use it cos things go so quickly, and then it’s such a disappointment!
    You are right about the Elemis TSV next weekend – I have been trying the new gel cleanser in the mornings and am really liking it! Get ready with your online ordering or Qcut cos it will be very busy at launch. Hopefully we will have enough to last the day though as we’ve ordered loads in anticipation.
    Julia x

  59. julia roberts November 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    I didn’t catch the game ( I’ve banned TV dinners in the new house and we were late eating ) but I did see the result and was disappointed for you. As you say though at least you acquitted yourselves well in Europe this year and good luck for the Europa!
    I see they have drafted in Refs so your games are going ahead north of the border. In some ways I can see the refs point – funny how rugby refs seem to have much more control over the players, and they look so tiny stood alongside them telling them off! Maybe if the footie refs were more consistent………..??
    Yes I’m still talking to Claire and yes her hubby is Steve Simonsen – not her fault we couldn’t get the win!
    Palace are playing Doncaster this afternoon but I didn’t go as it’s Danny’s birthday and he didn’t want the disappointment of losing!!! I think we will win today ….. it’s half time so I better go and check the score
    speak soon
    Julia x

  60. julia roberts November 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lynn
    Good to hear that you got the pilates machine and are loving it. OK, feet in straps. Lying on your back, put both your feet on the foot bar with the straps within easy reach of your hands. Stretch both legs pushing the platform away from the footbar and take 1 foot off the footbar and bend your knee into your chest as far as it will go. Pick up the strap and hook it over your foot. Then stretch that leg and bend the other one and put the other strap over that foot. Sounds complicated but you will soon get the hang of it I hope
    good luck
    Julia x

  61. Steven November 29, 2010 at 10:06 am -  Reply

    Palace did win then Julia! Our game was off because of the weather – not the ref! We’re still top though because Celtic threw away a 2 goal lead against Inverness at home to draw! 2 ahead with a game in hand now. I have never seen so much snow in my area as this. The buses were not running in my area. A duvet day is called for I think
    Steven x

  62. marie February 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    hi Julia hope you enjoy L,A.who will do the baking while your away then?you look really well with your weight loss.your cookies sound lovely i will make some.i prefare gas to elec.i have a elec cooker now but also have one of them round fan oven like a big bowl got from qvc years ago use that all the time as only me son moved to share house with 2 others has learning difficulties hates being told what to daughter has 4 kids who play up all the time youngest 11.14 girls.boys 18,20 this year.difficult some times.i start knitting to.
    love marie

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