They brought us these crazy pencils back in return for the 'sheik' pens we brought them home from Dubai!
Because we were away at the same time, we all agreed that it wouldn't be fair to have Oskar, Sophie's cat, staying at our house as he and Poppy don't really get on too well. Besides, Daniel is working very long hours at Crystal Palace FC.
That meant that both he, Oskar not Daniel, and Sarah's cat Lexi had to go into the cattery, or should I say cat hotel, for a weeks holiday too. I'm sure they treated them very well but I have never seen Oskar so affectionate as he was when Sophie brought him round on Saturday.
Sarah didn't bring Lexi. She has only visited us once, when she was a tiny kitten. She looked like a little ball of fluff and she was absolutely fine with all of us except Daniel. He had reached down to rescue her from behind the sofa and she was growling at him.
"It's alright," said Sarah, "She won't bite," as Lexi sunk her teeth into Dan's arm not once but twice, drawing blood!
Since then, although apparently she is adorable, we have always called her the 'killer' cat! You wouldn't think so to look at her would you? This was a photo that Sarah tweeted last weekend, when I was on air with Jilly Jones and EasiYo Yoghurt.
Apparently Lexi had pounced on their TV remote control and turned the television on to QVC. Is she deciding which one of us to bite I wonder?
I love working with Jilly Jones as she always has brilliant recipe ideas… I particularly liked the one where she had strained the greek yoghurt to make cream cheese and added garlic and chives, absolutely delicious!
Talking of recipes, I promised one of my blog readers that I would post my coffee and walnut cake recipe, so here goes (I wouldn't want to upset Marian!).
Coffee & Walnut Cake
6 oz self raising flour
6 oz golden caster sugar
6 oz soft marg
3 medium eggs
1 – 2 oz chopped walnuts
1 – 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
8 oz icing suger
3 oz soft marg
a little skimmed milk
1 -2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
1. cream the sugar and marg, beat in the eggs one by one, then fold in the flour. Add the coffee powder to taste and mix until grainy appearance has gone. Fold in walnuts amount determined by how nutty you like it … I use 1 oz
2. Spoon into heart shaped tin or 7 inch round tin. Bake for 30 – 35 mins at 175 degrees. Allow to cool and then split into two.
3. For the icing, mix all the ingredients together, the milk a little at a time until it is a soft consistency. Use half to sandwich the cake together and half for the top and sides.
4. Decorate with walnuts and enjoy!!
It was good to see Sara Griffiths back on QVC yesterday… she is filling in for Pipa while she takes a sabbatical. She confessed to me that she was really nervous before her first hour… she'll soon get back into the swing of things!
Watch out for all our TSVs over the next ten days being on Easy Pay as we lead up to the 20th birthday on 1st October. I will be taking you on a trip down memory lane on next week's blog!
Have a good weekend