Wilfie and flowers

Feeling loved

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I know that some of you will be very happy that Mother’s Day is over for another year but, I must confess, I didn’t want this one to end. My day started with beautiful cards and flowers, which I think Wilfie the cat was trying to take credit for!

Actually, I had mentioned on air during a Peony flowers show that although I love tulips, mine always start to droop after a day or so. Thanks to the tips received courtesy of Back To You on Facebook, they’ve done a whole lot better than usual. One was to put pins through the stem near the base and the other was to put a 2p coin in the water. I did the latter of the two (it was easier) and it worked!

Card and Wilfie

I had four cards, one from each of my children, one from the cats and one from Chris and while they were all lovely, with thoughtful messages inside, I managed to hold my emotions in check until I opened Chris’s card. It wasn’t the message inside, that just said ‘love Chris x’, it was the words on the front of the card – I hope they are true.

Flowers and drinks

I also had a lovely gift from the kids – Tea for Two at Kew Gardens which Chris and I will enjoy when the weather warms up a bit! After the card opening session, I rang my mum. I had sent her some iced biscuits in the shape of a teapot and cups and saucers because she loves a cuppa! I also printed up and sent the free short story from my website, A Recipe for Love. Chris’s mum had already downloaded and read it and, as they often talk on the phone, I didn’t want her to feel left out. Then it was time for lunch out at The Tablespoon – who I should thank for squeezing us in at the last minute.

Although our beauty expert, Ali Young, would have you believe differently, I don’t often indulge in cocktails, especially at lunchtime, but this one (pictured above) was almost a trip down memory lane. It was Cointreau, prosecco, orange and lemon and it reminded me of the drink I used to have when I first met my other half, Chris, over forty years ago. He was working in the resident band at the Peacock Club in Streatham at the time and I used to go down there after my evening show of the panto I was appearing in in Croydon. My tipple was Cointreau and Tonic – a couple of those would send his bar bill sky-rocketing but I hope he thought I was worth it!

We didn’t have dessert at the restaurant as I had been baking on Saturday and there was the choice of Luscious Lemon Cake or Chocolate Cake waiting at home to be enjoyed with our daughter, Sophie, and her boyfriend and family. It was the first time they had been to our house and it was meant to just be for a couple of hours, but we were all having so much fun playing Heads Up and the board-game Sorry, and consuming pizza and cake, that Sophie had to drag them out around 9pm. That was when I caught up with the final of Dancing on Ice and, in my opinion, the best skater won.

Going back to the cakes for a moment, it’s recipe time on next week’s blog – would you like savoury or sweet?? I’ll go with the majority. I also have to make another Luscious Lemon cake this weekend. Our Presenter Manager, Sean, reminded me that I still haven’t baked for him so I’ll put that right for Monday – got to keep him sweet. I’m not actually on air on Monday but I have an office day at QVC the majority of which will be spent tidying my side of the dressing room I share with Katy Pullinger – it’s long overdue!

Today and tomorrow on QVC is the Spring Style Celebration Event. Today it’s all about fashion with a Nina Leonard TSV – Kate Bandel and I have an hour together for Fashion on Friday at 5pm and I also have a Spring Catwalk show tonight at 8pm with Lesley Ebbetts.

Links of London offer

Then tomorrow kicks off with this gorgeous Links of London TSV necklace. Instead of attempting to perfect my ‘lift selfie’ I elected to take a ‘Links selfie’ instead. I’ve already had loads of questions about it so it might be advisable to take advantage of the fact that it’s already available to order on our website. I have a full hour with lovely Coral tomorrow morning at 11am followed by an hour of Butler & Wilson, with Simon.

Butler & Wilson Lady and her Greyhound Brooch 324100

I also have an early-ish start on Sunday so I’m hoping the predicted snow doesn’t arrive – I’m a bit ‘over’ winter now! It’s a Decleor TSV on Sunday and includes my all-time favourite body moisturiser, Systeme Corps. I do remember the aforementioned Ali Young going through my beauty products some twenty-four years ago and looking with horror at the baby lotion I then used to moisturise my body with… it went straight in the bin! As soon as we started selling Decleor on QVC, she recommended Systeme Corps and I’ve used it as my preferred choice ever since.

Decleor 4 Piece Hydrating Neroli Skincare Collection

In the TSV, there is a choice of the original or the gradual glow option along with Hydra Floral (rich), Aromessence Neroli Amara oil and the brand new Neroli Amara night balm – absolute nourishment for our winter skins. Again it’s already on pre-order on our website if you like the sound of it. Alternatively you can watch the launch at midnight Saturday, or Fiona and my shows at 11am and 2pm on Sunday if you need more help to make your mind up.

So, after Monday I’m off for a few days – using up annual leave. On Tuesday I have a hospital appointment where I should be getting my orthotic insoles and Wednesday will be another day of wall to wall writing for my latest book, as it was last Wednesday – I’m back in the writing groove. Oh, and did I mention that Alice in Theatreland is being made in to an audiobook? It should be out in June but do check my website (there is a link from my Twitter and Instagram profiles) for updates.

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Stay safe and warm if the threatened snow does arrive and remember to reply with your choice of sweet or savoury for the recipe on next week’s blog.

Much love,

Julia xx

 

31 Comments

  1. Hazel Edington March 16, 2018 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia , your Wilfie is such a handsome boy . Sounds like you had a great Mothers day and well deserved. My middle daughter payed me a suprised visit back from university and we all went out for dinner . Have just tryed the Elemis rose cleansing balm . My goodness it good . Love how it calms my red skin down . Your advice is very much appreciated. Good luck with the insoles and look forward to seeing you skipping on to set when your back at QVC . X

    • Julia Roberts March 22, 2018 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

      Hi Hazel
      What a lovely surprise for you having your daughter back from Uni! So pleased you like the Elemis rose cleansing balm – such a pleasure to use.
      A bit disappointed with the insoles to be honest – my foot and ankle don’t seem to be in the right position so I guess it’s back to the drawing board!
      Love
      Julia x

  2. Loraine Plumb March 16, 2018 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia glad you had a great mother’s Day I was spoilt too lucky went we I’m counting down to the family holiday to Florida 5 weeks left I think I mentioned it before . Hope you orthotic soles are ok I have them to try and help a bit of arthritis they care a bit strange I find sometimes they feel more comfortable than others will be interested to know what you think anyway take care enjoy your days off best wishes Loraine xx

    • Julia Roberts March 25, 2018 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

      Hi Loraine
      Good to hear that you were spoilt on Mother’s Day too. I hope you have a fab holiday in Florida when you go.
      Not sure about the insoles – they don’t seem to put my ankle in the correct position – disappointed to be honest
      Love
      Julia x

  3. Gill hunt March 16, 2018 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia bet the majority of readers will go for sweet but I prefer savoury so would love some savoury dishes. I don’t eat meat either but do eat fish so always on the look out for new veggie ideas. Hope this weekends snow doesn’t amount to much but if it does I will have a qvc weekend.

    • Julia Roberts March 25, 2018 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

      Hi Gill
      If you’ve read my latest blog, you will know that savoury won the vote! My nut roast recipe is on this week’s blog – hope you enjoy it if you try it.
      It will be a sweet recipe next month though to keep things fair.
      Hope you didn’t get too much snow? We had more than the original ‘beast’!
      Love
      Julia x

  4. John Draper March 16, 2018 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia can we please have more savoury mains recipes please? My wife and I are trying to introduce more vegetarian recipes into our diet and I am fed up searching the web for ideas, spotting something that looks interesting only to find you need around 16 ingredients!

    • Julia Roberts March 25, 2018 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

      Hi John
      My nut roast recipe is very simple (and quick) – I hope you will enjoy it if you try it. If you like Italian food, Gino Di Campo has a good veggie cookbook which I have made a few recipes from.
      Love
      Julia x

  5. Tina Wills March 17, 2018 at 6:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia. Savoury recipe please, especially if it’s vegetarian! Many thanks. Tina x

    • Julia Roberts March 25, 2018 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      Always going to be vegetarian with me – I’ve been veggie for over thirty-two years! I put my nut roast recipe on my latest blog.
      Love
      Julia x

  6. Josephine Jennings March 17, 2018 at 10:17 am -  Reply

    Hello Julia. What a wonderful card “your other half ” must have taken time to find your card. Beautiful words, believe.

    • Julia Roberts March 25, 2018 at 10:48 pm -  Reply

      Hi Josephine
      Like I said, I was really touched by it
      Love
      Julia x

  7. Judith Draper March 17, 2018 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Savoury please. I’m trying to eat more vegetarian food but not really sure about what to make, so any advice from yourself would be really appreciated. Thanks.

    • Julia Roberts March 25, 2018 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

      Hi Judith
      Good to hear you are trying more veggie food. There are so many good cookbooks out there for veggies – particularly Italian & Indian.
      I think I will alternate sweet and savoury each month but this month savoury won & I put up my nut roast recipe – hope you like it if you try it
      Love
      Julia x

  8. Anita March 17, 2018 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Savoury please.

    • Julia Roberts March 25, 2018 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

      Your wish is my command, Anita
      Love
      Julia x

  9. Karen Westmoreland March 18, 2018 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,I enjoy reading your blog,love the pic of wilfie he’s gorgeous.I choose sweet,the Luscious lemon cake sounds devine.Could you possibly compile a recipe book please as I’d like to try the cottage cheese lasagne you’ve made also. xx

    • Julia Roberts March 25, 2018 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

      Hi Karen
      So pleased you enjoy reading my blog. Savoury won for this month but it will be sweet next month. I’m pretty sure I put the recipe for Luscious Lemon Cake up on one of my blogs last year.
      I’d love to do a veggie recipe book but it’s the sort of thing you need to be asked to do by a publisher really, so don’t hold your breath!
      I’ve also done the lasagne recipe previously but no harm in repeating at some point I guess
      Love
      Julia x

  10. Angela March 18, 2018 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. I’ve read all your books now so I am eagerly awaiting your next one, can you write faster please?! 😂 For the recipe, sweet gets my vote every time! 🍰

    • Julia Roberts March 25, 2018 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

      Hi Angela
      So pleased to hear you are enthusiastically anticipating my next book – I’m writing as fast as time allows! I’ve had an inspired week this week – about 14,000 words and counting!
      I’ll do a sweet recipe next month
      Love
      Julia x

  11. Jean Daly March 19, 2018 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie,
    Would love your lemon cake recipe & your cottage cheese lasagne. xx

    • Julia Roberts March 25, 2018 at 11:07 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jean
      I think both have been on my QVC blog previously but it’s not that easy to look them up I don’t think. My Luscious Lemon Cake featured on a blog last April on my author website (link in my Twitter profile) entitled Mixed Emotions… if you want to check it out
      Love
      Julia x

  12. Linda Finch,, March 19, 2018 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I too didn’t want mothers day to end,although it was a busy day for me, instead of me being treat I treat my daughter in law to her dinner I cooked dinner for my son Simon and two grandchildren so it was a very busy day, I wouldn’t have it any other way, I love them to come for the day, besides a lovely card and 2 from the grandchildren I received a lovely yankeecandles box of 2 large jars, votive and tea lights ,even before I unwrapped it the smell was divine, a good day was had by all ,now we have loads of snow once again in yorkshire ,and the weather man has just said more on the way 😯❄❄❄❄at this rate we will be having a white easter 😀well stay safe and warm Julia much love LINDA F xxx

    • Julia Roberts March 25, 2018 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      How lovely that you treated your daughter in law to a ‘day off’ – very thoughtful of you!
      I love my Yankee candles – currently burning Vanilla & Sandlewood in the lounge.
      I think your suggestion that we may have snow for Easter could actually come true – the weather experts are saying it too!
      Love
      Julia x

  13. Amanda Dugdale March 19, 2018 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia , lovely blog as always, just wanted to ask you in a recent Decleor show you were wearing a beautiful pearly pink nail polish could you tell me the name of it , thankyou Mandy xx

    • Julia Roberts March 25, 2018 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

      Hi Mandy
      Glad you enjoy my blog.
      The colour I was wearing was by Perfect Formula but I don’t recall the name I’m afraid. We don’t do that many by PF so hopefully you will find it on our website
      Love
      Julia x

  14. Hefina Mitchell March 21, 2018 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia you are looking good have you lost weight savoury please xx

    • Julia Roberts March 25, 2018 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

      Hi Hefina
      Thanks for the compliment – no weight loss since the end of last year – must just have been a flattering outfit!
      Savoury won & there is my nut roast recipe on my latest blog
      Love
      Julia x

  15. Elizabeth keenan March 21, 2018 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    That was a gorgeous card, so special for you 😍
    Every Christmas cointreau was always my drink.
    Decided to get the shea butter tsv Yankee candles instead of my usual midnight jasmine, so glad I did they are lovely.
    Nice blog as usual Julia.
    Lots of savoury recipes.
    Much love
    Elizabeth 💜

    • Julia Roberts March 25, 2018 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      Really pleased that you decided to ring the changes with your recent Yankee candle TSV & that you are liking the Shea Butter. I’m currently plotting my way through the tealights in the bedroom & have already used one of the medium jars – I do love my candles!
      I hope you will like my nut roast recipe on my latest blog if you try it
      Love
      Julia x

  16. Frances Maxwell April 7, 2018 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    I had the best Mother’s Day ever. When my daughter gave me my card she was very anxious that I open it straight away which I thought was a bit strange. Out fell a scan picture of a baby. As my niece was pregnant at the time I was wondering why I was getting another scan picture as I already had one. I was just about to ask her when she said ‘I’m pregnant.’ I was in shock! Couldn’t take it in as it was the last thing I was expecting as my daughter is older and I wasn’t sure she ever intended to have children. We went out to lunch with my sister and niece and to be honest the whole thing was a blur. I woke up the next morning thinking ‘Did that really happen?’ A Mother’s Day I will never forget.

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