It's been a busy old week! Did any of you manage to catch my interview on Saturday with the lovely winner of last year's X Factor, Sam Bailey ? What an absolutely lovely, down to earth, delightful woman she is.
A few of us had the privilege of being in the studio while she recorded two live tracks from her album, and I can tell you it was a spine-tingling, hair-standing-on-end experience.
Her voice is so powerful and seemingly effortless, and to hear her sing those big ballads in a small space was extraordinary. I wish her all the luck in the world with her new career (and of course her new baby – congratulations Sam!).
Talking of mothers, it's Mother's Day of course this coming Sunday, and my sister and I have clubbed together to get our mum the most FANTASTIC present! I think we're just as excited about it as we hope she will be! I won't tell you what it is though until next week, just in case she happens to read this blog. I've been sorting through some old photos recently and found this one of my mum holding me when I was just six weeks old.
Isn't she lovely? I'm the oldest of her six children and we've always been close – although she lives in the west of Ireland so we don't see each other as often as we would like, we speak on the phone every single day. Mum has also recently learned to Skype which means we get to see each other when we speak too, which is brilliant!
She is an incredible woman, the glue that holds our widely dispersed family together; we have been through some very tough times together over the years, and mum has always been there, loving and supporting us all no matter what. To her, and to all our mums, a very happy Mother's Day! And to those of you whose mums are no longer with you, I hope you have wonderful memories of someone very special.
Now – soup! You might remember in my last blog I said that I had bought the cooks essentials Soup Maker. Yes, me. The worst cook in the world. But I really am trying to make more of an effort in the kitchen (although I admit I find it very, VERY boring, tedious and time consuming. Not sure that will ever change!).
However, I've been very pleasantly surprised about how easy it is to make tasty soup with this machine. I've now made two, a smooth Stilton and broccoli soup (pictured left) and a chunky leek, spinach and cannellini bean soup.
Both were not only edible, they were delicious! (And I seem to be still alive and well after consuming them, which is a bonus.) So if you're as reluctant a cook as I am, I recommend it.
Another gadget I've been trying out is the Vax Spray & Vac Window Cleaner which will be our Today's Special Value on QVC on Saturday (29th March). You know how it is when the sun starts shining after a long winter, and shows up all the marks on the windows? Well I've been attacking mine with the Vax and it's brilliant, so quick and easy to do inside and out.
My husband has been very taken with it and whizzed around doing our entire conservatory in a matter of minutes. Here's a little video demo – tune in throughout the day on Saturday to see more.
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Finally this week, a quick bit of fun from one of the Kipling 10th anniversary shows at the weekend. When you buy a Kipling scarf it comes in a lovely box with lots of suggestions on how to wear it. Our fab Kipling guest Marie-Francoise Wolff challenged me to try as many as possible in just a few seconds – here you go!
That's it for now, have a wonderful week and do leave any comments below this blog or say hello on Twitter (I'm @jackiekabler).
Lots of love,