This weekend is the 16th Anniversary of having Butler and Wilson fashion jewellery on QVC but unfortunately I will not be doing the shows with Simon on Saturday. I do have a very good excuse though – it's my Mum's 85th birthday tomorrow and she is staying with us to celebrate.
Simon has met my Mum, in fact she 'modelled' for us in a show last year so I 'm sure he will understand, and anyway I'm doing his shows on Sunday and Tuesday evenings!
We were planning the 'birthday girl's' menu and I asked Mum what birthday cake she would like me to bake. She has opted for the family tradition of chocolate cake so I will have to start baking in a minute.
It reminded me of Mum's 80th birthday which she also spent with us. I'd baked her a chocolate cake, and decided to have a bit of a giggle by putting 80 candles on the top. I lit them as quickly as I could and called Mum through to blow them out. The joke almost backfired as the heat of the candles started to melt the icing and little bits of wax splashed over the cake as Mum blew the candles out. As you can see from the photo (above), my Dad thought it was hysterical!
I think we'll give the candles a miss tomorrow though.
I'm planning on trying out my Eton Mess recipe on Mum too and it should go down well as she likes meringue, strawberries and cream. The secret ingredient is a little splash of port which really brings out the flavour of the strawberries. As mum gets 'tiddly' on a sniff of sherry at Christmas, it could be quite entertaining!
See you later for the launch of the Ronni Nicole TSV – it's the pink animal dress I've been wearing and I think it is going to be very popular!