Boat party, the pogs meet Baloo and vote for your fave recipe


The Olympic rings on Tower BridgeThis week…
It's time to vote for your favourite presenter bake-off!
Fun on the Thames for a special party
And little puppy meets the pogs!

Ship ahoy! Catherine's floating 40th!
What a lovely evening it was last Wednesday for a riverboat birthday do! Catherine's 40th was a very special occasion indeed, featuring many familiar faces.

Both presenters and guests, as well as lots of behind-the-scenes crew, plus her family and friends, gathered on Westminster Pier, as well as Chrissie (Catherine's daughter), whose 18th it was too – so the boat trip was half teenagers and half banging music! Lol.

QVC presenters and guests on the Thames cruiseOther guests included Hannah Grey, Lee Hohbein, Gill Gauntlett and Mat Trim from our hi-tech department and many others, and a good time was had by all! I never knew Hannah could 'ceroc' so well! Are you any good at dancing? I'd love to learn ceroc! I would have loved to have learned Lindy Hopping, but since it involves quite a bit of being chucked about by the guy, I'd have to lose three stone or else find a very strong guy! Lol.

If you have any tips about the best type of dancing to learn for a beginner, do leave me a comment below! Anyway it was a fun night and made all the better by seeing London from the river – including Tower Bridge with the Olympic rings still hanging below. Happy 40th to Catherine! If you'd like to wish her a happy birthday, do go onto her blog and leave her a comment!

The pogs meet puppy Baloo
The pogs with BalooMy lovely daughter Lolly visited this week, along with her boyfriend Nick and little Baloo! Her puppy (my 'grandpog' as some people have called her! Hehe!) had good fun playing with my four Labradors – it was a joy to watch.
This is just one clip from her many minutes of gambolling around the garden with Gracie and Daisy. Patch wasn't really bothered, and Holly just took one sniff and toddled off indoors. Typical! But she's such an adorable little pup it didn't take long for my two choccie labs to take to her. And those little ears are soooo soft! Bless her.


Hope they come back again soon! Lauren lives in Bath, but at least it's do-able in a day!

A funny on air this week – when Ouida from Ronni Nicole described a part of a skirt as a 'flange'. I'm SURE I don't know why I was smirking! But a couple of you sent me Facebook messages after about it – glad it wasn't only me seeing the funny side! Did you? I blame the 'Inbetweeners' myself! Hehe! By the way – a very funny blooper from Ouida in the same show – if I can get it I will post in on next week's blog!

Also had a right laugh with Marie Francoise in the Kipling show too – did you see any of it? Or Dale with Sooty, Sweep and Sue? Or another blooper – Gill Gauntlett told me she'd tripped a little down the stairs as she was selling the mesh curtains with a tray in her hands! I'll try to find that one too – did you see it?

And did you see any other funnies on air? Let me know each week your favourite funny QVC moments, 'cos, hot gossip – top secret news – I'm going to be doing a regular Saturday night gifts show and maybe they'll let me show a blooper on air each week! I'll be alternating with Dale presenting it in the run up till Christmas. What else do you think we should have on the show? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Marlene moment – as promised, here's the recipe for the coconut cookies – macrobiotic of course! This one isn't in the book by my healthy eating guru Marlene Watson-Tara, but lots of other inspirational low GI ones are. Next week I'll post the muffins recipe! (see bake-off below!)

Coconut Biscuits


  • 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats or barley flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup of dried coconut
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2/3 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of sunflower oil
  • 1 cup of rice syrup

1. Preheat the oven 160C.
2. Put the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
3. Blend the wet ingredients together and then fold in the dry ingredients. Leave to sit for about 15 minutes.
4. Place heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture on to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. For larger cookies, use a heaped tablespoon of the mixture. Leave a few inches space between each to allow the biscuits to spread during baking.
5. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp around the edges.

Funny puppy pic on Facebook Facebook funny – is this contentment personified or what?! This pic from Michelle Roberts this week on Facebook – I replied, 'I had a dog who did that once… in fact, I did that once!' Have you had a pet who fell asleep in unusual positions? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

WATCH – no film reviews this week, instead it's time to vote! Please put your voting fingers to good use and click on our online presenter bake-off! Decide whose you like most and give them a vote on this QGossip blog post!


Debbie's macrobiotic muffinsThen tune in to our new show, 'The Baking Boutique', at 5pm on Sunday 26th August to see the result. It was great fun in the QVC kitchen, and may the best presenter win! For more info on my entry, don't forget to read my recent blog post.

QVC – well there's lots to look forward to in the next week or so – including a super weekend of beauty with Gatineau's next Today's Special Value on Sunday (including the new AOX serum!) plus the return of Lesley Ebbett's sell out show 'With Sleeves' on Sunday at 8pm with me.

And Ken Paves is back with his wonderful hair designs – been using my 'Style a Do' a lot in the recent hot weather! Plus watch out for Antthony! He's back – hooray! We love his designs! In selected shows on Sunday and Monday! Join me at 11pm both nights.

And finally, Monday's also when you'll finally see the Honora Pearls bracelet we've all been wearing, with the delectable Ralph.

Have a great week, and don't forget to leave me a comment below – especially if you never usually do!

Best wishes,


  1. Susan August 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Don’t know where to start to reply! You fit in sooo much! Fab blog. Lovely lovely birthday of Catherine’s. I think I wished her a happy birhtday and also said I love her hair! I am so glad you all had such a ball at the big do!! Where are the pics of Catherine though?! Did Pip, Kathy, Jilly, Julia etc not go? I also loved the fact it was combined with daughter’s 18th! We may do that next year too. Glad to hear you had a weekend with Lauren and Nick too. Not as often as you’d like but at least they have a life with each other and you have super fun in your life! Lovely recipe by the way too. Interesting as coconut is full of saturated fat..but this must be ok I’m guessing?
    So glad there’s a range with sleeves now too btw! I don’t know why there’s always soo many sleeveless dresses when we have such rubbish weather. And in the recession I know I have to save my pennies for work dresses not party dresses really!
    Enjoy wknd,
    Susan x

  2. peggy pig August 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs beautiful puppy and pogs, really enjoy your blogs.
    all that rhymes ha I’ll leave it as it is Im a poet and didnt know it.

  3. Nigel August 26, 2012 at 8:24 am -  Reply

    Some gift show ideas Debs :-
    Joke comp – liked ‘owlgerbra’ the other day.
    Pets corner – updates on presenters pets.
    Food for thought – recipes,tips,news(i.e. dark choc(flavanoids) staving off Alzheimers’s/dementia – any excuse is OK in my book !).
    Interviews with celebs who buy from QVC.
    A look behind the scenes.
    Bfn,Nige :))

  4. Patricia Elliott August 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, you looked really at home in the QVC kitchen, the cake tin looked fab that you were using must look out for that.
    Also loved the clip of your dogs, used to have a golden labrador myself and miss him.
    I agree with the other lady who commented on dressess with sleeves, also I do wish we could have the lengths read out a bit quicker and preferably on the screen as I have a hearing problem and often miss out. take care Pat.

  5. Anita August 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Writing this while watching you with Andrew; got my Today’s Special Value at midnight launch.
    Have missed TiFFTs the last few months due to ill health but have caught up this month by trying angel card reading, indian head massage, reflexology and reiki.

  6. Hilary August 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, another fab blog!
    I was lucky enough to go to the QVC fashion show last Wednesday morning with my friend Becky who’s been having a bit of a rubbish time recently, and we both had a lovely chat with your dear friend Goody. I told her how much I appreciated your kind reply to my comment on your birthday blog, and also that I think it’s lovely that you reply to everyone which must take ages! I’m having an op to repair my fractured pelvis on Wednesday (fractured back in March!) which will keep me off the streets and on crutches for 3 months! Once that’s all over I would love to do something like that macrobiotic training day I think you were considering: I’m in West Sussex so not that far away.
    When I’m home from hospital I expect I’ll be watching QVC most days so I’ll keep an eye out for bloopers!
    Take care
    Hilary x

  7. Kate August 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    I just love reading your blogs. How do you pack so much into your life – you exude energy so whats the secret! Looking at the rain tipping down I cannot imagine all those wet doggies as my three stink to high heaven! Still we do luv em. Baking looked grand but hate coconut so maybe modify and so disappointed no piccies of Catherine looking glam no doubt. look forward to next installment

  8. Cheryl Williams August 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Looks like you’ve had a packed week again.
    Loved the video of your Grandpog Baloo looked like she wasnt fazed by the attention from her Aunties at all!! They are all adorable
    Gift shows fab idea! What about toys for the younger members especially with Christmas approaching
    Thought of another idea and I know its not anything to do with you or the other presenters but what about a capped price on p&p
    Have a great week
    Love Cheryl xx

  9. AMaria August 30, 2012 at 7:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Really enjoy your blog! You are one busy lady. Loved Ken Paves’s latest visit… would love the 21″ piece with the headband as a wig with a fringe. Watched you presenting a show with him and you said you wear the original fringe piece with it but I have next to no hair and the clips will not grip. Just a thought!

  10. Heather Harrison August 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    At age 43 I took up tap dancing, thoroughly recommend it, all ages amd sizes in the class and it’s very therapeutic, stamping your foot and making a noise! Only equipment you’ll need is a pair of tap shoes, and you can usually pick up a pair on ebay. I went on my own but have made new friends, we’ll never get a call for the West End but we can have fun trying!
    Best wishes

  11. debs flint August 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Susan! Hello again my lovely! So great to have a weekly comment from you aagain! I look forward to reading them all you know! (currently whilst watching nightly Big Brother! lol). Pic of catherine in next blog hon! Didn’t want to steal her thunder from her own blog! Coconut is ok but not too mny times a week of course! Still got to be sensible! hehe! And yes, lots of work dresses in Lesley’s range, With Sleeves! Cool! hugs d x

  12. debs flint August 30, 2012 at 10:37 pm -  Reply

    Peggy Pig! Glad you love my pogs! Your comment wasn’t big! But it looks good on my blogs! lol d x

  13. debs flint August 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Nigel –
    Joke comp – good idea! And maybe featured comments from blogs etc?
    Food stuff – to some extent, good idea! (we’re not allowed to say anything much about medical stuff sadly!)
    Intvws – yes – we wish!
    And maybe a little behind the scenes youtube clip each week would be allowed? Perhaps Dale and I can write a separate Gift Show blog each week to place the links on etc! Wonder if they’d let us!
    #Great comments as usual hon! ta!

  14. debs flint August 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Patricia –
    Yes the tin was fab! THanks for saying I looked at home in the kitchen! Only since my macrobiotic cookery course in April tho! A lot to thank Marlene for eh! lol
    Sorry if I dont read the sizes fast enough Pat – it’s often down to the Director cutting to the model first so that we can read them. Hope I get them out soon enough for you most of the time! We’re starting to get more on-screen graphics too, so I hope that helps too! Thanks for commenting hon!

  15. debs flint August 30, 2012 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Anita –
    Blimey Anita, what a lovely list of TiFFTs! I adore reflexology – and indian head massage! Good for you hon! Hope you’re feeling a bit better? And what a value pack the Gatineau TSV was! Well done you!
    big hugs

  16. debs flint August 30, 2012 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    Hilary –
    Oh how wonderful you went to the fashion show! That’s more than I’ve ever done! Love to your pal and wish her well – would love to hear how she is? Yes Goody said she’d had a lovey day chatting to you all!
    I do hope your hip op went well hon? keep me informed ok? And when you’re well enough, come in to QVC for a coffee with me in the ground floor cafe, if you’re ever near Chiswick! And yes, will let everyone know when Marlene and I set the dates for some Surrey macrobiotic training – it soooooo makes a difference to your health! Am going to start a 21 day intensive soon, to cleanse and purge and lose a bit more weight! Still about a stone and a bit too much!
    big hugs
    ps yes let me know about bloopers!

  17. debs flint August 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Kate – how lovely to hear from you! Thanks so much for commenting!
    yes, today was rather a stinky dog day, raining most of it! boo!Try raisins instead of coconut – not sure what to use instead of the coconut cream tho! Anyone got any suggestions?
    (And you’ll see Catherine’s pic in next blog! See below for why not last week.)
    Do write again!
    hugs d x

  18. debs flint August 30, 2012 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Cheryl –
    yes – isn’t every week packed tho! Hehe! What you don’t see, however, is the days when I sit staring into space for three hours at a time! lol!
    Capped p&p good idea – am sure there’s a reason why tho!
    And yes, my little ‘grandpog’, daughter Lauren’s little puppy dog, is just scrumptious! Can’t wait to see her again!
    thanks again for another great comment on here – appreciated!

  19. debs flint August 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Amaria –
    Good point about Ken Paves’ headband pieces and fringes – wonder if there’s a way to attach it yourself? Will try to mention it to Ken next time – or maybe you can tweet him? He’s very active on Twitter!
    Thanks again for kindly commenting and hope you will come back soon!

  20. debs flint August 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    Jane/ heather harrison -=
    wow – good for you! I tried it once I was an adult, in my 20’s – then gave up again – just couldnt get the hang of tap dancing! Doesnt’ bode well for wednesday night’s ZUmba TSV does it! hehe! THat’ll be MY TiFFT for September sorted right there! lol
    Thanks so much for commenting – much appreciated – do come back again and tell me what you do next month!

  21. Susan August 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    More than happy commenting as your blogs are always soo interesting! I thought it was lovely you saying to Hilary to go in and have a coffee with you in QVC. You’re so kind. And I also cannot wait to see you on Zumba! LOVE watching Anne. She’s so fab! She looks younger day by day I think!
    Have a nice weekend,
    Susan x

  22. Debs f September 6, 2012 at 3:38 am -  Reply

    Susan! Pleasure writing them too – after all, I should be finishing my novel! Lol
    Hope u saw the Zumba – did my best in the time they allowed on the show blueprint, as they call it! Was fun! X

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