Holiday prep and chicken pie!


Outside of QVC

The summer holidays are drawing to a close and I have to admit that I am looking forward to getting the kids into a routine. It’s hard to juggle the play dates, childcare and everything else that comes with the school holidays while also trying to work. I’m not wishing it away though, I promise! We have our family holiday to look forward to and it’s the perfect way to end the summer. I am also pleased to say that we will actually get to go on our holiday, it was touch and go due to the potential pilot strike of our airline.

I’ve had their official message to say it’s a go though and we have checked in online so Viva Espana! It did mean though that I had to make sure that we are all set for Tilda’s start at her new school. Ivy doesn’t start for a few more weeks as they drop feed the little ones for their first term. That being said we ticked off the school shoe trip for them both in one go. Off to Clarks we went only to be given a ticket and told to come back in half an hour, such was the demand for school shoes!

Nice that we didn’t have to wait in the chaos, because I can tell you it was crazy! Stressed parents and kids running around everywhere ‘testing out’ their shoes. The staff were brilliant though as always. Tilda is a pro at this now but Ivy was extra excited as these are her first ever school shoes, I couldn’t help feeling extra excited for her too. Ivy’s shoe size is actually only a few smaller than Tilda’s, even though there is 3.5 years between them, so it looks like she will be following in the footsteps of her mummy, literally!

On the walk into town we came across the latest fad to hit our area. Hidden books! You may remember that a while back I wrote about the painted rocks with messages on them being left around for children to find and then re-hide. Well the latest is books with a note on it telling you to read and then pass the book onto someone else or re-hide it somewhere else. It’s a really sweet idea and a lot of people are getting on board.

I know some have criticised it for potentially counting it as litter and also having to use plastic bags to keep books dry, however it is largely a positive idea. Obviously the plastic bags are re-sealable and re-useable. Tilda and Ivy were so happy to find a copy of Beauty and the Beast, we will make sure to read it and pass it on. Anything that encourages children to read and parents/carers to read with their kids is a positive thing as far as I’m concerned.

What I’ve been wearing

This week I’ve taken a break from dresses and brought you something a little tailored from the Paul Costelloe Dressage collection. It’s a really gorgeous stone/beige coloured blazer (it also comes in navy). I have always loved the classic blazer/jeans combination it’s the perfect smart casual look. I remember when I was younger looking at women like Princess Diana and Cindy Crawford working this look so beautifully and thinking that’s the style I want to have when I grow up and it’s still as current today as it was back in the 90s!

I’m wearing my ripped jeans with it which makes it even more casual but as you can see from the pictures of Ruth Langsford wearing it you can make it even smarter. As capsule wardrobe pieces go this is a really good buy as it will get so much wear over the years.

What I’m taking on holiday

I know I am not alone in finding it just as exciting to buy new things for the holiday as the run up to the holiday itself! So I ordered a few things to get me in the holiday mood.

First up, you’ve got to have a fab cover-up for the beach so I got the Pia Rossini Azizi Maxi Cover up to go over my Phase Eight Swimming costume. I like the colour tones of this and the animal print and tassels. It goes well with the olive green of my swimming costume so I thought it was just right!

Next, a hat! I mentioned a few blogs ago that I had my eye on the Pia Rossini Gomez Hat. Well I got it and it’s just right for keeping the sun off my face and I think it’s pretty cool too. I still love to lie in the sun but I have no desire to have a real tan on my face anymore, well maybe just a little. As we all know it’s incredibly damaging to our skin, not to mention ageing, so I really try to keep my face out of the sun and this hat is perfect.

Lastly a great pair of sandals. I’m not someone who takes five pairs of shoes with me on holiday. If I ever take even three pairs I always end up living in the same pair day in day out. So I figured this year I would take just one pair with me that I can wear to the beach and out in the evening. So I chose a pair of Vionic Rose Gold metallic sandals. Metallics go with everything but these are also ridiculously comfortable so I know that they will add to the relaxed mode that I intend to be in for our holiday in Spain.

What I’ve been cooking – Chicken, Bacon and Leek Pot Pie

Last week the weather was pretty rubbish wasn’t it? Rain and high winds meant that it was nice to just cosy up at home and have a little break from summer. So what did I cook to mark the occasion? Pie!!! I love a pie but they are definitely comfort food and that’s just what was in order. For the true pie fans out there though I should say that technically this was a ‘pot pie’ as it was just a pie top but I won’t split hairs!

I used –

3 Chicken Breasts – Diced
Half a pack of Bacon chopped
2 Leeks – Chopped
1 red onion – chopped
Chicken Stock
Cream cheese
Dry Sage
Dry Thyme
1 Ready Rolled Puff Pastry

In a large iron casserole dish (or a large pan) I first fry the onion and garlic and bacon in a good slug of olive oil followed by the diced chicken breasts and cook until the chicken is turning white all over. I then sprinkle with the sage and thyme, salt and pepper. Add the chopped leeks and let them cook down a little. I then add a jug of chicken stock and add a table spoon of cream cheese. I also add a heaped tea spoon of flour to help thicken the sauce. Once it has all cooked down I pour it all into an oven proof dish and lay the ready rolled pastry over the top. Pop into the oven for half an hour until it has turned golden brown, and there you go. Mega wholesome and super filling!

Congratulations Julia

Before I sign off for holiday I want to give a big shout out to Julia who right now is in Mauritius and the countdown is on to her wedding day. So I am sending lots of love to her and hope it’s the most memorable day for her and her family. What a place to get married. I can’t wait to see the pictures!!

I won’t be blogging next week but I promise to share what we get up to in Spain the following week, I’m hoping that we are going to squeeze in a trip to Seville while we are there so if any of you have been then please do leave any tips or recommendations in the comments below. I will be sure to be doing some Instastories on my Instagram while we are away so come and follow me if you are interested.

See you back at QVC really soon.

Lots of love Katy xx


  1. Muriel Bishop August 23, 2019 at 10:12 am -  Reply

    Enjoy every minute of you holls with your beautiful family

    • Katy Pullinger September 12, 2019 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Muriel, we had a fantastic time thanks xx

  2. ROZ Williams August 26, 2019 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    Ummm your pie looks delicious Katy , hope you have a lovely holiday with your family x

    • Katy Pullinger September 12, 2019 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Roz, it was a fab holiday. Hope you try making the pie at some point! x

  3. Elizabeth Keenan August 29, 2019 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Katy, your pie looks scrummy. How time flies Ivy starting school already. Have a great Spanish holiday with the family. Much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

    • Katy Pullinger September 12, 2019 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

      I know I can’t believe Ivy is already starting school. She looked so grown up when she went off this morning! x

  4. Patricia Nowell September 2, 2019 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Katy. I am trying to get hold of the lovely earrings you are wearing. Watching lunchtime show on 2nd September. Also love the dress you are wearing. Best wishes . Pat X

    • Katy Pullinger September 12, 2019 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Pat, did you manage to get the earrings in the end? x

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