Outside of QVC
It’s been a crazy busy Easter holiday for us. Fred and I took some time off work to spend with the girls and enjoy Ivy and Fred’s birthdays so I don’t have my usual ‘what’s been happening at QVC’ post as I haven’t been there.
So what did we get up to? Well against our better judgement we decided to brave Legoland. We have been promising the girls we would go for ages as my mum gave us tickets as part of their Christmas present. Unfortunately we picked one of the many rainy days but as we had already promised, there was no backing out and kids don’t care about rain! So we managed to get there just after opening with the other few 1000 families that decided to go that day.
We headed straight to the rapids as the queue was under cover, we didn’t wait too long and the kids loved it. The rest of the day was pretty much queue after queue, one of them was an hour long! Again the kids didn’t mind, it was just us impatient parents. It was all great fun though, the moment you are on the ride you forget about the wait.
Tilda had one of her favourite moments when she got to ‘meet’ the Lego Friends and then watch the pirate show. As you can see on my feet in that picture, it was a day for Skechers, what else could you wear for a theme park day?! If you are a size 8 then you’re in luck as we still have those ones left in white, like mine.
My favourite part by far was the Ninjago ride, it’s an interactive 3D experience and you have to battle the characters with light balls that you fire by waving your hands over sensors. I would love to see a video of everyone with their arms flying around seemingly at nothing!! It was a great day – ‘best day ever’ according to Tilda and Ivy. Their favourite bit was of course the shop as they had pocket money to spend!
On Saturday Ivy turned three. Where does the time go? I feel like I’ve blinked and she’s gone from a baby to three years old in 0-60 seconds. She is the funniest, craziest, smartest little girl and she has us in stitches every day. I booked her party at one of our favourite places, Farmer Palmers. It’s the loveliest place that we’ve been going to since Tilda was a toddler. You can pet and feed the animals, go on tractor rides, play in all the outdoor play areas and the indoor soft play. They organise the food and party bags for the kids, plus the cake, so all we have to do is turn up!
That’s a massive plus in my book. Ivy was over the moon to be the Birthday Girl, she’s been asking is it her birthday most days for the last few months! She got soaked in the wet play area, went on the pedal go carts, fed the pigmy goats, went on the tractor ride and then got to sit in the special birthday cow chair for her party tea. Does it get better than that for a three year old?!
For Fred’s birthday we celebrated with friends on the Sunday down at one of our local family friendly pubs as his birthday was Monday and most people would be at work. In the morning we all went downstairs for our usual family birthday breakfast that we do for all birthdays. We had croissants and presents all together before Tilda went back to school. I bought Fred a pizza oven so expect some pizza recipes coming your way this summer!
Fred’s mum was also over to stay for the birthday festivities so the three of us went to a very nice lunch at Rick Stein’s down at Sandbanks. It’s always a treat and obviously I had to have fish, you can’t go to Rick Stein’s and not have fish can you?! What a great end to the holidays!
What I’m wearing
I wanted to share this jacket with you as it’s really quiet something. I wore it to Fred’s birthday lunch at Rick Stein’s. I love a bright colour and it doesn’t get much brighter than hot pink! I also love Helene Berman and have mentioned her pieces before on the blog. Yes it’s a bit higher price point than many other pieces at QVC but they are investment pieces that you will keep forever. I will wear this ruffle biker jacket again and again and again!! What do you think of it? Fabulous or a bit over-the-top, haha?! The ruffles are fantastic and it turns any look into an instant show-stopper in my opinion.
I had a few messages recently asking what QVC products I use on my hair so I thought I would share them with you. I am currently using Taya Buriti Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. My hair has been damaged over the years with so much styling so I thought it was time to start trying to help it out a bit. Before this I used the Taya Copaiba Shampoo and Conditioner. I love this range of products which are derived from the Amazon rainforest.
In the last few years my scalp has become sensitive to many shampoos and I get really itchy. This brand seems to really work for me without making me scratch! It’s free of sulphates and harsh chemicals and also cruelty-free. I have also mentioned before but I’ll tell you again that I use Liz Earle Hair Oil. It’s light and makes my hair really manageable. It also serves as protection from styling. On top of that, when using straighteners and tongs I do add Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence to try and prevent heat damage.
What I’m cooking
Sausage rolls and cheesy puffs
Ok, this week it’s a bit of a cheat recipe as I don’t make any of it from scratch! It’s still great fun though and it’s a perfect holiday activity to do with the kids.
You will need:
- Ready-rolled or ready-to-roll puff pastry
- Sausage meat or ready to go sausages
- Your preferred chutney – I used Cottage Delight Caramelised Onion Chutney (we have some of their chutneys in stock at QVC)
- Cheddar cheese
- Tomato puree
- Cherry tomatoes
- One egg
It’s so simple, you roll out the pastry or use a ready to go sheet of pastry. Cut it into three long strips, wide enough to fill and roll. We then spread mustard onto one and caramelised onion on the other two.
We took a pack of sausage meat and split it into three and squished it into the length of each piece of the pastry. We then beat an egg and brushed the inside edge of the pastry so that it would stick together when rolled. If you can’t find sausage meat then you can line a few regular sausages along the pastry. You can bake it like this or cut them into smaller rolls. We did the latter. I pinched the sides with a fork just to help keep the meat inside. We then brushed the tops with the egg.
We had a second roll of pastry so we cut out circles with cookie cutters and popped them into a buttered silicone muffin tray. Tilda then smeared a little tomato puree in to them, followed by a sprinkle of cheese and a few half of cherry tomatoes. I put the whole lot in for 25 minutes on 180 degrees. They were soooo good and we had them on Ivy’s birthday before the party. Yum yum!
So that’s it from me, I’m back to work this Thursday when the Today’s Special Value will be from Coco Bianco, which is this top with the gold hoop detail. We will have a number of different colours for you to choose from, of course at a great price!
On Friday though it’s my favourite kind of day at QVC as it’s Pie Day! Those of you who have kept up with my blogs will know how much I love The Real Pie Company pies. I will be stocking up for sure and ordering the Auto Delivery option so we always have pies stocked up in our freezer! This TSV box will be: 2 x peppered steak, 2 x Steak & Mature Cheddar, 2 x Steak and Mushroom, 2 x Vegetarian Asparagus & Mushroom, 2 x Chicken, Smoked Bacon & Leek and 2 x Chicken Sage & Onion.
Love Katy x