Outside of QVC
On Saturday we had a jam-packed day, it started with a kid’s party out at Farmer Palmers, a local family petting farm with loads for the kids to do including woodland walks, feeding lambs, pig racing and indoor and outdoor play areas. It’s a great day out for the kids and such a fun party venue, you may remember we had Ivy’s party there too.
After that, seeing as we were already out in the countryside we decided to head to a Pick Your Own Farm. I did a little online search and found Lectenbury Farm which promised lots of summer berries to collect. I did this with Tilda when she was little but realised I hadn’t yet taken Ivy so it was a real adventure for her. They both loved running up and down the rows and rows of strawberry, blueberry, raspberry and blackcurrant bushes and hunting for the best ones. We had missed the boat a little on the strawberry crop so they were a bit small and few and far between but it didn’t matter as the plan was for it all to go in a crumble later on.
I think it’s really important for children to truly understand where their food actually comes from and not just from a shelf in the supermarket! I also found the fine beans too as they are a favourite of mine and I have to admit I have never picked them myself, they were ear-marked for dinner! We sat in the sun with our punnets of fruit and veg and had ice creams and the girls got excited about making our crumble later on. More on that later.
What I’m using in Beauty – Gatineau Peeling Expert Pro Radiance Anti-Ageing Gommage
I just used the most satisfying face mask ever! This Gatineau Gommage is one of my new favourites from this range, it’s an exfoliator with a difference. No abrasive granules to rub over the skin, this is a simple mask that you apply to clean dry skin and leave. You can do a quick treatment of 5-10 minutes and wipe away but if you really want to get the best out of it, let it dry for about 20 minutes and then peel away the layers of dead skin!!! Soooooooooo satisfying!!
If you want to see me peeling mine away you can see it on my Instagram! Not only does this product exfoliate but it also works to tone and plump the skin and helps to improve the appearance of wrinkles. Perfect for when you have an occasion when you want to look your absolute best. The other bonus is that because all the dead skin cells have been cleared your other serums and creams will be even more efficient at doing their job because they can be absorbed more easily. We have the single option in stock at the moment but I would recommend that you do the Advanced Order on the duo because for just one pound more you get two and there’s no P&P!! It will be dispatched the week of August 13th.
What I’m wearing – Phase Eight Hilary Floral Dress
I wanted to share this dress the moment I saw it, not just because it’s gorgeous but because it’s the perfect event dress. I’ve seen a few people asking online about great dresses for guests at weddings and I think this is an absolute winner. It’s the perfect colour for summer, it’s got a beautiful shape that will flatter most body shapes. It gives you a waist, covers the tops of the arms and also has a lovely flirty little kick out at the bottom.
I have teamed mine with another favourite clutch of mine from Aimee Kestenberg which is currently on offer! I went for the Blue Snake option but there’s just enough yellow in it to go with the dress. I love that it’s not too matchy matchy and makes the outfit a little more interesting and less obvious. The shoes are Peter Kaiser and are called the Herdi Snake Print Court Shoe. I am really an 8.5 so mine are a little snug as they only go to size 8 but I don’t care I loved them too much not to wear them!
The next thing I want to tell you about is the Today’s Special Value from Vionic that’s coming your way this Friday 27th July. They are the Orthotic Agile Shay Bungee Trainer and I’ve been loving them for my power walks along the beach. They are super-light and slip on like a glove. They go up to a size 9 which is a treat for us big-footed girls. I will say though that I didn’t have to go up to the 9 in this case. The 8s are perfect for me as they are a true 42 (some brands call a 41 an 8).
I went for the Red option and I’m so pleased I did. They have a bungee front rather than a lace up so these are designed for everyday use and light exercise so they are perfect for my walks. If you have never tried Vionic before they are designed to help us re-align our feet to the correct position when we are wearing them. They have a special arch support which make the world of difference. What I really love about them is that they are a modern, cool design that is in keeping with the Sport Lux trend that is so current right now.
In the Kitchen – Summer Fruit Crumble
So when we got back from the fruit picking I had some cooking to do! Tilda helped me to make a summer crumble. Now I am going to admit I totally cheated on this and bought a crumble mix, but I added to it.
So I started with washing the berries we collected. Strawberries, blueberries, blackcurrants and raspberries. We also bought a small pack of blackberries from the farm too as they didn’t have any to pick. I then filled the dish I would bake it in with a handful of each of them until the dish was full so I got the quantity right. We then sprinkled with two heaped tablespoons of caster sugar. I then drizzled with two tablespoons of lemon juice and served a tablespoon of corn flour over the mix and Tilda gave it a stir.
I then took a pack of crumble mix and emptied it into a separate bowl. We then added an extra three tablespoons of Almond and Hazelnut Granola and mixed it in. Tilda did the honours and covered the fruit mix. I purposefully kept the crumble light as it’s summer and a crumble can be too heavy. In winter I would make it thick and dense and covered in custard! We sprinkled with more chopped almonds on the top and popped it all in the oven for 30 mins. We served with Ice Cream and double cream which we also bought at the farm. Heaven! The granola and nuts definitely help to make this more of a summer dish.
We had a lot of fruit left over, so I popped these into freezer bags ready for making smoothies and milkshakes in my new Smeg Retro blender which is designed to be able to handle ice and frozen fruit, so perfect for this occasion. I used apple juice but milk works brilliantly for making milkshakes for the kids (and grown-ups!). Add a scoop of ice cream if you are being extra naughty! I’m looking forward to using this a lot for my recipes so expect more soups, sauces, dips and maybe even a cheeky cocktail or two!
That’s it from me this week, school holidays kick off next week for us so I need to get on and make some plans of what to do with the kids! Let me know what you are getting up to this summer and as always keep up with me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Love Katy x