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My Birthday Celebrations.


This birthday saw me reach the grand old age of 38!! Not too bad I guess. Birthdays seem to be less celebrated as you get older, so I didn’t hold out any grand hopes for this day, especially as it fell on a Monday, and I didn’t have a day off work.

However, this is how my day played out. I had to leave the house at 8a.m, so had already decided not to open any cards or gifts before I left. I couldn’t help but open one card though. So, I opened the card my Husband had got me. It was a good start. This is the card he got me:


I work in a school for special needs children (mainly Autistic). When I arrived the girls who I work with wished me a happy birthday and I got on with the day. At lunchtime, I received some lovely gifts from my friends and nice cards. Some ever so cosy pj’s, a nice bottle of Prosecco and some sparkly lovely scented bubble bath. I saw my Friday night planned already!!

The children noticed my birthday bag and one asked if it was my birthday and how old I was!! I knew this was a dangerous question, but I asked anyway:

How old do you think I am?……..
– 53!!!!!
– 18!!!! …….. OK, so at least I can take a happy medium from those answers! It did make me chuckle though. ♥

So, eventually it was home time and time to open cards, presents and do something nice with my Husband. I have to say, I was completely spoilt with all the lovely gifts received.


I had asked for a camera and a sandwich toaster machine. I got 3 sets of pj’s, a box of Milk Tray, shoes, bubble bath, a wallet, a boots voucher, a whisking machine….. and the camera and toasty machine I had asked for. I felt lucky and loved. Also lots of nice cards.


As you might know if you follow me (if you don’t, please do 😉  ), my Husband is suffering from severe food allergies and we are still working out what he can and can’t eat. We have been to Brewers Fayre before and they have an allergy file, which tells of all the allergies, potential allergies in every part of every meal. So, this is where we went. I had a chicken tikka masala, with naan, poppadum and mango chutney. It was amazing, especially because I don’t eat this at home because Hubby can’t. Delicious. Hubby had a steak and chips with Dianne sauce. It was delicious and caused no problems. Yippee!!!!




After eating, we headed home and I spoke to my family on the phone to tell them about my day and to thank them for their lovely gifts and card. My family don’t live nearby so it was good to speak to them even though I wasn’t able to see them.

My Mum was quite creative with her card to me. It came with a badge and it was originally made for a 3 year old. have a look at her creativity here:


So, that’s me 38 and a whole another year until my next birthday. That’s ok, I’m in no rush to reach 39!  😉

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you know of any other restaurants that have allergy files for their meals, I would be very grateful to hear of them. Let me know also how you spent your last birthday, or how you intend to spend your next. I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading, and until next time, Goodbye.


Posted by on November 9, 2014 in events


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The Good Food Show, Glasgow SECC.

The Good Food Show, Glasgow SECC.

The Good Food Show, Glasgow SECC.

Friday October 17th 2014.

What a fabulous day. I go to this event every year. Today is the first day I will blog about my experiences there.

There were so many delicious food and drink companies there, all offering great samples and products to buy. Lots of the companies had special deals if you bought on the day, so it was the perfect time to stock up on my Christmas gifts. Of course I had to get a few treats for myself too.   


It was very busy, lots of enthusiastic foodies there. I was definitely one of them, I love free samples, I love trying new foodie things and I love a bargain. This show has all of those things.


There were lots of cheese companies, oils, dips, curries, chocolate, cooking utensils and many more. Fantastic.

There were quite a few Scottish companies there too promoting their wares. One of my favourites was Piper’s. They had Scottish fudge, Scottish pakora’s and of course the Scottish Empire biscuit. Their people were very friendly handing out their samples dressed in their kilts.


I am happy to say that there were lots of free from companies there too. One that I quite liked was They were selling curry sauces that seemed to be free from everything, so much that you would think it would be tasteless, but they were delicious.

I spoke to a lady who said that today is their very first day selling their products!! Their products were fantastic.  The product that I liked the best was a vodka that was in a bottle in the shape of a shoe, and it had real gold flakes inside! If you shake the bottle up, it goes all sparkly and fabulous. You could also have the bottles personalised for gifts.


Of course, you couldn’t expect me to go to a food show without mentioning chocolate!! are AMAZING! Totally fairtrade and organic, they had the most delicious and unique flavours.

chilli and lime / lavender / mandarin and ginger / sea salt and lime / lemon and poppy seed.

Another big reason to go to The Good Food Show is Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood! I had a super theatre ticket to see the two of them cooking and chatting on stage. Paul made a lamb pie, then Mary made a lemon posset and Paul made some pistachio shortbread biscuits to go with the posset. They had a great chemistry with each other on stage, and it really was fabulous to watch them.



There was an interview stage with a fab line up. So in between all your sampling and shopping, you could sit and relax and listen to these lovely people be interviewed and ask take audience questions.

Paul Hollywood was very kindly doing a book signing after his interview.


I had a fantastic day, bought myself some lovely treats as and also got a few Christmas gifts. I wish it came to Scotland more than once a year. I will most certainly be back again next year.

If you love food and drink, trying new things and meeting chefs, I highly recommend you visit The Good Food Show. They also come to London and Birmingham.

Did you go to the show? What did you think and who was your favourite?



Posted by on October 19, 2014 in events


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