The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #34

URH 34

Praise be for the weekend! This one felt like it was a long time coming! I’ve been flat out at work and now I’m ready for some adventures down the Rabbit Hole, so just like Bubbles bunny, I hope you’re all ears!

Do you ever have weekends where you feel like you’re Sleeping Beauty because you could sleep for at least  100 years? Or is that just me? I for one will be trying these 9 ways to make the most of my weekend.

Sometimes I lose my mojo and I don’t know where to find it. Here are some great ideas on how to get inspired and stay that way.

It’s been a while inbetween blood tests and doctor’s appointments, and in the joy of everyday life and the beauty of the mundane, I sometimes forget I ever had cancer. However, if you ever wanted to know what it’s like and how it feels to be the person on the receiving end of a cancer diagnosis, you might want to check this out. It’s beautifully and powerfully written, and there’s an amazing message at the end, and it’s one that I make it my business not to forget.

Talking of being inspired, how wonderful are these words from children’s books. They’re oldies but goodies.

So we’ve been Australian for just over a week and I want to make ALL the Australian things… starting with this Golden Gaytime Cake!

It’s no secret that I married a fruit-o-phobe but I’m trying to turn him. Inspired by Kim from Land of Zonkt’s #appleaday hashtag on Instagram, we’ve been having just that. Turns out the hubster loves apples after all. I love a happy ending but I don’t love all that crapola they spray on the apples so  I’m definitely going to give this DIY fruit and veggies wash a go because I’d like my fruit without the side of chemicals, thanks very much!

Father’s Day is fast approaching and some of my mates have been sharing their dad’s (now not so) secret recipes. Be sure to check out Erin’s dad’s Pork Ribs, you’d be hard pressed to get more Aussie than Danielle’s dad and his fantabulous Turkey and Bacon Rissoles  and let’s not forget Babs’ dad’s Stuffing.  And for just desserts, how about Amanda’s dad’s Currant Pie? It’s been bringing smiles to dials since 1976. True story.

Of course, being from a single parent family and being so proud of it, I’ve never really done Father’s Day but high five to you if you’ve got an awesome dad and hugs for  you if you’ve lost one. Praise be to the single mummas too, love your work ladies!  Let’s face it, there’s something for everyone to celebrate, isn’t there? Today is Satur-yay, tomorrow you’ve got Father’s Day and Monday is Napoleon Day!

Shall I tell you a secret? I didn’t know what a Napoleon was until I googled it, and guess what? It turns out Napoleon is just American for my favourite dessert in the world… Mille Feuille! (Pronounced Mill Foy in my Cockney-French dialect.) I’ve been loving on these layers of puff pastry, creme patissiere and that top layer of icing since I first went to Paris with my mum circa 1979. I can remember three things about that holiday; we got pickpocketed at the Eiffel Tower, I got so sunburnt our French host gave me a bath in vinegar (don’t try that at home folks,) and I ate my first Mille Feuille. Of course, it wasn’t my last! Don’t be fooled by the faux feuilles, if you’re going to make and bake a Mille Feuille you need it to be the real deal, something like this.

So that’s it from me. I’m off to lose myself in lovely links (and dream about Mille Feuilles)… How are you going to make the most of your weekend? What do you do to stay inspired? Do you have a Classic Dad Recipe? Have you ever fallen in love with a pastry? Tell me everything!

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  • Happy weekend Sammie, that golden gaytime cake looks right up my alley, and yep I just love the fab Kim’s apple a day challenge, total contridition I know, lol happy weekend x

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Happy weekend beautiful! I made Danielle’s dads rissoles and they were great!!!

  • Jenni from styling curvy

    I’ve had a big week so today will be about resting, hiding under a blanket and drinking tea. Father’s Day is a non event for me but we celebrate my husband of course. The kids have done presents and cards and we will head out for a late lunch, sleep ins are mandatory on fathers Day! Enjoy your weekend, rest up xx

    • You rest up too, lady, you have had a massive couple of weeks! Father’s Day is always a non-event for me, who am I kidding, my dad is a total non-event! Hope you have some Jen Time this weekend and lots of fun celebrating with your boys on Sunday xx

  • jen@mysentimentaljamboree

    Another great Rabbit Hole. Those quotes are awesome as was Julia’s story. Powerful indeed.

    • Wasn’t it an amazing read? I’ve been thinking of you and hope the move went well. Must hop on over to IG to check out what’s happening. Hope your weekend is full of wonderful xx

  • Oh I’ve never had a Napoleon but now I want to! When I first read it I thought it was that military dude’s day, haha. A day for a a lovely pastry sounds much more exciting day to celebrate! 🙂 And surprisingly I’ve had a few too – they are so tasty! 🙂 Might have to get one this weekend, just to be sure I can properly celebrate you see 😉 I’m not sure my baking skills are up for the challenge of making one!

    Have a great weekend!

    • I think I might buy one before I attempt to bake one, although it’s something I have to try! There’s no such thing as too many Mille Feuilles! Hope you have a delicious weekend! xx

  • I’m glad you put Mille Feuilles’ pronunciation next to it, I’ve always wondered how to say it. Now I can happily order it when out knowing I sound as though I know what I’m talking about!

  • I feel like I could do with 100 hours sleep. Only managed 3 hours last night. Looking forward to losing myself here for a bit.

    • Enjoy the Rabbit Hole adventures, and take a power nap! It sounds like you need it. Here’s to a restful and relaxing weekend xx

  • Have a great weekend Sammie! Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! 🙂

  • Hi Sammie, gosh I love the ‘joie de vivre’ of your Ultimate Rabbit Hole posts on Saturdays. Thank YOU… I am a stickler for remembering days/anniversaries/birthdays and it can be a bit annoying to me too…because I find events like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are now reminding me of what we used to do/have but with our lifestyle change, away from the family and the ‘get togethers’ I still have the imprint on the brain “must be there, mark it properly” and yet…yet, I am told ‘it’s Ok if we don’t’ I am working on this. As for Napoleons we used to get these when I was growing up from a bakery in Fairlight on Saturdays as the shops all shut at lunchtime back then and Mum would get treats such as these and sometime pies. Dad was playing golf on Saturday mornings so these bakery would give us some nice (and different) lunch/arvo treats. Shops did not open at all on Sundays. Have a sun-sational weekend Denyse x

    • Oh I remember the days when shops closed at Saturday lunchtime and all day on Sundays – I think they still do in the country! I’m sure your childhood was much more delicious for having those Napoleons (and all the pies – yum!) in it! I’m pleased you love the sojourn down the Rabbit Hole as I much as I love searching for all the internet-nuggets! I think with any physical change in life, we have to adjust our mindset too. Don’t you think? Sometimes our thoughts and feelings just need some time to catch up with our body/circumstances! Hope your weekend is full of happy! xx

  • No link up from me this week, but stopping by to say hello! Love those tips for the weekend, I’m off to try some of them. Have a rocking weekend x

    • My weekend won’t be the same without the Friday Wrap but thanks for dropping by! Hope your weekend is a cracker! xx

  • You’ve just taught me a thing or 2 about a ‘Napoleon’, sounds amazing and no I haven’t had one before, what with that…..must fix very soon!
    I’m just about to send Dad this post link to tell him he’s even more famous now, thanks sweet lady, have a beautiful weekend xx

    • You must attend to this lack of Napoleon situation immediately. Life is too short not to be face planting Napoleons! Hello Dannielle’s Dad “waves” now you’re on two blogs, which makes you and your rissoles twice as nice! xx

  • merliyn

    hi sam! … “she’s back!!!” … me that is!
    congratulations on becoming an Australian citizen!
    your rabbit hole collections are always good!
    there are always lots of warm fuzzies on your block/blog!
    thankyou lovely one!
    evidently slices are an ausi thing! … sarah from abeachcottage is from blighty and that’s what she recons hun!
    have a good one! love m:)X

    • Yay! You’re back! I’ve really, really missed you. I was only thinking about you the other day and thinking to myself, “surely Merilyn must be back soon. I miss her so!” Maybe my thoughts magic-ed you back! I’m loving being Australian, it’s everything I dreamed of and more! Welcome home – hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx

      • merliyn

        you are adorable! love m:)X

  • I think I need a Mille Feuille in my life, stat! They sound amaaazing!

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  • You always find the best links chickie! Invite me over when you make the golden gaytime cake. They are my favourites. I’m going to try all those ways of making the most of the weekend (all except #3. I’ve failed at that one already). Who knew about Napolean Day. I could use a little Mille Feuille in my life though. I lost my dad a couple of years ago, so Father’s Days are not quite the same anymore. I hope you enjoy your weekend lovely. x

    • I promise I’ll give you notice when I make that Gaytime Cake (notice I say when not if!) In the meantime, grab yourself a Mille Feuille and take a one way trip to Pastry Heaven. I can imagine how difficult Father’s Day must be without your dad, it’s so weird for me, I’ve never had a dad, so it’s hard to miss what I never had. Hugs for you, hope you find lots of happy in your weekend xx

  • Golden Gaytime Cake YUMMMM!!!!!!! So want one!
    Ps – I added my link to the link up from my phone so I couldn’t add it to the blog post.. grrrhh… so sorry! It’s on there now, I don’t want to be one of those people who don’t link back :-/

    • No worries, cobber (see, I said that like a “real” Australian.) Life’s too short too worry about linking back, eat some Golden Gaytime cake instead, and have a very merry weekend 🙂

  • So much goodness here Sammie. Vicki’s post was a real eye opener for me. And that golden gaytime-pavlova cake… Omg! Loving Kims apple a day IG! Happy wkend xx

    • The apple a day has been a game changer in this house. I can’t wait to have a crack at that cake… so many things I need to make now I’m a “real” Australian! Hope you’re having a top weekend x

  • Mille feuille is my favourite pastry! Still can’t manage to not have it ooze and gush everywhere when you bite into it. Now I want one :/ hahaha!

  • Thanks for the tips to help find my mojo again, need some serious help with motivation (and coffee!)

  • Yay, thanks for sharing my dad’s ribs. Loved that NYT article x

    • That article. All the feels – it’s like she went into my head and tipped out all my thoughts. Your dad’s ribs sounded ace, thank YOU for sharing xx

  • Talya Goding

    HUGE congrats on your citizenship!! And I read the NYT article earlier in the week and as someone currently with cancer, it was great to read and even helped me to feel re-inspired. And the golden gaytime cake sounds DELISH!!

    • I think that article resonates with anyone who has had a run in with cancer – it was spot on. I’m sorry you’re having to deal with this right now, but I’m pleased it’s re-inspired you. Keep on keeping on! High five to you! x

  • bec

    YAY for citizenship and wow for finding another fruit-a-phobe. That’s me!! It’s a hard life!

    • We’re so happy to be “real” Australians. Now that he’s on an apple a day, I guess he’s a recovering fruit-o-phobe now! x

  • Paula Sexton

    I loved the children’s books quotes! Winnie the Pooh is one wise bear!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    All of the food looked so delicious! And a really interesting mix of links too Sammie 🙂