The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #51

Ultimate Rabbit Hole 51

Greetings from Oreo Bunny and I! Welcome to your weekend… In Australia it’s almost a long one because it’s Australia Day on Tuesday and this will be my first as a “real” Australian. I hope I don’t spontaneously combust with excitement before the big day!

I had grand plans about making my first ever pavlova and/or lamingtons before Australia Day but alas it wasn’t to be. However, I found 9 other bloggers who were much more organised  and who had recipes  much more creative than me so I shared them all in one delicious post. I’m popping it here because it’s just too tasty to miss!

After publishing that post  I realised that the interwebs are chock full of all kinds of Australia Day deliciousness, be sure to check out the No Bake Iced Vovo Balls (so pretty and so pink!) and the amazeballs Iced Vovo Doughnuts. Clearly, Vovos are so in vogue right now!

If the weather gods are looking down us, it will be roasting hot on Australia Day so you’ll need something to quench your thirst. How about some Australian themed cocktails? Talking of cocktails, these cracking cocktail  hacks will have you mixing drinks better than Tom Cruise in Cocktail!

Talking of sizzling and sun, I must confess I am a serial sunscreen offender even after all these years of living down under. Although, I’ve just wised up to the fact that I should carry sunscreen around in my bag,  I’m afraid to say I’m guilty of almost all 9 of these sunscreen mistakes but from now on I will endeavour to avoid them all because as everyone knows, there’s nothing healthy about a tan.

Next week I’m going to work, in an office, for realz, for a couple of days, how novel! I’m finally finding my groove working from home and if you want to know what it’s really like working from home, here’s  the good, the bad and the uglyI’d love to say I don’t spend my days in gym gear or PJs but I’d be lying!

As a direct result of  trying to fall in love with salad and eat more fruits and veggies, the fridge is getting seriously full. I expect there to be a “No Vacancy” sign on the fridge door any day now! I’m thinking I can make some space and remove all of the things that shouldn’t be kept in the fridge. I’m guilty on 16 counts. How about you?

I always use a filter to make my Instagram photos look presentable but it turns out I’ve been doing it wrong all along. You don’t need filters, you just need to follow these simple steps to create clean, bright instagram photos every time. Easy as!

I think I’ve got some work to do. Out of 22 things every woman should know how to do for herself, I’ve got three and a half of them down pat. I’ve totally mastered, 1, 6, 17 and 18 which translated means I’ve got a supportive partner, me or my friends won’t be going hungry any time soon and I’ll always have pretty nails (shame about the hair, but hey, you can’t have everything!) How did you fare?

I’m so gullible, once I get into a TV programme, I take the characters so serioulsy, that I conveniently forget they’re real people just playing a part for my entertainment and pleasure. If you like me, love Downton Abbey, you must check out the Downtoners in real life.  It’s pure gold.

Tomorrow is National Peanut Butter Day. I don’t cook a lot with peanut butter because although I love it hard, David does not care for it at all which means that I would be the sole consumer of all peanut buttery goods. Great for my tastebuds but not so great for my arteries! That said, I have been living vicariously through these 19 Peanut Butter Recipes that will take you to heaven and backYou might want to drool proof your keyboard before you look though… Just sayin’!

Happy weekend, folks! Hope it’s a cracker!

Let’s talk about life’s important questions shall we? Like, peanut butter, yay or nay? Talking of peanut butter, where do you keep your peanut butter? In the fridge or in the cupboard? I commit the cardinal kitchen sin and store it in the fridge which keeps it fresh but on the downside makes it a little bit hard to handle. What say you? How’s your fridge looking right now? Are you a sunscreen slapper? If you’re celebrating Australia Day, have a good one cobber and tell me, what are you going to eat and do on Australia Day? 

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  • We always go camping Australia day with our friends. There’s always lamb on the bbq and a few fallafels for the token vegetarian (me).

    • Oh, I hope the weather is wonderful! I love falafels – have you tried my felafel salad? It’s loved by carnivores and vegetarians alike! Happy Holidays! x

  • Congrats on your first Australia Day as a fair-dinkum Aussie! Don’t worry, I was born here and I still have never attempted a pav.

    • Wait till I share the recipe, it’s so easy even I could do it! Now all I just have lamingtons to cross off the list!

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Ok iced vovo balls AND peanut butter day… those two things together sound like a very perfect day to me! Have a great Australia Day! xx

    • With your double layer Tim Tam cheesecake, it would be the perfect trifecta – I didn’t shout that out here because I added it to my Australia Day recipe round up instead 🙂 Hope your Australia Day is full of delicious! x

  • Hope you enjoy your Australia day! Hubby has to work this year (he’s on call) so we are having our traditional BBQ this weekend instead.

    Thanks for the link up.

  • You definitely need to make a pav! Best Aussie dessert ever!

    Thank you so much for the mention! xx

    • I actually made a pav last night – ’twas amazing! Your sunscreen post was just too important not to share! Happy Weekend! x

  • Jenni from styling curvy

    Peanut butter always YAY! I store in the pantry 😀

    • I keep mine in the fridge but I’m considering relocating it to the pantry (if I can find room – it’s like kitchen jenga in there!) Have a beautiful weekend! x

  • So many great links! Definitely some sunscreen stuff I’m not doing so well. I start off well but don’t redo every 2 hours. And I really must wear it on my face every day. Happy Australia Day!

    • We got so burnt when the outlaws were here on the Coogee to Bondi Walk that now I always carry some in my handbag and always reapply. I learned my lessons the hard way! Happy Australia Day! x

  • Coconut oil in the fridge? Growing up in the UK we used it as sun tan lotion – or olive oil and vinegar! Except for me, I rarely sunbathed, sun made me itch ….. Then I moved to Australia

    • I used to sunbathe in baby oil and olive oil too! Maybe it was a UK thing?! Can you imagine doing that down under – you’d literally fry alive! Happy Weekend!

  • Have a great Australia Day weekend!!

  • merilyn

    glad to see oreo back hopping into things! thanks sammie! lots to keep us occupied when we need a break in transmission, or whatevers!
    congratulations for making that pav hun! … now you are a real aussie!
    don’t know what I am, I’ve never made one!;)
    it is all go in our village, yesterday the tour down under came through and the whole week has been a boaties week, with a classic race from milang to Goolwa tomorrow! … we always go drive to milang to watch the start then follow the race from various vantage points! mr m has participated a few times!
    enjoy your being aussie for the first year! I remember that! so I must have been following your journey for at least a year hun! 0X
    do something lovely for yourselves! … much love m:)X

    • Oreo and Bubbles had some baby bunnies, Freckles and Hash Brown. I can’t wait to introduce you to them soon! So excited about the pav! Now I know how easy it is, I want to make another. And another. And another! Don’t worry, I’ll make your share! How exciting about the Tour Down Under – what with that and Boaties Week, it’s all happening at your neck of the woods! Thanks for sticking with me, through all my cultural changes, old and new! I’m so pleased we found each other. Have a beautiful nearly long weekend!

  • Lilly Mary

    Oh My Goodness your list of questions at the end made me laugh. Meanwhile, the peanut butter is in the pantry (spreadable goodness), I just cleaned my fridge yesterday (it was too hot to sleep), I slip, slop and slap and Australia Day will def involve a glass of champagne 🙂 Hope you have a great one! x

    • I know I should hold back on the questions but it’s in my nature to be naturally nosey! After the feedback in the comments section, I’m definitely going to have to relocate my peanut butter to the pantry – you had me at “spreadable goodness”! I think I might spend my Australia Day cleaning out the fridge inbetween sipping bubbles of course! Have a good one! x

  • I’ve grown up being sun safe – we always wore sunscreen, hats and rashies at the beach. My family is fair – in fact, my brother is a red head. So growing up, I always joked that I would marry someone with a little colour to aid my children in the sun safe war. My husband is Croatian and definitely darker then me. My children still wear sunscreen, hats and rashies – but also have amazing tans. My youngest has worn a long sleeve rashie all summer and I am perplexed at how his arms have gotten so dark.

    • I’m so fair, I just have to look at the sun and I go beetroot red! I wish I had some golden brown genes like your boys! x

  • Happy Aussie Day to you and D. PB is definitely a cupboard dweller as is vegemite. However I am now a jam in the fridge person and I never used to be. Cheers, Denyse PS It’s our 45th Wedding Anniversary today and the weather is exactly the same as the day we wed- humid, rainy, sticky…but hey, we are still ‘dancing’ through our life!

    • Happy Anni! 45 years – that’s wonderful! I hope you both enjoy the loveness and have a wonderful anniversary weekend! I love that you’re still dancing through life… whatever the weather! xx

  • Have a great Australia Day sweet lady! xxxx

  • Lozzie@MessyRainbows

    Yay to PB all the way!! I do keep mine in the pantry but am guilty of storing jam, tomatoes & soy sauce in the fridge. I keep my oranges in there too but only cause I like to eat the cold & juicy! Iced Volvo balls…. Yum! Those cocktails look delicious too. Have you seen the childhood classics reimagined as shots? Seriously worth checking them out, there’s ones like fairy bread, iced Vovo & zooper doopers but I want to try them all! The links on my fb page 🙂
    Hope you have a fab weekend & Australia Day.

    • I’m hopping on over to FB to check out the childhood classics as shots right now! I keep my jam, oranges and tomatoes in the fridge too but I draw the line at the soy sauce 🙂 Happy Almost Long Weekend xx

  • We’re big peanut butter and vegemite fans in our house – there’s always some in the cupboard (there’d be a riot if we ever ran out). Happy Australia Day Sammie for Tuesday! I had an early birthday celebration last night and mum made my favourite – a stack of lamingtons as a birthday cake. It’s one of my favourite birthday traditions and is a definite perk to being born a day before Australia Day 🙂

    • Now that’s what I call a cake! Lamington Stack – that’s my kind of birthday tradition. Happy Nearly Birthday – hope your birthday weekend is full of happy!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    What a yummy set of links Sammie! And real life Downtoners? I must take a peek at that! 😀

    • You won’t believe those Downtoners in real life! PS Watching the Kimmy Shmidt and it’s hilare! Thanks for the tip x

  • Peanut butter is a yes for me and we keep it in the cupboard. My husband insists it’s called peanut paste which ignited a spirited debate on FB last year! Enjoy your first Australia Day as an Australian! I’m going to a friend’s citizenship ceremony, which will be great.

    • I guess peanut paste is more accurate a description than peanut butter. Your hubby may be on to something! How glorious to become Australian on Australia Day! Enjoy the ceremony. I’ve been to 2 this year both as a participant and a spectator. It’s pretty spesh!

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    Happy Australia Day to you too Sammie! My husband is putting peanut butter on his toast as we speak, fresh from the cupboard. Personally I can’t stand the stand but each to their own!!!

    • I’m like your husband and my husband is like you! He won’t go near the stuff! Hope you have a lovely almost long weekend!

  • So educational this week. But I still prefer to keep my jam in the fridge. PB on the other hand goes in the pantry. Loved Kirstens insta tips. Happy first Australia Day as a real true blue Aussie! Xx

    • LOL! Educational? I can’t help it… Once a teacher, always a teacher! Aren’t those IG tips awesome? Filters be gone! Hope your Australia Day is fulll of oz-some!

  • jess

    Oh my goodness, so many great links Sammy! Only 6 refrigerator mistakes, phew. And I’m a big fan of the brightening tool on IG…my life looks so much prettier when a bit brighter!

  • Peanut butter is awesome and never moreso than when added to chocolate. I’m not even clicking on that link! Too dangerous. Love the Instagram pic tutorial! xx

  • I going to look for that brightening tool. Thanks for the great links!