The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #66

The Ultimate Rabbit Hole 66

Welcome to another Saturday sojourn down the rabbit hole! I’ve spent most of the week down the coast in a cabin with zero internet and an abundance of kangaroos. It was glorious! Sun, sea, kangaroos, good wine, good times and good friends. But no rabbits. Not even one. But Hash Brown’s here now which totally makes up for it.  Let’s swing our pants and lose ourselves in lovely links, shall we?

Tomorrow is an important day for so many reasons. It’s my nana’s birthday and if she had been around to celebrate, there would have been 102 candles on the cake! Happy Birthday, Nana! It’s also Mother’s Day (we’ll get on to that later) and it’s also Empanada Day. Although I have never made an empanada, I’ve eaten my fair share of these pastry pockets of deliciousness. I think these 12 sweet and savoury empanada recipes will have you covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything inbetween! There’s even a little video at the end so you can empanada (I totally just invented a verb there,) like a boss. You’re welcome!

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and as me and my mum will be a world apart, I will be spending my Mother’s Day morning, as I’ve spent every Mother’s Day since 2011, running 8km to support and raise funds for other people’s mums and wives and  sisters and daughters in the Mother’s Day Classic. David will join me which is the cherry on the cake. I don’t think he’s wearing pink though, but that’s OK because I’ll be wearing enough pink things for the both of us.

Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for many and Lisa has some beautiful ideas for the perfect alternative to Mother’s Day.  If Mother’s Day is hard for you, I’m sending you a big virtual hug and an even bigger virtual slice of cake.

If you are lucky enough to spend Mother’s Day with your mum but you don’t want to buy into the commercialism, you might want to think about a DIY spa for Mother’s Daycheck out these fantabulous free printables including a crown (I kid you not!) and because restaurants are usually overcrowded and overpriced on the big day, you can find some edible inspiration with these 21 elegant fuss free Mother’s Day lunches. Or skip lunch and just go straight for the cake, because… priorities! If you know someone called Belinda, you should totally make this cake named in their honour, it’s a Turkish Delight rose flavoured cheesecake. Come to think of it, even if you don’t know anyone called Belinda, make it anyway. It’s totally worth it!

Talking of the letter M, where do you stand on the M word? And when I say M word, I mean moist. I personally don’t object to it, but apparently there’s actually a real reason why we hate hearing the word “moist.” Go figure!

Now I know autumn is well under way (not that you’d guess from the weather) but we’re still loving our breakfast smoothies. What I’m not loving is slaving over the chopping board first thing in the morning, so I’m going to be all over these freezer smoothie recipes that make mornings easierBecause every morning should be easy like Sunday morning, am I right or am I right?!

I’m still getting my head around working from home. These 10 tips for working from home will come in very handy! Still on the subject of home, I’m all over these tips of how to achieve a happy and healthy home according to Feng Shui. My mum was always banging on about bathroom Feng Shui and how important it was to put the toilet seat down and put the plugs in the sink and it turns out she was right (but don’t tell her I said that, ‘kay?!) Turns out bathroom Feng Shui is totally a thing!

Anyways, that’s it from me, friends! Whatever, you’re up to this weekend, I hope you have a very hoppy time!

Got any secret tricks or cunning plans happening this weekend? Have you ever eaten or made an empanada? How do you feel about the “M” word? Have you feng-shui-ed your home? Tell me all the things.

Every Saturday morning, we will open up the rabbit hole link up for bloggers to add their link list posts or even just their favourite post (if you are not of the link list kind) for the week. Please link only one post. This makes it fair for everyone and allows more posts to be read. Talking of reading, do try and pop along to say howdee to some of  the other lovely linkers. Link up here, over at Calm to Conniption or My2Morrows. It doesn’t matter where you add your link because it will appear on all three blogs, as if by magic!  The link up will stay open until midnight the following Monday.

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  • I have read a few books about Feng Shui – I find it really interesting…if I am frustrated with the layout of a room or furniture in my room, I will turn to Feng Shui to help me out. I know my Office is in dire need of some Feng Shui!

  • Oh happy birthday to your nan lovely x
    Thanks for the link to those fab printables, I love the crown printable too. Have a fab weekend and enjoy running this weekend with those fab women in your life running right along with you in spirit xx

  • A big happy birthday to your Nan for tomorrow, I’ll have a piece of cake for her. Your time away sounds brilliant, I wish I could have a few days away like that! I’m not really into Mother’s Day, but my sister and her boys are in Brisbane this weekend so we will probably make a cake and a few other treats to celebrate just being together. Have a great weekend x

  • Mary Denman

    I hope you have a great run for Mother’s Day! I’m one of those missing my mom….she passed away 3 years ago, but I think of her daily. And I’m thankful to have her for the years I did. Have a great run!

    • That’s tough, Mary, I bet there’s a day that goes by that you don’t miss her. I hope you have a beautiful weekend full of happy memories x

  • Hope you have a lovely Mother’s day, despite the distance. We will be having a quiet day today and attempting to visit both parents on Sunday, we will see how that works out!

    Thank you for the link up!

    • I hope you get spoilt rotten from your boys – this mother’s day there’s an “s” on the end of boy that wasn’t there last year! Have fun with the fam bam! x

  • Go you and David tomorrow…I love your community spirit!I know you are missing ‘home’ right now but can almost taste it as you plan your trip. I hear you on ‘moist’ because for me there is nothing like a moist coconut and lemon cake..mmmmm Have a great weekend, and thanks again to you, S and K for The Ultimate Rabbit Hole. D xx

    • I can’t believe I’m leaving in 10 days! Eeep! I love the word moist, especially if it’s associated with cake! Now I’m thinking of a moist lemon and coconut number… do you have a recipe?! Are you seeing the grand/kids this weeekend? Whatever you’re doing, I hope it makes you happy! x

  • Dianne Childs

    That Turkish Delight Cheesecake looks amazing! My hubby would love it, turkish delight is his fave. Good luck with your run!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    • Thanks for the good luck wishes – we’ll need them! That cheesecake is pretty spectacular, isn’t it? The older I get, the more I love Turkish Delight! I hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

  • My latest post has the word moist in it. Sorry! Hard to find a substitute when it comes to cakes!

  • merilyn

    thanks lovely sammie! always a good read and to learn something whilst down the rabbit hole is a good thing!
    what is wrong with moist? … it’s a good, useful word! honestly, amazing! whatever! …
    who decided it wasn’t a good word? … too ridiculous!
    your nan was gorgeous! just looked at ispyplumpie! adorable!
    I will keep using every adjective available! to explain something succinctly!
    I find awesome is slightly overused though! nature is awesome!
    I overuse exclamation marks!
    have a great run tomorrow hun!
    much love m:)X

    • I love moist too, especially in the context of cake! I too, am a huge fan of exclamation marks and take great joy in using them willy nilly! Life is way too short to hold back on the exclamation marks! See, there’s another one! And another! I also say awesome A LOT, but I’m making up for almost 30 years of never saying it at all. I didn’t start until I came down under! How cute was my nana?! I miss her so much! Hope you have a beautiful weekend! xx

  • jess

    I love me some empanadas! When I went to Spain there was this shop that only sold empanadas…there were about 30 different flavours and they were amazing. Some great links here, thanks Sammie!

    • That sounds like the shop of my dreams – although choosing one or two would be so difficult, I’d want to try them all! Hope you have a fantabulous weekend!

  • Your holiday sounds like it was lovely. I have not made empanadas before , those blueberry ones look good and the tacos ops now you’ve started something!! All the best for the run tomorrow I’m hoping for a cup of tea in bed and a chance to read all these links! Xx ps also hate the m word, a lot!

    • The holiday was really magic. I can’t believe it was only a week ago, I feel like I need another break already! I hope you have a lovely day tomorrow and get spoilt rotten! xx

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    Good luck in the run tomorrow! My mums are both travelling so we’re planning on sending them a video message as we can’t be with them. The only brightside is I’m the only mum around here so i can be totally spoilt myself (well, that’s MY plan, not sure if the rest of the family are thinking the same thing though…!)

    • Hope you get seriously spoilt tomorrow and I can imagine how much your mums are going to love those video messages! What a lovely idea!

  • Thanks for including my printables link Sammie!! I could quite easily be convinced to skip Mother’s Day lunch and go straight for cake! Can’t wait to see your all-pink get up for the run (and I thought your running shoes were pink enough!). Best of luck xx

    • I loved those printables! I’ve got new running shoes now, they’re green with a bit of purpley pink, but rest assured I’ll be wearing as much pink as possible in the rest of my outfit! Hope you have a lovely weekend x

  • I love a good empanada – I actually have a beef and potato empanada recipe to share on National empanda day {and a few photos of when I travelled through South America back in 2009. Not sure what our plans will be for Mother’s Day – but I am sure that I will be happy with a sleep in 🙂

    • Looking forward to seeing that empanada recipe as much as you’re looking forward to that sleep in. For realz! Whatever you do this Mother’s Day, hope your boys spoil you rotten. Just think next Mother’s Day you’ll be a family of five! Woot!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Ooh good luck with tomorrow Sammie! Sending you all of the best vibes for that and happy Birthday to your nan too! I squealed when I saw you include Belinda. Thank you so much xxx

    • Happy Belated Birthday to you lovely lady! Sending you virtual cake. How could I not include Belinda? She’s just fabulous! Hope you have a wonderful weekend xx

  • Not a feng shui person…I don’t know why but it sounds like too much effort! Haha..moist. I heard about that. Not a word I use often I must admit and sadly, cakes are so often described as that! 😛

    Enjoy your run tomorrow!

  • Moist! Moist! Moist! I am fine with moist and I think I use it because I know it makes people cringe. Hahahaha I am printing myself that crown and I will be wearing it tomorrow! The kids will love it. Well Leni will trash it but Ari will think it’s cool.

    • You totally need that crown in your life! You are after all the Queen of the house! Hope you and your little prince and princess have a magical day! x

  • Love the articles of Feng Shui! 🙂 And the Belinda Cheesecake looked delicious! Hope you’ve had a great weekend! 🙂

    • How pretty was that cheesecake?! I think there is a lot of work to do at our place in the Feng Shui Department! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

  • So many great links! I work from home a lot (even though my office is literally 150 metres up the road, I don’t have a kitchen there and tend to only be there when I have meetings/am running courses/need to get away!) and it definitely takes discipline, however, I wouldn’t change it for the world!

    • I have the attention span of a gnat so working/studying from home does have it’s distractions, but like you, I wouldn’t change it for the world! It’s such a treat!

  • I hope you had a great trip away & a fab run today.
    I big happy bday to your Nan.
    As for the M word I’m not a fan unless used to explain cake then I’m all go it 😜

    • The run was hard yakka but the Malteser cheesecake I had after dinner kind of made it worth it! I think cakes that are described with the ‘M’ word are cakes of the best kind! Hope you had a marvellous Mother’s Day xx

  • I am not a fan of the M word because to me it seems onomatopoeiac!

  • I tried Feng Shui for a while in my previous home and… finally found it too difficult to apply. Thanks for the freezable smoothies. This is cool. You can use your thermy to defreeze? I would love you to write about the slowcooker versus the thermy. Could you do that to help me? to choose… xx cathy

    • I pick and choose with the Feng Shui I can manage! As for the slow cooker and thermie, I love them both for different things. I tend to cook bigger meals and batch cook in the slow cooker and things that I need more quickly in the thermie. I love them both, though! x