The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #73

Ultimate Rabbit Hole 73

Greetings and welcome to the Rabbit Hole! I’ve had an action packed week and am looking forward to an action packed weekend but before the fun starts, let’s hop on down the rabbit hole! Have I got some cracking links for you!

Tomorrow, June 26 is National Chocolate Pudding day. Now if you like your chocolate pudding cold, as in like yogo, I have you covered with my Thermomix Chocolate Yogo but if you’re after something a little different, then how about this twist on an old classic, Double Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies? Now, I don’t know about you, but that’s my kind of cookie.

Still, on the subject of chocolate pudding, my Slow Cooker Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding was mentioned as one of 10 superfood slow cooker recipes to keep you warm this winter. Now let’s not kid ourselves here, chocolate pudding is not a superfood, but it is a super food and it will definitely keep you warm this winter. It will also  fill you up with delicious. I guarantee it.

I think we might be putting the Christmas tree up this weekend because that’s how we roll on the last weekend before July. As both me, David and my mum have birthdays within a week of each other in July, I like to make it a triple celebration. All the birthday presents go under the tree and I am like a kid at Christmas but with thrice the excitement because I love other people’s birthdays as much as my own. A 365 day trip around the sun – that’s something worth celebrating! Anyways, that’s our little family’s family tradition. I might have to take a leaf or a photo out of Kristy’s book because her anniversary tradition is the cutest. I’m loving her tips on how to create your own family tradition and I’m thinking Sarah’s 70 birthday letters as a tablecloth is a tradition everyone will want to keep, if only for special birthdays/occasions.

Was it only last week we were talking about etiquette? These 21 etiquette tips from a royal butler are pure gold. My favourite is number 4, that women can wear a tiara indoors after 6pm. I wore a tiara on my wedding day so I’m looking forward to dusting it off and giving it a new lease of life over dinner each night!

Still on the subject of etiquette, my friend used to teach in China and she told me how wearing your PJs around town was a sign of status. I cannot lie, I do sometimes spend entire days in my PJs (especially my Frozen ones because I love them too much to take them off,) but I have never been out in my jammies, unless going to collect a delivery from the mailman counts as “out.” If you’re keen to wear your PJs in public, be sure to check out these tips on how to pull of the pajama trend. And when I say pajama trend, I don’t think Toy Story and Frozen PJs were what the author had in mind! Too bad!

My feet are always itchy but these days when I travel, I want to do so for the fun of it not because I have to work for it. That said, I loved this list of 20 jobs that let you travel the worldI’ve actually done two of them!

Oh and let’s not forget some puppy love, let’s wrap this rabbit hole up with 5 heartwarming stories that prove a dog is man’s best friend or woman’s best friend come to that too.

Now before I go, I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is that today we have to say goodbye to our trusty co-pilot Shannon, who has decided to step back a little from her blog due to work/family commitments. While I’m snivelling into my tissue, you might want to bob on over and show her one last bit of rabbit hole love. However, where there’s yin, there’s yang and the good news is that the awesome Paula from the Geeky Shopaholic is going to join us for more rabbit hole adventures. FYI, Paula is like a virtual treasure hunter, all the links she finds are pure GOLD!

Hope your weekend is like my Christmas tree, big, beautiful and full of glitter! Have a good one, peeps!

So tell me, have you got a favourite super food or a favourite slow cooker recipe, or even better, both? Do you have any family traditions? What’s your favourite royal etiquette tip? Would you wear PJs in public? Have you ever worked and travelled? What did you do and where did you go? Are you putting your Christmas tree up this weekend? If not, what are you doing instead?!

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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  • Oh I should never have read that fog stories link – dogs greeting soldiers always make me sob, but I can never stop watching the videos when I see them!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend and are staying cosy!

  • I don’t want to keep warm this winter!!!! I want to be warm in summer!!! And eat icecream!!! Lots of them! xx cathy

    • Today it was freezing (by my standards!) I felt like an extra on ‘Frozen’!

      • If you froze, I certainly will! I’m always cold. Hopefully it’ s raining all the time here so we are glad to leave! xx – 17 days!!!!

  • writeofthemiddle

    One of my most favourite things about winter is using my slow cooker. I make lots and lots of different soups but have found a whole heap of new slow cooker recipes to try out this winter – can’t wait! 🙂

    • I am totally obsessed with my slow cooker. Mostly I make casseroles and curries but I’m developing some new recipes that I can’t wait to share on the blog soon! The slow cooker is definitely my favourite winter kitchen accessory!

  • merilyn

    all good! thanks sammie!
    this will keep me off the streets and warm inside! … always full of treats down the rabbit hole!
    and you always know what to celebrate! … chocolate pudding day! … you are such a delight!
    happy birthday to you guys! … that is a lovely tradition!
    sarah from tomfo has great ideas! … that one is gold!
    have a lovely weekend hun! much love m:)X

    • I might have to whip up a chocolate pudding to celebrate! Sarah has the best ideas, I can’t wait to check out what she has for us this week! I hope you stay warm and toasty this weekend. It’s so chilly, Billy! Mwah xx

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  • Oh those beautiful dogs, there is something so special about them, I had tears in my eyes.

    Thanks for linking up my 70 letters as a tablecloth, we are all still talking about it. Have an awesome time setting up that Christmas tree and happy birthday festival.

    I’m off to check out those slow cooker ideas one of my favourite things about winter.
    Happy weekend lovely X

    • I loved your 70 letters so much. I know you shouldn’t wish your life away but I can’t wait for one of my beloveds to have an “0” birthday so I can do something similar! I think your peeps will be talking about that tablecloth for some time to come. I’ve been recipe testing an amazing Beef and Red Wine number in the slow cooker – stay tuned for the recipe. Have an ace weekend, lovely!

  • What a cheerful wake up this blog post is each Saturday Sammie! Thank you so much. Big shout out to Shannon too for her lovely support and being here on the team. Welcome to Paula. Denyse

  • jess

    I’ve never done Christmas in July, but considering its all cold I think it would be lovely! Such a nice change to the stinking hot Aussie Xmas.

    • The irony is I’m Jewish – LOL! I love putting the birthday presents under the tree and seeing the Christmas lights twinkling on winter nights just feels so right! 8 years of Aussie Christmas and I’m still not used to the heat!

  • I think I would like to host a Christmas in July party {although probably not this year – as I have a little too much on my plate}. I would also like to wear my p.j’s out in public…as my pregnant belly gets bigger, everything gets uncomfortable – except p.j’s, but I don’t think I can do it.

    • I do all the decorating for Christmas in July but none of the entertaining because it’s too hard and I’m too lazy. As much as I love my PJs, I couldn’t wear them out and if I did I’d no doubt be arrested by the fashion police! Hope the move went well x

  • I’m going to pretend I didn’t see that space between super and food!

  • I loveeeeeeee that you put a Christmas tree up for Christmas in July! I am a Christmas loving girl so I would happily have Christmas all year round – it’s my happy time!

    Thanks for sharing my post, beautiful! <3

    • Me too. I would totally have the tree up all year if I could, but David feels he has to draw the line somewhere! I loved your post, it was way too good not to share 🙂

  • Those butler tips are gold! But I have to say I disagree with #10. Its jam first, then cream!! But I shall be waiting tomorrow morning for my ‘calling tray’, wearing my tiara!! Ha! Loved Sarah’s tablecloth what a genius idea! My hubby.. back in his Bach days had a permanent christmas tree up. It became a theme tree with decorations switched out depending on the occasion ie australia day, Australian open, state or origin, easter etc. When I moved in that dusty tree was swiftly taken down!!

    Thanks for your lovely words too hun. Sad to be leaving as co-host but thankfully I’ll still be here… just on the other side! Miss you gals already! Xx

    • I must admit I was a bit surprised about the jam and the cream! I’m pleased you’re going to join me on the tiara train! I love that your hubby had a tree all year round, that’s my idea of heaven! Miss you already xx

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    I haven’t been out in my jammies before but I did accidently pick the kids up from school in my bedsocks and slippers the other day. The only saving grace was there were so many others there wearing ugg boots because it was so freaking cold! I hope you get to have a rest sometime soon x

    • It’s been freezing, hasn’t it? I think bedsocks and slippers are perfectly legit school run attire in winter 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • No to te Jammies Sammie but I have worked and as a chef freelance and also with a tour compamny so you can add that one to the list….happy weekend

  • Thank you Sammie! I’m so excited to be co-hosting with you all! 🙂

  • My Mum would ‘scold’ me if I went out in public in my jammies – and at 81 she’s still pretty scary when she gets her scowl on I’m tellin ya!!! Great links as always. I’ll pop over and give Shannon some love. Xx

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Ooh love these links! And thank you for posting my one. I think you deserve a tiara and a calling tray every day! 😀

  • I’m pretty new to my slow cooker but some beef and veggies thrown in seem to work excellently so far.

  • I can completely see you at dinner with your tiara. Can you wear it dining out too?? I can’t believe it is Tuesday already!! xx

    • I guess one can wear one’s tiara out if one wanted to but I think some things are best left indoors. Just sayin’!