The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #76

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Welcome to the weekend friends! Did you have a wonderful week? The Birthday Festival is in full swing, so my week has been full of fun and my belly is full of dumplings. It’s a very good state of affairs, I have to say.

A Birthday Festival isn’t a Birthday Festival without bubbles and there has been plenty of those too. I like my champagne in a glass, thanks very much, but if you want to eat your bubbles rather than drink them, you’ll want to check out these 9 awesome champagne recipes to French up your lifeOh la la!

Talking of special days, today is Corn Fritter Day. Now David will be pleased because corn fritters are his favourite cafe thing in the whole wide world… But he won’t be eating any today because we’re going to our friend Cathy’s who is visiting from France for a Breton crepe fest for a bit of belated Bastille Day bonhomie. But back to the corn fritters, who needs cafe cooked when you can make your own at home? I  have some sour cream in the fridge so I rather fancy these Chilli and Sour Cream Corn Fritters. That said, these Cheesy Corn Fritters with Tomato and Avocado Salsa  are also calling my name. However, f you want to take things up a notch in the fritter department, you might want to check out these Lobster, Bacon and Corn Fritters with Jalapeno Honey Aioli. Be still my fritter loving beating heart!

Somedays, I can eat the frog and get down to business, but on others, I can procrastinate like a boss. I’m sure to turn my procrastination to productivity with these tips for how to stop procrastinating.

Talking about  procrastinating, I’m very good at procrastinating about housework. Except of course if I know someone is coming over and I rush around the house like a whirling dervish. I think I’m going to have to embrace the notion of scruffy hospitality because after all, as a wise man once said, hospitality “is not a house inspection, it’s friendship.”

I’m loving these practical tips on how to stop buying stuff you don’t need. More to the point, I  know my credit card and my cluttered cupboards will love me for it.

I  remember seeing this April Fool’s documentary when I was a kid and it was all about how spaghetti grew on trees. Well, that was a total wind up but the way these 21 fruits and veggies grow have to be seen to be believed! I’ll never look at a cashew the same way again!

Remember Jess, our trusty co-pilot in the early days of the Rabbit Hole? Her Instagram feed is one of the prettiest I ever did see and she’s sharing her Instagram photography tips and tricks. While you’re at it, you should definitely take a look at her stationery store. It’s 100% swoon!

I know it’s a rabbit hole, but I can’t end the adventure without a feel good dog story and this one is one of my all time favourites. Meet Lulu the therapy dog who brings comfort at a New York funeral home. 

So tell me, what’s on your weekend agenda? Are you a corn fritter fan too? What do you excel at – procrastinating or eating the frog? How do you feel about scruffy hospitality? Yay or nay? Am I the only one who buys more than they need?!  Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope it warms the cockles of your heart. See you on the other side!

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 The Geeky Shopaholic. 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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  • Happy birthday! Hope the Birthday Festival continues into this fabulous weekend. Enjoy! I look forward to reading some of these great links 🙂

  • Sounds like a wonderful week, dumplings and lots of birthday celebrations! Hope you’re having a great weekend and enjoying your birthday! 🙂

    I should check out some of those corn fritter links – they are a good way to sneak in veggies for the toddler but I almost always burn them a bit, there must be a secret I’m missing.

    Thanks for the link up.

    • At this rate the birthday festival will be going long and hard til the end of July, but as we both have birthdays this month, we feel obliged to celebrate twice as much! I always burn my fritters too, which is why David always orders them out!

  • I love corn fritters and I will be a day too late for your crepe session with Cathy ,sounds like it will be fun. My heart goes out to France at the moment. I look forward to seeing you later in the week. xx

    • I tried to watch the news but I couldn’t deal so I just put my emotional raincoat on instead. The world has gone mad, or at least a few people have. Can’t wait to see you – bon voyage! PS Bring your woolies, it’s chilly, Billy!

  • merilyn

    thankyou sammie!
    those two bunnies are too cute! … adorable!
    i’m glad you’ve had a great birthday festival hun!
    i’ll check out your favourites lovely! … it’s great that your friend cathy is here with her family!
    I was so devastated to here the news about NICE yesterday! another hideous atrocity!
    NICE is such a beautiful city! I think when you’ve been to a place it brings it home more powerfully! … so sad!
    PEACE! … much love m:)X

    • I have had to put my emotional raincoat on – I just can’t deal, M! And did you know my nana was half French and she had loads of aunts who all lived in Nice. I never went but I totally get what you mean when you say it brings it home more when it’s a place you’ve been to. I think this Mother Teresa quote sums it up nicely, “I can’t change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” I think it’s time to start casting our stones with wild abandon. Hope your weekend is full of peace and love xx

  • So glad that you’re enjoying your birthday week and all of the champagne – have an extra glass or two for me {I miss champagne so much – does that make me sound slightly alcoholic?}. I also love corn fritters. I think that they would have to be one of my favourite things to order for breakfast. And I have definitely been working on cutting down on buying stuff that we do not need {especially seeing as our house is smaller in Sydney and we are adding in an extra person}.

    • You’ll be able to drink champagne soon enough and when you really have something to celebrate! It doesn’t make you sound alcoholic at all, just a lover of bubbles and when it comes to champagne, what’s not to love?! Hope you have a cracker of a weekend x

  • Happy birthday, I’m a fan of partying for as many days and nights that your age is for your birthday.

    Corn fritters make me happy too, I’ll have to try that lobster version, sounds yum.
    I’m always buying to much stuff, so I’m going back to take a good look at that link.
    Love Those Insta tips from Jess too.

    Happy festival of you lovely xx

    • I love that theory about partying for as many days as your number! We are still going strong, with celebrations planned right until the end of the month but because there are two of us, we figure we have to party twice as hard! You’re quite the dab hand with insta yourself, lady! Hope you have a beautiful weekend! x

  • LydiaCLee

    I like the sound of how to french up your life…all I need is 9 champagnes. Do you mean glasses or bottles? 😉

    • Just the 9 recipes 🙂 I would hedge your bets and get the 9 bottles and whatever bubbles you don’t use to cook, you can drink! Win, win! Hope your weekend is full of bubbles not troubles!

  • jess

    Belly full of dumplings…now isn’t that just the most beautiful sentence?? Great links as usual, off to get reading!

  • Enjoy your birthday week, sounds like you’ve got a great weekend planned x

  • Happy birthday, enjoy the celebrations!

  • Many happy returns for your birthday week! I love corn fritters, thanks for sharing a few recipes for me to try. Lots of great links this week Sammie. Thanks for hosting. Have a fabulous weekend.

  • Sammie is there such a thing as a bad fritter?! Hope you are enjoying your crepes! So many great links here. My spending has been drastically curtailed partly because we now only have one income and partly because now I have a very small allowance that I can blow on whatever. Which while it sounds mean is actually perfect that way we have been able to cut up and pay off all the credit cards and we now no longer have any other debt except our mortgage. It is certainly hard work to do it and it was an incredibly big deal but it is working and we also have savings!! My hubby had never wanted any part of the finances but turns out he is much better at sticking to a budget than I am xoxo

    • Yay for budgets! There’s something really liberating about not having a credit card, isn’t there? And you’re right, there is definitely no such thing as a bad fritter!

  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connect

    happy birthday lovely lady. I love my bubbly too but then again there is not much I don’t love

    • Thanks gorgeous, it was last week but the fun hasn’t stopped yet! It’s always a good day for bubbles, don’t you think?!

  • I love that the birthday festival continues. Huge fan or corn fritters. Very popular in this house. Will have to check out these alternate recipes. I so needed that post on buying stuff you don’t need! Happy wkend lovely xx

    • There’s no sign of the birthday festival fun stopping anytime soon… Hope your weekend is full of fun, corn fritters and good times xx

  • Hooray for birthday festivals! I must admit that I have never ever heard of the term “eating the frog”! I learnt something new this weekend 🙂 Have a good one and please say a big hello to Cathy. I’m looking forward to meeting her in person when she wings her way to Perth in September! xx

    • It’s always fun to learn something new, isn’t it? We had such a fun time with Cathy – you’re in for a treat! x

  • I tend to eat the frog when I get a lot closer to deadlines. Also much better at eating other people’s frogs, than my own 🙂

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  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Happiest of birthday festivals to you!! Hehe Sammie I have so many tabs open right now after clicking on most of yours! And wow thank you for including me. I get so chuffed about that! 😀

    • Hee hee! Is there such a things as too many tabs open?! I don’t think so! I loved your fritters – when I was researching the recipes, I knew you’d have something delicious to offer! Hope you had an ace weekend!

  • Corn fritters are mighty fine and I love the sound of salsa and guacamole style!

  • Thank you for the remind to read Jess’s interview on Fat Mum Slim. I saw it earlier in the week and was going back to it…but forgot…UNTIL NOW! 😀 Yum, crepes. I bet they were delicious.