…that’s what little girls are made of. And lets be honest, whether we are 6 or 30-something or 70-something we all like sweet, pretty things, you know it’s true.
Things and Stuff and More Things Thursday is brought to you this week by a couple of sweet links a SABH announcement and a Christmas gift flash-back.
Up first the food:
- I remember years ago being told that you could grow a pineapple from the crown. Turns out it’s true, no joke. Check out these step by step instructions from Tickled Red. HOW COOL IS THAT???!!! Now to find somewhere in Sydney that doesn’t cut the crown off before the pineapples make it to the store…
- If you know me in real life you know I am a font of useless information, so while we are on the subject of pineapple, here’s one of those little nuggets… you can tell if a pineapple is ripe by pulling gently on one of the leaves in the centre of the crown, if it comes out easily it’s ripe. Now to find somewhere in Sydney that doesn’t cut the crown off before the pineapples make it to the store… have I said that before?
- You must suspend everything you were taught about strawberries for this next one. Take the strawberries of your childhood – red flesh, white seeds – and pull a Michael Jackson on them [yep, I just went there]. Meet the Pineberry.
The press all claims that this is what you get when you cross a pineapple and a strawberry. Of course they didn’t really cross a pineapple and a strawberry, that would be like crossing a Great Dane and a Chihuahua, but apparently there are white strawberries in this world and they taste like pineapple. Either rescued from extinction by Dutch farmers in Africa or simply a result of cross-breeding into brilliant tasty hybrids they are pretty cool. Whatever the case, you can now get them from a fancy chain grocery store for a few pounds a punnet during a short time each spring in the UK. Don’t we love commercialism, and when will they be available in Australia thanks.
Sweet Adventure’s Blog Hop – Febuary Adventure Announced!
This month’s theme is ‘Love at First Bite‘.
Whether you adore all things Valentine’s Day and cover your house in hearts, abhor the commercialisation of the event and have a thing for Vampires instead, or maybe just love the colour red, do what speaks from the heart – or the bite for that matter – and link-up a dessert for the ‘Love at First Bite’ #SABH!
The link-up opens at 9am [Sydney time] on Monday 20 February 2012. Our lovely hostess this month is Nic from Dining With a Stud, you can pop over to her site and read more about the hop. As an added bonus for this month only we are opening the hop to any post fitting the theme which has gone live during the entire month of February! Don’t forget to stop by the Sweet Adventure’s site to find out more about the hostesses, like us on Facebook or say hi over at Twitter.
Now for a quick taste of some lovely sugar and spice Christmas gifts from this past year…
When we saw these gorgeous paper fairy-light lanterns there was no question that Ms K was getting them for Christmas. Ultimately useless? Yep. Pretty and fun? Most definitely.
They have been subsequently attached around the edge of her bed with hooks meant to hold fairy-lights on gutters – genius! Will try to get a pic of them in-situ next visit!
My mother-in-law is hard to buy for simply because she is of an age that she has pretty much everything she needs. We usually take her out for lunch or treat her to a spa voucher for various holidays and birthdays. The minute I saw this tea cup I knew that it was going to be her gift this year. Throw in a box of English Breakfast Tea and we were done in a flash.
I adore this outfit we got for my niece Ms G.
The pattern on the fabric, the eyelet on the sleeves – everything about it. Can’t wait to see her in it!
A quick collection of things I got from various family members – hummm, think there is much of a theme? If you aren’t hungry for Cake! now you will be in a moment…
And finally, after wooing us with ‘sugar and spice’, the nursery rhyme continues on to brand little boys as being made of ‘frogs and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails’… this charmer however [you may remember him from here and here] is anything but… watch out ladies!
We were lucky enough to spend some time with him – and his lovely parents of course – over the Christmas holidays. I may want to go on holidays again. As soon as possible thanks.