July 7, 2015 by Joanne T Ferguson
Well, I think it is, as life to me is really simple!
My dad instilled in me the wonderful life philosophy that life is simply too short not to enjoy and have fun!
How much fun is the Say G’day Party each week?
I would like to truly thank each and every person who stops by and says G’day, shares their exciting submissions, whether new or old, and most make a new friend along the way!
It gives me great pleasure in hosting the party each week, as I am genuinely enjoying the interaction and the party is all about YOU!
It has also evolved into the party I had envisioned it to be and it can only get better from here!
So, let’s see whose submissions have caught my eye and why!
When I was little, I grew up on the beach in Queens, New York; yes Nanny Fine country for those who are from my vintage and remember the television show!
When I saw Lemon Cupcakes are just Beachy by good friend Evelyn from Cheap Ethnic Eatz, I just had to smile! Evelyne drew me in with her opening lines from her blog post: “As you get older you realize that one of the most important things in life is being well surrounded by people you love. Or to keep certain people close enough to you that they are willing to plan a huge party for you. Just kidding!”
Seriously, how cute are Evelyn’s cupcakes?
Again, from the Best of Long Island and Central Florida, Linda’s Blueberry Orange Juice Bread (a 25 year old family recipe via Just a Taste) reminded me of wonderful childhood food memories when people used to actual take time to visit other people. I grew up in an exclusively Jewish neighborhood and also around old world Greek and old world Italian families where eating and talking, or was it talking and eating, were always highlighted. Bread and cakes played an important part in the cultures and I was constantly reminded, “to eat more!”; which I happily obliged!
If you are looking for a restaurant quality dish to cook at home, look no further than Patty from Cooking on a Budget‘s Butter-Basted Pork Chops with Thyme!
I think we have established through my recent blog post that “everything tastes better with butter!” I also enjoy reading Patty’s Did You Know Questions and was amused when asked, “Did you know that pigs are the 4th most intelligent animals?”
I wonder which animals are 1st, 2nd and 3rd? Perhaps Patty can enlighten me?
I honestly could not take my eye off of Joy from Yesterfood‘s Chocolate Pecan Zucchini Cake! Does this one “tick all the boxes for you?” Healthy…delicious…nutritious…nutty! I loved when Joy shared: “This is the time of year for all things zucchini. I love it raw, baked, grilled, steamed….but I especially love it grated into this delicious cake.” Hands up, who wants to bake this now?
Trader Joe’s is a local neighborhood store scattered around in the States that stocks “amazing foods and drinks from around the world.” As of April of this year, they have 457 stores! When I saw Joy from Joy Love Food‘s Rainbow Carrot Slaw with Ginger Sesame Dressing made from organic carrots bought at Trader Joes, I YELLED, “YES PLEASE!” What a colorfully, healthy and delicious salad and as Joy shared this: “is a great dish for a summer barbeque, potluck or picnic.”
Cake decorating is truly an art and one needs heaps of patience and talent; one I may possess, the other I may need to work on! lol Needless to say when I saw Scrumptilicious 4 You! shared her Pretty in Pink Ombre Cake that she made for her mum’s 83rd birthday, with a tear in my eye, I was gobsmacked aka astonished in a good way! Well done and by the smile on her mum’s face on her blog post, it looked like she LOVED it too!
I have previously made mention that I grew up on a beach in New York and to me, there was nothing better than giggling away playing with the “piss clams”
(CLICK HERE IN CASE YOU MISSED THE STORY) and collecting shells as memories of the days that were “happy and carefree!” When I saw Christine from Foody Smoody‘s Sip Your Summer Snapple Keepsake Craft, I just stared and stared and stared and wondered if any of those shells had previously met me? lol
Did you know the Say G’day Party welcomes and encourages people to not only submit recipes, but DIY projects and tutorials?
For those readers who are, um, about my vintage would remember the scratch and sniff cards which I used to collect and loved when I was little!
When I saw Liz from Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard‘s Apple and Custard Scrolls (Thermomix Method Included), let’s not tell Liz I scratched the screen and could actually smell these scrolls! The Thermomix method is now on my list! One word? YUM! YUM! YUM! YUM! Okay, that was four, but technically only one word, eh?
I have a secret about the next feature! Okay, so it’s no longer a secret, but I bet it is something that most of you reading this perhaps might not know! My good friend Jas from All That’s Jas‘ Spinach and Cheese Pie caught my eye right away! Growing up around old world Greek families, this was “a must have” when experiencing visiting any Greek home and my mother used to cringe when I was offered a second or third piece, I thought it was “hospitable” to say yes! lol So what’s the secret? Jas was on TV!!! Feel free to watch (CLICK HERE) where Jas not only made this dish, but other beautiful and wonderful cultural dishes! Psst…Jas…really enjoyed watching you on TV!
Last and certainly not least is Winnie from Something Sweet Winnie’s Blog where her Three-Flavor Eclair Cake JUMPED out at me! Winnie is extremely talented when it comes to baked goods and this cake is no exception! I hope Winnie will not cringe when I share chocolate eclairs have always been very special to me! I used to enjoy them with orange juice for breakfast and it was one of the few times I ever remember my dad using my mother’s first name and “suggesting” she better speak to HER daughter about what is good to eat for breakfast!” Psst…Winnie…I would enjoy this for breakfast too and think if I enjoyed it the afternoon (called arvo in Aussie lingo) or for dinner, than it must be someone’s breakfast time in the world eh?
I would like to include two special mentions with Christine from A Sprinkle of This and That with her Smoky Sweet Blueberry BBQ sauce and Michelle from Our Crafty Mom: Coastal Decorating in the Dining Room for their interesting submissions that perked my curiosity! Well done!
Go on, it is all about fun….REALLY!
Do you think life is really about sharing and fun?
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