Is Life Really About Sharing and Fun


July 7, 2015 by Joanne T Ferguson

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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 JasSpinach 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!

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If you had to choose JUST ONE, which ONE would it be?

Go on, it is all about fun….REALLY!

Do you think life is really about sharing and fun?

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41 thoughts on “Is Life Really About Sharing and Fun

  1. XmasDolly says:

    Oh yes, definitely going to pin this one! I’m already following all your social networks. Thanks for sharing, and I’d love to stay and chat, but I’m talking yum, yummy and nummers! Got to see which one I’m going to try now for Sunday breakfast. Woo Hoo! Thank you!

  2. The carrot slaw and blueberry bbq sauce sound like things I would love. I need to try them both as soon as possible! YUM!

  3. I couldn’t really read past the “butter-basted pork chops with thyme”. Omg that looks fricken amazing! But really everything looks good. I can’t wait to try some of them out!

  4. So many great features, those lemon cupcakes are too cute! Thanks so much for including my Rainbow Carrot Slaw with Ginger Sesame Dressing!

  5. Those Lemon cupcakes distracted me. lol I have going to try that one!

  6. These all look great! I am very intrigued by the chocolate zucchini cake – I love zucchini and it makes everything so moist (plus adds a secret vegetable into the cake).

  7. These all look fun and amazing! Thanks so much for sharing these with us! Happy Wednesday!

  8. Meagan says:

    These all look amazing and it so much fun sharing to get more good recipes and ideas! All of these dishes are mouthwatering. Can’t wait to try them!

  9. That eclair cake by Winnie got me too, Joanne! I find myself at her blog every week, hitting “translate” and drooling over her unique creations! Linky parties like yours are so much fun to peruse…and participate in, when I remember to! (I promise I’ll try to remember this week, lol!)

  10. Angie@chasingmyhalo says:

    This link up sounds like a blast! I’m definitely going to check out some of those posts. I am in love with Trader Joe’s, and when I saw the rainbow carrots the other day that were also organic, I squealed internally with joy!

  11. Life is too short not to be happy. The blueberry BBQ sauce looks really tasty and can really add flavor to food.

  12. Those are some amazing sounding posts. I love to look at linkys and parties for new recipe ideas and DIY crafts. Especially with new holiday recipes that are always popping up, I have to be careful on Pinterest though I could get sucked into that for hours!

  13. That was the hardest post to get through…why? because I kept clicking on all of the amazing recipes and stories. There are a few I am ready to make for dinner tomorrow. Thanks so much. Loved the post!

  14. Life truly is about sharing and having fin, I was taught that too growing up. Loving the look of that blueberry BBQ sauce which I would love to give try one day.

  15. Oooo blueberry bbq sauce sounds pretty tasty. Tmi so need to try this before summer ends. Sounds too yummy!

  16. Thanks for including me in this Joanne. I’m so glad I could give you a bit of nostalgia w/ my keepsake bottle. My kids are still loving it, collecting rocks and shells as we putter through summer!

  17. dia says:

    All these items are truly inspirational. The stories behind these bake goods make me want to think about what where some of the popular places that I use to go to as a kid. All these would be great at any event/party.

  18. chbernard says:

    Wow there are so many wonderful links included in this post! I agree life is way too short not to have fun! Thanks for sharing this awesome and yummy post with us!

  19. Yuuum!! All of these recipes sound absolutely delicious, I can’t wait to try some out. The orange juice blueberry bread sounds really intriguing. Since it’s gotten so hot, I usually avoid baking but I’ll give some of these a shot!

  20. theninjabaker says:

    Mmmm. I think you have picked the creme de la creme, Joanne. Love Evelyne’s blog and have pinned accordingly =) What wonderful memories you must have growing up in the culturally rich (and delicious!!) Jewish and Italian neighborhoods of NYC.

  21. What a fun post! Thank you for sharing all these wonderful links, Joanne! You know I love Say G’day Saturday and I always enjoy these highlight posts too!

  22. Everything sounds delicious.I want to try all of them, but I don’t know where to strat.

  23. So honored once again to be showcased and with so many other wonderful contributions. Thank you for these parties!

  24. schulmanart says:

    Love these selections and how you chose them based on personal connection! The chocolate pecan zucchini cake is an interesting combo.

  25. Michele says:

    Although I think I might be a bit older then you I remember growing up in a town half Jewish and half Italian with a couple of others sprinkled in–Mange–there are people starving in other parts of the world–don’t you like my cooking–take a little more–yes it is in New York!! Seconds, thirds? Who is counting? Certainly not our Mothers–we always seemed to be san parents when eating at friends houses!

  26. Jeannette says:

    Wow – there is really some yumminess in this post and it makes me want to head in my kitchen and get to cooking! Thanks for sharing so much inspiration this week!

    • I agree with you! I got hungry just looking at the photos and reading the names of each food. Makes me want to head to the kitchen and start cooking, but It is 2 am where I am.

  27. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. You have given me so many new things to try and I love to bake.

  28. Where do I even start? LOVE how you shared your memories with each feature, Joann! Some made me giggle, some made me tear up. Amazing! I feel so blessed to “know” you and can only hope that faith will bring our paths together and that I can meet you in person. I didn’t know you grew up in New York! Why did you move to Australia, the land of my dreams? Hugs and blessings!

  29. All of these recipes sound delicious. I have to try and make some of these now for summer gatherings.

  30. So much deliciousness today! So many recipes to try – I am going to have a very happy family around the table if I can perfect even one of these. Thank you for sharing!

  31. Joanne, first thanks for featuring my pork chops and second I’d have to check my facts, but in the animal kingdom I think elephants rank up there too!

  32. Thanks so much for the special mention Joanne! I love reading what you write! Always puts a smile on my face. 🙂 Have a great week!

  33. What a delicious list of blogger recipes!

  34. Elizabeth says:

    Awww Thank you for yoru kind words 🙂 and yes those apple and custard scrolls are one of my favs 🙂
    Liz xxx

  35. Winnie says:

    Thank you so very much Joanne not only for featuring my Three-Flavor Eclair Cake but for your sweet words!!
    ❤ ❤

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