Nov 4, 2016

Friday Drinks #3: Bucket Lists, Arnott's Assorted Creams and Vale My Favourite Yoghurt.

Starting off today's Friday Drinks post with a new drink I'm not sure I'll ever be drinking on any day of the week, let alone Friday to be honest.

Coke Ginger??  I wonder where marketing got the idea for this from?  A unique twist on limited edition Christmas products?  A comeback to pumpkin spice from head office in North America?  A flavour that could potentially work for the Asian market for Chinese New Year?  Nailing (or not quite nailing) Christmas and New Years in the one product?  A guilt free treat for women with morning sickness who're also craving a full fat coke?  So many plausible theories but I'm still not game enough to try.

Do you have a bucket list?  Is it full of ambitious goals like going sky diving, sailing around the world or going to the birthplace of someone you idolise?  I do and it's not.  Something I've always wanted to do is to deliver a hand written letter on foot.  In this age of emails and messaging apps, corresponding with a friend via a handwritten note or card is in danger of become extinct.  But not redundant.  Cards and letters are such special things to receive.  Not only for their contents but also because it's hard not to imagine the sender going through the whole process of selecting paper and pen before composing their sentences and then writing them down.  I used to have actual pen pals back in the day which might explain all this passion and emotion.

Back to the bucket list.  I happened to receive a card by mistake this week.  All the way from New Zealand and intended for someone who lives down the road from me.  I put my detective trainers on and took along my detective take away coffee this morning and dropped the card off into its rightful letterbox.

La Esmerelda

It's going to be a weekend spent in the great outdoors.  I hope the weather gets the memo.  On Saturday, Preschooler SSG and I are going to visit the Esmeralda, a four masted tall ship that belongs the Chilean Navy.  It sailed into Sydney Thursday morning via Vaucluse.  La Esmeralda is going to be in Sydney for a few days and will be docked at Garden Island.  I've managed to get tickets for a tour on board for tomorrow afternoon.  It's going to be amazing.  Even as someone who's not exactly an avid sailor or maritime history buff, the boat is a breathtaking sight to behold and I understand that only a few of these ships still remain in existence throughout the world.

SSG Manor 2.0 is slowly but surely becoming my mother's house.  Behold the recycling that's going on here with our empty Danish Butter Cookie tins.  Except that at home, the tins housed all the sewing gear.

It's been awhile, Arnott's Assorted Creams.  Shortbread Cream, it's especially nice to see you again.  Except that you seem to taste a bit lemony these days and you're not so buttery in the shortbread department.  By the way, weren't Lemon Crisps in the assortment as well at some point?

More of my mother's house creeping in at my place.  A paper towel is better than nothing if you're too lazy to use a plate....

via Twitter
Before I go, some saddish news.  It's over for my favourite Chobani.  I was officially informed via Twitter today that the reason I can't find tubs of lightly sweetened 2% at Woolies anymore is because it's been discontinued due to poor sales.  I'm still struggling to understand how this could be the case.

Do you have a favourite from Arnott's Assorted Creams selection?

Did your childhood sewing kit live in a recycled Danish Butter Cookie tin?


  1. What i want to know is how everyone started putting their sewing stuff in Danish cookie tins back in the day? They didn't have Pinterest afterall, how did they all know to do it! I mean ... why not a sewing box?

    We did actually eat the Danish cookies but you could never be quite sure what you were going to find inside. Almost always buttons!

  2. Yes I have my grandmas sewing kits - in now very old biscuit tins. An even older one containing buttons - in what I think was a toffee tin. As I type that it occurs to me that I don't think I have ever used any of these inherited buttons - but can't imagine ever throwing them out!


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