Dec 21, 2017

Lovin' Life 21/12/2017: Joy In My World.

We're getting just a little bit excited here at SSG Manor 2.0.

Boxes on lists are being ticked off at a cracking pace as we get to the pointy end of the countdown to Christmas.  

My mum and dad fly in tonight to stay with us and provisions have been bought.

Sorry dad, couldn't get that 'proper' brand of Hokkien noodles you like.

Our traditional massive Chinese restaurant pre-Christmas dinner has been booked, the Peking Duck pre-ordered and the waist-friendly outfit selected.  This Camilla kaftan has served me well through that one time I went through the third and fourth trimesters 5 years ago and it's making a comeback this year in as good as new condition.  Might be a sign that I need to peruse DJ's collection of Camilla during the post-Christmas sales.  Strictly online only...  I'm not that crazy.

Guess what this is?  It's a pineapple upside down cheesecake and Delish reckon that it's a dupe for The Cheesecake Factory's offering.

You will need all of the above plus some salt and a half dozen eggs.

In true Delish style, there are many shortcuts in this recipe from using a packet cake mix to melting the butter for the upside down pineapple layer in the tin in the oven.

Drying tinned pineapple rings on kitchen towel.  Is there anything more retro-fabulous?

You can never stud an upside down cake with too many glace cherries.  I ate the rest of what I had for a very sugary breakfast.

My tip is to follow the advice of comments on Delish's webpage and to bake the cheesecake in a water bath.  Just be sure to wrap the bottom of the tin in several layers of alfoil.  Amazingly, the pre-baked cake layer didn't get soggy or burned from being baked again with the cheesecake filling.  I'm pleasantly surprised that my cheesecake turned out as fluffy as it did and with minimal cracking on top.  I was a bit hasty in removing it from the springform tin though so there's a bit of dodgy business around the edge as you can see.  Nothing a bit of tinsel can't hide / fix.  Thanks for the idea, @robbjody.

And here's what my cheesecake looked like when it got assembled.  I'll feedback about how it tasted in a future post.

As busy as this time of the year gets, there's always time for an indulgent session at the hairdresser.

My hairdresser finally convinced me to give balayage a go.  I'm loving it sick.  I wasn't sure the colour would show up on my Chinese hair but it does and I'm feeling as Bergdorf Blonde as a fortysomething Chinese mum can reasonably feel.  Just a bit nervous about how long I'll be able to keep the colour looking as fabulous as it does today.  I love my swimming in chlorinated pools and I love my haircare from Priceline and Woolies.

Before I go, I'd like to wish everyone whose been Lovin' Life and reading along here in general, a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.  May you be extra kind to yourselves over the next few weeks.  Do and eat what gives you joy, take deep breaths, surround yourself with love.  Send those texts, make those calls.

Be well and see you when I see you. 



  1. That cheesecake 😍. Have a great time with your family.

  2. I have not had pineapple upside cake for years!!!! Can I come over?
    And that Camilla dress looks very much on point for Christmas.
    Merry Christmas SSG! Thanks for your dedication to the Lovin Life Linky this year. I love that you turn up every single week to show us your life in shopping xoxo

  3. Oh my gosh that pineapple upside down cheesecake sure looks delicious!! Well done, I say! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas SSG. Enjoy the special time with your Mum and Dad. Best wishes for a fabulous 2018! :-) xo #TeamLovinLife

  4. Merry Christmas to you too. I think your hair looks great by the way. #TeamLovinLife

  5. Thanks for your light this year. It's been a pleasure connecting with you - and, as an aside, your hair looks great.

  6. I'm loving your hair as well - it looks great!

    I adore cheesecake. Not pineapple, but everything else looks amazing. And I'm wondering what you're cooking with the shallots and noodles. Something not very Aussie Christmassy, which I kinda love... am far from traditional myself! #teamlovinlife

  7. Oh yes it all looks very exciting and I love your outfit. My grandson has been counting the sleeps and told me this morning we are down to 4!!!! It is fever pitch in his household. Aren't kids adorable! I wish you and your family the very best for Christmas and 2018. It has been so lovely connecting with you this year and looking forward to more next year. xxx
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  8. Merry Christmas SSG, Enjoy your break from work and the time you get to spend with your boy & parents.

  9. For some reason, oh yes, I am always hungry...I keep coming back to nostalgic foods and you have come up with one such memory. It was pineapple upside down cake (not with added cheesecake) and it was made by my late Aunty and it was YUM. By now your parents may have arrived and the place you call home will be filled with family, cooking and Christmas cheer! It has been wonderful getting to know you here this year and I wish you and yours the BEST times ever this Christmas! Denyse xx

  10. Merry Christmas SSG!
    Cheesecake looks fab. Your hair looks good - all I know is to use sulfate free shampoos to protect colour & keratin treatments & supermarkets sell these shampoos & conditioners too. They are the OGX brand.

  11. That cheesecake looks delicious! And your hair looks great.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family SSG! :) We are excited here for Christmas, I'm just so looking forward to it and we have nothing to do before the big day now except bake some goodies and see some lights, then it's relaxing and enjoying spending time with friends and family! :)

    Have a wonderful Christmas, and thanks again for your sweet message, made my day!


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