My Pineapple Obsession Continues, Still

I mean, at this point, I’m not even trying to find pineapples. They’re coming to me. Seriously.

First, this costume:

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Pineapple Halloween Costume

I don’t know if this means pineapples have finally reached superstar status, or if they’ve jumped the shark. For $20, I was tempted, but then, this is a one-size-fits-most…children. I am most definitely not child-size. My head wouldn’t fit into that pineapple crown. Plus, I already own a banana costume. Heads might turn and rumors roll if I start dressing up as other fruits. (ONLY ON HALLOWEEN, people.)

Then, Real Simple came through for me, again!

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Pineapple Jack-o’-Lantern. Pineapple-o’-Lantern? Pine-o’-Lantern?

I can NOT wait to #IRL (@WomenIRL) this. That is, I can’t wait to make this myself. (IRL=in real life.) I have a hunch, just a little one, that it isn’t going to turn out as spectacular as the picture in the magazine (it never does, right?). The pineapple Jack-o’-Lantern is just so intriguing, I had to Google Dawn Perry. She’s the food director at Real Simple. I was kind of hoping she was a freelance writer cooped up in the Midwest and I could slowly befriend her, starting with following her on Instagram. Because, dreaming up kooky shit like a carved pineapple and writing about it for a national magazine is kind of my dream. Does such a reality exist for the freelancer?

I wonder what other pineapples the Universe is going to send my way. Stay tuned.

Cat Litter Pineapples

That title doesn’t seem to make sense. Cat litter pineapples. Pineapples in the cat litter? Cat litter made of pineapples? I know. My pineapple obsession has finally led me to cat litter. Fresh Step cat litter, to be exact.

I was flipping through the latest issue of Real Simple magazine, when I happened upon this:

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Fresh Step, now with the Power of Febreeze Hawaiian Aloha scent!

Oh, just your average cat litter ad, right? WRONG! Do you see it? And, I’m not talking about the 3 kitty cats the art director “hid” in the ad. I’m talking about that BEAUTIFUL modern pineapple with the golden crown on the left!

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I bet one of those cats is going to knock over that pineapple out of spite. Because, cats are like that.

Gasp! What a beauty! And, I have to say, the plants are pretty impressive, too. (I’m a self-proclaimed indoor leaf-peeper, remember).

On a non-pineapple-related note, I bet creating cat litter–any cat product, really–ads are akin to beer and condom ads. When I was in ad school, beer and condoms were strictly off limits. Not because we were prudes, but because supposedly coming up with cool, clever ads for these categories was too easy. Ditto for cats, right? I mean, throw in a cat pun and you’re done. I’m not kitten!

Pineapple Obsession in the Kitchen: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

My pineapple obsession isn’t just about motifs. It has moved into the kitchen. Specifically baking, which I love anyway. On Labor Day Weekend, I had the opportunity to bake for a family gathering. I tried my hand at pineapple upside-down cake.

I went to my trusty Betty Crocker’s Cookbook, printed in 1973 (copyright 1969!). Sure, I Googled around for a recipe first, but c’mon,  pineapple upside-down cake is a classic, right? It just seemed right to consult the Ms. Crocker.

 

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Betty Crocker’s Cookbook

It was an easy cake to make. There weren’t any complicated steps. The best part was arranging the pineapple slices and maraschino cherries. I’m glad I cut them in half. It created more opportunities for a pattern and extra cherries.

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Golden brown downside-up.

Turning the cake upside down wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be. I let it sit upside down for the required “few minutes.” Still, my center pineapple and a couple of the surrounding pineapples stuck to the pan. But, using a fork and a butter knife, I easily placed the pineapple pieces where they belonged and and used the butter knife to scoop some of the lingering brown sugar-butter goodness to patch up the top.

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Gooey-sweet fruity fun.

I have to admit I wasn’t sure how I’d like this cake. Chocolate is king in my book. I was pleasantly surprised. The pineapple-maraschino cherry combo was bright and fruity. The cake was moist* probably because of all the butter and juice on top. The cake was rather small. It was just a single 9″ layer. Really, the perfect size. I don’t think leftovers would have held up for a day or two.

I liked this cake so much that I’m dreaming of what else I could upside-down. Peach upside-down cake? Apple upside-down cake? Hmmmm…and mmmmmmm…

 

*The only acceptable use of the word “moist” is to describe a cake.

My Pineapple Obsession Continues

The pineapple trend of 2017 continues for me. It seems I just can’t get enough. And, I keep spotting them everywhere.

Here’s a roundup of pineapple motifs I’ve seen since I first confessed my obsession.

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Girls’ Pineapple Tank

When your kid “shares” your obsession, you’ve got permission to buy her a pineapple shirt.

I discovered fabric with pineapples! The pattern on the left is my favorite here. Oh, the possibilities!

A bit of pineapple decor. I love the gold finish on the left. They were candles. I just want the container. Christmas decor is starting to come out and thank goodness someone is making pineapple ornaments!

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Pineapple Lamp

This piece of pineapple decor deserves its own pic. I love, love, love the shade that has outlines of the pineapple crown in gold. The texture of the base is fabulous, too.

Even more: an (upside down) beach chair, beach towel, and backpack.

And, finally, stamps and a lustrous pattern on a photo box.

I don’t know when my obsession with the crowned fruit will be over or if it will prove to be a lifelong affliction. All I know is I still can’t get enough!