Cupcakes, pretty things and romance are Jenna and Joanna's great loves. But beneath the prettiness lies iron-willed determination.
Jenna, 25, credits her fiancé Tyson and his family for helping to turn her life around. His mother, Shirley, happened to be the business partner of Joanna's mother. (They are bridal designers in Adelaide.) And that is how Jenna, and Joanna, 27, became friends.
But for this Adelaide twosome, "Food bonded us," says Joanna, who is third generation Italian. "My mum and Shirley get together and make bread, as in 50 loaves, and once a year, huge batches of pasta sauce," explains Joanna. "It all gets given away, goes to the neighbours and others. It's an all-day thing and Jenna's come in on the Italian traditions."
Jenna works in a cake shop and has a cupcake business on the side which she hopes to expand.
She's learning a lot about making dreams reality from Joanna, who, with her husband, runs a barbecue manufacturing business called G-Spit. They also make a range of barbecue seasonings.
"Jenna and I feed off each other and inspire each other," says Joanna. "We both know we're going in the same direction."
Both love to cook, of course. "We may not be the best, but we love it," says Joanna. "My aunty taught me to cook – Sicilian cooking. Generally at home we eat Italian food but we try everything. We like South American grilling."
Jenna is the sweets girl, but she will try her hand at everything, particularly as she has some pretty clear dreams of being a homemaker.
Joanna has two kids, four and two, and was married at 21. "We just knew we were right for each other. At the time it was a case of when you know, you know."
Jenna loves that idea. "I love to feed my fiancé. If I could be a fulltime stay-at-home mum and cook and clean all day I would. I really love to cook and clean. When it's appreciated it makes me feel nurtured and it makes me happy to be able to nurture people. I love the idea of everyone leaving for the day and coming home to a clean house and the smell of good food in the oven."