Top Three Tuesday

 

Hi everyone and welcome to this week’s Top Three Tuesday.

 

Its a short week here Australian this week as yesterday was ANZAC Day. If you missed my post about ANZAC Day and the ANZAC Biscuits I made you can read it here.

  1. Ice Age Live!

On Sunday I went to see Ice Age Live with my three nephews. I had previously taken them to see Disney on Ice, but there were too many princesses in it for their liking 🙂 When I saw that Ice Age was coming to Perth and being performed on ice I thought it would be perfect for them. As a whole I didn’t love the show, I am much more of a Disney on Ice kinda girl, I love the skating, the pretty costumes and all the Disney music. This show didn’t have a lot of figure skating but it did have fabulous big puppets of all the main characters which my nephews loved! The middle and little nephews enjoyed it the most and overall it was a great fun day out!

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2.  New little black dress

Every female needs a little black dress, or two in their wardrobe. I have put on a little bit of weight in the last year or so and the few that I have no longer fit. Plus I have had some of them for years, they were starting to look a bit old and faded. I went shopping on the weekend and found the most fabulous little black dress! Being tall and long in the body (I’m 6ft) I struggle with a lot of dresses, especially those with a defined waist line, or those that come with a belt as its NEVER in the right spot for me. Review is one of my favourite brands, but a lot of their dresses just don’t fit me 😦 Late last year I found the perfect dress for me in Review,  with no defined waist, great length and it is a classic 1950s style. So you can imagine my joy when the dress now comes in black! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this style of dress on me, it is so flattering and most importantly its super comfy.

I don’t think the floral dress is still in stock, but the black one sure is. You can find it here

 

3.  Will & Grace

Over the long weekend I started watching Will & Grace again from the beginning. OMG I had forgotten what a truly wonderful show this is. I can’t believe how long ago the 90s were, as I was watching I did cringe at some of fashion choices 🙂 Sometimes I think the 90s were only 10 years ago. If you haven’t seen Will & Grace before and you love shows like Friends, The Big Bang Theory etc. Do your self a favour and check it out. Oh how I love a good TV Binge watching session!

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Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next week 🙂

 

 

 

 

ANZAC Biscuits

I have been trying to write this post for almost a week now, but somehow times keeps getting away from me. I had a tough week at work and didn’t manage to leave on time once, so when I eventually got home and ate dinner all I wanted to do was go to bed and watch a movie or a few episodes of a TV show. As much as I love writing my blog and sorting through photos I just didn’t have the energy this week.

Its now Sunday and ANZAC Day is tomorrow, so I thought I had better pull my finger out and get organised.

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in both Australia and New Zealand where we pause to remember those that served and gave their lives in all wars and conflicts.  The day was originally to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought at Gallipoli in 1915. Despite federation being proclaimed in 1901, it is the landing at Gallipoli on April 25th 1915 and the subsequent campaign that followed which is where a lot of people believe we forged our national identity.

Dawn services are held all over Australia and New Zealand on April 25th to remember those who gave their lives in the service of their country. I have never been to the service in Kings Park, Perth which is one of the biggest in Australia, it is on my bucket list though.

A year or so ago I took my camera up to Kings Park to take photos of my nephews birthday party. It was such a lovely day I went for a bit of a walk and took some photos of the city and also the war memorial. I think it is one of the most beautiful parts of the city.

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ANZAC Biscuits

During the first world war soldiers wives or mothers would send biscuits along with letters from home to their loved ones who were serving abroad. They used ingredients that wouldn’t spoil easily and that would keep well during naval transportation. These biscuits are now known as ANZAC biscuits.

When I was growing up my mum and I would bake ANZAC biscuits using a recipe in one of her cook books. As I don’t have a copy of the book at my house I used a recipe on taste.com. I had never used this particular recipe before, but they’re all very similar. I was really happy with how they turned out. You can get two different types of ANZAC biscuit, the soft chewy ones or the hard crunchy ones. I much prefer the soft chewy ones and that is exactly what these are!

Ingredients

1 cup plain flour

1 cup of rolled oats

2/3 cup desiccated coconut

2/3 light brown sugar

125g butter

1/2 bicarbonate of soda

2 tablespoons of golden syrup

2 tablespoons of cold water

 

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Method

 

Preheat your oven to 160C (140C fan forced)

Line 3 baking trays with baking paper

In a large heat proof bowl combine the flour (sifted) oats, sugar and coconut. Mix with a wooden spoon.

Place butter, golden syrup and cold water into a small saucepan over medium heat for about 2 minutes or until the butter has melted, stirring regularly. Make sure you keep an eye on it as you don’t want the mixture getting too hot and boiling or sticking to the bottom.

Stir in the bi carb soda and then add the butter mixture to your dry ingredients. Mix well with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are combined.

Roll small amount of mixture together into a ball and place onto your prepared baking trays and flatten slightly. You can measure using a tablespoon or a set of scales to make sure all of your biscuits are the same size, ensuring an even bake. I used my scales to measure my mixture out. It takes a bit longer, but I prefer to do it this way. My biscuits were about 20gs each.

Make sure you leave enough space in between your biscuits to allow room for spreading

Bake for 10-12mins or until slightly golden. Allow to cool on the baking tray for about 10mins. Do not try and move a hot biscuit!!! Once they have cooled slightly and have firmed up a bit you can transfer them to a wire cooling rack.

Recipe adapted from Chewy ANZAC Biscuits from taste.com

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These biscuits will have you coming back for more, trust me!. I couldn’t stop eating them and now that they’re all gone, I’ll probably make another batch tomorrow!

Super happy with how my photos turned out. I keep practising and trying new things. Its all about trial and error!

 

Happy baking! 🙂

Top Three Tuesday

 

Hi everyone and welcome to my Top Three Tuesday for this week

  1. Eddie the Eagle

I was lucky enough to go to a preview screening of Eddie the Eagle last night thanks to Access Reel and it didn’t disappoint. Without doubt the best movie I have seen so far this year. I love Hugh Jackman so naturally I really wanted to see his latest movie, but he is not the star of this movie (even though he is wonderful in it) the amazing Taron Egerton is. You will fall in love with this guy. Everything about the movie is perfect – The acting, writing, directing everything. Go see this movie!

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2. Choc Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Last weekend I made, in my opinion the yummiest cupcakes ever! I was so happy how the cupcakes turned out and also my photos. I am slowly learning how to use editing software and my styling is starting to improve. All round, it was a very successful weekend in the kitchen.

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3. ANZAC Day

On Monday next week is ANZAC Day, a very important day for all Australian and New Zealanders. Each year my mum and I would make some ANZAC biscuits over the long weekend. I made some this year myself and they tasted great. I’ll put a full post up later in the week and a brief history of ANZAC Day for those of you who have not heard of it before. He’s a sneak peek at one of my pics

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Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week and I’ll see you next time 🙂