Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Hi Lovelies,

Today here in Australia & New Zealand it's ANZAC Day.  Today is the day we celebrate our brave Soldiers or "Diggers" as we like to call them.  Each day we celebrate ANZAC Day on the 25th April each year.  Today is one day that I am so glad to be an Aussie.  I am so grateful to all the soldiers past & present for their sacrifices.  War shouldn't be celebrated, but what our brave soldiers have done & are doing to help keep people safe should.  
Each year there is a Dawn Service held just as the sun rises & this year is the first time since I've known Doug he hasn't gone.  Usually Doug, John (Doug's dad) & Emsy go, this year unfortunately they couldn't.  Emsy was so disappointed, but as my DH says there is always next year.  Who knows maybe next year Lils' will be able to go as well.  I really do think it's something we should encourage our children to do.  My Grandfather & Doug's Uncles where all soldiers in the last World War.  So it holds special meaning to our families.  As I write this my father is in Thailand attending ceremonies on their holiday (they went on a holiday specifically for this) as well as visiting other well known places from the war.

One of the good things to come from the war (if any good can) is a biscuit called an Anzac Biscuit.  There are many different versions out there, but the one thing they all have in common is oats & golden syrup.

Here is a recipe:

Anzac Biscuits

1 Cup rolled oats
1 Cup plain flour
1 Cup sugar
3/4 Cup coconut
125g (4oz) butter
2 tblspn golden syrup
1/2 tspn bicarb soda
1 tblspn boiling water

Combine oats, sifted flour, sugar & coconut.  Combine the butter & golden syrup in a pot & stir over low heat until melted.  Mix soda with boiling water & add to melted butter mixture.  Then stir into dry ingredients.  Place tablespoons of mixture on lightly greased trays (allow room for spreading).  Cook in a slow oven for 20 minutes.  Makes about 35.

I'd make sure that the trays are well greased or use baking paper or silicon baking sheets.  Because the biscuits will stick.

Well we are off to visit Doug's dad now.  Have a great day & happy crafting xoxoxoxo


Dawn said...

My hubby got up and went to the Dawn Service, Paula... but I did not. I have been thinking though of all the wonderful men and women who gave their lives during all the wars.... We owe our society today to them. Never forgotten.

cardcreationsnz said...

Good to read your post about Anzac day. It is good to remember those that sacrificed their lives. I didn't go to any Dawn parades, but I have done in past years. A bit tricky to go with young kids. My 5 year old daughter and I made some Anzac biscuits after reading it in your post.