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Quote for the Day : Rest

 

“…Rest is not idleness,
and to lie sometimes on the grass
under trees on a summer’s day,
listening to the murmur of the water,
or watching the clouds float across the sky,
is by no means a waste of time…”

— John Lubbock

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Apple Crumble Cookies

I love cooking shows.  You can get some really good ideas from them and, even if the dishes have something in them you don’t like or can’t eat, you can always adapt the flavours.  It’s all about inspiration and having a go.

These cookies appeared on Jamie Oliver’s show, Jamie’s Quick and Easy Food, where he makes yummy meals and dishes using only five main ingredients.  I hastily scribbled down the recipe, hoping I had got all the measurements right.  I am always looking for a good cookie recipe – something that is simple and quick with not too many ingredients or steps.  These fit the bill.  I love apple crumble so what could be better than a cookie based on those flavours, right?  I did add cinnamon because I think that is ESSENTIAL when you are making anything with apple.  So this is technically a six ingredient recipe, not five, but hey, I was never very good at maths anyway.

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Next time I make these, I am going to try leaving out the egg.  I like a really crisp, crunchy cookie, and these were a little softer than I would normally make.  Omitting egg from cookie recipes will generally give you a less “cakey” cookie.  Don’t quote me on that – I’m not an expert.  It’s just my experience.

So, anyway, here is the Apple Crumble Cookie recipe.  Try them – they’re simple, no fuss,  and delicious.  Plus they have my Mum’s seal of approval, which is good enough for me.


Apple Crumble Cookies

Ingredients

100g dried apple
100g butter, cubed
100g caster sugar
200g self-raising flour
1 egg
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Method

Process apple in a food processor until it is chopped finely.

Add butter, sugar, flour and cinnamon and process again until it resembles bread crumbs.  Remove about 1/4 cup of this mixture and set aside.

Add egg to remaining mixture and process until a dough is formed.

Roll spoonfuls of dough into small balls, about the size of a walnut, and place on baking tray lined with baking paper.

Flatten with a fork.  Sprinkle set aside crumb mixture on top of each cookie.

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Bake at 200 C for 10-12 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!

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Apologies to Jamie Oliver for borrowing his recipe.  But these deserve to be shared 🙂

 

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Personality Tests

What kind of person are you?  Do you lean towards being introspective and introverted?  Or are you outgoing and energetic, motivated by contact with other people and new activities?  Personality tests can be a fun thing to do (when you probably should be doing something else but need five minutes distraction) and are often quite insightful.  They can help you to understand yourself a bit better and even point you in the right direction in regards to careers and life goals.  Or, from another viewpoint, they are a load of codswallop and have no real merit.  But sometimes it’s nice to have something vaguely scientific explaining the way you feel, act, and interact with others.  Even if you have to accept some unwanted truths about yourself.

Either way, they can be enjoyable to do.  Unless you get a result that tells you you’re a psychopath or something.  That’s probably not ideal.  You probably just answered a question incorrectly.  Don’t worry about it.

I have done the Myers-Briggs Personality Test a few times over the years and always get the same result.  I am an INFJ (The Advocate), which means I am (apparently) “typically compassionate, idealistic as well as imaginative and visionary. They are also sensitive and reserved” but also prone to stress, exhaustion and over-zealousness.  I am also “quiet and mystical”.  Ha ha.  Why don’t they just say I’m weird and be done with it?

INFJs also tend to “internalise conflict into their bodies and experience health problems when stressed”.  Yep – that’s me alright.  Spot on.

I share my weird personality traits with the likes of Nelson Mandela, Alanis Morisette, Carrie Fisher, Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa, so I am not in bad company.  Fairly sure they have some other secret superpower though.  Like, I dunno, awesomeness, talent and courage in the face of adversity.  I still need to learn those things so it might be a while before anyone names me a saint or screen-prints my face onto a t-shirt.  I can wait.

You can take take a version of the test HERE

 

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Fishy Fish Collage

This collage came about not, as you might think, because I am a Monty Python fan (I’m not), or because I like fishing (I don’t), but because I had to cover up an existing collage I had done (and completely botched) and couldn’t think of anything fish-related in terms of a quote to go with the picture.  As soon as I put the fish on there, all I could think about was the scene in Monty Python’s Meaning of Life where the strange man with the long wonky arms and his equally strange transsexual man/woman friend discuss the loss of a beloved fish.  It goes something like this :

STRANGE MAN: I wonder where that fish has gone.

STRANGE WOMAN: You did love it so. You looked after it like a son.

STRANGE MAN: And it went wherever I did go.

STRANGE WOMAN: Is it in the cupboard?

AUDIENCE: Yes! Yes! No!…

STRANGE WOMAN: Wouldn’t you like to know? It was a lovely little fish.

STRANGE MAN: And it went wherever I did go.

MAN IN AUDIENCE: It’s behind the sofa!

STRANGE WOMAN: Where can that fish be?

MAN IN AUDIENCE: Have you thought of the drawers in the bureau?!

RANDOM: Shh!

STRANGE WOMAN: It is a most elusive fish!

STRANGE MAN: And it went wherever I did go.

STRANGE WOMAN: Ooooh, fishy, fishy, fishy fish!

STRANGE MAN: A-fish, a-fish, a-fish, a-fishy, ooooh.

STRANGE WOMAN: Ooooh, fishy, fishy, fishy fish!

STRANGE MAN: That went wherever I did go.

So, with this playing disturbingly in my brain, I made this collage.  I was compelled, or possibly possessed…  Anyway, I do like creating things with fish on them.  They are the birds of the sea, and quite beautiful.  I am still thinking about giving this one a monocle.  I feel he needs one…  Thoughts?

Hope you’re having a happy day and keeping track of your fishies! 🙂

 

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With Brave Wings Collage

Another tiny butterfly collage (about 4 x 4″).  I seem to be using a lot more pinks these days.  This may well be because I am running low on patterned papers and I am just trying to use what I have, rather than buying any more.  Or maybe I just like pink more than I used to…  Anyway, I like the colour combos used here.  I DO NOT like the big paintbrush hair that is stuck on with gel medium (look closely near the right antennae) but, happily, it has almost seamlessly morphed into the flourish of script nearby.  So, hopefully no one will notice.  Except that I just told you.  Look away, look away!

Not sure that my own wings are very brave these days.  Tentative, maybe.  Anxious, definitely.  But brave?  I’m still working on that one.

Thanks for stopping by.  May your wings be brave and your antennae free from pesky paintbrush hairs! 🙂

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Spring Sings

Spring is one of my favourite times of the year.  All those beautiful flowers blooming, baby everythings everywhere you look (finally got some GORGEOUS broods of cygnets at the local lake – I just want to squeeze them!), blue skies and glorious sunshine (well, some of the time anyway…so far we’ve had a pretty cold and wet Spring).  I love how the evenings change – there’s that particular feeling in the air.  The feeling of change and of warmth coming.  The days are longer and the mornings brighter.

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My garden, such as it is, also changes with the coming of Spring.  The majority of my plants are in pots – I just haven’t had the money or energy to create a proper garden yet.  I mostly have weeds.  Lots of weeds.  I’m a bit ashamed of them, to be honest.  My neighbour’s gardens are all pristine, well-manicured and tidy.  Mine is the feral one.  I try not to look at it.  My back has been playing up such a lot lately that I daren’t do any weeding or any activity that requires much bending in the garden.  So, weeds it is.

This weekend I was surprised to find this glorious bloom in my courtyard.  An Apostle’s Iris.  So pretty!  I got this plant about 18 months ago at a Quiz Night and had no idea what it was.  I figured it was probably an iris of some kinds, but I wasn’t sure.  I have neglected it totally and haven’t even repotted it into a decent sized pot.  Then, yesterday morning, this beautiful flower appeared.  The plant also has a baby that has taken root in another pot, so I’ll have two plants soon.  Yay!

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My pelargoniums are always cooperative and do very well, even with my slack gardening efforts.  I have had this one for a few years and the flowers are just gorgeous.  So bright and cheerful, and long-lasting.  I’ve taken lots of cuttings over the years and so the original plant is now growing in lots of different pots and other people’s gardens!

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I often go for a little walk during my lunch break and the bushland nearby has lots of pretty natives (and a few non-native interlopers) blooming.  I love the bright and cheery wattle – I don’t suffer from hay fever like so many other people – and the colour is always so lovely against the greens and browns of the bush.

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I believe this lovely purple climber is called “Happy Wanderer”.  It’s from the pea family, so it creates its own food by bringing nitrogen to the soil.  It’s so pretty.

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This bright pink beauty is a type of wild geranium.  It grows pretty prolifically and is common around coastal areas as it is very hardy and doesn’t mind a bit of salt air.

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And then we have good old freesias.  I LOVE the smell of them.  I pick lots and lots in Spring time and have them in the library.  Their scent is so gorgeous and fresh.  They are not a native, and in some states are considered a pest.  So I can pick as many as I like 🙂  I even had them in my wedding bouquet, a million years ago.  They make me happy.

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The best thing about Spring, besides the flowers and baby critters, is the promise of Summer.  THAT is my favourite season.  The heat, the sunshine, the balmy nights (that everyone else complains about but I love because it’s warm, warm, warm) and the blue skies.  But, Spring is a pretty close second.  It’s Mother Nature’s party time, her extended prom night, her chance to show off a bit.

Do you have a favourite season?  Does spring bring you joy or does it spell runny-nosed-sneezy-wheezy hay fever hell for you?

Either way, hope you’ve got some spring in your step today (or some Autumn Attitude for our Northern Hemisphere pals!) 🙂