February 10, 2010

Visiting Weekend and ANZAC Biscuit Recipe

DS and his family live about 500 km away from us. We often drive there to visit them. Last weekend was the first time we traveled there in my new car that I got at Christmas. The car performed excellently and it was more economic than the 4 x 4 we had. To make the trip interesting we listened to a talking book and I took my stitching or knitting to do on the trip. We also took a picnic basket and stopped on the way for cup of tea. It was an easy drive on the highway. We had a good trip.

It was worthwhile driving there just to see our DGD and get lot of cuddles with her. DGD turned one in January. She is active and inquisitive in exploring her environment. She can climb up and down a few steps by herself. There she is checking out everything that passes.

Cottage garden in the backyard of DS's house. My DIL is a keen gardener. Her garden is full of flowers, roses and fruit trees. She has many varieties of vegetables growing in her garden too. They also have two hens that give them plenty of blue eggs for breakfast.
I took along the basket blocks to stitch on the journey. I haven't made much progress from the last time I posted about these basket blocks. I think I did three more blocks on the trip. I can't read in the car, but I can stitch or knit. It's handy to be able to stitch because you can't do anything else except drive or sleep!

I like to take them home baked biscuits. This time I baked DIL's favorite ANZAC biscuits. Here is the recipe just in case you would like to make Australia's favourite biscuit:

ANZAC Biscuit
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 teaspoon salt
125g butter
2 tablespoons honey or golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon boiling water.
Combine oats, shifted flour, brown sugar, coconut and salt and put it aside.
Put butter and honey in microwave able mixing bowl and microwave for 1 minute on high.
Mix bicarbonate of soda with boiling water and add to melted butter mixture and stir well
and then add to the dry ingredients. Take teaspoonfuls of mixture and place on lightly
greased oven trays. Bake in slow oven temp. 160'c for 20 minutes.

On Saturday we went to a farmer's market and YMCA market. In the afternoon we took DGD for a walk to the local library. She loves being carried in a baby carrier and fell easily asleep on the way home. We left after lunch on Sunday driving home into the Sunset..!


Needled Mom said...

The video books are such a great idea for a long drive. Like you, I always take along some stitching or knitting of some sort. It does make the time go by quickly. The little baskets will make such a pretty quilt.

Your little one is so cute. Isn't it fun to see how much they learn in their early years?

Your DIL's flowers are beautiful!

ria vogelzang said...

Love the picture of your DGD! Our youngest DGD is turning two in May. She's so cute! Our eldest DGD is six now and our DGS is four. They are such fun to be with!
Nice to hear you also take some stitching or knitting along in the car; I also like to do so!
Love to see your little baskets. I would like to start them as well, but at this time it's better to focus on all the other projects I'm making, and maybe in the future....... ;)
Love the recipe of your cookies!! I'm sure to try making them!!
Have a great day!!

Maggey and Jim said...

Looks like you had a really good time. On the buscuits, I saw vanilla setting there but none in recipe?

Micki said...

I can see you all had a lovely time! What a great recipe!

Kim D. said...

Looks like you had a nice trip and a good visit with family. Love your basket blocks, adorable!!

Terry said...

A longish drive but worth being able to see the little ones progress grow and learn. Our families didn't watch ours grow but it's nice for us to see the grandbabies grow up.

Yeah for something to work on. We're off to the cricket today and I will take some stitching for the train.
Have a good one Hugs

ParisMaddy said...

Oh Nat your grandchild is sweet. That's a really fun age. Your car is too cute and fiery red for you, hot Mama!

Your basket blocks are coming along nicely.

Mel said...

I am going to try your recipe tomorrow morning for my Chinese New Year dinner!!! thanks! Beautiful pics too!!!

Mescrap said...

What a beautiful day !!!

QuiltSue said...

Sounds like you had a good trip. Your DGD looks so cute. I will have to try the biscuits, (my waistline says thanks for that!) and your basket blocks look wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Loving the baskets, Natima. Who cares if it's 3 or 30 done, it's the "journey" that counts.

Glad you had a happy and safe visit.

Regards, Sue

Sue-Anne said...

Your grandaughter is so cute! Glad you had a wonderful time with her. I thought I recognised that stretch of the Hume, my parents live in Benalla.
Your little baskets are cute too. I have the book and am very tempted to add them to the never ending list of projects.

kaiteM said...

Lovely photos and a nice, cheery entry. Grandbaby is very cute. hugz, Kaite

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

What a wonderful weekend and adorable granddaughter!

Rosalyn Manesse said...

I like the baskets. and the recipe looked wonderful--I know I would love it, but sugar is not allowed for me!

Astrid said...

Such a wonderful weekend with your family! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have heard about the biscuits, but never made them. Can't wait to see the basket quilt done! :) I know certain blocks take a long time to make. I still have some Christmas/winter blocks I have to work on later on.....

Anonymous said...

Your trip sounds like you had a very nice time and I have to try making those biscuits. They sound good.

Thank you for the comments on my basket.


Jenni said...

Sounds like a fun weekend. Good to get some applique done too.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Sso good you can get up often to visit your Darlings Nat♥ Aren't those markets great!!! And so sweet that you can take some home made bikkies when you visit...Love Dzintra♥x

Anonymous said...


You have had a lot going on - your DGD is absolutely adorable!! The basket blocks are coming along VERY nicely.

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