Noosa Heads National Park – The beginning of a Sunset – Australia

Noosa Heads National Park – The beginning of a Sunset – Australia.

With the little boys silhouette in the background of this photograph – it reminds me of the glorious children’s picture book, “Peter Pan.”

 

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The Scared Scarecrow by Lynda Gray

Feel the fear and do it anyway – for children. I was inspired to write this story after a conversation I had with this amazing Special Needs Teacher. One of the most inspirational people I have ever been fortunate enough to meet. Currently it is available as a paperback. It will be available for all digital devices soon.

I can do it! I can do it! The Scared Scarecrow can only stand still on his perch. When the farm is invaded with crows and rabbits, he is too scared to help the other scarecrows. Will he find his courage and save the farm? Filled with farmyard scenes and animal noises. Here is the Scared Scarecrow – a homage to the power of finding one’s inner strength and courage.

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The Scared Scarecrow by Lynda Gray

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Easter Traditions

Easter Traditions

On Easter Sunday, many children wake up to find that the Easter Bunny has left them baskets of chocolate eggs. Many children will hunt for eggs inside and outside their homes.

The Easter Bunny is a rabbit-spirit. Some people say he lives on the Moon while others say he comes from the Easter Planet. One theory says he was named the Easter Hare. Since Rabbits and Hares have multiple eggs – the tradition was said to have started because children believed rabbits and hares laid all those eggs in grassy areas. Christians say eggs are “the beginning of all life” – hence they celebrate the resurrection. Romans say all life begins as an egg, hence while they celebrate Easter. As early as Medieval Europe citizens created lovely decorated eggs to give as presents on Easter Sunday.

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Hot Cross Buns – Grandmother’s Recipe – Easter

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns, Hot Cross Buns, One a penny, two a penny, Hot Cross Buns,  If you have no daughters, give them to your sons,  one a penny, two a penny, Hot Cross Buns.

 

Delicious home-baked Hot Cross Buns

This delectable recipe my Grandmother would make every Easter.  Tasty, Tasty.

Hot Cross Buns

Ingredients

60 grams butter or nuttelex (around 1/4 of a section of butter or quarter tub of nuttelex)

250 ml or 1 cup milk (rice or cows or almond or soya)

60 ml or 1/4 cup warm water

30 grams or 1 and 1/2 tablespoons yeast

115 grams or 1/2 cup caster sugar

500 grams or approx 4 cups plain flour

50 grams or approx 5 tablespoons of self-raising flour

1 free range or organic egg

1 teaspoon mixed spice

1 teaspoon himalayan crystal salt

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

120 grams or 3/4 cup sultanas

50 grams or 1/4 cup mixed peel (optional)

Method:  Take out saucepan, turn onto low heat, melt the butter, add the milk until warm.  Separate bowl put in yeast, one teaspoon of sugar, add water.  Then into another bowl sift dry ingredients, plain flour, mixed spice, cinnamon, salt, sultanas and mixed peel (if using).  Beat the egg and mix into melted butter and milk.  Pour everything into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix until smooth dough with wooden spoon or electric dough beater/mixer.  Once ready put onto a floured board and knead (using two hands squashing and stretching the mixture) for around 15 minutes until smooth and elastic.  Grease with some butter or nuttelex big bowl and place dough inside cover with cling film/plastic wrap and a tea towel.  Leave in a warm place until doubled in size (approx 1 – 2 hours).  Once ready take out place on floured board, squash lightly until 2 cm.  Shape each into bun into a square.  Grease a baking tray with butter or nuttelex place buns inside, cover with cling film/plastic wrap and a tea towel until it is doubled in size (approx. 20 minutes).  To make the cross – mix the self-raising flour and some water until smooth approx 2-3 tablespoons.  Use a piping bag draw a cross across the top of each bun once they have doubled in size.  Bake at 200 degrees celsius or 400 degrees fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes.  Once cooked put on a cooling tray.  (Option:  Instead of making the paste to make the cross with you can use a sharp knife and put a cross on the top part of the bun).

If you would like to glaze the top of the bun to give it that shiny look.  Mix a 1/4 of a teaspoon of gelatine, 2 tablespoons of hot water and 20 grams or 1 tablespoon of sugar in a bowl.  Use a pastry brush and wipe over the buns once you have taken them out of the oven.

 


Sunday – A day of cupcakes and editing – my second romance novel

My family baked me some cupcakes today while I did more editing of my second romance novel. Writing the first draft seems so easy compared to the editing and rewriting that goes on and on until I feel it is ready. Then the professional editing process begins – this inevitably leads to further rewriting. As E.B. White (most famous for writing “Charlotte’s Web) said, “I admire anyone who has the guts to write anything at all.” My sentiments exactly.

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Delicious Carrot Cake

Delicious Carrot Cake

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Ingredients –

3 free range or organic eggs

3/4 of a cup of oil – sunflower

3/4 of a cup of sugar

1 cup of self-raising flour

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 cup of grated carrot

1/2 cup of sultanas

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Icing

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup cream cheese

1 cup of pure icing sugar (a drop of vanilla essence and a little lemon rind)

Method: Beat the eggs until well combined. Add slowly the sugar, then mix. Add the oil. Gradually add the sifted flour and the cinnamon. Lastly with a wooden spoon fold in the grated carrot, sultanas and vanilla. Once ready spoon ingredients into a greased cake tin. Bake in a preheated oven on a moderate temperature for 45 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius or 350 Fahrenheit.

Tip: Easy decoration: use slivered almonds and cut up baby carrots. To make the small green stem at the top use soft icing sugar, with a little green food colouring mixed in the icing sugar and a cake pipe.


Lipstick doesn’t hide the Smile – it only provides the smile with Sunshine.

Lipstick doesn’t hide the Smile – it only provides the smile with Sunshine – Lynda Gray.

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