Monday, April 25, 2011

ANZAC Day, Easter Monday and It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

A weekly event hosted by Sheila from Book Journey to discuss your reading week ~ the books you've read and those you plan on reading in the coming week. Thanks Sheila :)

Hope everyone had a blessed, safe and happy Easter. My boys have been away with friends for Easter so I've had plenty of time to rest and recover. My persistent cough turned out to be Mycoplasma pneumonia so multiple antibiotics have done their job but I tell you; a month of coughing sure takes it out of you. I'm really exhausted but finally on the mend.

In between my numerous naps I did make a couple of cards and do some reading :)

Last but not least it's ANZAC Day today, the day we officially remember those who have died keeping our country safe. We show our respect and gratitude for the brave men and women who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and safety.

Anzac Biscuits
A group of women during World War I decided to make biscuits to send to the soldiers that would provide nutrition and keep for a long time. They were originally called Soldiers biscuits but after Gallipoli the name was changed to Anzac biscuits. Anzac Biscuits are still a favourite treat amongst Australians today and are very easy to make.

Recipe for Anzac Biscuits:

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
¾ cup coconut
125g (4oz) butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon boiling water

1) Combine oats, sifted flour, sugar and coconut.

2) Combine butter and golden syrup, stir over gentle heat in a small saucepan until

3) Mix bicarbonate of soda with boiling water in a teacup. Add to melted butter mixture. Pour into dry ingredients and stir.

4) Place tablespoonfuls of mixture on oven trays (for easy cleanup place a piece of baking paper on the tray)

5) Cook in a slow oven for 20 minutes. Makes about 35.

They'll harden as they cool. Store in airtight container.


I posted review for:

A RACE TO SPLENDOR by Ciji Ware ~ really good historical fiction about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. The pages of this one literally turn themselves!


Finished Last Week:

THE MIDWIFE'S CONFESSION by Diane Chamberlain ~ 4.5 stars, review up this week.

THE COFFEEHOLIC & THE CAFE by Elizabeth Martin ~ really good Aussie chick-lit!


This Week's Reading List:

BUMPED by Megan McCafferty ~ page 25, hmm a little wierd so far.

DIE FOR ME by Amy Plum


Reviews to post:

THE GODDESS TEST by Aimee Carter ~ scheduled this week.


BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

MY SOUL TO TAKE by Rachel Vincent

DRACULA IN LOVE by Karen Essex


  1. Thank you for the recipe. I also liked the Ciji Ware book and i am reading The Midwife's Confession this week. Enjoy your books and enjoy your week. My MOnday:

  2. It is a day for remembering - Anzac Day and also it was my Dad's birthday. And the biscuits were always in the tin when I was young - great favourites.

    Glad you're feeling better.

    Happy reading!

  3. I did not know about ANZAC Day. i wish I would have... I could have made these cookies too... I think I will tuck this recipe away, thank you for sharing it.

    Oh and THE COFFEEHOLIC & THE CAFE sounds good to me. :)

    Have a super week and Happy Easter!

  4. I'm so sorry to hear you ended up having pneumonia! How horrible!!! I know how awful that much coughing can be, I wish I could help you :(

    Those cookies look fantastic, I may have to make them some time.

    Good luck with your reading this week, hopefully you're not too worn out from the coughing. My Monday:

  5. I love historical fiction and A Race to Splendor looks good!

  6. The Publisher does not approved my request in Net Galley yet. :(

    It's All About Books

  7. Happy ANZAC day. Your cookies look lovely. Coming up I'll be reading a Harry Harrison book, more manga, more assigned reading for school and whatever else strikes my fancy. Come see what I finished this week.

  8. Good grief, pneumonia! So glad you have treatment for it now.
    I know you have been poorly for a long while now.

    Gorgeous cards. :)

    Enjoy ur reading week


  9. those anzac biscuits look awesome.

    and i can't wait to hear hat you think of DIE FOR ME. i am really excited for that one :)

  10. A Race to Splendour is also on my list. The biscuits look delicious.

  11. Thanks for the recipe and the history of these biscuits. They look yummy. Hope your Easter was good and that this week is great!

  12. So glad you're feeling better! Those cookies look delicious....

    The Midwife's Confession is still on my wish list.


  13. Sorry to hear you have been so unwell, Take Care.

  14. Hopefully you will be back on your feet soon :)

    And the cookies looks yummy

  15. I had never heard of ANZAC day, I love learning new things and I am so glad you are feeling better.

  16. I like the idea of ANZAC day...and the cards are adorable. I glad that you're starting to get to feeling better. I've been feeling crappy all day and have been coughing my lungs up! UGH!!!

    Have a great week of reading!

  17. nice blog... visited here with a smile, take care always... feel free to visits me back at (A Growing Teenager Diary)... thanks ~~~

  18. Love the cards and glad you got plenty of rest on the weekend! Happy reading!!!


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