I find myself attracted to recipes that mum didn’t make when we were kids, but I always wanted them as kids…no offence to mum, just now I get to try them myself…you know like those puffed wheat squares and gingersnap cookies…though I have yet to try those peanut butter marshmallow squares that were always at church potlucks.  Anyhow, I found a great recipe for ginersnap cookies that are super yummy and really quick and easy to make.

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Here’s the recipe…try them today.  Makes about 4 dozen which is a bonus for the freezer.

Ginger Snaps

2 Cups Sugar

1 Cup butter

2 eggs

7/8 cups molasses (don’t skimp on this one)

2 tsp soda

4 1/2 cups flour

3 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp salt

Combine first 4 ingredients Blend

Add flour

Roll into small balls

Dip into sugar

place on cookie sheet (I have come to LOVE baking paper)

bake for 8 minutes for chewy cookies in a 350 oven

Enjoy :) !

 

oh ya, pictured with the cookies is a ‘sugar spoon’ that we had made as a craft at MOPS last time.  I made mine to match with my pottery in Canada as I do not have a sugar bowl here because of the army of ants that would soon overtake said bowl. I don’t anticipate the same problem in the tundra.  over n out.

Timothy is a thumb sucker, actually he can do both; he’s an ambi-sucker.  Don’t know which I prefer, or which will be easier to wean from.  I just found out that James too was a thumb sucker, and did so until he was 5…but shhh, I didn’t tell you that.  I guess it’s the little things that you don’t talk about on your first date, or the first 7 years of your marriage.  IMG_1211

Okay, so it’s been awhile…like a year and a half while.  SOOO much has happened!  I want to be more diligent at recording life here…not only in pics, but in stories, anecdotal reports of Scott life.  Especially since we only have 8 or so months remaining of this Australian Adventure.  For now, I’ll leave it at that….a promise to be more diligent and record more.

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Annalise at Kindy…painting a fish? oh well…must be a pattern unit, poor fish.

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As most of you already know, we went to Maggie Island for 3 nights a few weeks ago on James’ uni break. It was great to get away, door to door was only an hour. We took the bus to the ferry and of course the ferry to the island. It does seem like a different world over there. We saw a kola and her baby joey in a tree (but of course didn’t have a camera then), had ice cream and pizza on the beach, swam in the ocean, did night swims in the enormous hot tub pool (first one I’ve come across since being in Oz), and generally had a great time.
Enjoy the pics :)

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I’ve had a birthday, and we went on a Teddy Bear Picnic today.  James is in exams for the next two weeks.  Pretty much sums up life here lately :)

We had a really great time in Cairns, busy but good.  New things to see and do. It is a beautiful city…lush and very tropical.  It is also a very touristy city with a huge Asian influence.  We didn’t get a chance to get any sushi, but if we go back again, we’ll definately dabble in the international cuisine a bit more :) Lots of picnics and bbq suppers after we picked up James from work.  We took the train up the mountains to the rainforest village of Kuranda.  It was beautiful.  We also took a trip up to Port Douglas on a sunday for the markets.  Enjoy the pics.

Baron Gorge waterfalls on trainride

enjoying some afternoon tea

the house we rented...cottage style, no screens, lots of geckos! :)

trying to look at the shark we saw a few feet off shore

ready for puddles

 

we played at some pretty great parks

 

beautiful Palm Cove (the view from the playground!!!)

 

 

again, more great parks

 

 

 

Eli is funny.  I bet he’ll do this his whole life.  Once he gets his cake (the first one to get a piece) he goes off by himself to enjoy it.

Eli at his second birthday

Enjoying the cake at his third birthday (I think the chair is the same one...my friend Kelly's!)

Not sure, but I was only allowed to post a few pics for the first entry.  Here’s some more pics of his birthday.  Enjoy :)

Enjoying the cake

Uncle Dave

Some of the party tucker

Little miss sunshine on a rainy day

The troops dancing in the rain

Eli's present from G3 (Grandma and Grandpa Graff)

Many of you already  know that we didn’t actually tell Eli it was his birthday on  the 13th, it would have been cruel.  He’s been asking for well over a month when his party will be.  I couldn’t bear to torture him (okay, me) with the knowledge that it was his birthday, but wait…for another 4 days for the party.  So saturday was his partyday and his birthday :)  We’ve been experiencing what they dub a ‘monsoonal rain trough’ for the last few days.  Perfect for an outdoor little boy birthday party right?  Well, I wasn’t too stressed actually, naively I thought we could just have it here.  But thankfully, woke up to a sunny day on saturday with dark clouds clinging to the surrounding mountaintops.  It gave us enough time to get to the park and set up without rain…enough time to make the call to go to the park and not try to host it here in out wee unit.

It did rain moments after everyone arrived to the park.  It was perfect actually, cool and fun for them to play in the rain.  We also had the added bonus of being the only ones in the park.  No one to ‘ruin’ our party! :) As we were packing up, the sun did come out again briefly.  The intensity of the sun coupled with the humidity only confirmed the blessing of a rainy day birthday party at the park!

Eli had requested blue balloons, brown cake with blue icin,g and a blue backpack for his birthday.  Lucky little boy received all three wishes.  When he saw the balloons hung at the kitchen table (at 6:10am) he was doing 360 jumps exclaiming that ‘it’s his party!!!’.  Didn’t have time to capture that on film, but we did get some good shots from the day.  Enjoy!  Can’t believe he’s 3! (I have a feeling I’ll be saying that every year).

 

He did a number of 'Sears Poses' for me with the backpack

 

 

The Blue Cake. Naughty little other boy picking at said cake :)

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