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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

29 April 2016, by Forrest Chase

This Mother’s Day, say more than a box of chocolates.

Whether you are searching for an extravagant gift to spoil her rotten, or something small that says a lot, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of gifts to make her feel truly loved.

Mother's day gift guide

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Recipe: Chunky Choc Chip Anzac biscuits

18 April 2016, by Forrest Chase

This variation of the famous biscuits utilizes the left-overs of your Easter stash – making the sweet treats a cross between a coconut rough and an Anzac biscuit.

Wrap them up to take on your favourite Anzac Day long-weekend activity.

Makes 8 large biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup rolled oats (do not use porridge oats or quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoon golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon boiling water
  • chocolate chips or broken up Easter eggs

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Lay a piece of baking paper on your baking tray.
  2. Place all the dry ingredients (excluding chocolate chips) into a bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Place the butter, golden syrup and water into a saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir gently until butter has melted.
  4. Pour the melted butter mix into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Add the choc chips and stir until just combined.
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  6. Anzac biscuit mixture is typically very crumbly and this recipe is no exception, especially with the addition of the choc chips.
  7. Roll and squeeze the mixture into 5cm diameter balls and place them on the baking paper with plenty of space between them.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes then remove the tray. Gently and slowly press the balls down with a metal spatula. Bake a further 5 minutes.
  9. Allow them to cool for about 10 minutes before taking them off the tray, otherwise they will fall apart. Once cooled they are firm and chunky and even a bit chewy!

Finished Anzac day cooking

Recipe and photography by Laura Varsanyi, The Creative Muster.

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EASTER TRADING HOURS

17 March 2016, by Forrest Chase

EASTER TRADING HOURS

Please be advised that we will be closed on Good Friday 25 March but will resume normal trading hours on Saturday 26 March and Sunday 27 March.

Easter Monday, 28 March we will be open 8am – 6pm however individual store trading hours may differ, please contact retailers directly to avoid disappointment.

Wishing you all a happy and safe Easter.

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DIY Clucky’s Wreath

17 March 2016, by Forrest Chase

Like an heirloom decoration that comes out each year, this friend-of-the-earth wreath will keep the little tackers occupied for long enough to stop asking about chocolate. Add some bright colour to your house to catch the Easter Bunny’s attention and ensure some extra treats this year.

Supplies

  • Free-range egg carton (happy hens make happy craft)
  • Scissors
  • Yellow poster board (or another colour for your flower centers)
  • Glue
  • Green construction paper
  • Paint – in two colours for the flowers
  • String (Hemp is perfect)
  • Hole punch
  • Metal skewer (like a cake tester)

Directions:

  1. Cut the carton so you have each egg holder as a separate piece – these are your flowers, eight in total for a bread and butter plate sized wreath.
  2. Carefully skewer the middle of each flower and wiggle it around – now you have your flower center (younger kids will need help with this.)
  3. Cut the petals and spread the flower by flattening slightly.
  4. Take your poster board and trace around a plate.
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  6. Freehand a larger circle outside this one, around 3cm out.
  7. Cut out the outside circle
  8. Make a hole in the middle of the inner circle to work your way to cutting out this one.
  9. Paint alternate flowers so you have three colours in total, including the carton colour if you like.
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  11. While the paint dries, draw some leaves around 5cm long, and cut them out.
  12. Next, plan your wreath in the dry.
  13. Glue your yellow poster board and start laying your foliage.
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  15. Cut around 20cm of string and wait for the glue to dry.
  16. Hole punch a a leaf, thread your string, tie a knot and you’ve got a super colourful decoration to catch the Easter Bunny’s eye.
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You’re sure to be rewarded with extra treats!

EASTER TRADING HOURS

Credit Heidi Atkins 2016.

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