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100+ cookies from one batch!

yep, you read that right. I found this blog via a page on FB aand have already copied the reciepe ready to make some up. How organised is this?!
My sons are always asking for those ready to bake cookie logs from the supermarket, but I have refused to give in so far, and I like this idea much better. Even better, if we get visitors and I haven’t been shopping or forgot to buy things, I can whip up some biscuits in no time. And what ever flavour we like.
Check out the blog here for the whole recipe.

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Time to get baking people ūüôā
Jennifer

My year in a post. Or a nutshell.

And so it is nearly time for this year to end and a new one to begin.
This year has been busy.
I’ll try and get it altogether. In some kind of chronological order where I can.

– The start of the year gave me a 13 and 8 year old, right at the start of school (as always, and very bad timing in our behalf).

– my friend from the U.S (Oregon) came to visit for two weeks. We met through Facebook (a beady page no less) and a wonderful friendship followed. While we had spoken several times on the phone, it is still nerve wracking to meet in real life and wonder if we will get on just as well. We should not have worried. All went well, and we had a ball doing some travelling round my beautiful state – well, we started, but didn’t get very far. Oh well, plenty more the next trip. My trip to the States is in progress…. Can’t wait.

– hubby moved job location from Western Australia back to Queensland where we had moved from 8 months earlier. A good move, closer to us in travelling time, and much easier with the time difference and phone calls.

– I started training in April for an 8k fun run in May setting my goal of under an hour. The Mother’s Day classic. Walk or run and have fun. I was pretty happy with my result on 5 weeks training and while I only just made it, I did it in 58 mins. I the promptly made another goal of cutting 10 mins of it for next years race. Smart. Not so sure.

– September brought about a 16th birthday and a Learners drivers licence, October, 18 years of marriage and November, Mr 16 finished his high school years.

– my blogging and Facebook friends have proven loyal and wonderful people. It may sound strange, but some of them I trust more of them more than people I know in real life.

– fitness and health wise. Ho hum. There were a few weird girly issues which seem to be under control now, but which turned me into super bitch and turned our life upside down for a bit. Fitness was hit and miss after the fun run, and then I kicked it up a notch, in September sometime. Not sure how much I lost, but my shape changed and I started to feel much better, mentally, physically and emotionally. By the second week of December, I had run out of steam and this month has been more miss than hit with gym attendance. I will be back with a vengeance next week.
The best part is that I am still healthy and none of us has been in hospital for anything major.

– hubby has done a short work block overseas, and will be doing more in the new year. A fantastic opportunity for him and a definite step in the direction he wants to go in. (While very happy for him I had a moment of jealousy as I never thought he’d get his passport before me…we both had to laugh at that one)

– family came to visit over Christmas and it was fantastic to see my brother and his family again. I had only seen them briefly 2 years before. So this was a great catch up. And he is a fantastic dad. My sister to stay as well with her 3 kids minus partner, so my house swelled beyond shape.

– Christmas was with my kids, parents and my brother. A lovely relaxed day. Boxing Day brought the arrival of my Aunt (to mum and dads place), my sister and then a surprise trip the airport to pick up hubby.

– I have shared many pictures, food adventures, and the fun days we spend as a family.

I look forward to an exciting new year, there are lots of things planned and goals to fill. The first one, Mr 16’s trip to Qld on his own to visit his friend. Leaving on New Years Day.

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Hope your year has been a good one, and you behave reasonably well over the new year period.
See you next year!
Jennifer ūüôā

Sunday Hug Day

I know some of my bloggy and FB friends are having a hard time at the moment so
I think a little hug therapy is needed.
In my house I am the queen of hugs, come to think of it, I’m the only queen in my house, so … whatever.
A hug a day is a good thing, even if my kids don’t always appreciate it.. It’s when you say you don’t need one that you really do.

The following cards (these are only but a few) were given to me by my sister, and are meant to be taken light heartedly…although Im sure you could work a few into the guilt trip if you wanted too ūüėČ

Find your partner, parent, kids, friends… And share a hug today.
Sending huge virtual hugs to my friends ((hugs)). Jennifer

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Family matters

(Awesome news alert!!, well for me anyway)

Thirty years is a long time. I was 5 or 6 and can barely remember what happened.  there are snippets, and of course the photos to jog the memory.  But that is it.

Hubby’s family is huge!¬† His father is one of 11 or 12 and with each of those having say 3 kids then say 2+ kids in the next generation makes for one very large family.¬† I have met most of them on our various travel throughout Queensland and the like, others I’m friends with on Facebook, and of course there are more I have not met. So in short , hubby has a squillion first cousins.

Me, however.  I come from two small families, each with only 3 kids where only two of those had kids (my parents included).  I have 6 first cousins.  I have never met 2 of them.
The other four – I finally¬†met, for the first time in 30+ years this weekend just gone.¬† It would have been made better if my parents could have been there or any of my siblings, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.¬† It was made that little bit easier for my by having my aunt and uncle on hand as we shared the catering for lunch.¬† Made for quite a few less nerves running through me.

Meeting people for he first time is always a little nerve-wracking, will you like them, will we get on (at least enough to not be arguing all the time) will they want to catch up again? But meeting four of them + partners was akin to an invasion – actually that was how it was put in the emails that were flying about. Family invasion!

Having only half the ‘things’ to worry about made me all the more relaxed – if you could call it that – and squeezing them all into my house was something else again. And I needn’t have worried.
They are totally cool, really great people and it was one big happy family. Seriously, no egos in the room, everyone casual and laughing, really relaxed. I felt completely at home.

Now I’ve never been one to think I have missed out on things, or to have felt that not having them around that something was missing from my life, but I am so glad they are in it now.¬† My kids know most of their immediate cousins, and my cousins’ kids all know and get on with their cousins.¬†¬†The way is should be.¬† In a perfect world maybe.¬† Your cousins can be the first friends you have, and are often long-lasting friendships.¬† A little bit of ‘same same, but different’.

From here, they only live an hour’s air flight away so the possibilities of getting to see them (now we’re in touch again)¬†is much more likely.

Why have we not got in touch before. Who knows, It’s no ones fault and it has been pretty easy if any of us have wanted to make the move to contact.¬† I have thought about them over the years, but as things go, never did anything about it. I’m just happy to have them in my life and maybe for my kids to meet theirs someday.¬† At least the age groups are about the same. My two eldest have long been a bit ‘left out’ as they are often a lot older than the other kids.

I would love to post a pic of the five of us,¬†but am still waiting for approval.¬† So I’ll say now, I look a little like the only male cousin, who is also the ‘baby’ of the family, am only slightly taller than the eldest (we share the same middle name and similar height deficiencies).

Here is the picture of my self and the four cousins (permission granted) + one with their partners.

Kim, troy, me, Jo and Nikki

 

clockwise from back left: Gary, Nikki, Troy, Kelly, Kim, Nino, Jo and Allen

We have all agreed it will not be long again, and I look forward to many more get togethers now the ‘reunion’ has happened.

Who else has met family members after a long time?
Did you remember them?
Did it work out well for you aswell?

Keep smiling ūüėÄ
Jennifer

Social media and Me.

I had a huge long essay here on my thoughts about the  phenomena that is Twitter, Facebook and my blogging (that is not included in the phenomena) but have changed tack and leaving it as short post.  No need to bore the pants of you.

Facebook: love it, it’s like a whole little community and¬†I have ;met; many¬†wonderful¬†friends there.¬† Yeah, at times it’s a bit high schoolish, but some people¬†just never grow up. After just¬†23 months,¬† a new and good friend is¬†coming¬†for a whirlwind visit from the States to see me.¬† Now, I would never in a million years thought I could have a friendship like this beginning¬†on the internet. Wonders will never cease. ūüôā

Twitter: joined up a few years ago, and after seeing FB, Twitter was too different and¬†weird.¬† Left it be.¬† Fast forward to now and I¬†am slowing getting into¬†it.¬† I do need help with how to make it work better, and how things work.¬† But time and patience…

My blog… has given me grief.¬† I do love¬†my blog and¬†what I am doing, but¬†I start to¬†question myself..:

 What am I doing?
Am I doing the right thing?
Should I do more? Less??
Change what I do?

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I’m an all or nothing sort of person.¬† At the moment I’m all about my blog. Of course I can multi task, but when I get stuck on something, that’s what I want to do.¬†
Some things are easy to do, but it takes a bit for it to sink in here, so after 8 months or so, something has hit home and I now have a whole bunch of new things on my blog page.  It just clicked. So I did it. And I just want to write and post pics, and do stuff.

There in poses the problem. Or dilemma.
I know I have changed as time has gone on.  My posts are better, more chatty I hope, than reading like a fact book, and all stiff.  I found, the posts I started reading (part research which is huge for me) that I liked the most, were those that read like a conversation, that they were talking to me.  I wanted to emulate that in my own style, keeping true to who I am.

But what do I write about, do I try to please everyone (of course not, it can never work!), so I write what I think people want to read, or just let it all fall out onto the keyboard (which is sort of what I do)???

The more views we get the better. But do we put undue pressure on ourselves to write better stuff to keep people engaged? Or is that trying too hard.  Do we put in lots of pictures, a few pictures. 

I¬†have given myself¬†plenty of poetic licence¬†within my title blurb.¬† I am not drifting off course, or going somewhere my readers don’t want to go.¬† I have also learnt that long posts are allowed to be cut into parts 1,2 and 3 etc… don’t bore people with too much wordy stuff.
Oops, is this post too long already..?

The key Рas I read today on The Hook Рis to be passionate about what you write.  If you like what you are writing about, it comes across and people want to engage and come back.

If that link doesn’t work, please check my blogroll.

Keep smiling and have a great social day ūüôā
Jennifer