Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

(click on the image to see a bigger version of the picture – I promise you it’s worth it 🙂 )

This poem was written by one of my VERY talented friend’s father, who served in the war.

About a decade ago, I arrived on Australian land for the very first time, wide- and starry-eyed, hoping for a brand new start in life. I was excited to live in this land and to call it my home, but I never truly understood the price the Anzacs paid for the freedom we have now. The first time I heard the word ‘Anzac’ was during history class in Year 10 – our history teacher was an absolute legend, having served in the war himself before. He was a great teacher, and my appreciation for the Anzacs (past, present, and future) skyrocketed because of him.

I was excited to live in this land and to call it my home, but I never truly understood the price the Anzacs paid for the freedom we have now.

Since moving here, I’ve met so many more Anzacs, their children, their grand-children, several of which are friends of mine. I’ve made friends with former and current service men and women and a friend from high school recently got enlisted into the Army too. I’m constantly praying for their safety and their families.

No words can describe how thankful I am, and how honoured I feel to be able to live in this South Land of the Holy Spirit. All I can say is, we will never forget your sacrifice, we will always remember what you’ve done, and we thank you. Again and again and again and again. ❤

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On another note, I’ve recently dabbled in making Anzac cookies – tres rewarding and so very yummy. 🙂 This is the best recipe I’ve found so far if you’re looking for something not too chewy.

I found this recipe in an Anzac newsletter our local MP sent us (thank you, Luke Simpkins!) and apparently it’s from an original recipe provided by Mr Bob Larson, an Anzac present at the Gallipoli landing (thank you, Mr Larson!). Thought I’d try it and it is beautiful! These ones tend to come out more crunchy and light than the usual chewy, mind you, so if you don’t mind that, go for it! I much prefer slightly crunchy-chewy to chewy-chewy, anyways. I made a batch of these for my worship teammates who are going down to Margaret River today for a leadership retreat. 🙂

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Anzac cookies fresh out of the oven

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup each of plain flour, sugar*, rolled oats, and coconut (I use desiccated coconut)
  • 4 ounces butter (115g)
  • 1 tablespoon treacle (or golden syrup or honey)
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water (add a little more water if the mixture is too dry)
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

Method:

  1. Grease tray and pre-heat oven to 180 degree Celsius.
  2. Combine dry ingredients.
  3. Melt together butter and golden syrup (or whatever you decide to use instead. I much prefer using honey). Combine water and bicarbonate soda – add to butter mixture.
  4. Mix butter mixture and dry ingredients together.
  5. Drop teaspoons of mixture onto tray – allowing room for spreading (I packed my dollops in with my hands, so that could explain why it spreads less).
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden (be careful especially with this step – you don’t want your cookies to spend more time in the oven than needed. Once you see it turn golden, leave it in there for about a minute longer before taking them out). Allow to cool on tray for a few minutes before transferring onto cooling rack.
  7. EAT! 😀

*I put in half a cup of sugar instead.

Enjoy! Give it a go and let me know what you think! 🙂

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God bless and lest we forget,
D xx ❤

 

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