Small Town Love | Bayfield, WI

I don’t know about you, but I love small towns. Maybe it’s the peace and quiet. Or maybe it’s the quaint little stores. Perhaps it’s the slow pace. Maybe it reminds me of weekend drives with my family as a child. The stops at bakeries for a bite of a soft pastry of some kind. Now as an adult, it’s a nice escape from our typical everyday life of rush, rush, rush. I definitely have a love for small towns.
Here’s a few pictures of our visit to the town of Bayfield, Wisconsin on a gray cold day in September 2011…

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I think we need to make another visit!

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Australia Day | Anzac Biscuits

Australia Day is celebrated on Jan 26th. Now I know that Jan 26th actually occurred yesterday in Australia, but I’m currently living in America and Jan 26th happens to be today. This whole time difference thing drives me a little nuts sometimes. Other times it’s great as an excuse to keep a party going, right?!
A little history: Even though Australia wasn’t officially founded until Jan 1st 1901, the date Jan 26th marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships to Australian shores, specifically Sydney Cove in New South Wales.
Unfortunately, since I live in America, specifically an arctic cold Minnesota by the time Jan 26th rolls around, I can’t celebrate it in the typical Aussie fashion; beach days and back yard BBQ’s. All I can do to celebrate the day is serve up some yummy fresh from the oven (read: warm) ANZAC biscuits to my family. Must note: ANZAC biscuits are typically made on ANZAC Day which falls on April 25th. But they’re very Australian and perfectly OK to make anytime of the year.
ANZAC Biscuits (1)These biscuits (aka cookies to Americans) are soft and chewy and made using oats and coconut. But they aren’t the star of the show. That title belongs to…
ANZAC Biscuits (2)^Golden Syrup! Since moving to America, I’ve been purchasing this English brand. You can’t make ANZAC biscuits without Golden Syrup. It’s also fantastic on pancakes and I also use it to make a yummy dessert called Caramel Slice^
To make these delicious biscuits:
Heat your oven to 350F degrees.
1 cup quick cooking oats, 3/4 cup flaked coconut, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup light brown sugar (or you can use white, but I just prefer brown). Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
1/2 cup butter and 1 tablespoon golden syrup. Melt ingredients together in a small saucepan over low heat.
1 tsp baking soda and 2 tbl spoons boiling water. Mix the baking soda and the boiling water. Add the liquid mix to the melted butter and golden syrup.
Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir until well combined (it will seem initially that you don’t have enough liquid mixture to mix everything together, but keep at it and eventually it will all combine nicely). Drop by teaspoons onto baking paper lined cookie sheets. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes.
And enjoy! 
ANZAC Biscuits (3)Happy Australia Day!

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What I love

As the title of my blog suggests, I love pictures. I love taking them, I love viewing other’s pictures, I love reminiscing over them, the memories, the good times, the moments in time, captured. Most of all, I love old photos.
OldPhotosI love snowy days, but only if I’m at home with no where to go.

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I love dancing in the living room with my son to this song. If it ever comes on the radio in the morning on our way to school (Connor) and work (me), our day is made. We love it.
Hope it’s been a lovely week and here’s wishes for an even lovelier weekend!

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