Mystery Blogger Award

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Rules:

  1. Put the award logo or image in your post.
  2. List all the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  4. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  5. Nominate readers and notify them.
  6. Link back to the creator of the award.
  7. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice with a weird or funny question.
  8. Share the link to your best/favorite post of yours.

I was nominated by Ash over atย Universe of the Unspoken. She blogs in her corner of the internet world about many topics, ranging from creative writing, to lifestyle, to her general thoughts on life and all. Go check her out ๐Ÿ™‚

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Leisurely Drives

Leisurely Drives

Hello! I got lots of great feedback from you guys about my postย Leisurely Walks. I really loved going through all the photos I had taken while I was out on a walk. So this may start a series of sorts, where I write less, and let my photos do the talking.

Yesterday, we had some lovely weather here in Wellington for a change. It was nicer than it had been in weeks. Instead of walking around though, we had plans to go out and spend some time with Rory’s family which is not walking distance. It’s a 15 minutes drive out of town, and while we were driving, I took out my phone and started taking photos for no real reason, other than I wanted to.

Have a look!

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Let’s Bake! (ANZAC Cookies Edition)

Let’s Bake! (ANZAC Cookies Edition)

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I’m going to start on a serious note. Today is a public holiday for us in New Zealand (and over in Australia). We are celebrating ANZAC Day. For those not in these countries, let me quickly explain. ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. It’s aย national day of rememberance for all those who have served and died in all wars, conflicts and any peacekeeping operations. A day to think on the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. The date was chosen as it was the anniversary of the first landing of the Anzacs in Galipolli. It did not go well, and is seen as a disaster from our countries’ view. While I want to share with you all, a fun little baking post, I don’t want to undercut the importance of this day in my country.

I looked up the history of these cookies on Wiki. Apparently, they were not eaten by soldiers on the frontline, as I was previously told. They were eaten and sold at galas, and other public events to raise money to support the war effort. They were originally called “Soldier’s biscuits” or “ANZAC biscuits”. Traditionally, they are very hard, which helps with their long shelf life. However, the recipe I used makes soft biscuits. If you read the previous baking posts, you’ll know that I prefer soft and chewy biscuits.

So, let’s get baking. You can find the full link to the recipeย here.

As always, first, I checked to make sure that I had all the ingredients.

To make 18 cookies, you will need:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp water

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Namaste Collective

Namaste Collective

Hey guys! So I bought temporary henna tattoos from Namaste Collective a long time ago (last September actually), and I just came across them. I totally forgot about them! I love their products though, so I consider myself an Avidย fan of their work. I really suggest you check them out!

I found them through Amanda Faye, a YouTuber I follow, who has the cutest daughter (Luna), and lovely husband (Matthias, another YouTuber). Her Instagram isย hereย and she also has an Etsy shop I believe, but whenever I try go there everything is already sold out! They also have a joint channel called Matt & Amandaย (formerly Nerds in Love), which I have been following for years. They are one of my favourite YouTube couples (just behind Felix & Marzia, and Jenna & Julien).

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Anyway, she talked about Namaste Collective who are an Australian company who make and sell henna tattoos, as well as a few other products. This was my first little foray into the tattoo world, and they also led me to look into mandala designs. I needed to spend $55 to get the free shipping as well, so I bought three packs of the temporary henna kits. Two in brown, and one in white. They also sent me a free henna kit on top of that !

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300 Followers! Tell Me About Yourselves!

Bonus blog! So hey, it wasn’t too long ago that I was at 200. But you guys keep coming!! Thank you for all the support, whether you’re someoneย who stops by every day or every week, if you read, like or comment on all my posts, or just some…THANK YOU! I didn’t meant to shout, I’m just excited ๐Ÿ™‚

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Since starting my blog in early March, I have had so much fun writing posts about anything and everything. I’ve had even more fun discovering lots of different blogs, and reading everyone’s posts. I follow a combination of travel, crafts, baking, beauty, lifestyle, personal and everything else kind of blogs. I love that we can write about anything on here, and that we all support each other.

So, in celebration of 300, instead of another post where I share more about me, I want to know more about all of you guys who follow me! I got the idea from the ever amazing Cheila over atย Pink for Days, who has recently reached over 800 followers! I love how interactive she is with her followers and readers! I always have such a great time reading her posts and talking to her. Go follow her and read her posts, if you don’t already ๐Ÿ˜›

So some (possibly most, they’re really good questions!) of these, I have borrowed from Cheila (I hope you don’t mind!), and others I’ve just come up with now.

Feel free to answer in the comments below, skip any questions you don’t want to answer, I really want to get to know you guys more ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. What’s your first name?
  2. Do you have a middle name?
  3. How old are you?
  4. What country are you currently living in?
  5. What’s the time where you are right now?
  6. Do you have a current best friend? What’s their name? How long have you known them for?
  7. What’s your current relationship status? If you’re in one, how long have you been together for? What’s your partner’s name?
  8. Do you have any children? How many? What are their names?
  9. Do you have any pets? What kind?
  10. What do you do for a living?
  11. What did you want to be when you were younger?
  12. Any piercings or tattoos?
  13. What’s one of your favourite quotes?
  14. When did you start your blog?
  15. How did you come up with your blog name?
  16. What are your favourite posts to write about? (leave a link to it if you want!)
  17. How did you find my blog?
  18. Whatย was the first post of mine that you read (if you remember ๐Ÿ˜› )?
  19. Do you prefer any types of posts more?
  20. Is there anything you’d like to see on my blog?

20 questions seems like more than enough. I really invite everyone reading this to take part, no matter when you started following me, or if you literally just stumbled across this post.

I’m going to round up this post, with one final THANK YOU (I shouted again), and I will sign off.

Angela.

Let’s Bake! (Chocolate Chip Cookies Edition)

Let’s Bake! (Chocolate Chip Cookies Edition)

I really enjoyed making my last baking post, so I thought I would give it another go!ย Once all the snickerdoodles were gone, I wanted more cookies, and chocolate chip is my second favourite!

The recipe I used is another old, trusted one that I found online. There’s so much recipes out there! I’ll leave a linkย hereย and let you know again, that the recipe I used has been halved. I also am not a fan of nuts, so I always opt to leave those out. This recipe gives you soft, chewy cookies, which again is the type I prefer!

Let’s get into it.

First, make sure you have all the ingredients, cause I’ve been caught out before.

To make 12 cookies, you will need:

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract/essence (I can’t tell the difference truthfully)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp hot water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

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