Jam Drops

These are a simple little biscuit, they are quite easy to make, and everyone at our house likes them! 🙂

 

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • ½ cup castor sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ¾ cups self-raising flour
  • ½ cup jam 

Method            

1.   Pre-heat oven to 190 – 200 degrees C (375-400 F).

2.   Beat butter and sugar to a cream.

3.   Sift flour.

4.   Add lightly beaten egg and vanilla. Beat well.

5.   Add to creamed mixture. Mix well to form a stiff paste.

6.   Take teaspoonfuls of mixture and roll into balls. (I made mine a bit bigger than this, and I had to press them down with a fork.)  

7.   Place on greased oven trays, allowing room for spreading.

8.   Make a hollow in each with the floured end of a wooden spoon.

9.   Place a little jam in each biscuit.

10. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

11. Allow to cool on tray.

Makes about 30 very delicious biscuits! 🙂 

 

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It’s Cute, It’s From Holland…

and it’s from Germany…

and it’s from Canada! 😀

Mrs Andrea, who lives in Germany, sent us a box of Muisjes and a box of anijsblokjes, along with Flat Abigail.

 

Flat Abigail is from Canada.  Today we took her to see a wombat, a wallaby, some snakes and two dingos.  We also guided her through the free flight aviary with parrots and showed her a nesting black swan.  

 

Soon we will be sending her off to explore another part of the world. 🙂

 

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Here is a picture of our Australian way of eating our Dutch treat!  Cute, hey?

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Thank you Mrs Andrea! 😀

Life In a Rotten Log

Today’s review is a guest post from one of the younger Chicklettes, “Miss almost 7”.  She’s been reading a great book, which we all like, and is here to share her thoughts with you.

 

BOOK TITLE:  Life In a Rotten Log           

AUTHOR:  Kathie Atkinson

THIS BOOK WAS ABOUT:  The book starts out with a tree falling in the forest.  The animals that had been living in the tree had to find new homes.

Once the tree was on the ground, different animals such as a snake and a marsupial mouse, used the tree for a hunting ground and a home.

Soon other small insects make the log their home.  As mosses and lichens cover the log, creatures that like cool, damp places move in.  Fungi starts to grow, which breaks down the log, and gives food for animals.

Other critters to help break down the log are; termites, bush cockroaches, and beetle grubs.  Echidnas and geckos then come to eat the termites and beetles.

The log makes a safe place to hatch babies.  Leeches, earth worms, and skinks leave their eggs in the log to hatch.  Slugs, centipedes and spiders also hatch eggs there.

As the log collapses and crumbles, goannas and bush turkeys  come to rake through the ruins to find grubs and other insects to eat.  As they scratch around, they mix the rotting wood in with the soil, so it becomes ready for a new tree to grow.

MY FAVOURITE PARTS WERE:  I really like the photographs in this book.  It has photos of how fungi spreads, and of insects and animals.  I thought it was interesting to learn that a gecko can’t blink.  It has to lick its eyes.  Poor gecko!

gecko-licking-its-eye

I also liked to read that a mother centipede guards her babies until they are ready to face the world.

The book has little boxes on the pages, which have interesting facts in them.  I liked to read these.

You might like to read this book if you like animals.   You will learn that some rot is good!

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