Thursday, September 17, 2015

Product Review: Bumble and Bumble's Don't Blow It (H)air styler

If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don't, why not?!! click here) then you would have seen a few pics featuring Bumble and Bumble's Don't Blow It (H)air Styler.  This is truly my holy grail hair product! The majority of the time, I don't blow dry my hair. Firstly, I don't really have the time or patience to blow dry it properly, and secondly, now that I have lightened my hair significantly, my hair is not in any shape to be subjected to heat on a regular basis. However, my hair, which is super fine, with a bit of a curl (in parts only), and prone to frizz, means that if I let it air dry, I invariably end up putting it into a pony so that it looks half way decent.

When visiting Mecca recently, the sales assistant was putting out Don't Blow It, and mentioned it to me saying that even though she had only been using it for a few days, she was calling it a miracle product. Sucked in by the sales pitch, I bought the little travel sized tube to give it a try. And you know what, it may have been a sales pitch, but she was right - this is a miracle cream, and I have since gone on to buy the full size!

So simple to use, you simply wash your hair, then a apply a dollop (I use about a 20c piece) through out your hair, including the roots, then let air dry. You can tousle or twirl to bring out more of a curl, you can brush through for a straighter finish, and you can layer with other products like surf spray for even more effects. If you head to B & B's site, they have a number of video tutes showing different effects.

The first pic shows it brushed through after applying for a straighter effect. It gives my hair that "cool French girl" kind of vibe - that textured, slightly dishevelled but still put together look! I simply washed my hair, towel dried, applied the styler throughout the hair, and combed through. Once dried, I combed through again, adding a touch of Kerastase Elixir The Imperial oil to the ends.

These two pics show the effect when I want to embrace my waves. The pic on the left was achieved by applying the Don't Blow It to towel dried hair, combing through, then giving my hair a good allover spray with Pureology's Sea Kissed texturiser, their salt-free version of a surf spray. A quick scrunch with my hands, then I left my hair to dry. Once dry, I gave my hair one more quick tousle with my fingers, especially in the root section, as otherwise I find you can see the product there, almost like you put hair gel in. Once tousled, it disappears completely.

The pic on the right takes a little bit of pre-planning, if you are like me and your hair takes forever to dry. I washed my hair at night instead, towel dried, applied styler throughout and then put my hair into four even plaits. When I got up the next morning, I simply undid the plaits, and gently broke up the hair with my fingers - do not brush! Again, a tiny bit of Kerastase oil on the ends. These curls come out looking so pretty, and lasted all day.

The best way to describe Don't Blow It is like a light leave in conditioner, with a touch of styling hold. It gives my hair just the right amount of weight to hold frizz at bay, without weighing down my hair at all.  Most important, it does not leave your hair feeling sticky or crunchy, my two big bug bears with leave in products.

The fragrance is fresh but very light - TBH once applied, my shampoo scent still takes over, so it is probably safe for even those who a fragrance sensitive.  I can't speak for how this would work on some one with thick hair, but for fine haired ladies like myself, this product is truly a godsend, and I highly recommend it!

 Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post - all products mentioned have been purchased by me.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Pattern Review: McCalls 9424 Pioneer Costume

My favourite project in the last month has been making Irini a costume for Book Week. In Australia, Book Week is a week long celebration of all things to do with books, often culminating in a book week assembly and dress up day at school. Irini decided quite a while ago that she wanted to go as Laura from Little House on the Prairie, and I though this would be just the project to get me back in the swing of sewing. 


 After browsing many pioneer/colonial costumes, I decided on McCalls 9424, as it had good reviews, and it looked really cute. Being from Australia, I can't comment on it being historically accurate, but it certainly fit the idea I had in my head of a Laura Ingalls costume!

Of course, the best part of sewing is the fabric, and despite having shelves of unused fabric to choose from, I had to make a stop at Spotlight, where I came across this gorgeous lightweight printed cotton, and a linen look fabric that matched the peachy coloured flowers in the print perfectly! Finding these two fabrics, how could I not come home with them?

I made up the dress first, with three alterations. Firstly, this pattern is clearly made for giants, and this is my only real complaint about it. The patterns are dual sized, eg the size M which I used is for size 10-12, and they are obviously aiming the length at the upper end of that size spectrum. After cutting out the paper pattern, I realised I would need to shorten the pattern by at least 4 inches, and that meant that I didn't need as much fabric as I had purchased. In the end, I shortened the dress and sleeves a little bit more so that I would be left with a full yard of fabric leftover, which I will turn into a non-costume blouse for Irini at a later date.

My second alteration was to remove the button holes, since I am rubbish at doing button holes, and replacing them with sew in snaps, with some decorative (non functional) buttons sewn on top. For a costume, I think this was a perfect solution, as it still looked great, but makes it easy for Irini to put on and off.  Finally, I did not use any of the recommended interfacing (collar, placket, yoke), as honestly, I just couldn't be bothered. Regardless, it turned out fine!!

After making up the dress, I realised how pretty the front yoke detail is, especially with those cute little heart buttons, and decided it would be such a shame to cover it up with the pinafore included in the pattern. So instead, I just made a basic waist apron, with gathers over each hip, flat over the tummy, with four tucks and a hem ruffle as detail. 

Finally, the bonnet. I had assumed that this would be the trickiest part of the costume, and while it was a little bit more complicated, it was in no way difficult, and the instructions were very clear. I did add a tucked frill made from the apron fabric to the brim, and used the apron fabric for the ties. I really felt that this made the whole lot come together as an outfit. 

All in all, this is a great pattern for a gorgeous costume. I am sure we will repurpose this costume in the future, perhaps as Anne of Green Gables (without the apron and bonnet), definitely as Australian Colonial with a mob cap added, and maybe even as Little Bo Peep somehow!


Monday, May 25, 2015

Warming Pear, Almond and Chia Porridge - Dairy and Gluten Free

This porridge, with its mix of warming spices and protein from the chia and almonds is a delightful (and filling) way to start a wintry morning. And taking just 5 minutes to whip up, there is no excuse to be eating anything less!

Warming Pear, Almond and Chia Porridge

1 pear, grated
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup coconut or almond milk
2 tbs chia seeds
2 tbs Mayvers Almond Spread
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste

Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat for 5 minutes until pears have softened and porridge is thick and creamy. Top with extra cinnamon and sliced pears.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sunshine Immunity Juice

Winter is no longer coming, it is well and truly here, and with that comes cold and flu season. This vibrant juice is full of immune boosting goodies to keep your system healthy and strong over winter!

Sunshine Immunity Juice

1 carrot
1 orange, peeled
1/2 lemon, peeled
1 slice fresh ginger
1 slice fresh tumeric (or 1/2 tsp ground)
2 tsp SuperElixir greens powder (optional)
1 1/2 cups cold green tea (or water)
1 cup ice

Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend on high speed until combined.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Thanks to Tory Burch I finally love wearing my Fitbit!

I love my Fitbit and find it incredibly motivating in my quest to move more, but lets be honest, that silicone band that comes with it is really not that attractive. Functional, perfect for the gym, but stylish? No. And because of that, I would regularly remove it because it just didn't look right with an outfit, which obviously completely defeats the purpose of wearable tech. Even worse, I would often forget to put it back on altogether. So you can imagine my excitement when Tory Burch (a brand I luurve!) released a collection of chic pieces of jewellery to hold the Fitbit. 

Unfortunately, the original collection just didn't work for me. The necklace looked gorgeous, but necklaces are the one piece of jewellery that I tend to switch up on an almost daily basis. So pretty as it is, the necklace just wasn't going to cut it for me. 

The hinged bangle suited me to a tee. I almost always wear my Pandora charm bracelet everyday together with my watch and my current Fitbit silicone band, so replacing the current band for a sleek and chic bangle would work perfectly. However, thankfully I read a number of reviews before hitting the Buy It Now button, as it apparently is designed for women with very slim wrists (how very Tory, when you think about it!!).  Most reviews seemed to agree that if you wear the M/L Fitbit band (as I do), there is no way the bangle will fit. Disappointed, I closed the website, pouted a little (OK, a lot!), and then carried on using my usual band, cursing bird boned Park Avenue Princesses as I did!

Thankfully for those of us with regular sized wrists, Tory Burch expanded her collection last month, adding in three delightful bracelets with a double wrapped leather strap, and the signature Fretwork housing for the Fitbit itself. After reading reviews, and taking careful measurements, I came to the conclusion that this bracelet should *just* fit me. Deciding on the rose gold with pale rose pink leather band, I ordered, and waited with bated breath for it to arrive.

Oh, is it ever gorgeous!! And it fits - on the second last hole! I have to say, I simply can't imagine who would be able to use it on the smallest hole. As an experiment, I tried it on my 7 year old daughter, and even she couldn't come close to wearing something that small!! Regardless, it fit me, and that was all that mattered. I think it looks great paired with my watch and my Pandora charms. Of course, I still switch it back into the rubber band for the gym and exercise, but otherwise, it has been living mostly in its stylish gold case.

Some other reviewers have mentioned that the metal case scratches easily, or that the casing is hard to open, but I have to say, I found neither of these to be a problem. After a week of (constant) wear, I haven't noticed a single scratch, and as you can see, I wear it right up against my watch. And I've found the casing incredibly easy to open; it literally takes just seconds to switch the tracker between bands. So thanks Tory, now I finally love wearing my FitBit!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Product Review: Aerin Rose Hand and Body Cream

You all know I love the Aerin range of beauty products so I was super excited when I found out they were finally available in Australia and I didn't have to have them shipped all the way from America! I was thrilled to see the entire fragrance range was available, as perfume is one of the few things I can't get sent to Oz (pesky flammable goods!). Unfortunately, the Lauder company seem to be doing a soft launch, and have not brought the whole range to our shores, with only the lip conditioner (my all time favourite lip balm) and the hand cream supplementing the perfumes, but I hold high hopes they will bring the rest of the range here sooner rather than later!

As a treat, I decided to buy the Aerin Rose Hand and Body Cream, as it was one of the few Aerin products (other than perfume) that I hadn't actually tried yet. Despite the fact it is a full size tube (125ml), I love it so much it has become a handbag mainstay. Delicately scented with a sophisticated (rather than old fashioned) delicate rose fragrance, this cream sinks in quickly, leaving your hands hydrated, nourished and with a velvety rather than greasy finish. The peachy pink cream feels thick and luxurious; it is a mini treat every time I put it on. As you can see in the pic above, the packaging is gorgeous as well, and it would look perfect on my nightstand, but at this point, I just can't seem to get it to leave my handbag!!

At $65, this is a luxury, but a little really does go a long way, and it has become one of my everyday indulgences. And with Mother's Day coming up, it would make a beautiful present for a treasured mother.

Available at Estée Lauder counters at David Jones and Myer, Australia wide.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Winter is coming...Shortcut Chicken Soup

If the recent weather here in Perth is anything to go by, winter is indeed coming, and that means large pots of soup bubbling away on the stovetop.  I love filling my soups with beans and grains to make them soup-er (get it?!) hearty, but I don't always love how long you need to cook them for. I have relied on the McKenzies brand of soup mixes since I started cooking, so I was intrigued when I saw a packet called Quick Cook the other day, stating ready in 15 minutes.

I bought a packet of the Quick Cook Country Chicken Soup and got to work on a Short Cut Chicken Soup based on pantry/fridge/freezer ingredients. The McKenzies mix looked really nice and hearty with a nice variety of beans and grains, including barley, red lentils, yellow split peas, and navy beans, as well as a "natural" stock packet. I'm not sure, and the packed doesn't say, but I have a feeling the beans and grains have been par-cooked and then dried, and that's why it can be ready in just 15 minutes. Regardless, the soup I came up with was delicious! I discarded the powdered stock packet, and used homemade chicken stock instead of the water asked for in the directions, but I'm sure making it with the powder would have been tasty as well.

This is a true shortcut soup, using real food convenience items and is designed for a quick, but wholesome, weeknight meal. It's more expensive than if this soup was truly made from scratch, but certainly cheaper, and a heck of a lot healthier than running out to get a take away meal!

Shortcut Chicken Soup

1 packet pre chopped mixed veggies (from the fresh fruit and veg section) - mine had celery, leek, carrot, turnip, broccoli stems.

1 packet McKenzies Quick Cook Soup Mix

500g packet frozen shredded chicken

8 cups chicken stock (or water and included stock packet).

  • Saute mixed veggies in a little butter and olive oil until softened (about 4-5 minutes) in a large saucepan.
  • Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer.
  • Lower heat to low, and then simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, until beans and grains are tended.
  • Serve with crusty bread.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello strangers...

Long time no see! Yes, I am still here; no I didn't fall off the face of the earth. For the last four months since life changed as I knew it, I've been re-finding my equilibrium. To be perfectly honest, I haven't found it yet, but with a lot of help and support, I am well on my way. To the many readers who contacted me, thank you so much for your messages. I meant it when I told you that your messages meant the world to me, and as promised, here I am, back again!

As it does, life moves on, and when you have kids, it seems to move on even quicker don't you think? School went back, and with it came a multitude of extra curricular activities that kept the kids busier than ever, and made sure our local petrol station will never go out of business! 

As for my healing, it is happening, even if at times it seems to be happening oh so slowly. Day to day, I seem to be fine, and then something random will cross my path, and set me off. Meeting new people has been particularly challenging; there are a whole class of new parents at my son's school, and as I've gotten to know them, surprisingly often the questions "do you have any brothers or sisters?" or "do you come from a large family?" comes up. My answer still changes. On the one hand, a simple "no" ends the conversation at that point, and we move on. However, as "easy" as that answer is, I usually end up feeling guilty saying that. Is it a lie? No, I guess it isn't anymore. But is it the truth? Am I dishonouring my brother's memory by effectively denying his very existence. On the other hand, answering "yes, I had a brother but he passed away recently" opens a whole can of worms that usually ends with me in tears. 

Every day that passes, however, the tears become fewer and fewer, and moments of joy and laughter start to come back. Remembering the good times my brother and I had together becomes easier, the anger I feel towards him for taking his life starts to lessen, and the acceptance that he was facing his own demons that had nothing to do with anyone else becomes stronger. 

Obviously these couple of posts are not the usual topics I deal with on Chic Mummy. I hope that you can all indulge me these two, and rest assured that regular programming will return shortly!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Paper Planner Love

For quite a long time now, I have been an electronic planner person, but late into last year, I just found it wasn't working for me as well as it had been previously. This made me think about going back to the good, old fashioned paper planner, and since I have, I honestly haven't looked back. I think that a full blown stationery obsession, coupled with a mind that simply works better when I physically write things down, has combined to create a system that seems to working much better for me.

I had used a MomAgenda in the past, but the reason it fell out of favour for me was that it was just too big, and so it didn't fit in all my bags, and just became too cumbersome to carry around all the time. And this is really a key point - for any diary system to work, paper or digital, you need to always have it with you. While browsing in kikki-k, I came across the most gorgeous lilac and gold leather planner in medium (it's 50% off at the moment!)  that looked large enough to actually write things in, but not so large that I wouldn't tote it around with me. I also added a little pencil case designed to strap over a planner (from Officeworks) to contain my coloured pens (more on that later!).

When you first open up my planner, I have a little motivational quote that I swap out weekly in front of my personal info page. This quote card is also from kikki-k, from a little set of quote cards I picked up on clearance. I also have some fun shaped paper clips in case I need to clip loose pieces of paper in while I am out and about, to keep them safe until I get home and can punch them in.

After my info page, I have my daily docket. This one is from The Polkadot Posie Printables and includes half the page dedicated to the schedule for the day, as well as a little meal planning box, and a To-Do list. I've added in downloadable "To Call" and "To Clean" stickers downloaded from       and printed at home.

After a homemade divider, I then have a section dedicated to my health and fitness goals, as this is a real focus for me this year. The first page is a daily "My Healthy Day" tracker from Lime Tree Fruits that is a great visual summary for me - it includes drinking water, fruit and veg consumption, exercise, mind and soul, to name just a few.

Next is my goal tracker, also from The Polkadot Posie Printables, which I am using to track my long term health goals. What I love about this tracker is that while it lists your long term goals, it also breaks them down into monthly goals, something I think makes your goals so much more achievable. I love the little motivational quote as well!! I'm all about the quotes at the moment!!

In this section, I also have the weightloss tracker, measurement tracker, and a fitness calender, which were all part of the Health and Fitness Planner set (together with the goal tracker above) from The Polkadot Posie Printables. I use the fitness tracker to document how many steps I have taken each day (with the aim of consistently achieving at least 10000 daily) as well as what exercise classes I have taken.

Next is my monthly calendar section, also from Polkadot Posie Printables. I don't refer to this section every day, more like once a week, but it is great for longer range planning. I've decorated it with washi tape, taping out the bottom of each day that is a school holiday.

My final main section is my weekly diary, and this I refer to many times per day. I'm not sure why, but I didn't love the insert the planner came with, so I swapped it out for one from Filofax. Each Sunday night, I sit down and review the coming week, and decorate it with washi tape, stickers and quotes. I love how bright and cheerful it looks! The stickers are a mix, and include motivational and puffy cute little stickers from kikki-k, printable workout icon stickers from The Gifted Pepper, and my Flylady cleaning zone printable sticker from Juicebox Creations.

I also colour code all the entries so I can see visually at a glance who each diary entry refers to. Pink is for my daughter, blue for my son, purple for me, and green for entries that involve both the kids or the family. Colour coding has made a huge difference to the workability of my planner.

So there you have my planner setup for the new year. I would love to hear whether you have switched to digital, or you can't get enough of paper like me!

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Top Ten Posts of 2014

I've never done a top ten posts of the year before, and I was fascinated by the results. By a country mile, my most read posts were about capsule wardrobes and how to make the most of a smaller one. This is great news, since capsule wardrobes are something I passionately believe in, but I kind of thought I was overdoing those kind of posts. But since you all obviously like them too, I will continue to write about them! I will also be bringing you other style, beauty and lifestyle posts over the coming year, so I hope you continue join me at Chic Mummy: every day life, lived in style.

Top Ten Posts of 2014

1. Autumn 10 Item Capsule Wardrobe

2. Blue and Green SAHM Capsule Wardrobe

3. Thermomix Chili Con Carne

4. Update To Summer Wardrobe

5.  1 Shirt from Summer to Autumn

6.  Looking Towards My Spring Summer Capsule Wardrobe

7.  5 Ways to Wear a Tank and Jeans

8.  Building an Accessories Wardrobe

9. What I Wore Wednesday

10. Book Review: At Home with Madame Chic

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Looking towards a brighter 2015

2014 has been an incredibly tough year for me; I would go so far as to say that 2014 has, by far, been the worst year that I have ever experienced. It seemed like the year just progressively threw greater and greater trials at me, almost like I was being tested to see how much I could possibly endure. However, the year has ended, and I survived. I might not have thrived, but I survived.

Starting off the year, my son was beset by chronic asthma and croup that completely escalated out of control. It meant frequent hospitalisations, a ridiculous amount of missed school, and even an emergency ambulance ride when he literally couldn't breath and started turning blue. There were some weeks that I honestly couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel; it just seemed like everything we tried got us nowhere at best. However, by the end of October, with some intensive treatment from an amazing asthma specialist, we finally seem on the road to having a manageable illness.

Just as we seemed to be turning the corner with Stephen's condition, however, my daughter decided she needed to get in on the action! The same day that my son was booked in for routine surgery to have his tonsils out (we were literally in the car, on our way), our GP called to say that we needed to rush our daughter to the emergency department as he was certain she had appendicitis. This was after three weeks of her being unwell and us being adamantly told it was nothing more than a bad case of gastro at the previous two emergency dept visits, and two visits to another GP (ours was in holiday when it all started happening). We dropped my son and husband at one hospital while my daughter and I hightailed it to the children's hospital, where guess what? They still didn't believe me that my daughter had anything more serious than gastro, but due to our GP's insistence, they admitted us. Thank goodness, because that night at 3 in the morning, she spiked a 42C/107F fever, which I later found out is considered a serious medical emergency, and that suddenly prompted the doctors to take the appendicitis theory more seriously.

The next morning, after a barrage of tests, ultrasounds and a CT scan, the surgeons confirmed that she had a ruptured appendix, and that had led to a pelvic abscess. Due to the massive infection, removal of the appendix was considered too risky, so the surgeons decided to drain the abscess and then aggressively treat the infection with IV antibiotics for a week, with removal of the appendix planned for three months later. In the meantime, Irini went for fortnightly ultrasounds and blood tests to keep an eye on things. Of course, while all this was happening, both my parents and my in-laws were overseas! I tell you, if there is ever a time you really want your mum, it is when you are dealing with a life threatening illness in your child! And yet, even without my parents, we were surrounded by love; little friends came to visit and bring the cheer that only comes with the innocence of children, big friends supplied us with what seemed like an endless supply of baked goods and casseroles. Even volunteer strangers came with smiles and balloons and fun and games.

Three months went past, the infection and abscess was completely cleared up, and we went in to see the surgeon to book in for the appendectomy, where he ever so apologetically let me know that the children's hospital no longer considered the surgery urgent, so we would need to go on the waiting list, which could be anywhere from 6 to 12 months. Never have I been so glad to have private health insurance, as I was when the surgeon agreed to squeeze us in on his last private surgery list for the year. Booked in finally, I could almost breath a sigh of relief. For the previous three months, every time Irini had a tummy ache we would all stress that the appendicitis was recurring, as there is a small risk of this.

It's funny how life works. For two weeks I was complaining how inconvenient having the surgery less than a week before Christmas would be, and for the first time in a long time, I had all my Christmas present shopping done so I would be ready before the surgery date, when life threw at me the worst event of all.

On the 10th of December, my only sibling took his life. Three days before Christmas, and a day after Irini came out of hospital after her surgery, we attended my brother's funeral. I still can't comprehend it completely even now, three weeks later. I'm not sure I will completely comprehend it in three years, or even thirty.  I think in any unexpected death, let alone suicide, it is impossible to not question "why?" over and over. It is impossible to not question your faith. It is a blow that can be felt so deep within your soul, you are not sure why you own heart is still beating.

And yet. And yet, you endure. I truly believe that life does not give you anything you cannot truly bear. It may give you challenges that you think are insurmountable, but they are not. They are there to teach, if only we are willing to learn. On one of my darkest days, this poem below came into my inbox. It's timing couldn't have been more perfect. Coincidence? Serendipity? I don't know. I just know it was what I needed when I needed it.

Winter has swallowed us whole, taken us deep. In the chill of ice, trees stand stark as bones, the land is cold iron, frost slows all movement so Gaia is still as death. Only the brilliant stars in the black sky remember the rhythms of earth as they wheel through the night. All is connected. As stars bloom and die, as flowers fall to seed, as bone becomes nurturing ground, the wheeling universe lives in its Beauty and pattern. We are stardust, born of the Great Goddess, and in her is all hope. Even in the most severe terror of darkness and cold that Kali brings, the Spark flares again to ignite the perfect miracle of life. When all seems lost, the mystery of the universe begins to lift us into light and renewal once more.
Rose Flint

Life has been irrevocably changed and can never be the same, but the love and support of your family, your friends, and your faith cradle you, hold you close, and lift you back towards the light until you can grasp it once again.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Freezer Cooking: Chocolate Anzac Biscuits/Cookies

As a family, we have been watching a lot of documentaries on World War 1, and talking a lot about the war and what the soldiers had to endure during their time fighting on the front.  World War 1, and the ANZACS, are a major part of the Australian identity, and with the centenary next year, I think that now is the perfect time to talk to our children about such a crucial part of Australia's, and the world's, history. One of the things we have been talking about was the food they had to eat, and from that, I decided to make a chocolate spin on the classic Anzac biscuit that was sent to those brave young boys by their loving families back on the homefront.

These are fantastic to make in bulk, and then freeze unbaked, so you can have freshly baked treats whenever you need them. I like to freeze them on a baking tray first, like the pic below, and then place into a zip lock bag to save space in the freezer. If you don't want to pre-freeze them, this recipe can be halved with no problems.

Freezer Cooking: Chocolate Anzac Biscuits

2 cups plain flour
2 cups sugar
2 cups rolled oats
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 cups dark choc chips
8 tbsp golden syrup
250g butter, melted
  1. Place all the dry ingredients into a large bowl, and stir to combine.
  2. Add melted butter and golden syrup, stirring until well combined.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop (or a tablespoon), place scoops onto baking tray, and gently press down with a fork.
  4. Freeze until firm, then transfer to a zip lock bag.
  5. When ready to bake, transfer to a parchment lined baking tray, leaving room for spreading, and bake from frozen in a preheated 170C/350F oven for 15 minutes.
  6. If cooking immediately rather than freezing, bake at the same temp for 12 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool on tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Makes approx. 50 cookies.

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