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Have an Aussie New Year!

Weather permitting, consider celebrating the new year the way they do in Australia: with picnics, camping, and lots of fresh air.

Even if your climate isn’t conducive to a December camp-out, try moving the outdoors inside by ushering in the new year with an indoor picnic.

Set up a blanket on the living room floor, hand out flashlights and turn out the lights.

Take turns sharing your favorite thing about 2010 and what you’re looking forward to in 2011.

You can also recreate your favorite picnic foods inside for added fun.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a Wii or other video game system, maybe play some sporty games as a family to remind each other that the winter – which seems interminable – will end.

And if you’re the kind of family that just loves winter sports, get out there and enjoy them together as a great way to start the new year in a happy and healthy way.

 

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Cookies 19: Chocolate Oat Cookies

Australia’s chocolate oat cookies are not only festive and easy to make, they also travel extremely well.

If you’re baking cookies to send to friends or family far away, these cookies may be just the thing for you.

Here’s a recipe for Anzac biscuits – also known as Australian chocolate oat cookies -from Allrecipes.com. These cookies are also widely made in New Zealand.

Chocolate Oat Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dry unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets. Mix quick oats, flour, coconut, brown sugar, and ginger in a bowl. With your fingers, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  2. Dissolve the baking soda in boiling water. In a small saucepan, melt the butter, and stir in the golden syrup to combine. Pour in the dissolved baking soda, and pour the mixture into the well in the dry ingredients. Stir lightly until just combined; drop by rounded tablespoon about 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

 

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