Is the memory really a memory?

Memories, he’s thinking. Where do they come from? Can you count them as senses? Do they live in your organs? Do you make them or do you just host them? And if it’s the latter, does the world want them back?
– The Summer Exercises, Ross Gibson

On the topic of memories, what are they? We remember these moments sometimes so clear we can see a vision in our minds. Over time though the picture changes sometimes slightly and sometimes dramatically. Do our memories just become what we want to see over time? Do we glorify our memories or exaggerate unintentionally  to make something become more significant or meaningful over time?

Recently we lost someone in my family and I spent a while remembering moments I had had with this person. The things I remember cant be remembered by anyone else. Memories are so personal and no one could ever share the exact same recollection as our own. I do think that over time we make moments sound more attractive to those listening to our stories. We use particular words to create suspense and climax. But if our memories cant be a true representation of a moment what can be?

How does our mind decide which moments will become memories and what’s to be forgotten over time? For example I can vividly remember on one occasion walking to my older brothers primary school with my dad and dog to collect him. I would have been about four and I could show you now exactly where we waited for him. Why was this something my mind chose to remember? Why didn’t my mind choose to remember the last conversation I had with my Abuelo before he was sick? Why don’t I remember the things my Uni text books are suppose to be teaching me?

I don’t understand the inner workings of the mind and maybe we are not supposed to. Now if only we could choose our memories over time.

Pride for the great Aus!

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Over the weekend I found myself in Sydney wandering the streets aimlessly. I was walking along when I came across the War Memorial. Inside the building was a small room. The roof was dome shaped and carved in stars while the walls contained quotes and war memorabilia. It was a beautiful building encrusted with pride for our nation. All I have to say to all you Australians is: Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi,Oi

Cookies

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I’ve watched countless TV shows obsess over the goodness that is girl scout cookies and seeing where I come from people don’t really sell them, I thought I would have a go at making them myself. Here goes.

INGREDIENTS:

For cookies:

* 1 cup of unsalted butter

* 1/2 cup sugar

* 2 cups of flour

* 1/4 tsp. baking powder

* 1/2 tsp. salt

* 2 tbsp. milk

* 1/2 tsp. vanilla essence

TO MAKE THE COOKIES (shortbread biscuit):

1. Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius

2.  Cream together butter and sugar until creamy and light

3. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Add milk and vanilla, beat until combined. Next add all dry ingredients and beat till combined. Do not over mix.

4. Roll the dough into balls and bake for approx. 15 minutes or until golden. Let cookies cool completely.

INGREDIENTS:

Coconut topping:

* 3 cups of shredded coconut

* 450 grams of caramels

* 3 tbsp. milk

* 1/4 tsp. salt

* 1 cup of melting chocolate

TO MAKE TOPPING:

1. Bake shredded coconut on a baking tray for ten minutes or until golden. Stir halfway through to prevent burning. Leave to cool.

2. Place caramels, milk and salt in a medium pot over low heat. Stirring continuously until fully melted. Add shredded coconut and combine.

3. Spread the mixture on top of each cookie. Its easiest to do this while the mixture is still hot.

4. Melt the chocolate in a microwave for about 1 minute or until fully melted. Dip the bottoms of each biscuit into the chocolate and allow to set.

** My caramel tops didn’t end up sticking to the biscuit so instead I dipped the top of the biscuit in chocolate and stuck the caramel topping on top.

5. Drizzle the top with melted chocolate

6. Eat up and enjoy!

Getting Crafty

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I’ve seen these online under the name ‘glow jar’ a lot recently. Although Google makes them look far better than my attempt, I decided to give it a go. All you do is buy a couple of glow sticks or just one big one, cut it open and shake the contents into the jar. There is also a florescent part inside the glow stick that is hard, make sure you break this because that’s what gives it colour. After several dangerous attempts to break the glow stick (it’s much harder than it looks) this was the result.

Seriously guys if you try this please watch your fingers!

Christmas for the belly

First off a belated Merry Christmas to you all and secondly…

I made mini Christmas tree treats! I made about 25 of these in less than twenty minutes in a last minute rush to have some sort of dessert to take to family dinner.

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All you do is:

1.  Cover a round Oreo biscuit in vanilla icing, this will be the base of the tree.

2. Add green food colouring to vanilla icing (I use the Betty Crocker tubs when I’m too rushed to make my own.)

3. Dip strawberries into the green food colouring and place on top of Oreo with the peak facing upwards.

4. Decorate with a star and sprinkles for lights.

I also had a super delicious Christmas breakfast. As a joke I went to Big W and bought one of their $9 waffle makers that cook waffles in the shape of lions, elephants and a giraffe. This was probably the best decision I have ever made. So yum, especially with Cadburys melted chocolate over the top, vanilla ice cream and banana. I’m hungry just thinking about it.

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