Coconut and Walnut Slice with Lemon Icing

Ingredients

Base

1 1/2 cups of self-raising flour

1 cup of desiccated coconut

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup of finely chopped walnuts

150g butter, melted

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Icing

2 cups of icing sugar mixture

1/4 cup of strained lemon juice

1 teaspoon of butter, room temperature

1 tablespoon of desiccated coconut to garnish

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. Grease and line a 30cm x 20cm slice tin and line with baking paper (with a slight overhang).

2. Combine the flour, coconut, walnuts and sugar in a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the melted butter and vanilla and mix until evenly combined.

3. Place the mixture into the tin and press and smooth firmly with the back of the a spoon or using clean hands. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Set aside to cool.

4. For the lemon icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and mix in the lemon juice and butter until smooth. Spread over the slice, sprinkle with coconut and allow to set. Cut into squares and serve.

Enjoy!

It’s blog award season in Australia. Nominations have been taken for the Kidspot Voices of 2014 and the top 100 have been announced. The Australian Writers Centre have called for nominations for the Best Australian Blogs and the results are pending. It’s a good time to reflect on why we blog, what we want to achieve and how those goals change over time. It’s also fun to watch others celebrate nominations and achievements, take up opportunities and even opt out of the entire process.

I began blogging in September 2011. I stumbled over blogs while on maternity leave and in my usual impulsive style I jumped right in, learning and evolving as I went. It’s been a journey, flowered with large goals, reality checks and strong and waning passions. In this way, it has been character building.

It is all too easy to compare ourselves to others, to lose our voice trying to replicate that of another and to envy the achievements of others, but none of these things make us better bloggers and none of these things speak to the reason why we blog in the first place.

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I am in a purple patch with blogging. I have found a blog / life balance where blogging is but a creative outlet to fit in as time and desire allows. I don’t chase stats, I have not looked at my media kit for 12 months and I turn down the majority of offers for sponsored content. In effect, my blog is no longer about the reader, it is rightly or wrongly about me. I write because I want to write, I cook because I want to cook and I share pictures because I like to. There is no grand plan. It’s just me.

It has taken awhile to get to this place and I did not get here on my own. I have watched successful bloggers re-evaluate and step away and other great bloggers take a break because now is not the time. I have also observed how others approach blogging with great admiration.

Do you blog? Have you asked yourself why you blog? Does blogging add to your happiness or take from it? 

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