It gets harder to make new friends as you get older.
Mum tells me that as a kid I was very front-foot about making new mates. Perhaps it was because we moved around so much, I had zero qualms about approaching someone in the playground and saying “Hi I’m Amanda. Do you want to be my friend?” What I wouldn’t give for that level of confidence now!
I’ve been lucky enough to make some terrific girlfriends since we moved to the farm. They’re farmers or sisters of farmers or friends of farmers. We have a special trip once a year for our birthdays and take turns on planning the secret destination. Normally it’s something relaxing like a weekend at Noosa or a trip to Hamilton Island.
But next year is different. We’re tackling the Great Endeavour Rally! Just us four mums from Glass House Mountains, driving from the Gold Coast to Yamba via Dubbo!
It’s all in aid of the terrific work that the Endeavour Foundation do supporting people with a disability as part of the everyday community. You can help our fundraising efforts here.
But enough about the rally, we’ll have plenty of time for that between now and June…
I made these mini strawberry shortcakes for one of the team, Michelle’s fortieth birthday last weekend and they were a hit.
mini strawberry shortcakes
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Strawberry shortcakes inspire memories of childhood. This easy recipe makes 16 mini strawberry shortcakes in just 25 minutes.
2 sheets shortcrust pastry
1 tbs cointreau (sometimes I use a blood orange liqueur and it's delicious)
3/4 cup thickened cream
1/4 cup strawberry jam
1 tbs icing sugar
Quarter the strawberries and combine them with the cointreau in a small bowl. Stir and allow to macerate.
Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Using a round cutter, cut 16 circles of pastry from each sheet. Place on prepared baking trays and bake for 10 minutes or until crisp, cool.
Beat the cream using an electric mixer.
Brush half the pastry rounds with strawberry jam and place them on a serving platter.
Top the rounds with cream then the macerated strawberries, then top with another pastry round.
Repeat with the remaining strawberries and cream, then dust with icing sugar.
Serving Size makes 16
Amount Per Serving
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
have you had difficultly making new friends as an adult?
ever been part of a rally?