Weekend Reading #8

Welcome to Weekend Reading #8

We’re expecting an ‘Antarctic Vortex‘ to blow through for the next couple of days so we can look forward to unusually cool temperatures. However, the good news is that creates the perfect environment for spending some time in a warm kitchen, prepping meals for the week. And, just because I can, I’ve already whipped up a batch of ANZAC biscuits. You can learn a bit more about ANZAC biscuits here. They are the ultimate frugal, pantry basics treat.

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Anzac Biscuits are the ultimate frugal ‘pantry basics’ treat!

ANZAC Biscuit Recipe

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 (three-quarters) cup coconut
125g (4 oz) butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
½ (half) teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon boiling water

Combine oats, sifted flour, sugar and coconut.
Combine butter and golden syrup, stir over gentle heat until melted.
Mix soda with boiling water, add to melted butter mixture, stir into dry ingredients.
Roll teaspoonfuls of mixture into balls and place on lightly greased oven trays; allow room for spreading.
Cook in slow oven (150°C or 300°F) for 20 minutes.
Loosen while still warm, then cool on trays.
Makes about 35.

For those of you not in Australia or New Zealand, I have it on good authority you can use honey as a substitute for the golden syrup, although I’ve never tried it myself.

Now for the reading!

10 Reasons You Have To Quit Your Job

He said, “look out the windows”. We looked out at all the office buildings around us. “What do you see?” he said. “I don’t know.” “They’re empty! All the cubicles are empty. The middle class is being hollowed out.” And I took a closer look. Entire floors were dark. Or there were floors with one or two cubicles but the rest empty. “It’s all outsourced or technology has taken over for the paper shufflers,” he said.

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Spanx founder Sara Blakely reveals her secret for coming up with million dollar ideas

“I took an existing product that had been around for years and years and years — the pantyhose — and a pair of scissors from my kitchen, and cut the feet out of them,” Blakely told the audience. “That is all that I did. I saw something that an industry had been looking at in one way for a really long time in a different way.”

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Learning to Love Living with Less in a Little House

“For us, financial security was no longer linked to the size of the portfolio or the potential of real estate holdings; financial security now meant zero debt and a job well loved.”

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Who doesn’t love a TED talk?