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A slice of Wednesday

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One of my long-time favourite blogs closed down recently and it really got me thinking.

About how much time we spend recording and revisiting, about what we're not doing while we're busy blogging, about what the motivation behind blogging is. You know. Light and easy stuff. 

It strikes me that blogging, particularly at high frequency, is something people do for a specific period of time, but is something pretty hard to sustain long term.

Some people do it – I seriously don't know how Soulemama manages fresh and crafty posts day after day while homeschooling and mothering five children. I love The Pioneer Woman but there is so much going on over there now I find it hard to know where to look. Loobylu is one of the best long-term bloggers around and she had a huge hiatus a couple of years back (and earlier this year too.) 

It feel weird when a favourite blog closes down, like a breakup you kind of weren't involved in. 

My very good (real life) friend Estelle had a blog that I loved. I was very sad when she abandoned ship and I live in hope that because she hasn't cancelled her typepad subscription therefore she might make a comeback. Estelle is involved in my very favourite custard recipe (we put together her mother's recipe and my mother's recipe and got nirvana.)

She's a marvellous foodie. 

And she sent me a slice recipe, before I started this slice thing here. I thought it sounded WEIRD. 

She admitted it sounded nuts too, but urged me to try it. 

So today I did.

She called it the most amazing nutty, brownie like cakey slicey thing EVA. (Direct quote).

We might call it "Estelle's Insane Slice".

And FAR OUT it's really good. And if you thought the Easy Slice was easy, try this. 

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Estelle's Insane Slice

Ingredients:

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

ΒΌ cup honey

1 egg lightly beaten

1 tblsp cocoa

Method:

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased and lined loaf tin (mine was 22cm by 11cm) and bake for 20 mins on 180degC.

Estelle: "I'm not joking, that's it." (Direct quote.)

Four ingredients. It takes approximately two minutes to make.

Next time I'll double it and put it into a slice tin. 

Insanely good.

(Did I say we'd do a healthy meusli bar slice this week? Er, how 'bout next week?)

So do we think there's a future in blogging? This uniquely public record of private worlds? Or is it a strange and short-lived snapshot of all these domestic lives all over the globe that people will um over in a hundred years time. They're going to look at this slice and go, peanut butter, honey, egg and cocoa? Those pre-apocalyptic Australians, they were insane. And far out they ate a lot of slices. 

xxx

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19 Comments on “A slice of Wednesday

Catriona
October 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I love reading your blog – so keep it up if you can. But if you need to take a break and refresh go right ahead!

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Amanda
October 26, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Oooh..it’s a tough one heh?!? I’m another one of those ‘on-again-off-again’ bloggers who hasn’t cancelled my typepad account yet (because really, I DO miss blogging, but oh where to find the time?). But please don’t YOU stop blogging?! These slice recipes are devine and your kids are gorgeous and I’m just recovering from a (minor) work/home balance crisis and am so enjoying the inspiration, creativity and good ‘ol belly laugh that you and this wonderful space gives to me. Please.don’t.go.anywhere. πŸ™‚ I might even see you in blog-land again soon….

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Melanie @ M&M
October 27, 2011 at 12:38 am

I think blogging is the memoir writing of the 21st century. And like 17th and 18th century memoirs, blogging will provide fodder for future generations. Of course they may get a skewed perspective of our lives — they may think all we ever did was cook, eat, craft and complain! LOL!

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Sue
October 27, 2011 at 1:36 am

Oh, Farmama? I loved her! But never kept up with the yarn stories.
Hmmmm, it’s funny, isn’t it? You know I’ve never been a writer, and have been wondering lately whether you have to sign off, somehow, or whether you can just let it trail away… (But not leave it in a box at the side of a road!)
I don’t want to say goodbye on my blog, because what if something funny happens? But then, funny things happen every day, and I dont write them down.
Melanie- I think all I ever do is cook, eat, clean, daydream about crafting and complain!

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SB
October 27, 2011 at 5:47 am

That’s not a slice, that’s a PB sandwich without the bread! (the egg and cocoa are just part of the disguise) Of course, I’ll just have to make some to try it πŸ™‚

Hang in there with your blog πŸ™‚

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alison@thisbloominglife
October 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

Thank goodness it wasn’t a museli slice – you had me worried!

I do a lot of thinking about blogging too. Being only new to it I am enjoying the opportunity for self-reflection. It’s like those conversations with friends where just by verbalising you find solutions and the chance to reflect and celebrate. But…does it take time away from things I should be doing??? A perfect example is the hours I spent trying to find your move posts reading the whole archive. I’ve resisted the social media as I worry it would totally take over my life. I know I’ve read less books since discovering blogs!

For you at the moment, keep blogging as it will add such a special and personal dimension to your new ventures.

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Ngo Family Farm
October 27, 2011 at 8:31 am

Hi! I just wandered over here from Rhonda Jean’s blog. What a gift you have for writing, and I adore your sense of humor! I also used to follow Farmama and was sad to see her go. Nothing like some baked goodies to help with that, though πŸ˜‰

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pip
October 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

HI, I read your blog, but have never commented before. I love reading about your life and I enjoy making your recipes. With Rhonda Jean and you, I feel I have these wise, clever friends who encourage and inspire me to try new things, or stick at old things. I hope you keep blogging.

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freefalling
October 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

I reckon blogs are great records for your kids.
I wish my Nanna and Mum and Dad had written journals.
I’d love to hear all those little details that they never think are interesting enough to talk about.

One of the reasons I blog is to share boring little details of my life with my
family who live in other states from me – It makes me feel more intimately connected with them.

I’ve had a lovely time wandering around your blog – so much to look at – and man! you’ve got energy to burn!!
Loved the photos of your baby in plastic pilchers!
And an overlocker at the op shop – most excellent find!

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Estelle
October 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

Insane πŸ™‚ Knew you’d love it xx

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Colleen
October 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm

That slice sounds yummy,,,I am going ot have to try it lol.

As for blogging,,,,I followed Farmama too and am really sad to see she has said her goodbyes πŸ™

I think blogging does take up a lot of time and I know that I certainly spend way too much time exploring blogs. I am a pretty sporadic blogger but I figure it is like an online diary. I was always a hopeless diary keeper but online blogging, well at least you can add pics pretty easy and I figure it will be a great little thing for the kids to explore when they are older. I have recently started a second blog at the request of one of my kids. He wanted me to write down all his favorite recipes for him. The thought of doing this a few times over made me shudder lol, so I decided to start up a cooking blog and then they can all find their favorite recipes easily. This has now changed to a “lets explore all my recipe books and blog about the successes” lol.

So as for short term blogging, I certainly hope to keep it up long term, but having said that,,,,,some days there is just nothing to say lol. (I know it seems like I talk alot going by this comment though πŸ™‚ )

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Charley
October 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Please dont go. We’re coming along for the ride and when you open your farm shop I want to come down and visit. If you stop blogging I won’t know when to come. I’ve been doing it for almost two years and its taken some time but I now feel like I’ve explored enough blogs to have ferreted out some really like minded people. For a while I have truly believed it was only my family and friends tuning in to humour me but then, when I actually managed to write a good piece that struck a chord people would pop up like gophers out of their hidey holes and say hello. I got a surprise email the other day from someone who’d bought one of my handmade photo cards (which have a link to my blog on the back) and she said she’d been inspired and had a gift of a vintage childrens picture book to give me. I was blown away and vowed to keep blogging πŸ™‚

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innerpickle
October 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm

You’re a baking genius xx

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innerpickle
October 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm

You know I actually didn’t mean it to sound like I was about to bail out! I was sad to see Farmama go and I was just thinking through all the things we don’t do while we’re blogging. I adore this space. Am not going anywhere. See you at the farm soon xx

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Shauna
October 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm

My goodness that really is insane! I gotta try this post haste!

I’m glad to read from the comments that you’re not going anywhere as I’ve only just found you! Love your recipes and writing, makes me pine for Oz πŸ™‚

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Fran
October 28, 2011 at 8:39 am

You’d be insane NOT to eat it, I think that means!

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brenda
October 29, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I got hooked on Farmama too, and it was hard to take her goodbye. I quit all blog reading for a while, maybe thinking who will bail next.

But, then I was remembering all the treasures I’ve learned in blog paradise: how to make vinegar, yogurt/cream cheese, soap, sewing projects, bunches of fabulous recipes, wonderful gardening tricks, money saving hints, and more. You can get a serious education and get a peek into how people live in different places, and their similar and differing viewpoints, what they hold important, and on. So, I just have to enjoy while folks are here and somehow learn to deal with the bailers. But I don’t have to be happy about the bailing part.

I’m excited to try this simple recipe you’ve taken the time to share with us.

thanks,
brenda from arkansas

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michelle
October 31, 2011 at 10:05 am

It was sad to see Farmama go. I’m only new to blogging and whilst on the one hand I like keeping track of what I’ve been making and doing, the actual blogging about it takes me away from other things I could be making and doing.

On the other hand, I love the sense of community you get from blogging that is possibly lacking in today’s society. I’m friendly with a lot of mothers in my community and even though they are very nice I don’t often find I have a lot in common with them. I do however find a lot in common with other bloggers.

P.S. I am off to make that slice right this second. I’ll take your advice and double it and cook it in a slice tin!

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We Buy Houses
June 2, 2012 at 4:41 am

The ingredients and the instructions are too easy πŸ™‚ Im gonna have this one! πŸ™‚ reading some of the opinions of the readers really makes me want to try it. Thanks for the post. I like it!

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