FRIDAY FEAST with Cathryn Hein ie me!

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Hoppy Easter, everyone! And welcome to this special Good Friday edition of Friday Feast. I say special a bit tongue-in-cheek because you have ME as your host and guest, something that doesn’t happen often. Actually, you’ll have me this week and next week. Aren’t you lucky!

Unlike my darling football team, who are not.Cathryn holding Rocking Horse Hill

My beloved Sydney Swans, bless them, are currently playing worse football than I’m playing golf, and that’s saying something. And because I still have the footy-sulks you’re going to have to put up with Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf news instead.

Despite difficult conditions –  ie. the course being as soggy as a soppy sponge and the bunkers being flooded – last week I managed to score less disastrously than I have for a while, which doesn’t mean much, really. However I did at least manage to look particularly fetching in purple tartan shorts teamed with a blue and white floraly patterned polo and pink socks. Stylish. Very stylish indeed.

And now… er… here’s ME!

Well, my book: Rocking Horse Hill, which releases in only five sleeps and which is garnering suuuuper reviews!

ROCKING HORSE HILL

Rocking Horse Hill by Cathryn Hein coverWho do you trust when a stranger threatens to tear your family apart?

Ever since she was a little girl, Emily Wallace-Jones has loved Rocking Horse Hill. The beautiful family property is steeped in history. Everything important in Em’s life has happened there. And even though Em’s brother Digby has inherited the property, he has promised Em it will be her home for as long as she wishes.

When Digby falls in love with sweet Felicity Townsend, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Em worries about the future. But she is determined not to treat Felicity with the same teenage snobbery that tore apart her relationship with her first love, Josh Sinclair. A man who has now sauntered sexily back into Em’s life and given her a chance for redemption.

But as Felicity settles in, the once tightly knitted Wallace-Jones family begins to fray. Suspicions are raised, Josh voices his distrust, and even Em’s closest friends question where Felicity’s motives lie. Conflicted but determined to make up for the damage caused by her past prejudices, Em sides with her brother and his fiancée until a near tragedy sets in motion a chain of events that will change the family forever.

A cracking family drama and a wonderful romance (if I do say so myself). Why not pre-order the ebook right now? Simply visit Amazon for your Kindle, iBooks, Kobo or Google Play. Do it now and it’ll be delivered right to your device on release day. Easy!

And now more ME!

EASTER TREATS

What are your childhood Easter memories? Are they overloaded with chocolate, camping or perhaps all the glorious colour and action of the Royal Easter Show?

In the Hein household we went to the beach. Marvellous, I hear you say. Lucky you! Er, yes. Lucky us. Except let me tell you a little about the place I’m talking about. Nene Valley is a tiny fishing village right down the very bottom of South Australia. It was named after barque that was wrecked there in 1854. When I was a kid, at really low tide, you could still see the remains of the wreck but the sea and sand has covered it now. It’s a nice place though. It was then and it still is now, and Mum and Dad’s Mount Gambier limestone shack had everything you could want.

However, think about where it is. Think of Antarctica, think of the Great Southern Ocean, and Map of Australia and Antarctica showing approximate location of Nene Valleythen picture a map of Australia. Bar a few guano-covered islands, between Nene Valley and all those icebergs there is nothing but freezing water and slicing wind. When the weather turns, it’s bloody horrible. And inevitably, so, so perfectly, it would turn Easter weekend.

Ah, Dad, ever the optimist, would head out on Good Friday to lay crayfish pots and nets (you used to be able to net in those days) and rub his hands in glee at the thought of the cray, whiting, bream or snapper soon to be lining his plate. And what would happen, almost without fail? Foul weather. Out there the pots would remain. If we were lucky, the sea would be safe enough in the bay to fetch the nets. But the pots, which were usually laid on the reef where the breakers crashed, had to stay.

So what would we eat instead? Rabbit! Often with the added extra crunch of shotgun pellets. And chocolate, of course. Lots of it because Mum always loaded up. Which was just as well when you consider the seafood situation….

Now, what has that to do with the recipe I’m sharing today or Rocking Horse Hill? Absolutely nothing. But it was fun talking about it anyway.

Seeing as it’s Easter, I thought I’d share my recipe for hot crossed buns, or in this case, uncrossed buns because I’m usually too lazy to make the crosses or glaze them. Who needs that faffing around when they taste good without it anyway?

You can make the recipe the traditional way but why bother if you have a breadmaker? Put the ingredients in the machine in the right order, hit the dough setting and go and read a book. Perfect! It took a bit of experimenting to get the recipe right but it’s pretty foolproof now. The only hard work is kneading in the sultanas and forming the buns and even that takes no time at all. The rest is all done by machine. Lovely!

Hot (Un)Crossed Buns

Hot uncrossed buns

14 grams or so of dried yeast

4 cups plain (bread) flour

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup sugar

2 teaspoons mixed spice

1 cup sultanas

1 ½ cups warm milk

2 tablespoons melted butter

1 egg, lightly beaten

Mix dry ingredients, including yeast & sultanas, in a large bowl. Add milk, butter and egg. Mix well to form a soft dough. Knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover and leave in a warm place to rise until doubled in volume. Approx. 1 hour.

(This stage can be done in a bread machine – liquid ingredients first, followed by dry, NO SULTANAS, then set to ‘dough’ function.)

Knock down dough, then knead for 1 minute.

(If you’re using a breadmaker, let it finish its cycle, remove the dough and knead in the sultanas.)

Dough ready for sultanas to be kneaded in

Dough ready for sultanas to be kneaded in

Divide dough evenly into 12 pieces. Shape each piece into a bun. Place slightly apart on a lined baking tray. Leave in a warm place to double in size. Approx 1 hour, depending on ambient temperature.

Or, if you’re like me, take a big cake tin (26 x 26 cm), tear off some baking paper to fit. No grease, just plop it in – the paper overhang makes great handles for lifting the buns out afterwards – then roll your 12 buns and place them in the tin and leave to prove. They’ll be a bit more rectangular than square but it’s the taste, not the shape, that counts. Don’t worry about it. Anyway, if they’re too perfect everyone will think you bought them!

Rolled buns in the tin ready for baking

Rolled buns in the tin ready for baking

If you’re feeling cheffy, pipe crosses onto buns. (Make the paste with 1/3 cup plain flour and 1/3 cup water, mixed until smooth).

Just to prove I can add crosses….

Buns with crosses ready for baking

Buns with crosses ready for baking

Okay, so I’m not great with a piping bag…

Bake at 200⁰C for 15-20 minutes. When baked, place buns on a rack and brush with glaze. (Make the glaze by mixing ¼ cup water, 2 tablespoons sugar and ½ teaspoon mixed spice in a saucepan. Bring to boil slowly, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes)

Finished glazed hot cross buns

Finished glazed hot cross buns

See? Easy! And delicious. Plus your house will smell amazing and you’ll have exerted hardly any effort. Stand by for cheers and compliments when you hand out butter-smothered hot (un)crossed buns to grateful family and friends.

Hot crossed buns broken apart

GIVEAWAY

Why not? It’s Easter. So…

For your chance to win not only a signed copy of my fantabulous new rural romance Rocking Horse Hill, the book that everyone is raving about (it’s my blog, I’m allowed enthusiasm!), but some Lindt chocolates too, simply share your favourite Easter memory or treat. Either one, I don’t care. The main thing is to join in the Friday Feast fun!

Did you shiver in a collapsed tent for an entire weekend? Perhaps you ate too many Easter Bilbys (chocolate ones) and couldn’t move for a day? Maybe you have a wonderful family tradition you could share?

Comment away and I’ll put you in the draw.

Giveaway closes midnight AEST Wednesday, 23rd April 2014. Australian postal addresses only.

Take note: I’m be leaving the giveaway open a little longer usual because of the holiday break.

Now, if you’d like to learn more about me, just go exploring the website. But you can also play around on Facebook, Twitter via @CathrynHein and Google+.

68 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Cathryn Hein ie me!

  1. AvatarKellie Schache

    The best of part of Easter is the Hot Cross Buns (with plenty of sultanas and butter!!!) and my new fav … Malteser Bunnies. Yummmm!!!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Yes! MaltEaster bunnies! Jim brought me one – well, half a one because he’d already eaten the head – home Wednesday night and it was delish.

      Thanks for dropping by and joining in, Kellie. Good luck in the draw.

  2. AvatarKrystal Burnett

    My favorite memory of Easter was getting up to a Easter egg trail to a surprise toy or pjs & lots of yummy chocolate, the funny thing was mum & dad had floor boards so the cat used to play with all the eggs so we had to hunt for them everywhere haha! Ah the good old days 🙂

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ha ha! I bet those eggs rolled everywhere, Krystal!

      Ah, Easter egg hunts. Such fun. I remember in primary school (a looooong time ago) we arrived back from the Easter break to find bunny footprints on the rug at the front of the classroom, then had an egg hunt. It was such a clever idea from the teacher. We believed those footprints were real.

  3. AvatarKim Foster

    the best part of Easter has to be the chocolate……..this new malt easter bunny im so gonna try, have a wonderful Easter Cathryn and fingers crossed for a copy of your book……….cheers xx

  4. AvatarPaula Beavan

    My favourite Easter memories are camping and easter egg hunts. And it still goes on in our family. We’re staying home and having a staycation this year, but all the nieces and nephews will be keeping the tradition alive up in the bush near Murrurundi this weekend.

  5. AvatarAmanda Ardley

    My favourite memory of Easter is waking up at my Nan’s with my cousins and discovering what the Easter Bunny had left us! Who doesn’t love those Humpty Dumpty Eggs! Happy Easter everyone!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, I remember those, Amanda! Can you still get them? I didn’t realise. I might have to investigate this tomorrow when I go to stock up on MaltEaster Bunnies. They were great eggs!

      1. AvatarAmanda Ardley

        Yes you can still get them! I have some for my niece as she loves them too!! I think I definitely need to try the MaltEaster Bunnies though ……… they sound delish!!

  6. AvatarMargarita Tsatourova

    Thankyou for sharing the hot cross bun recipe..a BIG of this yummy treat, so deff have to try this recipe out. My memory of easter was back at home (St Petersburg, Russia). every year my grandfather would boil eggs with red onions, this would dye the eggs a light to dark purple. to make it a even fancier :), he would tie twine on the eggs, before placing them in the pot to create different patterns. 🙂

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      You’re welcome, Margarita. If you get the chance, give them a try. They’re easy and tasty. I’m having on for morning tea shortly. Mmm.

      That is such a lovely memory. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m seriously tempted to try this with a few eggs, just to see the type of purple the onion skins produce. I bet it’s really pretty.

  7. AvatarLen Klumpp

    Cathryn, I reckon your Hot Cross Bun would be as Mouth- Watering, enjoyable and satisfing as all your books. Like your books I would not be able to stop at one andwould always be waiting for the next one.thank you

  8. AvatarCatherine

    My favourite memory from Easter would have to be the Easter egg hunt we use to have out at the forest. As a kid it was so much fun and as I got older I was able to help our with the organising, best community event by far.

  9. AvatarKristy

    Love reading all about what your up to and I will be trying the receipt for sure 🙂
    Happy Easter

  10. AvatarLisa Howells

    my favorite easter memory would have to be getting really excited the night before easter bunny would arrive. trying really hard to stay awake. but falling asleep anyway. And the pure excitement of finding all that chocolate the next morning. Thanks for the recipe too. will give it a try. looks so good.

  11. AvatarJanine K

    Easter egg hunts for the kids in the back yard, seeing how excited they were to find eggs to put in their baskets! And us having to put the eggs out at some ungodly hour in our dressing gowns .

  12. AvatarJanyne Dalle-Nogare

    My best memory of camping over easter was with hubby and my two dogs down on the river. The night we set up there was a major thunderstorm and we were bunkered down in our tent in our sleeping bags a dog with each of us. There were trees falling down around us we didn’t get a wink of sleep, by morning it cleared and was a lovely day. We went for a walk and seen what all the noise was with all the fallen gum tree limbs. There was another couple further that when they found out we were in the tent they wished they had invited us to their caravan to play cards all night, our dogs and all, as they were worried about the people in the tent (us). That Easter weekend we met some really lovely fellow campers.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      What a gorgeous story, Janyne. Isn’t it amazing how we meet people? Must have been a scary night though. In the tent, not being able to see out and just listening to all that noise… *shudder*. They make thriller movies out of scenes like that!

      Thanks for visiting Friday Feast. Good luck in the draw.

    2. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Janyne if you’re following the comments can you please email me at cathrynhein @ gmail . com I’m trying to contact you about your prize and the email address you’ve left keeps bouncing.
      Thanks.

  13. AvatarGloria Bale

    Favourite memory of childhood Easter………going to the Royal Easter Show. Fairy Floss, cupie doll on stick, show bag……..arrived home dirty and exhausted, but, oh, what a treat!
    Not favourite memory………eating rabbit.
    Times were tough, and to give us a treat like Easter Show, cost cutting was in order.
    Spent Easter holidays gathering blackberries, mushrooms, raiding fruit trees…….but, really!!?
    The Easter Bunny? 🙁

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Cupie dolls on sticks! Now that’s a blast from the loooooog distant past, Gloria. How cool.

      We used to eat bunny at Easter too – usually when there was no fish. Never bothered me in the slightest because the Easter Bunny was a cute cuddly chocolate-scented thing and rabbits were feral myxomatosis infected vermin. The clean ones tasted good though!

      Just think, you were doing your bit to rid the country of a pest!!!

  14. Avatarleanne bull

    When I was 6 me and my family used to go to lake bryde for easter and the realatives would come too and the parents would hide easter eggs while the kids were swimming and also make a special treasure map for where the eggs were hidden. That was a great easter.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      A treasure map for your Easter eggs, Leanne? What a wonderful idea!!! That must have been so much fun.

      I just googled Lake Bryde because I’d never heard of it before. Nice to discover a new place. Thanks!

      And thanks for sharing your Easter memory. All the best in the giveaway draw.

  15. AvatarRobyn Archinal

    My best memories are when we were children somebody would put rabbits paw prints in talcum powder around the house and leave chewed up carrot everywhere, and we believed it for years, and now I do the same thing for my grandchildren when they spend Easter with us.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ha ha ha ha!! What a brilliant idea. Robyn! No wonder you believed.

      Isn’t it wonderful that you’re carrying on the tradition? I think that’s great. I bet your grandkids adore it too.

      Thanks for sharing. That was lovely.

  16. AvatarBelinda Finn

    A Funny Memory for me is my Dad telling my two children (aged 4&6) to put a bit of string across the bottom or their bedroom door so Easter Bunny would trip and spill his basket of eggs on their floor…….was a good idea untill the story went to school, and like chinese whispers became….. Pappa says put string up to hang easter bunny so he leaves his eggs. Try explaining that one to the teacher lol

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, that one’s a beauty too!!! Imagine the teacher hearing. How very funny!

      Brilliant. Thanks so much for that, Belinda. I bet that’s given a few of us a good laugh.

  17. AvatarHelen

    Hi Cathryn

    Firstly I so loved this new story way to it 🙂 🙂

    I am a real Easter Show person love it all the exhibits the animals the ring events and of course the show bags and I have lots of fond memories if my Dad taking his 4 daughters loved it sadly it us way too much walking for he these days but I still manage a couple of show bags when my children bring them hone for me 🙂

    Love the hit cross bun recipe but I am more than happy to buy them :-):-)

    Have fun
    Helen

  18. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Aww, thanks, Helen. You’re so nice! And i’m so, so happy your loved Rocking Horse Hill.

    The Royal Easter Show sounds wonderful. I’ve never been before. I had great plans to go this week but they all ended up out the window. I’m going to try for Tuesday but I’m not hopeful. Might have to be next year, which is exactly what I said last year!

    Thanks so much for dropping by. LOL about buying them. I’ll admit it’s a lot easier but I try to have home-made whenever I can. Jim came home with a packet of Baker’s Delight ones the other week and I was HORRIFIED!

    Prompted me to bake though, so maybe that was his sneaky idea…

  19. AvatarPatricia Franks

    When I was a kid, one of 7 children, the baker delivered hot cross buns to homes on Holy Thursday night. It was the only time of the year that they were available – and well worth waiting for because they were a special treat. So were the Easter Eggs that only made an appearance on Easter Sunday morning. These days we see eggs and buns in the shops more or less straight after Christmas and people can buy them anytime. I love giving our little gifts to our grandchildren these days. They get so excited.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I always sigh a bit when I see Easter eggs and hot cross buns in the shops early, Patricia. Time passes quickly enough without it being brought forward like that!

      Ah grandkids. My father-in-law says they’re the reward for having children!

  20. AvatarJess @ The Never Ending Bookshelf

    Ohh! I love hot crossed buns and until now I’ve never seen a receipe to make them… I totally know what I’m doing tomorrow when I come home from work 🙂
    My family usually spend Easter at home (half of us work in retail and are required to work the Saturday and Monday… BOO!) but we usually try and make it to HERITAGE AFLOAT. Our fave part of this local celebration is the compeition where groups are required to MAKE a boat over the course of two days, decorate it and then race in the lake! In the shallow water of course. It’s always a fantastic event to watch as most of the people play dirty – many teams have water bombs snuck in and one team a few years ago was throwing flour of all things. Most of the boats sink, but some people have really artistic ways of keeping them afloat, or at least themselves still afloat using the sinking boat to make it to the finish line. It kind of doesn’t feel like easter if we don’t get to watch it.

    By the way, as for the book that’s everyone’s raving about, everyone IS raving about it. I’ve seen it all over the net, and people are constantly asking me at work for it… I’m just as impatient as they are. I can’t wait till it’s released so I can FINALLY read it. After reading one of your earlier novels a couple of years ago, you’ve been a MUST BUY Author for me and my family 🙂

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Hiya Jess!!!

      If you have a bread machine, these buns are dead easy to make. And they taste fab. Not sure I’d be wanting to make them post work on an Easter weekend. Boo indeed. Heritage Afloat sounds a hoot! What fun.

      Aww, thanks for your excitement over Rocking Horse Hill and very kind words about the books being a must buy. Now, that’ll put a smile on my face for the rest of the day (until my darling Swans play – there may be grumpiness again after that). Only FOUR sleeps until release now. Rah!

  21. AvatarZahli Liddy

    Hello, definitely home made hot crossed bun toasted over the camp fire has always been an favourite Easter memory. going camping out in the scrub with family friends, going bush bashing, rides on the motorbike and Yabbying and swimming in the dams (the ones without yabbies) is and always will be the best way to spend Easter.

    One year we went camping on a beach with one other family who had a 4 year old, a 7 year and a 15 year old (all very feral boys). Their mother, the night before set up an Easter egg hunt for the boys. Unfortunately she had forgotten the youngest ones chocolates and so he was to have all of the little eggs that lead to the other two’s chocolate. mind you there was probably 200 tiny eggs haha. when sitting around the camp fire that night, Flynn said he had a stomach ache and his mum asked how much chocolate he had eaten, and suggesting he had had too much and should stop for tonight. His response was ‘no mum, I haven’t eaten too many, I’ve only eating 1000!’ what a little ripper, absolute gorgeous kid.

    Easter really is my favourite holiday, its a time when we can relax, eat mini meringues and like I’m sure everyone has mentioned. its the only time of the year you can get hot-crossed buns!
    my favourite is choc-chip, what’s yours?

    I am extremely keen for Rocking Horse Hill, I just cant wait for it to come into my local library. I just really love your books. I read your other books within in a week haha, I clearly have no social life but its really worth it, and I have mentions your books to all of my un-townie friends

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Hi Zahli. What a lovely story! Kids are so funny. They always say and do things to make you smile and warm your heart.

      I have to admit to being a traditionalist when it comes to hot crossed buns. Just spice and sultanas for me. Not when it comes to Easter eggs though. Last night I ate one that had Smarties and pop rocks (pop rocks!!) embedded in the chocolate. Oh, that was WONDERFUL!

      Thanks you so much for saying you enjoy my books. That’s lovely to hear!! I hope your library gets in a copy of Rocking Horse Hill ASAP for you.

      And thanks for dropping by Friday Feast. This Easter edition has been great fun so far. Everyone’s stories have been a delight.

      1. AvatarZahli Liddy

        Yes pop rocks are making a come back, they’re also such a childhood favourite for everyone haha. Yes I hope the book gets in very soon too, just too excited hahaha

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Thanks, bn100. A very exciting week coming up.
      Family or good friends, I guess just being around people you care about, makes any time special.
      Thanks for dropping by!

  22. AvatarLouise Reynolds

    We were fairly chocolate deprived as children. In those long ago days, one rather modest Easter egg was considered more than adequate and could we make it last! In fact, when I think back to breaking off tiny pieces sparingly and nibbling them, we were a bit like little rabbits. It was generally pretty cold in Melbourne too so my idea of bliss was a couple of books and sitting around the Kosi heater in our kitchen. Pretty much like I’m doing today (except have lovely open fire and I’m writing). Simple pleasures 🙂 Congratualations on the release of Rocking Horse Hill, Cathryn. I’m looking forward to reading it!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Simple pleasures indeed, Louise. Lovely memory. Sitting around an open fire and writing sounds romantic right now too. I bet those words are flowing very nicely.

      Thanks for the congrats. Only two sleeps until official release day now.

      …I wonder if any books have hit the shelves yet. Usually one or two pop up early.

  23. AvatarAnnie West

    Hi Cathryn and Happy Easter! those buns look terrific. You’re so talented. Speaking of which, I have to say I love the sound of ‘Rocking Horse Hill’. It sounds like a family saga with a healthy dollop of mystery in it which is right up my alley.

    Laughing at the hopeful fisherman in your family and the idea of a sunny holiday on the south coast at Easter! But I bet you managed to have a good time anyway.

    Right now I’m heading off to cook lamb for our Easter dinner.

    Looking forward to the latest release!

  24. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    There is indeed some nice family drama in Rocking Horse Hill, Annie. This one’s a bit of a bigger story, although the romance is still central, of course.

    We did have a ball over the years at Nene Valley. Even in the winter it was (mostly) fun. It was a great way to spend holidays and weekends. The sort of place where, as kids, we’d take off in the morning and return when we were hungry or it was dark. There was a petrified forest up one of the bush tracks and plenty of things to discover along the beach.

    I bet that lamb was tasty!!

    Thanks for dropping by. Hope to catch you in person soon!

  25. AvatarKelly

    I don’t have any memories of Easter growing up, so I don’t think it was ever anything special …. but I have made our own traditions in my family. My children 18 and 14 still enjoy waking up to an empty basket beside their bed and then following/collecting 150+ little egg trail throughout the house in two different directions leading to their own big stash of chocolate. It takes so much time laying out the egg trails and I will not do it until my children are in bed (2am last Sat night), but their smiles in the morning makes it all worth while 🙂 I am sure they just do it to keep me happy but little do they realise this is a memory that they will have when they are older which I never had and miss.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      150+ egg trail? Now that’s impressive, Kelly. I suspect anyone would enjoy playing along on that hunt. I bet their smiles are worth all that loss of sleep too. And it’s lovely to know you’re creating a special memory for them.

      Thanks so much for sharing. That was gorgeous.

  26. AvatarAndrea Cook

    Well I have lots of memories of Easter. Hope it’s ok I tell you two stories cause they are both funny.
    My family friends and family members were all camping at my dads high country lease where we have a hut. Lovely spot it’s two ranges away from Kosciusko national park. We were all having a few yarns around the camp fire and most having a drink or two. My dad decided to go for a walk without telling anyone. My dad had taken an old yphonuim and a rope with him. He snack off why everyone was having a chat. The camp had relised dad missing but thought he might of gone to check something. Then dad decided to the crocodile Dundee trick with the rope. The whole camp heard it and said what was that as we all could hear the sound. Having no idea what it was. About 10 mins later we heard dad make a noise with the yphonuim then we all new that dad was making sounds in the bush. Took my ages to work out what he did with the rope. Was full of laughs after he got back. Nice spot there though miss camping out the at Easter time.

    My second one sort of related to your hot cross buns . My Aunty and uncle came down from Sydney one Easter to spend Easter at mum and dads. While there we on there way down the rang is and told us where they were and told us not to buy any hot cross buns as Aunty Kathy had brought at least 6 dozen of hot cross buns with her. Can’t remember the amount. I had already got some hot cross buns from the local store the day before. Well there daughter and her husband came up from Melbourne. She works for Cadbury in Ballarat and she brought up 10kg of eggs with her. Lol so loads of hot cross buns and Easter eggs. We froze the hot cross buns which took us over 3mths to get ride of and the chocolates took at least 6 maths to go. Was so funny I don’t think mum or I brought any hot cross buns the year after. We had that many it was almost as if we would eat them agin. Lol anyway hope you got a couple of laughs from my Easter memories.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I did indeed get some laughs from your Easter memories, Andrea! They were great! LOL on all those buns and eggs. I bet you could barely face them after a while. And the high country camping sounds beautiful. You must have loads of wonderful memories from those trips. Especially of your dad doing a dad thing. They’re so funny.

      Thanks so much for sharing. That was really great. All the best in the choc ‘n book draw!

  27. AvatarLorraine Taylor

    My favourite part of Easter is being in the kitchen making Marshmallow Bunnies, they never last long in our home.
    This Easter was a busy one catching up on farm work with all the real good jobs with fencing to be done, cattle to be broken in and updating all the records.
    Looking forward to a break reading your latest release.
    Happy Easter!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Marshmallow bunnies, Lorraine? You make your own? Wow. Now that’s seriously impressive! I bet they never lasted long.

      Always something to be caught up with on a farm, isn’t there? Same goes for around the house too.

      I hope you had a wonderful Easter.

  28. AvatarKim

    When I was a kid, I can remember getting a really cool basket in the shape of a chicken with easter eggs inside, it had all that shredded coloured paper and was awesome! Congrats on the book!!!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      You know, Kim, I think I remember something like that from my childhood too. Definitely the shredded paper like a nest. You can probably still buy them today.

      Thanks for the congratulations! Rocking Horse Hill releases today. RAH!

      All the best in the giveaway draw.

  29. AvatarCataluna6

    Favorite Easter memory, making Hot Cross Buns with Mum, (which I haven’t done in a long time), the family Easter Egg hunt and getting to eat an entire Cadbury bunny in one sitting, not really recommended, but fun all the same 😉
    Very excited for Rocking Horse Hill, that cover is beautiful – I’ve got a bad case of horse envy, he’s so pretty!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I have horse envy too, Cathy. But that happens a lot! He is beautiful though. Sort of a quizzical look almost.

      I wish you hadn’t mentioned chocolate. I ate the last MaltEaster Bunny this morning….

      Still lots of Hot Cross Buns in the freezer. Not all is lost!

  30. AvatarAmanda Barrett

    My best Easter memory would be how much Easter would be a treat that I would try to extend for as long as possible. As a girl, when the Easter bunny would arrive and leave me some eggs, I would try to see how long I could resist not breaking into the special chocolate egg/rabbit/hen etc or nibble on it then keep the foil wrapper on in almost perfect order! I can’t believe I had such will power, one year I remember having an Easter rabbit until Christmas time! Today I am less inclined to save my Easter eggs, but I’m more of a one piece of chocolate at a time rather than a whole block girl!

    Thank you for the giveaway, I hope I am not too late 🙂

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Goodness, Amanda, you were a patient girl. I’m impressed! Especially with keeping the foil perfect. That takes some skill.

      Don’t worry, you’ve definitely made it in time. And I’m just about to write down all the names and then plug the numbers into the random generator. Good luck!

  31. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Congratulations Janyne! You’re the giveaway winner. I’ve just sent an email to let you know.

    Thanks to everyone who played along. Some beautiful, warm memories shared.

    I hope to see you back again soon. LOTS of great authors and giveaways still to come on Friday Feast this year.

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