Smiley face biscuits

Rarely would I call such a simple activity a lot of fun, but making smiley face biscuits this afternoon with the kids at our church’s J@tz group was just that.

The premise is simple – spread coloured icing on arrowroot biscuits and adorn them with suitably shaped lollies to make faces. Below is a simple picture of some of my creations – I am especially pleased with the one that has an elongated banana nose. The aim of the activity was to get the kids to make smiley faces representing important people in their lives that they could serve, and give the biscuits to those people (based on Jesus’ saying that he did not come to be served but to serve)

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Just goes to show how much of a blast kids’ ministry is!!

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Pensioners stealing toilet paper to save money

Yesterday I was wondering just how desperate these times of increased costs of living were making pensioners. Reports are suggesting that some pensioners in Melbourne may be skipping meals simply because they can’t afford to buy food other than a partly subsidised $5 lunch at the Carlton Senior Citizens Centre. The centre has also reported the loss of rolls of toilet paper from the bathrooms.

It’s quite disturbing. I can’t blame these poor (pun not intended) elder citizens of our society who are not being adequately helped through this period of economic strain by our Government. Brendan Nelson’s idea of diverting petrol tax earnings to pensioners seems all the more worth the effort.

Source: The Melbourne Leader

Who owns the colour purple?

In another example of silly, selfish legal pursuits, Cadbury has been objecting to the use of the colour purple by rival chocolatier Darrell Lea. Cadbury’s wrapping is characterised by the colour, and claims that it uses the colour to connect consumers with their brand.

In a decision characterised by sensibility, the Federal Court has ruled that the use of purple by Darrell Lea does not constitute deceptive conduct. See this Sydney Morning Herald story. According to this story that I found on The Age website, this battle has been going on for 5 years.

Businesses have no right to claim shades of the colour spectrum as their own – I can’t believe that the company’s actually considering an appeal. It’s not as if their logo is distinctive enough to create a connection with consumers, as the picture to the left should clearly demonstrate. Compare it with an example of Darrell Lea’s packaging (right).

Take Coca Cola for example – is it the iconic cursive logo or the red wrapping that is more successful in identifying the brand to consumers?  For some, it may be a combination of both, but for me it’s more likely to be the logo.

Crappuccino

Metro reports that coffee is being sold in London that will cost £50 per cup (about $120 Australian), and the beans are sourced from the fecal matter of the civet (a breed of cat).

As for me, I’ll stick with regularly brewed (and sourced) coffee.

Are you a Good Friday fish fanatic?

Tradition dictates that most Christians eat fish-based products on Good Friday, based on the Catholic practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays for penance. I’m wondering who holds to this tradition and who doesn’t. My family eats fish, probably as much due to tradition as it is the fact we’re people who love eating seafood, be it prawns, fish, or other food from the sea.