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Easter Newsletter

It is Easter time and we are sure you’re all looking forward to the long weekend break.  

It's a great time of year to spend some quality time with family and friends. We have an exciting announcement about a partnership ONEseniors has forged to bring you great handsets at great prices.

We've also got 2 Easter themed recipes for you as well as some lovely craft ideas and an update about NBN. 

ONEseniors teams up with GSM Nation 

We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with GSM Nation to provide our Members with access to a wide range of handsets at really great prices.

GSM Nation source handsets from around the globe to bring you the latest handsets at the lowest price, even cheaper than in stores.

If you've always wanted the latest iPhone, you can pick one up for under $600, do the comparison and see how much you’ll save! Now all you need to do is decide which colour you'll choose.

You can view the full range of handsets that are available in the ONEseniors handset store at http://gsmnation.oneseniors.com.au

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NBN - coming soon

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We know that many of our Members can't wait to find out more about our new NBN plans.

As this is the first time we will be selling NBN, we are going to be contacting our customers who are eligible for NBN to come on board as a 'test' run so we can make sure that the process works smoothly and to ensure our agents are adequately trained. Initially we expect there might be a few small bumps along the way so we want to make sure we can smooth these out before we launch our plans to all of our customers. 

We expect to start testing in the next few weeks. We'll be back again soon with more information on our NBN plans.

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Love a discount? 

If you love saving money then you will love voucher–cloud, a website full of discounts and voucher codes with some amazing discounts! Whether it is for fuel, something special for you or flights and airport parking. Take a look and see what you could save: http://www.voucher-cloud.com.au/

Facebook for seniors

Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with loved ones, but it isn’t always easy to use. If you struggle to get to grips with Facebook, why not try this app, Facebook for seniors, available from the Google Play store (for Android users).

Get confident with Facebook using this app where you can also follow our Facebook page to keep up with the latest news.  

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Get creative this Easter

Beautiful placemats

Show off your craft skills to the family with these exquisite placemats! Put a special touch to your Easter lunch or dinner following these few easy steps. The great part is that these pretty placemats can be used all year round for any special occasion.

There are lots of other great ideas on this website too: www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/easter-fun-stuff-0406#slide-8

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Sock bunnies

Super cute sock bunnies

This blog shows you a really simple way to have fun with the kids this Easter by making Easter sock bunnies. It’s cheap too; just a few simple things are required to make these.

http://acreativecookie.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/sock-bunnies.html

ANZAC day 2014

Easter is closely followed this year with ANZAC remembrance day. This year marks  the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, and  

If you live in Victoria, or are visiting, you can be a part of the 6am Dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne's botanical gardens, or the 9am ANZAC day march.

Find out more on the official Shrine of Remembrance website www.shrine.org.au

For more information about Anzac Day ceremonies in your area, contact your local Returned Services sub-branch or ex-service organisation: www.rsl.org.au

Why buy? Make your own this Easter

Easter is the perfect time to cook with your grandchildren and the rest of the family.

This hot cross bun recipe is lovely if you are feeling autumnal after the clock change.

Instead of buying chocolate eggs this Easter, why not make your own? Gourmet traveller has an egg - cellent range of Easter egg recipes from white chocolate filled with Turkish delight to dark chocolate filled with hazelnut. The recipes are very simple and we've shown you the chocolate and caramel recipe below.

 

Recipe #1 Apple and cinnamon hot cross buns

apple and cinnamon hot cross buns

 

Photography: William Meppem
 

 

Ingredients

325 gm raw caster sugar
1 lemon
1½ Granny Smith apples, unpeeled, cored, diced
1 cinnamon quill
750 gm (5 cups) plain flour
150 gm sultanas or golden raisins
50 gm dried apple, diced
30 gm candied orange, diced
14 gm (2 sachets) dried yeast
3½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp allspice
Finely grated rind of 1 orange and 1 lemon
380 ml milk
100 gm butter, coarsely chopped
1 egg

Recipe by Emma Knowles
Australian Gourmet Traveller, April 2010

Method

Step 1
Combine 260gm sugar and 375ml water in a saucepan, then squeeze in juice of half a lemon and stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Meanwhile, cut remaining lemon half into 5mm-thick slices, add to pan with Granny Smith apple and cinnamon quill. Bring to the simmer, reduce heat to medium and cook until lemon and apple are translucent (20-25 minutes). Strain, reserving fruit and syrup separately. When cool enough to handle, dice lemon, combine with apple and set aside.

Step 2
Combine 700gm flour, sultanas, dried apple, candied orange, yeast, 3 tsp ground cinnamon, allspice, rinds, remaining sugar, reserved apple mixture and 1 tsp salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Combine milk and butter in a small saucepan, warm over low heat until butter melts and mixture is lukewarm. Whisk in egg, then add milk mixture to flour, stirring to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (8-10 minutes). Place in a lightly buttered bowl, cover and stand in a warm place until doubled in size (30-40 minutes).

Step 3
Knock back dough, divide into 20 even pieces, then knead each piece into a smooth ball. Arrange dough balls into two concentric circles on a large round or rectangular baking tray lined with baking paper, leaving 1cm between each for dough to expand. Cover with a tea towel and stand in a warm place until doubled in size (30-40 minutes).

Step 4
Preheat oven to 220C. Combine remaining flour and 70ml cold water in a bowl and stir to a smooth paste. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle and pipe a cross shape onto each bun. Bake for 10 minutes, reduce oven to 200C and bake until golden and buns sound hollow when tapped (8-10 minutes).

Step 5
Meanwhile, combine reserved syrup and remaining ground cinnamon in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until syrupy and combined. Brush thickly over hot buns, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Recipe #2 Chocolate Easter eggs

Recipe by Rodney Dunn

www.gourmettraveller.com.au

Ingredients

220 gm (1 cup) caster sugar
½ cup pouring cream
225 gm milk chocolate melts, melted
12-hole (2 tsp-capacity) plastic Easter egg mould tray

Method

Step 1
Place sugar and 2 tbsp water in a heavy based saucepan, stir continuously over low heat for 2 minutes or until the sugar dissolves, then increase heat to medium-high and cook until golden.

 

Step 2

Remove pan from heat and, taking care as mixture will spit, carefully add cream and stir until combined. Transfer caramel to a bowl and stand until cooled.

Step 3
Place a spoonful of melted chocolate into each hole in the mould tray and, using the back of a spoon, spread to coat thinly, leave to set, then carefully turn out onto a tray and repeat twice more.

Step 4
Fill each egg half with caramel, brush edges with a little remaining melted chocolate, then press 2 halves together to join and leave to set. Easter eggs will keep, refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Thanks for reading our Easter themed newsletter

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The ONEseniors team