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The Lake District – Walking around Jenkins Crag

The Lake District – Walking around Jenkins Crag

Sundays are almost always family days in our home, and on family days we like to get out of the house and enjoy the fresh air. Last Sunday I suggested that we went up to the Lake District, as it had been far too long since our last Lake District outing! Last time was before Christmas, where we went Forest walking and foraging for Christmas Decorations.
Now this Sunday the weather wasn’t ideal, but when you live in the northern parts of England, sometimes you have to settle for a dry day! J had been looking at his many maps to decide on a nice walk. Unfortunately as it often happens with a little one in the house, things never go to plan, Elliot had a super long morning nap and we didn’t set off until 11am. So a longer walk was scrapped, instead we went for a walk up to Jenkins Crag, a short easy accessible walk.

Circular walk around Jenkins Crag

You start in Ambleside (there is a long stay car park entering Ambleside from Windermere, just past the Hayes garden centre) from there, you walk along the old lake road (behind the car park) then look out for the bridleway turning up Skelghyll Lane, this steep bit of tarmac eventually runs out and you start on a nice wide path up through the forest, then you keep following this and soon you’ll be able to pass through the wall to the viewpoint atop Jenkins Crag. Now I could paint a pretty picture of how idyllic it all was, but truth be told, I was a bit of whinger for the first quarter of our walk! J gets annoyed when I whinge and honestly so do I! It was just such a steep start to the walk and it was a terrible reminder of just how unfit I’ve become. But I’m tired of letting it drag me down and turn me into a whiny cow! I’ve  decided to actually be happy instead, after all I could have been home lazy on the sofa, instead we were out walking. Hopefully the huffing and puffing will start becoming less again. Anyway let’s get back on track! We made it up to Jenkins Crag and it was a beautiful, albeit foggy, view out over lake Windermere.

After a short break, we continued on the path to make a nice circular walk. Now when you get past High Skelghyll farm, you have a choice of either turning right to head down to Lake Windermere (you rejoin the road close to the water sports centre) or, if you are after a long walk, continue straight ahead to do a circular walk around Wansfell.

We decided to turn right down to lake Windermere, there wasn’t really time for a longer route, hopefully next time! When Rejoining the road we turned right to head back to Ambleside, we took the scenic route walking along the small area of national trust land on the left leading back to Waterhead.

Lake District
Lake Windermere

Hunting Geocaches

There is a nice little Geocache to be found along the way back to Ambleside, so whilst Elliot was napping on my back, J and I went searching high and low for the little treasures.

Lake District
Nap on the go!

Geocaching is an excellent way to explore your surroundings and I can’t wait for Elliot to be old enough to join in the hunt.

Lake District Windemere
Hunting for Geocaches!

As Elliot woke from his nap, we swapped so that J could walk with the little guy and as we made the final stretch back to town, I got some lovely snaps of  my two favourite people. To finish it all off we had lunch at our favourite cafe “The Apple Pie”, take one guess at what their specialty is 😉

Lake District Babywearing daddy
Handsome Baby wearing daddy!

All in all it was a lovely day out, being able to take Elliot up in the hills and fells of the lake is absolutely wonderful and wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the wrap! (I love babywearing in case you were wondering) next time though we will have to think of a way to let Elliot burn off a little steam too, as the car ride back was 1 hour of constant nursery rhyme singing to try and keep the little guy from screaming the car down, by the time we got home I nearly had no voice left!

Lake District Lake Windermere

Any good advise on how to let a “not yet walking” baby loose in the hills?

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Cinnamon Cake with Chocolate Icing

Cinnamon Cake with Chocolate Icing

I’m a firm believer in having a good few baking stables! You know Go-to bakes, when you want to make a tasty treat and be sure that it’s a success without too much faff! First on my list is my go-to Tray-bake: Cinnamon cake with Chocolate Icing. It’s super easy, few ingredients and it tastes amazing!

Now it comes as no surprise that I LOVE baking if you’ve been following my blog, there has been quite a few cakes since I began my blogging adventure last year. At the beginning of January I made this alternative take on the classic Cinnamon Swirl and last week I ventured in to the savoury kitchen and made Baby approved Savoury Muffins, in an attempt to encourage the little guy to eat more independently, and they where definitely a hit – with grownups too. Last weekend was no exception, me and my little assistant got busy baking on Saturday, whilst daddy was of working. J was the one that had requested this specific cake, as he is positively addicted to it!

I’m not kidding when I say this is super easy, me and the little guy whipped this cake up in less than 30 min + baking time. The cake is really moist and can easily be enjoyed for several days without going dry, I just make sure it’s either in a sealed box or wrapped in clingfilm! We managed to make this cake last 3 days before we’d consumed it all. Elliot is also quite the fan!

Cinnamon Cake with Chocolate Icing

  • 125g melted butter
  • 400g sugar
  • 400g plain flour
  • 4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Bicarbonate Soda
  • 500 ml Butter Milk

Icing

  • 50g melted butter
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • 4 tbs hot coffee

Turn oven on 200 degrees c (180 fan) and line a baking tray with baking paper. Melt butter, set aside. Mix together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and whisk until mix is uniform. Pour into baking tray and bake for approx 30min. When cake is baked leave to cool slightly whilst making the icing. For the icing simply mix all of the ingredients together. While the cake is still warm pour on icing and voila the cake is done. Hope you enjoy!

TIP When applying the icing whilst the cake is still cooling the icing will “melt” onto the cake creating a nicer finish. I add coffee to the icing as it gives a really nice flavour, it’s not a dominant coffee taste. If you’re worried about the caffeine, simply use decaf.

Happy Baking!

 

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You know you’re a mom when…

You know you’re a mom when…

The other night, after I had put Elliot to bed I found myself sat in the Sofa, pondering over just how different my life has become in this last year! So much has changed, I’m not just me anymore, I’m now a mum too! It got me thinking of some of the many things that make a Mum. So without further delay, here is my list of:

You know you’re a mum when…

1. Stained clothes are your most stable accessory – seriously you start with leaky boobs and as your child grows you get spit up, then snot, then grubby fingers from God knows what! You’ve basically being used as a giant wipe! Always mummy, never daddy – why oh why?

2. speaking of clothes when did you last buy yourself something new? Kid walks around looking like dapper Dan, whilst mommy on the best of days is happy if she can stay clear of point nr. 1

You know you're a mum when

My handsome boy ready to go home from Nursery

3. oh and if you ever do buy something for yourself it’s first and foremost judged on the criteria of easy boob access!

4. you’ve developed superpowers that allows you to go into stealth mode once your child is asleep and you need to not be!

5. You have no clue what is going on in the grown ups world, but know exactly what is being talked about when words like “ninky nonk and pinky ponk” are mentioned.

6. BM (before motherhood) there where certain topics that you’d rarely (read: never! – except if nurse) bring up at the dinner table or just as random chat with OH – now you’ll daily update/want to know about bowel movements and other bodily functions, “has ‘insert name’ done a poo today?” Casually asked whilst having Tea of course.

7. leaving the house is now a mission demanding careful planning and military precision! “See you in 5!” HA! Make it 50 min and we might stand a chance of being dressed!

8. Speaking of dressed, gone are the days of a lie in being the cause of still wearing PJs come 11am! More like mommy hasn’t had much sleep, and parenting has resorted to “just let the little guy! it’s not sharp…it’ll be ‘reet “

9. A whole new world of excuses opens to you! For example “want to meet up?” – “sorry ‘insert kids name‘ and take your pick 1. Isn’t feeling well 2. hasn’t slept much 3. Needs nap 4. Is overstimulated 5. Teething!!!” – and the list goes on! Not always a lie, but definitely better than saying “‘insert kids name’s mum can’t be bothered, she is still in her PJ’s and desperate for a nap!”

10. Your handbag contains everything for baby, but the old essentials – lip balm, perfume, vanity mirror are nowhere to be found. But if you need wet wipes, a rattle, a Giraffe named Sofie or have a sore bum I’m your Gal’!

11. You Squeeze when ever someone says “don’t forget to squeeze!” – seriously pelvic excercise is the new black! (I bet you just squeezed!)

12. A trip to the loo used to be a private affair, not anymore! You are now so used to the audience you don’t even bother shutting the door!

So there you go my immediate associations that sprung to mind, when pondering over the many ways to identify a mummy, or at least this mummy… what are yours?

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Baby Approved Savoury Muffins

Baby Approved Savoury Muffins

I’m trying to encourage Elliot to eat more independently! By independently I mean not requiring mummy to spoon the food into his mouth, mostly because mommy enjoys eating her food while it’s still hot, she could happily be without the mess of Baby-led weaning. Que the savoury Muffins! Your baby/toddler can still make a mess, but at least it’s a tasty mess. Now I’ve always associated Muffins with a sweet treat, but it was time to expand my baking field. You see I’ve tried many different types of  finger food with Elliot  – cucumber sticks, tomato, carrot, cheese, sandwiches the list goes on. But 90% of the time, the wast majority of the food ends up on the floor, in an endless game of gravity exploring! So I thought I’d try something new. If any of you have been following my blog, you will know I love baking! Especially of the sweet variety, as my addiction to sugar is alarmingly high, and sadly only more so since becoming a mum (Read: breastfeeding sleep deprived sugar craving monster) If you’re fancying a sweet treat, check out my latest cake. How ever let’s get back on track, food appropriate for a baby/toddler, it was time to give a savoury bake a go!

Baby led weaning
Not eating Muffins, but making a mess as always! xx

Catering for my harshest critic

Now these Savoury Muffins are great for little ones at lunchtime, being filled with protein (egg and cheese), vegetables and not to forget healthy fat which is a vital part of a kids diet to sustain that ever-growing mind and body. Now I just used the veggies I had in the fridge, the good thing about these Muffins is that you can “hide” a lot of veggies in there, so even if you perhaps have a fuzzy eater I dare say I think they will like these. Now if you don’t fancy the vegetables I’ve used then just throw in your own favourites! I would love to hear how you got on if you try the recipe, with or without altering.

Savoury Muffins

Savoury Muffins – w/ Cheddar and Vegetables

Approx 12 Savoury Muffins from this batch

  • 1 Courgette
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 tin of Sweet Corn
  • 1 onion/or leek
  • 50 gram grated Mature Cheddar
  • 50g of melted butter (healthier alternative 0,5dl vegetable oil/ taste free coconut oil)
  • 250g of plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 125 ml milk

Start by turning the oven on to 180 degrees C (Fan). Melt butter, set aside. Finely grate carrots and zucchini, rinse sweet corn, and finely chop onion (leek). Mix the vegetables together with the grated cheddar. Add to mixing bowl. Mix together flour and baking powder, add to bowl. In a different bowl add melted butter (oil), milk and eggs – whisk together until combined. Now add the wet ingredients with the dry and mix together until fully combined. Line a 12 hole Muffin tin with papers. Scoop the batter into the holes filling them roughly till 5mm from the top of the muffin paper. Place in the oven and bake for 25-35 min or until golden brown. To make sure they are cooked through, insert a skewer (alternatively use fork) into one of the Muffins, if it comes out clean they are done, if not give them a few more minutes and check again. Once out leave to cool on rack before enjoying!

Savoury Muffins

TIP  the Savoury Muffins can successfully be frozen, either bunched or as individual servings, just take out the night before and they’ll be ready to nom the next day.

What homemade treats do you make for your kiddies?

Happy Baking!

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Cinnamon Swirl Cake with Lemon Icing

Cinnamon Swirl Cake with Lemon Icing

 When your day starts at 4am because your teething, sleep regressing baby boy felt that there was no point in postponing the inevitable, well then you truly need a sugary fix to get through the day! Now I don’t need much more excuse than that to start baking – baking is like therapy to me, but in this cake Elliot and I happened to be expecting his little bestie and her mum for lunch! aka perfect excuse to get baking. As most people know I’m a sucker for Hygge and Hygge calls for cake.

Cinnamon swirls Fixes Everything

So I had a rummage through the kitchen to see what ingredients I had in, and luckily I still had an excess amount of cinnamon left from all the Christmas baking – I do love Cinnamon, and one of my favourite bakes is the Cinnamon Swirl! I’ve been wanting to try this variety for a while, and no time like the present. Now if I do say so myself it turned out better than expected! Baking the buns in a tray, allowing them to “grow together” results in a really moist Bun. Perfect as a Tare-and-share cake and it can easily be scaled up. This batch filled my smaller round baking tin.

Cinnamon Swirl Cake

  • 50g butter (unsalted)
  • 1 dl whole milk
  • 1tsp Sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp Cardamom
  • 1 egg
  • 25 g fresh yeast
  • approx 250g plain white flour

Filling – Cinnamon Remonce

  • 100g soft butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 2,5 tbs Cinnamon

Icing

  • 4 tbs icing sugar
  • 1 tbs milk
  • juice of half a lemon

Melt the butter, set aside.  Dissolve the yeast into the milk. Add salt, sugar, 1 egg and Cardamom. When the mixture is even add butter, then flour. You want to add enough flour to be able to knead the dough, but the dough should be smooth. Leave it to proof for 3o min in a bowl covered with a damp tea towel or cling film. Whilst the dough is rising, mix together the ingredients for the filling, set aside. After the 1st proof roll out dough to a square (approx 35×45 cm) now butter on the filling, make sure to make it even and cover all the dough. Then roll up the dough, starting from where the square is widest. Cut roll into approx 10 slices (they should be about 3 cm wide). In a round baking tin lined with baking paper, place the swirls and leave to proof for 1,5 hours, again covered. Bake at 180 degrees C for approx 25 min or till golden brown. Once out of the oven, mix together ingredients for icing and swirl on top of the cake, I add lemon to the icing as I like the zingy contrast to the sweetness, but it’s not a must. Serve while it is still warm. Enjoy!

TIP I get my fresh yeast from the bakery at Sainsbury’s or Asda, sometimes you can be lucky to find it on the shelves in Morrisons, but I find that the bakeries are 9/10 happy to give you a little bag of their fresh yeast free of charge.

Happy Baking!

 

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A day spent in Copenhagen

A day spent in Copenhagen

This year we traveled to Denmark to spend Christmas with my half of the family. I love Christmas! so naturally I was very excited about spending it with all the family and following all the traditions I know and love. Even a 4am start to the day plus a poorly baby (Elliot had a flu) wasn’t going to put a damper on things. Besides as long as Elliot can have plenty of sling cuddles all is well. Now the flight to Denmark is a manageable 1,5 hour, It’s the journey on the other side that’s the long haul. Not because we have that far to go, but because there is only one ferry going to the isle where my parents live – and it only sails twice a day. This means that We’ve had a good 6 hours to kill on either side of our Holiday, and what better way to do so than go exploring Copenhagen.

Previously when we’ve found ourselves with time to spare in the Capital we’ve just found a nice cafe and sat there enjoying coffee, cake and a good book. Those days are over! Elliot will not tolerate just being stationary for that long let alone for us to open a book that’s not full of colour and made of cardboard! So this time around we needed to find entertainment suitable for all of us. Despite the little guy being under the weather he was surprisingly energetic! Now on the return journey I already knew what to do, we would spend half the time in Copenhagen and then go out to the Airport early enough to allow Elliot to play in their family Area, I’ve praised it before in this post about travelling with a baby, where it came as an absolute God send!

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen

Now back to our day of adventures in the Capital! If you only have time to do one thing when you’re in Copenhagen, visiting the Tivoli Gardens should be it! It’s absolutely magical, especially during the holidays, they know how to take Christmas Decorations to the next level!

Copenhagen Tivoli
“Snow” and beautiful Amusements

And I’ve heard that their Halloween Decorations are even better! We just bought the entry to the park, and then J bought one of those single ride tickets to try one of the oldest Rollercoasters still running! It’s a proper oldie made of wood! I’m not a big fan of rollercoasters I just really wanted to walk around in the park and enjoy all the decorations, sit down at one of the many cafes and enjoy a cup of hot Chocolate whilst having a Hygge time! Plus there is not much point buying a tour pass with a baby in tow, however I should add there is a lovely playground inside the park, free of charge, Elliot really enjoyed being let loose and exploring. When Elliot is older, we are definitely going to have to come back and go all out on tour passes to get the full experience! Even if mummy is too scared to try half of the Amusements there!

Copenhagen Tivoli
Having lots of fun on the playground
Tivoli Copenhagen
I see you!

A stroll around Copenhagen!

There is so much to see and do in Copenhagen, you simply can’t fit it all in one day. There are lots of parks and playgrounds in and around the centre of Copenhagen (and there is always the Metro if you don’t fancy the walking) the parks are a lovely break from the busyness of the City, and on a summer day I imagine it would be a lovely spot to enjoy a packed lunch and let the kids loose. As its winter, I googled accessible indoor playgrounds before going, there are quite a few and most of them free. We didn’t end up going this time, but will definitely pay them a visit next time we go, I found the guides on minicph.com very helpful – coincidentally written by a British mum who emigrated to Copenhagen with her Danish Hubby. The website/blog focuses on things to do in the city with kids, definitely worth a look if you’re planning a trip over the pond. After the Tivoli experience we decided to just have a nice walk around the centre as well, with Elliot in the wrap he was happy napping as we walked around. Nyhavn is so picture-worthy!

 

A day in Copenhagen Nyhavn
Nyhavn at Christmas time

Next time we’re in Copenhagen I definitely want to visit the National Museum. Entrance to the main part is free and I’ve been told they have a kids section, that you pay for, but in there the kids are allowed to touch, explore and play with everything! Which sounds pretty great and definitely something I think Elliot will enjoy when he is older. I’ve also heard great things about the “Paper Island” which is an area filled with street food vendors and packed with atmosphere. J and I definitely want to take an actual Holiday in Copenhagen, one day when Elliot is older so that we can fully enjoy all the fun the city has to offer!

La Glacé – Best Cake in Copenhagen

Before heading out to the Airport to catch our flight home we spent some time at the patisserie La Glace, famous for their delicious layered cakes. Anyone that knows me well, knows that I can’t possibly pass on the chance to have cake. It didn’t let us down! Delicious cakes in a really Hygge atmosphere, I can definitely recommend a visit. Just be aware that the prices are quite steep, we made it our lunch though. as there wouldn’t be room for anything else after a slice of their cakes. Just check out their mouthwatering window displays!

La glace Christmas Copenhagen

La glace Christmas Copenhagen

All in all I’d say we had a lovely half day in Copenhagen, even if Elliot wasn’t on his A game, bless him he was battling the flu all through Christmas. Now that we are back on UK soil I’m already planning our next trip over the pond! Plus J and I are dreaming of just taking 6 months off and travelling the world, with the little guy of course, who knows maybe one day it’ll be more than just a dream!

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