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I hope this post makes you want to read on and learn more about me and why I set up mindful Bakes a year ago.
I am absolutely passionate about working with children; teaching them new skills and educating them to eat healthfully, be mindful of what they are putting in their bodies and also where their food has come from. I want children to be mindful of how they feel when they’re baking, they’re not focusing on the latest television programme or tapping away on mobile phones or playstations. Baking requires your full concentration and effort so there is not much room for anything else. All the anxiety and distracting thoughts have to be put aside whilst you create your masterpiece. It also doesn’t need to be a masterpiece at all, cooking is subjective so there is no right or wrong, it is a learning process and if at first you don’t succeed you try, try again!
I am also passionate about being creative and artistic and I think that can be incorporated into cooking. I am not great at icing cakes and I do not place a huge emphasis on the final look of a product not the taste but i think it’s the process that went into creating that bake that is important. How did it make you feel? Did you enjoy it? What was challenging? What could you have done differently?
so I set up my cookery school in February 2017 and invited children of all ages through my front door to bake with me, creating both sweet and savoury bakes. I ran 4 sessions a day at 75 minutes each from 10am till 4pm and we were pretty fully booked every half term. During term time i would invite ore school children through my doors and offer the same sessions.
This summer I am offering something a little different that I hope will work. Each session will include a chefs hat, recipe card, use of an apron and unlimited soft drinks. All sessions apart from the 75-minute sessions will include a hot meal. Breakfast club which includes breakfast from 9:30-10:45am. Lunch club is 11:30-14:30 and afternoon tea club from 14:00-16:30 I am also running my popular 75-minute sessions. New for this year are my mindful bakes meets mindful arts sessions-bake in the morning then do art in the afternoon! This is an all day sessions from 10-16:00 and includes a hot lunch. Tuition is from Steve Pierce-Smith, a reputable artist living in Devizes. i have chosen four locations accross Wiltshire; Devizes, Collingbourne Kingston, Collingbourne Ducis and Grafton
We hope you’ve all been surviving the freezing temperatures, ice wind and snow! When it’s not blowing a blizzard it’s so pretty and we’ve been enjoying some great dog walks. With the snow and lots of viruses doing the rounds we’ve had to cancel a few sessions. Rest assured that we will never take your money if we need to cancel a session due to the adverse weather conditions; we will simply reschedule. We look forward to seeing some familiar faces at half-term and hopefully some new ones, so spread the word and invite a friend!
With less than two weeks till February half-term why not book your little ones a place at Mindful Bakes holiday club? We are open from Monday the 18th February till Friday the 22nd 10-17:15 everyday.
11:30-13:30 £15 includes a hot lunch e.g Swedish meatballs with mashed potato
15:15-17:15 to includes afternoon tea e.g. tuna sandwiches and scones
The themes for February half term will be valentines bakes as well as Chinese New Year so we’ll be baking Valentines cookies and fortune cookies, plus much more!
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We are also happy to come to you if you have a large group of friends and Mummies fancy putting their feet up whilst we entertain your little ones! plus we do all the washing up and tidying away! We simply charge petrol costs and are willing to travel a 10 mile radius
|This month we’re celebrating our first milestone, it’s been one year since Mindful Bakes Cookery School was first established. Since then we’ve welcomed hundreds of new faces through our doors and created many wonderful bakes. To celebrate we’re giving away a box of 12 delicious cupcakes all iced and decorated in various flavours . Simply like our Facebook page, tag a friend and share our post for a chance to win!
Mindful Bakes does commissions
We’ve updated our occasions brochure to show you a huge range of savoury and sweet bakes and cakes that we offer for any occasion! Perhaps a loved one is having birthday and you don’t have time to bake a cake? Have you lost enthusiasm and time to cook the children’s tea? We offer family meals that you can simply pop in the oven to warm! Pictured is our very popular chicken lasagne packed full of veggies and entirely homemade! Perhaps you are looking for a speciality bake. We cater for all food intolerences; vegan, lactose free, gluten free, sugar free and low fat. We can even cater for dinner parties and children’s parties! We are happy to deliver within a 10 mile radius and box your bakes
We continue to offer our ever popular after-school club from 15:15 weekdays. We can even offer a hot tea for an additional £2.50! Each month has a different theme so we’re kicking off February by making a ‘pigs in mud’ cake to honour Chinese New Year which is the year of this pig this 2019. After that we will be focusing on frugal living and creating recipes that are family friendly, affordable and based on seasonal produce. Keep updated via Instagram
Our first destination is all planned and booked, well booked but not particularly planned. I’m lucky enough to have three nephews and one neice who currently live in Dorset on an army base. i don;t see them half as much as I’d like but we have booked a date to go and stay with them. they live a stones throw away from durdle door and Lulworth Cove. i’d love to explore there ore as i have fond memories of the area as a child. I remember the hike to the top and the wonderful views when walking with my Dad as well as family holidays!we saw my sister in law for the day just before Christmas and although it was dreary and drizzly it was so wonderful to visit Lulworth cove and see the cousins all playing together. Any suggestions for places to visit would be much appreciated. it’s an area of Dorset that we’re not familiar with
I don;t want this blog to simply be about my baking business. I also want to blog about my house improvements and my walks with my dog and my fitness journey. Travel and adventure is also high on the agenda as every family years for a family holiday. I have been musing over an idea for some time and am hoping I can put my plan into action this year! In January I like to fill up the diary with lots of things to look forward to; meeting old friends and staying over.
We like to use my husbands bonus on march to book a holiday. In the past we have been to the south of France, to the alps in the summer an winter skiing and every year without fail we go on holiday with my family (Mum, dad and elderly Grandma) to Dorset or Cornwall. Grandmas mobility not to mention tolerance levels are somewhat limited these days so we need to think outside the box which got m thinking of long weekends instead of a whole week having to put up with small talk and each others bad habits.
How about instead of spending all our money on one single week in the summer we spread it out and go away for say, 6 weekends to different parts of the UK that we have never explored?
What are the advantages?
- no plane travel, taxes and early starts
- avoiding the pricey school holidays as we could start in april and continue to august
- better budgeting as we could stay with friends and relatives or in hostels
- we could challenge ourselves to stick to a budget and if we have cash leftover then treat ourselves to a luxury hotel perhaps?
- we could invite friends and family to join us
- we could blog about our travels and maybe get some freebies in return for advertising
- it could be a baking / travelling blog looking at the different local cuisine each county has to offer. Addtionally, it would be interesting to blog about travelling in the UK with small children.
- We could explore different types of accommodation e.g. glamping, shepherds huts and camping and really think outside of the box
Where could we go?
- Lake District
Watch this space for updates!
BOOK now to avoid disappointment. We are open from Monday the 18th to to Friday the 22nd February.
We are offering our usual sessions:
Lunch club-11:30-13:30 £15 to inc. hot lunch
Afternoon tea club-15:15-17:15 £15 to inc. afternoon tea
Whats on the lunch menu?
- Tuna melt pizza baguettes
- Chicken fajitas
- Cauli cheese macaroni
- Swedish meatballs
- Turkey burgers with guacamole
All meals can be changed to be vegan, gluten free or lactose free, just ask! Or if you don’t fancy anything on our menu tell us!
Afternoon tea will comprise of sandwiches, scones, cookies, hummus and crudites etc
What are we cooking?
Spring rolls and fortune cookies for Chinese New Year. Cupids crunch valentines popcorn, valentines cookies and valentines cookies.
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- Edible Christmas gifts
- Stocking fillers
- Christmas puddings, bakes, canapes and deserts
- Teacher’s gifts
Limoncello, florentines, iced biscuits, reindeer food, tea loaves and much more…