Newsletter June 2018

Morning,

As a lot of you weren’t receiving or Mailchimp newsletters we’ve ditched that idea and have gone back to good ole fashioned email!
The May half-term was another great success with new and old faces and plenty of lovely bakes in the sunshine! We’re gearing up for an event tomorrow so baking plenty as well as getting our running shoes on. We are sponsoring the Collingbourne canter and fun run so do pop in if you are passing by and try some delicious cookies and cakes as well as savoury bites!
We have a new booking platform which will be accessible via our website mindfubakes.com where you can book and pay for all classes, register your child’s details as well as seeing all our availability. It will hopefully make the whole process of booking and communication more streamline. We  have now welcomed clients to our cookery school and have over 20 regular whom visit on a weekly basis. We offer a wide variety of services from after school club, GCSE tuition, Duke of Edinburgh award, home schooled tuition, holiday club, working in schools and nurseries as well as coming to peoples houses. We are very flexible and can offer sessions between an hour to six hours long and either 1:1 or working in a small group. We offer bespoke quotations and can devise lesson plans if your child wants to work towards a specific goal. Forexample, all our older students have individual folders to store their recipes and to gather evidence of their practical skills whilst also working on theory. We will endeavour to put more detailed information about our services and what we can offer on our website in due course. This summer we are thrilled to have been invited back to Sunflowers preschool in Grafton to do some campfire cooking for two days throughout the holidays. Contact them directly at admin@sunflowers-grafton.org.uk to book your space.
This summer we will be open from the 15th July till the 3rd September 10-17:15 daily and will take a two week break at some point (yet to be decided) so do look at the website to book or register your interest by emailing us. We may hold some sessions in local village halls so we are able to accommodate more children and offer more services.
If you haven’t visited us for a while please come back and see all the positive changes we’ve made! We get lots of positive feedback, our sessions are very flexible so you’re welcome to stay as long as you please. We offer arts and crafts activities relating to what we are baking and as you can see from the photos, we cook a huge variety of things from meals to snacks as well as edible gifts.
Laura x

Mindful Bakes this February Half-Term

Hi,
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!
Laura x

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.
10-11:15 £9
11:30-13:30 £15 includes a hot lunch e.g Swedish meatballs with mashed potato
13:45-15:00 £9
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!
Message us via Facebook to book a place, email or call us
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

Its our birthday!

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

After-School Club

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

First weekend away planned already!

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

A holiday with a difference

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?

  • Edinburgh
  • Brighton
  • Lake District
  • Cotswolds
  • Oxford
  • Nottingham
  • Yorkshire
  • Cornwall
  • Norfolk
  • Windsor
  • Cardiff

Watch this space for updates!

Happy New Year!

 

 

After a restful Christmas break with not a lot of baking I’ve been doing some reflecting. I’m proud of Mindful Bakes! We’ve only been running 17 months but this past year we’ve been busy…
1) We set up an after school club
2) we successfully sold Christmas gifts and produce via Mindful Crafts, our sister company
3) We continued to host children’s birthday parties
4) we raised £107 for ‘heads together’
5) we went to people’s houses to bake #mindfulbakescomestoyou
6) we forage for wild produce and collected people’s unwanted fruit and veg and made our Apple juice again
7) we welcomed lots of new faces to the mindful bakes cookery school
8) we raised £25 for our local schools pta by making and selling ‘Christmas cookies’
9) we went into local primary schools to bake
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