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
Happy Autumn! Half term is just around the corner and we have lots of enquiries so thought we had better get our skates on! Mindful Bakes Cookery School will be open from Thursday the 25th October till Friday the 2nd November. We will be offering the popular 75-minute sessions for £9 as well as the longer sessions, which include a hot lunch or afternoon tea for £15 per child. Please book as soon as you can as we only have space for four children per session. ALL sessions will be at Mindful Bakes headquarters in Collingbourne Ducis. On Wednesday the 31st we will be hosting a Halloween party with games and afternoon tea from 15:15-17:15 for £7.50 per child.
11:30-13:30 £15 to include a hot lunch
15:15-17:15 £15 to include afternoon tea
If you require any afternoon sessions let me know as we are more than happy to accommodate people’s needs.
Here at Mindful bakes we understand the importance of teaching children where their food comes from and the importance of not wasting produce. We hate to see unwanted and unused fruit and veg which is why we are om a mission to collect anything you don’t think you will eat! We will use it in the cookery school and send it to myapplejuice to turn into delicious apple juice. We are happy to collect within a 15 mile radius too
The benefits of apple juice really do keep the doctor away. just one glass of 150ml apple juice counts as one of your five a day and recent evidence links consumption to lowering cholesterol, prevention of heart disease, Alzheimers and cancer.
The juice is made out of just apples-nothing is added. What goes in comes out, ready for you to savour for months later. Every apple tree variety if different, so the taste of your juice will really reflect
the fruit you pick
Summer really is just around the corner! I don’t want to scare you but Mindful bakes Cookery School is open for business in 7 days! The children will be exhausted after a full on term of activities and all this heat we have been getting recently. So why not book a session with us and allow them to let off some steam, engage in a therapeutic, relaxing activity. You can sit back with a cuppa and a cake whilst they do the hard work!
Breakfast club, lunch club, afternoon tea club, art club and our popular 75-minute sessions.
- Ranging from £9-35 per child
- Devizes, Collingbourne Kingston and Ducis, Grafton
- Each session includes a hot meal, chef’s hat, unlimited soft drinks, recipe card and use of an apron
Laura set up Mindful Bakes as she has a passion for baking and creating. After a bout of depression Laura found baking to be her saviour, a way to channel her energies into feeding her family and doing something productive. Baking had a clear end-product and a methodical approach to creating. Using your hands to knead and cut is very therapeutic. Laura uses her friends and family and testers and hasn’t had a complaint yet!
Through baking and creating together Laura has found that her daughters will chat to her about all things related to school and friendship problems,
so they’re are able to tap into mental health and talking about it in a safe and less intimidating environment.
Her young daughters have developed a growing interest in her hobby turned career and Laura has found it to be hugely beneficial in teaching mathematical skills, reading, patience, creativity and enhancing the bond between parents and child without the need for television or smart phones. Laura teaches her children to budget for ingredients whilst shopping, they learn whereabouts their food has come from, be it home grown, organically produced or reared locally. Laura tried to recycle packaging where appropriate thus reducing the impact on the environment and teaches her children to reduce waste.
Baking can teach children the importance of hygiene and health and safety and the fundamental importance of eating a healthy balanced diet.
Laura’s eldest child is now a very eager cook and likes to create her own recipes and help with dinner parties!
Mindful Bakes aims to use freshly grown local produce. Our apples came from across Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and even east Sussex! Mindful Bakes tries to reduce waste by using people’s unwanted damsons, sloe berries, apples, pears, pumpkins and plums. In the winter Mindful Bakes produced game pies from pheasant, partridge and venison from local farms.
Mindful Bakes brewed their own cider and bottled their own apple juice with the apples they collected. Sloe gin, damson gin and limoncello also proved to be a popular Christmas gift!
Mindful Bakes are all too aware of healthy eating and have whipped up culinary delights such as chocolate cauliflower cake with tahini and sesame crunch and honey parsnip cake with lemon ricotta frosting which use vegetables as the staple ingredient. Children often don’t notice the difference, but the bakes are healthier and lower in fat! At Christmas, Mindful Bakes were busy with Christmas cake orders and this summer will be working on a wedding cake. The sky is the limit.
At the launch of Mindful Bakes in July 2017 we raised more than £380 for Mind the mental health charity.
Mindful bakes aim to bring people together via cake and inadvertently people start chatting and hopefully this may involve discussions surrounding mental health.
We host regular ‘crumbs and chatter’ open days in the village. #oneconversationatatime #onecrumbatatime. Such events have increased Laura’s confidence in her social skills as well as enabling her to meet new people in a rural location. We also deliver cakes and bakes to local businesses who may not be able to access the local shops easily such as retirement homes and businesses in rural locations. Mindful Bakes endeavours to meet every client’s needs. We accept commissions and can provide gluten free, vegan, sugar free and dairy free cakes and bakes.
Laura studied Occupational Therapy so knows only too well about the importance of baking as a form of therapy. She has worked with special needs children and young adults for over fifteen years in various settings. Laura is keen to take Mindful Bakes into local primary schools as part of their Emotional Literacy and Social Support programme (ELSA) and to enable children to enable children to feel supported and listened to whilst undertaking a fun, therapeutic and educational activity.
ELSA helped Laura’s eldest daughter aged six when she had a mental breakdown by reducing her anxiety and allowing her some ‘time out’ of the structured curriculum to immerse herself in something fun and relaxing as well as learning a new skill.
She was able to understand that it is ‘okay to not be okay’ and that there will always be people to listen to her, support her and share their experiences.
Many children are exposed to the stresses of modern day life and are not equipped with the coping mechanisms at such a young age on how to deal with them. It is important to start discussing mental health in a positive light before not becomes destructive at a later age. Mental health need not be scary and intimidating and Mindful Bakes wishes to herald the importance of incorporating baking into the education system as a way of discussing mental health.
Mindful Bakes Cookery school sessions will last up to one hour including preparation time. All ingredients and materials will be provided, and children get to take home their creations! Laura will also be offering these sessions after school and during the school holidays in her own home for a maximum of five children at a time. Laura has a certificate in food hygiene and the relevant insurance. Please get in touch for times, dates and prices.
See our next blog post for the benefits of baking and why I love it so!
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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