5 Brilliant Boredom Busting Bakes & #CookBlogShare 44
5 Brilliant Boredom Busting Bakes perfect for Lockdown & Lazy Autumn Afternoons!
Plus #CookBlogShare 2020 wk 44
Well what a year 2020 is turning into!
I hope this week’s CookBlogShare finds everyone well & managing to stay safe.
Despite everything, we’ve had a pretty good summer down here in the South. The weather was pretty good and we made sure to get out and about to enjoy it. Somehow everything seems a better when you’re stood surrounded by nature. We even managed a few trips to catch up with family, until the rule of 6 re-appeared and cut The Peas off from everyone again.
For the first time in a long time I worked in the summer school holidays, which was weird, and then finally The Peas went back to school in September, although not all of them were particularly happy about the idea. The little two have loved being back in the gym and are working really hard to learn new skills and rediscover some they’ve misplaced.
Its just so sad that they have to stop again. And I’ll be honest I really don’t understand why, the procedures that are in place are incredible.
The highlight of Elodie’s lockdown journey will undoubtedly be her squad challenge to pose like your idol – which in E’s case is Ellie Black! She could barely contain her excitement when it was commented on by the lady herself!
This last week has been half term so we’ve been adventuring outside in between gym training trips for Elodie. We’re so lucky in Hampshire to be so close to so much open space, within about 20minutes we can have our feet in The New Forest, green fields or the sea.
Here are a few of our half term adventures, no weather stops The Peas from getting outside. If you are local to us, there are some great places to get out and explore.
We love Meon Shore, free parking and a (usually) beautiful view of the Isle of Wight make it perfect for running off some energy! If you go after some wild weather, there is all sorts of shells and pretty sea glass to find.
While Basingstoke probably isn’t your first thought when thinking about green spaces, there are actually some lovely ones to explore. Black Dam ponds and grounds are a great place to have a stomp in the woods, play in the park or just generally burn off some Pea energy. And its free parking here too! Great for boredom busting
And then there is No17. Our lovely lottie. Was definitely our saviour last lockdown, it was our space away from both trying to juggle working full time and keeping The Peas happy. I have a feeling it will be where I spend most of this one too as I will be furloughed.
Millie’s pineapple sage seems to be quite taken with its new home at the front of the plot. It’s in full sun all day and for the first time has burst into flower this year! And what beauties they are, this photo doesn’t do the deep red colour justice at all.
Excuse the weeds but I am very excited at the different kinds of kale we have grown this year. Can’t remember which variety is which (very helpful I know) but they are coming along very nicely. We’ve got 6 plants in 3 varieties which should give us a nice supply of greens throughout the winter and into the early spring before anything else is ready!
Since the last CookBlogShare, I’ve started a new job which is on the doorstep of school and means I can do the school & gym training runs too. I have to say I am really loving it and very, very sad that we have to close on Thursday, although you never know it might mean I actually get on and get some new recipes on here!!!
In the meantime, if you are staring down the face of yet more financial strain, check out these budget friendly recipes, perfect for filling up the small people.
Vegan Leek & Potato Pie – Just add yellow sticker meat, frozen fish or lots of lovely legumes for extra protein boosts.
Vegan Lentil & Veggie Hotpot – If you are not a fan of Lentils, then pork mince or a tin of baked beans make for a relatively cheap alternative.
Apple Flapjacks – perfect for filling with nuts, seeds & work great with tinned fruit too. We buy our seeds & dried fruit in home bargains as its so much cheaper than the supermarkets.
Brilliant Boredom Busting Bakes:
So now you are all caught up with the latest news from Peachick HQ, its probably time to get on with this week’s round up.
With Lockdown 2.0 upon us all in the UK in one form or another, I am, yet again, having to find ways to entertain one very serious gymnast with nowhere to train. Thankfully her club is amazing and her little squad keep up as many hours as they can over Zoom, but there is only so much conditioning these little gymnasts can do in one go! This also means trying to feed her on less money, and with limited options, if people start panic buying again.
Baking is one way to keep her happy & save my sanity on those days when she really needs to be flipping, jumping and flying around a gym rather than our tiny little house. There is also the added bonus of having her making things for their school packed lunches – which helpfully have to be fully disposable at the moment. So here are a few lovely ideas of bakes to bust that lockdown boredom and entertain the kids on a soggy saturday afternoon!
1.Easy Halloween Cupcakes by Feast Glorious Feast
Halloween might be over but we reckon these cute little monster cupcakes are perfect for any time of the year! The recipe even comes with adaptations for all your dietary needs!
2. Halloween Cheese Bats from The Kelly Diane Report
These are kinda cute and perfect for lunchboxes. The added dairy & eggs make them a great, cheap way to get a little extra calcium and protein into the small people too!
3. Challah Rolls by Family, Friends, Food
These beautiful creations are the perfect challenge for older kids to bake but have all the added nutrients of wholegrains and seeds – something which is very important when feeding crazy mini gymnasts, who train almost as many hours as she spends at school!
4. Bourbon Biscuits by Gluten Free Alchemist
Honestly if you are gluten free or catering for a coeliac, then you need to check out Kate’s recipes. They are incredible. And these biscuits are no exception! I have made bourbons before and this recipe is inspiring me to give it another go!
5. Nutella, Banana & Marshmallow Tart from Baking Explorer
Yet again Kat, has made something absolutely amazing from a few simple ingredients. This was Millie’s favourite recipe of the week and is top of our list to make at the weekend – with a few tweaks to make it safe for everyone! We particularly like the Jim Jams Vegan spread as a safe nutella alternative. And for vegan marshmallows, it can only be Freedom Mallows!
I especially like that this is a boredom busting bake The Peas can make on their own.
So there you have it, 5 Boredom Busting Bakes. Hopefully these will give you a little respite from the cries of ‘I’m bored’ this lockdown season, and also to serve as a little treat! Can’t wait to see what you have all been making this week!
#COOKBLOGSHARE WEEK 44 LINKY
If you are just here for the yummy recipes and to find something delicious for dinner then feel free to scroll on past the entry rules and get right to the recipes. Although if you do find something you like then social shares are always appreciated by us blogger types!
As well as commenting & Tweeting all the lovely recipes linked up this week, I will pin them all to the #CookBlogShare Pinterest Board(and one or two of my own!) but the social love doesn’t stop there.
Don’t forget to:-
- TAG @recipescrumbs @lostinf00d follow on Twitter, using #CookBlogShare hashtag for retweets. AND If you tag @Peachicksbakery in any I will retweet them too!
- ADD #CookBlogShare to your Insta posts so we can all find you! And don’t forget you can also tag them (and me) in the Insta post to make it even easier to find (@lostinf00d @recipesmadeeasyblog & @Peachicksbakery)
- POST your recipes to the CookBlogShare Facebook Page
One last thing –
If search for #CookBlogShare across social media, you can see all the posts tagged with it. Why not spend a little time exploring & spread a little ‘like/retweet’ love around. But don’t forget some kind of snack while you do it, as it always makes me really hungry! There are thousands of amazing looking recipes to be discovered on Instagram alone!
Pin Brilliant Bakes For Later:
I’m sure you’ve read them a few times but for anyone new to #CookBlogShare or those of us (like me) that love a reminder…
- You can link up any foodie posts you have. Both old and new posts are welcome as long as they have not been linked to #CookBlogShare before.
- Link up a recipe or foodie post by clicking the blue ‘add your link’ button below and following the instructions. You can link up to 4 posts. by linking you are giving permission for the photo to be used in a round up post.
- Add a link from your post back to this post (so everyone else can find it and link up too!)
- Add the #CookBlogShare badge to your post (Code below – for WordPress copy and paste the code below into the text view of your post).
- Comment on some of the other recipes linked up here (at least 2 for each link you added but the more you can the better) and generally share the love with a bit of social media action!
- Plus comment on either this post or one of the posts labelled HOST in the linky.
- Have fun and get ready to Cook Blog Share!
- Finally, Add code for the linky badge (this should be done in the text edit view )
- AND you can find next week’s link over at Lost in Food!