Just four weeks from now and I will be doing the Race for Life.

I’ve been training! I’m currently about half way there, but that’s just walking. I’m thinking now I’d like to jog a little. I will see how it goes. My health varies on a day to day basis, some days I’m ok, some I’m not. I’ve just endured four nightmare days and now I’m wondering how on earth I will cope if I’m really ill by the time the race comes around?


 I’m committed now, I have to do it no matter what. 

So, how has my training plan gone so far?

Well, I’ve been drinking more water. A simple step but something that so many of us don’t do enough of. Keeping yourself hydrated is very important. My goal is eight glasses a day. Sometimes I don’t manage that, but now that I’m trying to be more aware, I am drinking more than before.

I have my new trainers. Not always necessary, in fact generally it’s more comfortable to train in your old faithfuls. However, it’s always nice to receive a little incentive and a nice new pair of trainers has had me wanting to go out more to try them out.

I have a Fit Bug. Again, not a necessity but it is recording all my activity for me. I’ve only been using it a couple of days so I can’t comment too much, but it’s always nice to have something that encourages you on your way.

I’ll also be starting on Kiqplan very soon, which is an online program to help to train for races like this. Kiqplan also do programs for slimming, and getting rid of baby tums or beer bellies.

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Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen and it’s the last one of the month. We love it when you join in and let us know what you’ve been up to in the kitchen with your kids. This week we made some fudge, but before I get on to our recipe I’d like to say thank you to those who linked up last week.

The girls from Mummy Plus Two Girls made a fantastic pizza with a smiley face. Kids always have loads of fun making pizza.

Over on Mummy of Two little Miss A made some Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Cakes which look totally scrummy.

The linky is open for another week before we start a new one, so do come and join us and I’ll share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and here on Kids in the Kitchen next week.

Fudge

Now this recipe is not entirely child friendly as it involves boiling a sugary liquid which will stick and burn. However, I found that if I did the hot part myself, there was plenty for my little chef to help with afterwards and she was really excited to be making her own sweets.

Ingredients:

  • 397g can of condensed milk
  • 150ml of milk
  • 450g caster sugar
  • 115g butter

Method:

Adult:
Put all the ingredients in a pan and melt slowly over a low heat
Bring to the boil and then simmer on medium heat stirring constantly so it doesn’t stick
Simmer for around 15 -20 minutes until the mixture reaches 118°C

You can check the temperature with a sugar thermometer or test the mixture by dropping a small ball into a glass of icy water and it should form a soft ball when squished.

Leave to cool for about 5 minutes.

Child:


Prepare a tin by lining it with greaseproof paper
Mix with hand mixer in the pan for about 5 minutes until thick, smooth and starting to set.
Poor mixture into tin and smooth the top
Leave to cool and set
Cut into chunks

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I haven’t been camping for years. These days the focus is more on glamping than camping, well I can tell you, there was nothing glamorous about our camping holidays. They were lots of fun though.

First I remember we would ‘weather’ the tents. That means that mom would get them out and put them up in the back garden for a day or two. When we were old enough she would let us have some friends over to sleep in them. I don’t think we ever lasted a whole night in the garden though.

The tents were frame tents and took forever to put together. They were huge, or they seemed to be so when we were young. They would have at least two bedroom areas and a living area. We would have air beds and sleeping bags to sleep in.

Holidays were a family affair. I don’t remember much before my Dad passed away, I don’t think he was a ‘camper’ although he did like caravans. So it would have been me, mom and my little brother. We would go with my nan and my cousin who lived mostly with her, my aunt and uncle and their four children, my grown-up cousin and her husband and twin daughters who were the same age as my little brother. My uncle would hire a mini bus so we could all travel together with all our equipment. We would take over a fair chunk of the camping field once all set up together.

I remember one time we went to Weymouth and set up in the corner of a field. Overnight we had the most awful storm and woke up in the morning in the middle of a huge muddy puddle. It was a pain to dismantle the tents and put them up somewhere else, so we un-pegged them then all got inside and grabbed a pole and ‘walked’ them to another part of the field. It must have been a sight seeing our tents walking across the field. Obviously not a sight we saw as we were all inside them! I’m happy to report the rest of the holiday was storm free and sunny.

me and my cousins

We had no real comforts while camping, we’d have to use the shower blocks for washing. They were usually run by coins so you had to be quick before your money ran out. The sinks were in the shower block so we’d have to carry our bowls of washing up over there too.

We did a lot of cooking on our calor gas cooker back at the tents. There was so many of us it was too expensive to eat out often, although we did enjoy the occasional fish and chips by the sea front.

We started these camping holidays in the mid 1970’s and I believe the last one was in 1982. By this time most of the children were growing up and the older family members wanting more comfort from their holidays.

They were such happy times.

My lovely nan (who left this earth nearly 20 years ago now) my auntie and one of my smaller cousins.

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There is nothing nicer than being able to pop into your garden and pick the herbs you need to flavour your food. I’ve always had a herb garden but not since I moved into my new house so now it’s time to start one up here. The Little Man was a willing helper while we sat at the table in the sunshine and filled little pots with compost and seeds. I wrote the labels and he stuck them on. He had lots of fun and made tons of mess, but no worries, he said we could clean it all up with a magic stick!

Hopefully the seeds will soon start to grow and then we can plant them out into the garden. I can’t wait and I’m sure the Little Man is just as impatient. I can’t wait to see his face when we start to see the seeds sprout. Now I just have to decide the best place to plant them. I’m thinking maybe the front garden as it’s nearer to the kitchen and it would be nice to be greeted with the smell of herbs as we come home. 

My favourites are chives and dill, I love them with fish, I love rosemary with lamb, but did you know it also tastes really nice with chicken? I’ve never grown garlic before but I use it all the time so I’m hoping that it grows. Basil and oregano are great with pasta dishes. What’s your favourite herb?

I’m linking up with Country Kids from Coombe Mill, it’s been such a long time since I made and outdoor post, hopefully there will be more to come.

 

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Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen. I hope you have been busy baking up a storm with your kids this week, we’d love to see what you’ve been up to and you can always join in with our linky. All posts are shared on Pinterest and Twitter and will get a mention here on Kids in the Kitchen next week.

Last week we were joined by the Free From Farmhouse and showed how to make fabulous, and really easy, Vegan Biscuits with the help of little J.

The linky is open until the end of the month and you can join in as many times as you like.

Damper Bread.

The first time we came across Damper Bread was at a family fun day with the scouts. They twisted the bread dough onto sticks and cooked it over a hot campfire. I’ve always wanted to try and make the bread at home but not over a campfire. Boo was my willing accomplice and she enjoyed reading and following the simple recipe from my bread book.
I’m not a fan of Soda bread because I really don’t like the taste of Soda. Damper bread is very similar in texture but without the taste of soda. There is no yeast so no waiting for it to prove, and it is made with ordinary flour as opposed to bread flour. In fact the ingredient list is small and it’s so quick and easy to make. I’m tempted to make it regularly now, especially as it was a huge hit with the kids.

Ingredients:

  • 500g self-raising flour white flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 40g butter
  • 2tsp caster sugar
  • 225ml milk
  • 125ml water

Method:

  • preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6, grease a baking sheet and set aside
  • Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl
  • chop butter into chunks and rub into the flour with fingers
  • stir in the sugar
  • add the milk
  • then add the water a little at a time until you have a soft dough
  • turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead gently for a few minutes
  • shape into a round loaf shape and place on the baking sheet
  • cut a cross in the dough about 1cm deep
  • brush the loaf with a little milk and then dust with a little flour
  • bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown
  • transfer to a wire rack to cool

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