Kendal dreaming + Travelodge competition

I love the UK. I’m a big fan of the staycation. When I was little we used to go on holiday to Gwithian every year and it was the most fun ever. My family have been going there for generations so it’s nice to carry that tradition on. I really love the UK. I think we’ve got some fantastic places to visit here, although I’ve been to an embarrassingly small number of them personally.

So far I’ve been to most of Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Derby (and the surrounding dales), Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Salisbury, Bath, Bristol, London, Canterbury, Whitstable and we’re off to Harrogate in February.

However, one of the places I’ve always really wanted to go is the Lake District. Kendal, in particular has always taken my fancy and hopefully we’ll be able to go when we visit Harrogate as it’s not too far. It’s home to lots of great food producers (always a strong draw for us!) with it of course being the home to Kendal mint cake.

Here’s my list of top attractions in Kendal.

1. Kendal Castle

Some people would be disappointed about this being a ruin but I just find the age of these things absolutely fascinating. It was built in the 12th century (which is 300 years before America was even discovered and nearly 600 years since America was founded) which just seriously blows my mind. It’s been a ruin since Tudor times. It’s free to wander around and offers some lovely views of the town. A reconstruction of the castle can be seen at the museum.

Kendal castle

2. Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere is only a 20 minute drive from Kendal and I don’t think I need to explain why I want to go there. I’ll let the picture do the talking…

Lake Windermere

3. More? Artisan bakery

I’ll be honest, this is the main reason for my excitement about Kendal. More? Artisan won the Supreme Champion at the Great Taste Awards a few years ago and consistently pick up 3 stars for their products. I’ve been lucky enough to taste their famous gluten-free brownies and they are literally the best thing I’ve ever tasted. So tasty in fact, they are actually on my Christmas list. At £13 for 6, they aren’t the cheapest but they are by far the best (and people wouldn’t think twice about spending £21 on 6 beers so when you think about it like that, they’re actually a bargain).

More Artisan gluten free muddees

 

4. Levens Hall

Famed for being home to the oldest, most extensive topiary in the world, Leven Hall has been occupied since the 1590′s and is apparently haunted. It’s super child friendly with a playground, a quiz, a maze and even a selection of costumes you can borrow while you walk around.

Levens Hall Cumbria

Now for the fun bit. Travelodge have very kindly given me a one-night stay to give away to one of you lucky lot.
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Baby-friendly recipes: Banana & oat cookies

I don’t claim to have invented this recipe, in fact I’ve seen loads of variations of it knocking around the internet recently but I can’t remember where I found this particular one. I think it was on Pinterest somewhere.

I’ve called this ‘baby-friendly’ but really it’s for quite old babies that are capable of eating well and have plenty of teeth. These cookies can be quite chewy. It’s an odd texture and it’s hard to describe unless you’ve tried one. It’s kind of rubbery? But not in a bad way.

The best thing about these cookies is that they have no added sugar, they just use the sweetness from the bananas. There are only two ingredients (or 3 if you want to be a bit naughty and add chocolate chips like I did!) and are a healthy and cheap alternative to baby snacks you buy in the shops like rusks etc.

Banana & oat cookie recipe

- 2 bananas

- 100g porridge oats

(- chocolate chips/raisins/whatever else you want to add in)

Banana and oat cookies ingredients

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4

2. Mash the banana in a bowl

Mashed banana3. Mix banana & oats together (and add any extra bits like raisins, chocolate chips etc)

Banana & oat mix

4. Spoon mixture out onto lightly greased baking tray (don’t worry about putting them close together as these cookies don’t really expand)

No sugar banana and oat cookies

5. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes

Low sugar banana and oat cookies

6. Try not to scoff the lot

 

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Trapped (but snuggly!)

I haven’t left the house in days! I’m starting to feel trapped inside the flat! Curse this dreary, grey, wet weather! Bring back summer!

We’ve spent most of this week snuggled up on the sofa watching kid’s movies with Huxley. We’ve been out to the park for a few minutes here and there but not without our fun being ruined by heavy downpours. Feel like I’m starting to get cabin fever!

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Jumper: H&M | Shirt: H&M | Jeans: Gap (similar)| Slippers: c/o Snugrugs | Rings: H&M, River Island & Astley Clarke | Mug: Harrods

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