Half Term Diary (and a bonus dairy free cake recipe)

Bolsover Castle
It has been a busy, busy week. Today has been the toughest, we’ve not been able to get out much as I’ve had an emergency dentist appointment right in the middle of the day, I broke a tooth, ouch, ouch. The other days have been good though. I’m so glad to have had this time with my boys, we don’t go out and about as much these days since The Fireman started school.  It has been tough though, I can’t deny that.  They have both been creating ridiculous and completely irritating arguments, such as the argument about who was going to be the fire chief at some made up fire station.  They were screaming at each other! So here’s a diary of the things we’ve been up to.


We headed to Denstone farm shop and cafe, the food was yummy and just over the road is a cycle track, which the boys had a ride along.  The rain has made the track very difficult to ride along, very wet and muddy! But it was sunny and not windy so can’t really complain.


Beacon Hill
Muddy tracks
A trip to the Beacon, one of our favourites.  It was a bit rainy, but in the trees it was ok.  We spent the first hour less than a hundred metres from the car park playing in this brook.  Sticks and mud are our usual favourites, but add water and wow! It becomes ten times more fun!


Osmaston pump track
A last minute plan, when I saw a tweet from Cycle Derby about the new BMX pump track being officially opened at Osmaston. We got there early so the boys could have a ride without getting in the way too much, I think it was about 9:30.
Roller racing
Superhero maintenance
There was also pimping your bike, roller racing, face painting, games, cake decorating (and eating) and it was all free!! Even free hotdogs.  We didn’t leave until 1:00. We were all shattered, the boys cried when we left, they were impressed. When we got home, this superhero wanted to wash his bike!


Mornflake oatbran and blueberry muffins#
Calke Abbey bat
We prepared for a trip to Calke Abbey with a bit of baking.  Toasted Oatbran and blueberry muffins (recipe below). We took and large picnic with us an after a spot of kite flying we stuffed our faces. The boys created an ant colony with collected sticks, random I know.  Again, we spent the first hour just a hundred metres from the car park.


Bolsover Castle
Being attacked by my own son at Bolsover Castle
We revisited Bolsover Castle to try out the Time Travellers holiday event, Knights and Princesses. They got to try on armour, swing some weapons about, follow a trail, hit mum with an axe…..and then they took part in the munchkin madness.
Munchkin Madness
This was complete chaos and brilliant, killing each other with foam swords, this really should be part of a child’s daily routine.


lego days
We built Lego, did more baking and had to put up with me being miserably because of my broken tooth, but hey, hopefully the rest of the week made up for it. That’s why I blog, to remember the good days.

Toasted Oatbran and Blueberry Muffins

  • 200ml Almond milk
  • 75g Mornflake toasted oatbran
  • 100g dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp treacle
  • 150ml oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g plain flour
  • 3tsp baking powder
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 250g frozen blueberries (although I’m sure fresh would work)

Preheat oven to 180c. Heat the milk until almost boiling then add to a large mixing bowl with the oatbran, sugar and treacle, stir and leave for 5-10mins. Beat into this mixture the oil and eggs.  Then fold through the flour, baking powder and sugar. Gently fold in the blueberries and fill the muffin cases. Bake for about 25-30mins, until deep golden brown.  The oatbran gives a lovely crunch to the top.