Foolproof home baked bread in minutes!

Hello my lovelies,

It’s the school holidays here in England and that means 6 weeks of scrambling to find activities for my child that won’t break the bank. Thank goodness for Pinterest and Facebook viral video’s! I found a really cool video for bread in a bag and just had to make it.

Yesterday we baked bread in a bag and it was a-mazing! Light, tasty and super duper easy to make.  In fact, my 5 year old daughter did 95% of the work!

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I measured out all the ingredients in 3 stages so that it was easy for my daughter to add them into the zip lock bag.  She had so much fun!  All you’ll need besides the ingredients, is a large zip lock bag and a few plastic tumblers.  The recipe is in cups which, surprise, surprise I couldn’t find yesterday so I used one of my daughter’s ikea plastic cups which worked perfectly.

So, here’s the recipe and method:

Foolproof bread in a bag

Into a large ziplock bag, add  1 cup of flour, 3 tablespoons white sugar (next time I’ll use 1/2 this mount as it seemed a little sweet to me), 1 pkg rapid rise yeast and 1 cup of warm water.

Seal the bag letting out the air as you go and then comes the fun part.  Play with the ziplock bag and massage it in your hands so that all the ingredients combine.  My daughter LOVED this part!


When it’s combined, set the bag aside for 10 minutes.

Now open the bag and add 1 cup of flour, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Once again, seal the bag letting out the air as you go and play with the ingredients in the ziplock bag and manipulate it in your hands so that all the ingredients combine.

Open the bag and add a cup of flour.

Seal the bag again and manipulate to mix the flour in.

Lay the bread dough on a floured surface and gently mould into the shape of a bread loaf. Place into a greased loaf tin.

Cover and allow to rise for at least 45 minutes in a warm place.

Bake at 190 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Once baked, turn out onto a cooling rack and wait five minutes before devouring with butter and jam!



Bright blessings,

Mama R







Camp Funshine update and Christmas aprons

Hello my lovelies,

Today has been a difficult day.

My daughter is testing her limits at the moment and driving me pretty much insane.  Nevertheless we had a craft day today.  She was given all sorts of little crafty make and do things for her birthday and after our trip to the shops, and I figured since we couldn’t go play outside, crafting was a good idea.

 This is one of the spoon people she made…


and this is her Christmas apron that I made!  And of course when you ask your kid who’s acting out to please smile…. she closes her eyes and makes a face!


I made one for myself last night so now we Mommy and Me matching Christmas aprons all ready for our holiday baking.

I’m probably not going to get to do as many Camp Funshine posts as I wanted to because I’m just not getting a chance to post what with keeping DD occupied!

 Yes, I know I’m a mad person but I have been thinking of Christmas and have already bought all of my daughter’s gifts and am now working on DH and MIL’s gifts.  I’ve done my Christmas menues and just have to make up a grocery list.

 Yes I know, I’m crazy!

 Bright blessings,

 Mama R


Camp funshine update

Camp Funshine has been put on the back burner a bit as life has been busy what with renovations and preparations for my daughters birthday party.  Now that the party is over we are trying to get back to normal – well what passes for normal around here anyway.

 Today at Camp Funshine DD and I did our daily routines and tidied our home and then had a Mommy and Daughter outing!

 We got on the train and took a trip to a bigger town than ours and did some shopping using the vouchers that she was given as her birthday gift. DD grows like a beanstalk so she really needed clothes. H&M has loads of things on 3 for 2 at the moment and I got her some basics.   We had a Macdonald’s lunch and browsed in all the shops.  Truth be told I was browsing around to see if anything has come in for Christmas but there isn’t much about yet.

It wa a lovely day out and we got back truly worn out and ready for dinner.

Camp Funshine Day 10

Today at Camp Funshine we visited the local library.  We’ve joined the Summer Reading Challenge and need to read 6 books throughout the school summer holidays. DD’s read two already so we needed to go swap our books out today.

 On the way back we stopped in at the East Surrey Museum where they have a great children’s interactive section. They have a box of old hats from around the world from different times and even a box of toys from byegone eras.   DD particularly enjoyed typing on the old fashioned typewriter and looking at the old slides.


Then it was a quick trip to Morrisons for some groceries and back home for lunch.   DD wants to play with some of the gifts she got for her birthday so that’ll be our afternoon sorted.

 What are you up to today?

Mama R


Camp Funshine Day 7 & 8

This week seems to have been all about friends!

I had loads planned but we’ve had one impromptu visit after the next and it’s been lovely to see friends and catch up.   I’m so glad that DD is getting to play with her friends.  Yesterday we had a friend round in the morning with her son and in the afternoon we made a DIY Slip ‘n Slide!


It was really easy and just involved a large piece of plastic sheeting, some water and a little washing up liquid.  You could just lay the plastic down an incline of grass or you could push the plastic under a slide like I’ve done here. Either way, it’s FUN!


 Today, we had another friend and her two children here to play.  The kids enjoyed playing with the scented play dough we made a few days ago.   It keeps incredibly well in the fridge.   The kids played lego, paddled in the paddling pool and played on the swings.  Now they’ve gone home, DD and I are relaxing in anticipation of tonight’s barbecue.

 Ah, don’t you just love Summer?

 Bright blessings,

 Mama R


Camp Funshine Day 6 and a Moist Madeira Cake

Camp didn’t work out the way I planned today.  Firstly, we had to run to the grocery store because we were out of some staples.  Once there, we seemed to bump into everyone  we knew and landed up chatting!

On the way home, I was called by a friend who wanted to borrow something and meet George.  So, we had her and her children drop in.  Her youngest daughter stayed to play with DD  and the two girls have been having fun between playing mommies and babies, doctors and sick babies and adventures outside.

This has meant that I could get on with cleaning and since I didn’t have to entertain DD I decided to bake half of her birthday cake.  One of the top layers and one of the bottom layers.  She’s having a Sofia the First birthday party and I’m experimenting with a madiera cake recipe. I would normally use a sponge cake for a birthday cake but since this is my first two tier cake I’d like a slightly more firm cake and I believe Madeira is the way to go.

 I’m hoping to decorate thebottom layer of the cake for her birthday a little something like this cake from At Second Street.


and the top like this gorgeous cake from salt cake city


I’m not planning on a sofia doll topper.   I bought a cute tiara from ebay and with candles and a number 4 sparkler.  Birthday’s are a definite sparkler occasion.   Here’s the Madeira recipe.

 Moist Madeira Cake

175g butter at room temperature

175g caster sugar

3 medium eggs, room temperature

250g plain flour, sifted

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons milk

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time until well combined. Repeat with the second egg.  Add one teaspoon of flour and mix.  This stops the mixture from curdling.  Add the third egg, milk and vanilla extract and mix well.  Fold in the sifted flour until the mixture is well blended.  Don’t over mix and don’t beat or you will beat out all the air.

Place in a well greased baking tin and bake for about 40 minutes at 180 degrees centigrade.  A skewer inserted into the middle should come out clean.

Remove from the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack.  Decorate as desired.

Of course I’m placing the cakes in the freezer until the day before her birthday at which point I will ice it.  I’ll be making up the separate components of the cake like the large pearls and the amulet before the party.  More on those later so watch this space!#

If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes and I’ll be sure to post a picture of her birthday cake in August.

Bright blessings,

Mama R


Camp Funshine Day 4 & 5

Yesterday, we spent a lovely day at a friend’s house swimming and playing.  It was such a hot day and the icy water was just what we needed.

Today, my daughter has a playdate.  There’s nothing that nearly 4  year olds like more than to play with play dough.   So this morning I made this easy scented play dough.


Not the best picture ever but I was in a rush!

 So here’s the recipe:

 2 cups of plain flour plus extra for dusting

1/2 cup salt

2T vegetable oil

2T cream of tartar

5 fruit or herb tea bags (we used spiced apple and chamomile)

1.5 cups of boiling water

 We added food colouring and glitter but this is optional.

In a mug steep 3 teabags in the boiling water and allow to infuse for about 3 minutes. Place all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.  Add the oil.  Remove the teabag from the mug and then slowly add the boiling tea water to the flour mixture. Mix as you go and keep adding the boiling tea water until the mixture forms a dough.  You maybe have to start mixing with your hands at some point.  Kneed the dough with your hands to encorporate all the dry mixture.  Turn out on to a floured board.  The mixture might still be a bit sticky.

Kneed some more and add a few pinches of flour until the dough is no longer sticky.  Break open the remaning tea bags and mix the herbal contents into the play dough until well blended.

I added blue food colouring and gold glitter at thist stage and kneeded well to incorporate.

There you have it!

The girls played with the playdough this morning and it’s now in the fridge wrapped in some cling film ready for next time.  They’re in DD’s bedroom playing babies and mommies.  It’s super cute to watch!

We were going to make cornflour slime but it started to pour with rain!  So the girls have been inside trying on princess dresses and tiaras in a kind of princess fashion show.

All in all it’s been a fun day!

Bright blessings,

Mama R