Winter walks and festive bakes

Although it has not been that cold recently, so more like walks in the winter.

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Since discovering the new route through the fields close to my house, I have been there for both runs and walks. I love walking but when I am at work might only squeeze in a short walk a couple of evenings, so I have been making the most of time off this week.

I have also been trying to keep my step count up, as I tend to walk around a lot at work, but our house is tiny so I don’t clock up that many steps. After a weekend of parkrun, walking around the shops, then a 10K run on the Sunday, my step goal for Monday was fairly high (it increases if you meet your goal). I had been out early on Monday to visit a friend and pop to the shops to collect a few bits, and later in the afternoon realised I needed to post something. I set off (in the rain), but as I got there the rain eased off, so I walked up to the supermarket, a mile from the post office (as Andy needed some bananas), and then decided to walk the long route home, through the fields.

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Thankfully the rain stopped, and although it was muddy, it was great.

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Very muddy in places!

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I had a Starbucks offer for a free bakery item, so I had my bit of the cinnamon roll when I got home.

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In the evening I made some of Laura’s peanut butter chocolate dipped dates (while listening to episode 2 of Serial). They are delicious!

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Instead of using the microwave, I used my school trick of using a bowl of warm water, with the chocolate in sealable sandwich bags, to melt them.

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On Tuesday I walked up to the local shopping centre (got some tracksuit bottoms to wear for PE lessons), and then made some gingerbread in the afternoon. Then we had our regular Tuesday evening club run, although by then the rain and wind had set in and, despite us singing Jingle Bells (helping our breathing as well as making it festive) it was not the most festive of runs. We did an out and back route, and as we turned the wind hit us and the rain was fogging up my glasses. I was glad of the company, but I was soaked through by the time I got home. I then decorated the gingerbread.

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They puffed up a bit in the oven so they are rather chubby!

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And look at my gingerbread house! I was very pleased with it.

Today I was visiting friends, and then after lunch had a walk with Andy, but as I had no run planned and the weather was good, I had a walk on my own across the fields again.

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This time I listened to some podcasts as I walked.

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So relaxing.

Now I just need to finish decorating the Christmas cakes- I can’t decide on a design for our cake. I have made some little gingerbread men and trees (using icing) for our parents cakes, but I have seen reindeer ones, and little Christmas owls, but they all seem a bit complicated so we shall see what I manage!

Tomorrow I plan on making some Christmas pudding fudge to take around on Christmas day too, and maybe some maple roasted nuts- I love how the house smells when all these foods are cooking.

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8 thoughts on “Winter walks and festive bakes”

  1. I always think that your house must smell absolutely lovely with all of the amazing things you are constantly baking 🙂 And those little chubby gingebread men are absolutely adorable.

    It’s so muddy everywhere here too! I’ve never known it to rain so much and be so ridiculously windy for the whole of November and December. I’ll still take it over weeks and weeks of ice and snow though…

    1. Thanks 🙂 I do love the smell of baking like that.
      Yes, I do agree, running on the ice is never good so I am glad we don’t have that, although I do think there are too many germs about at the moment as we have not had a cold snap to kill them off.

  2. I missed running club on Tuesday night as I slotted in an extra run on Monday when I don’t normally run this week instead. Everybody that went to the session was later complaining about how soaked through they were from the downpour though!
    I’ve never baked gingerbread men before. We were given a build-your-own gingerbread house for Christmas this year though and I can’t wait to have a go at putting it all together and decorating it!

  3. Oooh yum!

    With bonus walks through mud too. I’m not so good at keeping my step count up when I’m not at work (it’s fairly easy at work – what with the bustle to the station and the hustle home again…)

  4. Love your chubby gingerbread men. Who wants a skinny one anyway!?
    I love walking. One of the reasons why I love having a dog because I have no excuse but to walk every day. Like you, I listen to podcasts and just walk and walk. Sometimes with a purpose to get to a shop or sometimes just to get the fresh air (and for Alfie as well of course).

    1. Thanks! They are cute.
      I love walking- always look forward to a nice one at the weekend and in the holidays- I need my fresh air fix too!

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