Here in England, the summer holidays are fast approaching. In other countries, people may already be on their summer break.
But what do you do when you’re not travelling anywhere this summer?
How do you survive the long days, filled with so much time and so little to do?
I’m trying to provide the solution, with my guide to ‘Summer Days and Nights’. This is the first part of several blog posts that I will be doing about this topic. If you have any of your own suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated in the comments, and who knows, maybe they will be in the next installation.
Let’s start off with my first idea:
Idea Number 1: Baking Party
What You’ll Need:
- An oven
- A willing group of friends
- Your favourite baking recipes
- Ingredients for your bakes (plus decorations!)
- Good music
- Utensils for baking
- Access to a garden/park (optional)
- Fairy lights (optional)
- Bed sheets, blankets and pillows to make little canopy tents to sit in (optional)
- Picnic basket
Get a group of friends together, and pool together your money to go out and buy ingredients for stuff you want to bake for your ‘party’. (Tip: Check how much of each ingredient you need for all of your baked goods, in order to accommodate for everyone. If you need help working out quantities for a recipe, simply use the website I’ve listed at the bottom, put in your current quantities with the number of servings listed and it will translate it to however many servings you want!) Don’t forget the decorations for cakes and cookies!
When you get back to your/ your friend’s house, stick on some of your favourite tunes and start work. Split the different bakes between you, making sure everyone has a turn at doing something they want (decoration, kneading, mixing, cutting shapes etc.) Rotate if you have to! I suggest making something other than just cakes, try something like Scottish Tablet; Mini Pizzas (a good one, each person can custom make their pizzas) or maybe even some sort of savoury pastries (sausage/cheese and onion rolls or pasties). Why not mix it up a bit and do some sort of combo bake? Maybe make a banana bread muffin with chocolate chips.