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Raspberry And Coconut Porridge – A Fruity Breakfast

This fruity breakfast porridge makes a good start to any day, whether hiking, camping, or even in the kitchen at home ūüôā It is fruity, tasty, and healthy, and it certainly warmed me up the day I cooked it!¬†

Ingredients for Raspberry And Coconut Porridge

This will make one serving, so just multiply the ingredients by how many people you have….it makes a decent portion size too.

1 cup of oats.

1 cup of coconut milk – add more if it becomes too stiff, but one was fine for me.

Handful of raspberries – mine were frozen, but to be honest if I’d taken fresh out that day they would have frozen anyway!!

1 teaspoon vanilla essence.

Non essential:  cocoa powder (sprinkle) and desiccated coconut (spoonful).

Method For Making Raspberry And Coconut Porridge

  1. Pour in coconut milk and add oats.
  2. Stir until warm.
  3. Add raspberries and stir until mushy, then add in the vanilla essence.¬† At this point you can add desiccated coconut if desired. One of our trio doesn’t like strongly flavoured coconut food so we didn’t.
  4. Serve into a bowl and sprinkle cocoa over the top, but make sure it isn’t windy or else you might just end up wearing it!!!

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Snow Ice Cream

Snow ice cream is the perfect way to use some of that cold white stuff up, and turn it into a tasty snack while you are out enjoying playing in the snow. With only four ingredients (although you can add more/different making various other flavours), snow ice cream is very simple and your little ones will love it!!

Ingredients For Snow Ice Cream

(This will serve 2)

Four cups of snow

One cup of preferred milk (we have made it both with cows milk and plant based milk for the vegan in our lives)

Quarter of a cup of sugar

Vanilla essence as preferred to taste

Method To Make Snow Ice Cream

  1. Get milk, vanilla, and sugar ingredients into the bowl.
  2. Put snow in and gently fold it into the mixture.
  3. Serve as preferred….we added sprinkles and sauce ūüôā

You can see how easy this was to make as our little lady was in her element making it for everyone, not to mention the four portions she then consumed afterwards!!! Snow Ice cream, outdoor cooking, winter outdoor food, snow food, winter food, camping food, hiking food, ice cream, outdoor food, www.mammasschool.co.uk

Chocolate Breakfast Oats – A Campfire Breakfast

Do you want a nice easy campfire breakfast?  These chocolate breakfast oats will not only warm you up, they will fill you up. and they are tasty too!

Ingredients For Chocolate Breakfast Oats:

2 cups of rolled oats

2 cups of milk (we used oat milk as one of us is vegan)

1 tablespoon agave syrup (this can be honey or maple syrup too)

1 tablespoon cocoa

tsp vanilla essence

This makes it for 2, so adjust as appropriate

Method To Make Chocolate Breakfast Oats:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and place in the fridge overnight ūüôā
  2. Next day reheat over your campfire for a tasty breakfast
  3. We did it this way as we were off hiking for a sunrise breakfast.¬† However, if you are camping and can’t pop them in the fridge overnight, just make them and warm them up straight away.¬† They still taste good!!¬† And you don’t have to limit them to breakfast either ūüôā

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Allemansrätten РOur Impact On Nature & How To Minimise It

Allemansrätten is a unique Swedish concept, of the right of public access to roam freely almost anywhere in the countryside.  However, a few responsibilities come with this privilege.  We need to take care of nature and wildlife, respect landowners and others enjoying the countryside, respect the land and leave no trace that you have been there, and do not disturb and do not destroy.  It is a very rare concept, allowing you to enjoy the Swedish outdoors (which is important here in Sweden and I have written more about it http://mammasschool.co.uk/living-abroad/enjoying-outdoors-in-sweden-get/ ) in its full glory.  Despite not all countries having allemansrätten, there is still an impact of us enjoying activities such as camping, hiking, and cooking outdoors, so I want to discuss how we can minimise the impact and why.

Outdoor Cooking:

There is no doubt cooking outdoors on a campfire adds to the outdoor experience and memories, but it must be done safely and respectfully.

  1. Use fire pits where you can, or carry a light and portable stove with you.  Allemansrätten means we have the ability to cook on campfires on our outdoor expeditions. However, by using provided fire pits (we are lucky having a lot here in Sweden), or carrying your own stove, you are helping to protect the habitat of creatures in the area you have decided to cook in, plus reduced the risk of fire spreading. 
  2. You need to consider any fire dangers for the time of year (e.g is it very dry?) and bear in mind any local restrictions.¬† You don’t want to spread your fire.
  3. Take only wood from the ground, never from the trees, and gather it from a wide area.¬† You don’t want to remove everything from one small area as it has a job to perform in the ecosystem providing nutrients and habitats.
  4. Allow your wood to burn completely down to ash, and then spread them out when you are extinguishing your fire.
  5. Put out a fire with water not dirt,
  6. Avoid building your fire on rocks as it will scar them.¬† Also, if near coastal water that covers them after you’ve been and gone, when the water rapidly cools the rocks it may cause them to crack.
  7. Never leave your fire unattended, it is a fire risk and a hazard to any inquisitive animals.
  8. If you have moved any rocks, for example to make a bit of a wind break, make sure you return them to where they were.
  9. Make sure you take all your rubbish home again, to avoid harming animals and the countryside.

Pop over to my Outdoor Cooking category for some delicious outdoor recipes on my blog.



Hiking is good for us for so many different reasons.¬† Allemansr√§tten here means virtually nowhere is out of bounds.¬† I have written many times about the actual benefits of being¬†in nature and the¬†great outdoors¬†.¬† So, I won’t go into detail about that here, but feel free to click on the links to read more ūüôā¬† However, collectively enjoying the countryside means we will have an impact on the environment.¬† So here are some tips to help reduce that impact:

  1. Be polite and leave room for others.¬† Don’t take up the whole trail or path, so passers by are pushed off it.¬† People need to stick to them as much as possible…….
  2. Following on from my last point, trails are there for a reason, so use them.  It prevents us from trampling over the rest of the area and destroying vast quantities of the environment with our boots and feet.
  3. Be aware of wildlife, it is their home and they can be easily spooked.¬† Try and view them but not too close, give them some respect.¬† You don’t want to scare them as it could have disasterous consequences like mothers running off and leaving their young.
  4. Take all your rubbish home, EVERYTHING! Personal rubbish (I carry dog poop bags to clear up after us) as well as fruit peelings, and the usual more obvious rubbish clutter.  It can harm and injure animals, as well as look unsightly and harm the ecosystem.
  5. Don’t take anything…..only photos.¬† Each thing is part of a complicated ecosystem and has a function.
  6. Try and move quietly (we really struggle with this one!!).¬† You are going through someone’s home.
  7. Keep any pets you take with you on a lead.  It not only avoids them spooking the wildlife, but stops them veering off the trail too.

Wild Camping:

Allemansr√§tten means you can enjoy a “wild camping” experience.¬† We’ve enjoyed a¬†wild camp , but you need to think carefully about how you go about it, and remember you are making a home in someone else’s home…you are a visitor.¬† Here are some tips to lessen your impact on their home:

  1. Avoid loud music and activities.
  2. Keep your group small.¬† Not only is it better for the environment, you’ll see and hear more too ūüôā
  3. Try and leave any pets at home, but if they do come, keep them on a lead.
  4. Leave no trace you were ever there.¬† Tidy your campsite up after.¬† This not only means rubbish, but return nature to how it was…those boulders or rocks you moved to sleep more comfortably?¬† Pop them back.
  5. Bear in mind how you treat campfires or toileting activities as we have already mentioned above.
  6. Give animals space to use any natural water supply, especially early morning and evening.
  7. Do not leave any food out.  Not only does it attract animals (and some may be unwanted, especially for us living in Sweden), but it can also harm them.  Containers can injure, and some food can make them ill.
  8. Use biodegradable dish washing soap (or as we do, wipe them after a meal and save the proper washing up until you get home).  Spread any dish water out over a wide area.
  9. Only camp for a short time in any one place.


I hope you have found all these tips helpful as to how you can get into the great outdoors and enjoy it responsibly.¬† Do you think it’ll help you on your next trip out to be more considerate to the environment?¬† Comment below and let me know, especially if you think I have left something vital out ūüôā

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The Kelly Kettle – A User Guide

My Kelly Kettle and I are inseparable on our outdoor adventures.  We take it everywhere with us.  We enjoy it so much I thought I would give you a basic guide as to how you use it and then you can see if this is something you would like to give a go when out and about in the great outdoors.  The Kelly Kettle heats water very fast using what you find on the ground around you as fuel.  You can also get accessories that can turn it into a stove as well.  Plus, you can use the fire in the base for things such as toasting marshmallows without the stove accessory.  They are simple and fun to use, and a great way of introducing children into bush craft and the skill of lighting and being responsible for fires, as they are small and contained.  It is a great way for them to start learning their bush craft skills for the great outdoors.

Step By Step Guide To Using the Kelly Kettle:

  1. Fill your Kelly Kettle up with water, then set it to one side. 
  2. In the Kelly Kettle base add a small amount of newspaper, and some cotton wool with a little Vaseline on.  This helps ignite the fire a little easier. We carry a little fire starting kit of essentials with us, subscribe to the blog and see what is in our fire starting kit over on the  freebies tab. 
  3. Next add a little kindling.  We tend to collect this as we go along on our hike.  Our preference is small pieces of silver birch bark as they are highly flammable.  Just make sure you are picking it up from the ground (not pulled off the trees), and that it is dry.  Very small, thin, dry twigs work too. 
  4. Then light the cotton wool.  We use a fire steel.  This is 2 pieces of metal, which when struck together produce a spark which will nicely ignite the cotton wool.  We use this as it is generally functioning in most weather conditions, particularly wind and rain!  You can use matches or other lighting contraptions of your choice.
  5. Place the Kelly Kettle on top once the fire is lit.
  6. Continue to slowly feed tinder into the kettle down the chimney (watching for the fire coming up!).  We use leaves, twigs, bark, fir cones, etc.  You get the idea, most things found on the ground are good as long as they are dry.  By far our favourite is the silver birch bark though as it catches so easily, is very thin, so burns well.  The idea is not to swamp the fire in the base though but add slowly to keep it burning. You can also blow through the side holes, if needed, to gently get any embers to catch fresh tinder too. 

The great thing about the Kelly Kettle is it also comes with accessories which can convert it into a stove (they don’t take up any more packing room as they store inside the kettle).¬† I was really lucky to get the hobo stove for Christmas, and although we love our fire pits, it means that if there isn’t one available en route, I can light our hobo stove and cook safely with it.¬† It is a great back up to have in the back pack.¬† I am much happier doing that than making my own fire on the ground.

The Kelly Kettles come in different sizes.¬† We have the trekker size Kelly Kettle, one of the smaller ones.¬† I boil it twice when the 5 of us go out, but it doesn’t take too long so I don’t mind.

Have you got a favourite piece of outdoor kit?¬† Let me know in the comments below and maybe I’ll need to add it to my wish list!!¬† Don’t forget to¬†subscribe¬† to the blog and get access to freebies (eBook, recipes, top tips, and our fire starter kit contents).

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French Bread Pizza – Easy Campfire Food

With the weather getting a lot colder now in the Swedish winter, we need food that is easy and quick to prepare, and the less hassle to cook, the better.  French bread pizza is perfect for even the pickiest of little people to eat (and I have three, and they loved them!).

Ingredients For Pizza:

One baguette (serves three children)

Tomato puree

Grated cheese


Tin foil (for cooking on the fire)

These are very versatile, as you can add in anything you fancy really to your french bread pizza.  I have three young children so mine were kept simple to make sure there was less complaining out in the cold!


Chop the baguette into thirds, then slice each third open in half.

Spread the tomato puree on both sides.

Place your other ingredients on top. (I deviated from the normal pizza assembly of cheese on top of the puree as I was using mine to “glue” the ham in, and the 2 sides of the bread together!).

Place the two sides of the baguette back together and wrap in tin foil.

Place them on your fire for around 5 minutes in a good heat (you don’t want to char the bread so keep checking if unsure).¬† Then sit back and enjoy the view with your tasty food.

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A Sunrise Picnic – Don’t Wait Too Long To Watch One.

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them” – Jo Walton

The winter makes it a lot easier to watch a sunrise.¬† With it rising at the moment here in Sweden just before 0815, it is at quite a civil hour!¬† It allowed us more than enough time to wrap up warm against the freezing temperatures, grab our supplies for a breakfast picnic, and take a short hike to a little secluded cove – lovely to watch a sunrise with just us, but also on a Saturday morning we wouldn’t be waking anyone else up!

We have already seen many sunsets this winter (and they never fail to impress with their rainbow light shows), but not a sunrise together yet, or a sunrise picnic.  So, with the light just creeping into the day we did a 30 minute walk through the woods to find our secluded little cove.  The children set about playing with the ice, frost, and frozen sand, while I took charge of getting the Kelly Kettle going, and Dadda took charge of making a fire (so nice to split the chores for once and have him out with us too).  I had made apple and cinnamon porridge to eat from our food flasks, but we could have hot drinks and keep a little warmer with a fire lit.  We could also then toast marshmallows for a breakfast dessert.

We ended up staying for around 2 hours, just being together and connecting as a full family and enjoying the moment.  The children were happy playing, Dadda and I were happy chatting sitting on our rapidly freezing backsides, and the day had a really tranquil calm start to it Рone of the best things in a hectic and loud large family life.  I have to say it was totally worth packing up the night before, wrapping up warm, and a mini hike through the dark woods to do it, and I thoroughly recommend this to anyone.  This is the second year running we have to done this, and I hope to do it for many more years.  We did it last year and it was lovely, but about 10 degrees colder!!

I have written a lot in the past about the benefits of getting getting outdoors, nature therapy, and nature play and you can click the links and have a read.  However, there are benefits to specifically watching a sunrise.

9 Benefits to Watching the Sunrise:

  1. It is a calm and peaceful way to start the day together.  It makes for generally happier moods all round and a better day.
  2. It is connection time together.
  3. It is physically good for our bodies providing melanin and vitamin D (especially good in the winter with the shorter days).
  4. We stop for a minute and intentionally notice the beauty surrounding us and appreciate it.
  5. We become more aware of our environment and surroundings.  It instils a sense of wanting to nurture it, and for our little people helps them foster a love of it.
  6. It teaches us and our children to live in the moment and enjoy the simple things in life.
  7. Certainly for my three it instilled a sense of adventure and awe.
  8. For everyone it provides memories that will be cherished.

This is a really easy mini adventure that I think all children should experience every so often as part of their immersion in nature.  So do you think you would do it?  With or without a picnic, set out to watch a sunrise one morning this winter?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Friluftsbyxor By RevolutionRace – Take An Adventure

I have been very lucky to have been sent a pair of RevolutionRace women’s Friluftsbyxor GPx pants.¬† So who are RevolutionRace and what are Friluftsbyxor?¬† RevolutionRace design urban outdoor clothing for ladies and men.¬† It is a Swedish company.¬† Their goal is to produce clothing that fits well, and can survive adventures in the wilderness (there is a lot of that here!), as well as be suitable for travelling around in the towns.¬† They “use durable lightweight materials in our outdoor garments¬†to withstand all weather conditions.¬† The more you wear them, the better they get”.¬† Well that sounded like a little challenge to me, to put them through their paces ūüôā¬† Frilufts translates from Swedish as “free air”, but means “outdoors”.¬† And friluftsliv here (outdoor activities) is a very important concept.¬† It means getting out into nature and connecting with it, and enjoying the great outdoors….we do this in our “fritid”….free time.¬† So, you can see how the concept of these friluftsbyxor fit into our lifestyle extremely well already.¬† I could put them through their paces in our normal everyday life.

What Are Friluftsbyxor GPx?

These are defined by RevolutionRace as a multi functional hybrid stretch trouser (the black parts of this pair are stretchy).  They are reinforced in places for extra protection and life (knees, backside, and lower legs).  They are made to be suitable for a broad range of outdoor activities, and the reinforced parts are also wind and water resistant.  The stretchy parts add both a further level of comfort and manoeuvrability, as well as some ventilation.

I decided there was no time like the present (she thought having just opened the packet!), quickly changed, and put them on for our adventure for that afternoon.  This involved climbing trees, hiking a little, and making a fire pit supper.  So how did I get on?

Pros of the Friluftsbyxor GPx Pants:

  1. They fitted so well!!¬† I have a huge issue with trousers (my behind is on the larger side, compared to a very tiny waist, so usually to be able to pull trousers up, I have to have a baggy saggy waist on them).¬† These trousers have the simple concept of a substantial elasticated rear part to the waist. So for people like me they fit everywhere…..well nearly, but you’ll find out about that further along.
  2. The colours are so funky.¬† A lot of outdoor clothing can be dull and dreary looking, but these come in a selection of colours that are guaranteed to brighten up your day, and leave you feeling fantastic, although you’ve dressed to spend the day in the freezing muddy Swedish wilderness ūüôā¬† The men’s colour selection is just as great too.
  3. They were so comfortable to wear.¬† I was climbing in and out of a large tree, running over rough terrain after the children, and getting up and down lighting a fire and cooking on it.¬† I could move so freely in them.¬† The damp parts from kneeling on the ground also dried quite fast, and the biting Swedish winter sea breeze wasn’t allowed to turn my legs to ice blocks, despite not wearing my usual over trousers.
  4. There are lots of pockets…I love this.¬† Once we are out in the great outdoors doing something like lighting a fire and cooking, we seem to always need everything all of the time.¬† I was shovelling things into the pockets as I was using them for quick easy access at a later moment.¬† They were very handy and practical pockets.
  5. The adjustable Velcro, teamed up with the elastic around the ankles, made for a cosy snug fit over the boots I was wearing.¬† This was good as then they didn’t ride up exposing skin to the elements.¬† I can also see this being fantastic in the other three seasons as a tick defence mechanism!
  6. I wasn’t worried that the trousers wouldn’t be able to cope with all the scrabbling around as they have reinforced stitching.

Whilst I was happy they performed well in those dryer, if not a little damp conditions, I also know I can wax or treat them (as stated by the company), for a higher level of protection from the elements.

Cons of the Friluftsbyxor GPx Pants:

It wouldn’t be a balanced review if I left out any bad points, however, I did struggle to find any!

  1. The length was too long for me….however, at 158cm this is a very common problem for me, and was offset by the adjustable ankles.¬† I could tighten them up around my boots and my trousers weren’t trailing like they usually do.
  2. They do fade….now this is actually part of the garments marketing, but I know some people may not like that.¬† The garment is made to fade with washing for a “perfect authentic worn look”.

I would definitely recommend these trousers as part of your outdoor lifestyle.¬† They are so versatile, comfortable, and hard wearing.¬† I know a Dadda who is coveting them……but maybe in the male version and not purple camo!!!!¬† Do you think these would compliment your outdoor lifestyle?¬† Comment below and let me know your thoughts, and don’t forget to share to let others know!

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*We were sent the clothing from RevolutionRace for free, to put through their paces and test, in exchange for writing the review.  All opinions are honest and my own*

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Campfire Blueberry Cake – A Foraged Pudding

If you are looking for a tasty, early autumn, foraged campfire treat, then this blueberry cake is your answer.  I have to admit though, this time round we used bought blueberries as I knew it was going to be a very wet hike!!  The recipe is very vague, deliberately, as outdoor cooking is best kept that way as it makes it a lot more simple!


Eggs (I work on 1 per person)

Slices of bread (I work on 1 per egg) and broken into small chunks

Blueberries (for 3 people, 2 handfuls were perfect)

Tablespoon of creme fraiche (1 tablespoon per 3 eggs)

1 tablespoon milk (per 3 eggs)

A liberal sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar


Mix all of the ingredients together in a pan, then place it onto the fire to cook. ¬†Stir it every so often to prevent it burning and sticking to the pan. ¬†It will take around 5-10 minutes, and will be ready when the egg makes the rest of the ingredients start to set. ¬†This is such a lovely warm, fruity treat, and my trio wolfed it down, although they had hiked first and it was pouring with rain ūüėČ



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