Let them make cake!

Turning a hobby into a business is always a popular topic on Girls Around Town and if the business in question involves food, so much the better.

Someone who’s done just that is Lyndsay Sadler, who joins June and Rosalyn in the studio this weekend to talk about how she’s now sharing a life-long passion for cooking with the young – and not so young! – in a variety of ways.

In addition to making beautiful celebration cakes and cupcakes, she passes on her skills in the kitchen to children and teenagers by giving them the opportunity to make their own tasty treats. And of course, to enjoy the results of their new-found culinary expertise too…

Lyndsay will be describing her own journey, from spending hours transfixed by the tempting cakes in her mother’s cookery books to studying for a City and Guilds in Advanced Professional Cookery and later living above a boulangerie in Lyon and getting up early to watch the bakers at work.

Now with four children of her own, ranging from one to twelve-years old, when they started growing up she knew she wanted to combine everything she’d learned with a business and so Coco’s Kitchen was born.

“I’ve always loved involving my children in what I’m doing in the kitchen,” she says.  “We cook regularly together and enjoy ourselves enormously in the process. Cooking with your kids is quality family time and the added bonus is you get the wonderful bonding experience of sharing something delicious together at the end.

“Each year, as my own children’s birthdays came around, I looked for new ideas for their parties and then it suddenly occurred to me that, with my experience of both food and children, I should start my own business to cater for this growing market.”

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online between 10am and 12 noon to find out more about the benefits of getting your kids busy in the kitchen. Lyndsay will also be talking about some of her favourite makes and bakes – luckily for June and Rosalyn’s waistlines, there’ll be no cakes in the studio this Sunday but word is she’ll be whipping up a tasty wintry soup…

Sounds like just the job for a chilly November lunchtime!

Getting crafty for Christmas!

It’s official – the countdown to Christmas has begun…

Time for the Girls Around Town to start getting into the festive spirit and where better to begin than with news of a series of Christmas workshops, especially one that involves chocolate?

Joining June and Claire next weekend, Amanda Stone will be sharing all the details of the seasonal events on the Rural Antics programme over the next couple of months.

Whether you want to add a personal touch to your presents or give wreath-making a go, create your own wire angel or add a touch of style to the table with a stunning centrepiece, the programme has something to fit the bill.

Then of course there’s the chocolate truffle making experience when you’ll not only be feasting your way through the morning of Sunday 24 November but will leave laden with goodies to share with family and friends…

And as if all of that isn’t enough to tempt you to book a place on one of the workshops, did you know that they’re held at the Hanwell Wine Estate, a family-run vineyard at Hickling Pastures near Melton Mowbray?

Yes, you guessed it – while you’re there you can stock up on English wines for those Christmas meals and drinks parties, including their very own new rosé!

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday to find out from Amanda just how and when you can get crafty this Christmas…

Getting on track with Coach Cath

When Cathie Babbington joined the Girls Around Town for the first time, she and fellow members of the Bilsthorpe Ladies Running Club were celebrating recent achievements of this Run England group.

Almost four years later the ladies in Bilsthorpe are still going strong, with their 10th anniversary coming soon. But back in the studio next weekend, she’ll be talking about a different kind of running!

A qualified life coach, management coach and small business coach for sole traders and start ups, she’ll be describing how, as well as running her own business, Coach Cath UK, she also finds time to teach at various institutes, including Grantham College, and lecture for BPP London University on Change Management and Business Strategy.

And how earlier this week, she announced yet another string added to her bow, that of co-ordinator for the newly-formed MiBA Bassetlaw Networking Group

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday to hear what Cathie has to say about how to choose a coach, what benefits clients get from life coaching with her and the kind of businesses she works with on a regular basis.

Find out too how you can sign up for the three free Life Hacks which she promises will bring positive change into your life.

And, if there’s time, perhaps she’ll explain to June and Rosalyn what she means when she tells followers of her blog that it’s OK to be a hippo!!

Cath will get not only get you ‘on track’ she will get the ‘train going at full speed’