Peppermint tea, blackberry & lemon drizzle cake, and a baby breakthrough

I’ve come to have a reputation in the family as the provider of cakes, and even with a 7 week old baby that’s a reputation I don’t want to lose!  Rustling up goodies during naptimes actually keeps me sane, so as my mother-in-law’s birthday approached I knew I would have to bake her a cake.  She loves a lemon drizzle, and I had some frozen blackberries I wanted to use up, so this recipe was perfect.

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Breastfeeding and reading: The Colour Purple

Well, I’ve been a Mum for 7 weeks now, and and in that 7 weeks I feel I’ve had more time than in the preceding 7 years for reading!  That may be hyperbole, but I am finding that wiling away a chapter or two whilst feeding in the nights means I’ve made several trips to the local library for material to keep me going.  Why not then add a section for book reviews to the blog?  I certainly find reading a treat, a time to get lost in a story, even with the little one having a feeding frenzy on my breast.

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Moroccan Mint Green Tea, chocolate & rosewater cupcakes, and new garden furniture

Now I can’t remember exactly why I picked up this Dragonfly Moroccan Mint Organic Green Tea (I’m not usually a fan of green tea), but boy am I glad I did.  When the weather perked up this past bank holiday weekend, and I wanted a sweet drink to enjoy on the patio, this made the perfect iced tea.  I made up a jug, popped it in the fridge, and served an hour later, topped up in the glass with some sparkling water.  I might previously have been tempted to add some elderflower cordial to sweeten it, but the tea itself has such natural sweetness from the mint that nothing else was needed. A definite must for a hot summers’ day I think, as well as providing the opportunity to use our growing mint plant to add a garnish!

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