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.

Continue reading →

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.

Continue reading →

Raspberry leaf tea, courgette & lemon cake, and a sunny Bristol walk

Raspberry leaf tea, courgette & lemon cake

Impending birth has seen me trying out every trick in the book to make the process as smooth as possible, and this includes checking out Clipper’s Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea.  Some pregnancy guidance says to try it, others not – I checked with my midwife, who said one bag a day from 34 weeks was fine, so I’m going with that!  The tea itself smells divine, and one might dive in expecting a sweet, subtle tea.  One would be wrong, and perhaps even disappointed… the tea is ever so slightly bitter but largely tasteless, with the smell and the colour providing the highlights for the senses.  Still, no harm no foul I guess.

Continue reading →