Summer Recipe: Matcha Lemonade

Matcha Lemonade Steeped TeaThis March I tried doing a 30 Days of Matcha Challenge. I meant to post this recipe a few weeks ago, but I’m still adjusting to mom life and juggling my time. We are just beginning to figure out nap time, and I try to get the laundry and dishes done every once in a while. Tips anyone?

The 30 Days of Matcha Challenge has made me experiment with different ways to enjoy matcha. This is a classic recipe that I have enjoyed for a while already. It makes the most delicious, energizing, and refreshing summer beverage.

Matcha Lemonade Steeped TeaHere I used the Perfect Matcha Scoop which is equivalent to about 1/2 teaspoon. This little scoop is handy to have stashed in my tea cupboard, and it makes it easy to quickly scoop the right amount of tea for my cup of matcha.

Perfect Matcha ScoopFor a pitcher of Matcha Lemonade I use a can of frozen lemonade concentrate and Lemonatcha Matcha.

I start by mixing up the lemonade in my pitcher (alternatively you can use fresh lemonade as well, but I find the concentrate tastes great mixed with tea and is a better bang for your buck!). Then I pour some lemonade into my shaker and add 6 scoops of matcha (about 3 teaspoons). I shake it well to mix and dissolve the matcha, and then I add it back to the pitcher. Finally, I give it all a quick stir, and it’s ready to serve!

Matcha Lemonade Steeped Tea

This recipe is simple and would be great to try with different flavours. I’m thinking Sweet Strawberry Matcha lemonade would be delicious. You could also switch out the lemonade for limeade.

You can find several different flavours of matcha on my website. What is your favourite way to enjoy matcha?

Welcome Baby Malcolm

Welcome Malcolm Terence Bennett

Last week we welcomed our little Beanie into the world. Malcolm Terence Bennett was born at 4:11pm on January 27th at St. Pauls Hospital in Vancouver. He weighed a surprising 9 lbs 4 oz and measured 21″. We have been getting to know him this week and have fallen very deeply in love with him.

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We’ve made it one week as parents! We are trying to savour these precious moments with a newborn in between some small chunks of sleep. I never imagined I would function this well on so little sleep. After one week together, I feel like we are starting to get the hang of things and get into somewhat of a schedule… for now.

We’ve been blessed by the generosity of family and friends, and we have been able to thrive as a new family because of their help. Thank you to all who have brought us meals, washed our dishes, and picked up miscellaneous items for us. We really appreciate the support of our community, and we can’t imagine doing this without it.

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If you are interested in reading about my pregnancy with Malcolm you can click the links here for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. I’m hoping to write out his birth story before I forget all the little details and share it with you here.

Baby Malcolm Terence Bennett

What a cutie! Am I right?!

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Matcha Bark Recipe

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Matcha Bark

This Peppermint Dark Chocolate Matcha Bark is delicious you guys. I concocted the recipe for a craft show I attended in November. This was definitely my top-seller, and after I had sold out my sister snatched up the rest of the samples as payment for manning my booth while I shopped. I meant to share this recipe a while back, but unfortunately I missed the window before Christmas. Either way it’s a tasty treat anytime of the year and makes a great little gift. You can omit the candy cane sprinkles and it is still beautiful and delicious.

If you don’t know much about matcha, it’s a delicious superfood that has become trendy in the last few years. Matcha is high quality green tea that is ground into a powder. It is typically mixed with hot (but not boiling) water and the whole of the leaf is consumed. This is what makes it a superfood! All the antioxidants found in green tea are concentrated in a matcha beverage as you drink the whole leaf rather than just steeping it. For this recipe I’m using Steeped Tea Peppermint Matcha and stirring it into the melted chocolate. This matcha already comes blended with natural peppermint flavour. You could almost consider this healthy… almost.

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Peppermint Dark Chocolate Matcha Bark Recipe
  • 6 cups dark chocolate wafers
  • 2 cups white chocolate wafers
  • 1 1/2 tsp Peppermint Matcha
  • Crushed candy cane sprinkles (optional)
  1. Start by lining a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. This will make your bark easier to break up once it’s hardened. With this amount of chocolate I used 2 or 3 baking sheets.
  2. Melt your dark chocolate and white chocolate in separate bowls over steaming water. Alternatively, you can microwave your chocolate in small increments and stir in between. Be careful not to burn or overcook your chocolate which could make it dry out and affect the texture.
  3. Whisk the matcha into the white chocolate using a sifter to remove any clumps.
  4. Pour a thin layer of dark chocolate into the baking sheet, spreading to the edges.
  5. Drizzle the peppermint matcha white chocolate over the dark chocolate in thin strips. Make sure to get as close to the edges as possible.
  6. Use a knife to draw the white chocolate into the dark chocolate. I made a chevron pattern by drawing a straight line length-wise and then drawing the next line about an inch apart in the opposite direction.
  7. Add the candy cane sprinkles now if desired.
  8. Wait overnight until the chocolate is set or place in the fridge for an hour to speed up the process. Break it into pieces using your hands or a sharp knife. The lines will also help your bark to break in straighter pieces.

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Matcha Bark

If you like this recipe or call yourself a matcha addict, stay tuned; I plan to do a 30 day matcha challenge in March. I’ll be sharing more recipes and tips along the way. Shop here to grab your own matcha and join me this March!

Pregnancy Update: Baby Beanie at 38 weeks

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Time is just flying by! I can’t believe I’m 38 weeks today. There’s only 2 weeks left to go until our due date and Beanie could come at any time now.

We enjoyed spending a lot of time with family and friends over the holidays. We are trying to get out as much as possible while we still can. I hope we can still enjoy a few date nights together while it’s just the two of us. I’m dreaming of going to Burgoo for some delicious comfort food. Yum, I love their soup and salad combo! We recently visited Guilt and Co. with a few friends to see some live jazz, and I love the vibe there. If I wasn’t twice my usual size and off balance I might have tried to join in the swing dancing. I love the 1940’s feel.

Jordan took some photos of me just before Christmas when I was 35 weeks. Time is flying by so quick. I can’t believe I’m already 38 weeks. This baby will be here in no time! We have been doing a bunch of prep around the house now that the holidays have passed. I’ve been doing some sewing and organizing, and I’m working on putting together a binder of all the helpful information we will need to access come time for labour and parenting. We bought a carseat last week, and I’ve started packing our bags for the hospital. It’s getting close guys!

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Everything is starting to feel real. I’m still having trouble getting my head around the fact that there is a little person inside of me. Soon this babe will make their appearance, and I’ll get to hold them and care for them.

I think the transition to motherhood will impact me more than I expect. Pregnancy seems easy in comparison. Yes, throughout pregnancy there have been physical struggles where I have felt less like myself, but I have generally felt very special and taken care of. I’ve been told to enjoy and take advantage of this time. I feel entitled to massages and special treatment. As a mother, I will need to give all of that up in order to care for someone else. It will be this little babe who is helpless and who receives all the attention.

I imagine I might be filled with joy and pride knowing that I was able to participate and create such a lovely, complex, and intricate human being. It’s really the most incredible thing I will ever make in my life.

But in the selfish place inside of me I realize that everything will no longer be about me. I will need to transition from entitlement and being loved and cared for to tiredness and loving and caring for someone else. I can imagine this will be quite difficult, and compiled with exhaustion and hormones I understand how many women struggle with depression postpartum. Luckily Jordan has always made me feel special and loved, and I have a great community of family and friends who I know will be there for me too.

How did you other mamas survive the transition? Was there anything you experienced that you didn’t anticipate?

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Click here for my other pregnancy posts: Our announcement and 32 week update.