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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?

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!

35 weeks pregnant maternity photoshoot

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.

Our Growing Family: New Baby

Jennifer and JordanWe are getting ready for a baby! I took some time away to focus on my body, my health, and my family. Maybe you’ve noticed I haven’t posted in quite a while. I was just finding a rhythm when I needed to take a bit of a break. I didn’t anticipate being away for as long as I have, but that’s life. Our new family member is expected to arrive January 27th and we couldn’t be more excited!

12 week baby bump22 week baby bumpWe are filled with anticipation and joy as our baby grows. I have been feeling all sorts of kicks and watching my belly and this little one grow. It is so amazing to feel this babe moving around inside me. I’m becoming aware of the fact that there is actually a human living inside of me. It’s kinda weird – like sci-fi movie weird – but it’s so incredible.

beanieAround the time our baby was the size of a jelly bean we began to call our baby ‘Beanie’, and it stuck. It’s nice to have a little nickname we can use rather than saying ‘baby’ or ‘it’. It seems a bit more personal, though we are incredibly excited to actually meet our little one and call them by name. We decided not to find out the sex of the baby, and so we are dreaming about who this little guy or little girl will be.

My energy has been pretty low throughout the pregnancy. I’m now beginning to regain some energy and feel a bit more normal. Overall, I’ve been quite lucky with my pregnancy symptoms and my work schedule. Even though at times I’ve been tired, I’ve had minimal sickness. I’ve often felt nauseous and had dizzy spells, but I was able to rest and I didn’t need to push myself so hard.

18 week baby bumpThe last month or so has been much better, but I’m continuing to take it easy. I’m so lucky to have such a supportive husband. Shout-out to Jordan for all the back massages and cuddles and for washing the dishes more often. Sometimes I feel like a useless human being, but he graciously reminds me that it takes a lot of work to grow a human.

We have been doing lots of organizing and trying to make some extra room at home. We’ve worked on a few projects around the house and hope to get some more done before I lose all my energy and the Christmas festivities begin. It will feel great to freshen everything up a bit.

20 week baby bumpI’ll try to post some updates about my pregnancy as it progress. Ask some questions in the comments. I would love to keep you updated and share about my experiences.

You can also read more about our history with pregnancy and miscarriage here.