THE most amazing home baked mud cake.

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If you are in need of a recipe for a chocolate mud cake…. Actually, even if you are not, please please pleeeeeeeaaaaase go to Best Recipes (.com.au) and use this recipe! While you’re there, take a look at the reviews for the recipe. It seems I’m not the only one who loves this cake.

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Hubsband just made the cake for me in honour of my birthday and I swear it is the best home cooked mud cake I have ever eaten. An amazing texture and awesome chocolatey goodness! What a birthday gift!

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Can you tell I’m in shock at how good this cake is?
I am!

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If you like mud cake, you will LOVE this one!

xx Natalie.

Much Love Monday: Celebration!

Today is Much Love Monday so I thought I would take the time to remember how happy I was on the weekend when my family got together to celebrate my birthday!

I move into this birthday-week with love and gratitude for my life, my family and for my happiness!

To see what others are loving today, check out Much Love for the Much Love Monday link-up:

I love Much Love Monday!
HAPPY Much Love Monday!
xx Natalie.

T2 Tea for me.

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I am a HUGE lover of tea and tea pots. HUGE.
So my brother and sister-in-law hit the nail on the head when they recently gave me a lovely new tea pot and some T2 tea as a birthday gift! This is my first time trying T2 tea, and I knew it would be love at first sip just from sniffing the box as I took it out of the wrapping paper. The kind I’m trying tonight is Monk Pear. It’s deliciously fragrant! It’s a lovely Chinese black tea that has hits of Bergamot, sweet pear and jasmine blossoms. Deeeelish! I feel so content sipping this tea, feeling the warmth of the cup in my hands. I’m so relaxed.

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‘Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future’. – Tich Nat Hahn.

This is how I’m drinking my tea tonight. It’s giving me a stillness similar to after meditation. I guess there’s a certain ritual in drinking hot tea. The breath is slow and even between sips. And time slows as I sit, relax, knowing my children are safely tucked away in their beds.

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‘A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards’. – A. A. Milne.

T2 Monk Pear is definitely a Proper Tea. One that I will be remembering every night and look forward to embracing before my bed calls me to sleep.

It’s been a long time since I’ve had tea this good!

xx Natalie.

In the afternoon light.

Some days we have to wait a little longer than usual for Hubsband to come home from work. It makes for a long day for me and the boys. One of the most enjoyable ways for us to wait for Hubsband is to get out in the backyard before the sun sets.

Ditdee and Poom Poom

With drink bottles in hand

Gorgeous Ditdee

Adorable Poom - just as cute with a runny nose!

Vacuuming the lawn

We’re blessed to have a space like this to play in. There’s room to run, jump, kick & crawl, and there’s grass to vacuum (!) and feel beneath our bare feet.

It takes concentration

Through the grass

 

He's adorable

Isn’t the sunlight beautiful at this time of day? Spending time outside I feel rejuvenated and refreshed, relaxed and content.

A boy of many expressions

Light in trees

Time to head inside. Daddy’s almost home!

Making his way inside

Lonesome toys watch the sun set

xx Natalie.