However the flipside of all this freedom is that my days are pretty haphazard on the whole, without an awful lot of structure. I wing it from day to day, going with the flow, deciding on how to occupy my time as the mood takes me. Mostly this is a Good Thing, but sometimes I do end up feeling a little lost in the midst of my day, a little moochy, a little adrift.
One thing guaranteed to perk up any Adriftness is a Tea Break, preferably accompanied by a little bit of home baking. And I find that this is most often needed around about 2 o'clock in that lull of time that comes after lunch and before the school run. Yes, Two O'clock is usually Tea Break time for me.
I baked some fruity flapjack for my tea break today (recipe here), using dried cranberries and a grated apple as the fruity element. I also added in a 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, although to be perfectly honest, the cinnamon didn't really work out. It was too much. And the truth is that I only really wanted to put the cinnamon in so that I could use my new measuring spoons look.........
......aren't they Lush??? Oh, I am LOVING these lickle spoons!!!!!
I bought them on a complete whim a few days ago after spotting them in the window of a little local kitcheny type shop. My eye spied them, my feet went of their own accord into the shop (yes, I swear they did), my hands grabbed them off the shelf, hurried them to the till and paid for them and these delicious spoons were very quickly mine-all-mine. I was powerless to resist.
Enjoyed my Tea Break this afternoon (despite the too-cinnamony flapjack), it was just what I needed.Right then my lovelies, it's now 3 o'clock and my six hours of freedom is up :: need to pull my boots and coat on and venture out into the grey wet afternoon to go collect my Littln's from school.
Think I'll take them some flapjack to munch on the way home.
They can always feed it to the ducks if they don't care for it's cinnamonyness.
Edited to add :: the spoons are of the soft silicone variety and made by "Zeal" :: see here.