Happy February! January was long and cold, hopefully, February is equally long but warmer. Do you remember how long Christmas to Valentine's Day felt as a child? This is the first year since college that the passing of those 6 weeks has felt slower; and although I'm ready for warmer weather, I appreciate when life is not flying by me.
If only I fully understood what slows down the passing of time. Perhaps I am silly for giving it any thought. Some people say as we grow older we are learning less, therefore we notice the passage of time. Others say that our perception of time changes as we age and that suddenly a year becomes 1/30 of our life as opposed to 1/10. Personally, I agree with both sides but believe we should emphasize on relaxation techniques to help us slow down.
Relaxing is hard for me, which is silly because sometimes I feel like the laziest person alive. I can sit there for hours watching Netflix, yet never relax yet never accomplish anything. Social media and binge watching are a dangerous combination and my equivalent of a cigarette! Even when I engage in relaxing activities such as yoga or taking a warm bath, my mind is always wondering. Perhaps this is why I have anxiety.
With that type of introduction you would think I planned to share ways to relax, and maybe one day I should. If I can find ways to relax, anyone can find ways to relax. Today, however, I am sticking to my schedule and going to share a recipe. Drinking delicious tea is, in my opinion, relaxing. Although I prefer black tea, I will also occasionally drink herbal tea at night. Even more occasional, I will make a tea latte.
One of my favorite tea lattes is A London Fog, and although any coffee shop or tea house will have it on the menu, I love making it at home. Plus, with my adorable new coffee/tea shelf, I am inspired to make more at home! This recipe is simple and calls for 3 to 4 ingredients depending on your preference.
To begin, steep Earl Grey Tea your tea for the recommended time. I choose to use loose tea from Harney and Sons. I picked up this tea from Oliveto Fine Gifts and Furnishing. If you are in the area, I would recommend visiting the store.
While the tea steeps, froth and warm your milk. Three years ago I bought a milk frother from Oliveto Fine Gifts and Furnishing.
Once your tea is steeped, add your vanilla and sugar. This is my favorite part because you can customize your ingredients here. I used Vanilla syrup, so I skipped the milk. If vanilla extract is used, consider using sugar.
Now carefully pour your milk into the tea, leaving the froth to place on top. Garnish with vanilla sugar and/or culinary lavender. Final step, enjoy and relax!
- 1 Cup Earl Grey Tea
- 1/2 Cup Frothed Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla (Vanilla Syrup or Vanilla Extract)
- 1 Tbsp Sugar (optional)
- Culinary Lavender to garnish (optional)
- Vanilla Sugar to garnish (optional)
- Steep tea according to directions.
- Froth and warm milk.
- Add vanilla, sugar, and milk to tea.
- Top with frothed milk, vanilla sugar and/or culinary lavender.
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Remember that snow storm I shared on Wednesday? You know, the two-day storm; it started on Saturday at 8 pm and continued through to Monday at 8 pm. Turns out we are going on day six. Although there have been breaks between the storm, it feels never-ending. Lynden has done nothing but shovel for six days, as have so many of our neighbors and friends/family. Both Shelby and I helped, but he did the bulk of it! He even shoveled his sister's driveway, which slopes down to the house, several times! That is part of what made me fall for him to begin with, he is loyal to his sisters/family and will always try to help them out.
Anyway, as I mentioned in my (post), this weather is crazy. In the past five years, we have never shoveled as much snow as we have during the past week! On Monday evening, after our version of a blizzard (it only lasted an hour, thank God), Shelby helped Lynden shovel for the third time that day! Lynden had already been spoiled with delicious Starbucks Hot Chocolate, and I figured Shelby also deserved something to warm her up. I decided to make her a hot glass of wine!
Did you know that hot wine is delicious after the Holidays? Okay, maybe there is something perfect about sipping hot wine next to a perfectly lite Christmas tree; but it is also acceptable to sip it during, say a never ending snow storm in January!
Now, I wish I had some fancy recipe to share, one day hopefully, but today is not that day. Nope, today's Mulled Wine Recipe is one quick and effortless to make. This is one anyone can enjoy by combining two simple ingredients.
So, just what are these two simple ingredients? Well, obviously a good bottle of red wine, I would recommend a Cabernet Sauvignon. Look at me sounding like I know all about wine, I mean I totally do know all about wine!
Your next simple ingredient is Aspen Spices Original Mulling Spice Blend. Chances are many of you have heard of this product, and have actually tried it. I just want to start by saying, I love this mix! It is great in cider and wine, and probably just as amazing in tea! This product is usually found in smaller "gift" shops. In my community, sorry but I have share when I can, this product is available at Oliveto Fine Gifts and Furnishings. If you are not lucky enough to visit Oliveto's, and trust me you are missing out, you can visit the Aspen Spices for a directory of the stores in your community selling this product!
Okay, so now that I have briefly reviewed that product, and now that you know where to find it, how is it mixed together? Well, you could follow the box instructions and mix 1.5 liters of wine with one container, or you could make it by the glass. Yes, Ileen, I am sharing for your benefit too since you cannot have it here with us; this is how to make it by the glass!? For every serving of wine use 2 to 3 tbsp of Mulling Spice! I would recommend starting out with 2 tbsp and adding another if necessary.
Warm the mixture to the desired temperature. Personally, I prefer to warm it up slowly. After you have obtained a desirable temperature, carefully pour into a wine glass and enjoy! Also, just as an FYI, this item is great for gifts! Depending upon the recipient, pair with a nice bottle of wine or apple cider; or if you are like me give it plain. Trust me, everyone will enjoy it. Last night I gave my neighbor a carton of the Mulling Spices to warm her up after shoveling. Having heard of the product before she was excited to go have a quick glass of hot wine without all the fuss!Read more link tex
I swear I really do know Christmas is LONG over, even if I am sitting here drinking a Gingerbread Latte while I watch Bluebell (Hart of Dixie) celebrate Christmas. It's a coincidence, I swear. Prior to even turning on Netflix and selecting Hart of Dixie, I already had my Gingerbread Tea Latte in hand.
One of my new favorite winter drinks from Starbucks is the Gingerbread Latte. Seriously, it is delicious. This drink is actually really easy to make, and ideal as you have more control over its ingredients.
Several recipes for this delicious drink are available online/Pinterest. For my base recipe I choose to follow the recipe from Vegology. However, I substituted the Agave for Sugar in the Raw, and the Celestial Gingerbread Spice Tea for Gingerbread Black Tea.
The first step is well obvious, boil water! Thankfully some dear family friends help me acquire an amazing electric tea kettle by Cuisinart. Seriously, if you are an avid tea drinker I would advise to invest in an electric tea kettle. It is very handy, especially if you can be forgetful like me and have left a burner on once or twice.
While your water is boiling prepare the tea by placing 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of tea in your tea infuser or teapot. Somewhere along the way my family and friends came to realize my love of tea, (for gifts I have actually received two cast iron teapots and a Teavana Perfectea Maker). For my 27th birthday my Stepdad Bill very thoughtfully picked out a black cast iron teapot from Teavana. Although that is probably a story for another day I cannot help but share it now. While in Albuquerque in 2014 I introduced Bill and my mom to Teavana. During our visit, I noticed Bill checking out the tea accessories and teaware. When I walked over there he asked if I had a cast iron teapot. As Bill picked up the teapot, acting as though he planned to purchase it right then and there, he noticed the price. Immediately he set the teapot down and said, "well that sure would be a nice item for someone to have in their collection." Thankfully Bill and my mom added it to my collection two months later.
Once the water has reached the desired temperature of 195 to 205 (degrees Fahrenheit) you will want to pour it over the tea leaves and let it steep for 2 to 3 minutes. As it is steeping, pour your milk into either a mason jar or a milk frother. (If you do not have a milk frother, Cooking Lessons from the Kitchn has a great tutorial, but if you actually love lattes I suggest purchasing your own). Although you should probably froth the milk before you heat it, I did it backwards. It works out to be the same, at least in my opinion.
Finally, once your tea is steeped and your milked is frothed, pour your tea into a cup. Add the desired amount of sugar (I added too little) and the desired 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Using a spoon, gently keep the froth in the jar as you pour the milk into your mug. With the remaining milk, aka the froth, use the spoon to scoop it out of the jar and to set it on top of your drink. To finish off, sprinkle cinnamon on top and enjoy! 🙂Read more link tex