Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens; these are a few of my favorite things:
Eden instigating kisses from her cousins
Starting off a weekend with Maple Hazelnut Corncakes
Early mornings when I’m the only one awake
Spicy chai tea lattes on crisp fall afternoons
Last year at this time I was entering into my third trimester of pregnancy. I had a job that kept me on my feet 8 hours a day, ending with a walk to and from the Max Station (portland’s public transit). With an extra 40 pounds of belly (yes, 40) this life was taking a toll on my body. And so I did the best thing I could think of to alleviate pain. Every day after work I spoiled myself with a chai latte to enjoy as I
walked waddled to the train.
Now I have Eden and I don’t work (at least not for a paycheck) daily chai lattes are out of the question. But now it is fall and spicy chai tea lattes are one of my favorite things. So I created a solution: the homemade chai tea latte. I prefer this chai to the drinks at coffee shops because I control how it’s seasoned. And I can enjoy it for only a fraction of the cost.
- 2 cups water
- 3 black tea bags
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 whole nutmeg
- 2 cardamom pods
- 1/4 tsp whole cloves
- 1/8 tsp black peppercorn
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger root, coarsely chopped
- 1-2 tbsp sugar
- 2 1/2 cups non-dairy milk (I use soy)
- Combine the water, tea bags, and spices in a medium sized pot and bring to a boil. Boil for five minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove lid and add sugar and milk. Return to heat until the milk begins to lightly simmer. Immediately remove from heat.
- Pour chai mixture through a strainer into a french press. Cover with top/filter and pump up and down a few times until the desired amount of froth builds up. If you are unfamiliar with this technique to froth milk, here’s a detailed tutorial. And if you don’t have a french press, that’s okay too. The chai tea will still be awesome.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
I think I almost exclusively use coffee drinks when I feel like splurging. My drink of choice: a quad soy latte. Although I just got back from the store moments ago with some dark chocolate-covered almonds in my grocery bag because with a long week of single parenting ahead of me, (J is in Switzerland for work) I knew that would be just the treat to keep me going.
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