Tea. A one-syllable word that means comfort, home, strength, and love (and probably a lot more things to other people). To me it is how I start my morning, a ritual for the day, a time to have some peace amidst the busyness of teaching and mothering. It anchors a lot of things together in my day because it starts with how I treat myself.
Earl grey with milk and honey has always been a wonderful treat for me since I was very little. I would ask for the “hot grway dwink” and loved how yummy it was. I didn’t get it very often (probably because of the caffeine) so it was special. Now I treat myself every morning!
When I am home off from teaching school I usually work on my books and paintings in the studio in the mornings. So, I start my day with my breakfast there and watch the sunrise. I usually have an egg, cheese crackers, and tea. Then I go to work being creative!
Sometimes I like to do fun things while changing decorations for the seasons. Last summer I made a “Ginger & Pickles” (i.e. Beatrix Potter) kitchen. I made the table a little tea shop/cafe area and we had meals and tea together here. I borrowed everything from around the house. It’s important to have fun!
Of course, we have to have tea while camping! Coleman makes a great little butane stove for about $20.00 US that is perfect. My daughter came up with this recipe to make a London Fog Tea Latte from Starbucks.
Here is the recipe:
Portable London Fog Tea Latte’
1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
1/2 Cup – 1 Cup powdered sugar (depending on taste)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Beat a half-pint of heavy whipping cream until it starts to get thick, then add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and a dollop of vanilla (maybe 1/2 a teaspoon). Continue beating until mixture becomes very fluffy. More sugar may be added, it just depends on how sweet you want it. Scoop mixture into a gallon size zipper bag and seal. Refrigerate until ready to use. Snip the end off the bag, squeeze a blob in your tea and enjoy!
With everlasting cups of hot tea to you from Kansas Street,