Saturday, January 31, 2015

Chai Tea Lattes

Hey y'all, Happy Weekend!! I'm really excited about this post. If you know me you know why! I'm a fanatic about tea and I love my Chai tea lattes. I was scrolling through Pinterest and came across this recipe for chai tea ice cubes by "Will Cook for Friends". I'm no stranger to lattes and iced tea lattes are my fave!

I love to wrap my hands around a nice hot chai in the winter, but in the summer months I prefer a cooler option. That’s where these super-concentrated chai iced tea cubes come in. Just add a couple cubes to a glass of milk (or dairy-free substitute such as Almond milk), and you’ve got a refreshing glass of iced chai tea.

In the recipe it used an English Breakfast tea, from the company Arbor Teas. You can make your chai with whatever black tea you like, but this is definitely one of my favorites. The quality of the tea makes all the difference!

Here's the recipe via the website:

Chai Iced Tea Cubes 

Makes about 2 cups (gluten-free, easily made vegan)

2 1/2 cups water
1 whole star anise
1 whole cinnamon stick
3-4 whole cloves
4-5 whole black peppercorns
4-5 cardamom pods, cracked
2-3 thin shavings of fresh ginger root (I used a vegetable peeler)
1/4 cup + 2 TBSP turbinado sugar (or sucanat, or light brown sugar)
3-4 TBSP loose leaf black tea (or 4-5 tea bags)

For serving: 4-5 cups whole milk (or your favorite vegan alternative – coconut would be nice!)

1.   In a medium saucepan, combine the water, whole spices, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then cover and remove from the heat. Let steep anywhere from 5-15 minutes, depending on how strong you like the spices to be.
2.   Return to the heat and bring to a boil. Add the tea, remove from the heat, and let steep for another  5-7 minutes.
3.   Strain out the tea and spices. If you’d like to make a regular batch of chai, add the milk and serve immediately. To make the chai iced tea cubes, let the mixture cool, then pour into an ice-cube tray and freeze.
4.   To make an iced chai latte, add 2-3 ice cubes to a glass of milk (about 1/4 cup of milk per cube). The tea will get stronger the longer it sits and the more the ice cubes melt. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon, and enjoy!

Let me know what you think!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday, Funday

Hey y'all Happy Sunday! I hope your weekend was eventful. I thought I'd check in to share the highlights of my my weekend in review. Here are some of the pics from this past weekend.

Weekend Highlights 

Lazy start to my Saturday weekend. Starbucks with my new coffee cozi (purchased on Etsy) and a good read. 

Hey, I love my Hunter's so much I styled them here at our entryway with some grocery store roses. Such a nice welcoming view. 

Hey, just me out and about running errands. The Mr. had the kids so I took full advantage of this free "Me-time"!!!

Later Saturday evening the hubs and I went out to dinner with a group of friends. I ordered a pear martini. It was called the 'Perfect Pair,' how appropriate for the evening?

Here's my view Sunday morning before going to church with the family. It couldn't be more perfect! 

Ugh, that feeling I get late Sunday evening around 8PM. I really do think I'm allergic to Monday mornings.

Well I hope you all had a great weekend and here's to another week on the grind! 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I Really Should...

I Really Should Blog More

Hey y'all I'm sure you all can agree 2014 was a good year; and I plan on making 2015 even better. I really should blog more. I know I've been slacking!! My plan this year is to dedicate more time on the blog to sharing inspiration and tidbits of my life that hopefully you all can relate to. 

I'd like to hear from you all on what you would like to hear or see more on the blog in the new year. Feel free to drop me a line below in the comments. I'd love to hear what inspires you all most! 

Until next time...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year

Hey y'all I hope your holiday season was great. I'm looking forward to a happy and prosperous NEW YEAR! Over the holidays my family and I took a road trip to good Ole' Georgia to visit family. 

The whole gang and I jumped in the car and drove across country to Atlanta. We spent a good amount of time visiting, relaxing and enjoying our time with family. Here are some pictures from our trip.

Of course, I had to have dinner at one of my favorite spots. Here I am with my cousin Minashia at The Cheesecake Factory for dinner. 

I even managed to fit in a workout at Pure Barre located in Snelleville. It was my first time and it was challenging but great.

I visited  Whole Foods, one of the finest  grocery stores in Atlanta area. Their Whole Foods market did not disappoint.

They had a variety of different ice creams and gelatos to choose from. This was great because I love ice cream and trying new flavors.

I chose the Basil Gelato. Can we say it was heaven. Yum!! It had fresh basil in it too! I'd definitely recommend it. Trust me!

I also visited Pappadeaux Restaurant in Alpharetta, GA. We did the New Year's Brunch. It was my first time at Pappadeaux and I loved it. You know I love me some seafood gumbo!

Their Hibiscus Lemonade was great too.  

Here's the Mr.  and I celebrating New Year's Eve with my Sister-in-law and her husband. Cheers!!

We visited the infamous Underground in Atlanta. 

I got my usual candy apples that I get each trip. My cousin Kendra and I have been getting these for years since we were little girls. So I decided to pick up a few for my Littles.

On our way home we stopped at another one of the Restaurants to try on my Bucket List. We ate at Cracker Barrel in Albiene, TX (I hope I got that right). The food was good and the hospitality was great. It had good ole' southern charm. I ordered cheese grits, hash brown casserole and turkey bacon. Mmmm!

Here's a picture of the entry into the restaurant. 

The ride home was a long three-day ride.  We stopped a few times along the way but it was mostly vast land (nothing to write home about). Here's my attempt to get a scenic view in Mississippi. 

Here's a picture of the Welcome Center in Louisiana  once you've entered across the state line. 

I knew we were almost home when we saw the ever so familiar windmills in Palm Springs. This scenic view is a reminder that we were close to home.

Overall, we had a great trip. The kids enjoyed themselves and I enjoyed spending time with my family. It's not often that we take a trip back south. It was a first for a family cross country road trip and we survived!! That of course my friends means that I'm ready to tackle what the New Year has to bring!

I wish you all a joyous New Year!!

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