Oh my gosh, there is just not enough coffee in the world today. Not to wake up, not to warm up. Speaking of… we’re not even supposed to get more than a dusting of snow today. Maybe a total of two inches, and the further north in the state you get the less snow there should be if you listen to NBC Connecticut AND YET there are schools dismissing early and evening activities canceling.
Come ON people! This is Connecticut! NEW ENGLAND! We have been in New England dealing with harsh winter weather, well… harsher weather than this… for hundreds of years. I’m a horrible New Englander and I’m not even phased by this. So far my town hasn’t released school early and I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed.
Granted, I’m home from work today because our heater bit the dust and we’re waiting for a part to come in to repair it and the temperatures are just not fun to deal with. But the roads are a different matter. It’s FLURRIES. Not snow, not ice, not sleet or even freezing rain. Flurries and clouds.
The most today needs is not early school dismissal or evening activity cancellation until you have heating issues, but a shit-ton of coffee, tea, cocoa, and other hot potables like soup. In fact, today would be a good day to dig up my Ode to Coffee post.
Luckily I’m in happy stock of coffee, which I’ll be polishing off shortly. I have a fresh, full box of fully caffeinated green tea. I also have decaf green tea. Of course, I have green tea with super fruit flavors like cranberry and blueberry. There’s also chamomile tea. I cracked open a new box of vanilla chai tea a night or two ago and expect to whip that out shortly. When the girls get home from school, whenever that is, I have some recently made homemade hot chocolate mix.
O’hai, you want to know how to make homemade hot chocolate mix? It’s lactose-free, which makes it even better. You need a medium sized Tupperware container. You need an entire container of unsweetened powdered cocoa like Hershey Cocoa Powder. Put it into the container with two cups of white sugar and one tablespoon of fine salt. Cover with a tight lid and shake. Heat milk in a mug in the microwave and add the mix per tablespoon into the mug and stir well, or heat the milk in a pan on the stove and stir it so that it doesn’t scald and then add the cocoa mix to taste and stir until it’s melted in. Then serve in mugs.
We love hot drinks in this house. Can you tell? When my girls are sick, they love hot drinks the way I do. My eldest and youngest ask for hot chicken broth in a mug, so I always keep bouillon cubes in the pantry. My middle daughter loves to have hot tea when she’s not feeling well, so I keep chamomile for her although she’ll drink almost any tea. Her favorite seems to be vanilla chai, and in the summer she likes it iced. A runner up is iced caramel tea, which is made from a black tea, blended up just the same way we make chai. Delish. I love the caramel tea hot, too. Lipton has an interesting caramel truffle tea, but it’s not as good as vanilla caramel in the other brand… um… Bigelow. I get the vanilla chai from Bigelow too.
I still make my coffee using a French press. Every now and then I use my electric coffee maker, but I’m out of those coffee grounds. I’d love to have one of those new Keurig–Mr.Coffee hybrids for Christmas, though, for the mornings I need a mug of coffee before work but don’t have time to press some coffee. I never have time to press coffee on work mornings. It would also be great on mornings when I want to ask The Mister or one of the girls to “make” me some coffee and the response is, “I can’t run to Dunkin Donuts right now, sorry.” 🙂 Of course I saw those cute little reusable Keurig k-cups that you can put your own coffee grounds into. Those are brilliant.
Speaking of Christmas, I know I’m not the only one who hasn’t even started gift shopping. But that could be a whole ‘nother post. 🙂
- Green tea is a wonder-drink (tracysmith.co.uk)
- DIY Chai Recipe for your Handmade Holiday (craftingagreenworld.com)
- Remember Real Hot Chocolate? (brooklynlocavore.wordpress.com)