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Friday, January 25, 2013

Chai Tea Snow Day

So, like I said the other night, I've not been drinking this last week (well, I did last night and remembered what poison can do to yr body), instead turning to tea at nights to wet my whistle.
To make it a little more interesting (not that tea is BORING per se, it's just... not booze) I decided to make a chai drink. It may not be entirely traditional, but I like the flavor.
I steep Irish breakfast tea in the boiling water and stir in a little less than 1/2 teaspoon each of: cocoa powder, powdered ginger, and cinnamon. Sweetened with agave and add in a good splash of vanilla almond milk.




It's especially nice tonight, since it's snowing outside. Snow can transform even dirty, tired Bushwick into a sparkly magicland. Some shots from the walk home:


I thew a shot of coffee into the chai as well tonight, as I've got lotsa writing I want to get done (that was the "exciting stuff" to work on, Ingrid - sorry to tease!) and snacked on a couple of these cookie bites for dessert.


So now I'm caffeinated and cookiefied and warm. So that's nice. Hope you guys are cozy on this winter weekend evening.

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  1. Oh man I am so not enjoying this weather! And our heat went out last night! Waking up this morning was painful torture... I had on two shirts, two pairs of pants and 2 blankets and was still frozen! It's fixed now thankfully. I could have used some of that chai this morning though, it sounds amazing!!!! The cookie bites look really yummy too and I love your pics of the snowy evening! So pretty!

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    1. Oh, man, it's been freezing here too! The heat is on but it doesn't make a difference. I was dressed similiarly - sweatpants, two shirts and two scarves. Wow, how pathetic. It is pretty though...

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  2. I've been drinking a lot of chai lately too. Mixing it with coffee is a great way to stay up and get stuff done. Yum to those cookies.

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    1. Something about the spices warms you up even better than the hot tea itself. So nice.

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  3. Your chai sounds really good! I've only had it a few times but do like it.

    Did you make the snow angel? I had fun making one this year but forgot how hard it is to get up from it..... although maybe that's just because the last time I made one was when I was much younger. heh

    The cookie bites look perfect. I'm very jealous of your being cookiefied!

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    1. Haha, no, I was already too cold to lie down in the snow. Some kid must have done it. The cookies were just alright. I'm sure you could have made better.

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  4. Yay for snow! 'Bout time, right?

    A mug of chai is the perfect way to cozy in while it's snowing--looks perfect to me!

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    1. Seriously! We only got about an inch, but I'll take what I can get. Any excuse for cookies and tea :)

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  5. I loove snowy days! And chai tea! And cookies! And usually not drinking, although because it's my bday weekend, I decided to indulge a bit. But, for serious, it is kinda poison.

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    1. I will take snuggling with cookies and tea over booze any snowy night.

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  6. I love these snow photos! I wish my camera took better night shots. I like Irish Breakfast Tea, too.

    Caffeinated, cookiefied, and warm is a great way to be! After a streak of warm weather, it's overcast and chilly today. I am caffeinated, but needing a blanket and cookies. BRB. . .

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    1. Thanks, the streetlights make it super orangey but eh. Hie thee to some cookies, stat.

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  7. So you're a Chai drinking Wiccan from Bushwick now? What ever happened to that old plank of wood you used to write and eat on?

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    1. Ew, when you put it that way, I want my wood plank back. It's actually still at Greg's, I realized the other day.

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  8. You are making me miss Brooklyn! (Even though I never spent any significant time in Bushwick--it was all Ft Greene 90% of the time. But your apartment looks so much like ours did.) That chai sounds like the best possible choice for a snowy evening. :)

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    1. Fort Greene is lovely. Yeah, I'm pretty sure there are only three different layouts of Brooklyn apartments.

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  9. SNOW DAY! and CHAI DAY! Looks like you're winning over there. Maybe some brandy in the chai next time though..

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  10. Mmm, chai, now you're getting all fancy. I'm just doin' up the green stuff over here, with the occasional hibiscus tea for when I don't want to be caffeinated. Which happens occasionally. Snow is pretty...for like, a month. And then I am ready for it to go away.

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    1. Hm I don't know that I've ever had hibiscus tea. I'm not a huge fan of herbal teas but they can be nice.

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