Friday, February 17, 2012

This Week

Our first "good" storm of the season!

Looking out my kitchen window.

The Farmkids celebrating Valentine's Day by making 50 care packages for the homeless!

Not quite ready to take down the Valentine's decor.

Made 36+ jars of Confiture d' Citron.

Preparation for my Mom's French themed 60th birthday party on Sunday.

(Thanks Tutu for all the lemons)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, February 6, 2012

For the Love of Chai Tea

My husband & I just completed my 4th (his 1st) 30 day whole food detox. The 1 thing I missed the most this time around......was a really GOOD chai tea latte. Since I couldn't have sugar, milk or caffeine it pretty much ruled out anything you could find in the store.

After 30 days of experimenting I finally mastered the perfect (for me) Chai Tea Latte!

Here's my recipe.

You will need a 2 quart pitcher.

Add to the pitcher:

1 tsp. ground ginger

1tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1/2 tsp. ground allspice

1/2 tsp. cardamom

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/8 - 1/4 tsp. white pepper (depending on how spicy you like your chai)

12 tea bags (I used decaf Irish breakfast tea)

After you have all your spices & tea in the pitcher, fill almost to the top with boiling hot water.
Note: If using glass, you may want to run hot tap water over your pitcher to preheat the container, or it may crack.

Next, add 3/4 cup honey & 3/4 cup agave.

Stir well to dissolve sweeteners.

I like a little vanilla in mine.....totally optional.

I added 3 tsps.
Let tea steep for about 7 minutes & remove tea bags.

To use your concentrate fill a mug half full with your choice of milk. I use coconut milk.

Give the concentrate a good shake or stir & then fill your glass the rest of the way with the concentrate.

I like mine hot, so I popped it in the microwave.


Nothing like hot spicy chai.

My 30 days are over, but I have permanently replaced my coffee habit.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Slow Sunday

Seriously.......the best yogurt EVER!

But isn't everything better when it's homemade?

Hard boiled eggs.

Our chickens have been laying like crazy.

They are just as confused by this weather as I am.

Spring garden planning!

So much fun.

We want to attempt potatoes this year. We will also be planting peas, carrots, radish, spinach, lettuce, cilantro & onion in a few weeks.

And we did throw in a couple Super Bowl parties, but I didn't take pics of that.

We aren't huge pro football fans.
It's fun to spend time with family and friends anyways.

Hope you had a super Sunday!