Aug 30

Sippin on Sleepytime

Posted by Katie on Aug 30 2014

Jefferson and I had a lovely sleep in this morning followed by a glorious hour of snuggles and cuddles.

It’s amazing what happens when you allow the world to slow down.

Now we are sipping on sleepy time tea and watching Love It Or List It.

In about an hour we are going to roam around the town farmers market.

Feeling blessed.

Aug 29

How Sweet It Is…

Posted by Katie on Aug 29 2014

Well folks, we have moved back to our home in the city…and it is GREAT!

I have worked out with Leslie Sansone 4 days this week (so many squats it hurts to sit!) and we are getting back into a routine.

As I type this I am sipping on a homemade iced chai latte, watching Masters of Sex with my hubby and feeling terribly appreciative of what I have.

How sweet it is to be healthy, happy and homemade.

Goodnight.

Aug 17

Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate

Posted by Katie on Aug 17 2014

Have I ever told you that my favourite job was at a coffee shop?

Well, it was.

I dare say it might forever be.

When I was 16 I started working at the local Second Cup and I worked there for a few years, until I had to move on and get a “grown up job” at a bank.  Grumble.

I loved everything about the coffee shop.  The  clientele, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and freshly ground coffee beans, the romantic atmosphere…

It. Was. Perfection.

In high school I had a friend named Colette who shared my love for coffee shops…We even had a business plan for starting our own shop! She would sip on a big mug of joe, I a cozy cup of chai and we would dream big.

In fact, for years I’ve told Jeff that I want to work at a coffee shop, just a few nights or mornings on the weekend, just to quench that seemingly unquenchable desire ;)

Of course I’d love to own my own shop, serving up my homemade treats made with natural and healthful ingredients, filling the air waves with James Taylor, Harry Chapin, Joni Mitchell and whoever else warms my cockles at any given moment.

And lets not leave out homemade syrups and concentrates made with natural ingredients.

And the star of my shop would be my homemade chai concentrate.

…Though once you realize just how easy it is to have chai at your fingertips, the ability to whip up a cozy chai latte on a cold November night or an ice cold iced chai latte on a hot and humid August day…I just might lose customers ;)

Everybody enjoys their chai differently.  Some like it sweet, others, not so much.  This concentrate is a perfect balance of spicy and sweet but it definitely IS sweet.   I like a 3:1 ratio of almond milk to chai concentrate.

Enjoy and savour every single sip.

Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate
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Recipe type: 4 Cups
Author: Katie
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 3 cups
Mix this concentrate, to taste, into warmed milk or cold for a deliciously spicy and decadent treat!
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup loose chai tea (I LOVE David’s Tea Coco Chai Rooibos because it’s caffeine free!)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup honey
Instructions
  1. Place the loose tea either in a few tea balls, a large tea infuser or in 4 filter bags (I use David’s Tea filter bags!)
  2. Bring water to a rolling boil.
  3. Put tea bags, infuser, tea ball, etc into the boiling water and turn the stove down to low. Let simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in honey and let cool.
  5. Once cool store in a jar or other desired container and put it in the fridge!
  6. ENJOY!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
4 cups of water in a sauce pan:
1/3 cup loose tea and 4 tea filters (or whatever infuser you choose to use!)
I cup honey!
Step One:
Place the loose tea either in a few tea balls, a large tea infuser or in 4 filter bags (I use David’s Tea filter bags!)
Step Two:
Bring water to a rolling boil.
Step Three:
Put tea bags, infuser, tea ball, etc into the boiling water and turn the stove down to low.  Let simmer for 30 minutes.
Step Four:
Stir in honey and let cool.
Step Five:
Once cool store in a jar or other desired container and put it in the fridge! This will keep for two weeks in the fridge for sure…It could be longer but I’ve never had it last that long in our house ;)
ENJOY!

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