It’s been feeling quite wintery every morning, even though it isn’t officially winter in the northern hemisphere. I know I’m a wimp, but I start to get cold when it’s even ten degrees or so above freezing 🙂 So right now, I’m sitting here with a warm sweater on and a blanket around my legs… and I’m still cold. I sure wish my dog would cuddle with me.
When there’s a chill in the air, I crave a creamy, delicious latte. Make mine vanilla or hazelnut please! Something about the warmth and smoothness really perks me up on a cold day. Of course, I’m sure the caffeine doesn’t hurt either. I like to have a latte before breakfast to start up my body a bit. The milk (or in my case soy / almond milk) keeps me full while I’m still waking and warming up.
One of the things I love best about lattes is the art. If you ask me, latte art deserves to be recognized as its own art form. It’s extremely beautiful, and I think it takes talent to make some of the more complicated designs. I feel tickled whenever a barista makes a special little design in my drink. That’s what originally inspired The Latte Art Test. Take it, and tell me if it’s accurate for you!
Also, comment and let me know if you’re a big latte drinker. Where is your favorite place to get a latte? Starbucks? Coffee bean? An indie place? Your own kitchen? Also, what is your ideal latte like? Mine is made with really high quality espresso that’s a little sweet and chocolatey tasting. Add to that a high quality almond milk (or soy barista blend in a pinch). Then I’d like it topped with just a dusting of cocoa and cinnamon. That’s really not too much to ask for is it? 😉
After a long journey yesterday, I woke up needing a cup of tea like I’ve never needed one before. If I don’t have enough tea, I feel cranky and out of sorts. I’m not normal again until I have that steaming cup of goodness in my hands. Luckily, I had just enough energy this morning to roll out of bed, put my slippers on, and get the kettle started.
This morning it’s back to basics, and I’m dong a strong Irish breakfast tea with a splash of almond milk. No time to fool around – I need something intense and powerful to get me going! I love all sorts of tea depending on my mood and needs. A basic black tea is always how I start my morning off, and to be honest, it’s usually one cup before breakfast and one cup after breakfast. In the afternoon, I might opt for chai or a flavored black tea to inspire me. Or if I’m already inspired, a balancing green tea. After dinner I usually do an herbal tea – I love mint for these times.
While my tea is brewing away, and I started thinking about my favorite Blogthings tea quizzes. I love to write about tea because it’s my biggest key to writing quizzes. I think the caffeine helps me get focused, but more than anything, I think my best ideas are formed when I step away from the computer a bit. Taking time for tea is an important ritual that helps me stay sane in this crazy world.
What about you? What kind of tea are you today? Take What Kind of Tea Are You?, and let me know! I’m also curious to know if you’re a fan of tea, and if so, what kind? How do you take your tea? Cream? Sugar? Iced?
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