Monday, January 17, 2011
My Nelle. She's a sub-tropical girl ... growing up with leaves that don't fall off trees, and flowers blooming all year round, and a garden that produces the best lettuces in the winter (not the summer).
So here we are, in the Rockies, and there. is. snow.
Like magic. Nelle believes the snow will bring Santa back. And why can't we have Christmas again?She wants to have a snowball fight, and build a snowman, too ... that is, till she feels how cold the powder is on her bare fingers. She's fascinated with the way her boots smush into it, and how she leaves footprints behind.
I'd almost forgotten how beautiful snow can be.
And when we get a little too cold, and we come inside ... we'll have to make something warm to drink. What'll it be? Hot tea? Chai with honey? A steaming cup of cocoa?
Something warm and cozy and rich in antioxidants ... something to snuggle up with ...
1 1/2 c water
1 green tea bag (the 'green')
2 Tbs fair-trade cocoa powder (the 'black')
2 Tbs coconut sugar* (or use rapadura sugar, or brown sugar)
1 1/2 c whole milk
2 dashes of cinnamon
*I found this at the natural food store and thought I'd try it. I mean, coconut products are so good for us! (and yummy). But substitute any brown sugar if you need to.
**Try to use organic ingredients when you can - and, at the minimum, fair-trade cocoa.
1. Heat the water in a small saucepan to just below boiling point. Remove from heat and add the green tea bag. Steep for 3-5 minutes.
2. Remove the tea bag and add the cocoa powder, sugar and 3/4 c milk. Heat again to just below boiling, stirring until the sugar and cocoa dissolve. Remove from heat, stir in the remaining milk.
NOTE: you can heat up all the milk at once ... I just split it because I like to drink my cocoa straight away, and if I don't add cold milk it's too hot!
3. Pour into two mugs and add a dash of cinnamon to each. Cuddle on the couch, get yourselves warm.
And now we're warm, the two of us. And we look outside at the snow and wonder ... might those prints out there possibly ... just maybe ... belong to Santa?
I love magic.