I loooooooove Daylight Savings Time in the fall. That extra hour? Amazing. Waking up to go to school/class/work/gym and it’s light out? Love it. In fact, there’s not much I don’t love about it, until I want to make something for dinner and it has already been pitch black since 4:30.
Kinda makes it hard to take appetizing pictures.
It also makes it hard for me to not hibernate. I feel like I should have gone to bed about three hours ago, and it’s only 9:13.
But the extra hour this morning was lovely. Fritz and I woke up at 8:00 because I woke up, looked at the clock (which said nine), and recalculated in my sleep-addled head that it somehow and magically reset itself already and that it was actually ten o’clock according to non-DST. That would mean we had slept for way too long, so I leapt out of bed and opened all the shades, starting making tea, and was genuinely shocked when Fritz came out and reset the living room clock for 8:00.
Oh. Only my cell phone resets automatically. Duh.
We used the extra time to clean out a bunch of our closets, donate a lot of things we never use (my old backpack, shoes, DVD player, belts), do a little Christmas shopping, and go to the gym (I made it to a yoga class I usually miss). All this before noon! Then later, when it started to get dark, I got an intense craving for a warm chai tea latte. Spicy, milky, and with a touch of vanilla.
Vanilla Chai Latte (2-4 servings)
- 1 T loose black tea (or 2 tea bags)
- 1 1/2 C milk (we use 1%)
- 2 C water
- 1/2 t vanilla extract
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- 1/4 t black peppercorns
- 1/4 t coriander seeds
- 1/2 t ground ginger
- 1/4 t ground cloves
- 1/4 t ground nutmeg
- sugar (optional–I like it without any sweetener)
Combine the milk, spices, and vanilla into a small saucepan and heat over medium, letting the spices steep and infuse the milk for at least 5 minutes. Meanwhile, boil the water and steep the tea for the same amount of time. I used a Kenyan black tea that my bestie Jenny gave me–and all the proceeds go to orphan education, which is nice.
I like to drink my tea and feel good about it, too. Thanks, Jenny!
Strain the milk into a mug, a little less than halfway. I like to use a handheld little mess strainer that fits nicely over the top of the cup. Pour the milk right through it, then pour the tea through it next–when using loose tea, little pieces sometimes make it through the tea ball, and I don’t particularly enjoy eating them.
Stir it up, add sugar if you like, and savor that flavor.
This is a nice spicy tea, and you can adjust the spices as you like. I probably added a few extra peppercorns, and I left one cinnamon stick in the mug as I drank it.
Fritz does not like chai flavors, and this tea was no exception. I thought he might die from a small sip. I, however, strongly endorse this. Definitely try it if you like a little spice in your life.
Plus, isn’t my tea spoon adorable?
What did you do with your extra hour today? Henry spent all his extra time doing what he does best–sleeping: