I received K-Cups from Cross Country Café to facilitate this post. I chose them myself each month to try and find my favorites.
Between Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s I never quite think of the holidays as ONE DAY (or eight in our case), but rather a season that runs from either the first day of Chanukah (if its early) or Christmas through to early morning on January 2nd. We wait ALL YEAR long for the year to come to a close, celebrate our different beliefs, and to start fresh….I say…LET IT LINGER as much as possible.
Since we don’t go overboard shopping for gifts, it tends to be about food and family. About slowing down and spending time with our visiting guests, and I even find myself sitting with Mr. S in the evening watching HIS favorite shows (rather than hiding with BRAVO or a book on my own).
Our newest tradition?
Enjoying a cup of tea. While it started because we both had colds and the old methods work best, I realized that I miss the civility of relaxing with a hot cup of tea on a cool night.
Did you know?
That K-Cups are NOT just about coffee? I recently ordered a couple of boxes of winter inspired tea’s from Cross Country Cafe on a lark. I thought it would be fun to mix things up and see if tea from my Keurig would be as good as from a bag or a tea ball.
For me, using a K-Cup is the perfect easy solution to an evening tea. Just like my morning coffee…I simply pop one in and push BREW. If you like a weaker cup of tea, grab a larger mug…like it stronger, set it to small. It’s SIMPLE and I get it right EVERY TIME.
To set the mood
I’ve been switching back and forth between Twinings Winter Spice and Christmas Tea. While the Winter Spice is an herbal formula, I tend to drink that in the evening. It’s RICHER than having a cup of hot cider and already has touches of cinnamon, cardamom and clove. Of course Ms.Excess here adds a stick of cinnamon and gives it a swirl to bring out more of the spice. The base is chamomile, which can help you relax before hitting the bed.
For nights that I want to stay up and read, I’ve been enjoying the Twinings Christmas Tea. It’s a full black tea, so YES there is caffeine (just be aware if caffeine affects you in the evening). Again, this tea offers up a nice cinnamon and clove spice, which not only tastes but SMELLS like the holidays.
These are limited edition teas, so STOCK UP while they’re available, since you probably won’t see them again until next November/December.