A little chai on a rainy day…

A large mug of homemade chai latteIt’s been rather rainy as of late. I don’t know about everyone else, but I tend to crave comfort foods and drinks in grey, wet weather. This morning, I couldn’t sleep, so I was up at 4:30am. Ungodly, I know! So,  I put the kettle on for  a cup  of tea, but part way through it doing its thing, I decided I didn’t want just another cup of ordinary orange pekoe tea. I wanted something else. Something more comforting. Hot chocolate wasn’t quite the  thing, either. I stared across the kitchen at my various spice  jars — not necessarily for an idea, but  just as a spot to focus upon while I thought about what tea I wanted.

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Too hot for tea? Put it on ice!

A decorative carafe filled with chai-flavoured ice tea sits in front of a Chinese buddha bust, a cadle sits next to it.I’ve been concerned about how much pop (for my American friends, soda) I drink. I only drink ginger ale, but of that, I drink regular pop, not diet pop. The reason? I have bad reactions to artificial sweeteners. Aspartame gives me nasty, nasty migraines and I find that Splenda gives horrible body pains. So I  figure, sugar is the lesser of the evils, so to speak. But really, pop isn’t the best when it comes to beverages. While I won’t cut my ginger ale right out of my diet, I have been looking for other  alternatives. I love water, but it gets boring sometimes. Often, I’ll resort to tea, as I love tea and it’s better for me than pop.

But then the hot, sticky weather slammed into my neck of the woods and it’s left me very uninterested in hot tea. What’s a girl to do in the hot summer months when she’s trying to cool off?

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