Foggy London Latte: Earl Grey Latte in 5 Minutes!

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I discovered Earl Grey tea in college. I was an avid Lipton Black Tea consumer for years, but when I found out that my favorite Starbucks-affiliated on-campus coffee pit stop didn’t carry my drug of choice, I had to adjust.

The only black tea on the menu was Tazo’s Earl Grey. Or should I say, the only tea that wasn’t accompanied by the words “fruity,” “passion,” or “caffeine-free.” Homey don’t play that game.

earlgreyteaBringing that Venti sized, steaming cup back to my table, I was skeptical. First off, it smelled like Fruit Loops. Seriously, take a wiff of that bergamot and see for yourself! Secondly, it was literally not my cup of tea.

But years later, the only thing that can get me to sit down, focus, and pump out a productive work day is Earl Grey tea.

Foggy London Latte Recipe

A twist on my favorite hot tea, the Foggy London Latte, is everywhere! It’s a sweet, creamy, comfort drink for those rainy or snowy days.

Here’s What You Will Need:

  • Your Favorite Earl Grey Tea Bags or an Earl Grey K-Cup
  • Milk
  • Sugar or Your Favorite Sweetener
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Lavender, Optional

Here’s How It’s Done:

Brew your Earl Grey Tea and Lavender together. If you use a Keurig brewing system, just brew the tea over the lavender and let it steep. You can steep longer for a stronger tea, which is going to give you a deeper Earl Grey flavor. Remove the tea bag and strain your lavender.

Add in about 1/2 a cup of steamed milk and 1 tbsp of sweetener with the 1/4 tsp vanilla. To steam your milk, you can heat it on the stove (don’t let it boil!) or in the microwave. You can adjust these elements to taste as well.

Serve your creation with biscotti or a warm chocolate chip cookie.

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Recipe: Easy Pre-Thanksgiving Breakfast Bake

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think “Thanksgiving?” It probably wasn’t snow or polar vortex like most of our area got last night

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Nonetheless, it doesn’t change what I think of. Turkey. Mashed potatoes. Yams covered in marshmallows. Gravy. And then a glorious nap courtesy of tryptophan. Next week happens to be one of my favorite weeks of the year.

When you’re a kid, you don’t get much say in the traditions. So my tradition Thanksgiving has changed as my brother and I have grown up. People move away, families grow, and we add a few more leaves to the tables in order to accommodate the addition of delicious dishes.

While I love the traditions, there is one thing that I really wish would change. Thanksgiving breakfast. I get up in a rush, barely have a minute to shower, and then the cooking begins. Every time I try to sip my coffee or smuggle a piece of pie to fuel me forward, someone calls for my help.

Before I know it, I’ve missed breakfast and we’re several hours away from turkey and cranberries.

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Here’s my solution: Thanksgiving breakfast. Keep the theme of things of the season and then add coffee. Even just 30 minutes out of prep time to fuel up would bring us all another thing to be thankful for.

So, to Pinterest!

baconeggcupsRecipe: Bacon and Egg Bake Cups

How much easier can you get?

  • Cupcake/Muffin Tins
  • Bacon Strips
  • Eggs
  • Cheese

Just line the tins with the bacon, uncooked. Combine the eggs and cheese and pour into the bacon.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. They’re not going to take up too much room and you can even make them the night before and then heat them up if you are too worried about time.

You could do the same with ham and mix in different breakfasty additions, like peppers or onions.

I tend to go J.Law at the Oscars when I don’t eat. Don’t subject your fellow Thanksgiving chefs to a “hangry” experience (hungry + angry).

 

Just Add Coffee: Pumpkin Spice French Toast Recipes

Pumpkin Spice French Toast Recipe
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Pumpkin spice. Pumpkin lattes. Pumpkin bread. Toasted pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin pancakes. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin French toast. Pumpkin. All the pumpkin. Give it to me. Now.

If I could live in a pumpkin I would. Where everything was pumpkin flavored, every coffee had pumpkin and nutmeg, and there was a crisp fall breeze every afternoon. I would wear chunky sweaters, knee high boots, and Taylor Swift would be envious of my Fall game. Living in a pumpkin would be great.

And when I invited friends over for a meal, I would make this: pumpkin French toast. French toast is really an easy dish and you can flavor it any which way. Try this same recipe, just with apple butter. Nom accordingly.

Ingredients:

  • A nice thick bread, slightly stale
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Pumpkin Butter

Just like your traditional French toast, mix the spice, butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Wait to add the bread until your skillet (spray with canola oil) is piping hot. Then, toss the bread in the mix and lay in the pan. Cook evenly on both sides. Add more butter and plenty of syrup.

This dish is perfect for a brinner (breakfast for dinner) or Fall brunch. When would you enjoy your French toast?

Just Add Coffee: Cinnamon Peanut Butter Snacks

Just Add Coffee: Cinnamon Peanut Butter Snacks
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Whether you’re looking for an afternoon snack to combat all the caffeine in jumbling in your system, or looking for something different to treat the kids to after a school day, peanut butter is often a go to. But when you’ve gone through countless jars of Jiff and you’re burnt out on Ants on a Log, what is a hungry, caffeine addict to do?

Flavored peanut butters really jazz things up. Just mixing it with a new flavor can give your taste buds the variety they long for. This doesn’t mean you have to add sugary ingredients (though that is totally acceptable in our book), but just a splash of cinnamon or toss of dried fruit will breathe new life into your favorite snack.

DIY Flavored Peanut Butter Recipe: Cinnamon Raisin

The easiest way to jazz up your PB is to just mix in something delicious. Cinnamon and raisins are an obviously delicious choice. If you make your own peanut butter, it’s a much easier task to create something with a twist. The flavors and textures will blend easier.

But if you’re looking for a quick fix, buying a flavored peanut butter or nut butter is always a good option. A favorite (tested and rated awesome with coffee) is the Wild Friends Nut Butters and Sunflower Butters. Coconut and chocolate with bananas on toast is a tropical getaway for your mouth. Honey pretzel is good for dipping. Or mix any of their naturally good for you butters in plain oatmeal and you have a hearty breakfast.

What is your favorite snack with your coffee? We want to share your creations in our next blog. Email them here.