Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Spiced Chai Honey

Greetings everyone on this day before Thanksgiving.  As I sit here at the computer looking out the window, I see millions of snowflakes blowing by. We've had a wide range of weather in the last few days…bitter cold, 4 inches of rain, sleet, and now snow.  All that and it's not officially winter yet!

The Coffee Cup is sitting toasty and warm in her Javaport and those warm camping days are just a memory . . . or a daydream.

One of the things on my to-do list of late, is to go through old magazines before sending them to the recycle bin.   That involves tearing out pages that have contain potential projects, cutting out recipes that I think I might like to try this winter, saving articles about places for future travel, and looking for stuff that is just plain interesting.

So I picked up the Oct-Nov issue of MaryJanesFarm and found a recipe for Spiced Chai Honey.  This infused honey sounds like the perfect treat for winter days to come.  Honey has anti-bacterial and soothing properties, plus the warming spices in this recipe are yummy when mixed with coffee, tea, drizzled over granola, yogurt, and oatmeal, or stirred into a mug of warm milk.

I have a friend whose husband is in the bee business and produces wonderful local honey, so I took a jar and mixed up the recipe.  It's good to know that something so simple and delicious is good for increasing circulation, aiding digestion, and boosting the immune system.  To help ease scratchy throats, add a spoonful or two to a cup of hot water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.  Sorry, but the old Health teacher in me just couldn't resist a little lesson for you!

Here's the recipe for you on this cold, snowy NC morning . . .  

Spiced Chai Honey

16 oz. organic, raw, local honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 teaspoon clove powder
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 teaspoon ginger powder
small pinch of ground black pepper
clean, dry 16-oz. glass jar

Simply mix all spices with the honey, place in a 16-oz. glass jar, and enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving my friends and always remember . . . 

"Camping and Coffee . . . Life Is Good!"

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