I had a bag of cinnamon sticks from Mountain Rose Herbs sitting around and I was inspired one day to add it to some rooibos to steep for a cup of tea. I found that when steeped for about 8-10 minutes, I had a cup of tea with subtle cinnamon undertones. When I let it steep until it was completely cool (around 20-30 minutes), I got a stronger cinnamon flavor, which can then be reheated, or, our favorite, poured over ice for a delicious iced tea.
As my four year old and I were sipping on our iced teas yesterday, I realized how much I like enjoying the simple things in life. For example, a wet kiss from my baby, or a tight hug from my four year old (simple, but oh-so-wonderful). Sipping some delicious tea with one of my favorite people in the whole world (my daughter) is a simple act full of joy. For us, it’s even better when we are sipping on it while reading a Tintin
It got me thinking about other things that I enjoy. One is this silver spoon.
I really love this spoon. It’s going to sound a little silly, but this spoon (which is the only one like it I have) is perfect for soup. I have huge silver soup spoons, but they are over-sized in my mind. This one gives me just the perfect mouthful of soup. I love this spoon.
I also like the way light streams through the windows of my house. While we live in a smaller sized house, that light falls on many good things, like people and tea and soup spoons that are just the right size. It also helps me get good lighting for picture taking.
What are some of the simple things that you have to enjoy?
Here is a recipe for one of my simple things.
I buy both my cinnamon sticks and my rooibos from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have good prices on both.
- 1 cinnamon stick
2 heaping teaspoons of red rooibos
Sweetener of choice (honey or full leaf stevia)
Put the rooibos in a tea strainer and place in a cup with the cinnamon stick. Pour hot water over and steep for 10-30 minutes, depending on how strong you want your tea. Remove tea strainer and cinnamon stick. Ice if desired by pouring over cup full of ice, and sweeten to taste.