Sitting Cozy and Warm

2015 was an excellent food year for me.  I got over 800 views in one day (a everydayfoodie first, but hopefully not last), I got to participate in Boston’s Battle of the Burger (3rd ain’t to shabby), and I got to explore the food and beverage world through my job.  All in all, a great food year! I figured I would round out 2015 by doing somethings I have never done before.  Here is why todays post is different. 1) My body is in it.  Never before have I photographed anything other than maybe my hands before.  But since my Dad got me a tripod and remote click for my camera I thought it was about time I tried, plus I needed a model.  2. There is something on here completely not food related, but it is with one of my other hobbies, crocheting.  and 3, well I am kind of blonde now, so that’s definitely a first!

Okay so whats in todays post: 2 tea recipes and a warm and cozy chunky scarf/shawl.

First up the teas:

Detox Tea

This first tea is something I am starting to drink in the morning and night.  I don’t know if I believe it but this drink is supposed to help with digestion and metabolism.  Regardless if thats true or not, its pretty tasty!

Measurements for a normal 12 oz mug:

  • 1 teaspoon honey (if you don’t mind less sweet I use 1/2 tsp)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 lemon slice

Let it sit for a minute before drinking and stir regularly because the cinnamon will settle. Drink right as you wake up and before you go to bed!

The Best Chai Latte

Stop paying $5 at Starbucks for chai lattes!  Tazo tea (the same brand Starbucks uses) is only $4 at target and you get like 20 tea bags.  This latte is a little special though, I add in a few spices for a true ZING at the end and it will warm you up!

Ingredients:

  • Tazo Tea bag (or different chai tea)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 splash cream (optional)
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch garam masala (optional, but exceptional)

How to:

  1. In a sauce pan, steep the tea on low in the water, once the tea is dark, add the spices and the milk
  2. Let steep on low for another 5-10 minutes. Using a whisky, stir to aerate the milk and get it a little frothy.
  3. Bam, it is sooo delicious, and cost you mere pennies!

 

Okay, now for the cozy:

This chunky infinity scarf is perfect for the likely snow-pocalypse that is surely on its way.  It is a bulky scarf that carries a lot of warm, but it also can drape over your shoulders so it can be more of a shawl.  I have never wrote a pattern before, but the one I used online was pretty lacking so I figure I just have to be a little better than that.

What you need:

  • Bulky 5 Yarn, I used Charisma TWEED (4 skeins)
  • Size J crochet hook
  • Very little crochet knowledge

 

Lingo:

  • Ch = chain
  • SC = single crochet
  • DC = Double crochet
  • SP = slip stitch

How to:

  • Ch 65 inches
  • Row 1 – SC around the whole things, SP ends together
  • Row 2- Ch 1, in just the back stitch, SC around and then slip stitch the ends together
  • Row 3- Ch 4 in the back stitch, skip next stitch.  DC, Ch 1, skip next stitch, all the way around, SP the ends
  • Rows 4- 11(+)- Ch 4, skip next stitch, DC, Ch 1, skip next stitch, around and slip stitch together.  I you can repeat this row to make it as wide as you want, I did 16 rows.
  • Row 12 SC around the whole perimeter.
  • Row 13, SC, Ch1, Skip next stitch, SC, Ch1 skip next stitch, all the way around.

Reading patterns can be hard, but the pattern is very easy! It is really warm and versatile!

So sorry for the bright pink workout top, but it does show you what the stitch looks like!

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