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Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Latte {Giving Thanks}


A typical Thanksgiving in my family includes a huge turkey dinner held at my brother’s house.

This year, however, things are different.  It’s just me and my parents this year.  My dad, not wanting the hassle on Thanksgiving day and wanting to spend more time enjoying each other’s company, figured that since we wouldn’t be having company, we didn’t have anybody we needed to impress.  He ordered a Thanksgiving dinner.

So tomorrow will be spent with my mom and dad, relaxing.  I have so much to be thankful for.  Sometimes I think it’s sad that we have to set aside a day to remember to be grateful for everything we have, but then I realize the holiday is a good thing, because it’s so easy to forget.

I mean, how many times have you gotten angry about your coffee shop being out of your favorite coffee, or getting stuck in traffic for an hour, or walking all the way to your 8 o’clock class in the freezing cold all the way across campus only to realize that it was cancelled, or that you only get to see your boyfriend once every two weeks, or that your Thanksgiving isn’t how it is every other year?

I have.  So, this year I’m thankful that we even have coffee shops, that I’m even able to drive, that I can even afford college, that I even have a loving boyfriend, that I can even celebrate Thanksgiving with abundant amounts of food and people I love.  All of that and much more.  I’m blessed and so overfilled with gratitude.

What are you thankful for?

This Chai Tea Latte is the perfect way to wake up on Thanksgiving morning.  Have you ever had a Chai Tea Latte?  It’s like a holiday in a cup.  It’s creamy and spicy and warm.  Perfection.  I had one for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I was hooked, but they’re expensive.  Now that I know I can make them at home and alter them however I want, I don’t think I’ll be buying them anymore.  I tripled the recipe so I can just heat it up in the morning.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.

Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Latte

2 Regular Tea Bags (I used Vanilla Chai)
½ tsp cinnamon
4 Splenda packets or ¼ cup Sugar
2 ½ C. Milk

1.  Mix tea and spices in a pan on the stove.
2.  Boil for 5 minutes.

3.  Add sweetener and mix.
4.  Add the milk and wait for the mixture to return to a boil.  Watch it closely, it will boil over quickly!
5.  Strain the tea and enjoy!