Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Homemade Chai Mix

I got this recipe from the woman's weekend retreat at my church last weekend.  It was wonderfully yummy.. but I must confess I love chai.

I didn't learn who's recipe it was, but I'm glad they shared it!  It rivals a well known version from a home based party line... I can't believe I said that much :)

Spiced Chai Tea Mix

3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 1/2 cup sugar (could probably use sugar substitute)
1 cup unsweetened instant tea (I don't like instant tea and didn't notice it at all)
3/4 cup vanilla powdered nondairy creamer
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine all ingredients.  Put through blender or food processor- process until powdery.  Store in airtight container for up to 6 months.  Makes 5 cups of mix.

To Prepare:  Dissole 3 tablespoons of mix in 3/4 cup of boiling water.  Stir well.  Use more or less water to suite your tastes.

I hope enjoy it!  I did!

Vera Bradley... New Fall Colors!

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Can we just say Lov'em!?!?!  

Vera Bradley always has the nicest things, and their new fall colors are no exception.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Give a Greater Gift this Christmas!

This Christmas give gifts to kids who would normally get nothing for Christmas.

Every year since 1993 Samaritan's Purse has collected shoe boxes for children around the world that would normally be getting nothing. They call this effort Operation Christmas Child. These gifts send the message of hope and God's love to the children they reach.

Donate gift boxes in honor of someone you know that you never know what to buy. Let them know you gave a child a gift in their name(s). It's a thought thing...

For more information on Operation Christmas child, click here.

It is a very rewarding thing to pick out gifts for a child you don't know. My church has been involved for several years and it is a fun project. We usually set a congregational goal every year to make it a challenge.