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This is an old post, but one that people ask me about often! Hope you enjoy it!

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I love this quote, it is so true the more organized I am on Sunday the better week I have. It is a great day to reflect, plan, and thank the good Lord for the beautiful life we have been blessed with. Remember how I mentioned the other day my new found love for Aromas Coffee Bar and their skinny vanilla chai tea? Since I only go to Charles City twice a week I had been experimenting with different kinds of chai tea bags and found nothing that worked.  🙁  So, I did what every 30's something woman would do...scoured Pinterest! I found quite a few recipes, but none that I loved.  This weekend I concocted my own skinny vanilla chai tea!!! It comes nowhere near to Aaromas, but it is probably as close as I will get at home.  It made a large Tupperware full and will probably last a few weeks, well maybe, all four of us have really been loving it!  The recipe that I came up with is at the bottom of this post.

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The mixture looks like this, you can run it through a food processor until it is a fine powder.
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A little game of UNO and some more skinny vanilla chai tea after supper!

SCHMITT'S SKINNY VANILLA CHAI TEA

- 1 Cup Non Dairy Creamer

- 1 Cup Non Dairy Vanilla Creamer

-1 Cup Non Dairy Powdered Milk

- 1 1/2 Cups Instant Tea, unsweetened

- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

- 2 teaspoons ground ginger

- 1 teaspoon ground cloves

- 1 teaspoon nutmeg

-1 teaspoon all spice

- 1 teaspoon of cardamom

- 3/4 cup of sugar

Mix all powdered ingredients together in a Tupperware container.  You will add 2 Tablespoons to 8 oz. of water or hot milk.  To make this skinny you will need to use skim milk or almond milk.  I like to heat the almond milk or milk to 145 degrees.  That makes the perfect drink for our family!  Next time I am going to experiment with less sugar and I am going to keep track of how many drinks this mixture makes. I am guessing it will last at least a couple of weeks in a tightly stored container.  It would make a great gift to give someone in a pint jar with the directions to make a nice cup!

Do you like to make things homemade?

Have you ever made homemade do it yourself gifts?

From The Gravel Road-

Jen

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After nearly 15 years of marriage Valentine’s Day isn’t about a dozen roses or diamonds, it’s about having each other’s backs no matter what and believing in each other.

It’s about encouraging texts throughout the work day.

It’s about helping each other chase a hog around your farm in a snowstorm.

It’s about him being just as excited as you are to get the mail.

It’s about hauling hogs to the locker in a blizzard that you have worked hard to raise as a team.

It’s about stopping to eat supper at a small bar, rather than a fancy restaurant.

It’s about your partner not caring if his wife is wearing Carhartt bibs on Valentines night!

It’s about being partners in love, life, and the long haul. In sickness of Crohn’s disease and health, in the good years and the bad, it’s about teamwork and tackling all challenges as a team! ❤️

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! How did you spend yours?

From the gravel road,

Jen

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