I know that many of us have had weather, and lots of it. Today is a "snow day" for me, though how one can actually have a "snow day" without any of the white stuff is a mystery, indeed. But it's supposed to snow later today, and I have purchased the prerequisite toilet paper, just in case.
Meanwhile, I am thinking about hot drinks. Because, you know.
My Grandma Flossie, who was from Scotland, drank tea every night after dinner. While I am more of a coffee drinker (who am I kidding? If I could get caffeine intravenously, I would. But it has to be hot and black, none of these wussie-girl frappucinos or what have you. That's a waste of good coffee that I could be drinking, people. Have some compassion!), I do occasionally like a nice cup of hot tea.
Here's the way my grandma taught me to make it:
1. Get the teapot out of the cabinet. This is the teapot I inherited--it's a Brown Betty by Sadler and Sons. You can read about it here.
Then, you put the kettle on, but you DO NOT BOIL the water. You just get it really hot.
Then, with a little of the hot water, you rinse out the teapot to get it warm. (Plus, if you're me, you get the bonus of getting the dust out, just in case that teapot has been sitting awhile because you prefer coffee.)
I will not lie to you, however, so I will disclose that I normally use a tea bag. I prefer Red Rose, but it's hard to find in North Carolina, where they drink their tea cold with approximately 38 pounds of sugar in it.
Now, if you're snowed in (like I'm supposed to be tomorrow), you may want something to help you get through the first season of Making a Murderer (for which there are no words, peeps, except perhaps 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot') or, in my case, deal with a cat who wants to 'help' me on the computer.
This includes the hot cocoa of your choice, and
a little Irish. I like Bailey's, but there are other good brands out there.
I warm the Bailey's (which I keep refrigerated after opening) in my mug in the microwave for just a moment, then stick it under the Keurig and fill it up! (It'll warm the cockles of your heart, friends.)
(I just said 'cockles.')
There's another hot drink we like, which is hot apple cider (also for the Keurig) and Fireball whiskey, but I'm out and need to pick some up at the liquor store.
I guess I'd better get there before I get snowed in.