Leftover Starbucks tea bag = another drink the next day

The other day, I ordered a tall Vanilla Roobis tea latte at Starbucks. And as I took off the lid to add some more vanilla powder and sugar to my drink, I was struck with the size of the teabag and realized I could totally get at least another drink out of this latte. So I left a little of the milk in the bottom of my cup, along with the teabag, to steep overnight in the fridge. And the next day, I poured the tea concentrate into a pyrex glass measuring cup, along with a cup of milk and the leftover tea bag and microwaved it for a minute or so. I added about a teaspoon of sugar too. Then I removed the teabag, frothed the drink with my airlatte frother, and settled down with a little drink, a little marmalade toast, and a lot of satisfaction.

I don’t mean to give you the impression with this post that I’m really poor or something. It’s just that one of the most satisfying things in life for me is to make fun stuff last as long as possible. I like going to Starbucks, but I want my hot drinks, quiet music, and conversation/contemplation to extend beyond Starbucks. Does that make sense?

Look at the size of that thing! Tell me you couldn’t get another drink out of it . . .

My sister gave me these awesome handmade mugs for Christmas. The sweater cuff is my homemade version of a cozy. (By the way, that craft is about as easy as it comes. Cut the cuff off of a wool sweater and slip it around a handle-less cup.)

It was sooooo yummy!


Pottery Barn Book Bundle Look-Alike

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you will know that the only thing I love more than pouring over Pottery Barn catalogs is recreating PB style on the cheap. These book bundles caught my eye . . .

. . . as well as the price. $39 a bundle, for four books with the covers ripped off, pages glued, and tied with twine. I could so go into this business.

And you know, I love the wire baskets I see scattered throughout the pages of the catalog. And hmmm, the price, $24. Closer to the realm of reasonable.

And here we have my look-alike. I wanted to use twine like PB but Walmart was out of stock, so I used rag string that complements the color of the pages.

Rag string: $1, Goodwill

Books: 10 cents each, library sale (I go an hour before they close on the last day. They’re practically giving away books then.)

Wire basket: $2, junk yard

I’m really happy with the way the display turned out!

Chai Latte Kit

Happy new year! I’m starting off the new year with a few Christmas gifts I couldn’t post before the holiday, because they might get seen by the recipients. First up we have a chai latte kit. I love chai lattes. I used to order them from Starbucks more often before I discovered how to make them at home. It’s easy and oh so worth it. Treat yourself to five minutes and a gourmet drink on a rainy day . . . you’ll get much pleasure from a little effort and money. Wayyy cheaper (and better tasting) than Starbucks. You can use the blender to froth the drink, but it’s more to wash and can be risky using with hot liquid. An inexpensive option is using a milk frother–this model is from Ikea. Keep your eye out for tea coupons and you’ll be set for saving even more on a make-at-home treat.

And here’s the recipe:

Chai Latte
1 cup milk
1 chai teabag
2 tsp sugar
3 tsp instant chai latte mix

Heat the milk and steep the teabag in it for about 2 minutes. Pour into a blender. Sprinkle in sugar and instant latte mix. Blend until frothy. Makes one serving.