Moonlight Tea

October 15, 2012

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You might think, oh milk with vanilla and sugar, no big deal. IT'S A BIG DEAL. My husband made this for me when we were dating and I had never, in my life, had anything so milkily delicious. I was like, WHAT IS THIS? And he said, "It's Moonlight Tea!" His mama used to make it for him when he and his brothers were little. I pretty much knew I had to marry him after he made this for me.

First, the name. Have you ever heard of anything so wonderful? Moonlight Tea.

Second, it is hard to really convey to you how comforting this drink is. It's like a blanky for the inside of your tummy.

Very Important Note: Be careful with your vanilla! For photo purposes, I added more than I would normally. You want it to taste vanilla-y, not medicinal. A few drops. I've overdone it in the past, which is why I usually ask Andrew to make it for me, when I can. I like my drink a lot sweeter than Andrew does, I usually ask for a whole spoonful of sugar, just like Mary Poppins advises.

Friends, I've been planning this post for over a year ~ I wanted to be able to give this drink the full measure of respect it deserves. I bought myself a new cup for this post. (ok, I just wanted the cup. The cheery yellow will lift my spirits during the grey grey winters here...) I spent a long time hanging out with my frenemy Photoshop for this post. I can tell you right now that sitting with some Moonlight Tea and cozy clothes and your latest book or magazine or catalog or show on the telly is PURE HAPPINESS.

I'm thinking that you probably have some sugar, milk, and vanilla in the house right now. Go make this lovely drink! And if you really want to get wild, next time try almond extract...




27 comments:

  1. I am enjoying the story-on-photo style you have added in a few recent posts. It makes me smile. As does that mug.

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  2. I love that Andrew introduced you to this tea - what a sweet story!!!

    And, of course, the tea sounds lovely. I think I'll have to make this for Miss C. as the weather gets colder. Any particular tea that you recommend using with this?

    Also, I'm in love with your measuring spoons!!!

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    1. I've never made this drink with tea -- it's glorified steamed milk basically ;) - but my favorite tea in general is Kusmi tea (I order a couple of boxes twice a year and make them last as long as I can...;)

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    2. I won those measuring spoons at a holiday gift exchange! One of those White Elephant things where you can trade your gifts or steal the gift from the person who drew a gift before you? I think I shoved them into my bra or sat on them so no one could steal them from me...:)

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    3. Gah! My pregnant brain was somehow insisting that there must be actual tea in this yummy drink. I swear to you, I read the post twice to see if you'd written a tea recommendation... but somehow missed the milk part! LOL

      You're one lucky girl winning those measuring spoons! I don't think I've ever won anything that cool at a gift exchange!

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  3. This is going to be doled out in our never used espresso cups to my kids this evening. And maybe for me in a bigger mug with some whiskey, do you think that would work?(I had to ask, I am Irish, after all.)

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    1. I saw the most darling espresso cups at Ikea this wkend -- I had them IN MY HANDS, I was going to get them for Julia...and then realized I really was buying them for myself and we didn't really need them...they were SO cute. Now I'm kicking myself!

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    2. oh I think you can always add spirits to anything...;) Give it a whirl!

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  4. Sounds like a nice "Please calm down, it's almost bedtime" drink!

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    1. calm the kids, calm yourself...winning!

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  5. This is darling! I will have to try it with my daughter.

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  6. The story behind your Moonlight Tea is lovely ♥!

    And I totally understand how you wanted a new cup for that post! The details matter! It's the little joys in life that make our daily existence so much better :D

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    1. the little joys....so important right? what a lovely way you phrased that!

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  7. Oh Melissa! We are kindred spirits in SO many ways; first gypsy caravans and now, I discover, you love vanilla AND Kusmi teas? I am tap dancing around my head now for joy. I loved this Moonlight Tea post and, well, after my stint at the children's bookshop in Tours (heavenly; did you see my message to you on fb?) my daughter and I went to our favourite teashop here in Tours and bought two Kusmi teas, one is call Les Rois Mages aka The Three Kings. Oh my still my heart.

    And breathe...

    Stephanie

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    1. I did NOT see that message about a children's bookshop!!! Your page? My page? Oh my! I'm off to search for it!!! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed the post and oh my goodness, Kusmi is just The Best. Now, I haven't compared it to Bellocq tea, which is supposed to be amazing -- I'm hoping someone will give some to me as a Christmas present! I haven't tried the Three Kings flavor yet ~ I've tried the ones that come in the sampler box, which includes Russian Morning, Anastasia, St. Petersburg, Prince Vladimir and Bouquet of Flowers. I'm really partial to the Prince Vladimir...

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  8. This looks delicious, definitely will give it a try. And I love your new mug! I almost bought that one, but went for the monogram mug instead. Don't you just love Anthro mugs/teacups? They are the best!

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    1. Thank you Miss Julia! Anthro mugs ARE the best!! And if you're just buying one here and again, they aren't too unreasonable in price...;)

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  9. I'm with you – I had never heard of this before. But I love the idea! It kind of makes me think of snow cream, but warm, obviously. I can't wait to try it tonight and then snuggle up with Cloud Atlas.

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    1. I am really really wanting to read that book Miss Erin! I am so curious as to how the film will turn out...

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  10. I've never heard of this! and yes, I do have all of the ingredients on hand. Intriguing, I must try.

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    1. Yes yes! You can drink it while watching 'The Walking Dead', will help to steady your nerves...:)

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  11. Oh yes!!! I will do that next Sunday! Btw the season opener was fantastic- I really enjoyed it. There were a few moments where I may have spilled a mug of moonlight tea all over myself and Trapper while quickly hiding my eyes into Trapper. Those makeup artists really know how to gorify zombies!

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    1. aaaaah! too scared to watch!! too curious not too! :)

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  12. This sounds DELICIOUS! Perfect for our cold, wet weather. And really pretty photos! Just gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Michaele!! We do live in the perfect climate for warming drinks!

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