Tea for Two

We’re down two awesome kids in this empty-ish nest, but Sister #2 is still around, thank goodness. She’s attending an in-city university and chose to live at home. She’s not home much, and when she is here she’s swamped with homework, but this morning we had half a day stretching before us, ripe with adventure. Homemade chai latte, here we come! (I’m not much of a risk-taker, so work with me here.)

We headed to our historic downtown area. First stop: Penzy’s spices, where heavenly scents meet you at the door. We opted for star anise, cardamom, and cinnamon sticks, but took our time sampling plenty of other treats, as well.

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Next we dropped in at Pete and Repeat, a treasure trove of a consignment shop. Last time Sister #2 found two darling fall sweaters, but nothing this time around. Still fun to browse, though.

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And on to TLC Thrifty Boutique, purveyors of antiques, kitschy decor, and inexplicable odds and ends. Last year for her birthday, I found Sister #2 a rubber stamp that reads “PORK.” Now I regret turning down the others in the set, which proclaimed “SAUSAGE,” “HAM,” and “BEEF.” Today’s most interesting find: an expanding fan from a funeral home depicting the last supper, complete with a city skyline showing through the window behind the holy scene. Gorgeous!

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Back at home, we boiled black tea and our newly purchased spices together, added milk and sugar, and ended up with a delicious morning drink. And we were clever enough to double the batch so we can enjoy the leftovers for the rest of the holiday weekend.

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A lovely start to the day!

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