Thursday, September 26, 2013

Warmed Milk With Cinnamon and Vanilla

I've been having the hardest time sleeping lately. My mind just races through to-do lists, ideas, and work as soon as my head hits the pillow. Maybe it's the weather. Last night I just couldn't take it anymore. I got up around midnight and put some milk on the stove.

When I was little my mom would make me warm milk whenever I called her from my bed because I couldn't sleep. I remember taking a nice hot mug from her and knowing everything would be jus a-ok as soon as I finished it. I haven't actually had warm milk since I was probably 12 years old. And it was just like I remembered.
I actually looked into why warm milk helps you sleep for this post and found that it's pretty much just a placebo effect. That, and a tiny bit because it's warm... yeah I only sort of understand that. All I know for sure is that its calming, delicious and it actually helps me sleep.

In my nigh-time cup I also added a splash of vanilla and a pinch of lavender (In a loose tea bag) to calm me down. Sorry I didn't measure for real. It was midnight.

I sat in our kitchen with my milk and a notebook and just wrote a long list of ideas to simply get them out of my brain. My drink tasted delicious, and smelled fantastic - so soothing. Plus now I have a huge list of my dream chocolate bars. Yeah these are the thoughts that keep me up at night. When I went back to bed I was asleep within 15 minutes!

This has become my can't-sleep-routine. I've recreated a batch down below using some of my favourite tea, Angel Water, from Silk Road. This tea is made with lavender, rose petals and little baby blooms, and smells like spearmint! I also added a cinnamon stick. I felt like getting creative. This cup was as equally yummy as the first. 
What do you do when you're having a hard time falling asleep? Don't tell me if you're one of those people who drives around at night. Or works out. Or cleans. I can't handle that. 

Ingredients and Directions:
1 mug of milk
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp of loose leaf herbal tea or dried lavender or one herbal tea bag (optional)

Fill the mug you will be using with milk and pour into a small pot. Cook on medium heat with vanilla, cinnamon, and tea, stirring occasionally, until steaming and fragrant.  It takes around 5 to 7 minutes. Do not let it boil. Pour your drink back into the mug and enjoy the calm.

Look at all that vanilla swirling in there!

Simple substitutions and suggestions:
Honey, mint, camomile, flavour syrups, almond milk, rosemary. What would you add?

 Leave it au natural or...... add cinnamon to make it fancy!

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