Wait, what’s that? That’s not speaking volumes of the love I have for him? Then you must not have the whole story. Let’s chat for a second, shall we.
There’s an important ingredient up there in that picture. That ingredient is single handedly expressing my love for my husband. That ingredient…cinnamon.
I have this strangely strong aversion to cinnamon. The smell of it is cherished among so many people around the world! For me, it is extremely strong and if I’m around those spicy Autumn aromas too long I get a massive headache. And the taste, oh man, I can’t handle the taste. I can taste cinnamon in a recipe, even if no one else can! I don’t know what it is about that spice, but I can’t handle it.
Yet I do for my family. I have to hold my breath and I even leave the room until the powder settles if I’m sprinkling it on top of things. I may even give the kids snacks containing their beloved cinnamon, but then I have to disappear for awhile until the cinnamon smell dies down.
No, I’m not over reacting. I wish I were! I wish up on all wishes that I could enjoy the gooeyness of a cinnamon roll. Or that I could fill my home with the scent of Fall! But, with scent, comes taste. If anyone knows how much scent affects taste, it’s me. When I smell cinnamon, I taste it. While other people are enjoying this phenomenon, I’m holding my breath hoping I can find fresh air as soon as possible.
So, back to how much I love my husband. Sure, he could mix up this fantastic orangey, cinnamon spiced tea all on his own. He does on occasion. However, he’s in the military. He travels…a lot. He’s busy, he’s not always home, but I like to bring a little home to him. When he is home, I like to give him a little bit of the season in a hot cup of Russian Tea and hope it gives him a little bit of time to destress.
If you’d like to do that for someone you love, or even just to indulge in on your own. I’m sharing the recipe my husband grew up on for Russian Tea. Just look at how beautiful it is in the jar. It makes the patterns on it’s own as you pour it in the jar.
That right there is love.
- 2 cups Tang
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup instant tea
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Combine all ingredients together and store in a container with a tight fitting lid. For us, this fits perfectly in a quart sized mason jar. To serve, add 2 heaping teaspoons per cup of hot water (more or less to taste).
That’s it. Super simple and it makes a great gift for the holidays!
What is your favorite hot drink to enjoy when the weather gets cooler? Tell me in the comments.