Friday, August 15, 2014

HELLO CONTENTMENT {From the jump for joy series}

We sat on the deck in a high rise apartment and stared into a man made lake.  From where we
were we could see pedestrians going about their daily chores.  The scenery provided a tranquil setting for our conversation.  We chatted about anything and everything that came to mind.  We laughed, we screamed with excitement when one of us found the right words to give life to our story.

We stopped a moment for hot and spicy chai and between bites of sweets and sips of that delicious beverage our souls warmed up even more. We tapped our feet, shook our heads, beat on our legs and doubled up in excitement because our story telling brought out the happiness in us.

We lingered, refilled our cups with piping hot chai, eager to continue down HAPPY ROAD, as if we did not have a care in the world.  It was late evening before we became conscious that dusk had fallen.  We jumped, in a hurry to get going, in disbelief that we had allowed time to slip by without us noticing.  But our thoughts meshed and we immediately sat back down fully contented.  We knew it was important to let the joy and high spirit take root before we returned to a hurried life.

Aware of the simple and splendid time we experienced, just talking and living in the moment, we smiled broadly as we calmly rose to bid farewell and promised to do this again.
Life is beautiful!


Chai Tea delights me and when I start my day with the perfect cup of tea,
the possibilities seem endless.  Keep adjusting until you get the flavor that
suits you best. I love the taste of ginger so I add more.

2 pieces of ginger root, peeled & thinly sliced
1 cinnamon stick
4-6 cardamom pods, crushed
6 peppercorns
6 cloves
5 cups water


In a medium saucepan, combine ginger, cinnamon stick,cardamom, peppercorns, cloves and water.
Boil for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover saucepan and let steep for 15 minutes.

To enjoy a cup:
Strain  mixture in a cup, add a tea bag and steep for 3-5 minutes.
Add milk and sweeten with honey or brown sugar to your taste.

 Refrigerate the mixture for later use.
 Use within 2 days.



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