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The first time I enjoyed an earl grey latte with lavender and honey was a few weeks ago on vacation in the North Carolina mountains. Guys, it was love at first sip. So comforting and soothing. Perfect for the rainy (and surprisingly cold) day we were experiencing. I entered the same coffee shop/bakery that I frequented almost 15 years ago when I attended the local university, and it was as if nothing had changed. The smells wafting from the back were enough to make you salivate the moment you walk in.
Stick Boy Bakery in Boone, NC always delivers the best. If you are in the area be sure to check out the gluten free chocolate brookie too. I may have had one or two of the scrumptious treats. Okay, we all realize I had two. And no, I did not share! It’s this yummy cross between a brownie and cookie. AHH-mazing!
So, with my latte (and brookie) in hand, I took in my favorite landscape and relished the fact that it was July and only in the 60’s. Boone is my happy place. The mountains, in general, make me happy. But Boone, being my alma maters home, brings back such great memories. Times when life wasn’t complicated, and I didn’t have to schedule anything before 10 am if I didn’t want to.
Fellow Mom’s do you even remember the last time you slept in? Nope? Me either! Life changes and we change along with it. I adore my life now and wouldn’t change a thing (I wouldn’t argue if someone wanted to hand me winning lottery numbers though ;P )
But, my time in the mountains rafting, hiking, and being surrounded by nature was amazing and freeing. The mountains provide a quiet stillness for me, and the chaos of life melts away immediately.
Now, living in the suburbs and being an all-out “soccer mom” outfitted with the big SUV and, of course, a latte, life is different. More chaotic and busy than before. There is always somewhere to go or something to do. Which isn’t bad, but some days I long for the days when I waded out into the water at the base of the falls, and I napped or read books on the large rocks.
Those were peaceful moments, and I definitely found my zen there. Who wouldn’t?
Now, I am so happy to have this fantastic creamy and decadent earl grey latte with lavender and honey to take me back to my happy place. If only for a moment I can be that carefree person surrounded by my zen paradise. Do you have food/beverage that takes you to another place entirely?
It’s so odd how our brains work. Being an emotional person, I tend to attach feelings to everything, food especially. Not that I’m an emotional overeater, but that I connect memories to the food I’m eating. Any big moment in my life I can tell you what I was eating or cooking to celebrate.
Food is undoubtedly a big part of my love language. It’s how I show other’s I care. Maybe I’m not the most eloquent or articulate person, but if something is wrong with those I love, I will be showing up with lasagna or some dish to try and help out or ease their burden. Food is a universal language, one that everyone appreciates.
Moral of this story? Find your happy place and make ways to connect to it when you can’t be there. Stolen moments from the chaos help keep us balanced and centered so we can be better for ourselves and others.
Ready to whip up this earl grey latte with lavender and honey?
Be sure to share this recipe and check out these other comforting and amazing recipes: Cardamom Spiced Almond Milk, Blueberry Muffins, and Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oats
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- 2 cups Whole milk nut milks do not work well as a non dairy substitution but soy milk works great
- 1 teabag Earl Grey (or 1-2 tsp loose leaf tea)
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 1 teasoon honey Sweeten to taste
- In a small pot, combine milk, tea, dried lavender, and vanilla
- Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes and stir occasionally
- Be sure not to scald milk and decrease heat if needed
- Remove from heat and allow tea to steep for an additional 2-3 minutes
- Strain liquid into your favorite mug
- Add honey and stir
- Garnish with additional lavender if you wish
Leigh SuznovichJuly 19, 2018
Oh this looks like pure comfort! I need to whip this up and just curl up with a book one night soon.
JessicaJuly 20, 2018
I have been wanting to try lavender forever! Looks good.
Aditi Wardhan SinghJuly 20, 2018
Indians have only one way of making “tea”. For us tea is chai and the vice versa. That is boil water with spices then add tea then milk and after desired number of boils (to strengthen the tea) serve. So, the thought of lavender to me is so unique and unimaginable. i would love to try it out soon. Tea as so many healing properties. No wonder it is enjoyed with so much relish.
MarinaJuly 20, 2018
I have to try this…thanks for the recipe x
Leslie MorrisonJuly 25, 2018
Jessica FormicolaJuly 20, 2018
I would love to start my day with one of these!
Katie | Healthy Seasonal RecipesJuly 21, 2018
So pretty, and so good! I love the flavor combos! So soothing!
Leslie MorrisonJuly 25, 2018
TishaJuly 21, 2018
This sounds perfect to curl up on a rainy day with!
JillianJuly 21, 2018
I feel more relaxed just reading this post – thank you!
NatalieJuly 21, 2018
This sounds like the perfect indulging treat ever! Perfect for a relaxed weekend 🙂
NicoleJuly 21, 2018
Oh my gosh! I love Boone and Stick Boy! I’m going to have to try this lavender tea out!
Leslie MorrisonJuly 25, 2018
Isn’t that area so beautiful!
CarrieNovember 28, 2018
Can vanilla extract be substituted for the vanilla bean paste? I am unable to locate that in my area.
Leslie MorrisonNovember 28, 2018
SuzanneMarch 26, 2019
This looks so good! I’m usually not much for Earl Grey, but I think this recipe would get me into it!
VanessaMarch 26, 2019
Thanks for sharing! Is it possible for the lavender to get too strong?
Leslie MorrisonApril 19, 2019
I personally love lavender, so for me, no, the lavender doesn’t get too strong. You can always remove the lavender or reduce the amount of lavender if you are concerned about the flavor becoming too prevalent 🙂
MyAugust 12, 2019
Could I make it and reheat the following morning?
Leslie MorrisonSeptember 9, 2019
I wouldn’t recommend it personally. The flavor will be much better fresh rather than reheated.
TeagonNovember 9, 2019
Can you substitute lavender essential oil for the dried lavender?
Leslie MorrisonNovember 14, 2019
I’ve never tried lavender oil. Possibly. Be sure that the oil is safe for consumption though and not strictly for aromatherapy purposes. If you try it let me know how it works!
SuzanneMay 30, 2023
This looks so good! What a calming drink to make instead of coffee!
VanessaMay 30, 2023
Thanks for sharing! Does it taste good iced too?