We have been making and drinking a lot of Angel Tea - packed with Vitamin C we will be ready for the arrival of King Winter. A few weeks back I made a discovery at our local produce stand - there are oranges that are called "juice oranges." These oranges are very juicy and sweet yet their skin is too tough to peel, so Vivian sliced them in half and went to juicing them!
They are a beautiful yellow-orange inside.
Ella is our Fairy Tea maker so Vivian was delighted that I asked her to help make our Angel Tea. Instead of straight juice we always add tea and honey. We bought the juice oranges three for one dollar - so we been using three fresh oranges and adding some orange juice bought from the store. Here is our special recipe:
Orange Angel Tea
6 cups of just boiled water
4 -6 tea bags of chamomile tea infused with lavender.
Honey - your preference
2 cups of juice from three fresh oranges
1 1/2 cups of orange juice
3 cups of organic apple juice
3 scoops of ice
Add the teabags and honey to the just boiled water
Cover and let steep for about 2 hours - maybe through nap-time or until the next morning.
Add ice, orange juice and apple juice
Stir, serve and enjoy
Steeping the tea is the most important step in reaping the benefits of the herbal teas. Involving your little ones in the process of making the tea is fun and delightful. Vivian and Ella are really enjoying their Angel Tea and perhaps your little ones will too.
I used the left over orange halves as tea light holders and decorated my mantle with them. Money is tight this year. I am finding ways to get into the spirit of Christmas little by little - using what I already have. Unexpected expenses and some major upset this week was almost unbearable. It is not so much the lack of money that upsets me - it is the worry, the sadness I feel, the pressure to make the season magical and happy for my little ones. I am ready to start a new week.
Tonight we will start making our homemade ornaments for our tree. This is the third year we are using all natural decorations. I look forward to sitting next to the fire listening to my favorite Christmas songs stringing cranberries and popcorn - knowing that Angels are watching over me.