Recipe: Peppermint Tea Latte

By Camilla

There's a coffee place in the Seattle area called Storyville. And while I can't speak on the quality of their actual coffee because I've never actually tried it, I can say that they make the best darn peppermint tea latte I've ever had. I'm not really into coffee these days, but I do crave a hot, milky drink every now and then. So I've recreated the peppermint tea latte at home and I gotta say, it's pretty darn close to perfect. There's nothing quite like getting a steaming hot drink in a paper cup from your favorite coffee shop, but when the craving hits, this definitely satisfies it.




Pure peppermint tea*



Vanilla extract



*Since getting pregnant I've been sort of insane about checking labels on tea. I was surprised to find that almost all fruit teas include hibiscus as the first ingredient, and some herbal teas have unexpected ingredients as well. 

What to do

The instructions are simple: Make simple syrup (1:1 ratio of sugar to water) with 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Heat the sugar, water and extract over medium-low heat until all the sugar has dissolved.

While you're doing that, boil water for tea. Prepare peppermint tea according to directions on the box.

While that's steeping, steam a little bit of milk - I used maybe 1/4 cup. Use a stove and a whisk, one of those little battery powered milk frothers, or if you're lucky like me, use the milk heating/foaming part of your parents' Nespresso machine.

When tea is ready, add simple syrup to taste (I added more than I want to admit... ok like 3 teaspoons), and top with frothy, hot milk. Keep extra simple syrup in an airtight container in the fridge and use for future drinks!

What's for Breakfast?

By Camilla

Desperation or the best breakfast ever? —Cold leftover mushroom, olive, and garlic pizza. Ellenos lemon green yogurt, which is the best thing ever. Suja Sweet Beets (not the biggest fan if I'm honest...)

I know I'm pregnant and I need to be eating loads of nutrients to sustain the life growing inside of me and all of that, but sometimes a girl has just gotta eat some leftover delivery pizza. And sometimes that is the best breakfast I could ever ask for. Besides, the juice sort of covers my nutrient needs, right??