afternoon pick-me-up

This is my new favorite afternoon pick-me-up drink.  I discovered Mayan Cocoa Spice tea (Yogi brand) recently at the store and it was exactly what I needed.  Similar to Chai, it has a yummy spiced flavor but with chocolaty notes.  Smooth and very tasty.  Because it only has 5mg of caffeine, I added some black tea for that extra kick I usually need in the afternoon.

Here is my recipe:

1 Mayan Cocoa Spice tea bag
1 Black tea bag (I use PG tips)
agave nectar (or sugar) to taste
vanilla almond milk to taste

Steep teas in 1 cup hot water for 10-15 minutes.  Strain tea bags.  If using crystallized sugar, add when tea is hot so that it will dissolve easily.  Allow to cool by placing tea into the fridge or freezer for a short time.  Add ice and a bit of almond milk (or milk of choice).

Leave out the black tea (PG tips) if you would like less caffeine or for a warm evening drink.  So good!

The spiced tea helped me get through this painting that I’ve been working on for a few days.  It’s the hand that stumped me.  I just couldn’t get it right. I worked it out, finally.  I’ll have to think twice the next time I decide I want hands in my paintings. I guess I should have learned the first time, which also took me forever to get!

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14 Responses to afternoon pick-me-up

  1. Mayan Cocoa Spice? That sounds like something I’d like to dive into and swim in. I wonder if they sell it in Canada.

    I really think your art is great.

  2. rebecca says:

    Hands are so tough but when you get it right hands are beautiful. Yours is perfect, you definately got the proportions down.
    Happy Summer

  3. Teresa says:

    It’s a lovely painting and the hand is perfect!

  4. Alexis says:

    That drink sounds so yummy. And your paintings are wonderful as usual – I must get back into the painting groove, it’s been a long time.

  5. It is such a lovely painting! The hand looks perfect!

  6. angela says:

    I love that painting…it’s beautiful. And that tea sounds absolutely delicious! I’m having a giveaway at my blog, just thought you might like to know:o)

  7. Michelle says:

    You totally got it, the hand (and all the rest of it!) looks great. Seriously, instead of shying away from hands, you better do five more in a row and then you’ll have conquered the beast! :0) Maybe?

  8. Cindy says:

    My sister and I had great tea in Belgium, and I dont even like tea! Love the painting. I have not been able to read your blog daily (Dad w/ cancer) but will do a better job.
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Tricia says:

    what a great photo. and I love yogi tea, it was the only nursing tea that helped my supply

  10. Green Mamma says:

    Okay, so I’m glad you posted the recipe. It sounds delicious and now I can try it all for myself, 🙂

  11. flossy-p says:

    Hands are SO hard, but you’ve done a great job. This painting is lovely. The colours are fresh and I adore all the little bits of pattern woven through.

    Regina I also wanted to thank-you SO much for your supportive comment this week. You’ve been one of my “from the beginning” blog friends, and I SO appreciate your warm words, and your understanding.
    Thank-you 🙂

    p.s. Don’t worry, I won’t stop. You’ll hear all about the wedding! Actually that’s one of my issues at the moment, my head is so full of “wedding stuff” I can’t think about normal stuff very much, and every post would be wedding related if I let it. don’t want my blog to turn into a wedding blog, but normal life posts are having trouble fighting their way through 🙂 Ah, perhaps I should just stop struggling and let it all happen.

    Anyway, thank-you 🙂

  12. Debi says:

    The hand looks great. My dad always told me hands were the hardest thing to draw/paint. I love the painting! And the Mayan cocoa spice tea looks wonderful, you know how I love my chai…maybe I will try it.

  13. Michelle says:

    Love, love, LOVE the tea! I have been a Tazo Chai drinker for awhile now and never thought about making this at home – you have saved me time and money, no more waiting in line at that “coffee” place for my Chai! THANKS!!!

  14. Natasha says:

    Thanks so much for this tip, I just discovered your blog and this sounded so good that I ran out to whole foods and picked it up! I’m going to try it today for my afternoon pick me up, thanks again!

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