Right at about two in the afternoon I start to need something. A pick me up. I start to get the munchies and I want a little treat. If you are ever out shopping with me and I say I want a little treat it means, I want a starbucks drink and/or a scone. No guess work needed. Why don't I just say that then, rather than asking for a little treat? I do not know-perhaps it goes back to childhood when treats were always the highlight of my day...it is a good word.
So, when I want a little treat I have a few choices.
1. I can load my three children into our van (and yes they are all in car seats and yes I have to strap them all in myself) and drive to Starbucks (which is only a mile away and is a drive-thru...yes this is a gift from God)
2. Ignore the desire and remind myself that I only WANT a treat I don't NEED a treat
3. Make myself something that fits my standard for the word treat (no-a granola bar, a yogurt, an apple or chips are not treats to me...sorry...they aren't)
What would you choose?? I think most of us can rule out number 1, unless it is one of those brave mothering days when the world is our oyster and packing the kiddos up sounds like a fun challenge. Number 2, some of you may do this. You are probably thin. I do not do this. I am not thin. So number 3 it is!! The treat as of late has been making myself a dirty chai latte. Now, if you do not like to have drinks from coffee shops then this phrase may have you thinking I speak another language. Fear not...I will break it down for you.
dirty: means you add a shot of espresso (espresso: the strength of a cup of coffee condensed into a shot glass serving size)
chai: a blend of spices and milk that taste like pumpkin pie, minus the pumpkin (some people, like my friend Daniel, make their chai from scratch. It is amazing and I plan to someday make it myself. In the meantime I use the pre-made concentrate from Starbucks...it cost $5 for a box)
latte: milk that has been steamed, something added to it (usually a shot of espresso, but you could have a tea latte) and frothy milk to top it off
Any favorite drinks you have?