I love winter. I really do, I love snow and being cold, and even the short days. But even I get anxious for spring to arrive. Last year, we missed the growing season and could not have a garden because we were in between houses. This year, we have the teeny-tiniest yard and have to be really creative with planning a garden in such a small space. I do not have a green thumb, but I am always hopeful. A few afternoons ago, it was cold and rainy, I made myself a latte and started daydreaming about our summer garden. I have been reading some books on gardening in small spaces and am amazed at how much yield you can get from a few feet of garden space. Do you have any tips to share about planning a garden?
I was so excited when Starbucks did their vanilla campaign. I love vanilla anything, and usually order a vanilla soy latte. I fell in love with the vanilla spice latte, but it is gone already! I think that was only around for a month. I loved them so much that I had to create a copycat version. I think that I like mine better. The vanilla spice syrup keeps for a few weeks in the fridge and would make a really nice Christmas gift. I know that a latte is usually made with espresso, but I just use a dark roast coffee. Bodum sent me a french press and milk frother to use and I am thrilled with how easy it was to get a coffee shop quality latte from my kitchen. I don’t drink milk, so I used Almond Breeze, and the result was a light and frothy latte. A treat on a cold, winter afternoon.
1 cup water
1 cup Dixie Crystals sugar
3 cardamom pods
2 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
4 Tablespoons coarse ground coffee
16-ounces very hot (but not boiling) water
1 cup Almond Breeze Almond Milk