Embracing Winter…

Glass Half Empty
There were days when my whiny cantankerousness welcomed winter. Admittedly, I was a brat then. Unappreciative of Mother Nature’s simplistic attire. I coveted sunshine, my ignorant mind misconstruing rays for happiness. Floral bounties and barefoot walks along the beach became the sole harbingers of joy. I succumbed to an intense yearning for warmth, failing to accept uncertainty & more so, change. A change that is entailed by the necessity for balance. I was blinded by my own stubborn resolve. I visioned winter to be a scorned witch on a broomstick, armed with unbridled blustery winds in one hand and frigidity in the other, constantly battle ready. I wasn’t one to surrender, I fought hard, cursed and complained. If seasons had sounds then summer was synonymous with Mozart’s harmonious symphonies while winter screamed of dissonance screeching like a  rockstar’s broken electric guitar.

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#peppermint chai

“Yes, that’s it! said the Hatter with a sigh…It’s tea time!”
– Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland
Don’t you just love the afternoon tea time? Well, mine happens to be between 4 & 4:30 pm. The sun is almost done for the day, the footpath is brimming with people rushing home, the roads teeming with cars honking away in utter restlessness and I’m a tired girl, beat from my walk/jog, eager to put my feet up and unwind. This cuppa’ tea is a rejuvenator, an energiser & confers on me about 200 ml of a spa experience. At times I look out my window into the frigid winter air, watching people snuggle up in their parkas & at times I’m lost in my own thoughts. Continue reading “#peppermint chai”

#palmiers with apple & cinnamon

“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”
-Ernestine Ulmer
A palmier is a French pastry shaped in a palm/butterfly shape. They’re also called palm leaves, french hearts, elephant ears, shoe soles, jalebis or glasses….The puff pastry is rolled, sliced and baked to flaky, crispy, golden brown perfection.
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#peppermint dark hot chocolate & #peppermint white hot chocolate

” Charlie put the mug to his lips, and as the rich warm creamy chocolate ran through his throat into his empty tummy, his whole body from head to toe began to tingle with pleasure, and a feeling of intense happiness spread over him.”
– Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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