This is a habit that we have gotten out of the past, well, 6 months. Stopping what we are doing an hour before lights out and making some herbal tea, is one of my favorite habits.
I’m not a huge fan of the tea, mind you (Caleb is, and he is the one that got us started on this by following my mother’s habit of tea at bedtime). It’s the Time that is nice.
We turn off the computer, make sure the room is picked up, and wait for the tea kettle to whistle. While we are drinking our tea, we’ll play a short game, usually a card game like Rook or, occasionally, Uno. Last night we played Quiddler, which is a card game with letters on the cards instead of numbers. You try to arrange all the letters in your hand into words by taking and discarding cards from the draw pile in order to get the highest point value words.
When we have some, we’ll have cookies with our tea. Generally these will be whole wheat cookies without any refined sugar, using honey or maple syrup or maple sugar to sweeten. The result is a mildly sweet treat with our tea.
Here is one of the recipes we’ve used:
Peanut Butter Cookies (adapted from Chocolate Covered Kate’s recipe)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (with salt)
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup of white whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup maple sugar (we get our maple sugar from Mansfield Maple)
- 1/8 cup of maple syrup or honey
- 1/8 cup of applesauce
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Mix it all together, and shape it into balls. Before baking, smoosh (even though smoosh isn’t really a work, apparently) the cookies down with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern. Bake them at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. It makes about a dozen cookies. They are best once they are cooled.
Enjoy! I’m going to go have some of our Oatmeal Cookies (recipe coming soon) and tea and a little game.