I have my warm drink….what about the kids?
It’s been a cold, rainy week in Southern California. Time to rummage for raincoats in the back of the closet and attempt to squeeze into last year’s rain boots. Rainy days are the perfect excuse to stay home and have a quiet day, which for me, never ends up being as quiet as I’d hope! Forts are erected in the hallway blocking the path to the bathroom, piles of books are collected and carried into our bed for reading time, and toys that haven’t been played with for years are suddenly resurrected and strewn around the living room. I’ve forced myself to ignore the urge to constantly tidy up their messes and wait for one big cleaning party before bed.
Rainy days also require an unprecedented amount of snacks. You would think my children hadn’t eaten in weeks by the amount of food they can consume on days at home. Once they’ve deposited the entire contents of the cupboards into their round little toddler bellies, it’s time to get creative. It’s the perfect day for vanilla steamers.
Before baby arrived we would nip out to the local coffee shop as a special treat, but now with 3 kids under 5, nipping out anywhere is pretty tricky. In order to preserve my sanity and stay dry I found a simple vanilla steamer recipe online that is delicious for the kids to enjoy while I have my coffee fix. All you need is milk, vanilla, honey and cinnamon. The girls love being a part of the process: pulling up stools and carefully stirring the milk on the stovetop, watching the honey slowly glide off the spoon into the pot and once served, adding that sprinkling of cinnamon on top, which turns out being more of a dump than a sprinkle, but they don’t seem to mind. This is definitely a warm comforting treat for everyone on a rainy day.
1 cup steamed milk (I use whole milk which makes it extra rich and creamy)
1 tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
a sprinkling of ground cinnamon or nutmeg on top
Heat the milk in a pan on the stovetop over medium high heat stirring frequently so you don’t burn the bottom of your pan. Before it boils, but once it’s hot, take it off and add in the honey and vanilla extract (be sure to adjust to the number of cups you’re making). Pour the milk into mugs and sprinkle vanilla or nutmeg on top.
Hope you enjoy it!