I have a bit of a confession.
Every year we harvest honey I go on a honey binge.
Honey goes in or on everything.
Cornbread, homemade fruit snacks, waffles, toast, lemon custard, brussel sprouts, heck, I even use it to wash my face at night (I know what you’re thinking - and no, it’s not sticky).
But my ultimate favorite way to use honey is (drumroll)..….the honey latte and this is why I’ve gotta have it.
Our oldest started Kindergarten this year and our middle daughter is going to preschool 3 days/week. While school is going really well, getting them ready and a good hearty breakfast in their bellies each morning is not an easy task.
Honestly, most mornings by 7am I am ready to surrender. But then 7:15 rolls around and 2 of the 3 kids are out the door and it’s suddenly...quiet.
And I feel like a fish out of water.
There isn’t someone always needing a glass of milk or a snack, no spills to wipe up, no more “I’m done!”, no more breaking up fights.
(Please note: I love my children more than anything in the whole world but sometimes mom needs a break.)
No one warns you that you will never be caught up on your laundry or the chances of getting to drink a hot cup of coffee are pretty slim (unless you are willing to get up at 4am) or when you get home from work your breakfast dishes will still be sitting on the table because getting 3 kids ready in the morning is complete chaos.
Maybe you are in the trenches of raising kids like we are right now.
Perhaps you have won the battle of raising kids and you get to drink hot coffee everyday. If that’s you I’m very jealous but I know I’ll be there soon enough.
Regardless of where you are in life, we are all busy. My busy and your busy may be altogether different but I know you are with me when I say another 6 hours/day would be nice just to catch up.
Honey lattes make me a better mom.
With the ever growing list of things to do I always find myself feeling guilty when I try to take a few minutes for me.
Why is that?
Yes, my house is a disaster (always). Yes, there’s laundry to be done (always). Yes, Will (who is almost 1) is still sleeping in his sister’s coral and teal nursery. And no, my floor will never be clean enough to eat off of.
My point is, there is ALWAYS going to be stuff that needs to be done, but all of that stuff can wait.
If you don’t take time for you nobody will.
Self care is a necessary thing and most of us are terrible at it.
I am so guilty of this.
However, I have found if I have even 10 minutes of “me time” I have more patience when the kids get home from school and I am more productive throughout the day. True story.
So, here it is. My absolute favorite way to use honey.
The Honey Latte
Recipe adapted from Shaye Elliot at the Elliot Homestead
You will need:
1 1/2 cups of whole milk (raw, grass fed is the most delicious)
1 tablespoon Nature's Pantry raw honey (for sale at the farm!)
1/4 cup espresso -I don't have a fancy espresso machine, if you do you're really lucky. French press or double/triple strength coffee works great here, too.
Warm up your milk, just to the point of boiling. Remove from the pan and pour in your favorite mug.
Add the honey and espresso and stir until mixed.
*If you are in need of a little extra TLC, try "frothing" your beverage with an immersion blender or regular blender. Totally not necessary because it's delicious without the "froth" but it makes it seem even that much more special*
There are 1,440 minutes in a day. I’m just asking you to take 10 for you. You deserve it.
Summer is an incredibly busy time for us on the farm and we welcome fall and winter as a time to rest and recharge. Recharge with a honey latte, that is.