Winter drink recipes

It is becoming something of a tradition in our house to start the day with a warm drink and a Bible.
For hubby and I this usually means black coffee, but the children prefer something sweeter.
We try to keep a 5 quart ice cream bucket for each of the following recipes.
The first two are courtesy of The Common Room though our version may be slightly altered by now. I can’t help but tinker with the recipes I love.
The Chai is my own concoction, developed by modifying and combining several other recipes.
We mix a few spoonfuls of our choice into very hot water and sip as we read.


3 cups sugar
2 cups Tang (store brand is fine)
1 cup unsweetened iced tea mix
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 envelope lemon koolaid (orange works too)


22 oz non-dairy creamer powder
32 oz powdered milk
1 1/2 lbs dry chocolate milk mix
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa

If you’re wondering why buy the chocolate milk mix in the first place when it’s just going to end up *in* another mix, try it and you’ll see why. This mix makes a wonderfully rich, creamy cocoa entirely unlike the heavily sweetened stuff that comes in a can!


1 cup powdered milk
2 cups dry creamer (vanilla flavored is even better)
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened iced tea mix
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp cardamom (can substitute allspice, but it’s definitely not the same)

What are you reading in your Bible this week?
I have just finished II Samuel. One eye-opener for me: I am beginning to recognize the Hebrew style of narrative, in which the speaker gives a broad account and then – without explaining himself – backtracks to add details to particular parts of the narrative. This happens throughout Scripture, and I have found several instances in Joshua, Judges and I Samuel.
I’m sure it happened much in the first 5 books before I really became aware. The creation account is one example: man is created on the 6th day, God rests on the 7th, then the account goes back to describe the details of the creation of man and woman.
I have seen commentators refer to this and have seen it pointed out occasionally, but it is refreshing to understand when it is happening and pick up on the signals within the text.
Isn’t it wonderful how new things become apparent every time we open God’s Word?
What have you learned lately in your Bible reading?


  1. CappuccinoLife says:

    Wow! Someone else knows Russian Tea?! That’s our favorite “Christmas tea”!

  2. Anonymous says:


    Thanks for the tip about Hebrew narrative! It makes so much sense when you put it like that – a style. I’ve always wondered why God would put things like that. Now I don’t have to wonder anymore. :o)

    In Him

    Meredith in Aus

  3. We had Russian Tea all the time when I was little. Yum. Love it.

    You know, I had heard someone say (Rob Bell maybe?)that the Word of God is like a jewel. Every time you turn it just a little bit, the light shines through it differently. You can read the same passages over and over again and find something new again and again. Or something like that…. 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi, Kim. I read your blog regularly, but haven’t commented til now.

    I am reading Daniel for two reasons. I’m in the Beth Moore study of Daniel, and my church is doing a corporate fast, so we refer to Daniel’s fast where he ate just unseasoned vegetables. I’m praying that my second son will be healed of ADHD, and for spiritual renewal for myself. Thanks for asking.

  5. Headmistress,
    It’s so funny that you should give that link!
    It goes back to a post of yours saying that *I* had posted the Hillbilly Housewife’s version, though I have no recollection of doing so. I don’t doubt you a bit; I only state that I have forgotten doing so. Not surprising, since I have also been known to forget what I did 10 minutes ago.
    Funnier still, her recipe replaces the Tang with 2 packets of orange Kool-aid. We did that very thing this morning because it was time to make more mix and I couldn’t find the extra can of Tang. I thought I was being creative and resourceful, but evidently was operating off of a “forgotten memory.”
    I wonder how many of those I have?

  6. Headmistress, zookeeper says:

    Have you seen the Hillbilly housewife’s more economical version of the Russian Tea? It’s delicious, and you’ll love the savings!

    Your mornings sound lovely!

  7. I was JUST wondering how to make Russian Tea! Thanks for posting it.

  8. Anonymous says:

    2 Thessalonians and the Proverb of the day (the chapter to match the date) by myself and Genesis with my kids.

    My sister has encouraged us to read the same book every day for a week, and then we all post what we learned that week and enjoy seeing the different ways God works through the same scripture.

    I’m reading Proverbs every day because I want to be wise, and I am determined to finally make it all the way through the Bible with my kids this year after several failed attempts.

    Any advice from anyone on how to handle the “explicit” portions? We came across several last time we went through Genesis that just seemed inappropriate for elementary aged children and I ended up skipping more than we read (or so it seemed). I know it’s God’s Word and it is profitable, but I’m always uncomfortable with the those sections and would love to hear how others handle them.

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