Two mornings ago, I completely forgot to put on a bra before going to my summer drawing class.
Boasting my itty bitty baby A-cups, this is not a big deal at all. I confess that I “forget to wear a bra” more than I’d like to admit, often when I’m feeling lazy (which I confess again, can be multiple times a week). But this morning, I didn’t purposefully forget to put on my female undergarment. I simply forgot after oversleeping and rushing out the door in five quick minutes. Luckily, I wore my favorite black loose-fitting sweater, and there was no visible sign of my free-for-all bosom.
I arrive to class right at 8:00am, which by the way is a NUDE drawing class, and the teacher begins immediately lecturing about how to draw the hands and feet. I am trying to listen intently, which is exceedingly hard for me when I’ve consumed no breakfast or coffee. I watch him explain the anatomy of the hand but am really wondering how non-breakfast eaters and non-coffee drinkers function in life. I want to pass out and/or hibernate under my desk all day.
Then, from a series of hushed whispers behind me, I can barely hear the girl behind me murmur, “I am pretty sure she’s not wearing a bra.”
I want to die.
The hand anatomy demo is over. I head back to my seat and look up into the overhead mirror in the classroom at my crazed bedhead and crusty, unwashed face that may or may not have a drool stain on it. Homegirl is looking rough. I haven’t been taking care of myself all too well lately, as often the first thing to go when life gets busy is my basic self-care and that all-important “me time.”
This realization hits me with the force of a thousand waterfalls. I cross my arms tightly across my chest and know this is only going to get worse when I have kids (moms, how you do it?).
And the very next thing I say to myself is treat yoself! Because I know I’m no good to anyone else when I’m not taking care of myself. I mean, I’ve only blogged about this truth once or twice or ahem… four times before. Sometimes, I need lots of reminders; other times, I need coffee.
That day, I needed both.
There’s something about the ritual of my morning coffee that sets me straight. It’s that quiet five or ten minutes when the brilliant morning light pounces across my apartment that I am able to sit without distraction. It is my time. Often, I spent those minutes just staring into my cup of coffee. Sometimes, I think about my day ahead or try to see what funny shapes the coffee foam forms into on the surface or I breathe. Breathing and coffee are good ways to start the day.
And now that summer is finally here, my coffee will be switching from the hot to the iced variety. This spiced iced coffee is inspired by one of my favorite Madison restaurants. It’s laced with maple syrup, cinnamon and allspice then made all smooth and creamy with a hefty pour of Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. It’s the perfect way to make your day delicious.
Especially if you add some homemade coffee + almond milk ice cubes.
I can’t promise you I’ll be wearing a bra, but you can bet I’ll be treating myself with another batch of these Spiced Almond Breeze Au Laits this weekend. Me time, you time, coffee time.
Happy weekend friends.
Spiced Almond Breeze Au Laits
Prep time: 10 minutes
1 cup ground coffee
4 cups water
3 T maple syrup
1 t ground cinnamon
pinch of ground allspice
1/4 cup boiling water
1 cup plus 1/2 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
In a large pitcher or jar, combine ground coffee and water. Shake well, and let refrigerate overnight.
In an ice cube tray, pour 1/2 cup of Almond Breeze into cubes (should fill half the tray) and fill the other half of cubes with coffee (you can do this beforehand with pre-made coffee or the next morning after iced coffee is ready). Refrigerate overnight.
Strain the coffee. You can do this one of three ways: first, place a piece of cheesecloth on the bottom of a strainer that is propped over a bowl. Pour the coffee over the cheesecloth, squeezing the cheesecloth to ensure you get as much coffee out as possible. You can also do this with a paper towel, although the paper towel is more delicate and takes longer to strain. Be patient. Or, pour the coffee out of the pitcher into another jar. Pour slowly and steadily to ensure you get as few grounds into the coffee as possible.
In a small bowl, combine maple syrup, cinnamon, allspice and water. Stir until maple syrup has dissolved into the water. Pour into the strained coffee, add 1 cup of Almond Breeze almond milk and mix well.
To serve, pour into glasses with coffee ice cubes or Almond Breeze ice cubes.
Makes 4 to 5 cups iced coffee
[This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze. All opinions are my own.]