Tidings of joy during this Yule season
Do you ever find yourself lost in the holiday shuffle of work, kids, family, shopping, baking.....? What are some of the ways you slow it down? Mine is evening tea. For my entire household.
This Yule tea is a new tradition in our home. I started it last night. My little herbalists had gone out to enjoy some hours of snow play, coming in with red cheeks and noses, so we made spice cookies and Yule tea to warm them up. It smelled so festive and cozy in our home!
Because I like to formulate my own recipes and test them out before I offer them to anyone, this was a test run for our Yule celebration that we will begin in our home next week.
Yule rituals are ancient traditions. Yule, pronounced EWE-elle, is when the darkness of this part of the year finally recedes and gives way to the light. Yule begins one day after the winter solstice, the longest night/shortest day of the year.
Create your own cozy home with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and pine. This tea recipe could also be turned into a concentrated syrup that you can drizzle over ice cream, pastries, or even use to create mocktails and cocktails!
Why are these spices appropriate for cold days?
The apple turned into a bubbling spring! The kids called it an applecano.
We tested out our freshly 3-D printed cookie cutters...Nightmare Before Christmas and the infamous Christmas Story leg lamp.
And now the recipes:
1 Tbsp white pine needles, snapped or snipped into small pieces
1 Tbsp dried or fresh ginger, chopped into small pieces
2 cinnamon sticks broken up
1 star anise pod
2 tsp cut and sifted dried orange peel OR 1/2 fresh orange peel
1/2 apple (we used granny smith)
*This makes a strong, spicy tea.
Makes approximately 24 3" cookies
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 pinch cloves
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
If you enjoy these spices, and several others that are farmed in India, I invite you to learn what is happening in India right now. This is a recent news article that explains how it will affect your pantry.
Lift your mugs to the light! And enjoy some spiced treats with your family.
Cheers and wild herbs,
Sarah is a community herbalist, raising children, teaching children and adults the ways of herbalism and nature, and handcrafting herbal products for the community.