a thanksgiving blessing

this year, thanksgiving began early, before the sunrise, when i woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep. i lay in bed, cozy under the covers, and watched through the blinds as the sky gradually got lighter and lighter with the sunrise. still in my pajamas and bare feet, i padded to the kitchen, pausing to scratch the kitty’s ears, and began to putter around, wiping down the counter and running warm dishwater. i washed the dishes left in the sink from the day before and rummaged through the kitchen cabinets for ingredients for my favorite homemade coffee creamer. it is fast, easy, and contains simple ingredients that are most likely already in your kitchen. cooking, to me, is a meditative activity that helps me calm my often-anxious brain, and i feel empowered when i learn how to make things i used to buy. i hope that this recipe blesses you in similar ways.

“food is one of the ways we love each other, and the table is one of the most sacred places we gather.”–shauna niequist

chocolate chip cookie creamer

1 can of condensed milk

1 1/2 cups of milk or cream

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine condensed milk, milk or cream, cocoa powder, and brown sugar. whisk vigorously to bring the mixture together as it warms. be patient; it takes a little time to get the cocoa powder to combine with the other ingredients. remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove any stubborn lumps of cocoa powder. store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. the use-by date is the same as the use-by date on your milk or cream.

what practices feel meditative and empowering to you? i would love to hear in comments.

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