Introducing: Chai Beanie Hat Plus a Spicy Tea Recipe

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It's been a long and brutal Winter here in the Northeast US. I definitely welcome Spring with open arms already. On the plus side, it's given me the opportunity to experiment with drinking different teas to keep warm in addition to my morning staple, coffee.

The color of yarn for this hat (and my tea drinking addiction) is what led me to name this unisex beanie Chai. Plus, it's comfy and chic enough to wear while enjoying your favorite hot beverage at your local coffee or tea shop. I made it from Berroco Vintage yarn in the colors Chana Dal and Gingham.

This hat looks way more complicated than what it is. Basically if you can knit and purl stitches you can make this hat. It's knit in the round on circular needles and the resulting hat has a cute rounded and beehive-like shape. You can experiment with adding a splash of color to the crown (as seen in the photos here) or you can make it all in one solid color. Instructions are also included if you wish to make the hat slouchier. The pattern is available on Ravelry here or you can 



Here's a spicy tea recipe that has become my favorite lately. I adapted it from a recipe by Dr. Sanjay Gupta called Creamy Turmeric Tea. Mine is quite a bit more spicy though and I like it that way. ;)
It's not only tasty but packs a whole bunch of anti-inflammatory ingredients as well.

1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
A dash of cayenne pepper
1 cup of coconut milk
1 to 2 teaspoons of honey to sweeten

Add spices and honey to your mug and pour in coconut milk. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds. You can also heat all of the ingredients on the stove in a pot. Just mix well and drink. You'll instantly feel better, and warmer. :)


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