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It’s that time of year where I need to have something warm in my hands.

At all times.

For the next eight months.

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So yesterday, while I was watching the first episode Downton Abby (I know. Welcome to 2010.), and I was wrapped in a blanket wearing one of Meeker’s largest sweaters, I thought some tea would be really nice right now.

So I started boiling two cinnamon sticks and a few dried apricots in water and went back to watching.

About ten minutes later, I added a tablespoon of maple syrup and a tiny amount of vanilla.

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Finished with a splash of milk (lemon would be good too!) – and I was downright cozy.

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And even though I had previously fallen asleep during the first episode of Downton Abby (um, three separate times), I’m happy to report that I made it through the first episode. And the second, and third and fourth and now I’m officially hooked.

On tea and the show.

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