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      Fall Drinks to Fill our Favorite Mugs

      Fall Drinks to Fill our Favorite Mugs

      Fall often brings with it so many things: cooler temperatures, holiday seasons, and pumpkin-flavored everything, just to name a few. As we swap out our light jackets for heavier coats and sandals for boots, so we swap our iced lattes for hot lattes again. After all, there’s nothing quite like a warm drink in cold weather to make you feel cozy or make the commute to work just a little more bearable. If you are over the taste of pumpkin spice already, or just fancy some alternate ideas, we have a few hot drink options to keep you going through the darkening days as the holiday season speeds towards us, not to mention the perfect stainless steel travel mug to keep your favorite pick warm for as long as possible, whether at home, work, or on the go.


      • Butterscotch Latte - easy and delicious, this butterscotch latte requires you to brew ½ of strong coffee, while separately heating ¾ cup milk on the stove or in the microwave so that it is hot but not boiling. Blend together coffee and milk with 2 tablespoons of butterscotch chips and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, and half a teaspoon of sugar or sweetener depending on taste. 

       

      Mug Match: Pour your latte into a mug like our Coffee Mug Cup with Handle and Lid for a warming, homely experience.


      • Almond Milk Chai Latte - A latte made with chai tea instead of coffee, this tasty almond option is also great for dairy-free diets,but loses none of the deliciousness. To make, heat 11oz almond milk in the microwave, while allowing 1 black teabag to steep in your Mira mug of choice, along with 2 whole star anisse pods, 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 cardamom pods, and a ½ inch piece of fresh ginger. Pour your steaming milk into the steeped mixture and steep for another 5 minutes. Remove the spices, sweeten to taste and enjoy!

       

      Mug Match: Our Quest and Explorer mugs are great options for taking this chai latte to work or out into the world with you, and making your day feel a little special, whatever you’re faced with.  


      • Gingerbread Hot Chocolate - If tea and coffee aren’t your thing, try this decadent homemade hot chocolate. Over the stovetop, combine 6 cups chocolate milk, ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, ¼ cup brown sugar, 2 large tablespoons of Biscoff spread, 3 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and ¼ tea spoon of nutmeg. Cook on medium heat until the Biscoff spread dissolves, being careful not to boil (approx 5 mins). 

       

      Mug Match: Use our Nomad Tea Mug to be able to portion out your Hot Chocolate into the attached mini cup, allowing you to savor the luxury throughout your day.

       

      At Mira, we offer a wide range of mugs and bottles to keep your drinks hot (or cold) whatever your needs, priding ourselves on our focus of style, sustainability and adventure. We have Bpa-free stainless steel bottles and mugs in 12oz, 14oz, 16oz, 18oz and 20oz sizes in a range of colors and styles, and color or pattern options to suit your mood and lifestyle. As a result, Mira products allow you to make these delicious fall drinks in a quantity of your choice and keep them hot all day long, so they can keep you going for longer.  

      Dusk 'Til Dawn Cocktail

      Dusk 'Til Dawn Cocktail

      No Halloween is complete without a themed beverage, and this year it was time for an orange and black layered cocktail. Our lowball cups will keep your drinks chilled all night long. 

      What You'll Need:

      • 1.5 oz of vodka mixed with 1/8 of a tsp of food grade activated charcoal powder. Or if you have access to Hounds Vodka (a naturally black vodka made in Canada), use that instead.
      • Orange Juice
      • Grenadine
      • Eyeball gummy

      Instructions:

      1. Start by adding grenadine to the bottom of the lowball cocktail glass, until its about 1/4 inch full.
      2. Next, add a couple of ice cubes to the glass.
      3. Pour the OJ into the glass, leaving about 1.5 inches at the top because the most important ingredient is coming up next.
      4. Slowly pour the vodka and charcoal mixture (or Hounds Vodka) over the back of a spoon so it layers at the very top.

      Spooky Lunch Idea

      Spooky Lunch Idea

      One of my favorite Halloween lunch ideas, these fun Mummy wrapped Halloween Hot Dogs are a must-make for the kids! You can pack them in lunches or serve them as a fun lunch or dinner for Halloween day before trick or treating. Cute, yummy, and so delicious!

      Ingredients:

      • pretzel roll
      • turkey
      • cheddar cheese
      • cloth wrap
      • spooky eye picks
      • black marker
      • caprese salad (mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil)
      • salt 
      • pepper
      • balsamic glaze
      • grapes 
      • blueberries 

      Directions:

      1. Layer slices of tomato, add mozzarella between tomatoes then basil leaves between the cheese and season with salt, pepper and balsamic glaze.
      2. Wrap pretzel roll sandwich using cloth, add spooky eyes and draw a mouth with a black marker.
      3. Create monster grapes by cutting fruit in half then piece them together with spooky eye picks. 

       

      Fall Favorite Latte Recipe

      Fall Favorite Latte Recipe

      Pumpkin spice latte is a delectable drink made with smooth and rich pumpkin puree, milk, sugar, vanilla and the fall favorite spice – pumpkin pie spice. Make the best pumpkin spice latte at home in 10 minutes.

      Ingredients:

      • 1 tbsp pumpkin puree
      • 1 tbsp maple syrup
      • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
      • 1/8 tsp sea salt
      • 1 tsp vanilla extract
      • whipped cream
      • 2 shots espresso
      • 1 cup milk
      • ice 

      Directions:

      1. Start by brewing your coffee
      2. In a blender, combine all ingredients
      3. Pour the latte over a cup of ice in an insulated mug, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle a pinch of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon 

      Tips for Elementary School Lunches

      Tips for Elementary School Lunches

      Some days, it can feel like a fight to get the kids up, dressed, and out the door in time for school, let alone make sure that they have a healthy lunch to take with them. Little ones are often the fussiest eaters, yet elementary school-aged children must have as healthy lunch as older children do, with enough nutrients and food diversity to get them through the day. But with so much going on, and often a battle to get them to eat anything at all, let alone off to school every day, how can we as parents ensure that we are setting them up with the best food to keep them going through the day. 

       

      Our stainless-steel bento-style lunch box can be used for adults and children alike, it has never been easier to make sure that kids have healthy, balanced meals to take to school with them. With one larger 20 oz container and two 6 oz containers, all made of food-grade stainless steel with edging and snaps, Mira provides perfect eco-friendly, easy-clean lunchboxes for kids. Simply fill each section with a different part of the meal, such as a sandwich in the larger container and fruit or other healthy snacks in the smaller ones. 

       

      Okay, so we have found our perfect lunch containers for our kids to take to school, but how do we get them to eat the healthy food we fill the lunch boxes with? The answer may seem daunting to begin with but will make school lunches much easier overall: involve your kids. If you prepare lunches for the week on a Sunday, for example, and present kids with multiple healthy options for each day and each section of their lunch box, they are more likely to feel excited and enjoy getting involved, even if you opt to verbally tell them the options rather than visually showing them and letting them help prepare (though this can be fun too!). This is especially important as children progress through elementary school and begin to develop their tastes and interests. While younger children may decide 3 days later that the meal you have taken out of the fridge and sent them to school with is not the one that they want to eat at that moment in time, by involving them in the process even at 5 or 6 years old helps them to develop their tastes and abilities and decreases the likelihood that the food in their lunch box is something that they hate.  

       

      Ultimately, using bento-style lunchboxes, like Mira’s stainless-steel ones, is a great way of providing even elementary school children with a variety of healthy, balanced meal options for their lunches. Including them in the decision-making process for what they want to eat each day makes preparing lunches more enjoyable for everyone and teaches them about nutrition, making healthy food an exciting choice rather than something that they feel is forced upon them.