Spring is finally coming to southern Ontario this weekend, so I’m calling it: iced coffee season is here! I’ve got big plans to get a lot of outside work done this weekend. There’s some weeding and clearing out to do, and we’re going to start planning a backyard patio space too. I went to look at some stone samples the other day, and was kinda blown away by the range of pricing for… rocks essentially. I’m a typical pisces that tends to get lost in the organization stages of all things. When we talk about the steps needed for this patio to happen, I just start thinking “Summer dinner party yes! What should I serve? Definitely an herb-y grain salad, some kind of smoked beet thing… grilled veg platter. Oh! Limeade with muddled cherries would be perfect. A wood-fired oven could really take this party to the next level…” Case in point: I’ve already purchased the dining table that I want to put ON the patio, but we haven’t measured anything or even begun to rip out the old deck yet. Also, I didn’t buy any chairs because I plan to happen upon a perfect mix and match set at some magical store that doesn’t exist. *shrugs*
This cold coffee drink with turmeric should power me through some very focused planning sessions this weekend (I sincerely hope) (jokes, I couldn’t focus if my life depended on it). The inspiration for this is kind of boring: I love coffee and I love spiced turmeric milk, so why not mix the two? Iced coffee for your health, plus the usual links if your attention span is better than mine ;)
Mario Batali is one of the only Food Network personalities that I actually enjoy watching (besides Ina Garten duh). Watching him make lunch for Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang is almost as good as marathoning old episodes of Molto Mario.
Completely fascinated by these self-care rituals from an Ayurvedic perspective.
The K-cup version of green juice and its founder Doug Evans (of Organic Avenue in NY) on Rich Roll’s podcast. Would you buy in? I would totally consider it if the pouches were available locally and the unit price came down a little.
This documentary about the history of big wave surfing is on Netflix right now (from the creator of Dog Town & Z-Boys). My man and I watched it a couple weeks ago and aside from making us miss Hawaii so much, I found it really inspiring. “What are you going to do when you graduate school?! I’m going to go to the North Shore to ride big waves, to find out who I am.” Seriously! So great.
I’ll take a spoonful of tahini in just about anything, but especially dessert. It’s so true that you have to buy a solid brand to really appreciate it. Towards the end of the article, there’s a mention of tahini in hot chocolate, which I’ll be all over next Winter.
I’ve posted about the oil cleansing method before (which I’m still loving btw), but this article discusses the importance of water-based components in your skincare routine as well. I use this calendula tonic and I spritz my face with rosewater throughout the day for that extra hit of hydration.
Thanks to Sarah for pointing me to this yogic perspective on food: “Once you have ideas about what works for you, Satya reminds us not to preach our findings as truth with a capital T. Like yoga, modern nutrition teaches that each body is unique.” AMEN.
When chronicling becomes the purpose of the trip and how Instagram can define/ruin a vacation.
I’m still a Snapchat newb (my username is thefirstmess). This guide (“for millennials” lolz) is timely and super clear if you’re still on the fence about it.
How the chakras relate to your home. My link to group consciousness and a state of oneness might be impaired by the couch that sort of blocks the front door :/
GOLDEN MILK ICED COFFEE RECIPE
Print the recipe here!
NOTES: I can take up to a full teaspoon of turmeric in this, but I’d suggest starting with the quarter if you’re not used to drinking it. Also, the black pepper is just for maximum turmeric benefit activation/absorption. I swear you can’t taste it!
3/4 cup plant-based milk
1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1/4-1 teaspoon turmeric powder (or up to a 1 1/2-inch piece of fresh turmeric root)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
tiny grind of fresh black pepper
1/2 cup cold brewed coffee concentrate (I usually buy it, but I’ve got an old recipe here)
In an upright blender, combine the plant-based milk, chia seeds (if using), maple syrup, turmeric, cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom (if using), and black pepper. Blend on high until chia seeds are quite ground up into the milk and all other ingredients are totally combined.
Fill a glass with ice and pour the cold brew coffee over top. Add the turmeric and chia milk to the iced coffee. Give it a stir and enjoy the golden milk iced coffee immediately.