HAPPY HOUR + CACAO HAZELNUT HUG :)

cacao hazelnut latte with herbal coffee - The First Messpin it!
So I’m here, not with an alcoholic libation to help you celebrate the long weekend, but with something a bit cozier to keep you going once it’s over. Preparation in life is key, especially post-holiday weekend life. I’ve been turning to some sort of herbal coffee concoction around 3 or so pretty much every day–sometimes just simple with a splash of non-dairy milk/creamer and sometimes blended up into something a bit more elaborate like this. It gets me through that hangry slump that sometimes has me contemplating a trip to the convenience store for a salty snack. This is the time of year that I start craving new routines and an overall fresh glance at my day-to-day. This little sip tends to lead to a definitive pause. I enjoy this one slowly, and I find that I’m much less likely to go for a late night snack when I take the time to enjoy it. Weird? I don’t know. It works for me in a big way.

With that, let’s get to some links for casual reading yeah? I think I might start trying to offer a bit more of a theme with some of these link lists here. Any feedback is always appreciated. I kind of stopped doing these with proper frequency because I was feeling a bit aimless with it. I always try to ask myself what these posts may actually contribute to someone’s life, and when I can’t come up with a clear answer, I know that I need to re-focus. Anyway! Hope everyone has a great final hurrah for summer this weekend ;) Big hug and see ya soon.

Felt this creeping up on me for almost two weeks: “So in the dark of this Virgo New Moon eclipse […] Create a fantasy that reflects your truth. This will be your vision. Put it together piece by piece. Watch as the arrow gains strength and speed.”

At any given time, your heart knows what part of your life needs 100% effort. Once you figure that out, moving ahead is easy. Also, the “No Regrets” series is awesome.

An illustrated guide to Canadian desserts. Jam Jams are liiiiife!

You guys know that Jessica Murnane and I are buds. I love her podcast and this episode with Grace Bonney was killer. I especially loved the part where she said that the best Instagram/social media posts exist for the benefit of everybody; not just for your own personal gain. Side note: Jessica and I are doing some events together next year in support of both of are upcoming cookbooks (!!!), and we’re trying to figure out which cities to set up (think dinners, workshops, and talks with hella wine and snacks). Come at me with your city if you know a great venue or you think the plant love is strong there :)

What colour is your energy? Mine was rose.

I used to watch Stacy London all the time, and credit her for my ruthless closet editing skills as time wears on (sorry Marie Kondo!). But this article is a total club banger as far as I’m concerned. “You can ask me about heartbreak and disappointment, about triumph and fear and courage. I’ve had more experience with it because I’ve had more TIME to have experience. And I want my style to reflect that experience.”

The founder of ban.do, which is the most funshine-happy office supply company to ever exist, on never giving up on her business–even when it was the most practical/sensical thing to do.

The internet is 25 years old, so here’s the 25 best memes according to The Washington Post. I’m partial to crying Michael Jordan

I’m part of that last generation of people that remembers life pre-internet, which is really strange to think about sometimes. Also, this golden nugget about constant connectivity: “When you wake up, you have this gift of a blank brain. You could fill it with anything. But for most of us, we have this kind of panic. Instead of wondering what should I do, we wonder what did I miss.”

cacao hazelnut latte with herbal coffee - The First Messpin it!


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CACAO HAZELNUT HUG W/ HERBAL COFFEE

Print the recipe here!
SERVES: 1
NOTES: The best hazelnut butter I’ve ever had is from Prana. Nothing else comes close to me. Sometimes I just drizzle a bit of it on a dark chocolate square, and I feel like I’m going straight to space. I really do think the splurge is worth it here.

1 teaspoon hazelnut butter
1 teaspoon coconut butter
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon Dandy Blend or Teeccino (or other herbal coffee)
3 tablespoons non-dairy milk
tiniest pinch of salt
sweetener to taste (1 Medjool date or a teaspoon of maple syrup, for example)
1 cup boiling water

In an upright blender, combine the hazelnut butter, coconut butter, cacao powder, herbal coffee, non-dairy milk, salt, sweetener of choice, and boiling water. Close the lid and slowly bring the speed up to high. Let it go for 30 seconds. Turn the blender off and let the froth settle a bit. Pour the cacao hazelnut hug into your favourite mug and enjoy!

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  • Lee03/09/2016 - 6:01 am

    Wow! This looks SO creamy, really, like heaven! Thanks for the recipe :) About the links, I always enjoy reading them, but maybe a theme with be more consistent? Have a nice weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Pia03/09/2016 - 6:01 am

    Honestly, I love the whole concept of sharing links every once in a while -even if I of course don’t generally read every single one- and am thus super glad you’re getting into posting them regularly :) That said, I personally like a mix of different kinds of links, BUT to be fair, I’ve never seen anyone do themed series, so I say give it a go and the perhaps ask your readers which they preferred!
    So yeah, thanks, girl & have a lovely weekend xReplyCancel

  • thefolia03/09/2016 - 6:25 am

    Oh so yummy looking…I will give the herbal coffee a shot. I adore your glass jars with wooden lids so over the easily rusting metal ones.ReplyCancel

  • Jess | Urban Alchemy03/09/2016 - 7:59 am

    I looooove link love posts! While I admit, I usually don’t read every single article, I always click. I prefer the totally random – sometimes there’s a gem with just the right words. I say keep em’ coming. And I’m not a coffee person but need to make this ASAP. Coconut butter added to anything is heavenly.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay03/09/2016 - 9:19 am

    Loving all these cozy comfort recipes at the moment!! Going to try this as well!!ReplyCancel

  • Shira03/09/2016 - 11:22 am

    Great post Laura, keep the weekend links coming! Vancouver would love to have you guys here! xoReplyCancel

  • Cassie03/09/2016 - 11:23 am

    Very interesting links! It would be so cool to discover the color of my own energy. Also, I absolutely love the combination of cacao and hazelnut butter! So delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Kerianne Taves03/09/2016 - 12:13 pm

    Yum, this looks so comforting and delicious. Love these posts, keep them coming.

    You and Jessica would LOVE Victoria, BC! The plant love is definitely strong here ReplyCancel

  • Ashley03/09/2016 - 12:20 pm

    I once had I very sweet and indulgent Nutella hot chocolate at a French chocolate shop. I loved the flavor combination, but it left me feeling not so well. I love this lightened up version. I drink hot beverages a few times a day all Fall and Winter =)ReplyCancel

  • valentina | sweet kabocha03/09/2016 - 12:29 pm

    My energy is lilac!
    Btw, I’ll crave for this recipe this evening : I have a moving today :( 1/3 excited, 2/3 terrified! This is our first U-Haul moving…I think I’ll be dead under the sofa in a few hours :PReplyCancel

  • Sophie03/09/2016 - 12:32 pm

    Loving the links! Yes to Nanaimo Bars and Stacy London (who I once took creepy cell phone pic of…. :) . I totally agree with Shira, come to Van! I saw the Minimalist Baker at Nourish Vancouver a couple of weeks ago, it was a great little venue that would be perfect for consuming copious amounts of wine spritzers <3ReplyCancel

  • Smadar03/09/2016 - 12:36 pm

    Your happy hour posts give me life.

    Please do an event in Montreal!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shilpa03/09/2016 - 3:55 pm

    Hazelnut butter from Prana. On that!

    Guelph! Lots of plant loving folks here. And it’s not far from you.ReplyCancel

  • Libby03/09/2016 - 9:35 pm

    My energy was lavender! I’ll take it. :)
    This drink looks so calming and satisfying. I can’t wait to make it.ReplyCancel

  • Julia04/09/2016 - 6:45 am

    “Sometimes I just drizzle a bit of it on a dark chocolate square, and I feel like I’m going straight to space.” Love you for that saying <3 Now I´m off to the kitchen to make this hazelnut hug with tahini instead because that´s what I have on hand! XOReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout04/09/2016 - 8:30 am

    My energy was rose too! :) This drink looks super cozy and ready for fall crisp weather. Alsoooo, come to Montreal!ReplyCancel

  • Diane04/09/2016 - 1:25 pm

    Hi Laura! I just wanted you to know that I LOVE the links you attach and read all of them. The one stacy London wrote was brilliant!!! As for places to visit I live in Edmonton, Alberta and know many plant eating friends who would be over the moon to meet you…myself includedReplyCancel

  • Sophie04/09/2016 - 4:40 pm

    Toronto, please please! I know we are so close, so crossing my fingers, but I, and I imagine many others are into all of these things: “dinners, workshops, and talks with hella wine and snacks.” Those all sound like the best things :)ReplyCancel

  • Ellen04/09/2016 - 10:09 pm

    I have never minded whether or not the links have a theme. I do enjoy these posts because I come across many things I wouldn’t usually see.ReplyCancel

  • Love this, it looks amazing! :)ReplyCancel

  • Abby05/09/2016 - 10:32 am

    You should come to Philly! We’ve been having a real resurgence in our vegan/vegetarian food scene in the last several years and I feel like you could do really cool things with Vedge, V Street, and other veggie establishments.ReplyCancel

  • The Wooden Spoon05/09/2016 - 11:34 am

    I loved this post! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Wow!! This drink looks super delicious and decadent. Who doesn’t love a hot drink?? Thank you for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Allyson05/09/2016 - 3:04 pm

    Oh man this looks good. And so perfect for fall. I too predate the internet (though barely) and it’s pretty weird to remember a time when it wasn’t ubiquitous. It’s crazy how time flies.ReplyCancel

  • Mere | Pollinate Journal05/09/2016 - 9:12 pm

    Hi Laura! It was really comforting and humbling to read that you sometimes struggle with what content to share/feelings of aimlessness with writing, as that is something I can certainly relate to! For what it’s worth, all of these links were great :). In terms of your book tour (!!!), I already said this to you via Instagram but you should absolutely come to the Bay Area. I have some connections to food/alternative event spaces here and would LOVE to help you set something up. Give me a holler! :DReplyCancel

  • Abby05/09/2016 - 10:19 pm

    PUHLEEEEASE come to Dallas. Or at least Austin.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Murphy05/09/2016 - 10:45 pm

    I basically read all of your links, every time. But no pressure! I’m liking the theme though and just got a hit that you would enjoy Lena Stevens’ monthly forecast.

    https://thepowerpath.com/monthly-forecast/september-2016-monthly-forecast/

    The plant power is pretty strong in Santa Fe. Bookstore that does readings often is Collected Works. If you come try hitting up Verde Juice, Sweetwater Kitchen, and/or Modern General for foodtime!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi06/09/2016 - 11:39 am

    Yes to cozy! Ah I’m loving the comfort of this post, Laura. And I’m in love with these links – that 100% article? Bang on! And I would say please please please come to my little mountain town of Revelstoke but I know that’s a stretch, so I’ll make the journey to Van :) Or Kelowan – hella wine there ;) xReplyCancel

  • Jessica06/09/2016 - 12:32 pm

    HEY! Thanks for including the podcast. And I suggest any and all cities…as long as I’m going with you.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia22/10/2016 - 7:10 pm

    Just got done making this…..heavenly!!! Doubled it so my boyfriend could have one but he didn’t like– probably because I didn’t add sugar. So I got 2. ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Janzen03/11/2016 - 5:13 pm

    Laura you should absolutely come to kamloops, BC for your cookbook tour!! Super pumped for your cookbook debut and love love your blog. Just listened to your podcast with Jessica Murnane and it was awesome! Kinda feels like I was sitting in the room with you guys. Haha, feels like that’s a bit of a weird comment, but it was just really good :)ReplyCancel

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