Hey it’s been a little while! I thought I’d casually pop in with a happy hour post. We have a holiday weekend over here and some very chill plans in place. My man did a boys trip camping thing last night, so Cleo and I relaxed big time. We’re having friends over for grilled pizza and a large communal s’mores cookie tonight (gonna work from this recipe). I think we’re going to the drive-in on Sunday night, and I’ll probably give in to a bit of work on Monday, but not before hitting up the pool at my parents’ place. How about you guys? Jam-packed or relaxed and restorative vibes this weekend?
While it’s fresh in my mind, I have to say thank you for all the support with my events in California last week. It was so great to connect with a bunch of people, to eat and drink all the good things, to celebrate my cookbook, to be reunited with Jess, Lily, Erin, Haley & Alana, and to finally meet Adrianna, Billy, Julie, Sara & Michelle. Ever-grateful for all the goodness that this life keeps having in store for me. Also, Mark and I squeezed in a trip to Disneyland, so I’m thankful for that too. Extra love to Moon Juice, Botanica, and Goop HQ for hosting us. I made a janky little grid of pics from my phone below if you want to catch some peeks of what went down ;)
Today’s recipe is a mash-up of a decadent mocha frap, but with the calm sensibility of medicinal mushrooms, lush and lovely coconut whip, and an herbal coffee variation if you don’t eff with caffeine. I post my wild and wonderful potions with superfoods, herbs, adaptogens, and medicinal mushrooms on Instagram stories a lot, and I tend to get some questions about the effects of it all. I’m not comfortable saying anything definitive outside of recommending that you do your own research, and that you’ll probably notice the greatest benefit with small doses over a long period of time.
For me, medicinal mushrooms have brought a new level of mental stamina to my everyday life. I’m pretty scattered/always jumping from one thing to the next. Mushrooms help to bring the focus in my day-to-day, and I find that my interactions with others are richer and more clear-eyed as a result. Everyone is different though! I source my powdered chaga, reishi, and cordyceps from Moon Juice.
Since this is the TFM happy hour, I’ve got a few links for things I’m into lately. Enjoy! Much summer love to you all.
In my summer book bag right now: Material Girl, Mystical World by Ruby Warrington, The Strays by Emily Bitto, One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul, Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien. I’ve just finished: The Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven Gundry, Invincible Living by Guru Jagat, and The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein. I also have Elemental Energy on my coffee table.
This thermal spring water spray by Avène. So nice to have in a beach bag for a hydrating and refreshing spritz. This brand in general has been a lifesaver for my sensitive skin. After Christmas last year, I broke out in this strange and annoying rash (TMI?), and the only thing that brought me back was their oil-based soap and lipid replenishing cream.
I watched the documentary A Plastic Ocean on Netflix a few weeks ago and it moved me to tears. What we do to this planet, we do to ourselves, our children, our grandchildren, and forever on. We don’t have several lifetimes to figure this out. The time to act and lessen our footprint is right this second. Once you’re done watching it, some tips from mindbodygreen for getting started with a plastic-free/reduced plastic life may be a helpful next step.
25 years later and A League of Their Own is, to me, still the best sports movie ever made. “Most sports movies featuring men include some love interest to fill the token female role; A League of Their Own doesn’t operate with this constraint.”
This Golda Topanga Love Atmosphere Mist with hiba wood oil is so enchanting. I picked it up at this little shop in Venice last week. It’s also an excellent natural bug repellant, which is key for those evening porch hangs.
If you read or check out ONE thing that I’ve linked to today, make it this piece from The Numinous on healthcare vs. the elitism of the wellness industry. “…the time is surely NOW to dedicate more of our precious life force energy to figuring out ways to make the conversation about wellness more accessible to all.”
One more thing! Next week, on the evening of July 5th, I’m participating in a discussion panel after a screening of Dream, Girl, an inspiring film about female entrepreneurs and the next wave of leadership. This event will be held at Warehouse in downtown St. Catharines. Tickets are $15 and can be found HERE or via the Facebook event page HERE.
MAGIC MUSHROOM MOCHA FRAP RECIPE
Print the recipe here!
NOTES: You can use a combination of whatever mushroom powders you like, but be advised that a higher quantity of chaga powder can be quite bitter. You could go ultra decadent on this and use full fat coconut milk too! You could also totally do this without the ‘shrooms :D
1 teaspoon mushroom powder of choice (reishi, chaga, cordyceps, or a mix)
2 teaspoons cacao powder
½ teaspoon mesquite powder (optional)
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract/powder
¼ cup cold brewed coffee (or cooled herbal coffee substitute, such as this one by Mountain Rose Herbs)
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
2 pitted Medjool dates (or 3 Deglet Noors)
1 cup ice cubes
dollop of coconut cream (from the top of a full fat can of coconut milk)
In an upright blender, combine the mushroom powder, cacao powder, mesquite powder, vanilla, coffee, almond milk, dates, and ice. Blend on high until frothy and combined. Serve with a dollop of coconut cream on top, if desired.