Another hot chocolate recipe couldn’t hurt for the month of December, right? I can’t believe that we’re right on the edge of holiday time and that 2018 is wrapping up. How are you planning to spend your last month and how are you going to make it count? I know that last week I was talking about how easy it is to get overwhelmed with winter holiday stuff. I looked back at my journal entries from the first week of this year, revisited my goals, and reminded myself to not feed into the pressure/perfectionism of the season and to just try to enjoy it as it is.
I’m heading to the city for brunch with friends this weekend (at a restaurant I’ve been dying to go to) and we’re also getting our Christmas tree and fixing up the outdoor decorations. I tend to do the same jumble of evergreen, pine, birch, dogwood, boxwood, and magnolia branches every holiday season, but I’m going in a slightly different direction this year. I’ll be sharing on Instagram stories if you’re into seasonal porch decor hehe. I might try to squeeze in a baking project of some kind, but I also might just go easy. Anyway, hope you enjoy these links, this rich maple walnut hot chocolate, and a couple pics of my dogs :) Big hug!
I am all about fully embracing holistic strategies for wellness and turning to modern medicine when necessary. A friend suggested Shirodhara Therapy as a treatment for stress and nerve tension recently and I seriously feel soothed just reading descriptions of the procedure. We found a spa in Ontario that does it, so I will report back on my experience.
Worth your time in the season of plenty and seemingly maximal everything: Project Drawdown has a list of climate solutions with further information on each listing. Check out Reduced Food Waste at #3 and Plant Rich Diets at #4. Did you know that food waste is the largest component of US landfills? More than plastic!
Another climate solution that isn’t a new hybrid car? Worldwide gender equity.
Along with trying to get the world to eat wholesome, plant-based food, my other obsession is NBA basketball. It goes without saying that I love food-focused NBA stories and this one about the Pancake King is great. Those fruity pebbles pancakes are a bit much for me though ;)
“There is a reason the fashion industry clings to old-fashioned ways of doing things – it is cheaper and it is easier. We can only fix this mess if we work together.”
I posted about rosehip seed oil last week both here and on my Instagram stories. A lot of people asked me about the benefits, so here’s a great article that summarizes everything nicely.
The concept of self-care has turned into this monster of the wellness industry, designed to make you buy things out of a sense of lack. This piece on the pressure to have the glow of a newborn hints at that idea. “Not that long ago, the words ‘you’re glowing’ was a compliment reserved for women at very specific life stages: new love, weddings, and pregnancy. It was a signal of feminine energy, of fertility. Now, we’re expected to glow every damn day.”
New podcast I’m enjoying: Villains.
Gourmet Makes from Bon Appétit is one of the only things I consistently watch on YouTube. Claire spends the episodes trying to make homemade, non-junky versions of store-bought snacks like Twinkies, Gushers and Oreos.
MAPLE WALNUT HOT CHOCOLATE
Print the recipe here!
NOTES: You’ll need a sturdy/high-speed blender for this one. You can run the finished product through a fine mesh strainer if you’re fussy about texture. I don’t mind the thick, walnut-y sediment at the end of an unstrained version though :)
-You could use stevia-sweetened chocolate chips if you want to cut the sugar a bit here.
-If you’re up to it, some coconut whip is excellent on top!
¼ cup raw walnuts, soaked for at least 4 hours
2 tablespoons vegan chocolate chips
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon maple syrup
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon sea salt
12 oz boiling water
Drain the walnuts. In an upright, high speed blender, combine the walnuts, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and boiling water. Slowly bring the blender up to high speed. Blend the hot chocolate until smooth and creamy. Pour the maple walnut hot chocolate into your favourite mug and enjoy!