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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 :/


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.

  • Gabriella16/04/2016 - 8:32 am

    This sounds fantastic, I’ve never had iced coffee with turmeric before. Though – I’ve got some in my kitchen just waiting to be enjoyed :)ReplyCancel

  • Alex Grady16/04/2016 - 8:38 am

    Looks tasty! Can’t ever say no to coffee whichever type…ReplyCancel

    • Laura17/04/2016 - 8:01 am

      I’m the same way. I’ll never say no to coffee :D

  • Isabel16/04/2016 - 11:30 am

    Snapchat newbie? as if! you’re snappin’ like a pro. i just added you and i LOVE all the shots of Cleo.ReplyCancel

    • Laura17/04/2016 - 8:02 am

      Snapping Cleo is my one area of expertise on Snapchat hehe!
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full16/04/2016 - 12:05 pm

    Thanks for the link love, girlfran! And I LOVE the idea of combining iced coffee and turmeric milk. So simple yet so creative! Also, that article about the chakras and how they relate to your home is great. You always have the best links! <3ReplyCancel

    • Laura17/04/2016 - 8:04 am

      The chakra home article was my favourite of the bunch! So much great insight. Hope you’re having a great weekend, Sarah :)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Sophie | The Green Life16/04/2016 - 12:55 pm

    Iced golden milk is such a brilliant idea! Gorgeous, as always! I’m totally in love with this series and all those inspiring links. Hope you have the loveliest weekend, lady! It should be a gorgeous one!ReplyCancel

    • Laura17/04/2016 - 8:20 am

      Thank you, Sophie! Hope you’re getting lots of sunshine, too :D
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow16/04/2016 - 4:06 pm

    Thanks for the links! I just don’t dare to open the house chakras link as my house is so crammed full and tiny, there’s definitely some blockages going on here! :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura17/04/2016 - 9:02 am

      I know what you mean. As I was reading it, I was visualizing all these slightly crammed spaces in my own house. It’ll all come together someday, right? ;)

  • Emily16/04/2016 - 4:11 pm

    I love this series, thank you for sharing it with us! I just made a version of this with iced earl grey in place of coffee and it’s great!ReplyCancel

    • Laura17/04/2016 - 9:02 am

      Thanks Emily! That sounds so delicious.

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  • Maya | Spice + Sprout17/04/2016 - 9:57 am

    I watched the Mario Batali episode and loved it, definitely went down a cooking show internet rabbit hole haha but totally worth it :) This iced drink sounds amazing, I’ve been so into adding turmeric to everything lately! I hope you’re enjoying the warmer Ontario weather, I sure am :):)ReplyCancel

  • Jillian17/04/2016 - 11:11 am

    Really nice set of links this week! I should know better than to click on these posts when I don’t have time to do a good hour of reading ;)ReplyCancel

  • Natalia17/04/2016 - 12:56 pm

    How much I love this recipe! <3ReplyCancel

  • Abby17/04/2016 - 9:21 pm

    I just happened on Seed and Mill when we were in New York City last month! I clicked the link to the article and was just thrilled. I didn’t know you could buy the tahini straight up and am seriously regretting not getting some. The pistachio and date halva was amazing!ReplyCancel

  • That coffee sounds amazing! I have had a warm turmeric drink before but I wasn’t the hugest fan, this mix sounds fantastic especially in being iced. I tried bullet coffee this past week and I am now on the hunt for all different forms of coffee.ReplyCancel

  • I have seen turmeric used in drinks before – I think it’s meant to aid digestion is that right?

    This drink looks delicious and very interesting.ReplyCancel

  • Allyson18/04/2016 - 11:24 am

    I want to be invited to your summer parties! Seriously, I hear you with the whole planning the dinner before even having the space ready thing. I’m not much of a coffee drinker, but I recently just tried drinking turmeric and it’s life changing. If I drank coffee this would be on rotation all week.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri18/04/2016 - 6:36 pm

    I really love this drink after trying! Its like a dirty chai but the spices are much more suited to coffee.. Unfortunately, my blender doesnt grind up chia seeds too well (the slippery little suckers) so next time they were omitted. But I do want to share that this recipe is just as delish, perhaps even more so, when its warmed up! As you know the Southern Hemisphere is cooling down, and Australia is in the middle of Autumn now so I thought why not give it go. I made the milk up the night before and let it stew in the yummy flavours, then frothed it up the next morning for my coffee using our coffee machine and it is amazing!!ReplyCancel

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  • MontanaHappy.com19/04/2016 - 5:15 pm

    This looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try this. Great combination!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa20/04/2016 - 10:18 pm

    Laura – I just found your lovely blog and that makes me happy! A Pinterest pin led me here but I’ll definitely be back. I’m a coffee addict (there, I said it), and I love chai… this actually sounds like a tasty, healthy change of pace! Thanks for suggesting that newbies should start with a small amount of turmeric. I’ve been reading about the health benefits of the spice, but haven’t incorporated it into my diet (unless I’m cooking up a curry).ReplyCancel

    • Laura21/04/2016 - 6:48 am

      Hey Melissa! So glad you found your way here. Hope you try this coffee and that you enjoy it! Once I started consuming turmeric in drinks and smoothies, I never looked back :)

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  • Heather02/05/2016 - 6:40 pm

    I made this recipe today, including chia seeds and cardamom (1/4 tsp instead of 1/8 tsp). It was DELICIOUS and will definitely be my go-to coffee drink on hot, summer like days. I loved how the blended chia seeds added a little extra thickness to the drink, and the spice mixture was spot on. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • Smadar19/05/2016 - 9:04 am

    Just had this and I had to write and thank you for another killa drink recipe. Loooove your happy hour posts so so much!!! This summer is gonna be AWESOME thanks to you. I’m making that carrot lemonade tomorrow.ReplyCancel

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  • MaDonna22/07/2018 - 12:49 pm

    This looks like a DREAM! I included it in my turmeric recipes link round up. I also completely fell in love with your blog and subscribed on Feedly! Thanks <3ReplyCancel

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