Saturday Sips – Gingerbread Latte

Having company? Headed to a party? How about a seasonal drink?!

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp molasses – blackstrap or regular
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp strong coffee
  • 1 cup milk of choice – almond milk, coconut milk, etc.
  • Sweetener of choice, to taste

Mix everything together in a small pot or in a mug. Then heat until desired temperature is reached. (Alternatively, if you want a foamy latte: Mix spices into coffee. In a big measuring cup, heat or microwave the milk until foamy. Then pour the milk into the coffee mixture.)

 

Tip Tuesday – Seasonal Grief

We fell back, which means we got an extra hour of sleep, but it means it gets darker much, much earlier…

Many of us are summer children, unprepared for the cold test of patience that is winter. So while we celebrate the seasons, we also grieve the daylight; the sunlight.

This grief lives in your lungs. If your lungs are healthy, you might just feel a passing sense of sadness, a little pang of melancholy when the last leaf falls from the tree outside your window. But if you are already holding grief in your lungs, perhaps due to a bad breakup, the loss of a job, or bereavement, Fall can bring these greater pains to the surface. Sometimes this manifests as chronic physical symptoms like bronchitis and frequent colds, and other times it shows itself as anxiety and depression. The waning daylight can also trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in some people (that’d be me!)

Good nutrition, exercise, and herbs can help but what’s really needed in the case of deeply held grief is counseling or other therapies that will bring release for these stuck emotions.

Reach out, don’t be afraid to talk about it or seek treatment – there is no shame in seeking treatment so you can be as happy as healthy as you are able. I have been getting acupuncture, and it  has been very helpful – have you tried?

How do YOU cope with less daylight?

Slow Cooker Saturday – Beef Stew with Orzo

Oh man, I love my slow cooker. Yes, I am ever so slightly leery about leaving something plugged into my house while I am not there, but I try to get over it, because slow cookers absolutely ROCK, and every meal is always tender and flavorful!

http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a45271/slow-cooker-beef-stew-orzo-recipe/

I actually love Orzo… my mom got me hooked on it! Does this sound like a hearty meal you would try?

Do you have a favorite crockpot recipe you could share? I am ALWAYS looking to add new ones to my collection!

Food Tip Friday – Seasonal Foods

Good morning!

If it seems like this blog has been Autumn-heavy lately, I apologize… there is just so much valuable information about this wonderful, abundant season!

Today’s tip will help you maximize your produce! Fall is a great time to give your local Farmer’s market some business – and you get fresher produce that hasn’t seen countless middlemen!

Do you have a favorite Farmer’s market?

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