How to Make Homemade Almond Milk

Today's post features one of those ideas that, before you try it, sounds crazy and needless and hard; but that, after you try it, becomes brilliant and easy and so simple, you can't believe you waited so long to give it a go. Tim and I have made homemade almond milk twice in the last few weeks, and each time we have, it's amazed me---I mean, literally, had me staring at the towel I'm squeezing…

Thoughts on Three Days of Juice Fasting

For a person who is regularly bemoaning the complexities of adult life, a three-day juice fast provides a wonderful simplicity. When you remove the daily tasks of buying, storing, preparing, eating and cleaning up after meals, you find yourself with this new and unusual void of time—and in it, a surprising clarity about the rest of life. In those borrowed hours, while you toss a football in the park, while you paint for hours at…

Maple Ginger Tea Lattes + Buckwheat Ginger Cookies (+ AeroLatte Giveaway!)

[UPDATE: Giveaway is now closed. Congrats to ZDubb, winner of the Aerolatte frother!) "A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short." Andre Maurois You may assume a couple that works from home together shares a great deal of time---and, in fact, they do. In our daily routine, Tim and I prepare joint breakfasts, raise questions to one another from across the room, share work snacks of chopped apples, almond butter on…

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade + Sam’s Club Book Giveaway

I’ve gone to bulk warehouses since I was a kid, tagging along with Dad while he ran errands. My dad worked a lot of nights when I was young, building the cleaning business that he and my mom had started just before I was born. The way they tell the story, in the early days, they mopped up apartments for a local university, my mom then heavy with child. They had me, then my brother,…

Kefir Drinking Chocolate

It's morning, but there's little light, the rain and clouds hiding the bright early sun, so even though the clock says 7:30, it feels like we should crawl back under the sheets, where at least we'll be cozy and warm and protected from the dark, dreary day that awaits us. After weeks of three-digit temperatures---not just here but in Chicago and Wisconsin and maybe where you are, too---Nashville has finally received what all the farmers…

Florida Vacation + Tropical Lemonade

The day after we arrive in Florida, we’re laying by the water in Bradenton Beach, listening to the sounds of the waves and the seagulls, our four chairs propped up in soft white sand alongside a tall umbrella and a cooler and bags packed with books and snacks and iPhones, and I think to myself, you know, there’s just something about the ocean. We're here on a four-day getaway with our friends Terry and Carrie,…

Homemade Blueberry Kefir

Today, we started our morning with homemade blueberry kefir---a beverage that's becoming something of a staple in our home---creamy and satisfying, sweet and tangy, loaded with good probiotics and convenient to grab on the go. Even though making our own kefir is something we've talked about since before we were married, it's only been in the last few weeks that we've finally ordered live kefir grains online and begun the process of combining them with…

Fresh-Squeezed Citrus Juice (+ some Web favorites)

Tim and I have been drinking a lot of fresh-squeezed juice lately, ever since my parents bought and sent us the citrus press of our dreams a week or two ago. It's fantastic. We've had grapefruit juice. Orange juice. Grapefruit orange juice. Grapefruit lime, orange lime, grapefruit orange lime. And I tell you, every time we sip a new glass, it's one of those "ah!" moments where you just can't help but say out loud…