Hot (!) Spiced Milk

I started making this milk within the last few weeks, inspired by the tumeric milk posted over at the beautiful Journey Kitchen. Similar to a hot chocolate my friend Carrie makes (milk + cocoa powder + sweetener + heat = bam!), it's nothing complicated or confusing. It's hot and soothing---pure comfort when paired with a big down comforter and some online TV, especially when it's as cold as it has been around here lately. And,…

Fennel Nettle Iced Tea

Today is September 2. September 2! Tim and I are getting married in 44 days, as in next month, six weeks from tomorrow. Yesterday, September 1, I went to a dress fitting. I stood in front of a wall of mirrors and looked at myself, standing next to a tall blonde woman with a thick European accent who tried to sell me a $350 veil, and I thought, look at me! I'm wearing a big,…

peanut butter chocolate milk

I told Tim the other day, you know, the best things in life really are free. ____ Like sunlight in the morning: And sunsets at night: Parks filled with trees: Views like these: A day at the lake: And the man that I love: I mean, I don't know about you, but I need to be reminded of this. Because, as much as I talk about simplicity here, the truth is: I am easily swept…

Peaches N’ Green Smoothie

Back when I was keeping regular office hours, breakfast was always tough. I don't know why it was easy to prepare lunch the night before but then over and over again forget about breakfast, but it was. There were months of quick grabs on the way out the door---a muffin, some leftovers, cookies whenever they were around. (Of course.) And honestly, even though nowadays I'm most likely still in my pajamas past 10 AM (and…

Kombucha 101

You know, I was thinking, when my diet changed earlier this year, so did this place. And along the whole journey, from the early stages of removing refined flours and sugars, to the next steps of incorporating new ingredients (from whole wheat pastry to spelt to buckwheat flours), and even recently as I've started soaking flours overnight, you've stuck with me. You may have been shaking your head or laughing out loud, but at least…

this shell (POM-banana smoothie)

It is the strangest thing to look at the shell of a person, the body without the soul, and to comprehend how someone could be here and then, not here at all. I spent some time thinking about that this last weekend, surrounded by people who were bonded only by the shell we were standing near, the shell of someone who had lived long and with infectious charm. I’m thinking about it now as I…

all you can do (banana blueberry orange smoothie)

Since I left work two hours early Friday, I've gone through a few boxes of tissues, several packets of Emergen-C, four bowls of chicken noodle soup, twice daily rounds with the neti pot, hot compresses on my eyes, Vicks on my chest, an entire season of a television show online, some reading in Best Food Writing 2009, a little bit of Food Network and, mercifully, an entire 15-hour block of sleep from Saturday into Sunday…