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Pear Cranberry Chai – Holiday Recipe Month. Hey friends, this is Masha.

Pear Cranberry Chai – Holiday Recipe Month

I usually do the photos and editing around here, but I am now venturing into doing some full posts as well. Today I’m excited to share some photos I took this past weekend in magical Woodstock, NY and its surrounding areas, along with a dish my boyfriend and I cooked there from Kristin Donnely’s beautiful new cookbook, Modern Potluck. True to its title, the book offers plenty of original, make-ahead recipes for gatherings, where contribution in the form of food is encouraged, along with useful potluck prep tips.

Despite this wonderful theme, however, the recipes are very appealing to make and eat at home just as well. 8 "Not Coffee" Lattes. Fill Your Mug with These Coffee + Espresso Alternatives. Looking for a warm mug of something besides coffee or espresso?

8 "Not Coffee" Lattes. Fill Your Mug with These Coffee + Espresso Alternatives.

You have come to the right place! Little Market Kitchen: Lemon Ginger Apple Cider. Hot mulled cider is one of my favorite seasonal treats this time of year.

Little Market Kitchen: Lemon Ginger Apple Cider

After a cold, dark, blustery, frequently rainy walk home from work, a mug of steamy spiced cider is like a panacea for the soul. One of my favorite ciders comes from a juice shop in the East Village called Liquiteria. Mexican Hot Chocolate with Coconut Whipped Cream. Having friends over this weekend?

Mexican Hot Chocolate with Coconut Whipped Cream

Hosting an all-girls affair? Just staying in and playing cozy all by your lonesome self? All three are excellent options if you ask me. But in any case I have just the thing: Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate with sweet cinnamon, earthy nutmeg, spicy nutmeg cayenne and a dollop of creamy coconut whipped cream. Oh yeah, #youknowyouwantthis. Move Over, Pumpkin Spice! Chai-Spiced Cider Is Our Favorite Fall Drink. Chai + homemade almond milk that won't curdle - Amy Chaplin. Chai + homemade almond milk that won’t curdle.

chai + homemade almond milk that won't curdle - Amy Chaplin

Locali's Turmeric Milkshake recipe. Good Food | November 13, 2015 You’ve tried turmeric in everything from tonics to zoodles; now, the it-spice is making its way onto the dessert menu.

Locali's Turmeric Milkshake recipe

At Locali—a “conscious convenience” shop and healthy deli with two locations in Los Angeles—a new vegan milkshake called The Mystic counts the powerful adaptogen [AKA an ingredient that helps the body adapt to and manage stress in a healthy way] as the star of the show. It’s featured alongside a cast of superfoods that are equally adept at fighting inflammation (read here about why you really want that in an ingredient!). Superfood lattes. Pin it!

superfood lattes

Pin it! I usually walk into my local health food store for a crusty loaf of multi-seed sourdough and maybe a re-up of brown basmati rice. But also… I almost always walk out with 3 sample size packets of plant-based protein powder, a Synergy Kombucha (the ones with chia seeds if I’m lucky), some sort of grain-free dog treat (my girl’s got sensitive skin), coconut milk ice cream, a new herbal tea, some kind of rice cracker/cake, a bar of my fave raw chocolate with vanilla and salt, a new flour/grain to play around with, and whatever superfood du jour that I’ve just read about.

Those bags and jars of dried fruit, seeds, powders, tabs, bark pieces, and leaves tend to realize their fate in my daily smoothie. The individual flavour of each is buried in this application and I really can’t tell you with 100% certainty whether my immunity is stronger (no colds yet this year), my focus more laser beam-like, or my energy levels significantly enhanced. Pin it! You might also like… Masala Chai Tea Time. Who’s cold and cranky?

Masala Chai Tea Time

Who’s damp and dreary? I am! I know that the autumn weather on the Canadian side of the world is not so bad, but across the pond in Denmark, it is endlessly gross. The sun poked its head out for about 45 minutes on Saturday, but save for that scarce glimpse, it’s been over 10 days now. Untitled. Homemade (Vegan) Pumpkin Spice Latte. Tis’ the season to consume many, many, many pumpkin spice lattes.

Homemade (Vegan) Pumpkin Spice Latte

A now ubiquitous beverage of fall, this Starbucks flavored java is loved the world over. Last month there was a reported pumpkin spice syrup shortage at hundreds of Starbucks around the country; lovers of this beverage were outraged! It was the Pumpkin Spice Latte-POCALYPYSE! Happily for the PSL fans (that’s what they affectionately call this fall beverage) the syrup was replenished and drinking resumed. Dairy-free Pumpkin Spice Rocket Fuel Latte. The oil that acts like rocket fuel for your body and brain, boosting your metabolism and providing steady energy all day through.

Dairy-free Pumpkin Spice Rocket Fuel Latte

7 drool-worthy avocado recipes. Spicy chai concentrate + holiday warmth » The First Mess // healthy vegan recipes for every season. Aside from the odd book or kitchen do-dad here and there, I am a homemade gifts kinda girl to the hilt. I have everything I need in life, but some lovely homemade granola? Or preserves and rustic pickles from your garden perhaps? A pair of chunky-knit mittens with a home-screened tea towel? All of those kinds of things warm my heart and make me feel pretty alright with the world. You know what else does? So in the spirit of the season and wanting to share those warm and lovely feelings with some friends, I made up a batch of really simple chai concentrate.