Golden Turmeric Milk

With the weather changing I am prone to switch to a cup of tea or other hot drinks in the evenings. Last year I started looking for a recipe for Golden Turmeric Milk since I had heard of all the benefits of turmeric and also wanted to switch things up a bit.

Turns out this stuff is delicious. It’s creamy golden goodness in a cup. Best of all? It’s so good for you. Let me count the ways. (For more specific info, check out this article.)

Golden Milk Ingredients

  • Turmeric’s main compound is curcumin,which is not absorbed very easily into the body. Eating black pepper with your turmeric with significantly enhance absorption.
  • Curcumin has extremely powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong anti-oxidant. I am still dealing with some major swelling on the toe where I had surgery in July, so I’m hoping drinking Golden Milk can help. I have so many cute shoes that don’t fit anymore!
  • Since turmeric helps fight inflammation, it also helps fight low-level inflammation diseases like heart disease, metabolic syndrome and even cancer.
  • I did a little research and found that studies of the compound curcumin have found it to be more effective in the treatment of arthritis then actual anti-inflammatory drugs use to treat the illness. That’s pretty badass!
  • Last but not least this wonder-spice can be helpful in treating depression.

But guys… in addition to all this, keep in mind that Golden Milk is so damn good I’d drink it if it were bad for me.  I guess I’m trying to say that this stuff is a win-win.

Turmeric with recipe

You can whip up a cup in just a few minutes. Here’s how:

1 can coconut milk (I like the light version)

2-3 teaspoons of turmeric

1 teaspoon raw honey

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 dash of black pepper

1/4 fresh ginger, peeled (I also use ground ginger if I don’t have fresh on hand)

1 pinch of cayenne

Blend everything in a blender really well until completely incorporated and smooth. Add to a small saucepan and heat on low until hot but not boiling. Enjoy!

Golden Milk in a cool mug

I can’t wait to bring you guys some awesome posts next week, as I have HUGE weekend plans! Check my Instagram stories if you are curious!

 

 

 

Easy Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Hey friends! It’s that time of year again. The weather has gone from over the top heat wave to crisp fall coolness in a matter of two days. Fall in West Virginia happens overnight, and just like that pumpkin spice season is upon us!

Personally I am a huge fan of anything pumpkin, but I am not the sort to run out to Starbucks as soon as I see a couple leaves change color. I prefer to add my own spin on it, like adding a dash of pumpkin spice to my morning smoothie, or adding organic pumpkin to a cup of coffee.

Well today you guys are about to hit the jackpot, because I have the easiest recipe on the planet. Time for some Pumpkin Cupcakes!

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The Best Agenda for Moms

Today I want to talk a little bit about organization. I am not the most organized person in the world, and things only get worse when I have to keep track of the other three people in my family. This is a huge stress trigger for me, so I have to work hard to keep everything straight. Having the right planner or agenda is CRUCIAL. Right now the kiddos are so involved in sports, I can’t tell if I’m coming or going most days.

When it comes to keeping all this stuff straight, I go old school with my paper planner. I feel like I look at my phone way to much as it is (check out this post where I talk about Tech Neck) so I keep my planner open on my desk all day at work, and bring it home each evening.

Don’t get me wrong, I still use the Tasks app on my phone and I do have some things scheduled in my Calendar on my phone which integrates with my work e-mail, but the book planner trumps all that. It’s the bible of my schedule.

Enter the MomAgenda. It’s a gem that I have been buying every year for the past seven years.

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A Weekend Getaway and a Birthday

Well, it happened. There was just no stopping it. 40 has now come and gone. Isn’t it funny how something looms over you for months, then it happens…this calm comes over you, and you know you are going to be OK?

So Im 40

This past weekend Mark and I decided to get out of dodge to celebrate my birthday, and ended up going back to New Jersey to pick up my car. Adulting is hard. To make the most of it, we booked a hotel on the beach in Cape May and ended up having a fantastic time. This 40-year old isn’t complaining. Continue reading

Book Review: Lilac Girls

When we stopped in New Jersey for a pit stop on our way to Norway in June, my Grandma gave me a book to read while on vacation, and I just finished it last night. More specifically, I took a pain pill (I had surgery on my foot last week) and read until the wee hours. It was glorious… I can’t recall the last time I stayed up late because I couldn’t put a book down.

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Rafting Down the New River

Last Saturday Mark and I were able to join the Huntington Ski Club on a special day trip rafting down the New River. I have been talking about organizing a trip like this for the club for a long time, and this summer we were finally able to get it together and actually go.

There are several white water rafting companies to choose from, but we used Adventures on the Gorge since they are the most well known. I called about 1 month in advance, set the reservation date and time and all I had to do was call them as the date got closer and update them on the number of people coming. Easy Peasy. As most things like this go, we had people sign up, change their minds, decide to go, or show up at the last minute. Typical, right? Adventures on the Gorge made the whole experience painless. We were able to give a final count the day before the trip and pay the balance the morning of the trip. It was great! Continue reading

Norway in Pictures

I was very lucky to be able to visit Norway for 2 whole weeks this year, a luxury I have not had since the summer of 2014. I love my life here in the Mountain State, but there is a constant longing in my soul for a life in that rock pile called Norway. One of the problems with “coming from” two places so far apart is that you never really feel quite at home in either one of them.

I have this snapshot in my head of my hometown in Norway- the way things were when I left almost 18 years ago. But time has changed my little town. It’s growing, houses are popping up all over and all the people I knew back in school have moved away or I have lost track of them. I still expect to walk down the street knowing everyone I pass, but that is no longer the case.

One thing is certain. I was able to make new memories with my family. Here are some pictures from our trip that I have chosen to share with you. Enjoy!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I have been on vacation and I am planning an epically long post with a ton of pictures.

I wanted to stop by and tell you about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale going on- I am lucky enough to be in New Jersey at the moment and was able to stop there yesterday to pick up a few things. (I have Early Access, the sale opens to everyone on July 21st.) Check it out:

Ruffle Sleeve Tunic Dress by Bobeau

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