A little armchair travel…

If you’re stuck inside your home or office for a few hours, do yourself a favor and watch this beautiful little video of an orange blossom harvest in Italy by a family-run operation. Besides making me pine for Italy, it makes me want to dig my bottle of orange blossom water out of the fridge and whip something up! (via Local is Lovely)

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Farm Kitchen Dreaming

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I can’t stop looking at this gorgeous kitchen. I know white subway tiled kitchens have become ubiquitous, but I just haven’t tired of them yet! This photo is brought to you by the talented Luisa Brimble, whose Instagram account you should follow! And this particular kitchen belongs to Michelle of the farm blog, Hugo and Elsa, which is another lovely site I’ve been enjoying and has been feeding my farmhouse fantasies.

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Friday List of Goodness

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I love checking out a good Friday list on several of the blogs I follow, so I thought I’d share my own!

  • I am really looking forward to ordering this Swedish interior design book! Looks so good!
  • Thyme for St. Germain cocktails is on my list for entertaining the neighbors.
  • We bought 20 lbs. of cherries from a farmer, so this may be a good time to try my first claufouti! Local Milk’s got a beautiful-looking (and gluten free) recipe for a cherry claufouti.
  • Not a recent post, but I am still super inspired by Bakeri’s decor in Greenpointe, NYC! Check out the photo feature from Design*Sponge.
  • If you’re looking for an inspiring Pinterest board full of cozy, white kitchens, dreamy naturescapes, gorgeous fruit-and-flower topped desserts, and homespun goodness, check out Sophie Hansen’s account!
  • For all of us who have twelve or so tabs open on our internet browsers at any given time. Single-tasking is the new multi-tasking. This video is spot-on and funny! LOVE it.
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Turmeric Tea

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Also called Golden Milk or turmeric milk, this ancient Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine remedy is worth trying! It’s not the tastiest brew, although some people apparently love it. Maybe it’s an acquired taste for me, but given all the personal stories I’ve read and heard about its healing properties, it’s definitely worth downing a cup or two! I’m currently studying holistic nutrition, and I’ve been learning more about the benefits of turmeric. It’s wonderful for a wide range of symptoms, but they say it’s exceptional for the cold and flu, chest issues like a cough, inflammation throughout the body (arthritis, migraines, you name it) and menstrual irregularities (heavy, light, painful, or nonexistent periods).  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, turmeric is drying and warming to the body, so it’s not always helpful in every situation. This is where an herbalist, naturopath or nutritional therapist familiar with Eastern medicine can come in handy by helping you figure out if turmeric is right for you. But if you want to give it a go on your own, be mindful of how your body feels. Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar suggests drinking extra water if you find turmeric to be too drying. And please note that TCM does state that turmeric should be avoided during pregnancy.

I feel like I’m fighting the early stages of a flu today, so I brewed up a cup in water instead of milk. I used this recipe from 101 Cookbooks, and so far, it’s my favorite version of turmeric tea. Remember to only use mildly hot water to preserve the raw honey’s properties! If you do prefer a creamy tea, you can brew a cup with milk (cow, goat, coconut, almond, etc.). Nutrition Stripped has a recipe for turmeric milk here.My goat farming sister tells me that raw goat milk has amazing healing properties and customers from the “Old World” come to their farm from all over the area to buy their milk for whatever ails them. Anyway, I felt absolutely crappy this morning, but after taking a high dose of vitamin D, a mushroom immunity supplement, and a cup of turmeric tea, I am feeling on the up and up!

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Nasturtium Flower Salad with Microgreens

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Let me be honest here–just because I’m studying holistic nutrition does not mean I like salads! At least, the cold, leafy varieties. Now, if it’s a warmed spinach salad with fried pancetta bits, you have my attention! It’s gotta be well over 90 degrees before a cold, raw lunch looks anywhere near appetizing. So I did something completely uncharacteristic the other day and willingly made a cold salad. I tossed some pea shoots (by weight, microgreens have exponentially higher amounts of nutrients than their full-grown counterparts!) and avocado bits on baby spinach leaves, and then sprinkled a few pink and red nasturtiums over it (which are high in Vitamin C), and suddenly, it looked a lot tastier. Maybe it was just the novel feeling of it all, but flowers make EVERYthing better, don’t they? And avocados and anchovy-laced dressing certainly doesn’t hurt. For any of you who have a garden or are interested in edible flowers, I highly recommend you buy some nasturtium seeds and try to grow them organically from seed next year! (Or is it still possible to grow them this year?) And FYI, nasturtium leaves are also edible! For more ideas on what to do with nasturtium flowers and leaves, check out this brief guide on Edible Portland.

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Avarcas! Handmade Sandals from Spain.

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These avarcas look so comfy! I love my huaraches (Mexican woven leather sandals), but they’ve stretched out so much from wearing them every day this summer that they just just flop around and are messing up my hips (I sound so old!) Anyway, these look like a lovely alternative. Avarcas are traditional sandals from the Spanish island of Menorca. The company avarcasUSA features these handmade sandals made by the Avarcas Pons, a family-owned business since 1945.

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Alayne Patrick’s East Meets West Home

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After I bought the Decor8 book a couple of years ago, I kept mentally bookmarking images of Alayne Patrick’s home in my mind as future home inspiration without realizing they were all from the same home. It was only after checking the index that I realized that. I still find myself referring back to those pictures whenever I need some decor inspiration!  Here a few of my favorite images from her Remodelista home tour. You see the rest of the tour here!

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Summer Recipes: Gluten Free Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp, Anchovy Miracle Sauce & St. Germain Grapefruit Margaritas

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During the last couple of rainy summer days, I was feeling a little under the weather. The last thing I wanted to do was venture out into the rain unnecessarily and I sorely needed a break from the internet, so I decided to get back into my neglected kitchen and start cooking and concocting again. The season has brought on a severe case of cooking laziness, but I took advantage of these sudden culinary urges and went nuts in the kitchen, making as many things as possible. Not only edible things, but homemade shampoo (which works better than any other shampoo I’ve purchased this year), vanilla lip balm, and an extra-moisturizing facial serum for my neighbor.

There was a bounty of fruit and herbs in fridge that we had either picked or were gifted by various neighbors. Enormous stalks of rhubarbs, luscious Rainier and Bing cherries, sage, rosemary, marionberries, raspberries, huckleberries, and peaches.

One of the dishes I made was this gluten-free and dairy-free raspberry rhubarb crisp from Minimalist Baker and added marionberries to the mix. Next time, I may add some lavender, too! I’m pretty picky about my cobblers and crisps, and I was pretty happy with this one. And I’m surprised how well it turned out with olive oil instead of butter!

I also whipped up this easy anchovy sauce from Nom Nom Paleo to dress up my vegetables and give it some umami taste.

I’m having guests over tonight for cocktails and dessert, and I’ve been on a grapefruit and tequila kick lately. And my absolute favorite liquor is St. Germain (clearly, I have a love for elderflowers), so when I saw this recipe from the Baking Bird, I knew I had to try it out with my friends!

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Image Sources: 1. The Minimalist Baker/ 2. The Baking Bird

 

 

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Claire Elsaesser

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I think I found some new art for my place! The problem is narrowing it down to one or two of her pieces. I think the painting above really captures the beauty, comfort and primitive security of having a trusted bedmate. I read an interesting article on the Atlanic today about why we sleep together. According to the Atlantic article, “At the end of each day we remove the onerous cloaks we’ve donned to face the world, and we want to do this lying next to our best friends, to know we’re not in it alone.” And apparently, this has nothing to do with romantic partners–historically, bedmates included family members and some very unlikely sleep mates, such as the article points out. But I’m trailing off on a tangent–if you’re looking for lovely, affordable art, Clare Elsaesser offers plenty of options on her Etsy shop! :-) Here are a few of my other favorites.

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Kaufmann Mercantile

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If you’re looking for some quality investment pieces, check out Kaufmann Mercantile. They’ve got jadeite plates, leather bags, pantry items, beauty products, you name it–many of which are made by artisans in the United States. BTW, I’m really digging the model’s polka dot dresses and clogs below. I could probably wear a simple uniform like this on a daily basis–maybe with a big, straw hat if I was a bolder hat person. I’m working on it!

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[Images: Kaufmann Mercantile]

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