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  • Playlist | Lavender

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    For me packing for a trip is like spring. Summer is my long awaited and never long enough season. Spring is the promise that summer will come again. To get ready for summer I like to plant herbs, clean closets, and sort out my life. After a long dreary winter, a warm(ish) sunny day is all it takes to see the thick layer of dust that has settled on my surfaces. And even metophorically, the dust that has settled in my mind and life.

    My favorite cleaning spray is 1 cup of water with 10 drops of lavender essential oil. If you have not tried this, you must! It smells soo relaxing and really gets the grit off your surfaces. This playlist is perfect for those days spent cleaning, tidying, and even just for those first sacred times of the season where you can actually throw open the windows and let the breeze in.

    Spotify  

    The St. Louis Blues | Hugh Laurie

    This Magic Moment | Ben E King

    One Mint Julep | Ray Charles

    Ginza Samba | Vince Guaraldi, Bola Sete

    Next to Me | Emeli Sandé

    Bourgeois Shangri-La | Miss Li

    Happy | Pharrell Williams

    The Walker | Fitz and The Tantrums

    Go Outside | Cults

    Sweater Weather | The Neighbourhood

    For the Actor | Mates of State

    Settle Down | Kimbra

    Let's Go | Matt and Kim

    Shake, Shake, Shake | Bronze Radio Return

    Riptide | Vance Joy

    Select Start Radio for those deep cleaning mornings.

  • Playlist | Rosemary

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    Last winter our rosemary bush gave us fresh herbs all winter long. I haven't dug under the snow to check on her yet since the most recent dump of snow, but I'm sure she's doing good. I like snow (sledding, hot cocoa, hot tea, warm socks, cozy blankets). I don't like some of what comes with it  (driving on ice, cold bones, wet socks, frozen pipes). One of my favorite things about winter is the anticipation for spring and summer and all the fresh food and energy that comes with the sun. 

    ♫ Spotify

    Sacred Heart | The Civil Wars

    Freight Train | Sara Jackson-Holman

    Encyclopedia (Galactica) | Weaver At The Loom

    Airhead | Right the Stars

    Til It Goes | Tim Coons

    Fire Song | Anderson East

    Little Ones | Come on Live Long

    Please Don't Leave Quite Yet | Adam Agin

    Two of Us | Mike Edel

    Mrs. Cold | Kings Of Convenience

    Souvenir | Canopy Climbers

    Turn Around | Early Winters

    Till the End of Time | A Boy and His Kite

    Still So Far Away | Jay Clifford

    Breathe | The Brillance

     

    Select Start Radio for a non-stop soundtrack of comfort and companionship.

    Try adding this snowy-day ambience sound mix..including snow crunch & fire crackles.

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  • Playlist | Cinnamon

    I romantize autumn. Autumn should be full of softly falling leaves, bike rides, warm colors, cool crisp nights, campfires with a special person, stargazing, cider, and lotsa cinnamon sprinkled on everything. Autumn should be slow. Maybe even slower than summer. It seems like the combination of my anticipation for autumn multiplied by my dread for fridged icey winter weather, autumn is never slow. Cinnamon starts out with a soft energy that is perfect for clinging to those final autumn days but transitions, like the pace of autumn, into a high energy companion for holiday cleaning and errands.

    ♫ Spotify

    Life Size Ghosts | Mt. Wolf

    Lush Life | Nat King Cole, Produced by Cee-Lo Green

    Cold October | Windsore Airlift

    It's Not Impossible | Ben Sollee

    Nothing But Time | Opus Orange

    Heartbeat | Kopecky Family Band

    The Ladder | Andrew Belle

    Rocket | Tori Kelly

    Gold | Wake Owl

    Time to Run | Lord Huron

    Kill for Love | Chromatics

    It All Feels Right | Washed Out

    Everybody Talks | Neon Trees

    Let it Go | Dragonette

    Pompeii | Bastille

    D.A.N.C.E | Justice

    Select Start Radio for a non-stop soundtrack of comfort and companionship.

  • Homemade Fall Coffee Syrups

    The last week my feed has been packed with PSL! I just couldn't take it any longer and I had to make a new batch of syrups in the spirit of fall. I love making syrups at home because I know exactly what goes in them and I can cater them specifically to my tastebuds.

    Pumpkin Spice Syrup

    Ingredients

    1 ½ cups water

    1 ½ cups sweetener of choice (maple syrup, honey, agava, stevia, brown sugar)

    3 tbsp pumpkin puree

    4 cinnamon sticks

    1 slice of ginger

    1 vanilla bean

    1 tsp ground nutmeg

    1 tsp cloves

    Directions

    Pour water and sweetener in a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sweetener has completely dissolved. Slice ginger and peel off the skin. Slice open vanilla bean and pull out all the seeds. Add ginger slice, vanilla bean and seeds, and cinnamon sticks. Whisk in the remaining spices and the pumpkin puree.  Continue to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, without letting the mixture come to a boil.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Syrup is thin and stores well in a bottle pourer that can be shaken as the pumpkin puree will settle. Store in the refrigerator. 

    Pumpkin Spice Latte

    I like to prep my mug with a dollop of extra pumpkin puree. Pull your espresso shot (or brew your coffee) and add to your mug and stir the shot and pumpkin together. Your mug should be about half full at this point. Shake your pumpkin spice syrup then add 2-3 tablespoons of pumpkin spice syrup to your milk. Warm or steam your milk. Pour your milk over your espresso.

    Lavender Mocha Syrup

    Ingredients

    1 cup of water

    1 cup of sweetener

    ⅓  cup of cocoa

    ⅓  cup of lavender buds*

    ½ tsp homemade vanilla extract

    Directions

    Boil water in a kettle or medium saucepan. Once the water is boiling, add sweetener and cocoa and beat with a wire whisk until everything is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and add the vanilla; mix thoroughly. Let cool. Syrup is thick and stores well in a jar or squeezable container. Store in the refrigerator.

    Lavender Mocha

    Pull your espresso shot (or brew your coffee) and add to your mug. Add 2-3 tablespoons of lavender mocha syrup to your milk. Warm or steam your milk. Pour your milk over your espresso.

    Salted Caramel Syrup

    Ingredients

    3/4 cup whole cane sugar

    5 tbsp water

    2 tbsp coconut milk

    1 tbsp sea salt

    ½ tsp vanilla extract

    Directions

    Bring whole cane sugar and water to a simmer over medium heat in a medium saucepan.  Continue to simmer until mixture reaches 240ºF. Remove from heat and whisk in milk, salt, and vanilla. Let cool. Syrup is thick and stores well in a jar or squeezable container. Store in the refrigerator.

    Salted Caramel Latte

    Pull your espresso shot (or brew your coffee) and add to your mug. Add 2-3 tablespoons of salted caramel syrup to your milk. Warm or steam your milk. Pour your milk over your espresso.

    *I buy spices that are hard to find like lavender buds and vanilla beans at our local health food store. You can also find herbs and spices at Rose Mountain Herbs

    This summer I have noticed allergies (diary, banana, melons, cucumber...all favorites of mine! so sad) developing that I've never had problems with before. Remember my cucumber gingerade? Yeah....super allergic to that! So, I have made some major changes to my diet. For lattes, cereal, and some cooking I've been really pleased with almond milk and coconut milk. I am cold natured and drink of warm beverages everyday, now I go for herbal teas and coffees on a routine basis. I would really miss my cup of joe if it wasn't for Teeccino! I love to make lattes, mochas, and "coffee" at home using teeccino! If you are needing to make some changes to your caffeine intake but really love a warm beverage, I highly recommend checking out teechino. I'm not an affiliate, just a happy customer.