nourishing notes

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nourishing notes
 
seriously? maybe the cutest cards i've ever seen. a big thank you to jen for introducing me to these perfectly named nourishing notes: greetings that combine all things food, laughter and letterpress!  let's make whoopie, holy mole it's your birthday and whey to go are among my favorites, though it's hard to pick just three.  each card has a corresponding recipe idea or helpful kitchen hint on the back and each are letterpressed by hand using soy inks. yes, please! perfect for all lovers of food.

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forgotten ingredients: turmeric

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hello lovelies! today i'm starting a new column called the forgotten ingredient. so often i find myself not only discovering new ingredients, but also discovering the health benefits to some more common ingredients that i just never knew about. are you with me? sound interesting? feel free to share you thoughts in the comment section, add any knowledge you may have or even suggest ingredients for future posts!

on today's menu? turmeric.

forgotten ingredient: turmeric{organic ground turmeric} (on etsy!)

wh foods describes turmeric as has having a peppery, warm and bitter flavor and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger. to me, turmeric has a very light and agreeable flavor, one that you might be surprised at given the intensity of it's color. you'll often find it in indian dishes and curries, as the ingredient that gives them that vibrant yellow color. turmeric has quite a long list of health benefits, among them are an immense amount of anti-cancer properties and anti-alzheimers preventers. in fact, over a billion people eat turmeric in india every day, and they have one of the lowest rates of alzheimers in the world!

turmeric and its active component, curcumin, are useful for treating indigestion, ulcerative colitis, stomach ulcers, osteoarthritis, atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, uveitis, and bacterial and viral infections. it is a natural liver detoxifier, anti-inflammatory agent, pain killer and may aid in helping fat metabolism. click through the following articles to find even more of turmeric's benefits and read the details of each:

- university of maryland medical center on turmeric

- 20 health benefits of turmeric

- wh foods on turmeric

so the next question is, just how much should we be eating a day? the recommendation for adults are:

- cut root: 1.5 - 3 g per day
- dried, powdered root: 1 - 3 g per day
- standardized powder (curcumin): 400 - 600 mg, 3 times per day
- fluid extract (1:1) 30 - 90 drops a day
- tincture (1:2): 15 - 30 drops, 4 times per day

that's roughly about 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric a day (anyone have some turmeric and a gram scale??)

so the next question might be, what do you do it with it?

- add it to curries, stir fries and any indian dishes
- toss it with vegetables before roasting
- make turmeric tea (and read about the benefits)
- add 1 tsp (or more) to rice, quinoa, bulgar or any rice-y dish
- add it to potato or egg salad
- add it to soups

any other ways in which you use turmeric? please share!

 

soon to be beach bum

| indie fashion

2011 swimwear
 
soon, i will live both by the sea and in the mountains. the idea to me is a little overwhelming, as i've always been several hours away from the water. i consider myself a mountain girl. i like the trails, the scenery and ever-flowing rivers. the idea that i could have all that plus sandy beaches, rolling waves,  and year round sunny weather has never occurred to me. needless to say, i've begun to wrap my brain around it and cannot wait to experience it. the problem? well, i've got all the hippie mountain clothes i need, but now i need to start gathering easy-beach, cottage-by-the-sea, sunny-weather items. for starters, i like these suits above. what do you think? i also need to find a good romper.. (any advice?)

fig. 1: undrest diagonal suit (tied for 2nd fav?)
fig. 2: sophia top (maybe my favorite)
fig. 3: floral rush
fig. 4: avellanas suit
fig. 5: volcum striped
fig. 6: modern triangle bikini (tied for 2nd fav?)
fig. 7: sailor streamed bikini
fig. 8: plunging halter maillot

lovely delphine: french decor

| home decor

french decor by delphine
 
L'atelier de madame M
 
french decor by delphinefrench decor by delphine
 
L'atelier de madame M
 
french decor by delphine
 
french decor by delphine
 
turns out i have a terrible memory. i spent a good chunk of this morning filing through yesterday's history to try to remember just exactly where i saw this (ever do that?), when i finally remembered that it was on this new-to-me blog, bloseom living! isn't it pretty? this home comes from the lovely delphine of l'atelier de madame m. (you can use this translator to read it in english). oh how i love this french home! the pops of color, the grey wall in her kitchen and that beautiful mirror are among my favorite elements. what are yours?

softspoken berets

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berets by softspoken
 
it's supposed to be sunny and warm here this week (yeah!), and i think these adorable berets from softspoken would be the perfect going-to-the-park accessory. a nice chill look for this getting warm but not quite spring weather, don't you think? what's the weather like in your town? softspoken

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Vanilla Frappuccino with Ashley Pahl

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Since Spring is just around the corner, it seems right to try out a frozen drink. Building off the Vanilla Bean Latte recipe is the Vanilla Frappuccino - a deliciously frozen blend of coffee, ice, and sweetness. Serves two.

ingredients

2 cups crushed ice

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup vanilla syrup

6 oz chilled espresso for a bold flavor, or 1 cup chilled, double-strength coffee

directions

I find it helps to crush the ice in a blender, first. Next, add the milk, vanilla syrup, and coffee. Blend on low speed just until it's thoroughly mixed. Pour into two glasses, and top off with whipped cream, if you wish!

Want to try different flavors? Instead of milk, use 1/2 cup vanilla or chocolate silk (soy milk). For plain, coffee flavor with sweetness, switch the vanilla syrup for 1/4 cup of granulated sugar.

cofee with indie pretty projects

ashley paul indie pretty projectAshley has been coffee-crazy since college when her husband bought her an espresso machine for Christmas. Armed with a pot of dark roast, she spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her self-titledEtsy shop.