my favorite hot chocolate with oat milk

There are many questions I seem to have these days. Like why don’t we have a Christmas tree yet? Why is our internet connection suddenly catastrophic and is this becoming a food blog?

I have a really tasty hot chocolate recipe for you. It’s not only really tasty (the oat taste goes SO WELL together with cocoa and honey!) but you can add your own home made oat milk (which is even healthier than the store bought) also super great when you’re down with a cold because of the honey’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

What you’ll need for one cup of hot chocolate:

1 mug oat milk
Cocoa powder to taste (I like it when it’s only a little bit stronger than the oat taste)
1 teaspoon honey

Pour 1 mug of oat milk into a pot. While warming the milk, add cocoa powder to taste and stir. When the cocoa milk is warm enough to drink, pour it into your favorite mug and add a teaspoon of honey!

xo


happy weekend

We’re down to 5 1/2 hours of daylight and I’m doing my best to adjust to the sun setting at 14.00 already. I’m finding little things that make adapting to this dark and cold season a little easier and today that means celebrating December 1st with a saffron cake and some extra baby cuddles. I’m so excited to finally go all in for Christmas.


Now here are some interesting links for the weekend!

Is it time for us to re-think how we give gifts? (Becoming Minimalist)

Learn your loved one’s love language right in time for Christmas (The Five Love Languages)

5-minute caffeine-free chai mix (Minimalist Baker)

Adaptogens might be the coolest thing I’ve read about in a while (Free People)

How saffron is an effective antidepressant (University Health News)

This Saffron milk recipe | This Pumpin Pie Coffee Cake | Creamy Green Beans With Parmesan and Toasted Almond

saffron milk

November is probably one of the worst months of the year. It’s wet and cold and the amount of light outside is catastrophic. I love autumn but the lack of sunlight always gets my mood this time of year.

Something I’ve dived myself into these past few weeks is reading about the health benefits of saffron. I’m always happy to fill my saffron quota but this season I’m perhaps making a few more excuses to eat saffron buns knowing that eating a lot of saffron during the darkest & coldest months does have a function except for it being really tasty.

Saffron is calmative, anti-inflammatory, helps with PMS, food digestion and weight loss (by reducing the need to snack) and is amazing when it comes to treating anxiety and depression. Saffron can even be used as antidepressant and has equal effects to the prescription drug fluoxetine (generic form of Prozac)), without the adverse effects (this study suggests 30mg saffron/day if you want to treat major depression)

So with a mission to boost my mental health and beat the winter blues, I’m devoting this season to treat myself with everything saffron.

I’m leaving you with a recipe of saffron milk that is super simple to make. I like to drink it when the kids have fallen asleep and I finally have some time to do some work, when it’s too late to pur a cup of coffee.


To make it you’ll need:

2dl milk
1 1/2 tsp raw sugar (I really want to try with honey next time)
Saffron to taste

Pour the milk into a pot and bring to a boil while stirring the milk. Lower the heat and add saffron and raw sugar. Stir till the sugar is dissolved and simmer for about 5 min.

xo

Besitos de coco

Besitos de coco reminds me of a very special time with one of my friends from church back in Puerto Rico. I made these for my sister’s birthday and although we ended up keeping them only to ourselves, they didn’t last very long.

There are many ways to make them but I really love this simple recipe. To make this, you’ll need:

Half a can condensed milk
5 1/2 dl (200g) coconut flakes
2 teaspoons vanilla powder
1/2 dl water

Mix the ingredients in a bowl, use a teaspoon to form the cookies and put them on a cookie sheet.
Bake in 165 °C (325 °F) for about 10-15 minutes or until they are golden brown.

These go very well together with a glass of cold milk or a cup of coffee.

Enjoy!

prepping for a peaceful postpartum

Who wouldn’t want a positive transition and to feel valued & nurtured during the postpartum time? We spend an incredible amount of time during pregnancy preparing for birth, but not for the fourth trimester - the becoming of a mom.

Postpartum is very special. Breastfeeding itself can take weeks to establish. Sleep deprivation can have you hallucinating, forgetting things and leave you emotionally drained. The gynecological aspects of postpartum can be painful and scary. And in the midst of this huge transition, you’re trying to get to know a freshly made baby human whom you love more than all the stars and also help her transition into this world.

We’re wired for intensive support during the postpartum time. We need that support to emerge as confident, connected and calm mothers. We tend to give so much attention to pregnancy, birth and the new baby that we neglect our women during the postpartum time, and no wonder that there is an increase in postpartum depression, mood disorders, bonding problems and other health issues related to postpartum.

So, planning for a peaceful postpartum time would make all the sense, right?

Here are a few questions to ask yourself while preparing for your peaceful postpartum time!

  • Do you have food prepared? Who will cook meals for you?

  • Perineal pain, how will you manage it?

  • Do you have anyone to turn to when everything feels like a struggle?

  • Have you considered the benefits of wearing your baby in a wrap or sling?

  • Have you thought about how your relationship might shift with your new role as parents?

  • Have you thought about how the hormonal changes might affect your emotions and physical recovery?

  • What can you do to get more sleep when caring for a newborn all night and day?

  • What people can you count on helping you out?

  • Where can you connect with other parents?

  • What can you do to boost your oxytocin levels? (If you’re high in oxytocin you will have a higher tolerance for repetitive tasks)

  • Your partner will play a huge role in recovery. How can you most lovingly include him in your postpartum journey?

xo