Almond Milk How-To

Almond Milk | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Almond Milk | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Almonds are a serious favorite for me. Their natural sweetness and bountiful nutrition make them all stars in my book.

Almond milk is all that goodness in drinkable form and it’s so easy to make! Plus, the leftover almond pulp makes great pancakes…yum. My favorite thing to do with almond milk? Homemade chai milk tea. Scrumptious.

ALMOND MILK

Ingredients
4 cups water + more for soaking

1 cup almonds

Preparation

Place almonds in a bowl or jar, add water until all almonds are covered, and soak for at least 6 hours.

Drain the almonds (feel free to save the soaking water for your plants), place in a blender with the 4 cups of water, and blend on high for 2-3 minutes. Using a fine sieve or cheesecloth, strain the solids out of the milk, either allowing gravity to do its thing or using a spoon/spatula to help it along.

What’s your favorite way to drink almond milk?

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Happy Birthday, America!

American FlagA midst all the barbecuing and parties, take some time to remember what Independence Day means.

Make it a good one, a safe one, and a fun one, cherishing family and friends.

 

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Central Coast Anniversary Adventure

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

If you’ve never been to California’s central coast, you’re missing out. Big time.

Hubby and I celebrated our 4-year wedding anniversary recently and took a trip we’ll cherish forever. From the beauty that is Bug Sur to experiencing farm life and topping it off with some fun in the sand dunes.

Honey tasting, strawberry basil popsicles and meeting great folks at Jack Creek Farms on the way to our B&B:

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

The lovely grounds and our amazing cottage at A Little Organic Farm & Cottages:

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Farm-fresh picnic breakfast:

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Warm summer nights make for great start gazing:

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Up by dawn to bottle feed the kids (baby goats) and milk the does (adult female goats) – my bucket list just got a little shorter!

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

A little hiking and exploring:

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Stopped by this place (we’ll be back someday to stay!):

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Topped it off with a stop at the dunes:

Central Coast Adventure | Tiffany Lane Handmade

A huge thank you to Gary and Cindy (and shadow and red) of A Little Organic Farm & Cottages for welcoming us with open arms (and wagging tails)! Their organic farm is gorgeous and breakfast amazing, these pictures don’t do any of it justice. And the goats, they’re pretty awesome, too. Thanks for the milk.

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Hiking Adventures: Sitton Peak

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Gosh, how I love getting out in nature. It really gives my soul some peace. Beautiful views, fresh air, animals and creatures. It all just comes together for me.

Last month, the Sunday of Memorial weekend to be exact, hubs and I took the dog and set out to hike Sitton Peak.

A nice, leisurely, peak hike right in our backyard. Sitton is not a real high peak, only ranking in at almost 3300 feet, and the trail only approximately 10 miles round trip, out and back. The first four to five miles or so are mostly uphill (nothing too steep), with some places of downhill or level ground.  The last section is a bit of a scramble up a pretty steep, not well maintained path. Once you reach the top, you’ll find some nice sitting boulders (where we ended up relaxing and napping on for quite a while) and an old metal can with notepads to sign your declaration (some of which being pretty entertaining!).

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Overall, a very pretty hike, that’s not too strenuous, not too long, dog friendly, and close to home.  I give it two thumbs up!

Sitton Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

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Recipe: Vegan Pesto

Vegan Pesto | Tiffany Lane HandmadeI absolutely love pesto! It’s definitely in my top 5 for sauces and condiments, right up there with mustard. Yes…mustard. But that’s a topic for another day.

Back to the pesto. It goes with almost anything. Burgers, pizza, pasta. Yes, I do eat these on occasion. And I consider them more gourmet with pesto, which by default makes them healthier. Right?

But really, I put this stuff on almost everything. Eggs. Avocados. Toast with eggs and avocados. As a veggie dip. In wraps and sandwiches. On tacos. With roasted eggplant. Or any roasted vegetable really. And even with just a spoon sometimes.

So this pesto I’m talking about. It’s awesome.  And hubby approved. Which means it’s actually awesome, not just Tiffany awesome. He even said about the last batch I made that it must have crack in it because he couldn’t get enough.

Funny thing about this recipe, though. It’s more of a ratio built around your preference.  I normally eye ball everything then blend it all up in the food processor.  Easy as pie. Or should that be pesto?

Oh, and it’s vegan. Simply because I don’t feel the need to add tons of cheese to everything I eat (not because I’m vegan…because I’m not). But don’t be deterred, you dairy eating folk.  What it lacks in cheese, it completely makes up for in pure deliciousness. Remember, it’s (carnivorous/dairy loving) hubby approved.

If you’re anything like me, and I hope you are, you’ve probably got most, if not all, of these ingredients in your kitchen already. Greens, check. Nuts, check. Olive oil, check. Fresh garlic and lemon, check. Salt and pepper, check.

Traditional pesto is made with basil and pine nuts, but in true Tiffany fashion, I’ve got to mix it up and make everything my own. So, I use whatever greens I’ve got on hand (normally kale or arugula, sometimes basil), and whatever nuts I’m feeling that day (usually cashews, since they’re creamy like pine nuts, but not as ridiculously expensive, and many times I also use almonds or walnuts). And more than just using fresh lemon juice, I also add in the zest, because why not?

Like I said, just throw it all in the food processor, let it whirl, give it a taste, add a little more of this or that to round it out, and you’re good to go.

Vegan Pesto | Tiffany Lane Handmade

But this wouldn’t be a true recipe if I didn’t list it out all pretty with some sort of directions, would it?

VEGAN PESTO

Ingredients
greens (basil, kale, arugula, or anything else you like)
nuts (pine nuts, cashews, pecans, walnuts, almonds, or anything else you like)
olive oil
fresh lemon, juice and zest
fresh garlic cloves
salt

pepper

Preparation

Throw it all in the food processor (maybe start with half and half, greens to nuts, 1 garlic clove, half the lemon juice and zest, a dash of salt and pepper, then add in the olive oil until you get a nice consistency), let it whirl, give it a taste, add a little more of this or that to round it out, and you’re good to go.

What are you gonna put your pesto on?

Vegan Pesto | Tiffany Lane Handmade

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Earth Week 2014!

Earth Week 2014 | Tiffany Lane HandmadeEarth Week 2014 is upon us and we’re already a day in!

At my day job, I’m part of the Green Team for our office and we’re celebrating by reminding people to be good stewards of the earth and raffling off “green” prizes like small succulent plants, reusable water bottles, reusable tote bags and reusable food storage containers.  Tomorrow and Thursday, we’re also showing the movie Walle during lunchtime.  Lots of fun things!

Off the clock, this week (like every week) I’m being green by limiting my driving and carpooling when possible, composting, recycling, eating organic, using non-toxic products, buying in bulk to reduce packaging and waste, and so much more.  But while Earth Week is a good reminder for us to be living “green”, I want to stress that we shouldn’t wait all year until Earth Week, we should be green everyday!

How do you celebrate earth day (everyday)?

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Hiking Adventures: Cucamonga Peak


Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Nature. My paradise on earth.

I just can’t get enough of it and was getting an itch to explore, so last weekend hubs and I took the dog and set out.

We took the Ice House Canyon Trail up to the saddle and continued up to Cucamonga Peak. While the trek up was quite the climb, 4300′ elevation gain in about 6 miles (12 miles round trip), reaching the 8859′ peak was well worth the burn.

The beautiful weather I’m sure added to the crowds in the first section on this April Sunday afternoon, but once we headed up to the peak from the saddle, we were in near solitude much of the way. A leisurely nap awaited us at the top, a midst the amazing views.

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

We plan to hike the SoCal Six Pack of Peaks and build up to some higher ones!

READER FEEDBACK: What peaks have you hiked?

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