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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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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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Health: The Many Uses of Tea Tree Oil

tea-tree-essential- via viva women[Photo Courtesy of Viva Woman]

In my pursuit to rid our home of any and all things toxic, I’ve begun using natural oils for projects all around the house.  Coconut and almond oils as makeup removers and skin moisturizers.  Rosemary and other lovely scented essential oils as a faux perfume.  Eucalyptus oil in candle making.  And now tea tree oil .

Each oil has its own great skill set and they’re all pretty versatile.  Check out Simple Homemade for list of uses around the house, from skin care to house keeping, with lots in between, and Viva Woman for Tips on Using Essential Oils for Health and Beauty.

Starting today, I’m going to be including some posts on health periodically, with lots about my journey delving into the world of natural oils.

Today I want to focus on Tea Tree oil and its many uses.  It has anti-septic and anti-fungal properties, making it a great staple to your first aid and cosmetic collections.  Try it for treating acne, body odor, athlete’s foot or nail infections, cold and flu symptoms, and cuts and burns.  It also makes a great house cleaner and disinfectant.  Instead of regurgitating all the research I did, I’ll just link to some good sources below:

Medical and Cosmetic Benefits of Tea Tree Oil via Viva Woman

20 Great Uses for Tea Tree Oil via Care2 Make a Difference

Tea Tree Oils Uses & Effectiveness via WebMD

A note of caution: do not rub pure essential oils directly onto your skin. Always dilute with a carrier oil, such as jojoba, vitamin e, coconut, almond or olive.  The suggested ratio would be half or less than half essential oil to carrier oil.  Also, proceed with extra caution if you have any health conditions or are pregnant.

Keep an eye out for a couple upcoming health posts including one about coconut oil (my very favorite oil!) and another about natural skincare for babies.

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