In my next life – or if I can find some extra time in this one, I suppose – I want to be a flower farmer. If you are on Instagram, then chances are that at some point this summer you saw this image come across your feed. I think it must have been shared 100s of times (I even saw Britney Spears repost it…and yes, I do follow and love Britney!), and rightly so because Erin and her farm are 100% dripping-in-beauty, flower farming #goals.
Because I wanted to have a piece of Floret at home, I bought a few of their bulbs to put in my own garden. This is a classic case of when one thing leads to another, but soon I started buying a lot of bulbs, more seeds, and eventually had two small – but mighty, thanks to my overcrowding them – gardens. I am also generally of the opinion that you can never have too many flowers however, so take that for what it’s worth.
I’ve been reading books like Roses Love Garlic and A Wilder Life; both of which I highly recommend, especially the latter if you are into nature, or are just looking for ideas on how to bring the outdoors in. As I sit at my desk and watch the rain slam my window (for the fourth morning in a row now, might I add), I’m finding some of these ideas especially helpful. I have herbs and the last of my lavender plants and roses drying on the sill, to be made into tinctures and added to various drinks like this version of golden milk. I truly love this kind of thing. It’s the point at which my hobbies intersect; playing in the dirt, learning about flowers, and experimenting in the kitchen. It’s very cool. To me, at least. Ha.
You know what is genuinely very cool though? My friends at Andalou Naturals have been busy celebrating NON-GMO Month and would like to give FIVE of you $100 worth of 1000 Roses products! As you might know, Andalou is the first and only beauty brand to receive 100% Non-GMO project verification. You can read more about how much I adore their products here. What better way to cap off October than to infuse your beauty routine with some rosy goodness, right? Entry is simple, and you can find all of the details below. I will notify the winners on Tuesday, November 1st. Good luck!
PS – I’ve had some trouble getting emails out to subscribers within the last several weeks (Argh!), so if you are interested, there are a few new posts on the blog!
ROSE AND SAFFRON GOLDEN MILK LATTE
Notes: I recognize that this is a fussy recipe! Because it requires special ingredients and special care, I recommend saving it for an equally special occasion, or in the very least a time when you can really enjoy it. One thing to note is that cashew milk can become extremely thick once heated. This recipe works best if you have a Vitamix, or another high speed blender with a heating element. If not, you can gently warm the mixture in a saucepan over medium heat, just until it bubbles.
1 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked in cold water for at least 2 hours, up to overnight
3 cups water
15-20 saffron threads
4 whole black peppercorns
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon rose water
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Drain and rinse the cashews. Set aside.
Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. As soon as the water boils, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the saffron, peppercorns, and turmeric. Steep for at least 5 minutes, up to an hour.
Strain the water over your blender (or into a bowl); this is my way of skipping a step. Add the cashews, rose water, honey, vanilla extract, and salt to the blender. Pulse until smooth. Drink immediately.
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Thank You so much to Andalou Naturals for providing the products featured in the photos you see here, as well as those in the 1000 Roses prize packs!