Has New Year’s Day Always Been January 1?

The story of the calendar used in the U.S. and across the Western world begins in 45 B.C.E., when Caesar ordered up a 12-month calendar starting on January 1 based on one complete rotation around the sun, with three cycles of 365 days followed by one leap year of 366 days to compensate for small discrepancies in the man-made calendar and the way the earth actually moves around the sun. The Julian Calendar was in wide use until the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century C.E., after which the European calendar fell into a bit of disarray. … Continue reading Has New Year’s Day Always Been January 1?

Homemade Instant Hot Chocolate

Didn’t know instant hot chocolate contained hydrogenated oils?  Let’s take a peek at the labels of the two leading instant hot chocolates manufacturers. corn syrup, sugar, cocoa (processed with alkali), hydrogenated coconut oil, nonfat milk, salt, less than 2% of: dipotassium phosphate, dextrose, mono- and diglycerides, acesulfame potassium, carrageenan, natural and artifical flavor, sucralose. Those are the ingredients straight from a box of Swiss Miss Original Hot Cocoa. MANY ingredients are raising red flags here… obviously the hydrogenated oil but there’s also carrageenan and FIVE types of sweetener?!  Can’t we have hot chocolate without all the processed junk?! Yes we … Continue reading Homemade Instant Hot Chocolate

Christmas Gifts for the Men in Your Life

This curated Christmas list from Mind Body Green will have you checking the men in your life off your gift list! There are a ton of great ideas! Click through for the full article and to see all the picks! For all the men in your life who do so much for you, why not show a little appreciation this holiday season with a thoughtful, useful, mindful gift? Whether you're shopping for your new-to-yoga nephew or your dad who just realized he's into foraging, we've got something for everyone. Now get to shopping! via Holiday Gifts For Every Man In Your … Continue reading Christmas Gifts for the Men in Your Life

Carrot Soup

If you went to your farmers market over the weekend and came home with a beautiful bunch of carrots with their tops still attached, then this soup is for you. From root to stem, carrots are the main ingredient here along with a few staples that you likely already have in your kitchen. I’m really excited about this one in case you couldn’t tell – it’s so simple and delicious with no cream, no cashew cream, and no coconut cream (ok just a tad for garnish, but it’s really not necessary). The creamy base of the soup comes purely from the pureed carrots. … Continue reading Carrot Soup

The True Lesson of Hanukkah

  The greatest miracle in the story of Hanukkah, which begins Sunday night, is that more than 2,000 years after the initial event, Jews are still celebrating. That continuity is a sign that the holiday offers a deep lesson that touches all of our lives. Hanukkah commemorates a battle won, despite astonishing odds, by the Maccabees against the Seleucid monarch Antiochus and those Jews allied with him, who appeared ready to abandon their tradition. But later rabbis, uncomfortable with military-themed celebrations, focused the holiday on the miracle unmentioned in the book of Maccabees—that in the Temple, after it was cleaned … Continue reading The True Lesson of Hanukkah

Fall Recipe, Butternut Squash in Green Curry

This simple fresh curry paste takes only minutes to prepare. It envelops sweet, golden chunks of butternut squash with a beautiful and savory green sauce in the time it takes the accompanying rice to cook. Try making it with any prepared curry paste for an even simpler dish. Blending shallots, garlic, ginger, green chiles, and cilantro together produces a wonderfully fresh and vibrant curry. Make extra of this paste and stash in the freezer to pave the way for future easy weeknight meals. via Recipe: Butternut Squash in Fresh Green Curry — 5 Fall Soups and Stews from Nancie McDermott … Continue reading Fall Recipe, Butternut Squash in Green Curry