Mulled pomegranate cider with vanilla + rosemary via thefirstmess.compin it!

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  • Barbara17/12/2015 - 9:41 am

    Whats the easiest yet most effective way to “juice” a clementine?ReplyCancel

    • Laura17/12/2015 - 9:43 am

      Like an orange or lemon! Cut in half and squeeeeze :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Lyn17/12/2015 - 10:23 am

    Love your recipe and am looking forward to trying it…
    That said there are some hidden heath concerns for this using Bai juices and in general anything containing sugar alcohols… share this only as you mentioned you keep Bai juice hand which leads me to think this may be the case in your home… and this being in general a health based blog I thought you might be interested in the research. To that end I am including this link in the event you want to read further ~ in the event you’ve not already done this research on your own…

    Love your blog and wishing you and yours a healthy and happy New Year….ReplyCancel

    • Lyn17/12/2015 - 10:25 am

      Oops puppy jumped on lap before I could include the link:
      https://www.ynhh.org/services/nutrition/sugar-alcohol.aspxReplyCancel

      • Laura17/12/2015 - 4:24 pm

        Thanks for sending this link, Lyn. I should clarify that while we do keep Bai on hand, we kind of address it as a treat–like a splash in a smoothie or a once-in-a-while kinda drink (like soda). I do appreciate your comment though, as I’m always reading up on this sort of thing and trying to keep up to date :)
        -LauraReplyCancel

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan17/12/2015 - 10:24 am

    How is it that you can make a boozy drink look so nourishing and gorgeous?! I’m with you, I can’t booze it like I used to, but I’ll take a few mugs of warm booze this season, then I’m out for a nap and a snack :)ReplyCancel

  • danielle is rooting the sun17/12/2015 - 10:26 am

    laura, much giggles this morning. unfortunately my scene ends up looking a lot like lucille bluth, more often than not – so i’m conscious about keeping myself in check. i love the idea of a mulled cider, really warm, it’s always been one of the defining drinks of the season for me. the combination of pomegranate and cranberry (huge fan) makes me so excited. happy drinks to you lady! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Allyson17/12/2015 - 2:49 pm

    I love a good cocktail, but if I partake in more than two I’m sloshed. The alternative always seems to be to just sip water all night and draw all sorts of attention to myself. This looks like the gorgeous, non-boozy punch we all need.ReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout17/12/2015 - 3:42 pm

    ah i feel very on board with this drink! i am sure that it also makes the house smell amazing and holidayish PLUS gives your body those good healthy vibes and nutrients <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • This is a stunning cider! I can’t wait to make this over Christmas! I love the pairing of rosemary and pomegranate!ReplyCancel

  • thefolia18/12/2015 - 4:27 am

    So wonderful to see more and more soda options out there without the added sugars and other toxins. I haven’t heard of this one…I must check them out, I hope they don’t have and “natural flavors” the “ingredient” gets me…what’s a “natural flavor” Cheers to happy and healthy drinking!ReplyCancel

  • Chirag Dua18/12/2015 - 4:42 am

    This is so healthy and Nutritious recipe.. it helps to increase Our Immune Systems. thanks for provide Ingredients and method of cook..ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well18/12/2015 - 11:37 am

    I just hopped on the Bai train and have been loving it too! So nice to have a healthy sip that nips my sweet tooth craving during the day. This mulled pot of goodness sounds like all the christmassy flavors in one happy place, I can smell it from here ;) xoReplyCancel

  • Jodi19/12/2015 - 8:18 am

    Ah I’ve been thinking about some fun non-boozy drinks for this season, because hello 29 and I just can’t put ’em back like I used too either. Funny how times can change, a bowl of antioxidants and being in bed before 10PM sound like a party to me. Love the flavors here Laura, vanilla + rosemary is just perfect. Happy days to you + yours xReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Grace21/12/2015 - 12:06 pm

    Gorgeous! Thanks for a delightful non-nog recipe for those of us who can’t imbibe so much. Love the pomegranate twist. Sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Keara McGraw21/12/2015 - 4:54 pm

    Laura, I love this. Sistah Aileen is totally on the Bai train, I’ll have to surprise her with this cider over the holidays! She can hang waaay more than I can (I totally connect with those gifs you posted) so while I’m sure she’d enjoy this spiked, I’m real happy for a delicious seasonal bev with the option of no booze!ReplyCancel

  • Kate | healing family eats22/12/2015 - 9:26 pm

    This looks absolutely beautiful and is going to be so delicious I know. I can’t wait to give it a try over the holidays.
    Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • T Butcher23/12/2015 - 9:05 am

    Oh my… This cider is made of everything I love!! :)) Thanks :))ReplyCancel

  • kate | vegukate23/12/2015 - 12:01 pm

    What a gorgeous, beautiful seasonal recipe! I feel like that vanilla bean must make this drink extra delicious :)ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food29/12/2015 - 5:13 pm

    Just got our first snowfall of the season and now I’m craving all things warm. Tea, cider, hot toddies. You know. All those wonderfully comforting beverages. Love everything about this gorgeous cider. Happy holidays, friend!ReplyCancel

stuffed squash with broccoli rabe and quinoa // thefirstmess.com #broccolirabepin it!

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  • thefolia08/12/2015 - 4:49 am

    Viva le broccoli rabe…we love it in our nest! Where did you get those glass storage containers…I absolutely love them. My pantry would look a whole lot more inviting if I had these as my storage containers. Happy feasting!ReplyCancel

    • Laura08/12/2015 - 8:33 am

      Hey there, the jars are a mix of finds from Home Sense/Home Goods and Food 52’s online shop. Food 52 still has them! Link here. Good to note though: I was at an Ikea store yesterday and they had ones on display that looked quite similar–probably at a very reasonable price, too!
      -LReplyCancel

  • carolyn08/12/2015 - 7:57 am

    I am going to make these beauties stat! We grew acorn and butternut for the first time this summer and have quite the abundance to get us throigh the winter:)
    Curious as to what the broccoli rabe is on top of on your (beautiful) counters? Also what cutting board is that? My husband just ordered me a beautiful boos block, but i had to return it because it is 2″ thick and makes my counter too high to comfortably chop. (Im 5’2) it is way past time to upgrade to wood.
    Thank you!!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Laura08/12/2015 - 8:38 am

      Thanks Carolyn!
      Do you mean the second photo down in the second set of photos? The broccoli rabe is sitting on top of a linen-covered cutting board that’s perched over my sink in that one :) That tends to be the best spot for photos so I try to rig it up as best I can. My cutting board in these photos is a basic bamboo one from Home Sense/Home Goods and it’s only an inch or so thick. I had the same problem with a thick chopping block! It was cramping up my shoulder because I’m on the short side as well ;)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan08/12/2015 - 9:50 am

    Your kitchen is just dreamy girlfriend, that backsplash and those shelves are so good! I burned myself out on squash early in the season, but this looks like a good foray back into the sqaush loving rotation :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura08/12/2015 - 5:31 pm

      My instinct is to over-do it with the squash in October, so I feel you on that. Varied accompaniments = so key. xoxoReplyCancel

  • danielle is rooting the sun08/12/2015 - 10:34 am

    oh laura! – this squash is everything delicious and festive in a beautiful roasty package. recently the integrity of stuffed squash as a main was questioned in my world (but I disagreed – I think omnivores and vegetarians/vegans may see differently on this matter). your flavors here are both romantic (those marcona almonds and balsamic!) and cool (oh that sexy rabe) – making for one hot dinner date. ♥ super stoked for holiday festivities, and i’m lining up my woolen socks, too. (:ReplyCancel

    • Laura08/12/2015 - 5:33 pm

      It’s true that broccoli rabe is hella sexy ;) I feel like I’ve had some iffy stuffed squash dinners before, so I totally understand the debate. The smaller wedge is pretty key, I find. A better stuff to squash ratio :) xoxoReplyCancel

  • Allyson08/12/2015 - 12:56 pm

    I love the look of this. The roasted squash with broccoli rabe and marcona almonds- genius. It sounds so cozy and comforting.ReplyCancel

  • Christine08/12/2015 - 1:31 pm

    Your lovely kitchen inspires shelf envy every time! We picked out our tree this past weekend too. I love how all of a sudden, everything feels so festive! In the spirit of it, we’re having hot apple cider basically every night haha. I’m in the midst of planning our Christmas dinner menu and I think something like this would be a crowd-pleaser – so good! And those fancy almonds… I need to head over the river soon to pick up those and other TJ favourites :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura08/12/2015 - 5:36 pm

      I tidy the shelves for the photos, so I really, reeeaaallly appreciate this comment :) The festivity does come on in one big rush! It’s been hard for us to get over to the US lately (also the dollar has been craaaazy!), but when we do go, I buy TJ’s out of those almonds every time ;)
      -LReplyCancel

  • shira08/12/2015 - 1:55 pm

    I adore broccoli rabe and just cooked with it last night! This looks like the perfect cozy winter meal with all my favourite things. Love your pics as always Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Keara McGraw08/12/2015 - 8:12 pm

    Laura, I want to dive into these photos they’re so stunning! I’ve got a few of your recent bright meal recipes saved up as rewards for getting through a busy busy (and final!) fall semester. Similar to your last post, these busy days have been a littleee heavy on the pizza dosage. For some reason broccoli rabe seems to be a little trickier to come by at the grocery stores in Chicago but I’ll be keeping an eye out! My favorite thing to get festive/cozy this time of year is make as many different hot cocoa variations as I can. Pumped to see what you have in store!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well09/12/2015 - 10:31 am

    Yay for getting into the holiday spirit! And for two weeks in a row of posting, I feel so spoiled! This is crazy gorgeous, and totally speaking to everything I am craving this time of year (between the cookies and hot chocolate, naturally). So beautiful and full of color and flavor. Enjoy your wooly socks and decorations friend! <3ReplyCancel

  • Girllllll your photos!! OMG. You are such an amazing visual storyteller. And this recipe really hits the spot! Pinning. :)ReplyCancel

  • Bella B10/12/2015 - 9:35 pm

    This looks so yummy I pinned it and I’m going to make it asap!!

    http://xoxobella.comReplyCancel

  • Stacey10/12/2015 - 9:57 pm

    Marcona almonds and currants…yum! This stuffing sounds incredible!ReplyCancel

  • renee (will frolic for food)14/12/2015 - 5:32 pm

    squash master skills on point! can’t wait to try this recipe out! maximum respect for your brain sparkle regarding balancing all of the flavors and textures out. aka exactly why i wanna eat this tonight all cozied up in a blanket and socks.ReplyCancel

  • I love stiffing vegetables and this squash with the topping looks delicious! This is perfect for the winter!ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food15/12/2015 - 8:44 pm

    It’s been so warm here lately, it’s been hard to get into the holiday spirit. Today, I wore a t-shirt. Seriously. It’s crazy.

    I’m all about the broccoli rabe. It’s something I grew up with and for some reason the bitterness doesn’t bother me. Love the idea of doing a stuffed squash with it. Looks wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Mikkel Magnuson23/12/2015 - 11:46 am

    Hello ! I like the Combination of Marcona almonds and currants This stuffing sounds incredible! I love stiffing vegetables and Recipes this squash to looks delicious! I am eager to try this and definitely will share with you the experience with this delicious recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Nina Olsson04/01/2016 - 7:58 pm

    This looks gorgeous, what a beautiful dish to serve. I think I’m going to try this!ReplyCancel

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  • Tenile03/12/2015 - 4:13 am

    Yum!!!! If you don’t mind me asking, which julienne slicer do you have?ReplyCancel

  • lisa03/12/2015 - 6:01 am

    wow. i truly love these pictures, and yeah, for sure, i do also love all kinda spring rolls with tangy dippin’ sauces. xx – lisaReplyCancel

    • Laura03/12/2015 - 9:54 am

      Spring rolls for life! Thanks Lisa. xo
      -LReplyCancel

  • Dena03/12/2015 - 7:02 am

    Congrats on getting the work done toward your book! These rolls look delicious. Thank you so much. DReplyCancel

  • TUULIA03/12/2015 - 7:09 am

    Congrats Laura! Can’t wait to see your book!ReplyCancel

  • Shelley | Sevengrams03/12/2015 - 8:45 am

    Congrats on being done with the manuscript. Seriously counting down the days until your book is released — woohoo! Perfect recipe for a well needed escape from all the heavy holiday eating and stunning photos! Glad to have you back in this space!ReplyCancel

    • Laura03/12/2015 - 9:53 am

      Thanks so much, Shelley! Feels good to be back in a more normal capacity ;)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Christine03/12/2015 - 8:52 am

    Hooray! Congratulations on submitting your manuscript, that’s very exciting! And just in time to wholeheartedly enjoy the holidays without a deadline looming. I keep hearing that we’re (finally!) going to have a more mild winter :) These rolls look so fresh! I am off to find myself a papaya :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura03/12/2015 - 9:58 am

      I heard that rumour about the mild winter too! Holding off on purchasing snow tires, hopes ablaze ;) Thanks so much, Christine!
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Elenore Bendel Zahn03/12/2015 - 9:05 am

    GORGEOUS! ..and biggest congrationlations!!! Now go snoooozzzzee <3 <3 <3 Love you so!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn03/12/2015 - 9:33 am

    These salad rolls look so fresh and delicious. I can completely relate to what you shared about the paradox of creating vibrant, fresh foods and then ending up eating pizza yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn03/12/2015 - 9:34 am

    I forgot to say congratulations! Haha! Such an accomplishment. I can’t wait to have your beautiful cookbook in my hands.ReplyCancel

  • Jenna03/12/2015 - 9:50 am

    These look so fresh and delicious! I love thaf the sauce is light too. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan03/12/2015 - 10:18 am

    HOORAY! I’m so excited for you that the book is done and handed in (p.s. I’ll drink a celebratory drink for you). Enjoy having some time back and many vaca vibes your way! xoReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar03/12/2015 - 10:21 am

    Huge props for handing in your manuscript girl! Hard work and calls for pizza and now you can hide under the covers for as long as you want! I love the papaya in this. It’s something I rarely use but LOVE the taste of! Definitely need these in my life.ReplyCancel

  • danielle is rooting the sun03/12/2015 - 10:32 am

    So beautiful are these rolls, Laura! I am craving something so vibrant right now due to a heavy roasting rotation. Adore the spicy lime dip (and the idea of integrating cashew or almond butter because I know I will eat the whole plate). Monstrous congratulations on completing your manuscript! Your cookbook will be the most beautiful event ever. Cheers to enjoying food in the moment sweet lady. xoxoxoReplyCancel

    • Laura04/12/2015 - 1:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Danielle! We’re starting to get roasted vegetable fatigue over here, too ;)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Jeanine03/12/2015 - 10:46 am

    Congrats! I can’t wait for your book – these look amazing (I was drooling over your instagram shot of them yesterday). Perfect light party food…ReplyCancel

    • Laura04/12/2015 - 1:17 pm

      I can’t wait for yours either :D :D
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Edlyn03/12/2015 - 10:58 am

    Girl!! Your book is on it’s journey and you’re already back in the kitchen making magic. You’re inspirational to say the least!! I’ll be off to the Motherland next week and I’ll be sure to knock on the papaya tree a few times so I can make some of these for my family. Stay cozy and enjoy eating non-pizza foods again. XoReplyCancel

    • Laura04/12/2015 - 1:19 pm

      So jealous you’ll get to saunter on up to a papaya tree. Enjoy! And thanks so much for this kind comment, Edlyn :)
      xoReplyCancel

  • Erica03/12/2015 - 12:09 pm

    Congrats! I love your recipes and photos, so I am really looking forward to the book. I keep hinting to my man that this is the one I want once it comes out haha. Enjoy the holidays and being free of book writing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Grace03/12/2015 - 3:46 pm

    HUGE congrats on finishing your manuscript! I can’t tell you how excited I am to hold your book! These gorgeous and oh so fresh rolls look like the perfect way to start celebrating! So pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Linda | The Baker Who Kerns03/12/2015 - 5:10 pm

    Congratulations on handing in your cookbook manuscript! I can’t wait til it comes out! I love how those julienned papayas look. Makes me inspired to start julienning things that I wouldn’t have thought of! These rolls look lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Steph @ The Grateful Grazer03/12/2015 - 6:53 pm

    Congrats! So in love with the idea of tropical fruit in a summer roll! :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashlae04/12/2015 - 11:14 am

    High fives, lady. YOU DID IT! Can’t wait to get my hands on that high-vibe book. These salad rolls look damn delicious and if I can manage to keep from going straight at the papaya with a spoon.. they will happen. BIG HUGS. <3ReplyCancel

  • Patty04/12/2015 - 2:27 pm

    These look great! And really looking forward to seeing your cookbook!ReplyCancel

  • Keara McGraw06/12/2015 - 4:39 pm

    Congratulations on finishing the manuscript, Laura! What a feat, and what exciting things to follow :) This recipe neeeeeds to happen in my life asap. The shot of your mint plant is so heart-warming! Helps to keep some greenery around as the weather turns brisk. I’ve officially committed to keeping a rosemary plant alive through the winter. Cheers to mild weather and making deadlines! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Allyson07/12/2015 - 3:49 pm

    Congrats on finishing your manuscript! I can’t wait to read it when it’s finally out. I’m sure these are great for refueling, but I bet they also taste quite celebratory.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah | The Swirling Spoon07/12/2015 - 10:29 pm

    Congratulations :) hip hip!
    These salad rolls are a perfect articulation of everything I have been craving lately… I hope I can make ’em soon!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsey08/12/2015 - 10:50 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! Instagram had me craving Summer Rolls too..hahaReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well09/12/2015 - 10:27 am

    TOO GORGEOUS Laura. My eye balls just popped! And hooray for turning in you manuscript! Big big time congratulations lady – a beach vacation sounds like just the thing you would need after a few weeks of decompressing. So great to have it all done for the holidays so you can sink into a jolly coma. Lots of hugs and naps being sent your way, cannot wait to see this beauty of a book (!!!) xoReplyCancel

  • Kate09/12/2015 - 11:28 am

    Your photos are magnificent! These rolls are so pretty, I can see them taking center stage at a holiday party for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Nanogram17/12/2015 - 12:37 pm

    Just discovered your blog and am loving these recipes along with your point of view! Can’t wait for the cookbook! Thanks so much for all the love.ReplyCancel

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  • Synnøve17/11/2015 - 5:32 am

    This looks delicious! your photos are stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Anneli17/11/2015 - 7:43 am

    This looks like such a healthy wholesome salad! I was just reading about lowering blood pressure naturally and one thing I need to eat more of is dark leafy greans like kale. I sometimes get stumped on ways to add variety and this is a salad that I’ll definitely try!ReplyCancel

    • Laura19/11/2015 - 11:03 am

      The dark leafy greens have so many superpowers. It can be hard to get creative with them after a while though. Hope this salad can inspire you a bit! ;)
      ;)ReplyCancel

  • danielle is rooting the sun17/11/2015 - 10:32 am

    laura, your lacinato is so gorgeous, and the light you capture gives it the most beautiful and glowing bath. perfect autumnal recipe, these elements i adore. farro is on my heavy rotation currently, i cannot escape my passion for the bite. + the orange cranberry dressing is solid. thank you for sharing such important tips/reminders for a good holiday weekend – i think with all the technology it can be easy to lose sight of the gratuitous reasons we are gathering initially for. enjoying the real time is perfect. xo, love to your autumn.ReplyCancel

    • Laura19/11/2015 - 11:02 am

      Thanks Danielle! I’ve just kind of re-discovered farro recently. Used to love it and eat it a lot, but then kind of quit. But we’re back at it again because that chew is one-of-a-kind. So good. Hope you’re staying cozy out there :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full17/11/2015 - 11:03 am

    Oh Laura the light in these photos is just stunning! I think you are one of the best photographers at capturing natural light. And it’s so appropriate considering your words in this post! I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t be taking advantage of some of the cyber monday deals, but I am all for going outside and unplugging from technology. One of the rituals my dad and I have is that we always go for a hike after the Thanksgiving dinner, to burn off some of the food coma vibes and enjoy nature! :DReplyCancel

    • Laura19/11/2015 - 10:49 am

      Thanks for this ultra kind comment, Sarah! Hope you enjoy some outdoors AND some food coma vibes ;)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Harriet17/11/2015 - 12:12 pm

    Yum, yum, yum! Cruciferous veg for the win. Also love your tips! Cozy-vibes are king :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura19/11/2015 - 10:48 am

      Hope you’re stayin’ cozy too, girl ;)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Heidi Kokborg18/11/2015 - 6:48 am

    This salad look really good! And just perfect for winter!ReplyCancel

  • allysia18/11/2015 - 11:41 am

    I really need to give broccoli rabe another go – the last time I made it, it was inedible. I’m not a picky person, but it was awful. I think it was the cook’s fault though, not the poor rabe! I think pairing it with these sweet ingredients is the way to go.ReplyCancel

    • Laura19/11/2015 - 10:47 am

      It can be surprisingly bitter, but you’re right: pairing it with slightly sweeter or more acidic flavours really helps. Although, my favourite way to eat it is sautéed with a ton of garlic, and then just stuffed between two pieces of crusty bread. Simple goodness :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • renee (will frolic for food)19/11/2015 - 3:35 pm

    CAN’T EXPLAIN TO YOU HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT THIS SALAD. Also I can’t wait to try that dressing on everything bc you’re the vibey dressing/sauce queen of the internet. I love your check list on how to have a great holiday, too. i really connect with those feelings. also i think i personally needed those reminders so thank you! i’ll be making some more space to breath and walk and find the joy. <3ReplyCancel

  • Keara McGraw19/11/2015 - 6:36 pm

    Sooo beautiful, Laura. I find myself trying to sneak cranberry something into as much as I can this time of year. This salad for sure has to make it to my holiday table! /is waaay more approachable than a vegan “log”. Your tips for a more meditative celebration are amazing and much needed. Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Becca | Spices and Spatulas19/11/2015 - 9:02 pm

    This is everything I’ve ever wanted to eat! And I really love your thoughts on how to approach the holidays, a time that can be SO overwhelming. You rock, lady! xoReplyCancel

  • rachel @ athletic avocado19/11/2015 - 10:35 pm

    This hearty salad would be a great side dish for thanksgiving dinner! I especially love the sound of that cranberry orange dressing! yum!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well20/11/2015 - 11:14 am

    I love all of these tips/recommendations for getting back to the roots of what Thanksgiving is about, and how to really enjoy the holiday. Big hugs to you for promoting all that you do, and for making yummy dish after dish to inspire us all <3 (Ps. Glad to see you out from hiding before your big deadline! I listened to JM's podcast with you – you're such a hoot, I adore you, good luck in your last week lady!)ReplyCancel

  • Sofie Bollen21/11/2015 - 10:25 am

    wow this looks so good!! gonna try this tomorrow! xx sofieReplyCancel

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  • Sherrie22/11/2015 - 3:19 pm

    I agree with Sarah ^, your ability to capture light is like no other. This salad is a beaut Laura. I’m loving these tips, especially all that ‘get interest’ business. I’m flying through Master of None, and have a stack of books waiting to be read over the next few weeks, snuggled up with some cozy vibes. xxReplyCancel

  • ratna22/11/2015 - 11:32 pm

    Love the holiday tips, specially going ‘low tech’. I looove salads. Thanks for sharing this wholesome recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Amy (Lemon and Coconut)23/11/2015 - 2:50 pm

    Very sound advice, thank you! And such a beautiful recipe and beautiful photos too :)ReplyCancel

  • Chelsey23/11/2015 - 7:34 pm

    Great photography! I’d be happy to sit and look at this gorgeous salad and your photos although I’m sure it tastes lovely as well. It’s a refreshing change from all of the standard thanksgiving recipes going around at the moment. xReplyCancel

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  • Quite Chefy01/12/2015 - 4:59 pm

    This looks like such a light, refreshing salad for those days where you just don’t want a heavy meal. I will def. give this a taste in the future.ReplyCancel

  • Daria Grey04/12/2015 - 5:21 am

    Mmmm look so delicious. I have a problem with my stomach and in my opinion this recipe is perfect for my daily meal! Thank you, for the recipe Laura. Well done! I will try to prepare It asap :)ReplyCancel

  • c07/12/2015 - 6:42 am

    Stunning photos, makes me want to eat it right now! Well done:)ReplyCancel

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  • Tori03/11/2015 - 7:24 am

    I have just recently become a huge coffee drinker and this recipe sounds so incredible! I love your addition of the cashew butter in it. This is definitely something I need to try!ReplyCancel

  • marsha gibbons03/11/2015 - 7:32 am

    I can’t wait to try this concoction!! It sounds delicious and soothing. Tell me about mesquite powder. I see it on Amazon. How does it taste, why is it included and do you use it elsewhere?
    Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina03/11/2015 - 7:56 am

    Hmm… never thought of adding cashew butter to my coffee – even though I totally love it! I think that will be the first thing I’ll make tomorrow morning as I’m trying to get ready for a 7 am lecture – even though I have to skip the mesquite powder for now.. And I love those copper pots on the wooden shelves! Wish my pantry would look like that..ReplyCancel

  • I love all these cozy Autumn and puppy pictures! I really love having a morning ritual to start the day in a self-love, nourishing for the body/soul kind of way. I’ve tried bulletproof coffee with ghee and nobody in my house was a fan. Your version sounds so much more our style! Looking forward to giving it a try xReplyCancel

  • Edlyn03/11/2015 - 10:28 am

    Cleo!! You’re so cute when you read books with your little puppy paws! :)
    You’re so right about forming a morning ritual to help ease into the day. Unfortunately mine still has to be rushed to make a 6.30am bus. And though I love waking up early, it just hangs in the back of my mind that I HAVE to do it. Maybe when I’m rich or give it all up one day….
    This coffee looks scrumptious! Can’t wait to try it myself soon.ReplyCancel

  • danielle is rooting the sun03/11/2015 - 10:30 am

    laura, beautiful sentiments albeit your coffee reality. my sensitivity to caffeine is slightly unbelievable at times (although i am persistently romanticized by the morning ritual) – and to this i, too, retain the morning mediation, but with alternative fuel. great recipe here – vanilla coconut milk is often at the top of my cravings – and to combine with cashew butter? excitement is piqued. happy week to youReplyCancel

  • Jennifer03/11/2015 - 10:31 am

    LOVE that cup! Your photos are wonderful! Cute Kitty, too! Lovely Fall post! I hopped over from a friend’s site – glad I did – you have a great place, here!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ Hummingbird High03/11/2015 - 11:42 am

    hey! have we talked about how jealous i am of your copper pot collection? wait, scratch that — how jealous I am of your kitchen as a WHOLE?

    ps – this coffee looks great, you’re really killing it with the pretty pictures

    xoxoReplyCancel

  • Peanut butter princess03/11/2015 - 11:44 am

    That coffee sounds amazing! And looks amazing too – beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Zoe03/11/2015 - 12:03 pm

    I’ve been making my own bulletproof ish coffee every morning recently as well. Something about the temperature finally cooling down makes the mornings so much more peaceful.
    Bonus has been adding in a dollop of pumpkin puree leftover from muffins :) I also just throw everything in a mason jar and shake, forces a little workout and starts the day off with one less dirty dish.ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid - Let's talk evergreen03/11/2015 - 12:07 pm

    Yes to all of this dear Laura! I love the fact your dog is featured in this post too btw. I have a hard time getting up early when I have a day off. It’s not that I sleep in until very late, but standing next to my bed before 8 is a problem. This might help, I will certainly try! <3ReplyCancel

  • Allyson03/11/2015 - 12:20 pm

    I drink coffee, not tea, because coffee leaves me jittery and stomach-achy, and I totally relate to building a morning ritual around your caffeine consumption. I love the kettle going off, the steeping time, the slow sipping. If I drank coffee I would certainly try this out- cashew butter! brilliant!- and as it is, I’m seriously curious about A Year of Cozy.ReplyCancel

  • J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats03/11/2015 - 1:24 pm

    Love this I can so relate to getting panicky and weird with coffee. Also when that happens it immediately makes me drowsy after the weirdness subsides.

    I do mine with almond milk, grass fed butter, coconut milk, cinnamon and maca and it’s so much more effective and not weird that way. The cashew butter sounds like it would be SO good too :)ReplyCancel

  • Keara McGraw03/11/2015 - 2:53 pm

    I so identify with all of this!! While my tastebuds wish I could handle more than one cup of coffee, I truly cannot. As in, eyes darting around my favorite coffee shop/heart rate racing/trying to avoid a panic attack cannot. Every once in a while I do indulge (/mentally prepare myself) and should give a little extra fat in my drink a try! The recipe sounds so, so wonderful. Cleo is such a beautiful breakfast buddy, too! <3ReplyCancel

  • Tara03/11/2015 - 3:39 pm

    My husband was on a total Bulletproof coffee kick about a year ago, and I could never get on board. I’m loving the idea of this — sounds absolutely delicious and far more up my alley. Happy November to you.ReplyCancel

  • Dana03/11/2015 - 3:49 pm

    YES TO THIS MORNING ROUTINE! Love your review of Adrianna’s book. I have it on my wish list! It looks like perfection. And this drink NEEDS to happen for me. Bravo lady!!ReplyCancel

  • Katie03/11/2015 - 4:08 pm

    Wow your Blog is a true inspiration. I love everything about it. Your pictures have such a high quality and the recipes are great! Thank you!
    Love Katie
    http://www.whatskatieupto.wordpress.comReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full03/11/2015 - 7:42 pm

    I LOVE that idea – getting excited about your morning eats/drinks as you go to bed. It really gives you something to wake up for!! In my pre-vegan days breakfast was my favorite meal, and I’ve become really lax in finding vegan yummies (it doesn’t help that I don’t really like sweets/oatmeal). But I’m feeling super motivated after seeing this recipe!! :D :DReplyCancel

  • thefolia04/11/2015 - 1:53 am

    The best part of waking up…happy sipping.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah | The Swirling Spoon04/11/2015 - 3:49 am

    Your bronze pots are beautiful!!! And this delicious subversion of a bulletproof coffee… O_O
    Random, but I just listened to your podcast/interview with Jessica Murnane. It was a pleasure! Wishing you the best with your cookbook creating!!ReplyCancel

  • TUULIA04/11/2015 - 4:56 am

    I love, love this. Waking up early and having that extra time is so great, I hope to do it more often in the future. Just gotta make a habit of it! Have a lovely autumn Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well04/11/2015 - 10:46 am

    Ah I loved this. I get excited every night for my early morning rituals, also loving waking up super early (while its still dark) and the rest of the world is sleeping and still. Its my favorite time of the day. I’ve been looking for ways to offset my coffee consumption (or just make it a bit healthier) and between your superfood lattes post from last year + this one, I’m feeling super inspired to turn my cozy drink nob up a notch ;). Happy fall Laura! Hope you’re having the swellest time <3ReplyCancel

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen04/11/2015 - 1:00 pm

    I loved this post. Thanks for sharing, friend. I love listening to other people’s morning routines; it’s always interesting to see what goes into the beginning of their days. And Cleo! Haha. She’s feeling them doughnuts! xoReplyCancel

  • jaime / the briny04/11/2015 - 5:37 pm

    i totally experienced the same thing when i tried out a sleep app. i kept waking up and wondering if i should or shouldn’t move.(?) haha!

    i got a much-needed new blender today and celebrated with this coffee. it’s delicious! i used homemade sunflower milk, which probably doesn’t contribute such lovely flavors as coconut or almond milk might, but the tahini creamed it right up. rich and delicious. the mesquite in there is hella grand — i never would have thought to put it in coffee!

    i think your cookbook posts are my favorite. reading how you invest your energies and attention into delving into someone’s cookbook is just wonderful. thanks as always for sharing what you do, laura. xoReplyCancel

  • Rachael04/11/2015 - 6:14 pm

    I can’t handle coffee, either, even though I love it so. It makes me jittery and kicks my digestive system into overdrive–not fun! I will have to give this recipe a try for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica DeMarra04/11/2015 - 11:37 pm

    The best!! I just happened to have these ingredients in my pantry on the morning you posted this and I am hooked. Creamy and satisfying without the inevitable crash from caffeine. I would say I like the “mouth-feel” of this drink except I hate that word. How am I going to have coffee any other way?ReplyCancel

  • Katie05/11/2015 - 7:04 am

    I absolutely adore your Blog what great recipes and pictures! Very inspirational!!
    Love Katie
    http://www.whatskatieupto.wordpress.comReplyCancel

  • Heidi Kokborg05/11/2015 - 7:39 am

    The coffee sounds absolutely amazing!ReplyCancel

  • renee (will frolic for food)05/11/2015 - 6:34 pm

    oh i feel you on the caffeine sensitivity thing! my brother drinks espresso at 5pm and sleeps like a baby and i’m like WHAT DEVIL MAGIC IS THAT. i can’t drink caffeine after 12pm or my sleep patterns are a wreck. i can’t wait to make myself a big ol mug of this wonder coffee, tho! i’m all about those morning rituals now. i’ve been steadily working my way into become a morning person too. and it was painful at first. but now i’m way into it. i like the sparkly mindful quiet in the AM too.ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food05/11/2015 - 8:43 pm

    I have yet to try bulletproof coffee of any variety, so this vegan one might have to be my first! A few ingredients I’ll need to procure, but I’m game!ReplyCancel

  • Jill @ Sew French07/11/2015 - 12:58 pm

    Love reading your blog! I cook a lot of vegan recipes.
    I’m going to try this with my favorite French press brewed coffee. My aunt gave me a sleek ESPRO for Christmas. Coffee nirvana! But, I get the jitters too. Thanks for sharing! ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Rachel@TheCastejons09/11/2015 - 4:48 pm

    I need to run out and get that book asap! And then read it while drinking that super comforting cup of coffee. Thanks for the great recipe :)
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  • sara forte10/11/2015 - 12:12 am

    I have been ok not owning a blender until this recipe. I mean I have a little magic bullet for smoothies and dressings and I’m hoping I can pull this off. My pregnant self hasn’t been in the kitchen much lately and I am extremely envious of your posts and instagrams as of late with all your book business going on. Oh how I’d love to be your roommate right about now. Hope all is well, lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Sophie | The Green Life10/11/2015 - 12:30 pm

    Love, love, love everything about this post. So much coziness. Waking up early is still a huge struggle for me, but I love the idea or getting excited about your morning ritual as you go to bed at night. I need to try this! I love all the wonderful additions you made to this coffee. Mesquite is one of my favorites too. Wonderful, Laura. <3ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Allan12/11/2015 - 7:40 am

    I discover the bulletproof coffee before several weeks and from then it become my favorite drink :) so that`s why I can not wait to try your better version :) Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer03/01/2016 - 1:10 pm

    I’ve been saving this recipe for a while, waiting for a lazy Sunday, and am sipping your better than bulletproof coffee now as I type. I didn’t have the mesquite powder, but even so, the first words out of my mouth on the first sip of this drink are not suitable for civil society. THANK YOU.ReplyCancel

  • Abby08/01/2016 - 7:41 pm

    I’ve made this recipe my last two days off! The only changes I made changes were that I used almond butter and left out the mesquite powder. I love the creaminess of the drink and the foam that separates! It’s a real morning treat.ReplyCancel