Thursday, January 12, 2017

Golden Milk

We've been having some nice weather here in Yuma, with daily high  temperatures mostly in the upper 60s to low 70s on occasion. We have established a routine, with Bob golfing on Tuesdays, I have choir practice Wednesdays, stitching group on Fridays, and church on Sundays. In between times we may go out to dinner, visit with friends, bike, read, or work on projects. The pace here is relaxed and we are never bored.

My daughter, Emily, called me yesterday to discuss sewing machines. She ended up buying one later in the day and sewing her first project, a tortilla warmer. How cool is that! I'm very proud of her.

I came across some articles about Golden Milk--have you heard of this? It is a beverage that helps with insomnia, digestion, resistance to colds, lowering blood sugar, and overall health. Here's my version:

 1 cup Silk Almond milk (unsweetened)
1/2" grated turmeric root or 1/2 tsp powdered turmeric
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp powdered ginger or 1/2 tsp of fresh, grated ginger root
Pinch of black pepper

Heat until just below a boil, then strain and add 1/2 tsp honey or maple syrup if desired. Sip before bedtime.

You could also use cows milk, goats milk, soy milk, or rice milk as a base, and I make this in the microwave. I believe it's the turmeric that helps you sleep, and the pepper aids in absorbtion. I found that the Silk Vanilla Unsweetened Almond milk in a carton on the shelf (not in refrigerated case) is only 25 calories a cup. It is a spicy drink but the little bit of  honey tones that down a bit. And I have to say that in the past week I've been sleeping better since taking this nightly. If you look up the health benefits of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper you will be amazed.

I spent a couple hours on Monday with a new friend, Elaine, showing her how to weave on a Weavette loom, and she gave me some yarn. It was fun to hang out with another crafter.

Bob and I have agreed to serve soup at a golf luncheon on Saturday. Another new experience! I've never been a waitress or food handler, if you don't count the food trays I delivered in the nursing home dining room as a speech/language pathologist! But perhaps that counts.


  1. I was just in a tea and spice shop for the first time here in town yesterday. They have that tea there. I think there might have also been fresh lemon juice in it, and fresh ginger root. A woman ordered it while I was there, and it smelled amazing. The lady said the pepper helped to absorb the tumeric.

    1. Yes, I think the pepper interacts with the turmeric to enhance its absorbtion in the body. Black pepper is thought to help weight loss, too!