Gearing Up for RENEWAL in 2015 with Homemade SHRUBS & SCRUBS!!!

Posted on December 30, 2014 by Erika Davies | 1 Comment

     January is just days away and we're positively giddy!  We promise its not just all the delicious raw chocolate we eat- but anticipation and excitement in looking forward to the freedom of renewal that comes with the turn of a brand new year!  This month we're taking this crisp opportunity to focus on self care, detoxification and shedding what no longer serves us.  Re-assessment, re-alignment, and re-setting of intentions that reflect our most current state of well-being, allow for a major mind/body update.  New goals provide momentum, enthusiasm, and confidence in an active pursuit of our highest ideals in 2015.
     January is a fantastic time to dig deep.  Patience and compassionate self inquiry can provide us with so much clarity and insight, and, help to identify opportunities for growth and personal development.  With some light house cleaning, organization, and heart-based internal dialogue, its amazing how much space we can find in old familiar environments.  A little consolidation goes a L O N G way!  Once we're aware of what we've got to work with- reclaiming the space and filling it with love and fresh perspective is a joy in itself.
     Our mixologist Nathalie prepared to kick off her new year by sauntering into the kitchen and indulging in a little soul-food plant-medicine and DIY body care!  Below you'll find recipes to slough off what is no longer useful from the inside out.  Whether you're drawn to the warm and satisfying or fresh and invigorating, she's got you covered. So here's to you in 2015! Get mixing, keep breathing.  Countdown to renewal starts N O W! 
winter shrubs
     Shrubs, aka 'drinking vinegars', are sweetened, vinegar-based syrups originating from medicinal cordials of the 15th century. This American version has its origins in 17th century England where vinegar was used instead of citrus juice to preserve berries and other fruit for the off-season. Because of their acidity, shrubs are well-suited as an apertif or used in cocktails as an alternative to bitters.  Our favorite way to enjoy them is simply mixed with a splash of sparking water!
     In her recipes, Nathalie used apple cider vinegar- rich in enzymes and potassium, it supports a healthy immune system by promoting digestion and balancing pH.
Ingredients:
2 C Strawberries, fresh or frozen
3/4 C Honey
6 Star Anise
1/2 C Water
and 1 C Apple Cider Vinegar (reserved)

To Make: Combine all ingredients except apple cider vinegar in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Once a simmer is reached, lower heat and continue to simmer for an additional 10 mins.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Pour mixture into a quart-sized glass jar and add 1 C of cider vinegar.  Shake and let sit at room temperature for 2 days.  To use, simply strain the mixture and enjoy!

 

Ingredients:
Juice of 2 Lemons (rinds reserved for later use)
1 large knob of Ginger, sliced thinly
3/4 C Honey
1 C Apple Cider Vinegar
To make: No simmering necessary for these next two recipes!  Simply mix all ingredients in a quart-sized glass jar.  Let sit at room temperature for two days, strain and enjoy.
Ingredients:
4 small Apples, cored and puled in a food processor
1 C Cranberries, fresh or frozen
3/4 C Honey
1 C Honey
To make: Again, no simmering necessary!  Mix all ingredients in a quart-sized glass jar.  Let sit at room temperature for two days, strain and enjoy.
     What cleansing initiative would be complete without a daily self massage?  Many of us already know that our skin is the largest organ of our body, but did you know that our skin and lymph system are responsible for removing up to one pound of waste material from our bodies per day!?!!  As part of your daily or weekly self-care routine- use these scrubs to slough off dead skin cells, promote circulation and lymphatic drainage, and increase your appreciation and acceptance of your innately perfect and beautiful body!  Your tissues will respond to your love and affection.
     Winter is notorious for drying out the skin, dulling it and weighing you down. New year-new you! Now is the perfect time to nurture your Self inside and out, and reveal the warmth and brilliance of your natural complexion!
Mix together the following ingredients and slather on!
INVIGORATING PEPPERMINT MOCHA BODY SCRUB:
1 C Coconut Palm Sugar
1/2 C Coffee Grounds
3 T Raw Cacao
1/2 tsp. Peppermint Essential Oil
1/2 C Almond Oil
WARMING CINNAMON CLOVE BODY SCRUB:
1 C Coconut Palm Sugar
1 T Ground Cinnamon
1/2 T Ground Cloves
1/2 C Almond Oil

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Shelf stable treats now available!

Posted on August 06, 2013 by Bennett Coffey | 1 Comment

We’ve got shelf stable treats for you guys! Pictured here are our seashell chocolates with different types of delicious nuts on the inside, we have “turtles” (a personal favorite) and ginger chia chocolate cups. We have different types of bark and of course our always delicious baked goods. We are very excited to offer you guys shelf stable treats so that you don’t have to worry about them melting on these hot summer days. When you come to our stores you have the option now of getting an assorted box of chocolates, a perfect gift! Come check them out and let us know what you think. We want to incorporate as many local ingredients as we can into our new truffles so if you have any suggestions be sure to let us know. See you soon!

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New chocolate bar in the works!

Posted on July 30, 2013 by Bennett Coffey | 0 Comments

 

There has been a lot of creative action in the kitchen this week. So many new developments. Julianna is working on some new delicious raw treats for the store, check out her bark pictured on the left. It is SO amazing. I have been playing with new chocolate bar flavors as well, I have a ginger pomegranate bar sweetened with maple syrup that a lot of people have said is their favorite bar so far! Stay tuned for that one. Yesterday I played around with a coconut almond flavor sweetened with coconut nectar. I am playing with new sweeteners in an attempt to move away from agave because of all the controversy. Although we trust our source and of course only use raw agave, we want to provide more options for you all in case you’ve made the choice to shy away from agave. I’m loving the maple syrup and coconut nectar, they are super sweet and delicious. Today I’m going to play with a SPICY flavor so I’m really excited to see how that turns out. But if you guys have any suggestions on what you’d like to see in a new flavor please let us know and share below!! And of course, come by the factory to taste test :) 

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Are you willing to experiment?

Posted on July 08, 2013 by Bennett Coffey | 2 Comments

 By Bennett

 You know what I think is really cool? When you throw all of your beliefs about food out the window and start over. It’s a pretty refreshing feeling. To lift all of the sometimes limiting beliefs I have about what I like, what I don’t like, what makes me feel good and what makes me feel bad, and start over.  I know for me, my body is affected differently from season to season by what I consume. This time of year I can tolerate gluten much easier and I am not as affected by alcohol either. It’s always refreshing when things change like that because I begin to question my food again and go back into the experimental zone. It’s a reassuring reminder to me that everything is connected and that we are all connected to the seasonal, ever-changing cycle of nature.  This past week I have been paying close attention to my sometimes restricted and conditioned thoughts. I notice how it makes my body feel tense and try to let the thought go and relax in my body again. I’ve been carrying this same practice into my thoughts around food.  I’m letting myself experiment more and changing thought patterns about what I tend to think is “good” or “bad” for me.  Because in my opinion, nothing is really “bad” unless you really think that it is. If you are eating with guilt, you will ingest that emotion. I find that the more relaxed I am around food and the choices I make, the easier it is for me to digest and metabolize my meal or snack. It can be a little unsettling at first but do you find yourself in this same experimental place from time to time? Share your thoughts below!

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Incredible offerings at our retail locations!

Posted on July 01, 2013 by Bennett Coffey | 0 Comments

Okay so most of you have come to know us from our delicious chocolate bars. But since opening our second retail location this year, we’ve really expanded what we have to offer you all.  Like, really expanded. We recently hired a baker named Julianna and we absolutely love her and all that she has created! She is an incredibly inspired and passionate baker who spent weeks researching delicious new recipes to provide for you all. Everyday we walk in the store she has created not just one but many new wonderful creations! Things like snickerdoodles, banana bread muffins, chocolate coconut scones, coffee cake, strawberry orange bread, chocolate dandy biscotti, chocolate avocado pie and cranberry walnut biscotti…just to name a few.  We are so blessed to have Julianna, Elise, Blair, Evan and Elizabeth all helping us with production this year. Stop by Vineyard Haven to see one of their bright shining faces or stop by our Edgartown store and meet Sarah or Jenny who hold down the fort over there.  We now have extended hours, 7:00am-7pm in Vineyard Haven and 7:30-10pm in Edgartown. Have a wonderful 4th of July everyone and we hope see you all soon!

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