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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Pomegranate For Lunch

Posted on December 04, 2014 by Bennett Coffey | 0 Comments

 

'Tis the season for pomegranate and my body has definitely been craving it. I love this juicy, superfruit. I used to be deterred by the process of pulling out all the pomegranate seeds but now I thoroughly enjoy it. It gives me a chance to handle the food and contemplate what a perfect whole food it is and how lucky I am to be eating it. It's one of the highest antioxidant fruits, great for lowering blood pressure and is thought to help relieve depression. I'll take it! On a salad, in a smoothie, in a chocolate bar, whole....any way I can get it! I made a delicious lunch today with pomegranate and can't help but share it, it was so beautiful and yummy! Here it is:

1 cup steamed broccoli

1 cup chickpeas, rinsed

2 tbs pomegranate seeds

2 tbs hemp seeds

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Sea salt

Place the broccoli in a pot and steam it for 5-7 minutes. Meanwhile, drain your canned (organic if possible) chickpeas and place about a cup of that into a bowl. When broccoli is done (you can easily pierce a knife through the stems) place in bowl with chickpeas. Sprinkle pomegranate and hemp seeds and drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar to your liking. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top. Voila! This meal will leave you feeling nourished and satisfied I hope. If you want to get really crazy, sprinkle some cacao nibs on there too! Let me know how it turns out! 

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A handmade Pink & Green Weekend

Posted on May 06, 2014 by Not Your Sugar Mamas | 1 Comment

We are opening up in Edgartown this weekend in honor of Pink & Green weekend and Mother's Day. We've teamed up with our pals, Stefanie Wolf, of Stefanie Wolf Designs, and Emily Coulter of Morrice Florist to make Mom an island handmade Mother's Day Gift! We will be giving away one of these beauties on Sunday, Mother's Day. They will also be available for sale - just $60 (twenty percent off retail value) at our shop. Just come and visit either one of our shops (Not Your Sugar Mamas - Edgartown, or Stefanie Wolf Designs) for a chance to win the giveaway!

The giveaway includes Not Your Sugar Mamas BE KOOKIE chocolate chip cookies, and your choice of chocolate bar, a tile bracelet from Stefanie Wolf Designs and a bouquet of flowers & vase from Morrice Florist. Enter to win by stopping by either NYSM Edgartown or Stefanie Wolf Designs. No Purchase Necessary. Names will be draw on Sunday around noon! Retail Value is $80! (We will also be selling these gift sets for $60, 25% off retail value)

Stefanie Wolf, has just moved her operation to Edgartown too, so we are so excited to be neighbors! Her tile bracelet's are one of her signature pieces, and this bracelet pictured is called the "South Beach," and has fitting pink & green tiles -  but you can choose any tile combination at her shop. Located just above Boucle (12 North Water Street), across from the Mad Martha's. 

Emily Coulter, is a wedding planner/designer, is the new business owner of Morrice Florist in Vineyard Haven. She donated this beautiful pink and white bouquet, complete with this adorable "milk jar" vase that Mom can reuse over and over! We will also have these vases & bouquets available for purchase this weekend at our shop in Edgartown for $15.

And whats better? These two ladies are celebrating Mother's Day as well! Super moms to a lovely bunch of girls! 

Chocolate + Jewelry + Flowers = perfect Mother's Day gift! Feel free to swing by our shops to mix and match your own creations this weekend too. Not Your Sugar Mamas will be sampling our chocolate (just in case you haven't tried it yet) and will have our NEW truffles out!

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Our Hours: 

Edgartown (32 Winter Street, next to Humphrey's Bakery): Friday-Sunday 10-5. We will be open weekends in May and our full schedule, 7 days a week starts in June

Vineyard Haven (79 Beach Road, Unit 15): Opening this Wednesday, 10-5 and hours for the summer will be Monday - Saturday 10-5. 

 

Many thanks in advance for your support of local, handmade, and women-owned businesses!

 

 

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