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sip on this

While you’re sipping on your morning cup o’ joe, tea, hot cocoa, smoothie, OJ, water, prune juice, or what have you, here are some things to check out.

1] This vegan recipe for apples with salty caramel from V.K. Rees Photography, looks 100% devour-able.  Medjool dates are magical.

2] Check out this edible sculpture garden, a community in Ethiopia is constructing from old plastic water jugs.

3] 5 Things You Should Buy at Costco – chocolate truffles here I come!


 4] Health Benefits of Coconut Oil – I am coconut oil obsessed.

5] Cholesterol & Eggs: How Many Eggs Can You Eat Per Day? – I’ve been trying to research this topic a lot lately, as you know I am an egg fanatic.

6] This social media comparison using donuts is amazing.


7] Two blogs I can’t get enough of: My New Roots + Roost

8] Remember my friend Heather, from this post??  She had her twin boys and everyone is healthy, happy, and most likely extremely tired. 


9] And in case you need something to sip on, try this!  It’s my go-to nighttime beverage.  Well, it’s either this or wine.

If I don’t make my own, this is my almond milk of choice.

Local, raw honey is where it’s at.

If you know what’s good for you, you’ll stay outta’ my jar!

Seriously.  Raw, unfiltered, honey is good stuff. 

If you live by an Ikea, or know someone who does, you should own this frother.  It works like a charm and costs $2.99.  I use it almost every single day.

Hot Cocoa

  • 1c milk of choice
  • 1.5T unsweetened cooca powder
  • 1t raw honey
  1. Heat the milk until simmering.
  2. Whisk or froth in the cocoa powder + honey.


I like mine super chocolaty and slightly sweet.  Adjust as desired.

10] Goodnight!

  • twitter: so #sleepy going to bed
  • facebook: i’m sleepy, time for bed
  • foursquare: this is where I sleep
  • instagram: doesn’t my bed look comfy?
  • linkedin: i’m totally skilled at sleeping
  • pinterest: here are my favorite pajamas from anthropologie


Like recipes, posts can be inspired by people too.  So, this post was inspired + adapted from Jessica.

Reader Comments (56)

If you like honey, it's not local to you, and it's pricey, but Manuka honey (Australian typically) is amazing. It's about 20 bucks for a small-ish jar and it's probably the most expensive condiment I had ever bought, but once I tried that type of honey, there is just nothing like it. Treat yourself to it if you enjoy honey!

so funny! I still don't really understand Twitter....tutorial post from edible perspective?! pretty please? :) ..Twitter's resources aren't nearly as entertaining as ep. sorry twitter :(

guess what aShley!?!? puffed amaranth success for Jasper! it took 8 tries of not having the pan hot enough (finally, I realized) before total explosion awesomeness! post soon to come! much love Ashley! - jasper!

[...] another note, Ashley’s post really got me excited about lots of random things, but Medjool dates and the date palm [...]

Thanks for giving me so many interesting things to check out! The donut wipe board is hilarious! I buy local honey, hoping the allergy thing is true... t.xoxoxo

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertheresa

Great articles! Especially loved the Costco one. Do you use coconut oil in place of olive oil? I'm never really sure where/when I'd use it but want to start due to the health benefits!

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Dont forget! Coconut oil is the only substance that is more saturated than butter!! Any oil that is solid at room temperature is SATURATED FAT which is NOT good for you!! Unfortuantly, the health benefits listed for coconut oil and honey only qualify if you were eating insane amounts at a time. Other wise you eat such a small amount that the good things inside dont have much of an effect at all on your body.

Just a friendly exercise physiologist with a nutrition background trying to keep everyone informed.

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I really enjoyed browsing your blog!

I too love a frothed home made hot chocolate! Cocoa powder makes it so decadent!


February 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteremilie

hahahaha i love the social media thing...awesome :)

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

ha! I love how you added the "inspiration from" at the end of the post. I saw the donuts thing on Facebook the other day - too funny!

love raw honey! Great links :)

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ What Lauren Likes

Thanks for the mention lady! I agree; dates are magical. Also, that frother looks pretty amazing! =)

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

I adore the donut social media analogies. Too funny!

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

You've just ensured a trip to ikea this weekend. ;)

ps. the donut social media thing? HILARIOUS!

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdee

Fun reading. I am a confirmed Costco fanatic. I live in the mountains above Boulder and during the winter it is not easy to get to the grocery store. I stock up once a month at Costco. The truffles are amazing. Love the social networking pic! Your blog is always charming and a good read.

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Gordon

What a nice simple hot cocoa recipe! Must try it when it gets chilly here :D

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYin

woohoo local raw honey! :) by the way.. i am convinced that egg yolks aren't harmful or raise cholesterol. i don't care what anyone says. grass fed chickens is where its at!

Hmm... my Costco definitely doesn't sell wine (stupid MD liquor laws prevent any alcohol being sold in grocery or other stores). I'm always amazed when I go outside the state and see beer for sale at grocery stores!

I spent about an hour last night looking over your recipe page in depth. There are SO many things I want to make- my mind was running a mile a minute! I don't even know where to start!

We just got a frother from Ikea...the drink looks fab!!

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

That drink looks PERFECT. I love my frother - couldn't live without it!

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

Wow, thank you for this post. There's so much awesomeness, I don't know where to begin. G+ = I'm a google employee who eats donuts - haha that was good.

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne @ Healthful Pursuit

I just ate a 'deviled' egg made from the egg white shell and hummus instead of the yolk. Yummy! While I do love egg yolk, I don't want to eat one every day and this snack really helps me get through to lunch from breakfast. It is wasteful I guess but sometimes I give the yolk to my dog.

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Okay, I need a Costco membership. I'm going to tag along with my MIL next time she goes and mooch on her membership.

And so glad to read that egg article...Meeker eats 18 a week, and I was a little concerned, but that article helped ease my mind a bit!

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I am in love with raw honey! I have a big spoonful every morning. There is a raw honey in Turkey that is translated as "crazy honey". The moment you taste some, you begin hallucinating and eventually pass out (although you wake up later, fortunately).

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAylin @ Glow Kitchen

I have that Ikea frother!! :D It frothes my milk well, but for some reason tastes wierd when I add that milk to my coffee...I clean it really well, so I wonder why. But I'll definitely give your hot cocoa recipe a try with the frother!

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAsuma


Thank you for this random happenstance discovery. just made my life b/c I had no clue what to do with the random appliance sitting in the back of my cabinet from a previous tenant.

Now I'll ask teh question: how does one use a frother??

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKait

Cuz I wasn't spending enough of my day on the internet today ;)

LOVE YOU!!! :)

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

I need one of those frothers! Fancy coffee drinks at home are the best. :-)

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlaina

Love the list!! Those apples ended up on my pinterest board earlier today!!

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre @ Ladies Holiday

I ate 6 eggs yesterday. My egg levels were reallllly low!

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey

I was reading an old post of yours yesterday and saw that frother and have been wanting one ever since! I'd never even seen one until then! And YES for local honey & allergies! I personally don't have any allergies, but my mom does and ever since we learned about the relationship between local honey and allergies, it's all we get :)

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Love the hot cocoa recipe! Cocoa from a mix always comes out too sweet for me, but this sounds perfect! I'll have to try it later tonight - I just wish I had one of those frothers.

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

Almond milk is my favorite bedtime snack, too!!!! :D

New reader to your blog! Loved the photography posts. My family loves honey. We buy raw local honey by the gallon. I am out of it right now and I think my hubby is going through withdrawals.

I loved reading about the benefits on coconut oil-- I use it like water so it's nice to have the benefits reinforced! I finally bought buckwheat groat at WF and I'm about to make my first buckwheat bake for tomorrow morning. I'm not gonna lie, I'm really excited. Thanks for the recipes!!

February 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis @ Hummusapien

Ashley, thank you so much for posting that link about eating eggs. My fiance eats 4 eggs in the morning and sometimes 1 or 2 hard boiled eggs for lunch, everyday, because he is gluten and dairy free and has to watch his legume and all onions/shallot/garlic/etc intake as well. I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen but it can be challenging! It was great to read that eating that many eggs is not a risk, despite everyone who questions his diet. You have to do what is right for you and works for your body and makes you feel good, which is something I have learned and become very sensitive to in the past year.
Coconut oil is also a staple in our house, I love your blog because you make things that use nearly everything I can make for him, sometimes with slight modifications, and your recipes are tasty! I have also learned a lot from reading your blog. :)
One question for you, do you use Celtic Sea Salt? That is one thing his/our nutritionist (who got him started on this diet/lifestyle) swears by.

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonya

Hi Sonya! You're welcome! It's a topic I've been trying to research a lot lately. I wouldn't take this as absolute truth, but from other articles I've read, it definitely seems to make sense. I'm so glad my blog has been helpful to you and your husband! I've heard about using celtic salt, but I think I just use regular sea salt. I'll have to look into that. It's probably packed with important minerals!

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Haha, I know what you mean. I'm a big coconut oil fan myself! I hope you loved breakfast!

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for staying hi, Jamie!! I'm so glad you've enjoyed the photography posts. Honey by the gallon...amazing!

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I just looked it up, and 1 packet of hot cocoa with marshmallows which has the equivalent of four teaspoons of sugar packed inside. I can't imagine putting that much in 1 cup when making it at home.

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That's great that the honey is helping your mom!

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Watch out!!! haha

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahahaha, I can't believe you have one in your kitchen. That is awesome. You can heat up a little milk, then froth, then pour your coffee in. Or, you can use it to mix things together, like this hot cocoa.

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hmmm, that's strange!

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I eat a spoonful everyday as well! Crazy honey sounds seriously intense.

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

We actually didn't renew ours this year!! It's 45min away and while we get good use out of it during the winter [traveling back + forth for boarding/skiing], during the summer we didn't use it much. I'm so torn on whether it actually saved us any money. Now having a child might be a different story! Glad the article helped ease you. I eat around 3 eggs, sometimes more, everyday. Usually I'll take a 1 or 2 day egg break throughout the week. ;) I've just started my egg research, so I'm taking this with a grain of salt...but it does make sense.

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The yolk is packed with nutrients and extremely satiating. I eat about 3 eggs almost everyday. Yummm

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I laugh every time I read that social media thing...

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Somehow, the battery has lasted me over a year!

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

We have really weird liquor laws here in CO too!

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm convinced as well! What all do you feed your chickens?

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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