Recipes

20 fun christmas traditions to try

 
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since i was a little girl, i dreamt about the christmas traditions my future family would have one day. there’s something so steadying about yearly rhythms. i feel like the consistency is good (& rejuvenating) for our souls! & it makes the christmas season feel so magical.

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here are the Green Fam christmas traditions:

  1. cut down our christmas tree right after thanksgiving // in Colorado you just pay $20 for a permit & then get to go into the forest & pick out the one you want! we usually get coffee & pastries beforehand, to snack on during the drive.

  2. scatter simple greenery + garland around the house! i usually make citrus garland with friends. & then take cuttings of the tree & place them in every room of the house. this year i also strung it along our bed frame! feels so, so cozy.

  3. make shrimp + potato chowder on christmas eve. this one’s a recipe from kyle’s family & it’s the most delicious, warming soup. we legit ONLY make it once a year on 12/24! keeps it special.

  4. christmas music always playing. always. kyle usually takes care of this one

  5. last but DEF not least…we bring our bed out to the living room right next to the tree & watch endless amounts of christmas movies. i usually make a list & we work through them! it’s the best.

if you follow me on instagram, you’ve probs heard me rave about our new Nectar bed. i’m obsessed with it. we both are.

a) it’s a king. enough said. this means i get to snuggle with my husbands & 2 dogs without falling off hahah!

b) it’s a cloud. like an actual cloud. so fluffy (but not too fluffy). the past couple weeks have been the BEST sleep of our life. we both move a lot in our sleep but the memory foam makes it so that we can’t feel each other’s tossing & turning!

c) it arrived at our doorstep & was outrageously easy to set up.

nectar does a 365 night trial! soooo—low pressure purchase. you get the chance to return it if you don’t absolutely love it (but you will!) right now they’re having an amazing Holiday Sale! $125 off any mattress, plus 2 free pillows! & those pillows are a dreaaaam too! click here to get your own mattress & majorly up your sleep game! i’m already so excited to swap out all the other mattresses in our house!

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we wanted to add a few more traditions to our list this year so i polled you guys on Instagram asking for your family’s favorites. here are some of the ones i loved most. you guys have the best ideas!

+ collect mistletoe

+ christmas eve bonfire

+ make homemade soup as a fam

+ compete in an ugly gingerbread competition

+ wear matching PJs to bed on christmas eve

+ write cards to the elderly

+ check the santa tracker (um, so fun!)

+ receive a book on christmas eve & spend the night reading it in bed

+ christmas day breakfast

+ put mattress in front of fire place on christmas eve & sleep by the fire

+ give four gifts : a want, a need, something to wear & something to read

+ make a birthday cake for jesus & sing to him (so fun & sweet!)

+ buy or make a new ornament every year & write the date on it

+ chinese takeout on christmas eve (i’m here for this!)

+ drive around to look at christmas lights with coffee or hot chocolate or tea

+ read the christmas story together on christmas morning

+ write a letter to yourself & put it in stocking to read the next year

+ make homemade cinnamon rolls on christmas eve & eat them christmas morning

+ support a local ballet & see the nut cracker

okay friends - i hope you feel inspired! if you try any of these out, tag me because i would love love love to see! this post was graciously sponsored by Nectar!


everyday matcha recipe

 
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another day, another matcha! this past year i have grown to love matcha oh so much. i know it’s trending & everything but it really deserves the hype.

i haven’t cut coffee out entirely (#myfirstlove) but i love switching between matcha & coffee. coffee gives me a quick burst of energy where as matcha gives me a steady energetic flow, without any jitters.

some benefits of matcha include:

  • high in antioxidants

  • improves mental focus + clarity

  • detoxifying properties

  • good for hair skin + nails!

  • contains an amino acid known as L-Theanine which promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain

  • induces relaxation without the inherent drowsiness caused by other “downers"

alright so there you have it! it took me a few times of drinking matcha to like it, but now i’ve got my recipe down to a science. here’s how you can make this creamy, delicious matcha latte!
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everyday matcha recipe:
〰 6oz of hot water ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
〰 6oz of warmed milk (almond, oat, or cashew milk works!)
〰 1tsp mizuba tea co matcha!
〰 2 scoops vital proteins collagen
〰 1 tbsp coconut buttah ✨
〰 1/2 tsp moon juice chaga ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
〰 tiny bit of organic maple syrup 🌲
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👉🏼 combine everything in a blender & blend on high for 1 min & pour the tastiest, frothiest goodness into your fave ceramic mug 😋

the best homemade almond milk

this stuff has ruined me! in the best way. storebought almond milk will never taste the same after you make this.

1. soak 1 cup almonds in water for 8-12 hours
2. rinse almonds well, discard the water, then add the nuts to a high speed blender. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3. add 5 cups of water, 5 pitted dates, 1 tsp cinnamon & a pinch of sea salt. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
4.  blend on high for 1 min. pour milk through a nut bag (or cheese cloth). squeeze thoroughly to get all the güüdness out 💫 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
5. refrigerate in an airtight jar for up to 5 days (if you can even let it last that long😉) save the blended up almonds & use them in something else like protein balls. just google some recipes!

use this creamy goodness in your coffee, matcha, cereal, etc!