July 26th Saints Anne and Joachim Golden Milk

3 facts about Saints Anne and Joachim:

1. Today, we’re celebrating the grandparents of Jesus!

2. Joachim and Anne were without children for twenty years. These are two powerhouses to pray to if you are struggling with infertility (my husband and I just finished praying the novena to Saint Anne, and we can’t say enough good things about praying to her!)

3. After both received separate messages about conceiving a child, the couple met at a Golden Gate and embraced joyfully, and from that moment Anne was with child!!! Which ties beautifully into our recipe today: Golden Milk!

3 tips for Golden Milk:

1. You are going to be surprised at how much turmeric paste this is. The first sign will be when you pour all the turmeric you have in your pantry into a half cup. Have a big jar ready. Not all of my turmeric paste could fit into my jar, so I actually ended up using the little turmeric jar that was now empty to take the remains. 😂

We will be set until the next feast of Saint Anne.

2. You can add in a bit of coffee if drinking milk with the turmeric paste doesn’t totally seem like your cup of tea.

3. Golden milk is well loved by pregnant ladies and nursing mamas; now you can think of sweet Saint Anne every time you have a cup! If you are wondering about the health benefits, there are so many articles out there on the interwebs. so check em out!

The Recipe (adapted from Mama Natural)

Turmeric Paste Recipe:

All the turmeric that we had in my spice drawer!

1/2 cup turmeric powder
1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon ginger powder
½ cup coconut oil
1 3/4 cups water
1/3-2-3 cups honey (I really wanted more to take over the tumeric taste, so for my batch, I did use 2/3)

1. Using a medium to large-sized saucepan, combine all ingredients except the honey.

2. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently.

3. Once the mixture begins to bubble, whisk constantly and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Keep whisking so that nothing sticks to the bottom of your pan. The longer you boil, the less bitter this will taste; but don’t boil for so long that you end up with burned goop.

4. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and allow it to cool for about 10-15 minutes.

5. Whisk in your honey.

6. Store your turmeric paste in a glass jar. once you see how much it makes, you will soon understand that this will last you many, many months. Especially given that you only use a teaspoon or two at a time!

Golden Milk Recipe

1. Combine a cup of milk (any should work, but I am partial to cow milk) with one to two teaspoons of tumeric paste in a saucepan.

2. Bring to a boil. Using a frother or a whisk, combine ingredients so that they have a smooth, creamy texture.

3. Garnish with a little cinnamon, nutmeg, or sugar on top!

Understandably, my husband was very skeptical of this, and after his first sip, he said, “Hey! This isn’t gross!” After the first cup, he said it was really good; if you are suspicious, we hear ya! But it’s surprisingly delicious.

Saints Anne and Joachim, pray for us!

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