Holiday Stress Relief
The holidays are a time for feeling jolly and carefree, but the season can also leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Here are a few products that can help smooth over your holiday rough spots.
The dairy case is overflowing with several brands of creamy eggnog including Organic Valley, Shetlers (clove-spiced custard in a cup heaven!), Kalona SuperNatural, So Delicious Coconut Eggnog, and Earth Balance Soy Nog
Eating chocolate may lower levels of stress hormones so eat up! Try Theo organic, fair trade holiday flavors of peppermint stick, salted toffee, nutcracker brittle, and gingerbread spice. Also local Grocer's Daughter Bluebar and Honey Caramel Turtle.
Numerous herbs are excellent for calming frayed nerves. Try Organic India's Ashwagandha or Gaia's Holy Basil Leaf, both excellent for stress relief.
How about a soothing, hot cup of Yogi Kava Stress Relief or Traditonal Medicinals Easy Now with chamomile and lavender.
We recommend Rescue Remedy, the most popular Bach Flower Essence, and the spray is our favorite, although you can also get it in a gum, drops, pastilles, or cream. Also try Natural Calm, an anti-stress drink mix or Calm Aid by Nature's Way.
Beer & Wine!
Chateau Chantal Malbec and Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc are Eldon, our store manager's picks. Also try hard cider from local Northern Natural Organic in cherry apple, traditional, and blueberry apple. For beer, Sierra Nevada Celebration is a fresh hop ale and seasonal product.
Lake St. Cafe Holiday Bakery
We are baking for you this holiday season! What's new...candy cane cheesecake and eggnog cheesecake! Back again is our delightful mocha mint cake roll. Pies include pecan, pumpkin, and sweet potato. Call 947-0191 to place your bakery order. Many items available gluten-free.
Say "Happy Holidays" with a custom gift basket from Oryana. Filled with any unique combination of items, everyone will enjoy a basket of goodies from our store. You select the items and we will wrap or have us do it all for you. Some popular themes include Cheese & Wine, Coffee Lovers, Coffee & Chocolate, & Beauty Spa. Prices vary. Just give us 24 hours notice.
We can help you plan your holiday party with a colorful, plentiful tray of finger food. Check out the menu and stop by or call 947-0191 to order a try.
• Saturday, December 8 we will close early at 6 p.m. for our staff holiday celebration
• Christmas Eve 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
• Christmas Day Closed
• New Year's Eve 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
• New Year's Day Closed
Mandel Halbmonde (Almond Crescents)
Here is a delightful cookie recipe from Germany that features almonds. Nuts are a common flavorful ingredient in German cookies and these might become a favorite.
2 sticks butter, room temperature
2/3 cup natural cane sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 cup finely ground almonds
Heat oven to 350°F. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add extracts. Add flour and almonds and mix thoroughly.
Take tablespoons of dough and roll into a small balls, about an inch in diameter, then shape into a crescent. Place onto greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until a light golden brown. While warm, roll crescents in confectioners’ sugar. Cool on racks and store in a tightly sealed container. Makes 3 dozen.
For chocolate lovers, let the cookies cool (do not roll in confectioner's sugar) and dip one end into melted chocolate and let cool until chocolate is hard.
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"We eat by the grace of nature, not industry, and what we're eating is never anything more or less than the body of the world."
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