DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals

DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca
DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca

When I was a child I knew for a fact, magic was 100% real. Nature and my imagination were the largest vessels sharing that with me. Finding bunnies snacking on clover patches, catching crayfish in a stream lined with shimmering stones, or discovering wild blueberries growing alongside a creek. Mother nature has a way of taking your breath away with the simplest things. 

I loved going on adventures in the forest. One of my favourite discoveries was a small teepee made of long branches. Deep in the woods with a brass door knocker fashioned to the front, I wondered,  “Who built this place? Was it another young person? Was it a witch who cast a spell and if you tapped the knocker in a certain way, a door would swing open and inside would reveal a full sized cottage?". One day I returned and there was an empty can of beans beside the teepee. I decided maybe some runaway kids were staying there while on an adventure train hopping around the country.

When I told my aunt about the mysterious bean can she said, “Sounds like a homeless man to me".

What about some kids who've run away and are having a wild adventure?! Like in Stand By Me?! Don't you think that could be it too?!" I suggested with desperation.

Well... I mean, you never f*#king know Megan." She kept the story alive and I appreciated it.

My aunt Kathleen always held space for my dreams and ideas no matter how absurd and I loved her for it. She lived with us for six years and is only 12 years my senior so we were close. She swore like a sailor, taught me how to burp loudly and insert a tampon (not at the same time). She also had a very magical room. Candles of all sizes, a variety of skulls, and drawings of sexy lady-demons and horses she would show me from her sketchbooks. She always had nice smelling soaps from Lush, incense sticks and essential oils which included vanilla and sandalwood. She is and was, a very cool and unique human, but particularly influential during that time in my life. 

We would go for drives in the countryside to a greenhouse that sold herbs and flowers all year round. It had rooms upon rooms of plants and ten varieties of mint. I'd be like, “WHOA PINEAPPLE MINT?!?!". She'd pick a tiny leaf off, rub it through her fingers to release the smell, and eat it like it was no big deal, “Yep. That's pineapple mint". Then I'd do the same, feeling so badass that I just got a whole mint leaf for free and ate it without washing it. During summer thunderstorms we would get in her car and go storm chasing. We would follow rainstorms along country roads with large corn fields on either side. We would scream profanities when a crack of thunder and lightning boomed down from eerie green skies. We would race the car out of the storm, then slow down to witness the sheet of rain begin to pound down from the back of the car to the front, like a wall enveloping us. It felt as though we were friends with the storm. We knew how to play with it. 

I think without her, my sense of magic might have been lost but she was there to unknowingly show me how different we all are and that it's important to be yourself and own it. Because what else is there besides being you in your own life? And what is life without any magic? 

boosts immune system, helps prevent infections, promotes hormone balancing, stimulates nervous system, makes you more awake, stimulates lymphatic system, uplifting, relaxing, clears the mind, freshens and cleans skin
DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca

How do we infuse more magic into our lives? How can we live with a sense of curiosity and lightheartedness? Taking life less seriously, with more fun and excitement. This is different for everyone. These are some things that remind me we are living in a world full of mysteries to unravel. 

  • Exploring in nature – the night sky, a dense forest, a clear lake, rolling hillsides, dirt pathes, fields of dandelions, the swelling ocean, snow capped mountains, a dusty desert, lush swamplands. Mother Nature is the ultimate magic because she is everything and everything has come from her.
  • Creating recipes + herbal concoctions in the kitchen
  • Following moon + planetary phases. 
  • Going on adventures – this can be as simple as taking a walk in the park. But more magic ensues once I've decided that it is now an adventure and I'm open to anything that may happen. There's a surrender with an adventure because it implies there is little human control over it and that life is taking you somewhere unknown. Letting go allows more adventures.
  • Art – fyi, art does not have to be good. I make a lot of bad art. But it feels so good to get your hands moving and dirty. And remember, you can always call it “abstract". Painting, drawing, molding clay, taking photos, random crafts or making a beautiful meal can all be creative and remove you from time and space if you let them. 
  • Listening + talking to plants. They are alive. Everything is alive.
  • Play like a child – climb things, chase each other, make weird movements, dance, go on the swings. Whatever used to be fun often still is. 
  • Connect with others about mystery, synchronicities, the universe or any other juicy thought.
  • Reading – stories are something old and treasured. Fantasy novels, folklore, inspiring biographies, heart breaking fiction, or coming of age tales. It's all so good. 
  • Learning – we are at a time in history where learning is the most accessible it's ever been. We can pick and choose exactly what we want to focus on, learn it well and often for free.          This is a very special thing.
  • Travel – every trip I've been on brings so much magic moment-to-moment and I come back with reflections and spaces in my heart filled with new experiences. 
  • Daydreaming – get up in those clouds ya'll. 
  • Appreciation for things/people/places/myself on a daily basis.
  • Embracing rituals – an evening tea, dream recording, journaling, tarot cards, yoga, a hot bath, lighting a candle, diffusing oils or anything else that appeals to you. Rituals feel sensual  when you choose them solely to be present and honour yourself. You can also track your feelings and body/mind/spiritual changes with rituals.
  • Cannabis – One of my favourite plants of all. A provider of new perspectives, relaxation + sleep aid, pain reliever, mood elevator, and stress reducer among many others. I cannot say enough good things about her. She is a magical plant that has helped me become a more calm, accepting, and loving person.
  • Psilocybin – Humans have been using mushrooms for thousands of years as a spiritual aid. It is now being tested as an effective treatment for depression, ptsd and other conditions. Feeling safe and comfortable in your surroundings is important when using any mind altering plants. Remember to check in with yourself first.

This spray is a soothing and uplifting smell that feels extra special (and pretty!) with the addition of crystals. It doesn't matter if you do or don't believe in the energy of gemstones and essential oils.  Sometimes people can become fixated on the new agey-ness of things like this and they'll be all, “So do you believe in that? Do you think crystals really heal people?". Depending on who I'm talking to my response is usually, “it doesn't matter either way. I just enjoy it and think it's fun." Our culture focuses so heavily on what is “real" and what is “not real", leaving little room for the unseen, the mystical, and the miraculous. Every person is living in their own reality so what is real to one person isn't real to another. It's all subjective and changes with whatever we place our attention on.

If I focus on the things in my life that I am grateful for, then abundance is my reality in that moment. If I then focus on the things that I want and don't yet have, lack is my reality. Two side-by-side moments with two completely opposite realities.                                                                                                     In the end, whatever feels good for you and lights you up is your magic in that moment. 

DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca
boosts immune system, helps prevent infections, promotes hormone balancing, stimulates nervous system, makes you more awake, stimulates lymphatic system, uplifting, relaxing, clears the mind, freshens and cleans skin
boosts immune system, helps prevent infections, promotes hormone balancing, stimulates nervous system, makes you more awake, stimulates lymphatic system, uplifting, relaxing, clears the mind, freshens and cleans skin

Clarity Mood + Body Mist

I find that clarity is often preceded by confusion and disarray. Maybe chaos helps us to become more laser focused on what we want, who we are, or what we're moving towards. I've made this mist to help reawaken your senses and melt into the soft places of your mind where I find clarity emerges from. This mist can be used on your body, face, hair, furniture, blankets, in a ritual or as an air freshener. Uplifting and cleansing essential oils are incorporated to help lift your mood and spirits.

Grapefruit Essential Oil                                                                                                                                        

Benefits: uplifting, relaxing, clears the mind, freshens and cleans skin, boosts immune system, helps prevent infections, promotes hormone balancing, stimulates nervous system, stimulates lymphatic system.                                                                                                                                                                          

Goes well with essential oils of: peppermint, orange, lemon, rosemary, bergamot, frankincense, geranium, rose, lavender, basil, ylang ylang.


Rosemary Essential Oil

Benefits: invigorates hair + dry scalp, tones skin + gives a healthy glow, boosts immune system, reduces headaches, removes bad odours, boosts mental activity, increases concentration, relieves stress, respiratory system aid, good for digestion.                                                                                                                                                                         

Goes well with essential oils of: peppermint, basil, frankincense, sage, thyme, orange, grapefruit, lemon, rose, citronella, chamomile, lemongrass, lavender, eucalyptus. 


Conifer Essential Oil

Benefits: uplifting, stimulates and invigorates the body + mind, regenerates energy, promotes strength, motivation + stamina, hormone balancing, helps release mucus, aids in respiratory colds, grounding, purifying, relaxing, boosts immune system. 

Goes well with essential oils of: lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, lemongrass, thyme, tea tree, marjoram, citronella.


Witch Hazel

Benefits: reduces skin inflammation, natural acne treatment, astringent, removes excess oils from skin, nourishes dry skin, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, reduces puffiness. 


Peridot Stone

Benefits: protective stone for the aura, powerful cleanser, releases + neutralizes toxins, opens and cleanses the heart and solar plexus chakras, clears burdens + guilt, releases negative patterns + old vibrations, promotes psychological clarity and well-being, sharpens the mind and opens new levels of awareness, heals tissues, benefits the skin, helps you identify what is missing in your life and helps manifest it.*


Other healing crystals you can add to your mists:

Quartz (rose, clear, smokey), Black Obsidian, Onyx, Citrine, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Moonstone. 

*make sure to choose gems that are safe for water use. Some can be toxic (here is a list of toxic crystals unsafe for water/sprays/consumption) or they may dissolve if too soft on the mohs scale. It is suggested that crystals with a mohs hardness level of 5 or less is too soft for water solutions. Search your gem here at gemdat.org for all the info.

DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca
DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca
DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca

I'll be in that place where time and space falls away if you need me.

See you there, 

Megan xx


MOOD + BODY MIST INFUSED WITH CRYSTALS

the magic

inspiration:              minerals + gemstones

the feels:                  invigorating, clean, cooling, fresh, uplifting,                                      cleansing, rejuvenating.

use for:                    uplifting your mood, a mental or physical boost,                                 an energy shift, relaxing the mind, a fresh skin                                   glow.

might like if you're into:        opening your third eye, palm reading,                                                 tarot cards, meditation, himalayan                                                   salt lamps, talismans, herbalism,                                                     aromatherapy, chakra balancing.

the science

ingredients:

  • distilled, filtered or spring water
  • handful of crystals of your choice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 8 drops grapefruit oil
  • 3 drops conifer (or pine/cedar) oil
  • 3 drops rosemary oil
  • empty spray bottle

method:

  1. To infuse crystals: rinse them under cool water for a couple minutes. Place gems into glass spray bottle (or glass bowl). Add distilled water until 3/4 full. Place in direct sunlight in the early morning and leave for a few hours or until sunset. Alternatively you can place the crystals in moonlight while you sleep.
  2. Add witch hazel, essential oils, and any other additions you like. Shake vigorously. Add intention or feeling into the mist while mixing if desired. Spray on body, face or hair to invigorate or life your mood. 

*Information on peridot from The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall

Moon Milks: Maca Cacao + Lavender Tart Cherry

Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca

Hello my pretties. I've concocted some stress balancing tonics to help you (and me) get through this dark season. They are made with adaptogens which increase your body's ability to adapt to stress on the body/mind and prevent damaging effects. The name moon milk serves as a reminder that rest and relaxation are vital and we can pair them with the moon phases, hormone cycles and feelings or intuitive processes that come up during these times. Fall and winter is a perfect time for reflection to learn more about ourselves. Let's begin.

When I was a young girl I imagined myself a sorceress, surrounded by jars of herbs, goos and tinctures. I made up spells, brewed potions from ketchup, grapes and cold tea (fyi: not tasty) and consumed endless fantasy books and movies. When I was five my mum bought me The Wizard Of Oz and I drove her crazy watching it over and over with the same vigour as the first time. I went through obsessive phases of watching the same movie every day for a month at a time. Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Beauty and The Beast, The Witches, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal– anything supernatural was my choice of pleasure and poison.

When I was twelve my goth-ish aunt (who dressed only in black, swore often and had an unusual amount of skulls in her bedroom) took me and two other morbidly obsessed friends to a wicca shop in Toronto. We spent hours browsing spell books, inspecting crystals, and smelling one hundred  sticks of incense that gave us headaches. The lady working there swung a pendulum over our hands telling us which ones would birth a boy or girl. We bought a book of spells, a few charms including a (real?) rabbit's foot, and the least offensive incense we could find. We got home and laid them all out browsing our occult bounty with excitement. We put on our darkest shade of lipstick, re-watched The Craft for the bajillionth time and got to work. We took out the ouija board and conjured spirits which were mostly hand spasms from holding our fingers straight for an hour at a time. We played Light As A Feather Stiff As A Board, decided which element we felt a strong affinity for and sat in a circle in the backyard reciting the chant from The Craft, “HAIL TO THE GUARDIANS OF THE WATCHTOWER OF THE EAST!!! Hear me. Hear us!". Once in a while a light breeze would ruffle a feather around and we took that as confirmation that we were in fact real witches. We were unsure if that meant we sold our souls to the devil but in those times of hormonal highs and lows mixed with teenage angst, we were okay with that possibility.

When I was thirteen I invited friends over to watch The Exorcist because it was a classic scary movie and my goth-ish aunt said “it's very f*cked up and I almost shit my pants". “Perfect!" I thought.  Halfway through the movie everyone requested I turn it off because they felt disturbed watching a possessed girl of the same age mutilate her genitals with a cross. I said “nahhh, it's probably almost over" and then we all had near heart attacks as she spiderwalked down the stairs and spit up blood. They yelled at me asking why I wouldn't turn it off but I was too entranced by how terrifying it was. I loved testing how far I could push myself before clinical insanity. As I reflect back on my life, it's no a surprise I have sleep problems. 

Moon Milks, Crystals + Tarot || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca

With constant stimulation surrounding us, it's easy to feel how the outside world affects our inner world– how we feel, thoughts we think, how much or little anxiety is present. But what about cultivating our inner world to affect our outer reality? How often do we actively work on starting first from a peaceful grounded state of mind? We become more powerful and gain more control if we begin from a good feeling place. I work on this by giving myself alone time that is essential for me to feel balanced. I enjoy journaling, reading a book, going on a walk or just laying and let myself zone out. Meditation or yoga for even 5 minutes in the morning is a great place to begin my day. 

My incredibly talented friend Miranda creates this beautiful moon calendar every year which is perfect to hang on the wall and refer back to for journal entries and general guidance. She has also just released a moon journal with @thebodyastrologer that offers suggestions for what to focus on during each lunar cycle.

Check out Miranda on Instagram and find her calendar + journal here!

photo by  Alexa Mazzarello   

photo by Alexa Mazzarello  

Moon Milks, crystals + tarot || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks + burning sage || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks before bed || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks before bed || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca

Tapping into moon phases can be a great way to begin journaling if you don't know where to start. Each lunar cycle consists of 28 days as does a typical women's menstrual cycle. This is no accident we are linked with the waxing and waning of the moon. It is thought that before artificial light, women's menstrual cycles would align with the moon phases. If you're synced up, you'll menstruate around the new moon (the darkest time of the month) and ovulate with the full moon (the brightest time of the month). This information gives us insight into why we feel certain ways during our hormone cycle. When you know the feelings that may arise around these times, it can be an opportunity to 'go with the flow' of life rather than pushing against, which can leave you feeling stuck or frustrated. 

Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca

Lavender Tart Cherry Milk                                                                                                                                    promotes relaxation, sleep, calming effects, lowers inflammation

  • Drink: before bed, during the new moon, waning moon, during pms and menstruation
  • Adaptogen: Ashwagandha– lowers blood sugar + cortisol, increases brain function, reduces anxiety and depression, anti-cancer properties, increases testosterone + boosts fertility in men, lowers inflammation. 
  • Healing Herbs: Tart Cherry Juice– sleep enhancer (natural source of melatonin), high in antioxidants. Lavender–  relieves indigestion, good for sleep, promotes relaxation.
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Maca Cacao Milk                                                                                                                                                               increases energy + mental focus, hormone balancing, promotes sexual function

  • Drink: in the morning or afternoon, in substitute or alongside coffee, during the full moon, waxing moon, during ovulation and post menstruation. 
  • Adaptogen: Maca– boosts libido, increases endurance, balances hormones, increases fertility, increases physical + mental energy, sharpens memory + focus, mood balancing.
  • Healing Herb: Raw Cacao– high in antioxidants, iron, + magnesium (good for heart, brain focus, muscles, calming effect), natural mood elevator (seratonin, tryptophan + other neurotransmitters associated with feelings of happiness + well being).
  • Optional Adaptogens: Mucunas Pruriens (Velvet Bean)– antidepressant actions, antioxidant, good for digestion, increases libido, boosts energy + focus.                                                                         Chaga– immune boosting, antioxidant, reduces inflammation.

New Moonsetting intentions + seeking inspiration

Waxing Moonenergetic time, conception to fertility to creation, taking action to bring idea to fruition with the full moon

Full Mooncelebration + practicing gratitude

Waning Moonreleasing, decluttering, reflecting, restoring

Moon Milks, Candles + Tarot || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks, clearing energy + burning sage || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca

As above, so below friends.

xx


MOON MILKS

the magic

inspiration:                   moon phases + hormone cycles

the feels:                       creamy, soothing, warm, relaxing

eat with:                        tahini snack bites, shortbreads,                                                         gingerbread or chai cookies 

might like if you're into:     tarot cards, astrology, lunar cycles,                                                  ouija boards, witches, yoga, journaling,                                              forest walks, meditation, incense,                                                      herbalism, energy clearing,                                                              himalayan salt lamps, essential oils,                                                tracking your cycle

the science

makes one moon milk each || time: 5 t0 10 minutes                                                                                  

ingredients:                                                                                      

cacao maca milk    

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons cacao powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (or honey/agave)
  • pinch of pink salt 
  • optional: 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • optional: 1 tablespoon almond butter   
  • optional: 1 teaspoon chaga, reishi or mucuna pruriens powder   
  • optional: shot of espresso or heaping teaspoon herbal coffee
  • optional: scoop of protein powder                                 

lavender tart cherry milk

  • 1/2 cup tart cherry juice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (from can)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender buds
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (or maple/agave)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ashwaghanda powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of pink salt
  • optional: dried rose petals + dried lavender buds for garnish and aroma

method:                                                                                           

cacao maca milk

  1. Hot: In a small pot/pan, add milk, cacao, maca, maple syrup and pink salt. Whisk until combined. Heat over medium until just hot but not boiling. Drink as is or pour into blender, add other optional ingredients and blend for extra creaminess. 
  2. Cold: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for 30  to 60 seconds on until fully combined and creamy. 

lavender tart cherry milk

  1. In a small pot/pan, add almond milk, coconut milk, tart cherry juice, honey, vanilla, ashwagandha, and salt. Whisk until combined. Heat over medium until simmering. Remove from heat and add lavender buds. Cover with lid and let steep for 5 minutes. Pour into mug over a strainer to remove the lavender buds. Blend in blender if you prefer the drink more foamy. Crush edible dried rose petals and/or dried lavender together and sprinkle lightly on top for a soothing aroma. 

ZOMBIE CHERRY PIE + HALLOWEEN THOUGHTS

Zombie Cherry Pie + Halloween Thoughts || Spooky face cherry pie + all butter crust made from scratch || food styling + photography by creamandhoney.ca
Zombie Cherry Pie + Halloween Thoughts || Spooky face cherry pie + all butter crust made from scratch || food styling + photography by creamandhoney.ca

Is Halloween more magical than Christmas? Does that sentence offend you? If you're like my Great Aunt Lorraine who's house looks like Santa diarrheaed Christmas cheer everywhere, then you might be. One year she took my mum and I to a Christmas liquidation sale in a large medically lit warehouse to get deals on Christmas items leftover from the previous year. Four hours in a sea of red, gold and green but lacking it's luster from the industrial setting among mentally ill hoarders. This was my Aunt Lorraine's heaven. Bless her, she's sweet lady. 

For me, Christmas is very magical. But Halloween is my jam. Like my deep dark soul jam. As a child, I felt like I was a magical being in a human's body. But not the sugar-and-spice-and-everything-nice kind of magical. I believed myself to be mostly good, but with a mysteriousness, a mischievousness, an untamed wildness that could not be exorcised. I felt eventually the universe would reveal my powers and I could fully come into who I am– a lady warlock!

In my early twenties I was very unhappy. I had panic attacks and severe anxiety that debilitated me from living a normal day-to-day life. I had lost myself somewhere growing up. It felt like everyone else was deciding how I should act, who I should be and what I should be doing with my life. Let's not should ourselves, okay? It seemed my vision of who I really was and the world I wanted to live in was fading, and fast, into a dismal abyss of monotonous cubicle jobs, illness, and financial stress.  A few people in my life helped remind me those things weren't real, if I didn't want them to be. The more I focused on feeling good, the more I could hear my true self and the magic returned bit by bit. Magic comes in many forms and shows up differently for everyone. Maybe this is why Halloween speaks to me– it reminds us of the beauty and mystery in life but on a wide spectrum of dark and light. Darkness is important as it gives contrast to light. I like to imagine the darker you go on one end of the spectrum allows you to go equally as far on the light side. The wider your feeling range has grown, the more expansive you become. I think the intense fearful and depressing feelings allowed for profoundly joyful ones because it's all intensity, just in different forms. And you can feel extreme gratitude and joy from the contrast of knowing how bad the other end of the spectrum feels. 

We can't rid ourselves or this world of darkness, so why not embrace it? Say, “I see you there. You are valued." Without darkness, wouldn't life be boring? What makes a great story? It's almost always the contrast between good and evil. Of course we always hope good will prevail, but without evil  there would be no fuel for bravery, curiosity, mystery, or adventure! And without those, life doesn't really sound all that great.

You cannot deny the macabre is thrilling. It's so human from the fear and uneasiness it brings but it's simultaneously otherworldly in nature. I like to fall in love with that darkness. Many of my favourite places are shrouded in creepiness and shadows; New Orleans with it's deep mystical roots, Prague's gothic and baroque architecture, and Mexico with the Day Of The Dead– a celebration commemorating the deceased and reminding you death is a part of life. 

Zombie Cherry Pie + Halloween Thoughts || Spooky face cherry pie + all butter crust made from scratch || food styling + photography by creamandhoney.ca
Zombie Cherry Pie + Halloween Thoughts || Spooky face cherry pie + all butter crust made from scratch || food styling + photography by creamandhoney.ca
bloody-cherries (1).jpgZombie Cherry Pie + Halloween Thoughts || Spooky face cherry pie + all butter crust made from scratch || food styling + photography by creamandhoney.ca

And with that, I made a zombie pie. An all butter crust with a deep cherry red filling that gives us some good looking blood and clots. I used this pie crust recipe and method from Pastry Affair because it works every single time. For last year's Halloween post click here for this decadent Chocolate + Salted Dulce De Leche with Meringue bones. It's shamelessly rich with distinct notes of good and evil. 

Wizard of Oz – The Scarecrow (me) + The Lion (mum)

Wizard of Oz – The Scarecrow (me) + The Lion (mum)

My best Tiger impression. ARE YOU SCARED?!

My best Tiger impression. ARE YOU SCARED?!

Halloween Candy + Types of People


Packs of Candy (starburst, skittles, fuzzy peaches etc.) – You are a considerate, good person who remembers what it's like to be a kid. You never leave the breakroom messy and you buy friends/coworkers coffees without a second thought. Dogs like you and cats think you're okay. 

Tootsierolls – Wow, really?! Do you hate children or something? You're not fooling anyone with your passive aggressive candy choice. Flush those down the toilet like the rabbit poops they really are. 

Tootsieroll lollipops – You're not a bad person like original-tootsieroll-guy (see above) but you are confused what qualifies as good candy nowadays. The outer lollipop part of this candy is okay (especially the cherry) so you get a pass. You also fill stockings with oranges at Christmas. We don't dislike these choices, but there are better ones. Light a candle tonight and look within yourself for more insight on making good choices. 

Candy Corn – You like seeing the faces of disappointed children. You get off on it. You loudly rustle popcorn bags at the movie theatre while shovelling your buttery hands into your mouth then laugh so loudly the popcorn flies right back out. You attached a pair of fake balls to your truck and have a terrible bumper sticker that offends people and that's the way you like it. You think Donald Trump is “doing his best".  Please seek therapy asap.

Toothbrushes – You are a dentist or dental hygenist. It's good to have one in each neighbourhood, but no more than that. You care about health and we need people like you so our teeth don't fall out of our faces like in the dark ages. 

Mini bags of chips – People love you! You're a great neighbour and always let your kids have  sleepovers and let them watch scary movies. You also enjoy gardening and have some lovely petunias come summertime.

Homemade cookies in saran wrap – You are 90 years old. Your name is something like Ethel or Beatrice. You have mildly good intentions but you're losing it. Sometimes you say inappropriate remarks like “coloured people" or “chinamen" but you're so old that people sigh defeatedly and say, “well... she'll be dead soon."

Homemade cookies with surprise razor blade center – You are psychologically unwell but it's the 90s so we don't take mental illness seriously yet. Your favourite past time is leering at children in the playground and wearing your mother's rouge lipstick in a wide ring around your lips. 

Mini chocolate bars – You're an angel. You see the brighter side of life and say things like, “I love to cozy up with a good book in the rain". You've travelled the world and have photos in your house of the time you bathed in the Ganges with the locals and travelled camelback across the Sarahan Dunes in Morocco. You always bake cupcakes for birthdays and write heartfelt notes that make people tear up and remember how beautiful life is. Thanks for being you.

Raisins – Why?! Did you pull those from the back of your pantry where they've been sitting for the last three years? You keep trying to convince everyone they're “earth's natural candy" but raisins are just dusty old dried up grapes. You know what's better? Regular grapes. Or anything else ever. 

“I'm on an important witch call mother. Please exit the room before I turn your new push-button phone back into a rotary."

“I'm on an important witch call mother. Please exit the room before I turn your new push-button phone back into a rotary."

Vampiress (my bf Alex) + Wind Up Doll (me)

Vampiress (my bf Alex) + Wind Up Doll (me)

Disco Queen (Alex) + Paper Bag Princess (me)

Disco Queen (Alex) + Paper Bag Princess (me)

Zombie Cherry Pie + Halloween Thoughts || Spooky face cherry pie + all butter crust made from scratch || food styling + photography by creamandhoney.ca

Happy Halloween Lovely Humans!!!

 Creep it real. xx


ZOMBIE CHERRY PIE

the magic

inspiration:                Halloweeeeen

the feels:                    buttery, flakey, sweet, slightly tart

eat with:                     tea, coffee, whipped cream/coconut cream,                                          pouring cream, vanilla ice cream, chocolate                                      ice cream, champagne/ sparkling wine, red                                        wine (merlot, pinot noir, syrah/shiraz)

might like if you're into:     The Shining, the macabre, Edgar Allen                                              Poe, eating flesh, sucking blood, Dexter,                                            The Witch (a really good scary movie).

the science

makes one 9 inch pie

ingredients: 

  • one double pie crust (see below for link)
  • 5 cups pitted cherries (fresh or frozen, I used frozen)
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon water (egg wash)
  • pie tin or dish

method:

  1. In a large bowl mix the cherries, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, almond extract and cornstarch until evenly combined. Put in the fridge to let filling settle. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. 
  3. Place half of pie crust in pie tin. Push down gently to secure to base. Trim edges and keep the scraps. Pour in cherry filling. Dot the filling with the small cubes of butter (Make a triangle with the scrap pie dough for the shape of the nose. Feel free to make it as big as you like. place in the middle of the pie on top of the filling wherever you want your nose to be. 
  4. Place second pie crust on top. Push gently over the nose to form. Rip edges of top pie crust so the zombie face outline is messy looking. With a sharp knife cut out eyes and mouth. Add cuts for scars/stitches. With a chopstick or pen, push gently into the bottom of the nose to create nostrils. 
  5. Brush with the egg wash and place the pie on a large baking sheet to catch any overflow. Place into oven for 20 minutes. Remove pie and cover the edges with a pie crust shield (I make one by gently forming aluminum foil around the edges in pieces. This prevents the edges from becoming too dark. Turn oven down to 375ºF and put pie back into oven. Bake for another 30 to 40 minutes, I base it on the colour being nice and golden. 
  6. Let pie cool. Scoop out eyes for a more hollow soul look and poke the chopstick back into the nostrils so filling can seep through. Serve on it's own or with some sort of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. 
  7. Cover tightly. This pie can be stored on the counter at room temperature for 2 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze this pie if making in advance, in which case freeze the pie uncovered until frozen solid, then wrap in plastic wrap or foil and freeze for up to a month. Thaw at room temperature for an hour then reheat at 375ºF until warm (around 30 minutes). 

Pie crust recipe from Pastry Affair.

Cherry filling recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.