DIY Food & Drink Health

I am a Maker + Golden Milk

I am a maker through and through. I have been ever since I can remember. I love projects. I really love problem solving and seeing things through to their completion. I don’t feel a sense of preciousness with things that I have made. Actually I don’t really feel that way about much. I’m fairly practical and value design and usefulness equally.

I have wanted to be almost every kind of maker. I remember learning about blacksmithing when I was in 2nd grade and thinking ‘that seems fun.’ Apothecary, sewing, cooking, programming, designing, embroidery, jewelry, soap, candle, print and book making… the list could go on and on.

When I had my store I think I just opened it so that I could have my hands on all this stuff and have a platform for selling my stuff. It was fun. Sometimes I miss it, but I don’t miss being in the store for hours on end. If I’m anything I am rebellious.

I think that rebellion is part of what attracted me to creating. I can do it myself attitude has been there since day one. It’s actually only when I doubt that I can do it myself that I get myself into trouble.

I’m sorting through my passions. I can’t wait to see what floats to the top next.


Turmeric is one of the best anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, super awesome, super foods out there. So the more you incorporate it in your diet the better. Plus I love the way it tastes.

It’s a rhizome like ginger. In order for your turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin to make it through your stomach intact it needs to be gently heated and combined with some fat.

Turmeric Paste

¼ cup turmeric powder
½-1 cup filtered water

Add the turmeric and water in a small saucepan. Whisk together for a few minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly. Try not to let the paste get too dry. Add more water if necessary.

Cool paste and put in a glass jar in your refrigerator. It will keep for several weeks.

Golden Milk

1 t – 1 T of turmeric paste
1 – 1 ½ cups of hot milk (animal or plant based)
Honey or maple syrup to taste
a bit of black pepper
½ t of ghee or coconut oil*
1 t of fresh ginger*
pinch of cayenne*

Combine all ingredients together. Serve warm.

*all optional – I don’t add oil if I’m using full fat coconut milk or cow’s milk. If I use almond/hazelnut I do.

If you make this or come up with any other combos that you love, let me know. My first post on turmeric elixir is here.

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    September 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Desi, do you have any suggestions for using fresh turmeric in golden milk? I have never seen turmeric powder here in Costa Rica, but fresh turmeric is sold at the farmers market.

    I love what you make and I find your can-do philosophy inspiring. I hope we someday live in the same town again- especially when we are both old ladies. We can sit around drinking elixirs and making things all day!

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    Desi McKinnon
    September 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Lucky you on the fresh front. You can juice turmeric or you can make your own fresh turmeric powder by boiling, drying and then grinding it into a fine consistency, but that sounds like a pain in the ass. I would grate it like ginger and just put it directly in the milk and heat. It's a bit mild fresh, so if you want it spicy keep tasting until it's to your liking.

    Hanging out with you at any age would be awesome. I hope we live in the same city too.

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    September 17, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Yes! you are an amazing maker. and a finder-outer of all things! I'm certainly not an artist or anything, but I am a maker too. (although right now 'housemaker' is not among my favorite roles…because it just feels like cleaning and obligation. maybe that's my own rebellion. I want to 'make' house on my own terms, damnit!…get someone else to clean so I can can cook and make other stuff!;)

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    Desi McKinnon
    September 19, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Awww, Colleen I feel you on the cleaning front. Err. Sometimes I feel like it's a privilege to get to clean. Other times I hate it.

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    September 23, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I have the same feelings about creating. Particularly, the, I can do this myself attitude and the non-preciousness about art and creations. I find that many creative people are attracted to all sorts of different art forms and crafts. I think wherever you can express yourself, you feel a satisfaction from it. Looking forward to talking creativity when I get back.

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    January 5, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Thank you so much for introducing me to this delicious, nourishing treat. Tonight it's keeping me from getting into the ice cream 🙂

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    May 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Thank you so much for introducing me to this delicious, nourishing beverage! Tonight it's keeping me from getting into the ice cream 😉

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