The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a twist that's as unique as it is whimsical? Welcome to the "12 Days of Mushroom Christmas," a festive journey that promises to infuse your holiday celebrations with the earthy charm and enchanting allure of medicinal mushrooms.
As the snow blankets the world in white, and the warm glow of twinkling lights adorns our homes, we invite you to embark on this holiday-themed adventure that combines the magic of Christmas with the wonders of the mycological realm. From mushroom ornaments adorning your Christmas tree to the savoury delights of mushroom-infused dishes, we're here to make your holiday season a little more magical and a lot more fungi-fun!
Day 1: Mushroom Ornament Ideas
As you prepare to transform your home into a winter wonderland, it's only fitting that we kick off our 12 Days of Mushroom Christmas with a whimsical touch—mushroom-themed ornaments! These delightful mushroom decorations will add a dash of enchantment and mycological magic to your Christmas tree.
There are countless creative ways to make mushroom ornaments to infuse your holiday season with the spirit of fungi. Consider repurposing corks from sparkling beverages that often resemble the stem and cap of a mushroom. We like to paint the stem white, and the top of the cork red with white spots to resemble the Amanita Muscaria mushroom that is connected to many ancient Winter Solstice traditions.
Alternatively, gather the little ones for a family crafting session, where you can draw and decorate your own mushroom ornaments. Let your imagination run wild as you explore various mushroom species and colours, allowing each family member to contribute their artistic flair. For those with a taste for adventure, embark on a winter foraging expedition to fungi in the forest that can be dried and carefully strung and hung as ornaments.
Day 2: Mushroom Mocktails
The holiday season is all about spreading joy and savouring delightful flavours. What better way to celebrate than by incorporating the magical qualities of medicinal mushrooms into your holiday drinks? Today, we're sharing delicious and unique mushroom-inspired mocktail recipes that you can prepare using any of the medicinal mushroom blends from Eversio Wellness: Awaken Blend, Balance Blend, and Rejuvenate Blend.
The Awakened Elixir
- 2.0 oz non-alcoholic spirit (we like Sobrii 0-Gin or Seedlip Garden)
- 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
- ½ tsp Eversio Wellness Awaken Blend
- 1 egg white (optional, for frothiness)
- Ice cubes
- Lemon twist and a slice of shiitake mushroom for garnish
- In a shaker, combine spirits, fresh lemon juice, Awaken Blend, and egg white (if using).
- Dry shake (shake without ice) for 10-15 seconds.
- Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for another 10-15 seconds.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a twist of lemon and a slice of shiitake mushroom for a touch of elegance.
Zen Balance Mocktail
- 1 cup ginger kombucha
- ½ tsp Eversio Wellness Balance Blend
- 1 oz honey or maple syrup (adjust to taste)
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish
- Ice cubes
- In a glass, mix ginger kombucha, Balance Blend, and honey (or maple syrup).
- Stir until the blend is smooth and the sweetener is dissolved.
- Add ice cubes and garnish with fresh mint leaves for a refreshing and balanced mocktail.
Rejuvenating Rosemary Spritz
- 1.5 oz non-alcoholic spirit (we like Sobrii 0-Gin or Seedlip Garden)
- 0.5 oz elderflower syrup
- 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
- ½ tsp Eversio Wellness Rejuvenate Blend
- Soda water
- Fresh rosemary sprig and lime wheel for garnish
- Ice cubes
- Fill a glass with ice cubes and add spirit, elderflower, fresh lime juice, and Rejuvenate Blend.
- Stir well to combine the ingredients.
- Top off with soda water.
- Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig and a lime wheel for a burst of rejuvenation.
These mushroom-infused mocktails are perfect for adding a unique twist to your Christmas Eve celebration. They not only taste amazing but also offer the health benefits of medicinal mushroom blends. Enjoy these drinks with friends and family and toast to a festive and flavorful holiday season!
Day 3: Mushroom-Infused Holiday Soup
Today, we're diving into the heartwarming world of mushroom soup recipes. There's nothing quite like a steaming bowl of soup to bring comfort and joy during the winter season. And what better way to celebrate the season than with the rejuvenating flavours of mushrooms?
Festive Mushroom Recipe: Rejuvenate Mushroom Holiday Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb (450g) mixed fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 4 tsp Rejuvenate Mushroom Blend from Eversio Wellness
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup heavy cream (or alternative dairy-free option)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Fresh parsley, for garnish
- Croutons or crusty bread, for serving
- Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and garlic, sautéing until they become translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add the sliced mushrooms, including the Rejuvenate Mushroom Blend from Eversio Wellness, to the pot. Cook them for about 8-10 minutes until they release their liquid and become tender.
- Stir in the dried thyme, salt, and black pepper to season the mushrooms.
- Pour in the vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavours to meld.
- Using an immersion blender or a regular blender, puree the soup until it reaches your desired consistency. Be cautious when blending hot liquids.
- Return the blended soup to the pot and stir in the heavy cream. Heat it gently, but do not let it come to a boil.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
- Serve the Rejuvenate Mushroom Holiday Soup hot, garnished with fresh parsley, and accompanied by croutons or a slice of crusty bread for added crunch and warmth.
Day 4: Holiday Mushroom Decor
Embrace the whimsical charm of mushrooms by incorporating them into your holiday decor on the fourth day of our Mushroom Christmas journey. Explore imaginative ways to infuse your home with a touch of mushroom magic, from mushroom-inspired table settings to mushroom centerpieces. Discover creative DIY projects that showcase the beauty of mushrooms and add a unique, enchanting twist to your festive ambiance.
Day 5: The Nutritional Value of Mushrooms
As we continue our 12 Days of Mushroom Christmas, let's explore the medicinal benefits of these fantastic fungi.
Mushroom Health Benefits:
Immune Support: Medicinal mushrooms like Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake contain compounds that can help boost your immune system. They are packed with beta-glucans, which stimulate the production of white blood cells and enhance your body's defence against infections.
Anti-Inflammatory: Mushrooms are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms of conditions like arthritis.
Antioxidant Power: Many mushrooms are rich in antioxidants, which combat oxidative stress and protect your cells from damage. This can have a positive impact on your overall health and potentially reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Improved Brain Function: Lions Mane mushroom, for instance, has been associated with enhanced cognitive function and may support the growth of nerve cells in the brain, potentially aiding in memory and learning.
Balancing Blood Sugar: Some mushrooms, such as cordyceps and maitake, can help regulate blood sugar levels, making them valuable for individuals with diabetes or those looking to maintain stable energy throughout the day.
Incorporating these medicinal mushrooms into your diet or through supplements can be an excellent way to harness their health benefits. Remember to consult with a healthcare professional before making significant dietary changes, especially if you have existing health conditions or concerns. Mushrooms offer a unique and flavorful way to support your health, making them a fantastic addition to your holiday festivities.
Day 6: Mushroom-Themed Gifts
Medicinal mushroom supplements from Eversio Wellness make the perfect gift this holiday season. These carefully crafted supplements are a thoughtful way to show your loved ones that you care about their well-being. With a variety of mushroom wellness products designed to support immunity, reduce stress, and promote overall health, Eversio Wellness ensures that your gift is both meaningful and health-conscious. Give the gift of health and vitality this Christmas with Eversio Wellness as the perfect mushroom gift idea.
Day 7: Foraging for Mushrooms in Winter
As the holiday season envelops us in its wintry charm, mushroom enthusiasts know that even the cold months can offer delightful surprises in the form of mushrooms. Day 7 of our series takes you on a wintery adventure: foraging for mushrooms in the snow-covered forests and fields. Here, we'll share some tips for safe winter mushroom foraging and shed light on some fascinating winter mushroom varieties.
Winter Mushroom Foraging Tips
Dress for the Weather: Before you head out on your mushroom foraging adventure, make sure to dress warmly. Layer up, wear waterproof clothing, and ensure you have good-quality winter boots to keep your feet dry.
Know Your Mushrooms: Familiarize yourself with the winter mushroom varieties in your region. Some common winter mushrooms include the Velvet Shank, Winter Chanterelle, and the strikingly blue-green Enokitake.
Bring Essential Tools: Along with your usual mushroom foraging gear (basket, knife, and field guide), be sure to pack a sturdy flashlight or headlamp as daylight hours are shorter in winter.
Check Local Regulations: Always check local regulations and permits for foraging in your area. Some forests or parks may have restrictions to protect the ecosystem.
Be Patient: Winter foraging can be challenging, as mushrooms may be less abundant and harder to spot. Be patient and thorough in your search.
Observe Safety: Winter conditions can be slippery and unpredictable. Always inform someone of your plans and consider foraging with a buddy for added safety.
While winter foraging can be more challenging than in the warmer months, the rewards are well worth it. If you're lucky enough to find these winter mushroom varieties, you can bring a taste of the forest to your holiday table.
Day 8: Mushroom Side Dishes for Christmas Dinner
On this day, we're shifting our focus to side dishes that will elevate your Christmas dinner to a whole new level of flavour and nutrition.
Recipe: Creamy Mushroom Risotto with Eversio Wellness' Balance Blend
- 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup white wine
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup mixed mushrooms (shiitake, oyster, cremini), sliced
- 2 tsp Eversio Wellness Balance Blend
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (or dairy-free alternative)
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter (or dairy-free alternative)
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
Sauté the Mushrooms: In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic and sauté until they become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms and sauté until they release their moisture and start to brown.
Toast the Arborio Rice: Stir in the Arborio rice and cook for about 2 minutes, allowing it to toast slightly.
Deglaze with Wine: Pour in the white wine and stir until it's mostly absorbed by the rice.
Add Mushroom Blend: Add the 2 teaspoons of Balance Blend into ¼ cup hot water and begin adding one tablespoon at a time, allowing it to be absorbed by the rice before adding more. Continue this process until the rice is creamy and al dente, which should take about 18-20 minutes.
Finish with Butter and Cheese: Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese and unsalted butter to create a velvety texture. Season the risotto with salt and black pepper to taste.
Serve and Garnish: Dish up your creamy mushroom risotto on warm plates, and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
Day 9: Mushroom or Connection - Themed Movies
It's time to cozy up with a warm blanket, a cup of mushroom hot chocolate or mushroom coffee, and some festive movies that either feature mushrooms or embody the spirit of giving and connection.
- "The Magic of Mushrooms"
- “Fantastic Fungi
- "A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa"
- “Alice in Wonderland”
- "The Polar Express"
- “A Christmas Carole”
Whether you're a fan of enchanting, animated films, timeless classics, or heartwarming family adventures, there's a holiday movie with a touch of mushrooms or the holiday spirit waiting for you.
Day 10: Mushroom Crafts for Kids
On this 10th day of our mushroom Christmas celebration, we're getting creative with the kids! Mushroom-inspired crafts are not only a fun and engaging way to spend time together but also an excellent opportunity to teach them about the fascinating world of mushrooms.
Craft 1: DIY Mushroom Stamps
- Small to medium-sized mushrooms
- Non-toxic paint in various colours
- Paper or cardstock
- Slice the mushrooms in half, exposing their cap underside.
- Dip the flat side of the mushroom into paint, ensuring it's evenly coated.
- Press the painted mushroom onto the paper or cardstock to create mushroom stamp patterns.
- Experiment with different colours and sizes to make a variety of mushroom stamps.
- Let the prints dry and use them for creating holiday-themed cards, wrapping paper, or artwork.
Craft 2: Paper Plate Mushroom Hats
- Paper plates
- Craft paint or markers
- Elastic string or ribbon
- Hole punch
- Cut a paper plate in half.
- Let your kids paint or decorate the cut side of the plate to resemble a mushroom cap.
- Allow the paint to dry.
- Punch holes on each side of the cap.
- Thread an elastic string or ribbon through the holes to create a mushroom hat.
- Have your kids wear their mushroom hats as they continue with more craft activities or even a holiday-themed fashion show!
Day 11: Mushroom-Infused Desserts
Today, we're diving into the sweet side of the holidays with a delightful mushroom-infused dessert using the Awaken Blend by Eversio Wellness. This blend combines the earthy goodness of mushrooms with various other natural ingredients, making it a unique addition to your dessert recipes.
Recipe: Chocolate Mushroom Truffles
- 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup of heavy cream (or dairy-free alternative)
- 1 tablespoon of butter (or dairy-free alternative)
- 1 tsp of Awaken Blend by Eversio Wellness
- Cocoa powder, crushed nuts, or shredded coconut for coating (optional)
- In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream and butter over low heat. Be sure not to let it come to a boil. Remove it from the heat just as it starts to steam.
- Stir in the semi-sweet chocolate chips until they are fully melted and the mixture is smooth.
- Sprinkle in the Awaken Blend from Eversio Wellness. This blend combines the unique flavours and benefits of mushrooms, and it adds depth and richness to your truffles.
- Let the mixture cool slightly, then cover it and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until it's firm enough to handle.
- Once the mixture has set, scoop out small portions and roll them into bite-sized truffle balls.
- If desired, roll the truffles in cocoa powder, crushed nuts, or shredded coconut to add a delicious outer layer.
- Place the truffles on a parchment paper-lined tray and refrigerate for another 30 minutes to set.
- Once they've hardened, your chocolate mushroom truffles are ready to serve. They're a unique and decadent dessert that combines the richness of chocolate with the earthy notes of the Awaken Blend from Eversio Wellness.
Day 12: A Mushroom-Infused Christmas Feast
Welcome to the grand finale of our "12 Days of Mushroom Christmas" celebration! It's time to pull out all the stops and create a memorable holiday feast with a mushroom twist. One dish that's sure to impress your guests is a Mushroom-Infused Turkey Roast featuring the Rejuvenate blend by Eversio Wellness.
Mushroom-Infused Turkey Roast
- 1 whole turkey (12-14 pounds)
- 1 tbsp Rejuvenate blend by Eversio Wellness (or your preferred mushroom blend)
- 1/4 cup melted butter (or dairy-free alternative)
- 1 onion, peeled and quartered
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 lemon, halved
- 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C).
- Remove the turkey from its packaging and pat it dry with paper towels.
- In a small bowl, mix the Rejuvenate blend by Eversio Wellness with melted butter to create a flavorful mushroom butter paste.
- Carefully separate the turkey's skin from the breast and thigh meat, being careful not to tear the skin.
- Rub the mushroom butter paste evenly under the turkey's skin, covering as much of the breast and thigh meat as possible.
- Season the outside of the turkey with salt and pepper.
- Place the quartered onion, minced garlic, rosemary, thyme, and halved lemon inside the turkey's cavity.
- Transfer the turkey to a roasting pan and add the chicken or vegetable broth to the bottom of the pan to keep the turkey moist during roasting.
- Cover the turkey with aluminum foil and roast it in the preheated oven for approximately 3 to 3.5 hours. The exact cooking time will vary depending on the size of the turkey, so use a meat thermometer to ensure it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
- Remove the foil during the last 30 minutes of cooking to allow the skin to brown and crisp up.
- Once the turkey is cooked, remove it from the oven, tent it with foil, and let it rest for about 20-30 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to be redistributed and ensures a moist and flavorful roast.
- Carve the turkey and serve it alongside your favourite mushroom-infused side dishes and holiday trimmings.
This Mushroom-Infused Turkey Roast is the perfect centerpiece for your Christmas feast. The Rejuvenate blend by Eversio Wellness adds a unique and savoury mushroom flavour to the traditional holiday turkey, making it a standout dish that your guests will adore.
Wrapping Up a Merry Mushroom Christmas: A Fungi-Filled Holiday Season
As we wrap up our journey, we hope you've found inspiration and delight in these mushroom-themed holiday celebrations. Whether you're crafting DIY mushroom ornaments, savouring Christmas mushroom dishes or exploring the magic of these fungi in various forms, mushrooms have certainly brought a unique and earthy charm to your festive season.
Consider exploring the medicinal mushroom products offered by Eversio Wellness. These products can be a great addition to your wellness routine, providing natural health benefits and a sense of well-being during the holiday season and beyond. Wishing you all a Merry Mushroom Christmas and a fantastic start to the new year!