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Love and Unrest

Unless you live in a cave underground, I’m sure you all know what’s been happening lately. The murder of George Floyd. The protests. The riots. All over the world people are fighting for equality and against racism and police brutality. There is so much heaviness, sadness, and anger that I just don’t know what to say. Every time I read another headline in the news I can’t help but ask myself “How did we get here? How did we let it get this bad?” While I don’t consider myself racist by any means, it’s hard not to feel guilty for all the injustice that has happened in this country for hundreds of years now.

It is not okay.

I’ve been doing my own part in helping to spread awareness of the issue, donating money, and speaking out whenever I can. You don’t have to be in the middle of the protests to take part in the action. (If you aren’t sure how, click here for some ideas.) It’s been mentally draining, to say the least, because no matter what I do it feels like it will never be enough.

I took the day off work on Friday to get some things done at home and to try to relax. As I often do during stressful times, I decided to bake something. I had some frozen berries hanging around in the freezer, so I pulled them out and decided to make scones. The recipe I used came from The Curious Chickpea. It’s a simple, yet reliable one. The only differences I made to the recipe was that I used both raspberries and blueberries and created a beet glaze to drizzle over the top. The flavor of the beet powder didn’t come through too much, but it did add a beautiful color to the finished product.

Baking always gives me a sense of peace and happiness, which is why it is one of my favorite hobbies. Every time I step into the kitchen to bake something I pour a lot of love into whatever I’m making. I know plenty of you can relate.

Can you imagine what kind of world we could live in, how much better off we would be, if we all poured that same love and energy into supporting others?

#blacklivesmatter

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Eating During the Time of Quarantine

Hello, friends! Thanks for checking out my blog and my first post. Originally, when I decided to create this blog, my first post was going to be about my journey back to veganism and a more eco-friendly lifestyle. But, we can talk more about all of that later, I guess. It feels somewhat inconsequential to talk about any major lifestyle changes at the moment, given everything going on in the world with COVID-19. For now, let’s just talk about some of the things I’ve been whipping up in the kitchen during quarantine.

I was cooking quite a bit before COVID hit, but I’ll admit that I ordered takeout food at least 2-3 times a week, usually on days I didn’t pack anything for lunch. Being the busy people that we are, I’m sure a lot of you were in the same boat. When we had to start staying home, I half expected myself to get sick of cooking pretty quickly. “At least I can still order food to-go or get food delivered to the house,” I thought. Surprisingly, I’ve only ordered takeout a handful of times in the last 5-6 weeks. Every weekend Boyfriend and I try to pick a local restaurant that we like and support them by ordering takeout. My daily tea/coffee runs have diminished to once a week, which has probably been an even bigger adjustment for me than cooking all my meals at home. I’m finding that I don’t even mind it that much. Staying in has forced me to be more creative, not only because ingredients are limited, but so I don’t run out of ideas and end up eating the same thing day after day.

I’ve been trying out lots of recipes from my favorite food bloggers, YouTubers, and cookbooks. Lately, I’ve been really into cooking Korean-inspired meals, as Korean food is one of my favorites.

There’s also been plenty of baking happening, as well. I bake a lot as it is, but considering everything that’s been going on, I’ve ramped things up. (Anyone else stress baking like crazy?) There have been cookies, breads, cakes, cobblers, and candies appearing on my counter at least three times a week…which is why I’ll be calling my quarantine memoir, Land of a Thousand Carbs.

What kinds of things have you all been making lately? Are you sick of cooking yet?