What to Cook This Week

Week of February 11, 2024

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Two Things Are True: Holding Space for Pain and Beauty

“I will never apologize for embracing joy and beauty – even when the world is falling apart – because joy and beauty are my fuel for activism.” - Karen Walrond, The Lightmaker’s Manifesto

Hi friends! I’ve wanted to write a blog post for weeks now, but haven’t been able to properly string the words together. The pain and hurt are so deep in the world right now that it’s easy to feel paralyzed by it all. I feel guilty seeking joy, when so many are suffering. Daily, I read about the bombings and mass destruction taking place in Ukraine. It’s hard to comprehend that in a matter of weeks, millions of people have lost their homes and been forced to flee; that families are being torn apart, with no idea if or when they will see each other again. It’s awful, the sheer evil of this brutal attack. I pray, I donate, I read. I feel helpless.

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New Year Musings and a Word for 2022

Happy New Year, friends!! I don’t know if it’s the fact that my kids just went back to school after an insanely long 3.5-week winter break, or the fact that we are entering our third year of pandemic life, but so far this January, I just feel tired. (Unlike my kids, which - as evidenced by this photo - are fully of nonstop energy!). We had a really sweet time celebrating Christmas and Evie’s birthday with my family (who traveled from Virginia and California to be together at my parents’ house...

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Christmas 2021: Creative DIY Gifts From Your Favorite Bloggers

Happy Holidays, friends! I truly can’t believe that Christmas is just over 2 weeks away! Per usual, I’ve decorated the tree and the house, made gingerbread houses and cookies with the kids, and…haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet. I’m not sure why, but no matter how many times I convince myself that I will complete my holiday shopping before Thanksgiving, it never happens. Actually, I know exactly why. I hate shopping. There, I said it. And I especially don’t like to buy a piles of stuff...

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