This post was last updated on June 11, 2020 by India
Read below for a quick update about what i’ve been up to this past may, What cooking in our kitchen, and what i read recently!
This Past May…
Wow, what a month. How are you doing? This month has been one of the most radical in my life. From turning 29 at the beginning, the on-going stress and developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, to the death and protests following George Floyd. I feel like I’ve experienced more in this past month than any other.
George Floyd and Becoming Anti-Racist
My heart has felt heavy the past few weeks with the death of George Floyd and seeing Amy Cooper using her privilege as a white woman to hurt a Black man. It is way too often that the death or injustice against a person of color takes place.
The past few weeks I’ve took some time to pause on creating content and disconnect to talk about racism with my husband and to reflect about how the color of my skin has given me advantages in life I wasn’t aware of. I’ve never considered myself a racist; however, like many, I’m trying to understand how I can be anti-racist, and what it means to be anti-racist. I want to do better and be a better person and ally for people of color. Here are some resources I’m using to educate myself:
- Podcast: 1619 by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Code Switch by NPR, Groundings by Devyn Springer and Christopher Hollis, and Lynching in America Podcast by the Equal Justice Initiative.
- Movies/Documentaries: 12 Years a Slave, 13th, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, When They See Us.
- Books: Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A memoir by Stanley Williams, How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.
- Other Resources: Antiracism Resources, Fight Racism with these Books, Movies, Podcasts and Other Guidance, and Justice in June.
Please note, this list is a start for how I will be educating myself, not an all inclusive list. Educating myself on how to be a better ally to not just Black people but all people of color is a continual process.
With everything that has happened within the past few weeks, I nearly forgot my birthday was at the beginning of the month! A massive thank you to my friends and family that made my quarantine birthday one of the best yet. I was surprised with gifts of flowers, food, wine, and books. If you know me, you know these are all easy ways to my heart. One of my friends dropped off a mini charcuterie board from Board and You and bottle of wine so Neal and I had an impromptu date night on our porch!
working from home
Like many people around the world, Neal and I are both still working from home. I finally feel like I’ve adjusted to some sort of routine where I wake up, workout (maybe), do some basic hygiene and my skin care routine, and either work on the couch or work on the porch until pausing to cook lunch. In a lot of ways, working from home has been enjoyable because I’ve had more time with Neal and Dobby and haven’t had to deal with downtown traffic. However, I’m itching to get back in the office and work in person with my team and colleagues.
What I’m Cooking
Since Patachou has been closed, Neal has been obsessing over this Parmesan Bacon Chicken Salad. I think we made it twice this month!
A no-recipe recipe but these are so easy and good. Just make some pico de Gallo (or use store bought), toss with some shredded cabbage and chopped carrots (for necessary crunch), add an extra squeeze of lime, finish off with some chopped cooked shrimp and diced avocado. So fabulous. So easy. So fresh.
We fell in love with crepes when we discovered Crepes Paulette in Bentonville, one of our favorite restaurants. We fell more in love with crepes when we were walking through the streets of Paris and vowed to recreate them at home. The quarantine has given us more time to work on our recipe, and I think we’re close to perfecting it!
AKA a think chickpea crepe! I love to top mine with mashed avocado and a soft boiled egg for an easy work from home lunch. Grab the recipe from The Kitchn and mix it up as you please!
Vodka Grapefruit Spritz
Another no-recipe recipe. My go to cocktail lately has been a few slugs of vodka with a splash of grapefruit juice and topped with sparkling water. It’s tart and refreshing. I love it!
New on India from Indiana
Here’s what you may have missed on India from Indiana this month:
About Page – Why is it so hard to write about yourself? It took me about a week to do, but I finally rewrote my about page and added in so much. more of my history with food, my food philosophy, and some random facts about me. Check it out if you’re interested.
Hot and Sour Soup – Hot and Sour Soup that is just as good as Chinese restaurants make, but you know it’s gluten free when you make it yourself! This is one of our favorite recipes when we’re feeling sick or need something cozy to eat.
Our Office/Guest Room Inspiration – Sharing the inspiration for our home office/guest room renovation. So excited to see how this space ends up.
Our Office Renovation
Slowly but surely we are chipping away at our office renovation project. We’ve had our restored windows installed (!!), and I’m slowly stripping the old lead paint from the baseboards, door, and door frame using the Eco-Strip Speedheater Cobra. It was a hefty investment, but every room in our house has peeling lead paint, so it will get a lot of use. Clean up is way easier compared to using Citri-Strip, and it’s safe for lead paint!
What I Read in May
The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory -The last book in the Plantagenet and Tudor series by Philippa Gregory. I much prefer the earlier books in the series, but enjoyed this enough and am glad to be done with the series.
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead – So eye opening into Jim Crow-era Florida and a boys reform school. Truly heartbreaking. A must read for everyone.
The Gentlemen in Moscow by Amor Towles – A story about a Russian Count who lives in a luxury hotel and is under house arrest. A heart touching story about the relationships he develops with staff and visitors and interesting look at how the world changed around him while he was trapped in the hotel.
Ask and It Is Given by Ester and Jerry Hicks – Just trying to attract my best life! This read is a helpful overview of the Law of Attraction.
Needless to say, he is LOVING all this extra time at home with Neal and I. It’s probably accurate to say he is thriving! He loves to curl up between my legs while I’m working or is nuzzled right up along my side. With this extra time at home, we’ve been able to work a little more on his stranger danger whenever someone walks by the house and his leash reactivity on walks.
We took Dobby for his first ever hike at Fort Benjamin Harris and we all had a blast! He loved the new smells and it was so nice to get fresh air and spend some time in nature. As an extra benefit, he was exhausted that night.