Romance Books To Read July 2020

Romance Books To Read July 2020

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June started off with a bang. It was a bang that the world really needed to hear. With the intensification of the Black Lives Matter movement, I was transfixed with the news. I spent so much time on Instagram reading posts and reposting resources to stories. So it was a lot on my Black body. In the midst of this turmoil, the way I found to calm my anxiety was to focus on reading novels. In particular, I committed to reading romance novels by Woman of Color as a form of protest against the overwhelmingly white gaze of the publishing industry. 

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Sweet and Spicy Soy Glazed Beef Ribs

I wasn’t sure I was going to have an opportunity to make this sweet and spicy soy-glazed beef ribs. The Boston area recently just became hot. When I say hot, I should clarify that this is by the standards of a Boston area resident. The high 80s to low 90s seem hot now. Back in the days, when I lived in California, these same temps always felt so moderate. I guess I am truly a New Englander now. Luckily for me, yesterday, we had a temporary dip in temperature into the 70s and I felt like I could use the oven again. So, I quickly made this sweet and spicy soy glazed beef ribs.

Sweet and Spicy Soy Glazed Beef Ribs

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A white shallow plate filled with quinoa, broccoli and flakes orange dill poached salmon

Build

Happy May! It feels like this year has been forever already with all the staying at home we have been doing. But every so often, the rhythm of a new week or a new month, reminds me that time is not going any faster or slower. Time has not changed. I have changed though.

The Goal Is to Stay in Motion

This period has been had for me because of anxiety. I am never quite sure what kind of day I am going to have. It all depends on if I have had enough sleep the night before. As I struggle with feeling have no control over my day, I am practicing grace with myself. I’m acknowledging to myself that life is unexpected and unprecedented. It is okay to feel both overwhelmed and understimulated at the same time. This is the moment we live in.

Even as I have given up the illusion of control, I am encouraging myself to build good habits during this time. For the first time in my life, I am paying attention to making my bed in the morning. I am finding joy in having a skincare routine. These habits allow me to feel like I am being productive in little ways. The goal of my habit building is not perfection. The goal is to stay in motion. To keep moving forward so that I don’t feel stuck as time goes by. I have to say it is helping so far.

What have you been doing to make this time go faster?

Vegan Mushroom Duxelle

Vegan Mushroom Paste

I don’t think it needs to be said that this year has been crazy. We are all living it day-to-day at the moment. For those among us, who are lucky enough to have safe shelter, we are indoors. We wait, patiently on some days, for time to pass and dull out the might that is Coronavirus. It has become a long wait. Amidst all of the turmoil and anxiety, food has become an emotional coping tool. Making this vegan magical mushroom paste is one of the things that brought me so much joy.

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