What’s on my mind 9.26.20

Erica eating Khao soi

Happy Saturday! I love these Saturday posts; they’re such a fun chance to share things I’m loving and that I hope will brighten your day. Here’s my list this week:

  • I made this weeknight Thai chicken meatball khao soi from Half Baked Harvest this week and we loved it. It was super quick and used minimal dishes-important criteria for me for any weeknight dinner. I’m definitely adding it to my dinner rotation regularly.
  • I’ve been using this lip balm from Meow Meow Tweet lately and I love it. They’re one of my go-to companies for zero waste toiletries. I also use their deodorant and sunscreen. I love that the lip balm comes in a cardboard tube so I’m not throwing away a plastic one when the lip balm runs out.
  • Random fun fact: I LOVE Charlie’s Angels. When I was a kid my parents rented the DVD of the early 2000s version from Hollywood Video and I watched the movie three times during the five day rental period. I finally got around to watching the 2019 version with Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks and it was fantastic. I’m really sad it flopped at the box office because I want them to make another one. I highly recommend watching it if you’re into badass ladies kicking butt. The original TV show is on Amazon Prime, so that’s also on my to-watch list.
  • The new season of The Great British Baking Show started this week! I’m so excited! I love this show! Actually, I’m obsessed with this show. I decided this year I’m going to bake along with the show in real time. I’m picking the signature category of the challenges and every week I’ll cook that challenge before the next episode comes out. Follow along in our Instagram stories for updates!
  • I’ve been thinking a lot about cultural appropriation lately. I recently discovered Blair Imani on Instagram. She does a lot of really informative educational posts about social issues, and she’s working on a series about cultural appropriation. An extreme oversimplification of cultural appropriation is it’s what happens when one group oppresses another, and the oppressor adopts cultural elements from the oppressed group and markets them as its own. It’s this weird cycle where one group is oppressed for their culture, and the oppressor may profit from the very thing they’re punishing. There are a lot of areas where Western culture has appropriated elements from indigenous people groups. I’m trying to be more aware of what I’m buying or what imagery or language I’m using and understanding if it’s something where I’m genuinely expressing appreciation for a culture other than my own or just mindlessly consuming. One way I can think of to combat this is buying things directly from the people groups who created them rather than massive corporations who are just profiting off that group.

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