Sunday, January 29, 2017

Y'all Means All


In the wake of Saturday's executive order on immigration the day after Holocaust Remembrance Day, crowds gathered this afternoon in Nashville in front of the offices of Senators Bob Corker and Lemar Alexandar. Impassioned immigrants and refugees shared their personal stories, and stories of their family members waiting to come here or fearful of their current status. Other speakers included religious leaders, lawyers, Nashville Mayor Barry, Vice Mayor Briley and Senator Yarbro. 

A grassroots rally, mostly through social media united 1500-2000 people in solidarity with other rallies and protests around the country. Crowds started at the corner of West End and Murphy and continued behind the sidewalk down West End. Handmade signs such as No Ban No Wall, No Hate No Fear Refugees Are Welcome Here, Let Them In, Love Thy Neighbor, Come for One Come for Us All, and We Are Better Than This waved to honking motorists as similar chants were echoed by groups throughout. 





















Saturday, January 28, 2017

Gluten Free Comfort Bowl Recipe



A downsized food budget has forced me to get more creative with my meals. Being gluten free, soy free as well as allergic to cashews and peanuts adds to the challenge. I can no longer just run over to Chipotle when I don't feel like making dinner. I can't justify spending $10 on one meal when I could make multiple meals with that same $10.
After I get home from the grocery store, I tend to spend the first couple of days eating all the tastiest food. By the time I get to the last days there is very little in the cupboard or refrigerator that tempts me. After I consumed all the fresh vegetables and fruit this week; I was left with the canned and packaged. Taste meter: Blah

Tricolor Quinoa $4.99
Whole Kernel Corn $0.89
Organic Black Beans $.99
Crumbled Goat Cheese $2.99

Yes, the crumbled goat cheese was in the refrigerator and it falls under one of the items I eat in the first days. There was only about a spoonful left in the container. I love cheese. I would say that cheese is my favorite ingredient. For health reasons and budget reasons, I've stopped buying half and half and the five different kinds of cheese I adore. Goat cheese is my exception. I justify this tasty splurge because it has a higher nutritional value, its easier to digest and the goats are generally treated more humanely than cows.
Also from the fresh zone was a small amount of Whole Foods house made guacamole. Normally this is a luxury item but it was on sale ($2.60 for a small container) which is less then it would cost me to make it from scratch. 


I made one serving of quinoa with leftover Bone Broth for extra protein but water is all that is required to make it. I heated both the corn and black beans in separate glass containers mixing in yellow curry with the corn for more flavor. 

Bowl:
layer of quinoa
layer of beans
layer of corn & yellow curry
salt and pepper to taste
topped with a spoonful of goat cheese 
2 spoonfuls of guacamole or sliced avocado

There was enough of everything but the goat cheese to enjoy this dish 4 times this week. If I'd had a full container of goat cheese I could have made it stretch. There's still enough quinoa for multiple dishes. 



Saturday, January 21, 2017

They Tried to Bury Us...They Didn't Know We Were Seeds

Power Together TN

I wanted to drive to Washington. I thought seriously about driving to Washington. 
Then I heard about the local march right here in Nashville.
I bought a $3 scarf at Goodwill to transform into a Pussy hat, which turned out to be incredibly easy! Pussy Hat Project
I designed a graphic art poster that I then freehanded onto poster board, which was not as easy.


 



Speak Up What you Allow will Continue

I’ll be honest; in the 8 years I’ve lived here I’ve witnessed a lot of hate, racism, bullying and ignorance in the South. There are also amazing, brilliantly creative, and loving individuals who rally together like no other.  
Hate is everywhere. Bullies are everywhere. 
Yet love is stronger. We have to be brave. We have to speak up.  

I was a little skeptical about the numbers they were predicting for the Women’s March in Nashville. When I arrived at Cumberland Park, I don’t think shocked is a strong enough word. When I saw the masses, I started crying. 
And I continued to hold back tears for most of the day.

I’m an introvert. But when I do speak, my words are deliberate.
When I'm passionate about something, no force on earth can stop me. 

Don’t let anyone rule you by fear.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you are whining when you are standing up for what is right.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t change the world because you absolutely can.

These photos and faces say everything else that my heart needs to.
Stay strong and Love one another. Love is your strongest ally. 

Power Together Tennessee









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