13th

I recently watched the documentary, 13th, for free on YouTube featured on the Netflix channel.

No matter what I write, it will never do justice to this film. I encourage everyone to watch this; especially those who live in the U.S.

It moved me. There is this raw and brutal reality that unveils itself on how the legal systems work and the roles everyone plays. The unnecessary violence, persecution, and fear that repeat themselves all throughout history is heartbreaking. And it’s not over.

Let’s keep the conversations going.
Let’s keep understanding and progressing.

Links:

13th full feature film on Netflix YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8

13th documentary Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13th_(film)

rebuild

Time and time again, I find myself thanking the universe for putting gardening in my path. I’ve been investing so much time in both the outdoor and indoor garden and honestly, I feel like I’m getting back so much instead.

marigolds
marigolds

The peace, calm and guidance on life are what lingers in the quiet moments of progress. Just a few months ago, the marigolds weren’t even a seedlings yet, and now, they are blooming in the warm sun every single day. The soil underneath used to be dry, cold and malnourished. Now, it’s alive.

Gardening has helped me rebuild my perspectives. The practice of caring taught me to accept and embrace the imperfections and the unpredictable. Taught me that there are always lots to learn despite knowing so much. And that’s where the rebuilding can come from—the knowledge, the practice and the progress.

binge-watching our planet

I’m currently on the Jungle episode and I had no idea there were so many exotic animals. And that we needed jungles so much. As with every documentary-type show, there’s some happy moments, sad moments and then it ends with me thinking there’s more we can do for this world. I just found out that Netflix’s YouTube channel is now showing full episodes of the series, Our Planet, for free.

Nature is self-sufficient, until us humans come in making it about us. There’s a way of life in every little corner of this world and when we don’t think about how our actions affect every other living beings or don’t hold ourselves accountable, we end up destroying a lot of beautiful, amazing things that make our planet so wonderful.

home cooking challenge of 2020

Given my current trajectory, I’m anticipating I’ll be home cooking all throughout 2020, so I thought of an interesting challenge for myself. Each month, I’m going to specifically try one recipe I find on WordPress, so I’ll have cooked up a total of 12 different recipes by the end of December 2020. I’m super excited!

Peanut Butter Cookies home cookin' challenge 2020 (15)
my version of this peanut butter cookie

For any food bloggers (or food enthusiasts like me) who are reading, feel free to post a recipe you think I should try and leave a link down below. I’ll definitely check out some of the food bloggers I’m currently following to see if I get inspired.

The recipes I’m specifically looking for are going to be ones I haven’t necessarily tried before, the ingredients aren’t too expensive and aren’t too complicated to make. I’ll post up photographs of my finished creation. I’m excited to bake some desserts, try some new appetizers and discover some great wholesome dinner recipes.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (3)
My version of the Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Reasons for doing this:

  • It’s a challenge, so it’ll be interesting to see if I actually complete this!
  • I’m always up for learning new things, so I’m sure there are so many recipes out there that I’ll love and would want to use over and over again.
  • This will keep me motivated to do more home cooking in case I lose steam next year and get me to document more like I used to.
  • I want to also showcase some cool WordPress food blogs out here and give them some love!

Feel free to join the home cooking challenge of 2020 if you think this is something you’d like to do, too. I’d LOVE to follow and see which recipes you end up choosing each month, as well. I guess I’ll stick this on my homepage, so I don’t forget!

home cooking challenge of 2020 | recipe 1 | small batch chicken macaroni soup
home cooking challenge of 2020 | recipe 2 | skillet orange chicken
home cooking challenge of 2020 | recipe 3 | berry cheesecake crumble bars
home cooking challenge of 2020 | recipe 4 | peanut butter cookies
home cooking challenge of 2020 | recipe 5 | spaghetti aglio e olio
home cooking challenge of 2020 | recipe 6 | rice croquette (vegetarian)