Hey there! How are things? Hope you had a good February!
I started doing these monthly recipe round-up posts because you might have missed a recipe that we posted in the month and this is just a good reminder.
And then it’s also fun for me because I get to talk about some other things besides food – though I do love talking about food! – I try and keep my recipe posts ‘on point’ because I don’t want to start going on about my cats or this great book I’m reading and distract from the actual point of the post, which is to tell you about the recipe!
So these posts are where I get a chance to chat about a few other things!
But first up, how about those recipes we posted in February then?
1. Caramel Fudge Vegan Chocolates // 2. Strawberry Mango Smoothie // 3. Caramel Swirl Cheesecake Ice Cream // 4. Butternut Squash and Black Bean Vegan Enchiladas // 5. Midnight Blue Velvet Cupcakes // 6. Roasted Garlic Hummus // 7. Banana Bread Muffins // 8. Quinoa Salad with Sesame Soy Dressing //
I had a great time in February making all this delicious food! Any favorites for you? As usual I was mad about everything, but stand out favorites would have to be the vegan enchiladas and those blue velvet cupcakes!
COMING UP IN MARCH
I’m so excited about what’s in store for March! Have a peek at these upcoming goodies!
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
As usual we’ve been loving Netflix! An excellent documentary that we watched was ‘To Be A Miss’. It’s about the Venezeulan obsession with beauty pageants and the extreme measures taken to achieve the beauty pageant look. It’s seen as a way out of poverty for many young girls, but sadly it’s the poorest of the poor spending everything they have on this goal, which includes plastic surgery and extreme dieting to achieve the very narrow definition of beauty that is rewarded by the beauty pageant industry. A very shocking, disturbing and sad documentary to watch.
We’re busy watching (and enjoying) Luther at the moment, though it’s a bit on the grim side, but excellent nonetheless.
And then it wasn’t on Netflix but we just watched ‘Room’ which is a movie based on the Emma Donoghue novel of the same name that I read last year. The novel was excellent and the movie did not disappoint. The acting was utterly superb too. Extremely sad viewing though, definitely line up a comedy to watch immediately afterwards!
WHAT WE’RE READING
Not nearly enough I tell you! Jaye and I read like maniacs when we’re on holiday, we devour books! But during our normal busy lives, sometimes there’s not even a book on the go! So I am ashamed to say that is the situation right now.
But of course I read good articles and websites all the time. Some I highly recommend, like Beauty Redefined, created by twin sisters and PHD’s Lindsay and Lexie. These super smart woman are making it their mission to challenge the objectification of women.
I absolutely loved this article entitled: Stop Cheering for the Objectification of More Women‘. This article argues that seeing different types of female bodies objectified in media, such as plus-size bodies like model Ashley Graham and muscular bodies like Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, is not progress.
“As if seeing more and different undressed bodies will reduce this world’s obsession with valuing women as bodies above all else. As if seeing more bodies could ever convince women they are more than bodies.”
FRANKIE AND ERNIE
Frankie and Ernie are getting SOO brave. It’s only taken them to nearly 6 years old! But now when my sister visits Ernie only hides away for about an hour before he comes out all ready to mingle. Well…. from a distance. And Frankie gives it a mere 5 minutes before she’s all over my sister and her things.
They are such funny little things. We rescued them, skinny, dirty and terrified when they were 2 months old and living rough on their own in the bushes outside our apartment. The security guard nearby said that they had been abandoned there alone a month before (so from 1 month old!). Ernie had scratches all over his tummy from having had to defend himself and his sister.
Well, that experience drained all the brave from Ernie. He really didn’t have any left. They bonded with us very strongly, but any strangers were then and still are considered a dire threat. The doorbell ringing sends Ernie straight to his ‘if I can’t see you, you can’t see me’ hiding place, which is under the duvet on our bed. Frankie prefers to hide under the bed. Going to the vet is considered ‘the great betrayal’. It takes a while for the trust to be regained! They need to go in soon for their shots and check-ups and I am dreading it! Hahaha!
So that’s all for now, hope you had a great February and that March will be amazing!
All the best!