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quejimenez
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Maybe today is a pocket of peace, a yellow balloon of space right here in the center of my throat. I don't know where to begin, so I speak easy to myself, just continue. Just, continue. You are again, and... Continue reading
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It is my hope to arm you with some great tips and tricks to eat a clean, organic, healthy diet on a budget. It will surely take work, but it is most worth it. We do not have control over what genes we have inherited, and some of the health ills we have or will be dealt during our lifetime. But, we do have the power to control what we eat and that may be the biggest, most revolutionary thing we can do for our own health and wellness. Continue reading
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I hope these few tips show how easy vegetable gardening is. A little time, effort, proper planning, and you can have a small plot of plants growing and feeding you and yours this summer. Sure, we can get complicated and go deep into vegetable gardening science, but the truth is it starts with these five things: soil, location, plant selection, design, water & food. Each season, we spend a little time doing all of these, and I am rarely disappointed at our garden’s ability to feed us through the summer months. Continue reading
Thank you! Gosh, sorry I am so late with seeing your comment. I was in the middle of a crazy few months of trying to finish my degree. Your work is amazing! I love your illustrations! That is a gift I never developed!
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Charlene! Thank you so much!! I truly love writing, and I hope that it shows. But more so, I love communicating about life and all those experiences we all share. Those things that make us human, women, etc. Maya Angelou is amazing, I don't belong in the same sentence as her! Yes! I plan to write, and write, and write. Here and everywhere. If I could just coax out five more hours in the day, it all would go faster! You know, people have "ideas" of what they think South Central LA is, and who the people are. But, I plan to show that we are every bit as beautiful, inspiring, and common as the rest of the world. I love the LA of 80s, I miss it so. Think of my writing as a love letter to that LA, or the other LA around the country. Thank you again for your kind words! And thank you for continuing to read what I share here! Blessings and life to you!
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Debbie, Thank you. That means a lot to me. I checked out your blog and you are equally talented. I get so happy when I find a new blog to add to my reading list. I look forward to reading more! Blessings back to you and lot of success for 2013 and beyond!
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Thank you Dee! You have become one of my online sister/girlfriends. Thanks for your continued friendship across the nets! And I am happy to have the space in my life for writing here again!
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Tanisha Christie, thank you for taking the time to post! Personally, I love to bake. In fact, get me in the kitchen with some good music and will not come out until my feet swell. Really. My hope and goal is to offer good food, that is healthier or healthy, and that doesn't cost a ton of money or time to prepare. Thank you for coming on board, and I hope to get you in the kitchen soon!
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The flavor of these 'tacos' are Mexican, though a bit untraditional. The cumin, coriander, oregano are quintessential Mexican flavors that pair well with the earthy flavors of mushroom and squash. But, what really makes this dish sing is the addition of the lime, fresh avocado and salsa. It adds brightness and depth, with the acid in the lime and buttery richness of the avocado doing a lot of flavor lifting. You could swap the lime with lemon, but limes have a more pronounced flowery undertone that I find compliments the other flavors well. Continue reading
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These cookies are full of oat and coconut flavor. They are not overly sweet, but easily satisfy a sweet tooth with the addition of the cranberries and coconut. I find that the cranberries provide a good, tangy counterpoint to the oat flavor. The coconut rounds the flavor out, providing a natural buttery undertone that doesn’t taste artificial or overly sweet. This is not a cookie that screams healthy, vegan, or crunchy granola—not that there is anything wrong with any of those labels. With such a balanced flavor, I think these would be great to take any place cookie lovers gather, vegan, healthy, crunchy or not. Continue reading
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My version is sweet and homey. The corn flavor is well balanced and does not over power, yet it does taste decidedly like cornbread. The addition of honey gives it a sweetness, sometimes a stickiness that we tend to like. The more honey you add, the more sticky the top crust and crumb. Overall, although this version is sweet, it isn’t overly so. It compliments savory dishes well and gives a nice balance to a meal. I make this often when we have family over and they can never stop grabbing slices. Continue reading
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This pot roast has a flavor profile very similar to teriyaki or sweet and sour flavored sauces. It is quite sweet and tangy, with savory hints to mellow it out. The addition of the apples heighten the sweetness and can be left out to lower the level of sweetness, but make no mistake, this is surely a roast that will satisfy those with a sweet tooth. Continue reading
Hello, my name is Kiandra and I am the woman who use to blog here. Apparently, new beginnings, fresh starts, and starting anew is more difficult for me than I ever knew. For the past month, almost two, I have been looking and waiting for a space big and wide enough to open up for me to begin blogging again. I'm tired of waiting, and more tired of writing half posts that languish in draft mode, waiting for me to get over the first day back jitters. So I'm creating a space, why not--I'm an artist right? And walking in head first. Continue reading
Thank you so much! I am learning so much through my current research that I no longer "know" what I will write first! Reading deeply and closely changes you as a writer...especially when you are reading things that speak directly to who you are and what you are passionate about. These slave narratives are changing me. For the better. I can't wait to start writing about what I'm learning here on the blog, but there is just so much work and writing to do for my senior project. Not to mention, so much to "process." Thank you for the support and encouragement. I truly need it. Truly. Truly. Truly. :-)
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I am deep into reading and researching for my senior capstone paper. This week I am reading The Bondwoman's Narrative and I am flat out in love. I am also struggling through Algebra and managing a third class on Early... Continue reading
Charlene, Thank you so very much for these words. I am trying. And everyday it is an exercise in patience, strength, and faith. But, I can say that each day, I feel more confident--that I have finally cleared the mirror and saw myself as I really am. It is so much easier to plan a life when you know who you are. Of course, I don't know the full-woman, none of do, but I am more awakened to who and what God wants me to be. It has taken a long time to harness my mind, and I still struggle. What keeps the leash around my energy is knowing what I want out of life. For many years I wasn't sure. I was trying things on, so to say. Be patient with yourself. Finding out, through trial and error, who you are not is part of the process of defining who you are. Please do not forget that. I wish you love and thank you deeply for reading my words and sharing your response. It surely fuels me. Ki
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Maybe I am a poet. Why else would I always feel like I do. Being that someone who needs to watch and record everything. Like it's the 20s and I need to horde everything from the blush of wind in... Continue reading
I don't know what is it about choosing to go into an MFA program that has forced me so deeply into fear, doubt, and insecurity. (Perhaps it is fear of success along with fear of failure.) But I know that I am going to live beyond the fear and surviving and dedicate myself to my purpose. Continue reading
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Vegan Cinnamon Roll Cake It is not often that I get two days (in a row) to bake, cook, clean, and be the 'old' Mommy. You all remember that lady, right? She would bake vegan cakes and cookies, weave dishtowels,... Continue reading
"It could all be so simple, but you rather make it hard. Loving you is like a battle, and we both end up with scars. Tell me who I have to be, to gain some reciprocity...No matter how I think... Continue reading
I am coming to the close of my summer semester, just a few more weeks to go, and for my YA Literature course we had to do an "adaptation" of one of the novels we have read thus far. We... Continue reading
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I finally carved out a small window of hours yesterday to store and preserve some vegetables. For what? A little bit of snacking, a little bit of cooking, and a little bit of testing. I'm so very new to the RAWr foods eating, but it is all so interesting to me. I feel if I can incorporate raw snacks and deserts in my daily eating, my diet will be much more balanced. Right now it isn't. Continue reading
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My reflection will never look the same to me. Forest Gump was on to something when he sat on that bench and said, "Life is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you are going to get." Ever feel... Continue reading
I chose this area because I do not believe classic or standard Literature consistently reflects women of color and their needs and issues. We know that women are underrepresented in literature, but when you compound that with being a woman of color you are twice removed. For our Latino, West Indian, Asian, African immigrating sisters, you become three times removed and isolated from the literature. It is imperative that these young women have access to Literature that reflects them physically, but also socially, psychologically, and culturally. Once we provide them with their reflections, we can show them how wonderful Literature is and how apt Literature is as a tool for experessing their world and their worldviews. At this point, they can fully grasp and appreciate the larger picture of Literature and flourish Continue reading
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Please say yes, you have tried Larabars and you love them. If you ask me I'll tell you I have and I do. They make my tastebuds dance the happy dance and sing the happy song. My favorite is the... Continue reading