Tuesday, December 12, 2017

20 Things About Me

Hey scholars!

I did this post back in July 2015, so I thought that I would update it. 

1. I am a vegan. A strict vegan. When I first started out, I was flexible with it, but not anymore. 

2. I am in my fourth year of my doctoral studies. I have finished my coursework, passed all of my qualifying exams, and presented my research prospectus to my department. My status is All But Dissertation (ABD). I am in my dissertation phase.....

3. I have two rescue cats, Batman and Charlie (girl); they are siblings and one years old. 



4. My favorite show on television right now is This Is Us. 



5. When I am done with school, I want to live abroad, Canada included.

6. Last December, after my oral exams defense, I got my septum pierced.



7. Still an introvert also, I am socially awkward, anti-social, and a hermit.

8. Career goals- documentary filmmaker 

9. Contemplating law school- if this GOP tax bill scam go through, I definitely will not be going to law school.

10. My dissertation focuses on transgender history 

11. Favorite vegan social media:
       - Edgy Veg
       - Sweet Potato Soul 
       - The Raw Boy
       - Shania Belcon

12. Favorite YouTube Content
      - All Def Digital
      - Joe Santagato
      - Qaadir Howard 

13. I am a bohemian soul 

14. I am a HUGE Kombucha lover. I really like Kombucha because it is black owned by a woman in Memphis. 


15. Favorite 2017 albums: SZA- Crtl and Kehlani- Sweet, Sexy, Savage 




16. I am the oldest of 5 siblings (4 girls, 1 boy)

17. I wrote a book. 

18. Took a bowling class in undergrad and bowled a 286 in one of the classes. 

19. The older I get, the more I become a morning person.

20. My 2017 book suggestion: Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of  Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi 


Monday, December 11, 2017

Black Names Matter

Hey scholars! 

Some time ago, I visited a coffee shop on campus for a green latte to help me get my day started. I ordered my drink. After checking all the necessary boxes and writing the correct abbreviations for what I wanted, the barista asked me my name. “Rebekkah,” I tell him and proceeded to spell it for him. Sometimes I forgo doing so, just to see what the barista comes up with and they come up with some interesting spellings. Anyway, I spelled it out for him a couple of times, I understand that the spelling is not as common. As he is writing my name down, he mumbles, “Ghetto.” In a level that he can hear and put his ass on notice that I heard him, I said, “It’s biblical.” He looked up at me in shock. Yeah, I heard you punk. If you knew what you thought you did, you would not have responded the way you did. If you had any sense, you would have known that it is from the bible. I almost did not pay for my drink. 

If I was a different type of person, I would have caused a damn scene. I wanted to, but why give him that power?? I did not want to black out and go in, then I would have been the one in the wrong. Angry black woman on deck. Forget that this is a black on black crime. Who cares that I am pursuing a PhD? Who cares that I teach courses? All of that would have either a). been ignored and all the attention going to my anger or b). been used to keep me silent in the future, my head down, eyes forward, know my place. It really pissed me off. 

Still does to be honest.





Sunday, December 10, 2017

Vegan Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Hey scholars!

When I first became a vegan, I thought that cheese was something I would never have again. Let's face it, for a long time, vegan cheese was some substance that did not melt, stretch, or taste good. Long gone are those days. There are a number of brands that meet your cheese needs. Winter is coming and the freezing cold temps are here. This time of year, comfort foods are a must. While grocery shopping today, I got a craving for grilled cheese and tomato soup. I have seen many conversations about a particular cheese that is absolutely perfect for grilled cheese sandwiches. That cheese is Chao creamy original slices. The ingredients include coconut oil and tofu. 




This cheese is impressive. The texture is smooth. The taste is light and creamy. It melted exactly like you would expect it to for a grilled cheese sandwich. There is no lingering coconut flavor to it at all. As good as it is, I just might stock up on a few packages. This cheese is that good. Since it contains coconut, there is a bit of saturated fat, but I would rather consume fats from coconuts than cows. Each slice is 60 calories and has 0 grams of cholesterol. Although I kept this sandwich simple, feel free to jazz it up the way you like. I think this cheese will pair well with additions like tomato, avocado, and spinach. 



I paired this sandwich with a delicious tomato and basil soup. Perfect lunch for a cold day. 



Enjoy!!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Skin Care Routine

Hey scholars,

My 30s have been filled with self-care routines since leaving behind my turbulent 20s. I am determined to make this decade better as I possibly can. Fortunately my skin has not been plagued with acne and hella breakouts; I do have my moments though. No matter our skin type, we experience changes in our skin from hormonal imbalances, environmental factors, food, water (lack thereof), and other factors, So to help keep my skin healthy, this is the routine I follow as well as the products I use.

Everyday: Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize with SPF

Sunday: Cleanse, Exfoliate, Tone, Moisturize 

Monday: Cleanse, Tone, Serum, Moisturize

Tuesday: Cleanse, Mask, Tone, Moisturize 

Wednesday: Cleanse, Exfoliate, Tone, Moisturize

Thursday: Cleanse, Tone, Serum, Moisturize

Friday: Cleanse, Mask, Tone, Moisturize 

Saturday: Cleanse, Tone, Serum, Moisturize 

Cleanse: Cetaphil, Biore, Pixi Beauty

I change up my cleaners on a daily basis. Every morning and days when I do not plan on leaving the house, I use Target's version of Cetaphil's cleanser. On hot days or following a workout, I use the charcoal cleanser. Every night and days when I use makeup, I reach for the mud cleanser. 



Mask: Pixi Beauty

I like this mask. It is light. Smells great. And it works really well. It can also be used as a spot treatment. 



Exfoliate: Charcoal and Black Sugar and St. Ives 

I like these exfoliators because they are gentle and effective. The green is my favorite. Also, I use natural deodorants, which some brands are prone to darken underarm skin, use the charcoal and black sugar scrub, works like a charm! 



Tone: Pixi Beauty

This glow tonic is awesome. It is a gentle exfoliating toner and because of this, I sometimes reach for a witch hazel. The glycol acid in this toner can be a bit rough on skin. 



Serum: Pixi Beauty 

You may have noticed that my skin care routine is full of Pixi Beauty products. Trust me, they are worth the investment. I like the rose caviar for nighttime use and the rose oil blend for the morning. 




Moisturize: Neutrogena 

For the time being, I am using Target's version of Neutrogena's moisturizer. I mostly use their hydro boost for dry skin during the winter months (it is time to stock up) when I need something a little bit heavier for cold temperatures that dry my skin out.  



Like my hair, my skin gets tired of certain products and I change them accordingly. For now, these are the products I use to keep my skin clean and healthy. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Weekly Hair Routine

Hey scholars!

Since being in my 30s, I have made it a priority to come with a proper hair care routine, especially because my hair is natural. My hair is prone to dryness and having a routine keeps it hydrated and healthy. Here is the routine I follow and after that I will display/discuss the products I use. 

Sunday: Shampoo, Condition, Deep Condition

Monday: Daily Moisturizer

Tuesday: Daily Moisturizer

Wednesday: Daily Moisturizer

Thursday:  Co-Wash and Moisturize

Friday: Daily Moisturizer

Saturday: Daily Moisturizer 

Shampoo and Conditioner (Co-wash): Maui Moisture

I have been using this duo from the Shea Butter collection. This is specifically designed for dry and damaged hair. I have been using this for the dryness but also since I have been coloring my hair (there is a collection for chemically treated/damaged hair also). This brand has several other collections worth checking out. 



Deep Conditioner: Eden's Jojoba Monoi

One of the biggest mistakes I have been making since going back to my natural hair several years ago is not deep conditioning at least once a week. 


Daily Moisturizer: Eden's Leave-In and Shea Moisture

Everyday, I lightly spritz my hair with water and use this leave in conditioner. On the days that I wash my hair, after using a leave in, I follow with the curl smoothie and style my hair. 



These are the products that I am using for the time being as my hair gets tired of the same products after a while. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

4 Ingredient Green Smoothie

Hey scholars!

My breakfast of choice, smoothies. Quick, simple, and delicious. Try this super simple, divinely delicious, green smoothie!

2 frozen bananas

2 cups nut based milk

A handful of leafy greens (I used a spinach and
arugula mix)

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

Blend until smooth.

Enjoy!!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Oreo Smoothie

Hey scholars!

I'm cramping, bloated, in a perpetual state of hunger, irritated, craving chocolate, tired, exhausted, thirsty, and need to be writing my dissertation. Need a pick me up. What makes me happy?? Happiness is oreos are vegan! So why not make a smoothie with some?? Here ya go:

6 oreos
2 frozen bananas
2 cups nut based milk

Blend. Enjoy!





Monday, October 23, 2017

Lemon Garlic Pasta

Hey scholars!

Fall has been here for a little while, but the temps are just starting to reflect that. With these cooler temps moving in, I am craving comfort foods that are on the filling side, not necessarily heavy. The last few days, I have been hosting a graduate conference, teaching, and working on my dissertation. So, the food that I cook need to be put together pretty quickly. In need of a trip to a grocery store, I took inventory of my kitchen and decided to make a simple pasta- lemon garlic because this recipe is mostly herbs and seasonings. 

Ingredients:

1 box Angel Hair pasta
Sea salt and black pepper
2 TBSP olive oil
1 lemon, zest and juiced
5 gloves garlic, minced
2 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp crushed red pepper
5 TBSP vegan butter
(optional- spinach and parmesan cheese)
1/4 cup water from pasta

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salt water to a boil
Add pasta
Cook according to package
Save 1/4 cup water 
Drain

In a skillet, on medium heat, heat olive oil, garlic, and lemon zest for about a minute
Add italian seasoning, red pepper and lemon juice, cooking an additional minute


Add butter and once melted slowly add in pasta, black pepper, and water 

Serve!

Enjoy!!




Saturday, September 23, 2017

Vegan Millionaire Shortbread

Hey scholars!

My vegan dessert game is lit! I have been wanting to try this particular dessert, but I never have. Until now. Even better. I know what is in it. I can make it for myself anytime. It is vegan. While not raw, it is not baked. It is super easy to make. Let's get into it. 

Ingredients:

Shortbread layer

1 cup coconut flour
1.2 cup maple syrup
1.2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract

Caramel layer

1/4 cup maple syrup
1.4 cup coconut oil 
1.4 cup almond butter
1 tsp vanilla extract 
pinch sea salt

Chocolate layer

1/2 cup coconut oil
1.2 cup cacao powder
3-4 TBSP maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch sea salt

Directions: 

Put the ingredients for the shortbread layer into a food processor and blend until well combined. Line the bottom of a 8x8 glass dish with parchment paper. Spread the shortbread mixture into the bottom of the dish. Place in the refrigerator to set. 

On medium-low temperature, heat and stir the chocolate layer ingredients. Place the sauce in a bowl and refrigerate. I did this so that the chocolate will cool, so that later the caramel and chocolate layers will not mix. 

On medium-low temperature, heat the caramel sauce ingredients. Place in the refrigerator to cool for about 15 minutes. Remove the shortbread and caramel layers from the fridge. Pour the caramel sauce over the shortbread. Place back in the fridge. 

About 30 minutes later, remove the chocolate and shortbread from fridge. Pour chocolate over the caramel layer. Place your dessert back in the fridge for a couple of hours. 

Pull the dessert from dish by the parchment paper and cut into squares.

Plate. Serve.


Enjoy! 

Friday, September 22, 2017

FIVE THINGS



Five things you'll find in my bag/backpack:

1. Business cards
2. Notebook/Pen(s)
3. Toiletry bag
4. Textbook for the US History survey I am teaching fall 2017 (US to 1877)
5. Mints

Five things you'll find in my bedroom:

1. String lights
2. Laptop
3. Vape and liquids
4. Two lazy cats
5. Candles and incense

Five things I always wanted to do:

1. Get small tattoos on both wrists
2. Travel the world
3. Make documentaries
4. Run a marathon
5. Road trip across America

Five things that make me feel happy:

1. Juicing
2. Making vegan desserts
3. Finding new music, movies, social media content
4. Blogging
5. Walking and/or sitting outside in beautiful weather

Five things I'm currently into:

1. Marathoning Insecure, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, That's So Raven, and Broad City 
2. Listening to SZA's Ctrl, Solange's A Seat at the Table, Kehlani's Sweet, Sexy, Savage, and Cree Summer's Street Faerie on REPEAT!!!!
3. Finding vegan desserts on Pinterest 
4. Veganizing fast food menu items
5. Researching minimalist lifestyle

Five things on my to-do list:

1. Finish my dissertation
2. Janet Jackson State of the World Tour in December!!!!
3. Buy a house
4. Make documentary films
5. Travel the word


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cashew Milk

Hey scholars!

I am used to buying almond and cashew milk, which can be quite costly considering how much milk I go through a week. So, I decided to stock up on cashews and almonds and make my own. In a quick few steps, you can have your own milk. Not only is it good and not filled with a ton of ingredients, but it is cost effective. This recipe is for plain cashew milk, however, if you want it sweetened you dates, vanilla extract, and/or cinnamon. All you need are two ingredients.

Ingredients:

1 cup cashews
6 cups water

Directions:

Soak the cashews in 3 cups of water for 3-8 hours or overnight.
Strain
Put the cashews in a blender
Add 3 cups of water
Blend for a few minutes
Strain 
Pour into glass jar

 Viola! Homemade cashew milk. 

You may use any nut- cashew, almond, mixed nuts, just make sure that they are raw. 

This milk will last up to 7 days. As usual, keep refrigerated. 



Enjoy!

20 Things About Me

Hey scholars! I did this post back in July 2015, so I thought that I would update it.  1. I am a vegan. A strict vegan. When I first sta...