It’s been a while, and a lot has happened. I kept telling myself I’d get back to blogging in a day, a week, whatever, and then I was kind of like, isn’t everyone just on Instagram anyway? But after this weekend, I wanted to post. I’ll catch you up on my life soon enough, but all that really matters right now is what’s going on in Virginia. I feel disgusted and sickened and ashamed. What we all witnessed this weekend was terrorism, plain and simple. It’s right here, at home, happening to people who showed up to protest against straight-up Nazis. There are Nazis, in America, right in front of us, and the president doesn’t seem to care (not that we didn’t already know this, Steve Bannon). He’s condemning “many sides,” when there is only one side. It makes me nauseous. If you are a supporter of this monster and his administration, take a look at how he’s handling this situation. It’s despicable. These people incite violence and spread hatred. They blame immigrants, people of color, people of other religions, and literally anyone else they can think of for things or policies they don’t like, and then offer up no solutions or remedies. As long as they can keep people filled with hate, they can continue to distract from the fact that they’re not going to fix anything or help anyone. Their supporters don’t realize that this country is made up of and built upon different people from different backgrounds with different experiences unlike their own. And you look at all of this and feel so helpless. You can post on Facebook, you can have conversations with your friends and family, you can educate yourself and do what you can to educate others, but at the end of the day, people are still dead. It feels insane. Whenever there’s a tragedy like this one, and unfortunately there are many, all I can think of is an article from earlier this year: I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People. How do you convince people who literally do. not. care. about. other. people. that they should do that very thing? I’m not sure. What I am sure of is that you can keep talking about it, keep donating, keep calling your representatives and demand that they condemn these acts (and make sure your friends are calling, too). And really, the best way that I know of to help right now is to put your money where your mouth is, if you can afford to. I’ve got small monthly donations in place for the ACLU, The Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, CAIR, and Amnesty International. Yesterday, I set up another monthly donation to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Not everyone has the ability to donate, but if you can spare $5 a month to one of these organizations, please consider setting up a monthly donation so that they can provide outreach and legal services to those who need it, especially right now.
There’s no better recipe to share along with a post about our current political climate than these matcha shortbread cookies, because I know the owners of the matcha brand that I used would be proud. My friends Joel and Lily run Lovely Day, and they sent me this matcha literally a million years ago. I feel like I made these cookies about that long ago, too, but as I mentioned, things have been a little nuts as of late. Despite that, this matcha is the good stuff! And I swear, they aren’t paying me to say this, they just happen to be pals that make some delicious matcha. They even sent me a proper whisk, so I’ve been whisking it up like a pro at home and drinking it in the late afternoons instead of a fourth cup of coffee. It makes me feel very fancy. In addition to tea, I felt compelled to bake something with the matcha, so here are these chocolate dipped, buttery little matcha shortbread delights (topped with sprinkles from Molly Yeh’s book release party that I found before I moved). These cookies truly taste like matcha, they’re not just green. One of my friends did not like them because of that, but if you are a matcha fan, then you’re going to fall in love with these. They dissolve on your tongue with each bite, like a good shortbread should, in my opinion, and the chocolate helps round everything out. Plus, aren’t they cute? Up your cookie game and try something a little different – but make sure to donate $5 (or more!) to one of the above organizations first, if you please.