Sunday, July 26, 2020

Yasukochi Family Farms - Fresh produce all year long!

I've partnered with Yasukochi Family Farms this month of July to try out their Community Supported Agriculture produce boxes. Each week  I received a box of 11 - 15 items!  This was the first box full of farm fresh fruits and vegetables!  This is a $25 box and free delivery is included!  Boxes are available for weekly, bi-weekly or a 20-box subscription.

Pictures of what I have made with items from the boxes:

Eggplant Torta (omelette filled with ground pork and shrimp)

Sauteed spinach with scallops! 

Vegetable Stirfry!

Honeydew melon drink with mint! 

With some cherries on top! 

Lettuce, carrots, bell peppers, cilantro, green onions and more made lovely spring rolls! 

Beautiful food! Healthy too!

Used the potatoes, green onion, and celery to make potato salad! 

Yasukochi Family Fams makes healthy meal planning super easy! I am thankful that we've been able to be inspired to cook with these beautiful and quality ingredients!

Follow Yasukochi Family Farms on Instagram @Yasukochifamilyfarms and on Facebook! 
Disclosure: Weekly boxes were provided in exchange for social media posts.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hamilton - A Powerful Musical!

Hamilton tickets | Broadway | reviews, cast and info | TheaterMania

At first, I wasn't really excited to see "Hamilton" despite all of the hype surrounding it. There was controversy too about whether this musical glamorized historical figures who didn't really deserve the attention. I anticipated seeing a story about one of our founding fathers told in a hip-hop trendy fashion. It was that...and SO much more!

Strictly speaking about the music, Lin and the creative team are truly musical geniuses. Some of the songs are fast, especially the raps, so thank goodness my TV was already set for captions. I would encourage those watching on Disney+ to also put the subtitles on. The lyrics are stimulating, intellectual and witty. The rewind scene itself is a masterpiece. I see now why this musical has won so many awards! Layers and rounds of choruses that are mashed up and revisited over and over throughout, emphasize multiple meanings depending on character, circumstance and situation. "My Shot", "To the Union", and "Helpless" are all examples.
Also repeated by different characters are the lyrics "Aren't we lucky to be alive?" juxtaposed with "You'll never be satisfied." These combined with the endearment "son" from George Washington, trigger glimpses into Hamilton's internal struggles.
At the very tip, "Hamilton" is entertaining but underneath is a complex foundation of educational and critical content that still resonate in today's political and societal issues. With more to unpack, and like a good original mixtape, "Hamilton" is a powerful musical that leaves one wanting to press play again. What was your "Hamilton" experience? Please leave a comment below!
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