Happy November! I love this time of year. After Halloween, the holiday season just kicks in so quickly. And, if you don’t know me, I’m kind of crazy in love with the holiday season. I don’t exactly forget about my politics, but I do slowly transform into an un-cynical sucker for the spirit of good will and warm n’ fuzzy cheer. Like, for example: Last night I saw a Target commercial that was advertising the coming of Christmas shopping, and instead of rolling my eyes at the glorification of consumerism, I literally started clapping my hands excitedly, and squealed, “Christmas Time!!!” in earnest delight.
It helps that I’m lucky enough to be overflowing with memories of great holidays spent with a very loving family, and I look forward to going back home to spend time with my momma, grandparents, aunts and uncles every year. So my love for this time of year is rooted in legit things, not just the superficial stuff!
And, of course, it also helps that the food this time of year totally rules. And that it lends itself to so many cute, theme-dorable presentations!
Here’s some fall food, food for thought, food for skin, and more. For you. From me. Because I heart you….
For realsies (!).
1. Raw Applesauce
One of the staples of our Thanksgiving table has always been my grandmother’s applesauce. She taught me how to make it when I was very young, and it’s always been fun when I make it back in time to help her prepare it for our feast. I would never forgo her applesauce in favor of another, but I do always enjoy slightly healthier twists on old classics. This raw, date-sweetened applesauce sounds amazing, and it might be fun for me to make for a different fall event!
2. Obama and the Food Movement
This open letter to “friends of the food movement” was written to explain why those concerned with food justice should re-elect President Obama. Although I try to avoid making this blog overtly political during most posts, it’s clear that once in a while I am not shy about making my opinions known. And since this is the last Friday before election week, I think now is as good a time as any. To be clear, I actually think Obama has done a lot of horrible stuff while in office, and that includes decisions about our environment and food justice in general. That said, I think he’ll make better decisions than Romney, and so I plan to vote for him again on Tuesday. The authors of this letter echo this sentiment:
“While we may not agree with every decision, never has an administration taken the issues raised by the food movement so seriously and stood up for small farms so aggressively. For example, USDA has institutionalized its support through the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food work within the department. If Obama loses this election, agribusiness will once again run every aspect of USDA.”
3. The Oil-Cleansing Method
I’m trying really hard to get better about applying detox concepts to things outside of food, including household products and hygiene products. I’ve come a long way over the past couple years, but there are still items in my bathroom that are not organicnaturalchemicalfree (etc). I’ve read about using oils as cleansers and moisturizers, but am still a bit apprehensive to use it on my face. Have any of you tried the oil-cleansing method?
4. Seasonal Shopping List
Beth from Tasty Yummies did a post on the Free People Blog with her shopping list for November. (Chard! Squash! And more!) Buying local and seasonal is excellent for our health, the environment, and the well-being of local farmers!
5. Food Donations for Sandy Victims
As stated by Food Bank for New York City: “Natural disasters have a disproportionate effect on people with little or no savings, those least able to bounce back. People who suffer from lost income or property due to the storm will have difficulty affording food afterward.”
And don’t forget about the other parts of the world that were impacted by the storm. Haiti and Cuba experienced major devastation, and people there are also fearing food shortages. I’ve run into some difficulties finding ways to donate outside of the US, but here’s a page that looks fairly solid.
(Ultimately, donations won’t do anything to address the problems that created the type of effect Sandy had in the first place. Let’s put our energy into confronting the structures of power that create “natural” disasters in the first place!)
When Debbie-Downer takes over the last item of the FF, I always give you a bonus. Since that clearly happened today, here’s your extra goodie:
THAT CAT JUST OPENED THE DOOR FOR THOSE PUPPIES. I die.
Are you excited about the holiday season? Have you ever made your own applesauce? What kind of skin regime do you have? What are your thoughts on the political implications of Hurricane Sandy? Do you want a cat that opens doors, (or does that just make you think of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park)?