Friday Five!

Happiest Friday, dear readers! You may have noticed TRGK got a bit of a makeover this week. Honestly, I was never a fan of the orange color that I had going on before, but it wasn’t until WordPress released this new theme that I found anything I liked better. Black and white with pink polka dots?! That’s me, for sure.

In the spirit of makeovers and new chapters of life, I thought I’d shake up the Friday Five a bit. I’ll still bring you random things from the internet–recipes, interesting articles, maybe some videos, etc.—but #5 will be my “Stuff From This Week That Made Me Happy” (SFTWTMMH). A “Love List” of sorts. I am being a big old copy-cat, because several amazing ladybloggers already do this (Sayward, Rosie, and Kris to name a few). So kudos to all who came before.

A few weeks ago I started  a nightly gratitude journal-ing ritual, but that quickly went kaput. Despite my lack of discipline, I really like the idea of it—bearing witness to the things that make you smile, that make your heart glow, those moments when life makes you softer rather than harder—so I thought I could kind of keep it going through a weekly blog ritual. Sound good?

This was technically from last week, but check out the cute walls in the bathroom where my friend got married in Chicago. This would have made the list last week:


You are beautiful! (Yes, you!).

Without further ado, Friday Four + SFTWTMMH. So….still Friday Five! ;) #mathftw


Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

These gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free pancakes from A Dash of Compassion stole my heart. They are beautiful–(srsly, click the link on this one!)–and sound both delicious and wholesome. Admittedly, it’s hard for me to eat this kind of thing for breakfast (even if they’re healthy pancakes, my body is used to greens and fruit in the am, so it’s hard for my body to adjust), but these could also make a lovely dessert, non?


Science Against Vivisection

I posted this article on my Rebel Grrrl Kitchen FB page, but if you missed it there, please take a moment to read through this awesome article on Our Hen House. Dr. Ray Greek talks about how the scientific argument for testing on animals is flawed—and not just for moral reasons, but scientific ones. Using scientific arguments—in addition to moral and ethical ones—to support animal rights causes can help strengthen the vegan movement!


Coconut Whipped Cream (sugar-free, several varieties)

Family Fresh Cooking is not the first blog to provide a recipe for coconut whipped cream, but they do provide amazing flavors and recommendations for what to eat it with! Mocha whipped cream, chocolate, cinnamon, and good old vanilla. All sugar-free, and so simple! (If you aren’t familiar with coconut whipped cream, basically you take the coconut cream from a can of coconut milk and whip it up in a mixer. Voila!).


Bike Culture and Race

My dear friend and colleague actually just wrote her dissertation on stuff related to this exact same issue, so I was stoked when I saw that Grist published an article about race and bike culture (on the day of her dissertation defense, no less!). Grist is arguing that more and more people of color are riding bikes and that communities of color need more bike infastructure. My friend’s diss actually argues that bike infrastructure can lead to gentrifying neighborhoods. It’s a complex issue, but it’s great that people (outside of academia) are talking about health and the environment in relationship to race and class!


Stuff From This Week That Made Me Really Happy

Seeing two dear friends and colleagues defend their (truly brilliant and inspiring) dissertations.

Great yoga classes. (Teaching and taking).

Getting tipsy from celebratory drinks with friends and feeling a bit like I did during my undergraduate glory days.

(At the same time, feeling grateful that getting tipsy is a rare occurrence for me these days).

In-night date nights.

Cuddles and headbutts from the babycat.

Unexpected sunshine.

Cold fruit smoothies.

Tiny Beautiful Things.

Josh Ritter.

Two summer bbq’s this weekend (!).


Do you like pancakes? What are your thoughts on animal testing? Any insight on the bike culture article? What are you loving this week?

19 thoughts on “Friday Five!

  1. nikki says:

    I love the gratitude ritual, no matter where it takes place. I usually go over those things while I’m driving to work in the morning. It gets my head in a good place for the day.

    Looking forward to reading the vivisection article. Animal testing makes no sense to me already, I’d be happy to arm myself with more science to back that up!

    The blog looks great. The pink and black suits you, for sure. Have a great weekend!

  2. Christy@SweetandSavoring says:

    What a great phrase to have on a bathroom wall! And I think the love list is a nice idea- it’s always a nice feeling to reflect on the things that make us happy :)
    This week I’m loving that I live close to so many great hikes and waterfalls- and that we have the land to grow our own veggies and herbs!

    • raechel says:

      Isn’t that such good bathroom wall art?! Loved it.

      Waterfalls and growing your own veggies are definitely awesome things to be loving! Have a great weekend. : )

  3. FoodFeud says:

    I think about the bike/gentrification thing a lot. It makes sense that more communities of color would need bike lanes as it’s such a cheap form of transportation but as yr friend says, I’ve seen the opposite in neighborhoods around here. There’s almost no way to win if you are a poor person of color.

  4. ShannonStevens (@ShannonStevens) says:

    Adore the new addition to the Friday Five! It really did cheer my morning. :) My favorite thing this week: getting work done on my lovely screened in porch surrounded by dogs basking in sunshine while enjoying organic fair trade coffee with warmed soy milk. Thanks for helping me see the joy by naming it.

    • raechel says:

      So glad it could bring you some cheer. : )

      You’ll notice that YOU inspired one of the things on the list. (And it was worthy of being looked forward to…such a fun evening!).

      Yay doggies and sunshine and porches and organic coffee! : )

  5. melody says:

    HA–I just changed my kitty blog layout to this design, too. i did not realize it was a new template. great minds!
    kitty head butts = yes! the best! dani-yell loves to do that and i always make sure to kiss him on his head. he loves me, nbd.

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