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We’re again with one other Ask Jess! Earlier than we dive into extra reader questions this week, have you ever seen our large kitchen reveal!?!?! (I simply posted it on Instagram this morning!) Be sure to move over to observe the video in the event you’ve been inquisitive about our kitchen mission! 😉 It feels SO fantastic to have it lastly achieved! 

In different information, I’m excited for a socially distanced meet up with a pair completely different buddies later this afternoon and tonight, and a reasonably low-key weekend at dwelling after the previous few weekends of being away on our tenting journey/go to to the lake home. 

Let’s leap in! 

Have you ever ever tried to make Indian/Pakistani dishes at dwelling? Attempting to discover cooking new dishes and would love any reccos! 

As you probbbably know by now, I don’t actually cook dinner with a number of recipes 😂 so once I make Indian-inspired dishes I don’t comply with a selected recipe per-say, however I extremely suggest trying out Shaheen’s recipes (she’s one in every of my besties!) as a result of she experiments with making over her mother’s extra intricate Indian recipes and simplifying them for these with a busy way of life!

Take a look at her Simple Butter Hen, Shrimp Masala with Cauliflower Grits, and On the spot Pot Hen Tikka Masala. Take into account that whereas some Indian recipes can require a number of completely different spices, these are all pantry staples, so you’ll be able to cook dinner with them a ton and after you have your pantry stocked with a handful of necessities, that’s all you want!! 

Favourite temper lifters while you’re in a funk? 

Going for a stroll, writing in my gratitude journal, taking a trip to learn a great e book, or calling a good friend who can all the time make you chuckle! I like to recommend studying my “Staying Glad at Residence” submit–it’s full of fine pick-me-ups!! One other oldie however goodie, my how you can pull your self out of a rut submit! 

New manufacturers you’re pumped about? 

For clothes/equipment: 

I’ve been loving Outerknown most not too long ago, which has undoubtedly turn into a favourite new-to-me sustainable model! (You’ll be able to see my favorites in my tenting packing checklist submit!) I actually love this gauzy button-down of theirs I’ve been residing in ever because it arrived, and this tee is SO SOFT and I really like the minimize and colours they provide! 

Just like Outerknown, I additionally actually found Two Days Off, which is one other sustainable model which is WOC owned! I’m on the waitlist for this prime when it drops, so I’ll report again! 

My new favourite earring obsession is Classic Royalty–I used to be launched to her when my good friend Amanda was highlighting her favourite Black-owned manufacturers on her Instagram and she or he makes the CUTEST reasonably priced earrings! They’re additionally so light-weight, which I really like–I’ve delicate ears and so they don’t give me any points! 

For those who’re on the lookout for nice issues to reward (or only a deal with for your self) I actually love New Origin store! (One other WOC owned favourite!) She has an superior on-line store that shares items from small makers–I get so overwhelmed that I need to purchase all the pieces! 😬

Additionally you recognize my newest obsession with my enjoyable “Cactus Sunflower” Tevas 😂 I obtained them for our tenting journey however they make me so completely happy now I put on them IRL on a regular basis!! They’re so enjoyable and so cozy! I haven’t owned Tevas since I used to be little so it’s been a enjoyable resurgence, ha! 

Two new-to-me favorites on the meals/beverage entrance:

I’ve turn into OBSESSED with Forage Kombucha! Have you ever had it?! They promote it on their web site and in addition at Foxtrot in the event you’re native to Chicago! The tropical taste is my favourite! They’re based mostly in Madison, WI! 

Additionally, Native Meals (in the event you reside in Chicago!) They’re a small native grocery retailer that used to do most of their enterprise with Chicago’s prime eating places (so you recognize their high quality is top-notch) however they pivoted throughout COVID to be extra client going through.

They ship through Mercato to each Chicago zip code, and so they have wonderful native produce, tremendous high-quality meat, and actually good pre-made goodies that all the time rotate, like grilling kits (we obtained this Juicy Lucy package for this weekend! 😍), taco kits, recent marinades (we love their Chipotle Lime marinade on hen and veggies!) and so on! OH! They usually carry Bang Bang Pie! In addition they gave me a code that’s good solely via the month of July–use JESSKEYS15 at checkout for a reduction in your first order!  

Do you assume you’ll all the time reside within the metropolis? Do you intend on staying long run? 

I’m probably not a long run planner type of particular person, however something is feasible and I may see us transferring out of the town finally, however who is aware of, we’re open!

It’s humorous as a result of I’d’ve in all probability had a VERY completely different reply earlier than quarantine began, however now that the world has modified a lot,  I’m starrrtttingg to know the attract of residing someplace that’s on the quieter aspect and supplies the chance for extra space! 😂  Who is aware of! Time will inform! We don’t have a selected timeline or plan or something like that. 



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