So I’ve been pretty quiet up in here on the political scene, and that’s not without cause. (Disclaimer: When I speak up on something, I want to be 100% sure I know what the heck I’m talking about and 100% sure that I support it.)
- In the past few weeks, though, it’s painfully obvious how torn, broken, and messed up our country is, and it’s been impossible to ignore or look past the obvious signs of this. Via the insta (my social media outlet of choice) and other sites, I’ve watched the women’s marches, a local protest crying out for the rights of refugees, some of the most brilliant protest signs and slogans, and also SO MUCH STRESS/OUTRAGE/PROTEST baking. Wait, what?
- *Confession* I have yet to make an appearance at a protest. *Cringe*
- BUT— this “baking to show solidarity with a political issue” is something I can for sure get behind. Some people as of late have chosen to showcase pretty pictures with political captions and messages attached. But if you know me, if there’s an opportunity to bake my way into/about/for something, I’m there. And an Instagram post will be, too.
- Enter these #nobannowall cupcakes: a chocolatey and spicy cupcake base topped with cinnamon buttercream or dulce de leche cream cheese frosting. *You get to pick!!!* (Or you can be all about that #treatyoself life and go for both!) I first discovered dulce de leche a few years ago, and I love this stuff! I don’t buy it a whole lot, but when I do, it’s time to go all out because it’s AMAZING.
- Here’s option 1: topped with dulce de leche frosting!
- And option 2: cinnamon buttercreamed!
- It’d be wrong for me to preach for you on what to do and how to get involved, but one big thing that feels SO insignificant but I know works is prayer. The Lord has helped me be faithful this year in being consistent with my prayer life. Usually I rotate in names of friends that I know I can follow up with, but this year, bigger prayers have begun to enter into my time with God. I’ll leave you with one of them (from Sunday January 29, 2017):
- “LORD, this week’s been pretty nutty in our country: refugee ban on specific Muslim majority countries, the women’s marches, a billion other protests, and all of this crap about the wall on the border. Lord God, I know You can use and work in spite of evil, ignorant, and oppressive rulers, and I know You can use the leaders themselves or use the awfulness of the leader to move your people to action. So Lord, I don’t know what Your ultimate plan is here (and I pray that it involves Trump’s presidency not lasting all 4 years), but Lord, be glorified. Bring justice and peace to areas of inequality. Provide resources for the underprivileged and needy. Let Your people welcome “the stranger” even if our president tries to keep our country from doing that, and Lord, help me know how to act and conduct myself in ways beyond shaking my head, complaining, and crying. Those are passive, cowardly ways of dealing with injustice and problems, and please help me leave them behind.”