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Sweet potato pie and gems for colored girls and colored nerds

Welcome to installment #50 of GetSomeJoy’s Daily Breakfast Situation, your morning check-in with recipes, joy-flavored stories, and wellness tools.

The past fifty weekdays of praise for my favorite meal have changed my life. My realm of breakfast possibilities has expanded, as if I’ve unlocked a new bonus level of gluttony and glory.

Sure, I have hundreds of new flavor combinations and greedy ideations to bring to life. But what began as a way to combine my loves of food and mental wellness while sharing resources for others wound up being a priceless gift to Alex.

Recovery from homelessness, CPTSD, raggedy mental health, and poor self image, etc. have been hard to measure, but showing up for fifty days to scrape off the creative rust, curate, dream, fantasize, practice, and publish while promoting the gospel of breakfast has been one great way to see it.

I feel more connected to my creativity than I did at the onset. Each installment of this series is another Reason to Live and an opportunity to be better.

And becoming a Top Writer in Medium’s Food category (in the Top 40 out of 76,000-ish writers as of publication) has been pretty sweet, too.

This journey has reminded me that I can show up for myself and of the joy and curiosity that fueled my wilder early writings. And that breakfast is limitless.

Breakfast for President or whatever.

Anyhow, on today: Southern sweet potato pie by Butter Be Ready.

There’s a lot working in this recipe’s favor:

  • a spiced batter (cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, cardamom, and ginger)
  • bourbon (because you deserve)
  • a meringue moment

I’ve never had a meringue-kissed sweet potato pie, but this feels like a good time to rectify that. I wouldn’t even be mad if I received one of these along with a video call from Janet Jackson on my birthday, December 10.

If at least one slice of your sweet potato pie doesn’t become breakfast, you fucked up somewhere.

Quin also has a sweet potato biscuit recipe because she’s a dangerous person.

A few things to moisturize your spirit:

  • Shoutout to Dawn Richard, the joyful dancers, the band, crew, and the blue velvet onesies in this Adult Swim Festival performance.

Unfortunately, my sister and I have been to the hospital 4 times in the last 2 months, and we’ve only had one good experience. Between the doctors and nurses not listening to us or being treated like a nuisance — I’ve lost faith in our health care system.

  • Also, Teressa’s post about a few of my favorite flavor enhancers spoke to me on a spiritual level. And made me hungry.

Although Kim has never publicly identified as either a feminist or a bimbo, her impact in these communities reverberates.

For Colored Nerds is back! And to kick things off, Brittany and Eric sit down with actor Jay Ellis, who plays the most divisive character on Insecure — Lawrence. He told us all about his thoughts on Lawrence, what it’s meant to play such a controversial character, and what’s in store for the rest of Insecure’s fifth and final season. To get your weekly dose of Brittany and Eric, be sure to subscribe to For Colored Nerds wherever you listen to podcasts!

See you tomorrow.




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Alexander Hardy

Alexander Hardy

Grits-powered writer, home chef, & mental health warrior. Founder: GetSomeJoy + The War on Spiritual Ashiness. +

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