Thursday Things

  1. Do you follow Jenny Slate on twitter? If not, you should. If you do – doesn’t it just make you so stinking happy? She is a light in the darkness that can be the Internet.
  2. It just came to my attention last weekend that the newest season of Peaky Blinders was on Netflix. Naturally, upon finding this out I proceeded to watch the entire thing in a twelve hour period.
  3. That up there? Poke from Revival Food Hall in Chicago. Took squirt there on her birthday. She got Smoque. Everything was delish.
  4. Redoing my room has gotten me back into Pinterest. I am starting to get the hang of it again!
  5. There’s no snow on the ground. In January! Holy buckets. I am so torn about how to feel about the fact that I’m only wearing a sweatshirt outside to walk Edgar.
  6. And because it’s the beginning of the year there are planners everywhere! And I’ve fallen into the trap. Again. Too many papers and pads and planners. Now that I have them all and want to use them all it’s baffling and confusing and does anyone else do this obnoxious thing?
  7. Furthermore – are you a paper person for notes or a phone person? Pen and paper is in my bones.
  8. Target has a huge clearance sale in cosmetics going on right now, just FYI. I got two bottles of my favorite eye cream for 50% off! And a whole host of other things. Don’t sleep on this people.

Pork Belly Bibimbap (& frustration)

Things haven’t been going right this week.

Pork Belly Bibimbap

Four recipes have flopped. Photos haven’t been great. Posts haven’t gone up.

Now’s the time where I can either focus on those missteps, those mess-ups and throw in the towel. Or, I can focus on what has gone right. I can go to bed before 9pm, take Edgar for a nice long walk, and eat another bowl of bibimbap.

Pork Belly Bibimbap

Because this turned out. Beautifully. Deliciously.

This was the first time I ever cured and roasted a pork belly, the first time I ever attempted bibimbap. I sent many texts to my former coworker, Kris, who is a master at pork belly (among other things), pleading and pestering. For months I watched him cure and roast pork belly (and smoke chicken wings and braise chicken thighs and cook perfect grits) but never paid enough attention to the exact process. I was busy baking burger buns.

Pork Belly Bibimbap

Turns out, it’s way easier than I thought! All it takes is a little bit of time and a willingness to have 5 pounds of perfectly cooked and undeniably juicy pork belly on hand.

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Thursday Things

  1. I cut bangs just a few weeks before Christmas. I did this last year too. And apparently will never learn. I always like them for a few weeks, and then the upkeep gets to be too much and I realize I’ll never be as cute at Zooey Deschanel.
  2. I roasted my first pork belly today! Can’t wait to share it!
  3. I bet Ron Swanson would be proud of the pork. I feel a deeper connection to him after my friend, Tim, and I had Ron Swansnight last weekend. We made steak, bacon, and ribs and watched our favorite Swanson-centric episodes of Parks & Rec. Bully for us!
  4. I’ve got a friend from Chicago coming up in two weeks, then one from SC, then I’m headed *back* to SC. January is going to be gone in a blink!
  5. Do you enjoy listening to podcasts? What’re you listening to? As always, I’m plugging away at Gilmore Guys. But now! I’ve started *watching* the podcasts. They have taped live shows and I am just so enamored with them.
  6. Before the New Year began I started going through my things, as a sort of end-of-the-year-load lightening and boy does it feel good! Plus, I’m finally getting around the decorating my room in my mom’s house to be “me” instead of “spare room” so it’s been good to take stock of what I have and want and what makes me happy.
  7. That picture up top? Taken by my friend Tom! He’s a budding photog and is doing a photo-a-day challenge for 2018. We met for coffee the other day and he told me all about it and I admired his camera bag. You can follow along here!

Daily Green Drink (& habits)

I’m very much a creature of habit.

I will watch the same shows repeatedly (The Office and Park & Rec, if you want to know). Listen to the same albums (lately, this one and this one). Read the same books (working on Harry Potter at the moment).

I also tend to eat the same things. Fried eggs for breakfast, a big ol’ salad for lunch, yogurt for snacks. I’ve been doing it for years. I’ve also been drinking this every.single.day. for about three years.

Some may call it a rut. I call it routine. Unfortunately, I’ve never been entirely sure what to call this – a smoothie? A juice? My former coworkers used to affectionately call it “bog water” – which may actually be my favorite title for it. Filled with fruits and veggies and vitamins, it gives me energy and keeps my tummy happy. See how it makes yours feel!

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Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (& comfort)

We could all use a little comfort right now, yes? With the cold and the snow and the anticipation of the year ahead of us – unknown, unfamiliar.

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

We could all use a little something known, something familiar.

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Of course, it doesn’t hurt if it’s also something sweet.

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are one of my all time favorite treats. They’re easy to put together and even easier to enjoy. Well-known, well-loved. By virtually everyone. Browned butter as the base adds a little more richness and a dash of cinnamon brings some much needed warmth at this time of year (or really any).

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