Hi. I’ll be the first to admit that things have been rather hit or miss around these parts as of late. For that I’m mostly sorry. But at the same time I needed some time off. Some time to think about things. Think about where I want to take this blog and my career. Figure out how to navigate blogging full-time while being in a semi-long-distance relationship.
It became glaringly obvious that my old routine for running this blog no longer worked. Gone were the days of being single with all the free time in the world. I now split time between Cincinnati and Louisville. Meaning I’ve had to learn to make the most of my time. Instead of being a master procrastinator.
I’m not the best at multi-tasking. Instead of dropping a few balls, I tend to drop them all. A few weeks ago I realized I can’t do it all. After some time off from things and working on figuring out a new schedule that works – I’m back! Or most of me is back at least. Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be trimming the fat so to say. I’ve missed blogging, but not the speed I was going at it before my mini-breakdown. Instead of churning out 5-6 posts a week I’m going to focus on creating 3 quality posts a week. One new recipe, one style post, and the last will be whatever I fancy at the time – whether that be travel, grooming, or anything in between.
For those of you that have stuck around through my unannounced radio silence, THANK YOU. It means a lot. For those of you that I lost over the last couple of months, I’m sorry. And I hope you’ll give me another chance. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Now onto this week’s recipe post. I’ve got a horrible habit about making dishes, tweaking them to perfection, and then never getting around to photographing them. These Herbed Skillet Potatoes being a prime example. They are something I make almost every weekend for Zack and I, but always thought they were too “blah” for a post. My hiatus helped me realize some things, including the fact that I need to swallow my pride. I’m nowhere near a professional chef, and some of my blogging peers take better photos and cook better than me. But I’ve finally realized that I’ll never get better if I don’t drag my ass out of my comfort zone and actually put in the work.
Can’t go wrong with potatoes, IMO. Especially when they’re nice and crispy. Best part about this recipe? You can dress them up anyway you like. They make for the perfect side dish for eggs in the morning, but they’d be just as delicious with dinner.
Herbed Skillet Potatoes
5-6 Red potatoes, cubed
4 tbsp + 1 tsbsp. Canola oil
1 tsp. Sea salt
1/2 tsp. Black pepper
1/2 tsp. Dried thyme
1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
Wash and dry potatoes, cube, and dry again.
Add potatoes, 1 tbsp. of canola oil, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and thyme in medium mixing bowl, and stir to coat.
Heat 4 tbsp. of canola oil in a cast iron (or non-stick) skillet over medium heat until hot.
Once oil begins to bubble, add potatoes, cook 15-20 minutes (stirring occasionally), and then remove to paper towel lined baking sheet to drain.
Even though the weather in Louisville isn’t quite Spring like at the moment, as we’re expecting 10-12 inches of snow this weekend. There have been several days where I’ve had the windows open airing out the stale winter air. Like this past weekend for instance. The temperature reached nearly 80 degrees, all my windows were open, and I was in full on Spring cleaning mode.
First up on the agenda was my bedroom. Sorting through old clothes, tossing dirty sneakers, and throwing away the junk is always at the forefront of spring cleaning. But an aspect of bedroom spring cleaning that’s easy to overlook happens to be our actual bedding. From spot cleaning the mattress (note to self: no more coffee in bed) to tossing sheets that are past their prime.
If you’re washing your sheets once a week, and only working with one set of sheets it’s safe to say they’re ready to retire. I’m guilty of holding onto things for too long. I’ll admit it. I’m guilty of it also. Take my old mattressfor instance. I happen to be just as bad with sheets. Bad habits are hard to break after all. But I’m working on it. That counts for something, right?
When Authenticity 50 reached out about their bedding a few weeks back I took it as kismet. An excuse to cycle out my old bedding and support a Made in USA business in the process. It was literally a win, win. Finally, I’ve got two sets of sheets to work with. Like an actual adult. Because there’s nothing worse than wearing out your favorite sheets with weekly washes.
Authenticity 50’s sheet sets are made with California-grown Supima® cotton. Also know as American-Egyptian cotton, which is 35% longer than regular cotton making it 45% stronger and a lot softer. They’re easily the softest sheets I have slept on. Imagine your favorite hotel sheets. Then imagine being able to sleep on those sheets in the comfort of your own home. That’s the beauty of what Authenticity 50 has to offer.
They are also the ONLY company making 100% Made in USA luxe bedding. Every part of their product has been sourced from America, and they take great pride in the fact that we are reviving a dead manufacturing industry and bringing hundreds of jobs back to the States, from coast-to-coast. Their Supima® cotton is grown in California, then their fabric is spun, woven, cut & sewn across the South, their boxes are from the Midwest and their product tags are from the East Coast.
Up until the 1980’s, America used to spin and weave MILLIONS of yards of high quality fabric. However, as the lure of cheap overseas labor became commonplace with companies & corporations, virtually ALL domestic bedding manufacturing left our shores – taking many thousands of jobs away as well. For example, one of their partner mills used to employ 1400 people – now they have 60 employees left. 60. Their products are made from the highest quality materials, by the best workers.
Besides swapping out my bedding this past weekend I also made a trip to one of my favorite flower stores in town, Mahonia. They were celebrating their one year anniversary with 20% all plants Friday and Saturday. An offer that I took full advantage of and filled the empty rail behind my bed with a few new plants, and I’ve still got room for a few more. Stay tuned!
I read somewhere last week that having plants in your bedroom can help relieve stress and promote a better night’s sleep. Fingers crossed the internet isn’t full of liars after all! Any of you have any personal stories on this or plant recommendations to add? Leave me a comment below or shoot me an email – I’m ready to put this green thumb to work.