Spice-Up Sunday: Plants and Pork Chops

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It happens every year: a promise to try more new things. Different recipes. Finally paint a wall a wild color. It's just so easy to be pooped at the end of a long work week and let other distractions (projects, weddings, obligations) get in the way of what is actually a pretty simple goal: Stop remaining stagnant and always choosing the path of most familiar recipe. This year I'm setting a weekly intention to push my comfort zone a bit. Try out some things, both in design and in food. Want to set one too?

Every Sunday, let's find a simple way to spice up a space and try a fun recipe from the Kitchn that might be a little out of our comfort zone. All the activity of the weekend will be winding down, and it'll be a perfect time to try something out even while you prepare for next week. And why not start Monday off enjoying the leftovers from a brilliantly executed new dish you have in your cooking arsenal, along with waking up surprised by a new daring design element?

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Since January's Cure is happening, I'm personally taking the time this weekend to finally find the right green cleaners for my home (something that's been strangely out of my comfort/used-to zone). And instead of just buying the same kind of (unimaginative) flowers I always get, I'm going to get creative with flower arrangements and treat myself to a big huge crazy weird plant that I maybe won't keep alive forever but just might be something that adds a pop of variety to a corner of my space and makes me smile.

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And this Sunday I'm personally going to finally try to perfect the pork chop (mine are usually really dry and unappealing) with How To Cook Tender & Juicy Pork Chops in the Oven, but if I'm feeling particularly adventurous, I might try out Pork Chops Stuffed with Pine Nuts, Porcini Mushrooms & Pecorino. (Not really something insanely out of my comfort zone but I'm starting slow!)

So what do you say — want to join us in pushing limits and trying new things in 2014? Would you like to see posts that give ideas for fun recipes (meat and non-meat) and design elements/projects to try? Would you like a post where we can all encourage each other and report on our progress each Sunday? Chime in with your ideas!

(Image credits: Monica Wang; Adrienne Breaux; Emma Christensen)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.