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?
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.
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)