Ok, so I’m about to talk simultaneously the most manly thing (bourbon steak) and the most girly thing (frolicking with hundreds of pretty fabrics). If you’re having a hard time focusing on fabrics with a pile of steak in your face, you might as well skip down a few paragraphs. If you like fabrics & patterns and are a pillow freak like me, then stay right here.
I just got back from this AH-mazing fabric store in Lynn. I love finding these diamonds in the rough. I used to live in New Bedford and for a town that gets a bad rap, they’ve got some pretty amazing little places. Well this little (or should I say HUGE) gem is certainly one of the redeeming qualities of Lynn. For those of you who don’t live in Massachusetts, let’s just say that Lynn doesn’t really have the best reputation. The saying goes “Lynn, Lynn, City of Sin, You never come out the way you went in.” Yah, I’ll just leave it at that.
So I probably already mentioned this before but I have a slight pillow obsession. By slight obsession, I mean I might need to start a pillows anonymous group, its kind of a problem. We have closets stuffed with pillows. Our guest bed currently has 7 pillows on it, the two couches in our living room have 10 pillows…I could keep going but its a little embarrassing. SO, rather than stop purchasing pillows all together, I’ve started just buying fabric and sewing new cases for them so that it seeeeems like we have new pillows, but we don’t have to find more storage for pillow graveyards. So I took a little trip there tonight and was once again completely overwhelmed because its literally filled with amazing fabrics from the floor to the ceiling. After wandering aimlessly for about 45 minutes, I finally decided on a nice coral fabric for the pillows on our new patio.
I’ll share some pics once they’ve been sewn and the patio is all set up. Can’t wait to see it all come together!
Ok, let’s pump some more testosterone back up in here. Steak. Grunt. Bourbon. Chew Tobacca, Chew Tobacca, Chew Tobacca Spit. Have you heard that country song? So catchy! Damn, stuck in my head already.
Ok, no chewing tobacco, that’s nasty. Just delicious, tender, grass-fed flank steak marinated in a maple bourbon marinade and grilled to PERFECTION! I love cooking with whiskey, despite the fact that I hate drinking it. Fortunately I have a husband who likes it so we tend to always have some on-hand. If you’re not a whiskey person but you want to cook with it, remember you can always buy the nips at the counter. That way you don’t have some massive bottle sitting around of something you’ll never drink.
I got this steak at the farmer’s market from a local farm & it was SO good. Flank steak is great, just marinate it overnight, grill it up, let it sit so all those yummy juices get pulled into the meat and you’ve got yourself a pretty amazing simple dinner.
You’ll want to thinly slice the flank steak against the grain of the meat to make for the most tender pieces.
WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:
The smell of dark roasted coffee beans.
MMMMMM, how good is that smell?? Love it! If you ever go to the store and see all the smelly hole things pushed in on all the coffee bags, you’ll know I’ve been there. Just kidding. Maybe.