Recipe: Flank Steak with Bourbon Cream Sauce — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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The meaty bite and fatty flavor of flank steak is pretty irresistible all on its own, but add bourbon cream sauce and this simple weeknight meal takes a turn for something far fancier. This quick-cooking sauce, swirled with smoky, sweet bourbon, a splash of stock, and some cream, is a luxe combo that takes your basic pan sauce to a new level — and your steak, too! Best of all, the sauce comes together with just three ingredients.


6 Ways to Make Eating Dinner in Front of the TV a Little More Special — Everyday Fancy

Maybe your apartment is too small for even a tiny breakfast table, or maybe you just want to unwind with some takeout, some quality television, and as little conversation as possible?

Whatever your reason for sitting on the couch while eating dinner, I can not judge you (I do it all the time!), but I can offer you some ideas for how to make the meal feel a little more special.


Poke Cakes Are Kitschy and Dated, but Still a Heck of a Lot of Fun — Cake Magic

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Poke cakes go back to the ancient days of the 1970s, the heyday of boxed cake mixes, Jell-O, and Cool Whip. Colorful and easy to make, poke cakes are the white patent leather go-go boots of the bakery case — kitschy and dated, but still a heck of a lot of fun.


These Are the Prettiest Picnic Plates of All Time — Shopping

There's something about outdoor dinnerware that gets me so much more excited than the regular indoor stuff. (Last year I even made my husband go on a special, way-out-of-the-way excursion to help me track down the last set of Target-Marimekko plates in all of New Jersey. It was worth it.) Maybe it's because I love warmer weather and eating outside? Or the fact that I don't have to worry about accidentally breaking the stuff? Or maybe it's because the patterns always seem way more fun? Whatever the reason, I love outdoor dinnerware and I'm always shopping for it.

To say I fell hard last January when I saw these plates by Xenia Taler at NY Now (a super-fun twice-annual trade show in New York City that gives buyers and members of the media a special chance to look at upcoming products), would be the understatement of the year.


Unexpected Wedding Trends Any Design-Lover Needs to See — Apartment Therapy

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From Apartment Therapy → Unexpected Wedding Trends Any Interior Design Lover Needs to See


PSA: “Self-Care” Does Not Mean Sitting on Your Couch with a Pile of French Fries (All the Time) — Kitchn Rant

Hi, my name is Arie and I am an anxious person. In my never-ending pursuit to quiet my mind and — you know — try to relax or something, I've thought a lot about self-care. I always thought I "took care" of myself, until I realized sometime last year that I was definitely doing no such thing. I still had anxiety, I still felt like crap, and I still wasn't treating myself very well.

So what was I actually doing when I thought I was practicing self-care? The internet as a whole has a pretty confusing way of looking at the subject. We're "busy" so we're told to take it easy and order delivery instead of cook. We're "stressed" so we're told to "treat yo' self" with all the ice cream and french fries we want. Both of these things are wonderful (I mean, I love french fries!), but they shouldn't always be treated as self-care.

This internet's idea of self-care is, in fact, bullshit — you're doing more harm to yourself than good if you follow the advice laid out on Instagram.


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