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Cupcakes for Breakfast: Urban Stems

Bouquet photos from some of my fave DC ladies (and gent!): @jigolden, @politics_pretty, @bannc@nikkirap, @cathzinn, @districtsparkle@corisuemorris, @frijolita, @stylemba@ejfass, @holleysimmons, @allycog@theyoufinder, @gokateshoot@theglossarie, @gurrity, @lizmcavoy6@tammygordon, @bitcheswhobrunch, @russellwarnick@beccaclaralove @thehyperbalist @nec_and_proper

I’m so excited to tell you about one of my new favorite DC-based businesses, Urban Stems. Have you ordered flowers before and they were over-priced and underwhelming? (Or has your boyfriend never sent you any for this reason?) Urban Stems totally changes this. They offer three beautiful bouquets for $35, including delivery! Bonus, their customer communication is fantastic so you’ll feel like it was totally worth it. I’m seriously a huge fan!

Since it’s Valentine’s Day week, it’s kind of the perfect time to order a bouquet for someone you think is wonderful. Make someone’s day and get $5 off with the code: CUPCAKES5

My Kind of Valentine’s Day

Cupcakes for Breakfast: My kind of valentine's day

My girlfriends and I are just trying not to think about this week. It’s not so bad actually. I have so much going on at work that it’s possible I won’t even notice all the Valentine’s hoopla. That being said, there are a few things I love about this week. Another chance to tell the people in your life you love them, pink everywhere, an excuse to have themed girly sleepovers with chocolate cake and champagne this weekend. This is my kind of Valentine’s Day…

one // Mademoiselle necklace – sweet, fabulous, timeless
two // Brut Rosé – duh.
three // #heartthis – hard to pick a favorite of these cozy By Luciana tees
four // Oysters – pair with champagne. Shuck all your feelings out.
five // Delicate stackable rings – if only I could afford like five of these Catbird rings
six // Dear Kates – cute and functional. Get 25% off with code “cupcakesforbreakfast” through Valentine’s Day.
seven // Alexa Tote – the perfect (under $100!) bag to wish away this cold winter weather
eight // Parisian Pink lipstick – my perfect new shade
nine // Foods Before Dudes – aka my life

Sunday Pasta: With Spicy Slow-Roasted Pork Belly Sauce

Cupcakes for Breakfast: Sunday Pasta With Spicy Slow-Roasted Pork Belly Sauce

I made this pasta for a boy but I ate it alone. More for me. I made it spicy cause he likes it spicy. But turns out I like spicy too now. Sometimes, well most of the time, things don’t work out the way you plan them out in your head. But other times, like in the case of this pasta sauce, they turn out even better. It could be the incredible pork belly. It could be the anticipation of sauce bubbling on the stove for hours…letting my favorite smells (garlic, onion, mmmm) fill my entire apartment. It could be that because the boy didn’t show, I got to eat this in sweatpants while watching Pretty in Pink and sending silly snaps to my girlfriends. Clearly I won this one.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: Spicy Slow-Roasted Pork Belly Sauce

I definitely improvised with this one, but you can too. Here’s the Nikki no-recipe version:

Pasta With Spicy Slow-Roasted Pork Belly Sauce

In a heavy pot, sauté minced onion, shredded carrot, a big pinch of red pepper flakes and garlic with some butter and olive oil. Add a large can (or more) of crushed tomato and bring to a simmer. Add cooked pork belly. (I got mine from Chef Dimitri at Cava Mezze, but you can easily make your own too. I like this 3-step recipe.) You don’t need a lot. I used about a half a cup. Shred in sauce. Simmer for as long as you can stand it…an hour at least. Serve with pasta (homemade if you’re feeling ambitious) and fresh grated parm.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: Spicy Slow-Roasted Pork Belly Sauce