Laura Rennie

Cooking, reading, and watching, lately (v.3)

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Why hellooooo! Look at me, blogging! Popping back in to share a few things I've been up to lately. 



Do you ever drive to a destination and once you reach it, wonder how you got there? That's how I feel about cooking lately. I know we eat, but I can never seem to remember *what* we eat. (Which is why I started this post right after trying a new recipe!)

Copycat Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken - this was delicious and really easy! I recommend reading the recipe through at least twice before starting, because you have to make the chili vinegar first, then put the marinade together and wait 30 minutes before cooking. BUT, even with all of that, it was only an hour start to finish and the actual time spent chopping/cooking was less than 15 minutes. It has a slight kick to it from the chili vinegar and pepper, but I would still describe this dish as mild.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup - another yummy, easy dish. I did a few things differently (feel free to ask if you're curious) — the main thing being that I only used ONE large chicken breast. It was more than enough. Overall I stayed true to the recipe and we both liked it a lot!

Mocha Cheesecake Brownies - I lied, I haven't actually baked these lately. BUT they've been on my mind! I made them for the Super Bowl earlier this year and they were a huge hit. If you need something to take to a holiday party, take these! 


I few months ago I went through Instagram, unfollowed a TON of home decor accounts and then began following several accounts encouraging reading (@the_book_darling, @alltheradreads, @anniebjones05 and @diversebooksclub). I use the the little save flag option to save posts that feature books I want to read. (I also have Instagram "boards" for places I want to go, outfits/jewelry I like and recipes I want to try.) 

Books I've read lately: Little Fires Everywhere, At Home in the World and Good Morning, Midnight. I'm almost finished with The Ninth Hour


Now that we have Hulu again, I can finally finish The Mindy Project! I have been straight up guffawing throughout the episodes lately (the Meryl Streep costume party was delightful). It makes me sad that I don't have anyone to talk to about it! What should be my next "girly" show? Felicity? Dawson's Creek? I've never seen a full episode of either!


What are you cooking, reading and watching lately? I'd love to know!

v.1 here // v.2 here

photo by Mary Brunst