This stupid fall weather can’t make up it’s mind.

First it’s so cold that I pull out my hat, scarf, gloves, even crank up the heat. I’ve been walking around the apartment in my velour sweatpants and a sweatshirt I inherited from my mom that’s probably about as old as I am…and it has a hole in the armpit (I just typed airport instead of armpit. I’m obviously ready for a vacation).

Needless to say, Nate hasn’t been too pleased with my appearance. He told me that, according to Seinfeld, when you walk outside in sweatpants (which I may or may not have done to make a quick trip to the grocery store… They were velour!), that “you’re telling the world: ‘I give up. I can’t compete in normal society. I’m miserable, so I might as well be comfortable.'” And comfortable I was!

But the thing is, I don’t complain about the cold weather. I love being chilly and bundling up. I love piling on the comforter in bed and getting all snuggly. I mean, you can always make it warmer inside.

Then the weather got all hot again. Come on, autumn, make up your freaking mind. The stupid air conditioner in our apartment building got turned off because it’s not summer anymore. I go to bed with the comforter still on which feels right at the time and then in the middle of the night I kick everything off because I’m so hot. I toss and turn and then pull the comforter back on at 4am when I’m shivering, because the next morning it’s cold outside again. I’m so tired from this lack of sleep!

I think I need a better place for taking my photos…or a less nosy cat.

I figured I’d go along with the warm weather and pretend like it’s summer. So the other night I cooked up some pulled chicken bbq sandwiches. If you can’t beat the heat, you might as well embrace it, right?

Now if I could only get them to put on the A/C.

Black Pepper and Molasses Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Recipe from Cooking Light

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serves 2-4

3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon molasses
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
4 (2-ounce) sandwich rolls, cut in half horizontally
12 dill pickle chips

Combine first 9 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 23 minutes or until chicken is done and tender.

Remove from heat; shred with 2 forks to measure 2 cups meat. Place 1/2 cup chicken on bottom half of each roll. Top each with 3 pickles and top half of roll.

Serve with coleslaw if desired.


  1. You tell that scruffy young man he better let you wear whatever you want or you’ll stop making food like this!

  2. I’m sure the chicken is tasty, but the pickle is the icing on the cake here for me. ;-)

  3. Oh, look at your kitty cat, *so* cuuute… I adore pulled chicken (so tender) and this sandwich looks delish…I am particularly digging all the flavourings – chili, cumin, black pepper and molasses – fantastic! Have you tried blackstrap molasses? (tastes a bit like black liquorice – we just love it).

    The weather’s been funny here too – it is just starting to get cold (real cold), but up until now, unusually warm – no complaints from this Canadian ;0

    • Hehe, she was itching to eat some chicken! But you know I gave her a little in the kitchen and she sniffed it and walked away. Such a fickle feline :)

      I’ve never tried blackstrap molasses but I love licorice so I should! Can you buy it at the regular supermarket??

  4. haha!!! Velour!!! You have no idea how much that made me smile – All I wanted when I was younger was a matching velour shirt and pants – but my mom hated them and wouldn’t let me have the matchy matchy set! (probably a good thing)…but now you are fulfilling my childhood dreams in your sweatpants..!!!
    That kitty picture is adorable!! Curious little Kitty!

    • Hehe :) I mean I don’t own a whole velour matching outfit, so that makes it a little better, right? I’m glad you can live vicariously through my sloppy wardrobe.

  5. Honestly I kinda wanna change into some velour sweatpants right now… I love a summery meal for fall! And anything with pickles :)

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