Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Hopefull where you are it’s looking like a good weekend. Ugh, here… one of the city’s bigger races, the Monument Ave 10K is this weekend, and the weather report at race time on Saturday is low-30’s with a 50% chance of a rain/snow mix PLUS 20-25mph winds. I may “accidentally” oversleep…

All I want is ONE dry race. I am apparently some type of black cloud for good race day weather.

So if your weather looks like ours, and you’d rather stay inside, here’s a few links to check out.

Banana Pup Pops on Bitz & Giggles – My dogs would freak out over these. Let’s be honest… they freak out over anything frozen, including plain ice. This might be a fun summer project.

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Lemon Yogurt Poppy Seed Bread from Valerie’s Kitchen – My maternal grandmother used to make some type of poppy seed bread that I’ve never quite been able to recreate. Maybe it’s just the “grandma’s is better” philosophy, but this one looks to be worth a try.

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This Unruly Mess I’ve Made by Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis – My husband and I saw these two (and crew) in concert in January. This is the new album, and I have been listening to many of these songs on repeat!

This bathroom idea. The wallpaper? I love this look. Would I hate it in a few years? And the reno was in Phoenix?!?

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Healthier General Tso’s Chicken by Nutmeg Nanny – The hubbs loves stir fries, although his only requirement is that the sauce be thick enough to actually coat the meat and vegetables. The photos of this one look like it fits the bill (and healthier take-out fake-outs, always a win).

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Monkey Squares by The Girl Who Ate Everything – I have So. Many. Bananas. It doesn’t help that we eat them almost daily (so we always buy them), but neither of us will touch them as soon as there is a spot on the peel. That is unless they are mixed with copious amounts of butter and sugar and subsequently baked. Banana cake plus browned butter frosting. Sounds amazing. And a double win if I end up using bananas for the dogs above and for us in these babies!

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Friday Favorites

Ahh… It’s girls’ weekend. In about T-6 hours (or at least until we all arrive)! I’m leaving the hubbs to fend for itself this weekend and meeting up with a few of my undergraduate girlfriends in Nashville. I haven’t seen a couple of them FOREVER (bonus that I get to meet a new little one in the group!)

So, cheers to the weekend. Here’s what I’m loving right now!

I am pretty much obsessed with anything sweet potato, but how awesome do these Mexican Loaded Sweet Potato Fries from A Couple Cooks look?!?

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I came across this video on Facebook this week with the tag line, “Today I wish for something to make me as happy as this dog is about his dinner.” Number one: please watch the video. Number two: this completely made my day. What a great philosophy on life.

Cake Batter Cookie Pie by Crazy for Crust. Enough said. I’m pretty sure I’d volunteer to be her taste tester! I love so many of her recipes.

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Have you done Stitch Fix? I like them, but haven’t ordered a box in quite awhile (I am not signed up for a recurring schedule). I ran across this dress from Stitch Fix this week, and I’m thinking it may be time for a new fix.

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My Grandma has always made Kolaches growing up. I was talking about this recipe with my Dad this week, and he sent me Grandma’s recipe. So, possibly Kolaches coming soon! This recipe from My Baking Addiction looks pretty good in its own accord.

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Friday Favorites

So it’s only been, oh, 3 months since I have posted on here… Not sure any of you are still reading, but I have missed this. Missed the readers, the bloggers, and telling the random stories about food that just not everyone gets 🙂

So, when better to start back than with a Friday Favorites. Any big plans for the weekend? Just triathlon training for me here. The hubbs works this weekend, and I picked up an extra short shift tomorrow morning. Just chilling for the rest of it trying to stay cool! My triathlon training has been going okay, but I really need to embrace the early morning workout. I am naturally NOT a morning person, but every time I end up having to run or bike in the afternoon heat, I end up really hating myself. Any tips for embracing that 4:30AM alarm?

Well, enough about this. On to the favorites list!

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells by Cooking. Classy. I’ve made these a couple of times already, and they’ve been a big hit. I am thinking these would freeze well in preparation for a quick meal, although I haven’t yet had a chance to try it.

This dress on Sheinside. Love it.

White Strawberry Lemon Sangria by Kitchen Treaty. I always forget about sangria. Not sure why because it is always so good. This looks like a great summery version!

Raised Bed Gardening on Planet Natural. Great tips!

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Macarons by Picky Palate. We had some great macarons from Bouchon Bakery a couple weeks ago in Vegas. I still haven’t tried to make macarons myself, but I am thinking it is time to try.

S’mores Whoppie Pies by Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. So classically summer. I love s’mores!

Rugs, Revealed on Retro Ranch Reno. I love both her sense of style and her tips.

6 Secrets to the Perfect Pie Crust by Design Mom. I guess this is the round-up of things I need to try. I’ve attempted pie crusts a couple of times, but never really had stellar results. Sounds like I could take some of this advice.

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Friday… we meet again. It’s going to be quite the weekend around the country. The Derby. Cinco de Mayo. College graduations. Congratulations to all the new pharmacists graduating from the University of Nebraska this weekend. Take tons of pictures and savor it!

My plans involve work, although we’re hoping to mix some fun in there as well. The hubbs is crazy excited for Iron Man 3, so I’m sure we’ll be hitting the movie theater at some point. Truthfully,  I really like the Iron Man series as well. The first movie of the series really surprised me (in a good way!), so I’ll admit I’m excited too. I am on call this week, so I’m just hoping I don’t get called in to the hospital in the middle of the movie! We also just bought a Living Social deal for a Mexican beer festival (with tastings) for this weekend. Should be fun!

On some sad news, I broke one of my stoneware pans while baking the cookies for the chocolate chip cookie bake-off yesterday morning. To add insult to injury, I broke it over my toe. Ouch! Not to worry, I was able to finish baking the chocolate chip cookies, and am hoping to bring the bake-off to you tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend!

Favorite Kitchen Time Saver. The Magic Corn Trick seen on Holm Family Cookbook. An easy way to clean corn? Count me in. I love fresh corn on the cob in the summer, but I despise cleaning it. That was always our job as kids. Mom would make us do it outside because of the mess. What a pain. Not to mention if you happened to find one of those worms… Gross!

Favorite Copycat Chicken. Coconut Crunch Chicken Strips by The Cozy Apron. These look just like an appetizer at one of our favorite restaurants in town. I may even break my no frying at home rule for these, but I wonder if they would be okay baked?

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Favorite Dessert. Mexican Brownie Bottom Cheesecake by Perry’s Plate. I don’t make enough cheesecake around here. Thinking I need to fix that problem.

Favorite Stair Idea. Wooden stairs seen on Girl in Air. This post is actually for the photo strip on the wall, but I am loving these stairs. I am so over the carpet in our house. We’ve been toying with replacing it all but have no idea what to do with our stairs. I could definitely live with these.

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Favorite Cookies. Salted Caramel Toffee Coconut Macaroons by Two Peas & Their Pod. Not sure these need an introduction other than their name. Yum!

Recipe for Salted Caramel Toffee Coconut Macaroons on twopeasandtheirpod.com Dipped in chocolate too!

Favorite Fresh Dinner Idea. Jalapeno Cornbread and Black Bean Panzanella by Eats Well with Others. Haven’t made this yet, but it’s on the menu for this week. Loving it.

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Favorite sandals. Women’s Seafish Thong Sandal by Sperry’s. My favorite brown sandals bit the dust towards the end of last summer (after several summers of abuse), and I have had the hardest time finding anything I like this year for sandals. You know all the ones that are so thin that  you might as well not even have shoes on. It’s either that or sandals that look like I’ve added several decades. I’m not 12 and I’m not 65 people! I finally ran across these the other weekend at the mall, and I am still loving them a couple weeks later. Time for some new shoes I think!

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Favorite Make-ahead Breakfast. Cinnamon Quinoa Bake by Gabby’s Gluten-Free. I’m thinking this will be yummy for breakfast while working over the weekend!

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Friday Favorites

Where has the time gone? Although I’ve worked 6 of the last 7 days, there is no way it’s Friday, not that I’m complaining about that either. I’m off work this weekend.

The hubbs and I actually have a busy weekend planned ahead of us. Tomorrow, I’m running my second ever Warrior Dash. To race it or not to race it is the question. My first Warrior Dash, we ran it more for fun. In fact, I tend to be one of those runners that ends up running the same mile times whether I run 1 mile or 10. I’m thinking it may be time to try and gut out a decent 5K time… On top of that, we’re hosting a low-key BBQ here on Saturday night and have tentative brunch plans for Sunday. Whew… I’m guessing our weekend will be over before we know it.

My plans for the day include swimming (triathlon training) and cleaning house. I’m truthfully not super excited about either one. Wishing I could enlist some friends to come with (especially for the swim!). Well, without further ado, I bring you my Friday Favorites – and a couple weeks worth at that 🙂

Favorite Summertime Dinner. Chicken and Summer Vegetable Tostadas from Cooking Light. This is screaming summer, and I’m sure you could use a similar technique with an outdoor grill instead of the broiler.

Chicken & Summer Vegetable Tostadas Recipe

Favorite Hostess Gift. Wine wrapped in a kitchen towel seen on Viva Amore. Packaging that you can actually use (and it’s super cute too!).

Favorite Vegetarian Meal Idea. Black Bean and Spinach Enchiladas by The Garden Grazer. Looks so good. The link even contains freezing instructions if you want to make a bunch and save them for later!

Favorite Berry Dessert. Strawberry Shortcake with White Chocolate Whipped Cream by That Skinny Chick Can Bake. Now that berries are everywhere, I have been craving strawberry shortcakes like no other. I’m thinking possible dessert for the BBQ?

Favorite Book. Mazerunner by James Dashner. My husband raved about this book for several months. I’m about halfway through it and am loving it so far.

Favorite DIY Spring/Summer Decor. DIY Spring Wreath by Taylor Made. I have quite a few home pieces that I change out for the seasons, and I have this big gap where I don’t have many things for the time period between Easter and fall. This is a wreath I think I could actually make.

Favorite Bundt. Vanilla Bean Malt Bundt Cake from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. Truthfully, I don’t make many bundts, but the I love most things with malt flavors.

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Favorite sports moment. Jack Hoffman scoring a touchdown in the Nebraska Spring Game (photo source Brynn Anderson/The World Herald). The football team set it up so that this 7-year old cancer patient could score the final touchdown. Makes me proud to still call myself a Nebraskan. GBR!

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Favorite Margarita. Kicked-up Avocado Margarita from Cookin’ Canuck. I’ve seen lots of variations on margaritas, but avocado is a new one.  I am definitely interested enough to want to try it!

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Favorite Cookies. Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles from Two Peas & Their Pod. My husband was looking over my shoulder when I saw this recipe, and said, “Those contain like 3 of your favorite things. They need to happen. Soon.” His words not mine 🙂

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Favorite weather phenomenon.  Blizznado in Nebraska, picture from bswaney23 on Instagram. Tornado warnings and winter storm warnings in the same night. Counties apart. Oh Nebraska, I miss some things, but I definitely don’t miss your weather!

Week 20: Friday Favorites

Yeah for a long weekend. I have a 4-dayer! The only bad news is that it wasn’t really planned. Just ended up that’s the way our schedule fell, meaning the hubbs is working all weekend. Oh well, I see lots of  baking and cooking in my near future! Anyone want to come by to help us eat it all?

Hope you all are able to spend some time with those you love this weekend. Happy Easter!

Favorite BBQ Salad. Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing by Two Peas and Their Pod. I am seeing this happening in our near future, especially when it gets hot here! I’m thinking adding the quinoa makes it totally appropriate for a meal. Maybe lunch?

Favorite Easter Decorations. Egg-Flower arrangement seen on B-Movie Star.

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Favorite Cookies. White Chocolate Snickerdoodle Pudding Cookies from Something Swanky. Yum. I’ve been making pudding cookies for years as that was always Mom’s go-to chocolate chip cookie. I love soft cookies, and the flavors here look so good!

Favorite Dinner Idea. Chicken Fajita Pie from My Biscuits are Burning. Loving this idea. In the post, she talks about adjusting the spice level. Definitely adding some jalapenos in this house!

Favorite Homemade Easter Candy. Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs from Food 52. If you know me at all, I love Cadbury Eggs! May have to try this in my time off this weekend!

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Favorite True Statement seen on Big Frank Little Beans Tumblr. Pretty sure I’m always happy when I have a cupcake!

Favorite Coconut Dessert. Coconut Macaroon Cups from 5 Second Rule. Macaroons filled with chocolate? Count me in.

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Favorite Vegetarian Meal. Mediterranean Loaded Veggie Sandwich from A Couple Cooks. I am most intrigued by the pesto kale white bean dip used on this sandwich. Looks good!

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Week 19: Friday Favorites

Wow. What an exhausting week. I am definitely ready for some R&R this weekend. As I hinted in my last post, the weather her has finally taken a turn for beautiful. I love this time of year here. You can smell the orange blossoms just by walking outside! Maybe that will motivate me to get outside and start training for this triathlon. The pool and I definitely need to spend some time together.

Well, I’ll keep my commentary short. On to what you’re really here for – the Friday Favorites!

Favorite Appetizer/Dinner. Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins by Half Baked Harvest. I wonder if there is a recipe that involves chipotle anything that I haven’t saved? Love how these could be either an appetizer or dinner.

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Favorite Garden Idea. High Heat Flowers for Hot Summer Areas seen on weekendgardener.net. One of these varieties may find their way into the potters next to our fire pit. Full sun. All summer. In Arizona.

Favorite Sweet Appetizer. Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites with Salted Caramel Dipping Sauce by Kevin & Amanda. Pretzel bites. Dipped in caramel. Awesome!

Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites with Salted Caramel Dipping Sauce

Favorite BBQ Idea. Outdoor Serving Containers seen on 4 Men, 1 Lady. No bugs! This is genius!

Favorite Easter Eggs. Polka Dot Glitter Eggs seen on Better Homes & Gardens. It has been forever since I have decorated eggs. Easy to mix up and use several different colors too. Loving these!

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Favorite Breakfast. Carrot Cake Monkey Bread by Something Swanky. How perfect would this be for Easter morning. Looks so decadent and so worth it!

#Carrot Cake Monkey #Bread from www.somethingswanky.com

Favorite Meal Made Mini. Muffin Tin Mini Lasagnas by Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. I cannot get over the cuteness factor of these. Aren’t normal things made mini always adorable?

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Week 18: Friday Favorites

I would say it’s a pretty big Friday. Not only is it the Friday before a holiday, but a Friday where the hubby and I both have the weekend off from work! Neither of us can claim any Irish blood, but I’m still thinking it would be fun to find a place serving Reubens and Guinness this weekend! I have to admit, I’ve been in a St. Patrick’s Day mood for a couple weeks now. In fact, it has been on my mind ever since having a cupcake with Irish cream frosting from Urban Cookie here in Phoenix. If you are ever in the area, I would highly recommend it.

We are suppose to have beautiful weather this weekend, so there is also some talk of heading out to a spring training baseball game. Neither of us have any strong alliances to a team, so whichever one works with our schedule will probably be where we end up.

Hope you have a great weekend planned. Here are my favorite (heavily St. Patrick’s Day-related) finds for the week. I guess that still gives you a couple days to hop on one of these for the holiday 🙂

Favorite Irish Cream recipe. Fudge Brownies with Bailey’s Buttercream by Diethood. I can’t even. These look amazing. Loving the frosting to brownie ratio here too. She made these with her daughter, and the post is adorable!

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Favorite kitchen storage idea. Under counter shelves seen on Seventh House on the Left. Using this space for extra storage is a great idea. Cookbook storage anyone?

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Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Snack. Shamrock Tortilla Chips by Spiced. These look adorable. And so easy!

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Favorite Guinness Main Dish Recipe. Guinness French Onion Soup by Closet Cooking. Wonder if this will still be as good in 80+ degrees? We may have to find out.

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Favorite Guinness Dessert. Guinness Ice Cream on Foodista.com. Now this is a refreshing dessert for that 80+ day!

Favorite funny. Running quotes seen on Claim Your Journey. I love seeing the funny signs people come up with when I’m running a race!

Week 17: Friday Favorites

So, I may have missed my mid-week post this week. I actually have quite the archive of recipes to get up here, it’s just finding a chance to sit down and put pen to paper (err… fingers to the keyboard?). But, since it’s Friday, that means it’s time for some Friday favorites!

I guess the big news around here is that the hubbs finally talked me into training for and competing in a triathlon with him. As of last night, we are both officially registered for a Half-Ironman triathlon in October. Yes, that is a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run, and there is still part of me that thinks this is crazy! I’ve been spending a lot of my free time this week looking up training schedules. The good news is we have plenty of time to train. The bad news – I hate the freestyle. I actually use to swim locally, but the freestyle was never my thing. I was more of a backstroke/breaststroke gal which brings me back to the good news. I have plenty of time to train.

Not a lot of plans here for the weekend. We’re actually both working Friday-Sunday. I’m noticing that this is very dessert heavy this week. Maybe I’m already looking forward to all the training? 🙂 Hope you have something great in the works for your weekend! Enjoy!

Favorite Caramelized Desert. Caramel Stuffed Krispie Bars by Cookies & Cups. In college, my roommates and I used to make rice krispies with some frequency. These? These are like rice krispies on steroids. I’d eat almost anything covered in caramel.

Caramel Stuffed Krispie Bars | Cookies and Cups

Favorite Home Update. Outdoor Entry by Love Your Room. I love how simply adding pavers along the concrete updates this entry. This is a DIY home project I may actually be able to handle.

Favorite Green Food. Avocado Egg Rolls with Chipotle Ranch Dipping Sauce by Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen. This may be the green food I serve for St. Patrick’s Day, although I’m not sure I need to make up an excuse to make these.

Favorite Easter Candy Bake. Peeps Show S’mores Bars by Bake at 350. I am and have always been a Peeps lover, thus I usually consume them before I have a chance to bake with them. Looks like I may need to stock up so I’ll have leftovers to make these!

Favorite Flooring. Wood Grain Tile Bathroom by A Home In College Hill. We have been wanting to re-do the flooring on the main level of our home for a couple months now. The big question has been tile or wood? I am loving the look of this tile!

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Favorite Furniture Makeover. Wicker Storage Basket Dresser Makeover by Art is Beauty. Oh if only I was a little crafty.

Favorite Easter Dessert. Carrot Cake Poke Cake by Something Swanky. I may actually be able to forgive the use of whipped cream as frosting on this cake. Looks so good!

Better Than #Easter... #Carrot #Cake #Poke Cake from www.somethingswanky.com | This is seriously SO yum!

Week 16: Friday Favorites

My week this week was pretty good. I ventured out to try Thai food for the first time on Tuesday night with some great friends, and ended up really enjoying the night (both the food and the company). I have always been hesitant about eating Thai, Vietnamese, and other similar types of food because I really cannot do seafood. In any form. The menu at this place was huge making it really easy to find something (several things really) that sounded amazing. The dish I ended up getting had chicken, veggies, and cashews in a broth-based, spicy sauce served over rice. So good. I will definitely be back.

While it was a good week, there are two big reasons I am thankful the weekend will be here soon. The first – this weekend will be the first days all month that they hubbs and I have had off together. While we both work a condensed schedule, our schedules have been completely opposite, so it feels like we’ve barely seen each other all month. We don’t really have any pre-set plans for this weekend, but I think we’re both ready for a weekend off! The second – the weather here is suppose to be beautiful this weekend. Bring on the 80 degree days. I am ready for them!

Hope you have something fun planned for your weekend. Enjoy my finds for the week!

Favorite Easter Craft Idea. Big String Eggs by The Boutique Girls. I made some of these last year to display in a basket we have sitting on the coffee table in the living room. They turned out really cute, but didn’t make it through the storage closet this year. They don’t cost much to make, so I may try to do it again!

Favorite Nutella Treat. Gooey Butter Nutella Cake by Cannella Vita. Erica describes these little guys as not so photogenic but oh so good. I would disagree. You can tell by how gooey these look that they’ll be amazing.

Favorite Chinese Recipe. Cashew Chicken by Daily Unadventures in Cooking. We love a good stir-fry. Enough said.

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Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Craft. St. Patty’s Day in a Jar seen on The Family Kitchen. These definitely have the cute factor and look like they could be a fun craft to put together if you have kids (or just kids at heart like us).

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Favorite Dinner Idea. Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowl by How Sweet It Is. Apparently I’m on an Asian-food kick after my meal on Tuesday. Nonetheless, this will me made soon in our house.

Favorite Make-ahead Breakfast. Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal by Two Peas & Their Pod. Having this packed for breakfast would make work mornings so much better.

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Favorite Summer Idea. Aqua Lounge 4-person Float with MP3 System seen on brookstone.com. This looks awesome. I wonder if the material making the tube is durable enough to sustain a trip down the river? If so, you would certainly be floating in style!

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