Friday Favorites


Happy Friday, everyone!

How is it that we’ve already arrived at Easter weekend? Per usual it totally snuck up on me. I’m SOOooo very excited to celebrate, (Easter is one of my favorite celebratory holidays – it’s so very joyful) and feast on all my Mom’s classic Easter dishes like Party Potatoes Deluxe, Amana ham, and green beans and bacon for lunch. I’m trying to decide between bringing Beecher’s Kale and Brown Rice Gratin with Smoked Cheese Sauce and Kale and Wild Rice Bowls with Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette as my contribution. Who knows, maybe I’ll go crazy and bring both. Probably not. Aint nobody got time for that!

Especially since it’s going to be a full house this weekend. My little brother’s flying in from Denver for the weekend, Ben’s little brother will be in town AND my Mom’s best friend is also coming in from Ohio to spend a few days with the fam. Should be crazy but fun!

Well wherever you are and whatever you do have a wonderful weekend (and Easter, if you celebrate!) and in the meantime please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Favorites!

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Favorite copycat: Copycat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork. I’ve never been to Cafe Rio but I have been to Paseo in Seattle and this recipe looks like it could be similar to the epic pork they’re known for. My mouth is watering!


Favorite find: Bird Chirping Weather Print. I’ve been going around the past week or so proclaiming how happy I am that the birds are back. Their chirping makes me automatically think of spring and warmer weather. That being said I bought this sweet print the second I saw it so I can think of them even when they’re all south for the winter!


Favorite homemade: Homemade Flour Tortillas. The one thing I’ve been really missing since going gluten free is flour tortillas. I never knew how much I relied on them for quick meals and snacks! Definitely going to try making my own using GF flour.


Favorite DIY: Chalkboard Globe. What an adorable project, right? Love the cut outs that let you see the colorful globe underneath. Going to see if I can snag a cheap globe now that garage sale season is upon us.


Favorite bite: Parmesan Potato Stacks. One word: DROOL. Cheese and crispy potatoes? I am not mad at that.


Favorite tutorial: The Easy Way to Make a Luxury Bed. Make your bedroom even more of a retreat with this guide on how to really spruce up your bed. Yes please.


Favorite salad: Ranch BLT Pasta Salad. This is an awesome homemade take on suddenly salad which I used to plow through as a teenager. Like, come home from school, make a box and eat the entire thing. That radiatore pasta shape gets me every time!


Favorite sip: Rhubarb Strawberry Margarita. My Mom has three rhubarb plants that come back year after year which means she ends up with about 10 gallon-sized ziplock backs of frozen chopped rhubarb at the end of each summer because there’s only so many strawberry rhubarb pies a girl can bake! These margaritas look like a tasty and refreshing way to use some of it up.


Favorite bling: Asymmetrical Mini Letter Necklace. Wishing this was about $120 cheaper because it is seriously stylin’!


Favorite dinner: Tex Mex Quinoa Casserole. This meal is right up my ally and COULD NOT be easier. Cannot wait to make it!


Favorite travel: The Catalina Bag. Why this model looks so angry to be carrying such a lovely weekender bag, I’ll never know. I just love it! Perfect size for a quick trip and the separate zipper compartment on the bottom would be great for storing shoes or worn clothes.


Favorite bite: Crispy Black Bean Tacos. Easy. Crispy. Vegetarian. YUMMY! These would be really good to make then freeze, me thinks.


Favorite fitness: 7-Minute HIIT Workout. Looooove HIIT workouts. Get more bang for you buck, y’all!


Favorite sweet: Caramel Macchiato Gooey Cake Bars. Sweet, dense, and decadent. And gooey. Anything with the word “gooey” in it and I’m so in.


Favorite advice: 45 Life Lessons Written by a 90 Year Old Woman. Sometimes these can be kind of cheesy or redundant, but I really liked this list. :)


Favorite lick: Salted Bourbon Caramel Pops. C’moooon, summer!


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Kale and Wild Rice Bowls with Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette


Kale and Wild Rice Bowls with Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette combines wild rice and fresh kale with apples, dried cranberries, sliced almonds and chevre tossed with a sweet-tart Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette. One thing my city’s really missing is a salad bar type place. No, not like Bonanza (however, I can’t tell you how obsessed…

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Apple-Cheddar Stuffed Chicken with Apple-Dijon Pan Sauce


Apple-Cheddar Stuffed Chicken with Apple-Dijon Pan Sauce is an absolutely delicious toss-together supper using fridge and pantry staples. Happy Monday, everyone! Did you have a nice weekend? We got hit with a surprise heat wave on Friday which helped set a summery tone for the entire weekend (up until Sunday…

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Top 10 Spring Recipes


Happy Friday, everyone! Although I’m pumped it’s the weekend, this has been a really great week. Spring is finally here and the weather has been gorgeous over the past couple of days. Grilling, running, long walks, and open windows have been the name of the game, inspiring me to share 10 of…

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Beecher’s Kale and Brown Rice Gratin with Smoked Cheese Sauce


Beecher’s Kale and Brown Rice Gratin with Smoked Cheese Sauce combines fresh kale and chewy brown rice with a luscious, smoked-cheese sauce. Perfect as a side dish or stand alone supper with a salad. Before DC, there was Seattle. You didn’t think I’d let you off the hook with just…

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