Friday Favorites


Happy Friday, y’all! :D

Yesterday I spent some QT with Iowa’s rural, 2-lane highways (freaky), driving three and half hours northeast of Des Moines to Okoboji, IA for work – hence last night’s guest post. I hightailed it home this morning, and have been on the go ever since!

Scrubbing the house from top to bottom (I feel the need to make my home as pristine as possible after staying in hotels,) doing the laundry (hang on, gotta change a load!) shopping my brains out (need to return about 3/4 of what I bought – I generally refuse to try on clothes in the store, as my hair gets too staticky) and going on a nice 4 mile run on the trail (it is GORGEOUS out today!)

Enough of my hemming and hawing though, it’s time for another round of Friday Favorites! :D

Favorite sip: Vanilla Pear and Vodka Cocktail. This looks thick and luscious and JUICY. Plus, pears are so dynamite right now.


Favorite bite: Baked Bean Bites in Bacon Cups. ‘NUFF SAID!!!!!


Favorite fireplace. This would be so handy in the winter…although, maybe a little too handy for Ben and me. Our house seriously smells like a campfire from all the fires we’ve been lighting at night. Whoops!


Favorite spot. When we’re old and grey, Ben and I are going to have a porch like this, with rocking chairs like these, and a view like that, and we will spend our days just rocking ourselves stupid.


Favorite indulgence: World’s Best Mac & Cheese. If this comes out tasting half as good as it looks, I’ll be pleased.


Favorite DIY decor idea: Pinecone garland. You could change the pinecones out with ornaments for Christmas!


 Favorite funny. Look at his crossed eyes! Soooo cute!


Favorite idea. Now why didn’t I think of that?!


Favorite natural air freshener: Herbal fire starter. Wrap cinnamon sticks and fragrant herbs in some newspaper, tie with a string, and add to the base of your fire. Light and breathe in the cozy scent.


Favorite story: Park proposal. This will make you ugly cry.


Favorite crock pot meal: Taco Dippers. Ben and I would demolish this.  


Favorite flashback: Barbie shoes. These suckers were so hard to keep track of!!!


Favorite must-have winter wear. With some white or cream leather gloves??


Favorite gift idea: Personalized Pottery Barn Jewelry Box. Ben gave me one of these several years ago and I think of him every time I open it. :)


Favorite simple decor idea. I have been racking my brain for clever uses of the beautiful Indian corn I see at the Farmers’ Market every week. This use is rustic, yet chic!


Favorite slurp: Lasagna Soup. I will be making this. Plus Ben’s craving a proper lasagna, since the last one I made had butternut squash in it. The horror! ;)


Favorite free craft. Another no-cost craft, courtesy of nature!


Favorite photo. Everything about this picture is pink perfection. :)


Favorite light bite: Spicy Shrimp Rolls. These look simply mouthwatering. Just swap out the bell pepper for cherry tomatoes, for me! ;)


Favorite dream home. Custom log cabin in the woods and on the water. No big deal…


Favorite kitchen items: Pampered Chef Can Strainer & Mix ‘N’ Chop. I can’t tell you how much I would use that can strainer, and I had the opportunity to use the Mix ‘n’ Chop on some ground beef the other week – works like a CHARM.

CanStrainer MixNChop

Favorite spud: Cheesy au Gratin Potatoes. These look like my Mom’s signature party potatoes, just a bit lighter. Have got to try!


Favorite Song: Funeral – Band of Horses. Ben used this song as the background music in a video montage he made of our trip to Rome, which makes me feel happily melancholy. :)

Favorite fight. Laughed. For. Hours.


Favorite French Toast: French Toast Bites. The next time I try and go outside the classic French Toast box, it’ll be for these! :D

TGIF everyone, have a fantastic weekend!


What are some of your favorite finds from around the web this week?

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  1. Machelle 10.21.2011

    OMGosh! that may be the best Friday Favorite list yet!

  2. kellyo 10.21.2011

    Love that cabin! And the cake!

  3. LOVE that porch – and that drink! YUM!!!

  4. erica 10.21.2011

    i haven’t seen a barbie shoe in ages!

    please get that coat! i wish it got cold here. i love coats and boots and scarves!

  5. Lauren 10.21.2011

    Ah, barbie shoes!!!! I bet if I looked really hard, I could still find some in the bottom of my parent’s closet.

  6. jean 10.21.2011

    Ahhh okoboji :) memories of my childhood. That’s where I grew up!

  7. Skye 10.21.2011

    I totally did that to my hanger this week-couldn’t find my chip clips anywhere! =)

  8. These are fantastic! Bacon cups? Taco Salad Dippers? WORLD’S BEST Mac and Cheese!? Hehe oh baby, i’m checking all of them out now! Those Barbie shoes we’re always hell to locate.. especially among all of the teenage mutant ninja turtle and power ranger accessories!

  9. Tammy 10.21.2011

    I absolutely LOVE my Mix ‘n Chop from Pampered Chef…one of the best things I have purchased from them.

  10. Chaaron 10.21.2011

    Oh holy moly. I just laughed my butt off at the cat v. Samoyed. I had a black cat and a Samoyed growing up, so I had to forward it on to my family. Hysterical. I can’t stop laughing. I also love the Pampered Chef strainer and Mix ‘n’ Chop. What did I do before I had them? I can’t wait to try that Taco Salad dipper and world’s best mac ‘n’ cheese. My husband is already drooling over the bacon cups for baked beans!

  11. sara 10.21.2011

    o.m.g. i m obsessed with that log cabin. just an fyi :)

  12. Jeri 10.21.2011

    CHALLENGE: Take that Mix ‘N’ Chop and work it’s magic on some ground sausage…..THEN..cry, when you realize how AWESOME it is.

  13. Jillian 10.21.2011


    You’ve referenced your Mom’s party potatoes several different times….they look amazing! I was wondering if you’d be willing to share her recipe? Thanks girl!

  14. These post make my Friday. NO need to search the entire internet…you find so much fun stuff for me. :0)

  15. Tracy 10.21.2011

    The Funeral is one of my favorite songs ever!!

  16. lauren 10.21.2011

    My aunt makes the best lasagna soup. We’re having it for dinner next week. I love it!

  17. That proposal story was so cute! And the bag clips out of clothing hangars is genius! Why did that never occur to me?!

  18. CycloneMom 10.21.2011

    I just made that exact lasagna soup the week. :) My hubby usually dreads the words, “This is a new recipe. . .”. Thanks to Pinterest and Kraft Food and Family I made 2-3 new recipies this week. One to try out next week is cheesy bacon beer chicken in the crockpot.

  19. Lexi 10.21.2011

    Did you love Okoboji? It’s where I’ve called home the last 9 months but put my 2 weeks in at work today and heading back to Des Moines. WWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 10.24.2011

      I actually didn’t get to see much of it – but the shots of the water through the trees and highway looked gorgeous! :)

  20. Dream Mom 10.21.2011

    LOVED the Barbie shoes photo! Really, those were hard to keep track of!

  21. Summer 10.21.2011

    It’s a little sad how much I look forward to the friday favorites… Seriously my new favorite posts (well, AFTER the chicken lettuce wraps, obviously)

  22. Nagore 10.22.2011

    I was wondering if you wouldn’t show any sweet for your Friday favourite…… ;)

  23. 1. Bacon cup are insane
    2. The pampered chef mix and chop is my favorite kitchen tool!

  24. Mandy 10.22.2011

    I HIGHLY recommend you try Martha’s own mac and cheese recipe first-

    Nothing compares!

  25. Jess S 10.22.2011

    My MIL got me the can strainer, and I use it ALL the time!

  26. Dream home and the coat made me swoon. Gorgeous.

  27. Natalie Whitehead 10.23.2011

    OMG L.G. – I just started cracking up at the picture of the two chairs on the porch, and the thought of you and Ben “rocking yourselves stupid” when you get old. Hil-ar-ious.

  28. Sara 10.23.2011

    FYI- made the taco dip yesterday for the football game…oh yeeaaaaah. So good! Made it with ground chicken and served with multigrain scoops and guac. Also it makes a ton so now I can use the leftovers on salad for lunch this week! FTW!

  29. Lauren 10.23.2011

    Please tell me you made a stop at Taco House while in ‘Boji. It closed for the season today which means winter is officially around the corner. Two-lane highways are my absolutely favorite. Good ol’ 18! I loved your Spencer tweet on Friday, too.

    Great Friday favorites list!

  30. Juani 10.25.2011

    I so wish someone could’ve taken pictures of my engagement ‘moment’ because it passed in such a blur (probably because I was so shocked) that I can hardly remember anything :(
    PS.That lakeside house makes me happy deep in my soul (followed very closely by the Frech toast bites ;)

  31. I love that photo of the log cabin! Thanks for featuring me in your links… I can honestly say I am grateful for my husband for telling me that his mom use to make the French Toast Bites. I love making them from time to time.

  32. Brittney 10.25.2011

    You find the funnest pictures & links! Love that lob cabin!

  33. That log cabin – it is going to be mine. With rocking chairs on the porch, I will officially become a shut-in and never leave.

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