Friday Favorites


Happy Friday, everyone!

Can you believe it’s March already?! It is absolutely wild to me that this Iowa winter is nearly over before it really even began. I can’t remember another year when it was warm enough to have a bonfire on Thanksgiving, go coatless until December, or run outside in January. Even if we get hit with an epic snow storm at this point, it’ll melt within a few days.

I am not mad at that. ;)

In other news, Ben and I actually have, gasp, plans this weekend starting with a house party (yeah!) and hockey game tonight with friends. Can’t wait!

Also, Iowa Girl Eats was nominated for a Fitness Magazine Award! The winner will appear in an upcoming issue of Fitness, and contribute to – ahh! If you have a second between now and April 12, would you click here to vote?

You’ll need to login to vote, but here’s a tip – if you already have an account with, or, you can login using the same email/password on the Fitness Magazine website. Thank you x a million, friends!

In the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web in this week’s Friday Favorites!

Favorite fit: Mad Abs March. Who’s in?!


Favorite bite: Strawberry Lemonade Scones. Just the sight of these makes me excited for spring and summer. :)

strawberry lemonade scones

Favorite sip: Pineapple Ginger Smoothie. This looks SO refreshing, I can’t wait to try it out.


Favorite bling: Wishbone Necklace. I am obsessed with all things “luck” – horseshoes, wishbones, 4 leaf clovers. This is SO FREAKING ADORABLE!


Favorite furball. A reader sent this picture to me on Facebook. What a sweetie!!


Favorite slurp: Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Soup. Easy, yet impressive.

Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Soup

Favorite accent: Reclaimed Wood Wall. What a unique, stylish and eco-friendly home accent! I love the rustic-chic look.


Favorite cocktail: Kiwi Mojito. Ben and I are obsessing over kiwis right now – they’re in season and you can get like 100 for $1 around here. I. Want. This. Drink.


Favorite transformation: Pizza Monkey Bread. My Mom used to make regular monkey bread on Sundays after church. This savory version sounds awesome!


Favorite home accent: Globe Firepit. How cool, right?


Favorite indulgence: Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. This recipe looks like one of the best copycat Reese’s Cups I’ve ever seen. Look at that peanut butter texture, mmmm.


Favorite DIY: Vintage Frames. Take a few inexpensive Walmart frames, a little elbow grease, some paint, and voila!

Favorite drool-worthy photo: Ahi Tuna Tartare with Avocado, Crispy Shallots & Soy Sauce. O.M.G!!!!!!


Favorite funny. RIGHT?! I heard Angie’s Oscars leg stunt was done on a dare, which is hopefully true, otherwise that woman is crazier than I thought!


Favorite view: Ariel view of Angel Falls (click on the picture on the website). This is THE sweetest view of the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls, in Venezuela. Check this out!


Favorite nook. I would love to have this desk/reading nook at home. That blue color is so soothing.


Favorite outfit. I am in LOVE with this dress – and those earrings!


Favorite indulgence: Mississippi Mud Cake. BLERG. Check out how she cuts this cake too – it’s ingenious!


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Have a wonderful weekend everyone! :D

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  1. LOL, the Angelina puppy pose is hilarious!

  2. steph 03.02.2012

    I fell in love with cauliflower soup at the Des Moines Art Center. I don’t even like soup and I think I pretty much drank that in one big slurp!

  3. CycloneMom 03.02.2012

    Okay, I’m in with the abs. Almost 10 mo post-baby and my abs are wimpy!! Between that and Jillian Ripped in 30 I should be ready for the pool in June. ;)

  4. Abby 03.02.2012

    I actually just bought frames to do that project!!!!! Easy? We shall see! Love Friday Favorites:)

  5. Bethany 03.02.2012

    That globe fire pit makes me think Hunger Games… which doesn’t suprise me, my boyfriend says that I’ve got Hunger Games on the brain constantly lately!

  6. Alex 03.02.2012

    I love your “Friday Favorites”! I always look forward to them.

  7. Michele 03.02.2012

    I look forward to your Friday Favorites post WAY too much. It’s almost sick ;) And I LOVE the ab workout!!!!

  8. Maria 03.02.2012

    so fun! happy Friday!

  9. Oh I so love these posts! And since I have a Golden Retriever I am totally tempted to get a bathtub for him and recreate the picture above :) So darn cute!

  10. ladysaotome 03.02.2012

    Everything you share always looks so good! That wishbone necklace reminds me of the wishbone ring with a diamond chip accent that my father gave my mother back when they were in high school. She still wears it to this day! They’ve been married 33 years!

  11. i seriously hope that is true about angle’s leg. otherwise… totally ridiculous!!

    those pb cups look insanely delicious.

  12. Hayley 03.02.2012

    I love your Friday Favorites!

  13. Cari 03.02.2012

    Your Friday Favorites are one of my favorites parts of the day! I was also tickled by the fact that over half of you FFs were things I had also discovered this week! That nook is awesome–so cozy.

    Thanks for another great Friday Favorites!

  14. Kris N 03.02.2012

    If you like the “luck” stuff….have you seen the Subway Art at Here is a link,

    I have the St. Patty’s one in a frame right now. Very cute and easy!

  15. That stupid leg lol! Love the fire pit, awesome! That soup looks yummy. And what a cute pup! My dog hates getting a bath and shakes like we’re torturing her haha.

    TGIF :D

  16. sarah k 03.02.2012

    That smoothie? Looks like my go-to. In the mornings, I put kale and/or spinach, a diced mango, a banana, and some frozen unsweetened pineapple in the food processor with some ginger, basil, and a little water. SUPER yummy and the greens make it extra healthy!

  17. oh god, the leg cracks me up! Did you see her other leg? Hilarious!

  18. I am doing Mad Abs March! So far so good!!!

  19. Stephanie 03.02.2012

    Count me in for Mad Abs March! And those strawberry lemonade scones look AH-mazinggg!

    I love friday favorites!

  20. Becky J. 03.02.2012

    Congrats on the Fiterrati nomination! I have to tell you, I bought a wishbone necklace at an antique store for $1! Mine is silver, but very similar to the one you posted, and for $1, the price could not be beat!

  21. Friday favorites are great! That leg! :)

  22. I always love your Friday posts! Mad Abs March looks great. I love when stuff is broken down like that, makes it seem way more attainable. I’m in!

  23. Dee 03.02.2012

    Peanut Butter Cups are a huge weakness….I am not sure making them in my house would be wise. HA!

  24. Jenna 03.02.2012

    Tag! You’re it!

    Head over to to see the post I tagged you in and pass it on. All you have to do is think of 11 random facts about yourself and answer a few questions so we can get to know you better!!

  25. whoa that ab workout is intense-i’m in!

  26. Nicole 03.02.2012

    I love that desk nook. If I had that I’d make sure my yellow lab slept next to me while I worked!

  27. Jeri 03.02.2012

    That ab workout looks easy! I’m in!

  28. Amy 03.02.2012

    Wow, good choices for Friday Fav’s….! I love the wishbone necklace……also, I went to Trader Joe’s today and that made me happy….now I know what I can do w/ cauliflower and kiwis…..! Enjoy your wknd IGE!
    Oh, the desk nook is perfect!

  29. Heather 03.02.2012

    A friend and I are doing the ab challenge, thanks for posting! Also, just made the pepperoni pizza monkey bread for dinner tonight. In the oven now…..FYI, It is EASY, but not QUICK. Just wanted to let busy moms know if they want to make it on a weeknight!

  30. Barbara 03.02.2012

    First time visiting…love the tub dog!!!!, the scones (yummy), the smoothie, the kiwi mojito (just bought some kiwis today!) and doggie Angelina (not a fan of Miss Jolie…maybe because she’s with Brad ??) I will definitely visit again!!

  31. Mindy 03.02.2012

    Oooo the pizza bread! I love your blog layout- do you know anyone I could work with to designing my own?

  32. Megan 03.02.2012

    Seriously! Could your blog get any better? Maybe cause I’m an Iowa girl too and we know the same places in Des Moines or just because we’re in the same state, but when I read other blogs nothing compares to yours! Thanks for posting awesome stuff!

  33. Allison 03.02.2012

    Voted for you! I am a huge fan of your blog. Thank you for sharing the Mad Abs March calendar. I’ll add it to my routine so I am in good shape for our family Spring Break trip to the Nickelodeon Hotel. XO

  34. Just voted for you! Congrats on the nomination. I also printed the ab calendar, I’m In!

  35. Oh my goodness, just read through that Mississippi Mud Cake recipe and it sounds amazing! And you are right – the way she cuts it is just so smart!

  36. Cathy 03.02.2012

    I did the Fab Abs February, so I am totally in for Mad Abs March! Who would have thought this middle-aged Midwestern housewife could do 100 sit-ups, 25 pushups, and hold a 2 MINUTE plank?! This stuff WORKS!!!

  37. What a fun Friday roundup. Thanks for including my Monkey Bread. I hope you’ll give it a try. I’d love to have that desk/nook in my house too.

  38. rita in mi 03.02.2012

    I actually made that roasted cauliflower soup this week after seeing Kevin post it. Really awesome recipe, you should definitely give it a try.

  39. Emilia 03.03.2012

    I always love your friday favorites posts, they’re so fun! Those strawberry lemonade scones look amazing, who comes up with these kinds of flavors? Brilliant! Mad Abs March looks intense, but rewarding. I was planning on doing something similar, but I might just make that a March goal instead. Happy Weekend!

  40. What a great round up! So many great ideas in one place:) Thanks so much for including my scones! :)

  41. Morgan 03.03.2012

    Mad Abs, I’m in!! I am obsessed with the vintage frames, i think im gonna tackle a DIY project this weekend, so maybe I will do it!

  42. Elisa 03.03.2012

    The pineapple ginger smoothie sounds delicious! Never thought about putting ginger in a smoothie before. Have to give it a try!

  43. Amy M 03.03.2012

    Those scones are totally inspiring me to try making scones for the first time! I bet they would be heavenly bites of spring…

  44. Jasmin 03.03.2012

    Oh. my. gosh. those raspberry lemonade scones look amazing! thanks for all the inspirations pictures!

  45. Beth B. 03.03.2012

    I look forward to your Friday Favorites every week! AND, I voted for you. Good Luck!

  46. Amanda 03.04.2012

    Thanks so much for the mention on my frames Kristin! i haven’t seen you since the Breakstone’s sour cream competition. I need to stop by a lot more often! ;-)

  47. Ruth 03.04.2012

    I voted. And I am in for the March ab challenge. I hope I can finish this one life got so crazy that I only finished half of February.

  48. TB 03.04.2012

    We tried the cauliflower soup tonight and it was delicious.

  49. Rebekah 03.04.2012

    I have been reading healthy living/healthy eating blogs for the past three years and I am so sad that I had never discovered yours until today!!! However, I am kind of happy because I spent a happy, lazy Sunday reading a million of your old posts! I discovered you through the Fitterati awards, and I’m thrilled that I did. I’m officially obsessed. :)

  50. Suz 03.05.2012

    If you like cocktails with kiwifruit (as we call ’em here in New Zealand) then you’ve gotta try this one, it’s full of delicious! (If the link doesn’t work then search for the 42 below kiwi berry caipiroska!

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