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Oh, hi – happy Friday!
Our gorgeous week is supposed to turn into an even more beautiful weekend, so I’m hoping to resurrect Ben’s and my summer routine of finding a cool spot to head out to, and explore in the next couple of days. Picnic in tow, perhaps? It’s been years since I’ve had a proper one!
I hope you’ve got something fun in the works too. In the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web in this week’s Friday Favorites, and don’t miss the custom knife block giveaway from a family member at the end of the post!
Favorite splurge: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake. I love the looks of this dense and fudgy peanut butter cake. YUM!
Favorite pooch: Baby Frenchie! CAN I TAKE HER HOME?!
Favorite sight: Peonies. Besides lilacs, peonies are one of my favorite things about spring/early summer, and they’re currently out in full, fragrant force around the neighborhood.
Favorite refresh: Peach Queen – A Magic Mocktail Recipe. Ginger ale + fresh OJ + fresh peach juice = the ultimate in refreshment.
Favorite funny. BAHAHAHA. Why?!
Favorite flavor: Key West Grilled Chicken. A fresh and super flavorful way to spice up plain ‘ol chicken.
Favorite find: Slim-Leg Crop from Land’s End. Soooo adorable, and from Land’s End. Land’s End!
Favorite twist: Margarita Bars. Totally getting into all the cocktail-themed desserts I’ve been seeing around the web these days.
Favorite tip: Brush pesky corn silk hairs off with a new, soft toothbrush. This is just genius. Those pesky hairs are the bane of my summer grilling existence!
Favorite frock: ASOS Multi-Colored Stripe Dress. Totally cute for a summer get together. Throw a cardigan on top for cooler nights!
Favorite travel find: On the Way App. Plug in your starting and ending destination, and this website will find a bunch of cool and kooky places to stop at along the way. This will make road trips so much more fun!
Favorite house: Queenstown Home. Hooooly buckets – you have to check out this house in Queenstown, New Zealand. Can you imagine waking up to this view every day?
Favorite ‘Q: Chicken Beer Sliders. Saucy, scrumptious, and perfect for a summer BBQ.
Favorite view. Are you smiling? Me too.
Favorite cocktail: Strawberry Watermelon Cooler. Meet ya’ on the porch swing with a couple of these, mmkay?
Favorite place: Stara Fuzina, Triglav National Park, Slovenia. This image was caught on an autumn day in Slovenia. Absolutely stunning.
Favorite Style: Manhattan Bedroom Makeover. I knew this was a cute, city apartment the second I saw the picture. Love the bright splashes of color to cheer up a small space.
Favorite weeknight meal: Spicy Chicken Rigatoni. Apparently this is a Buca Di Beppo copycat recipe. It looks incredibly creamy and satisfying.
Favorite nibble: Raspberry Lemon Scones. Perfectly light and nibbleable for summer. 8)
Favorite fun: “Where I’ve Been” Scratch Map. So, so, so cool! And great for kids, don’t you think?
Favorite reuse: 54 Uses for Binder Clips that Will Change Your Life. Ok, check these out. If you don’t have an a-ha moment, at least you’ll laugh!
Knife Block Giveaway
Ben and I were both lucky to marry into families whom we both adore – extended family included. Ben’s cousin, and our good friend, Jeff Faine, lives in Denver, CO where he owns his own furniture design studio called avenuetwo:design.
Jeff is an extremely talented designer and builder, and expertly hand crafts kitchens, bathrooms, wine racks, hutches, cabinets, and so much more.
He’s also building the kitchen and bathrooms in our future dream home. He just doesn’t know it yet. HA!
Recently Jeff built a beautiful, custom walnut knife block for Ben and me, and offered to build one for an IGE reader too. How sweet, right?!
The inside of the block is filled with wooden skewers to hold any type of knife without harming or dulling it, and is perfect to corral your collection in one place.
Enter to win a custom built knife block by leaving a comment guessing how many wooden skewers fit inside the knife block (inside dimensions are 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 9.25″) by Sunday, May 12 at 12PM central.
Good luck, and TGIF!