Friday Favorites + Summer Veggie Pasta Skillet Recipe!


Happy Friday, everyone!

I’ve been up and at ’em since the wee hours of the morning to cook with the crew over at KCCI! (Those are my whee! hands.) Click here to see the video >

Steve Karlin helped me whip up a colorful, healthy dish that Ben and I are both currently obsessing over – Summer Veggie Pasta Skillet.


Fresh, summer veggies including broccoli, summer squash, sweet corn, and cherry tomatoes are sauteed with green onions, garlic, and red chili pepper flakes, then tossed with pasta, and a wee bit of cream and parmesan cheese, which make the dish taste totally decadent and special.


It is sinfully delicious, but healthy at the same time. Win win! Click here for the recipe >


In other news, my little brother is in town visiting for the weekend, so I’m pumped to spend some QT with him over the next couple of days. From Denver to Des Moines – I’ve seen him more this month than I have in a really long time. It’s good to have him home. :)

In the meantime, I hope you’ve got something fun cookin’ up this weekend, and in the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Favorites!

Favorite sweet: Sunburst Lemon Bars. These lemony bars with a thin glaze look like they’d absolutely melt in your mouth. YUM!


Favorite accent: Brick Hallway. I love the look of this brick wall leading into the basement. It feels very old-world and mysterious. :)


Favorite comfort: Pesto Lasagna. I’d like to sink my teeth into a big fat slice of this cheesy, pesto-flavored lasagna. Such a great idea!


Favorite DIY: Campaign Chest. Loved not only learning how to make this gorgeous chest at home, but also the history behind Campain furniture in this post.


Favorite refresh: White Peach Cooler. Peaches + vodka + mint + lime = YES!


Favorite tip: Coconut Oil Moisture Treatment. You should see the silky hair this blogger achieves from this easy, DIY treatment using coconut oil. So trying it sometime.


Favorite idea: Herringbone Wood Pattern Wood-Effect Ceramic Tiles. Ok, I admit, I featured wood grain tiles in last week’s Friday Favorites, but I am totally geeking out over placing them in a herringbone pattern. So freaking cool!

Immagini 2300

Favorite woah: Vodka Infused Tomatoes with Dipping Salts. I have NEVER seen anything like this. Kind of like self contained mini Bloody Marys!


Favorite dress: Herve Leger Geometric Jacquard Dress. Normally I hate bandage wrap dresses as I loathe wearing anything tight, but this is super cute and spunky.


Favorite bite: Summer Corn Cakes with Chopped Tomato and Avocado Salsa. Ohhhohoho YEAH!


Favorite kitchen. Soaring ceilings with exposed beams have recently become a must-have feature in my future dream home. Just like, mmm, THIS!


Favorite indulge: Peanut Butter Chocolate Eclair Cake. Creamy, dreamy chocolate and peanut butter – ‘nuf said!


Favorite ‘do: Fishtail Updo. This is the most adorable little updo. Perfect for weddings or special occasions where you need something a little more fancy, but don’t want to have prom hair.


Favorite slurp: Smoky Corn Chowder with Shrimp. Ohhh baby. Fresh sweet corn, bacon, and shrimp. I’ll be making this the second the heat index dips below 100!


Favorite fashion: Kate Spade Scatter NecklaceI’ve been looking for a colorful necklace that isn’t cheap looking. This definitely fits the bill. Now to find $100 to spend on a necklace…!


Favorite view. Ahhh, there is nothing like sitting on the front porch watching the steamy rain in the summertime.


Favorite snack: Sugar Crumb Crispy. I can call pastry smothered in cinnamon sugar a snack, right? :)


Favorite space. Whenever I hang twinkly lights they look tacky and like I just forgot to take them down after Christmas. Here they look festive & energetic. Hmmm…


Favorite find: USA Book Shelf. How cool would this look in a kid’s room or playroom?


Favorite redo: Homemade Diva (Ding) Dongs. I can’t decide what’s more awesome – the creamy center of these individual-sized chocolatey cakes…or the name. Bahaha! :D


View past Friday Favorite posts >

Have a great weekend everyone!


What are some of your favorite finds this week?

Daily Escape – The Great Blue Hole


The Great Blue Hole located in Belize’s Lighthouse Reef is considered to be one of the Top 10 diving destinations in the world. At 1/4 mile across and, gulp, 400 feet deep, I can’t help but curl my toes at the thought of swimming out into the center! (source)

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