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?

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  1. kristin 07.27.2012

    That corn cake recipe is delicious! The salsa is great on everything! I also think we follow the same people on Pinterest :)

  2. I love love love the fave friday posts. Thanks for giving me yet another something to look forward to at the end of each week!

  3. Ari@The Diva Dish 07.27.2012

    WOW! Thank you so much for sharing the Diva Dongs :)! I love this little segment of friday favorites, can’t wait to check out your links!! :)

  4. Theresa 07.27.2012

    Love that dress but then I think, realistically how would you sit down in that thing?! :)

    Thanks for the great recipes and follow up with us if you try any of these hair tips!

  5. Hayley 07.27.2012

    I came across this recipe on Pinterest and I am trying it today for lunch because I LOVE grilled cheese, and this green goddess version looks phenomenal.

    favorite twist on a classic:

  6. M. Vivian 07.27.2012

    I love your Friday finds! That kitchen is amazing (swoon). I’ve noticed that lots of your finds were posted a couple months or even years ago by the original blogger… how do you find them?? Or do you just keep some save for a rainy day??

  7. Love your Friday favs, as usual and you were adorable on the news! Have great weekend!

  8. I love, love, love exposed brick inside a home. Oh and the USA book shelf is amazing!

  9. Jenny 07.27.2012

    I love your Friday Favorites cause I feel like I get the best of Pinterest each week. Thanks for posting the Alpha 1 link. I have Alpha 1 and there isn’t very much awareness about…even with some family doctors!

    • Megan 07.30.2012

      Hey Jenny! Were you able to make it out to our fundraiser or are you not in the Des Moines area? I am near Iowa City and have a 5 year old little girl with Alpha-1. I hope you are in connection with the Alpha-1 Foundation or Alpha-1 Association. They provide great support for all Alphas! Hope you are doing well!

  10. Lauren T 07.27.2012

    Love this week’s Friday Favorites! I bookmarked at least 3 of them!! Since my hair is in desperate need of a haircut I think I will try the coconut oil trick to tide myself over til I get one! Happy Friday!

  11. Amanda 07.27.2012

    We have the same whee hands! Except mine are called “this is so exciting!!!” hands. I’m officially drooling for ding dongs!

  12. You did so great! How exciting!

    Must have those lemon bars, corn cakes, dress, kitchen… Ok ok, lets just say I pretty much want everything on this list!

  13. I would make those Diva Dongs purely for the name – that’s awesome.

  14. Trisha 07.27.2012

    I think this was my favorite segment & recipe yet! Your hair is looking so long!! Just bought a dress for a wedding next weekened & think I might just have to start practicing that fishtail updo now!

  15. For Chic Sake 07.27.2012

    Thanks for featuring my DIY Campaign Chest on your site! Glad you love it!

  16. Molly 07.28.2012

    pasta looks amazing! will have to give it a try! got to hang out the last couple days with your BIL Brandon…our family really loves him:)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 07.29.2012

      Aww – just saw the wedding pics! Loving the “coozie boxing” ones ;)

  17. Megan 07.28.2012

    Thank you so much Kristin putting the word out about our fundraiser and raising awareness on alpha one!!! We appreciate it so much!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 07.29.2012

      You bet, Megan! Hope you had a blast!

      • Megan 07.30.2012

        We had a great turnout and raised over $12,000 for research! I told our group that you were kind enough to mention us and they love your blog now!!

  18. Stephanie 07.28.2012

    Tried your Summer Veggie Pasta Skillet recipe for dinner today. It was delicious! Love the small kick that the red pepper flakes add to it.

  19. you should go on the next food network star!! :)

  20. Ksenija 07.29.2012

    Great dish – I plan on trying it out soon (with small vegan adaptions) and girl you rocked that tv show! How cute and kind you explained everything, just loved it!

  21. CJ - Food Stories 07.29.2012

    Great Friday Faves!

  22. I’m pretty much drooling over the lemon bars and chocolate eclairs! Sounds so good. I can’t wait to try the summer veggie pasta skillet this week! :)

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  24. Jackie 07.30.2012

    That pasta looks delicious (and easy) , and I love all of the different vegetables you used! I also am so happy you shared the coconut oil treatment. I definitely want to try that soon!

  25. Coconut oil moisture treatment= AMAZING!!!!!

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