Friday Favorites


Howdy, all, and happy Friday!

I kicked my day off with a 6:42am segment on KCCI News, where I made Key West Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Grilled Avocados for a healthy Labor Day grilling option!

This sandwich is inspired by the Key West Grilled Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice I made a few months ago, but I think I like it even better on a squishy, toasted bun. So yum!

I also made Grilled Avocados – cut avocados brushed with extra virgin olive oil and lime juice, then grilled on each side for 5 minutes, or until they’re warm and creamy. AHHH!

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I have to say, the bonus of getting up early to do the 6:00 news is that I’m now showered, make up’d and ready for the day. Hope to blast through some admin stuff, then get started on a project I’ve been procrastinating for months – nay, years! Crossing my fingers that it actually gets done, and I have something awesome to show you next week.

In the meantime, I hope you have a fantastic, loooong Labor Day weekend (got any awesome plans?) and please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web in this week’s Friday Favorites! :D

Favorite cute: Mini Grill Cupcakes. OMG how adorable! You have to see how these cupcakes that look like little baby grills are assembled. Perfect for Labor Day!

Favorite pooch. I CANNOT even handle the cuteness. Cannot even.

Favorite indulge: Tomato Soup Mac & Cheese. I want to dive into a giant bowl of this tomato soup inspired mac and cheese. 100 degree weather be damned!

Favorite vantage point. Fantastic wedding day photo opp!

Favorite view. This is so sweet to me for some reason. :)

Favorite indulge: French Toast Dumplings. I cannot imagine how insane these gooey, sweet dumplings taste. Holy cow!

Favorite fashion. Loving the infinity scarf, earrings, and cute embellished flats.

Favorite recipe: Greek Macaroni and Cheese with Roast Garlic. Yep. Another mac & cheese recipe. Sorry, but roasted garlic?! I had to!

Favorite keepsake: Coin Art. Fantastic idea for displaying all the foreign coins you have from international vacations, and a great way to remember them every time you pass by!

Favorite place. Lake? Check. Lounge chairs? Check. Fire? Check. BEER? CHECK! I’ll be here if ya’ need me. :)

Favorite dip: Hot Corn Dip. Two words – TAILGATING. FOOD.

Favorite tip: How To Style a Bookcase. Seems so simple, but yes, I DO need a tutorial for this kind of thing!

Favorite find: Little Green Pouch. Ok, this is actually for all the Mamma’s & Papa’s out there. Although I don’t have any children, I thought this was too cool not to share – a reusable food pouch for pureed foods! Awesome!

Favorite fresh: Nectarine Caprese with Honey Balsamic Reduction. The colors, the nectarines, the cheese, the HONEY BALSAMIC DRIZZLE.

Favorite room. Want everything about this room from the rug, to the ottoman, to the cozy, squishy chair.

Favorite sip: Naked Coconut Water. Naked (tee hee) sent me a few of these 100% coconut waters to try a few weeks ago, and they’ve now become a regular purchase for both Ben and I at the grocery store. They’re SO refreshing and thirst quenching!

Favorite slurp: Crock Pot Minestrone Soup. Hearty, flavorful, AND made in a crock pot. What’s not to love?

Favorite place: Paris. I feel both cliché, and like a broken record saying this, but, oh Paris! Take me away!

Favorite Workout. Oooo, hurts so good!

Favorite DIY: DIY Wainscoting. You will never guess what this wainscoting is made of. Just. Brilliant! SO much easier than measuring, sawing, nailing, praying…

Favorite sweet: White Chocolate Brownies. Cannot get over the gooey factor. These look like they’d melt in your mouth!

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Have a great Labor Day weekend, everyone!

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