Friday Favorites


Happy Friday everyone!

Cinnamon Roll judging was pretty much everything I thought it would be…amazing! (Except for the part where I babbled incessantly about food being relatable (????) during a surprise Q&A session in front of a large crowd that I was highly unprepared for. This is why I write, not speak!)

Anyways! Jill & Jaime from Two Chicks from the Sticks and I ahh’d, ooo’d and chewed our way through sticky rolls, iced rolls, and bacon sausage rolls (YES), galore before picking the winner…


Lana Ross’ Caramel Rolls! In the end, Lana’s combo of a sticky caramel glaze, chewy dough, and overall insane deliciousness could not be ignored, and her screams, jumps, and tears when we announced the winner were absolutely priceless. :D


Tone’s is sending me the recipe next week, so I’ll be sure to post it ASAP. You’ll definitely want to give it a go!

In other news, I’ve come down with a bit of Fall fever this week! We’ve finally¬†been able to turn off the air for the first time in 6+ weeks, and the cool breeze rolling through the house in the mornings has got me a teeny bit excited for the change in seasons. It’s also inspired my picks for this week’s Friday Favorites, and I apologize in advance for the gross overuse of the word¬†Fall in this post!

That said, I hope you have an awesome weekend, and please enjoy my favorite (predominately Fall!) finds from around the web in this week’s Friday Favorites!

Favorite treat: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream. Told you. :) But seriously, how delicious do these luscious pumpkin cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream sound?!


Favorite clean: How to Clean a Microfiber Couch. As a MFC owner, I can attest to how difficult it is to keep them clean. You need to see these before & after pics!


Favorite upgrade: Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats. Wait ’til you get a load of the center layer in these babies. Brills!


Favorite Fall must-have: Express Minus the Leather Moto Jacket. I have been obsessing over this jacket for a few weeks. It’s so cute in person and perfect for Fall.


Favorite twist: Maple Syrup Roasted Tomatoes. Awesome twist on the standard oven-roasted tomato recipe.


Favorite DIY: No Sew Pillow Cover. I think this is so cute, and not “DIY” looking, know what I mean?

Favorite Fall: Butternut Squash Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Bacon, and Apple. ALL THE THINGS!!!


Favorite tip: Orange Vinegar. Great idea for scenting vinegar for home cleaning use. Ever since using this solution for cleaning my kitchen tiles, I’m more convinced than ever of the cleaning powers of vinegar.


Favorite outfit. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but, how cute for Fall, right?! :)


Favorite bite: Chicken, Bacon and Cream Cheese Mini Taquitos. I would pop approximately 1,000 of these creamy, bacon-laced taquitos. What a great combo of ingredients!


Favorite tip: Single Use Packs. Awesome idea for making single use packs for antibiotic ointment, toothpaste, contact solution, etc. Great for traveling or backpacking.


Favorite slurp: Tuscan Sausage Soup. Ohhh, that looks cozy. :)


Favorite dream home: In-Wall Wine Rack. Build a wine rack into the wall dividing the kitchen from the living room. So cool!


Favorite combo: Crumb-Topped Apple Slab Pie. Apple crumb cake meets Apple Pie. YES.


Favorite pooch. AWWWWWhahaha!


Favorite woah: Cell Phone Speaker. My little brother turned me onto this tip when he was home a couple weeks ago. Stick your cell phone into a straight up and down glass (vs a tapered one) for an instant speaker for music/Pandora, etc. IT REALLY WORKS! (PS Ben made me a custom IGE iPhone cover for my bday here!)


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TGIF y’all! :D

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  1. Amy M 08.10.2012

    So jealous of all the cinnamon rolls you got to taste! If I were a judge, I probably would have enjoyed the process and tasting so much that I would forget to judge the rolls. As long as it’s warm, sugary, and sweet, I’m happy! :)

  2. Yummmmm….fall…cinnamon rolls…love!!!

  3. Laurel 08.10.2012

    Love your jeans in the fair pic! Where did you get them?

  4. Lindsey 08.10.2012

    I am so ready for fall too! Apples, pumpkins, sweaters, leaves changing colors… all of it!

  5. jana 08.10.2012

    I’m the longtime lurker who said “hi” to you at the food building yesterday at the fair–nice to meet you, and glad I didn’t throw you off your cinnamon roll judging game!

  6. Ann 08.10.2012

    Such a great collection of Friday Favorites! I love the maple roasted tomatoes and the rice crispy treats are calling my name. Thanks for including the orange vinegar…and get the jacket!!

  7. That wine rack in the wall is absolutely brilliant!

    It’s been cooler here too, which is making me want to grab the nearest pumpkin or butternut squash and go to town. :-)

  8. That wine rack is BRILLIANT. Major reason to have a custom build!! Ha! :) Anything for wine storage…

  9. Sarah 08.10.2012

    Where did you get the cool Abraham Lincoln quote mug?
    Love your blog :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.10.2012

      My in laws actually got me that mug for Christmas last year (Ben and his brothers each got one too!)

  10. I finally have the windows open as opposed to the air conditioning blasting (and good timing, since I just moved into an apartment with a window unit!). I’m so excited for fall! Definitely the best time of the year!

  11. Emily 08.10.2012

    I’ve always wanted to judge a food competition at the fair, it sounds like so much fun! and Lana is so deserving of winning that 1st place award!!!

  12. Oh lordy please send some of your breeze our way! Still 100+ here for the past 2 (and next 2) days! I am sooo ready for it to be fall, and totally love that fall outfit :)

  13. Lindsey 08.10.2012

    Those cinnamon rolls look amazing!

  14. These are my favorite posts :) That soup is totally catching my eye right now. It makes me look forward to fall!

  15. Thanks for including us as your fave Friday slurp. Have a great w/e!!

  16. I’ve come to love making slab pie – but never thought of doing a crumble topping – great idea for fall!

  17. Beth 08.10.2012

    I made a couple of those DIY pillows – so nifty! Have fun!

  18. The pumpkin cupcakes look amazing! I love pumpkin so I definitely need to make them! :)

  19. Bek @ Crave 08.10.2012

    I do that speaker trick with my phone in my car- using the drink holders haha. Doesn’t work quite as good but defs increases the volume compared to normal.

  20. Thanks for the link love girl! Happy weekend!

  21. Thanks so much for featuring my Rice Crispy Treats! They really are one of my favorite desserts :)

  22. Marci Johnson 08.11.2012

    Today in Ohio feels even more like fall. I will have to whip up some of those pumpkin cupcakes soon. I love anything pumpkin!!!

  23. Sara 08.11.2012

    I’m putting the between the room wine rack on my Honey Do list right now!

  24. Ruth 08.11.2012

    I love the wine rack idea

  25. SkinnyRunner 08.11.2012

    LOVE the dressed up jeans and white tee outfit. and pretty much all the dessert recipes.

  26. Trisha 08.12.2012

    Pumpkin AND salted caramel buttercream?! That WILL happen in my kitchen.

  27. Maureen 08.13.2012

    Love your blog, I use a lot of your recipes! But quick question.. I want to make that butternut squash mac and cheese, but where do you find puree butternut squash in the DM area?? I tried 3 stores by me, but I am guessing I need to head to whole foods? any tips would be great!

  28. Erin O'Brien 08.13.2012

    I’m excited for fall, too! It was a cool day over here in Council Bluffs, and it made me wonder that if after a very hot summer, if fall will arrive early… I think I’m ready for it!

    Oh, and LOVE that Express jacket!

  29. I found those no sew pillows on pinterest and I actually made them to use in my guest bedroom… I have gotten so may compliments on them! I love the idea!!

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