Friday Favorites


Hello, hello!

So glad you want to come eat and chat with me at Panera next week! I had visions of sitting alone surrounded by half eaten pink ribbon bagels, so, thank you for not making that a reality. ;) If you’re just tuning in, locals: I will be at the Panera on University Ave in WDM next Tuesday, 10/2, from 7-7:45pm with free nibbles. Leave a comment on this post if you plan on attending (so they can plan for food!)

In other news, I was up at the BC of dawn this morning, working like a crazy person to get a bunch of projects out the door so I can semi-relax this weekend. I think a few beers while watching my beloved Iowa Hawkeyes take on the Minnesota Gophers tomorrow morning are in order (especially after the way they’ve been playing this season) and, let’s be real, nothing productive ever gets done after day drinking.

C’est la vie!

Hopefully you have plans to get out and enjoy the weekend. It’s supposed to be gorgeous around here, so thinking a long walk will be in order at some point, too. :) In the meantime, have a fabulous Friday, and please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Favorites!

Favorite fall: Spiced Sugar Pumpkin Doughnuts. Possibly Most definitely worth breaking my no deep-fat frying in the house rule…

Favorite pooch. Awww! Fall foliage furball!

Favorite thing ever: Butternut Squash Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Bacon, Caramelized Onions, and Apples. OMG!!!!! I am SO making this!

Favorite tip: A Year of Mantles. This blogger has some seriously adorable mantle designs for every season and holiday throughout the year. So cute!

Favorite sweet: Loaded Cookie Bars. Mmmm – look at the dense, squishy goodness. :)

Favorite fashion. I am all about wearing white jeans this fall. I love mine!

Favorite upgrade: Bacon-Cheddar Cornbread. Cheddar cornbread > cornbread. Bacon-cheddar cornbread >>> cheddar cornbread!

Favorite crunch: Honeycrisps. Well, I finally caved. Soooooo worth it! These might have been the best, most crisp and sweet Honeycrisps I’ve ever tasted.

Favorite grab & go: Make-Ahead Healthy Egg McMuffin. A healthier version of McDonald’s Egg McMuffins, which you can make ahead to grab & go in the morning. These look soooo good.

Favorite tool: Favorite Paint Colors Blog. Want to know what a specific paint color looks like in real life before you paint your walls? Search for the name on this blog to see a real-life photo of a room painted in the shade you’re after. Gee – wish I had found this before my cotton-candy kitchen fiasco! ;)

Favorite healthy snack: Sweet Potato Chips. You’ll never guess how this blogger gets super-crispy, HEALTHY, sweet potato chips at home!

Favorite DIY: Criss-Cross Headband. Super cute, and so easy.

Favorite game-day dip: Caramelized Onion, Gruyere and Bacon Spread. Upscale football watchin’ food! I would destroy a dish of this.

Favorite view: Naples, Italy. Sigh! This totally reminds me of Ben’s and my trip to Italy a few years ago. Every corner we turned there was a new and unexpectedly beautiful surprise.

Favorite bite: Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes. Oooo these looks so buttery and decadent. YUM.

Favorite jewelry: Initial Necklace. These necklaces are adorably dainty.

Favorite BFF: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars. Forget diamonds – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars are a girl’s best friend!!

View past Friday Favorites >

Have a FABULOUS fall weekend, everyone!

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