Friday Favorites


Happy Friday everyone!

Wow, this week completely flew by with the help of meetings, meeting deadlines, and just trying to catch up from being gone last week. I don’t have any plans for the weekend (whee!) save for choosing the right time to ask Ben to clean out the garage. There is definitely an art to asking him to complete a wretched task such as this, and timing is everything.

I think I’ll casually throw the idea out tonight after a few brewskies, and suggest he do it after golfing but before all his college football games start on Saturday. Yeah. That should work. Fingers crossed! ;)

Hope you’ve got something fun or relaxing on the docket and in the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Favorites!

Favorite sip: 8 Pumpkin Beers. I am a sucker for all things pumpkin – including my beer! Love me a good, seasonal sip.

Favorite funny. This picture is a spot-on representation of Ben’s and my relationship, if we were dogs. SPOT. ON. I nearly died laughing when I found it. What makes it even funnier is that my favorite dog (right now anyways) is a Frenchie, while his is, and always will be, a bulldog! Good story.

Favorite spoonful: Corn and Chicken Chowder. I can practically taste this thick, warm, and hearty soup through my computer screen. Can’t wait to make it.

Favorite bite: Chocolate Peppermint. Homemade Junior Mints, you guys!

Favorite idea: Under Counter Fruit Bin. I need one of these so incredibly bad. Right now I line up my non-refrigerated produce items on one of the back walls in my kitchen, which is not only annoying, but super sloppy looking. :(

Favorite bling: Gold Chain Link Cuff. AMAZING.

Favorite snack: Cinnamon and Sugar Roasted Almonds. I had lunch with a friend at the Farmers’ Market this week and nearly passed out from the intoxicating scent coming from the cinnamon sugar roasted almond tent as we passed by. This recipe looks really easy, too!

Favorite song: We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift. So catchy – I can’t get it out of my head!

Favorite slurp: Soba Noodles with Sweet Ginger Scallion Sauce. Ugghhhhh yes!! I am such a sucker for noodle dishes like this!

Favorite DIY: Mirror Frame Tutorial. This is one of the best tutorials I’ve read for jazzing up builder-grade mirrors. I like how the blogger shows how to fix little mistakes (which I would no doubt have…) to make the final product look clean and professional.

Favorite side: Oven Roasted Potatoes. Look at those crunchy bottomed potatoes. And bacon?! Stop it.

Favorite sip: Pumpkin Apple Cider Fizz. Vanilla, pumpkin, and apple cider all in one sip. This will be perfect for the fall.

Favorite outfit. It’s about time to bust out the boots, ladies!

Favorite bite: Homemade Breadsticks. Soft, chewy, and cheesy. These look really similar to the OP’s breadsticks! Anyone?

Favorite photo. Wherever this is, I want to go to there.

Favorite game-day dip: Artichoke and Green Chili Dip. An updated version of the same old artichoke dip. Awesome flavor combo in this recipe!

Favorite future home: Wood Grain Stamped Concrete. Concrete stamped then sealed to mimic the look of wood (this is un-sealed still.) I am totally doing this in my dream house!

Favorite fall: Starbucks’ Pumpkin Treats. They’re baaaa-aaack! What’s your favorite? Mine’s the pumpkin scone. Melt in your mouth delish.

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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  1. Sara 09.14.2012

    That’s funny – cleaning the garage is on my to-do list for the weekend too! But with harvest already going on, my hubby will probably be in the field. We’ll see if I get to it :) That corn and chicken chowder looks great and I’ve been wanting to frame our bathroom mirrors for the longest time :) Have a nice weekend!

  2. The smell of roasted nuts is intoxicating. I’ll make this just to get that smell in my house!

  3. I can’t wait for some pumpkin bread! I’ve only had it from Starbucks once but I actually have a gift card right now and might have to get some on the next cool night :-)

  4. Trisha 09.14.2012

    Omg that fruit bin! I think I’ll print off that photo & place it next to the pile of fruit that is always in the way on the counter. Hopefully hubby gets the hint.

  5. Tracy 09.14.2012

    Great Friday Favorites post, as usual!!!

    Hopefully if Ben reads this post you won’t need to ask him to clean the garage!!

  6. Maggie 09.14.2012

    I LOVE your Friday Favorites!! So fun….makes me happy every week – thank you!

  7. Emma M. 09.14.2012

    Aww yeah! OP breadsticks! Might need to head there tomorrow to watch the UNI/Iowa game!

  8. I’m not a huge pumpkin person (exception: those pumpkin beers!!), but I dooo love Sbucks’ pumpkin scones! All that frosting helps :D

  9. Christy 09.14.2012

    you would love my famous (infamous really) pumpkin martinis – vanilla vodka, oj, pumpkin puree, nutmeg – delish and easy to make in a big batch for parties. I too adore all things pumpkin. TJs pumpkin pancake mix should be arriving soon!

  10. Kelley 09.14.2012

    I think that’s a boxer, not a bulldog, but it’s still cute :)

    • Melissa 09.14.2012

      Boston Terrier, actually. They are the best dogs in the world!

      • kate 09.23.2012

        couldn’t agree more! bostons are the best…especially the one currently sitting on ny lap : )

  11. Is it bad that I’ve never had any of the pumpkin treats from Starbucks? I might have to fix that soon. :-)

  12. renee 09.14.2012

    GO HAWKS! It needed to be said.

  13. Amy 09.14.2012

    Thanks for including me in your Friday Favorites!

  14. Mary 09.14.2012

    While the soup looks yummy, I will be waiting a few weeks to try it. It is currently 107F outside. Too hot to cook anything! September in southern California is NOT my favorite place!

  15. Joanna 09.14.2012

    I’m a new reader and just loving your blog!

    Love this list–so many great ideas! I sent the pumpkin and apple cider fizz recipe to a friend as an idea for a signature cocktail for their very fall wedding. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to reading more!

  16. Kristen 09.14.2012

    would love the fruit bin, no room in my apt kitchen but someday! The nuts, well, I can do those :)

  17. Bek @ Crave 09.14.2012

    I love Taylor Swift- she is such a doll :)

  18. Desiree 09.14.2012

    Pumpkin beers are ah-may-zing! If you’re a fan of bananas you MUST try Banana Bread Beer – omg! I can usually find it at World Market. Love. The. Stuff!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.17.2012

      I LOVE that beer!! It’s been a long time though – need to get my hands on some more. :)

  19. That song is so catchy. I hadn’t seen the video..thanks for posting. Can’t wait to have a pumpkin treat at Starbys.

  20. Karla 09.14.2012

    We totally should have stopped and grabbed some almonds, Kristin! I agreeā€”the smell is about on par with the Cinnabon scent that wafts into the mall/airport from 50 feet away. :) In other news, I NEED that outfit. Fall perfection.

    Have a great weekend!

  21. Lauren Tackett 09.15.2012

    Pumpkin scones are my favorite too!! I love your Friday favorites this week especially the homemade junior mints recipe :) Happy weekend!

  22. That chowder looks AMAZING!

  23. I was so in love with that fruit basket for under the counter I ordered one, 44 bucks, WTF? But I have no counter space so this will be amazing.

  24. Loving that outfit, I “need” (errr really really want) those brown boots! So cute, and they look great with anything!
    Pumpkin stuff…the scones, I definitely agree!

  25. coop 09.15.2012

    OP breadsticks are the perfect companion to a PANTHER WIN!!

  26. I love how unimpressed that dog looks.

  27. Joy 09.15.2012

    I really like your blog! It’s delicious and beautiful and full of wonderful ideas – 2 thumbs way up!! :)

  28. Leatitia 09.16.2012

    My aunt sloooowly cooks almonds at a low temperature with maple syrup in an iron cast. It is to die for.

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