Friday Favorites


Happy Friday, everyone! :D

Is it just me, or are the weeks flying by at an alarming rate? I swear the older I get, the faster life goes. It’s scary. Stop, time! The only bright side I can see to all of this is that hopefully winter will go by in a flash and before we know it, it’ll be summer again. Yes, that’s right. I’m already looking forward to next summer. Although I started craving Christmas music this week…

Send help.

Anyways, we’ve got some weird weather on the horizon this weekend. Sunny and cold, then warm and rainy. Kind of makes it hard to make any plans. I think if we get rained out tomorrow, we’ll take my Aunt and Grandma to see the new Ben Affleck movie Argo. Looks intense, but I love movies that are based on real events, and Grandma sure does love herself a dramatic CIA thriller…

I hope you’ve got some fun stuff on the horizon too, and in the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web, in this week’s Friday Favorites!

Favorite bite: Mini Caramel Apple Pies. I’m not a huge apple pie gal (I usually roll with apple crisp,) but add in some caramel, and make it mini? I’m all over it. :)

Favorite DIY: Halloween Burlap Runner. Spooky-chic, easy, and no-sewing required!

Favorite dinner: Honey BBQ Meatloaf. I don’t know what it is, but over the past few years I’ve become quasi obsessed with meatloaf, which is strange because I loafed loathed it growing up. I LOVE this honey-BBQ spin on this version too.

Favorite bling: Urban Glitz Diamon Stud Earrings. Love these studs!!

Favorite reuse: Colored Mason Jars. I think a row of orange mason jars with black candles and maybe a twine ribbon around the top would look awesome on a Halloween-themed mantle.

Favorite slice: Mini Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Streusel Topping. Mini + streusael? Stop it!

Favorite furball. I don’t know what this adorable pooch is doing, and I don’t care. Heissocute!!!

Favorite tutorial: Giant Picture Tutorial. I never knew the option of ordering this giant-sized print at Kinkos/wherever existed. So cool!

Favorite idea: Jalapeno Cornbread Poppers. This recipe is ABSOLUTELY brilliant!!

Favorite wrist flare: Nixon “The Time Teller” Watch. Ben is obsessed with Nixon watches. Think I might join him in his obsession thanks to this bad boy.

Favorite spin: Mini Vegetarian Shepard’s Pie. Great vegetarian spin, and OMG purple potatoes on top?! Gorgeous!

Favorite decor. I’ve seen orange pumpkins hallowed out for mums, etc, but never a white pumpkin filled with bright flowers. Really elegant, seasonal spin.

Favorite ‘do. SIGH. I think I’m going to cut my hair. This is what happens every time I grow it out. It gets below my shoulders then turns stringy, and I remember why I chopped it the last time. Love this swingy, cute cut!

Favorite slurp: Tomato, Basil & Cheddar Soup. Ooo I really like the fresh basil spin in this yummy tomato soup recipe. Looks perfect for fall. :)

Favorite tips: Cozy Color Schemes for Every Room. The cozy literally oozes out of these pictures. Good to have around for when we decorate our next house.

Favorite indulge: Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies. I have been craving chocolate chip cookies like a mad woman this week (made those single serve chocolate chip cookies from last week’s Friday Fave – OMG) but these cookies REALLY take it there. YES, PLEASE!

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Have a faaaantastic weekend, everyone!!

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  1. I want to see that Argo movie too….I love Ben Affleck! Those mini apple pies are adorable and I am an apple pie person. I want to try to find the mason jars…you’re, right they would be perfect for decorating. Have a great weekend!

  2. STEVE PERRY 10.12.2012

    KRISTIN! DO NOT cut your hair, you can do so much more with your hair longer than short, i think you will kick your self if you do, BTW that meatloaf does look gooooooood, might try that this weekend

  3. Hannah 10.12.2012

    My hair does the same thing when it gets long. It gets flat and stringy and just begs to be cut.
    That soup looks delicious! Can’t go wrong with tomatoes and cheese.

  4. This post makes me want to cut my hair too!

  5. Courtney 10.12.2012

    That pumpkin bread– how cute!! And I want to be in that big comfy/cozy room :) That pop of red/orange is great between the chairs! Happy Friday!

  6. Haha I made that single serving choc chip cookie from last week too!! It was so good and now I NEED to make those lava ones. Gahhh!!

  7. Melissa 10.12.2012

    I do the same thing with my hair… i’ve been repeating this pattern for like 5 years now… This time though i really am going to try to let it grow and leave it alone. We’ll see how that goes! p.s. that is the cutest dog picture I have ever seen!!!

  8. Amy 10.12.2012

    I hated meatloaf growing up too!! My Mom started calling it “Complainer’s Delight” because we would whine so much when she was making it. And now? I actually like it, as in enough that I once ordered it at a restaurant, in front of my Mom… She wasn’t happy!

  9. Those cookies look awesome!! Stuffed jalapenos are just about one of my favorite things to make at home. Yummy!

  10. Your Friday Favorites have been soooo amazing the past few weeks!! I love everything, and that shepherds pie with purple potatoes? NEED in my belly!

    • lani 10.12.2012

      i agree. phenomenal! better than Pinterest. Hee. ;)

  11. Brianna Kolota 10.12.2012

    Another great Friday Favorites post! You always make me drool, laugh and let out “ooh’s” and “aahh’s.”

    I’ve been reading your blog for a year, and I truly enjoy every single post. Your recipes are always simple, healthy and delicious!

  12. lani 10.12.2012

    This is such a LOVELY post. I feel fortunate that I have discovered you!!! Have a great weekend.

  13. Lexi 10.12.2012

    Every Friday I get excited to read your favorites and then it ends alllll too soon.

  14. Danielle 10.12.2012

    Ditto on the thin hair issue. I have tried growing it out and don’t make it for very long because I cannot stand the stringy look! What is it about getting just past the shoulders? Mine does the same thing! Even if you can do more with longer hair, my hair is so thin it doesn’t look good up! Have a great weekend!!

  15. Melissa 10.12.2012

    We have a 30×40 print above our bed in our bedroom :) The large pictures are great and that little dog, i could just squeeze him! I am making some of those colored Mason jars this weekend they are for a Hawkeye themed party, yellow mason jars and Iowa ribbon :)

  16. Liz N 10.12.2012

    I love the mason jars! How pretty are those?! A fun project to do indoors now that temps are dropping! I am with you on the hair…I love that cut as well. Your Friday Favorites are definitely something I look forward to at the end of the week!

  17. Lisa 10.12.2012

    hmmm, I’m thinking those purple potatoes just weirded me out! But the pumpkin and chocolate chip recipes looked delish :)

  18. Trisha 10.12.2012

    The dog. So cute! Reminds me of my little guy. I’m calling up an old FF & making Lasagna Soup today. I’m thinking it will make a great dinner tonight & perfect leftovers tomorrow when we’re getting rained on. :(

  19. Mandy 10.12.2012

    Lava chocolate chip cookies and streusel topped pumpkin bread?!?! There goes the diet.


    And doooo it, cut your hair. I used to be a long hair gal, but ever since I chopped it off to right below my shoulders, I’ve never gone back!

  21. Jamie Newberry 10.12.2012

    THANK YOU for the hair pic! I have decided to donate my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths and am getting pics together of what I like, hoping SOMETHING will look good! I’m nearly 38 yrs old and have ALWAYS had long hair, so I am VERY scared though I too am a cancer survivor (thyroid) and feel good about giving my hair to a charity that it will go to women battling the horrible disease, THANKS AGAIN for the inspiring pic!!

  22. Melissa 10.12.2012

    I did a 30×40 print of a map of the US rivers for over our bed. It was a suprise for my husband who’s undergrad degree is in geography specializing in river resources.

  23. Marci 10.12.2012

    The pies, the pumpkin bread, the soup…. Everything is mini!! I love mini desserts because they feel fancy :) Those earring are absolutely AMAZING!!!

  24. Shelley 10.12.2012

    So glad you liked my mini pies! Thanks for sharing :)

  25. Rebecca 10.12.2012

    That little puppy couldn’t be more adorable! Speaking of dogs and Nixon watches.. my ex wanted a 51-30 (SUPER expensive!!) when we got a dog. Since he couldn’t afford the almost $500 watch, our dog was named Mr. Nixon. I always get asked if he’s named after the president. I’d say my pup is better than a watch anyday! :)

  26. Bev @ Bev Cooks 10.12.2012

    Thanks so much for including me in your Friday Faves!

    LOVE that hair. Ugh.

  27. Kaileigh 10.12.2012

    That apple pie looks adorable and delicious. And that pumpkin loaf…I just want all the pumpkin things.

  28. Renee 10.12.2012

    I clicked on the link for “favorite do” and I couldn’t find the hair style on that website. How did you locate it? I really like it!


  29. Brittney 10.12.2012

    Have you tried the bacon-wrapped meatloaf at Americana? SO GOOD.

  30. Amy 10.12.2012

    I have the Nixon watch! I love it, but the only bad thing about it is that it’s difficult to tell time if you’re in the dark. There’s no contrast between the face and the hands, and it doesn’t light up. But, the tortoise plastic is pretty, and it feels almost like a piece of jewelry.

    Love the Friday lists!

  31. Joy 10.12.2012

    I agree – your Friday posts have been amazing and today’s was exceptional!! The mini pumpkin breads with streusel topping put me over the edge. Her post was hilarious as well! So appreciate your hard work getting all your faves in one place each week!! Oh – and the pup is SO cute!! Thank you for putting together an awesome blog!!

  32. Marie B. 10.12.2012

    I also have a 30×40 picture of my 6 grandchildren and me in what used to be their old play room! Two are now in college, three in high school and one in middle school! Great memories of the seven of us suspended in time! When you speak of how much you love your grandma, it warms my heart! Love your blog, especially Fridays to see all the neat things you find and share!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  33. Alicyn 10.13.2012

    I love your Friday Favorites posts! Such great ideas! Can’t wait to try the pumpkin bread!

  34. Eve P 10.13.2012

    The mini Apple pies are adorable. May have to try them for birthday treats this week to take to work! I felt the same about meatloaf growing up excited to try the honey bbq loaf. Our go to meatloaf recipes at my house are String Cheese Italian Meatloaf and Cheeseburger Meatloaf (think cheese and pickles).

  35. Vicki Timoteo 10.14.2012

    I have been following you for a while now and I love your blog. Thank you!

  36. Sarah 10.16.2012

    I totally have been wishing for summer already too!! When is it going to be 80 degrees again?

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