Friday Favorites


Hello, hello!

Well, the time has finally come – my first live cooking demo is tonight at the Iowa Beer, Wine & Food Expo here in Des Moines! If you would have told me a year ago that I’d be doing a live cooking demo in front of a crowd of people, as I am THE biggest introvert, I would have (gingerly) thrown rocks at you. That said, I’m not sure why I’m not more nervous right now.

Possibly because I’ll be on-stage with an awesome women-for-beer advocate, Ginger Johnson, who does demos like it’s her job (well, it kind of is her job,) but also because I’ve made the Butternut Squash Gnocchi Two Ways, which I’ll be featuring tonight, about 20 times over the past two weeks.

If my skin has a slightly orange tint to it tonight, you’ll know why… ;)

Anyways, besides demos, the expo’s got dozens of craft beers, wines, and food to try, so purchase your discounted tickets (both general admission, and beer & wine tasting ticket levels include the demos,) and come see me tonight then stay to sip and sample your heart out. I’ll be cooking from 6:15 to 7:15pm, and seats in the 40 person theater are first come, first serve. I hope to see some of you there!!!

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In the meantime, I hope you have an awesome weekend (supposed to be 74 here tomorrow!) and please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web in today’s Friday Favorites!

Favorite woah: Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes with Italian Meringue Buttercream Frosting. Ha. BaHA! OMG! If you think the buttercream frosting is impressive, wait ’til you see the inside of these cupcakes!

Favorite project: Holiday Woodland Wrapping. Not only is this a super cute way to wrap holiday packages, but I also think it’d be really cool to “wrap” different sized shoe box lids or cheap frames then prop them on the mantel for the holidays.

Favorite indulge: Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese. I’ve seen tons of BNS M&C recipes floating around the interwebs, but this is one of the creamiest, and most decadent sounding. Totally worth it!

Favorite place: Barcelona, Spain. My brother got to go to Barcelona in high school, and I’ve always been a little jealous. I love the mix of old and new in the beautiful city.

Favorite wake-up: Coconut Chai Coffee Cake. I have a serious soft spot in my heart for any and all types of coffee cake. I love the warm chai spices, and hint of coconut in this unique take on the breakfast treat.

Favorite pop: J Crew Bubble Earrings. Isn’t this pop of dreamy turquoise the best?! These babies come in lots of different colors too.

Favorite homemade: Peppermint Whipped Cream. After eating 130 Peaches ‘n’ Cream Cupcakes earlier this summer, I can confidently confirm that homemade whipped cream is one of the most life-changing foods on the planet. I cannot wait to dollop a big ol’ scoop of this homemade holiday-flavored whipped cream onto a mug of hot cocoa this winter.

Favorite wall. I know, I know – what have Friday Favorites come to when I’m featuring a WALL in the wrap-up, but I’m going crazy for this gorgeous feature, which would satisfy my craving for a cozy mountain-lodge home in middle of Iowa! :D

Favorite sip: The Bourbon Bomber. These remind me of the Ginger & Apple & Bourbon cocktails I enjoyed allthetime last fall and winter, except they’ve got a few more fresh ingredients to liven things up.

Favorite furball. Do you understand that if this were my dog, I would never be able to leave her, EVER?

Favorite combo: Brussels Sprout Mac & Cheese. Two of my very favorite things – roasted brussels sprouts and mac & cheese – in one!

Favorite DIY: Gold Painted Jars. What a gorgeous accent vase for a party or event!

Favorite bite: Oreo Funfetti Cake with Oreo Cheesecake Filling. Cookies. Cream. Funfetti. ‘Nuf said.

Favorite party. Gorgeous combo of gold and sparkles in this girly arm party. :)

Favorite mouthful: Green Chili Cheeseburgers. Oooo I wish I still had some Sam’s No. 3 Kickin’ Green Chili to smother down over a juicy cheeseburger! This looks SO awesome!

Favorite snuggle. This WILL become my winter weekend uniform. Just need that vest!

Favorite cozy: Cinnamon Bun White Hot Chocolate. This is soooo happening the next time Ben declares a fire day.

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Have a great weekend, you! :D

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  1. Good luck at your cooking demo!! The expo sounds like so much fun.

    Also, wwhhyyy did you have to post the link to that cinnamon bun white hot chocolate?! omg –

  2. Lauren 11.09.2012

    Oh goodness, I’m all over these recipes! Brussels sprout mac and cheese, YES PLEASE! Have a great weekend hun!

    • Lauren! This is serendipity, right? :) I think the brussels sprouts mac n cheese might be my perfect intro to brussels sprouts. Then, of course, I’ll have to graduate to your yummy brussels sprouts, sausage, feta dish.

  3. I just have to officially say: I LOVE this blog. :) Especially your Friday favorites. I’ve really been wanting to try brussel sprouts because I’ve never made them before, and I think that mac n cheese might just be the ticket. Also, I can totally relate to being introverted… you’re going to do an awesome job at your demo.

  4. Jessica C. 11.09.2012

    Good luck tonight at your demo! So wish I could be there – I’m sure you’ll be fantastic! And butternut squash mac n’cheese? OMG!

  5. Gabby Bladdick 11.09.2012

    Iowa has mountains? Haha I don’t remember seeing any mountains when I lived there! Oh yes and that watch – to die for!

    • Gabby Bladdick 11.09.2012

      And if Iowa does have these mountains, tell me where! It’s a lot closer of a drive than Colorado. :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.09.2012

      Haha, I meant since Iowa is the furthest thing away from being a mountain state, I could at least get the feeling from having a stone wall. :)

      • Gabby Bladdick 11.09.2012

        Haha I think you could live anywhere in that house and feel like you’re in the mountains. It’s amazing!

  6. Kristen 11.09.2012

    I bet all your family needs to do is go through your friday favorites for Christmas presents for you!!! Those earrings are cute!

  7. FitBritt 11.09.2012

    Good luck with the demo! Your butternut squash gnocchi is the bomb! You will rock it girl!

  8. Teresa K. 11.09.2012

    I could not get to the Cinnamon Bun White Hot Chocolate – but this is the link found:

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.09.2012

      Strange! Can you clear your cache, try again, and let me know if it works (if you want!) :)

      • 58Teresa 11.10.2012

        It worked it worked! I thought I saw that puddly cat!

  9. Megan 11.09.2012

    I am so excited to see you cook tonight! Hopefully there’s standing room in the theater…I won’t be able to get there until 6:30!

  10. That holiday wrapping looks fabulous, as does the brussel sprouts mac & cheese..what a yummy combo! I am also loving the outfit..very much my style!

    Your comment about your skin being slightly orange totally made me laugh. My mom always told me that when I was a baby my skin developed an orange tint to it from eating too much carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes baby food. And to this day I am still obsessed with these vegetables! Hopefully somebody will tell me if my skin starts to turn orange again ;).

    Good luck at your demo! I am sure you will do great!

  11. Cher @ Weddicted 11.09.2012

    Congrats on the demo. How exciting!

    Everytime you do Friday Favourites I have like 10 tabs open at the top of my screen lol, ooops!

  12. Lindsey 11.09.2012

    OMG, the coconut chai coffee cake!?! Who read my diary and made up a recipe using all of my favorite things in the world?!

  13. Good luck tonight! Wish I was closer and I would definitely be going. I love everything about your Fall fashion fave!

  14. Tiffany 11.09.2012

    I was thinking about making crockpot hot chocolate for the hawkeye tailgate tomorrow but since it’s going to be 70 I was thinking no….that peppermint whipped cream just sealed the deal. I’m making the crockpot hot chocolate, the peppermint whipped cream and will have a bottle of peppermint schnapps for the fun people! :) haha Thanks for the tailgate inspiration!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.09.2012

      Sounds HEAVENLY – wish I could be there! ;) Have a blast!

      • Tiffany 11.09.2012

        Thanks! And good luck to you tonight! If I lived closer to DSM I’d totally be there! Sounds like an awesome event!

  15. Courtney F 11.09.2012

    Cinnabon ANYTHING please!
    Good luck with the cooking demo!!

  16. Thank you for sharing the green chili cheeseburgers from my blog! Good luck at your demo tonight!!

  17. I love those earrings, love the outfit, go crazy for the dog, aaaaaand: I LIVE in Barcelona! :)

  18. Aaaaaaw!!! Thanks so much for including my mac in your round-up :) I appreciate it!

  19. Lizzie 11.09.2012

    Tell me about how you make the apple/ginger/bourbon cocktail? Just apple cider, ginger ale, and bourbon? :-) YUM

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.10.2012

      Yep! It’s a 2:2:1 ratio of apple cider, ginger beer, and bourbon. So freaking good. :)

  20. Addie 11.09.2012

    Kristin– your Friday Favorites are always MY favorite! Now. HOW can I buy that sweater!?!??
    Love it!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.10.2012

      Unfortunately Polyvore didn’t include a link to it! :( I got a similar one from Old Navy last year though. Might be worth checking there!

  21. Addie 11.09.2012

    I hope I’m not saying this twice, computer malfunctioned.. but, I really love your Friday Favorites. I always look forward to them. Also, that sweater. I love it and I want to buy it but I can’t figure out HOW!

  22. That vest is from H&M? I think I’m going to have to walk over there and make a purchase. Vests are a staple in my winter wardrobe.

    Good luck on your cooking Demo!

  23. I wish I could wear that outfit to work everyday. That would probably mean I was at my ideal job.

    And that puppy GHAHHDSAHDJhskjahdlkajshd I want one!

    Good luck!

  24. Alli 11.09.2012

    If you haven’t already, you’ve got to check out Very Jane and Groop Dealz. They always have J Crew and Anthro knock-offs just like those bubble earrings. I have 3 bubble necklaces that I got for $15 each!

    BTW, love the Friday Faves posts!!

  25. Tiffany Colvert 11.09.2012

    How is it that your Friday favorites are always my Friday favorites!?

  26. Always LOVE your Friday Favorites posts, so many great finds! Thanks for including my mac n’ cheese! :)

  27. Julia 11.09.2012

    Where is that sweater from on the snuggle section…love!!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.10.2012

      Polyvore didn’t have a source :( I have a very similar zip up one that I got from Old Navy last year!

  28. Trisha 11.09.2012

    Oooh, good luck tonight! Wish I lived closer, that whole event sounds perfect! Another wonderful FF installment. I think I might just have to do some Christmas decoration woodland wrapping tomorrow!

  29. Linda 11.09.2012

    You have to try these, found them in the grocery store today and tried them AMAZING

  30. Linda 11.09.2012

    They are pretzels coated in Butterfinger OMG crazy good

  31. Wendy 11.09.2012

    do you own that sweater or one like it? I die for that.

  32. Lisa 11.10.2012

    I love the wrapping idea! It’s so wintery :D
    And the doggie is just adorable!

  33. Alicia 11.10.2012

    I’m kind of dying over the simplicity of that peppermint whipped cream. And I want to put it on hot chocolate – like now!

  34. Paula Chapman 11.10.2012

    Love the outfit and the cocktail! Think I could convince my husband and ten-year-old to actually eat that brussel sprout mac n’ cheese. BTW, we had frenchies for years – best dogs in the world!

  35. STACY 11.11.2012

    I’m trying to get my husband to put in a fireplace with built-ins in our living room. Love the look of that one with the stone all stacked up. Terribly jealous of all the people who got to check out your cooking demo. I love your skillet dishes and have made a few of your recipes. They are husband and kid approved.

  36. Krista 11.12.2012

    gah. your Friday Favorites post are always amazing. I always think I’m nearly done pinning things for the morning, then…nope! now I have to open 87 more tabs because I LOVE EVERYTHING YOU POST IN THESE LISTS :P

  37. Alicia McClure 11.13.2012

    My brother in law made butternut squash Mac and Cheese a few years ago for Thanksgiving and it was to DIE FOR!

  38. Jess 11.14.2012

    You’ll do great, and that festival is making me wish I lived in Iowa! It’s not meant to be…I live oh-so-far-away. ;) LOVE those gold dipped vases!

  39. Cassidy 11.28.2012

    I’ve always loved looking at your blog :) just curious, do you know where the sweater is from that you posted?? It is adorable!

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