Friday Favorites


Sorry Friday Favorites is a little late today. I woke up this morning, turned on my computer, and was met with this lovely sight:

AKA The Blue Screen of Death – BLERG!! (Mac users, I’ll save you the trouble – I know.)

Long story short, since my computer was on the way out anyways – slow hard drive, failing fan (which makes for a really hot lap, btw) – the Geek Squad is transferring the data to an external hard drive so I don’t have to pay $200-300 to get the computer fixed. Because, oh yeah, my tech support contract with them expired this summer. Joy!

The upside is, someone gets to go computer shopping this weekend! ‘Til then, I’m typing away on Ben’s computer and savoring what little control I have left over my digital life through Evernote. Seriously, bless that little application.

Anywho. Tonight I am dragging convinced Ben to go see a movie with me! Can’t decide between James Bond, Life of Pi, and Lincoln. Dying to see all three. Ben, who would see and/or do anything to make me happy, drew the line at Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2. Hmmm, I wonder why?

At any rate, back up your computer this weekend while you still can, my friend. Trust me on this one! In the meantime, please enjoy what remains of my favorite finds from around the web, that were luckily saved in Evernote before the crash, in this week’s Friday Favorites!

Click on the light blue link to go to the original source.

Favorite bite: Apple Crisp Shooters. I am all about portion controlled desserts right now, and Apple Crisp is one of my all-time favorite desserts. How adorbs would these be for Thanksgiving?

Favorite RRR. EMPTY WINE BOTTLES IN BOOTS!!!! Why have I never thought of this? My poor boots are sitting all flippy-floppy in the closet right now just begging for some support. If the weekend goes anything like today has, I’ll probably have a couple empty wine bottles to fill ’em up with by Sunday.

Favorite side: Accordion Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic. Just gorgeous, and such a yummy flavor combination!

Favorite flick: Breaking Dawn Part 2. My brothers and Dad are heading to the Iowa game next Friday, and Ben has to work in the afternoon, so I think my Mom and I are going to sneak away and see it then. Cannot. Wait.

Favorite bite: Mini No-Yeast Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls. Like my Mini Cinnamon Rolls – but cake batter flavored. I’ve totally been one-upped!

Favorite sip: Pomegranate-Champagne Punch. Pomegranates are back in season, and I’ve been eating them like crazy lately. This pomegranate-champagne punch sounds like it’d be a great addition to my family’s Thanksgiving morning festivities!

Favorite find: Nike Fuelband. I know several people who have the new Nike Fuelband, and they all just rave over its capability to track your movement throughout the day – whether that be running, walking, dancing, or playing basketball – then give you an instant-read on your wrist as to how close you are to reaching a daily fitness goal you preset for yourself. So motivating!

Favorite dinner: Spicy-Sweet Glazed Shrimp. I was cleaning out our freezer the other day (train wreck) when I came across a perfectly good, unopened package of frozen shrimp. Think I know exactly what I’m going to do with it!

Favorite DIY: Thanksgiving Hurricanes. What beautiful, DIY decoration for a Thanksgiving tablescape! I bet you could find all the materials at the $1 store too.

Favorite mmm: Mexican Hot Chocolate with Coconut Whipped Cream. How could you not want to dive nose-first into a big ‘ol mug of this spiced hot cocoa? (Which, btw, is vegan!)

Favorite place: Baros, Maldives. Can you say Maldives resort with optional sand bank dining?! This place is un. real.

Favorite side: Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce. Told ya’ – obsessed! ;) What a fun and yummy spin on traditional cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving.

Favorite nibble: Toffee Pumpkin Pie Bars. Put a fun spin on classic pumpkin pie by cutting them into bars and adding chewy toffee. In my experience, toffee makes everything better.

Favorite fashion: ASOS Skater Dress with Ballet Wrap. Dang, wish I could have found something like this when I was searching for a dress to wear to that wedding a few weeks ago! (Ended up rocking a skirt and blouse from Express, btw.) Flirty with the skirt, but warm with the 3/4 lenth sleeves.

Favorite indulge: Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake. Forget what I said about portion-controlled desserts, mmkay?

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Have a very wonderful weekend, everyone!

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  1. How good do those accordion potatoes look!! I recently tried a hasselback potato for the first time, AMAZING.

    And how has no one ever thought of cranberry and pomegranate together before?! Sounds perfect!

  2. nope, you can’t one-up the original. :) Thank you for the feature! love those mini little buns!!! have a happy thanksgiving my friend!

  3. Ed 11.16.2012

    AAhhhh the blue screen of death! That is like the most evil thing in the world..sorry to see you had to deal with that!

  4. Kristen 11.16.2012

    LOVE my macbook air for blogging. You can just slip it in your purse and go anywhere! You should look into an apple! Also, Lincoln is supposed to be really great!!!!

  5. Erin 11.16.2012

    I’ve been wearing the Nike Fuel Band for about 3 months. It.Is.Awesome. and I am obsessed. Would make a great Christmas gift.

    • Caitlin 11.17.2012

      As Erin’s sister I can agree. All four members of our family have the fuel band (mom, dad, Erin, and me) and it’s awesome! It’s a great motivator and a fun gadget!!!

  6. Megan 11.16.2012

    Toffee DOES make everything better, infact……I will have to make these this weekend. Thanks for the great recommendation!

  7. Trisha 11.16.2012

    Holy fudgeballs, that Maldives pic!! No joke, I just opened up another tab to find out how to get there. Aaaand it looks like I won’t be getting there at all unless I win the lottery.
    P.S. Sorry ’bout the BSoD. The worst, for real. Happy computer shopping!

  8. Lisa Ceballos 11.16.2012

    I love to freeze pomegranate gems into ice cubes and add them into a pomegranate champagne cocktail. Then, you get the chew the pom seeds when you finish the drink.

  9. Renee 11.16.2012

    Sorry about the BSOD!!! Can you wait and shop on Black Friday for a super deal? Might be worth the wait :) Also, think I *need* that FuelBand

  10. Kidd 11.16.2012


    Your blog is very very well done. Over the last 2 years it has really evolved into a master piece of wonderful happy lucious yummy things! :)
    Love you

  11. I think I will be making the Pomegranate Punch for Sunday brunch! Looks delish! I am also having a difficult time convincing my husband to see Twilight tonight ;) Good luck finding a new computer!

  12. I am drooling right now! NAPKIN PLEASE!

  13. Lexi 11.16.2012

    Great finds, per usual…

    I’ve seen people using those pool noodles for the boot dilemma…perhaps a little more sanitary (and lighter!). However, drinking the wine seems more fun than the pool noodle. Decisions, decisions.

    You can order Spanish hot chocolate from Starbucks. It’s just added with a little cinnamon and is so good! (and I don’t even like cinnamon generally) Now you’re probably on your own with the coconut whipped cream but it’s a start!

  14. Liz 11.16.2012

    Sorry about the computer! The blue screen of death is never fun. But LOVE your Friday favorites…the pumpkin toffee bars look ridiculous!! If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, you should definitely go see the Bond movie. I saw it over the weekend and it was hands down the Best.Bond.Ever. and this comes from a hardcore Connery fan!

  15. so much looks so good–the cake, the shrimp, the accordion potatoes…oh gracious.

  16. Lucy 11.16.2012

    When I saw that dreaded blue screen on Instagram this morning my first thought was, “GASP!! Does that mean no Friday Favorites?!??” I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to sit down at my computer with a glass of wine after a long week with the kids and read your FFs. In my small world of five- and three-year-old desires, I get ten minutes of adult time and I soak up every bit I can. Thank you for being one of my few connections to the outside/internet world : ) Happy computer shopping!

  17. I love the fact that the hot cocoa recipe is vegan. That can be so difficult to find!

    Those toffee pumpkin pie bars look amazing..might have to make those this coming week!

  18. Bek @ Crave 11.16.2012

    That last chocolate cake looks deadly! Like a viscous animal going to attack you haha. Ooo the nike fuelband looks cool- I’ll have to research into it a bit more :)

  19. thatShortchick 11.16.2012

    sorry about your computer issues! crazily enough, my dell desktop died today! my computer has been infected with the so-called “FBI virus.” and my printer decided to stop working last week. thankfully, I have my macbook!

  20. I saw Skyfall last weekend and just came back from seeing Lincoln. They were both PHENOMENAL! Can’t go wrong either way! Whichever one you don’t see today, definitely plan on catching in the near future!

  21. Oh, also, I finally switched to a Mac last month after being a lifelong PC user. It has been a bit of a learning curve, but so far I’m loving my MacBook Pro!

  22. Bonnie 11.16.2012

    Looking forward to seeing if more of your readers love/hate the NikeFuel band – I was surprised to see that it has about as many 1 star ratings as 5 stars on amazon … so that had me concerned. But with the cost, I might just work to be active and not worry about tracking it :)

    Great favorites, again! I’m glad you pushed through to post!

  23. Robin 11.16.2012

    Always love your Friday Favorites. We have a computer fading fast so I think the backing up is a great idea. Good luck Monday early. Yum. Really need to try some of these desserts.

  24. Michelle 11.17.2012

    I was debating on making the leap to a MacBook or sticking to what I know and I’m SO GLAD I made the switch!!!! I will NEVER but another windows product/IBM again. The Genius Bar at applies truly amazing and the use ability of my MacBook Pro is very versatile! Talks to my iPhone great and it’s well worth every penny spent!!!

  25. Afton 11.17.2012

    I recommend going and seeing Skyfall. I’m not a huge Bond fan, but I liked it!

  26. Seriously, though, what better time for the computer to crap out than the week before black friday?? Maybe you’ll get an awesome deal on your new one!

  27. Melissa 11.17.2012

    SEE SKY FALL!!!!!! One of the best movies I have ever seen!

  28. Brittney 11.17.2012

    The bakery I work at in Clive makes those apple crisp shooters (we call them pie or cake-tinis and put all sorts of flavor combos in there.) Super popular for dinner parties/ corporate events! You can get the mini cups & utensils at Nobbies or Party City.

  29. Teresa 11.17.2012

    Congrats on the Centsational Girl mention! I saw it and couldn’t believe someone from Iowa was being highlighted! I’m an Iowa girl myself and am happy for your success. :)

  30. Diana 11.17.2012

    Eek! I’m sorry your computer crashed. Makes me THAT much more thankful that my husband just got our hard drive set up. At least computer shopping will be fun!

    I can’t wait to see Twilight. I’m so not ashamed of it either. Doesn’t matter what age I really am. ;)

    I had to pin the Maldives picture. I’ve wanted to go there forever!

    Happy weekend!

  31. Amanda 11.17.2012

    I thought two things when I saw the Instagram post with the blue screen of death… 1) How is she going to post the Friday Favorites?! and 2) Someone needs to tell her she needs a Mac! I’m glad I am not the only one with that awesome advice and glad you got to post your Friday Favorites, which have become a highlight of my weekend!

  32. Mackenzie 11.17.2012

    The apple crisp shooters look amazing. You have such a beautiful blog, with great photos. I am enjoying exploring it. Sorry to hear about your computer problems, I hate that.

  33. Cori Blubaugh 11.17.2012

    You don’t realize how much you rely on your computer until it is gone!!! I know you probably don’t want to hear it again, but mac is the only way to go : ) I’ve had my MacBook for 5 years now, and it still runs like brand new. I agree that there is a slight learning curve with it, but you will not be sorry if you switch : )

  34. I use rolled up financial times in my boots and it works like a charm. I love the pink newspaper

  35. I’ve had my Fuel Band for almost a year now and I LOVE it! I wear it every single day and even run around my apartment at 10PM to reach my goal if it hasn’t been met yet. It is fantastic!

  36. Emily 11.18.2012

    Hey Iowa Girl. This Friday Favorites was awesome! I think I liked every single one. Lol I’m usually diggin’ two or so.

    anyway that sucks about your computer; been there done that. Have a great weekend and I would recommend Lincoln!

  37. Alyssa 11.18.2012

    Backing up computer files is one of those things that’s really easy to put off, but I finally did it yesterday! I have a feeling the blue screen of death will be making a visit to my computer soon. It’s been slowing down and crashing programs lately (also making strange noises) :(

    My husband and I watched Skyfall yesterday and it was good! We watched it in IMAX and luckily we had a gift card, otherwise watching movies in the theater is so expensive!

  38. Michelle 11.21.2012

    I went to the Michigan/ Iowa game this past weekend! :) It was my first collge game I have ever attended. Sorry, I was going for Michigan. :) Love the list this week. HOpe you had a great weekend :)

  39. Calogero Mira 11.25.2012

    Pomegranate champagne punch photo? Thanks.

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