Friday Favorites



It’s going to be a hot and steamy weekend ’round these parts (shh, don’t tell my fellow Midwesterners, but I actually love humidity!) There’s nothing like heading out for a long run on a cloudy, humid day and working up a crazy sweat in the heat. Alas, I’ll have to stick to working up that same sweat via power walking, at least for the next few months, but the feeling is still relatively the same. :)

I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s going to be hot and humid this weekend and I’m excited. I’m seeing lots of outdoor time in my future!

What are you up to this weekend? Give me somthin’ good!

No matter where you are, and what you’re up to, I hope you have a fabulous next couple of days and in the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web in this week’s Friday Favorites!

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Favorite bite: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. I could totally relate to Heidi’s story about making these chewy, gooey, cookies as a teenager. They were my favorite cookies to make back then too, and remain a favorite to this day!

Favorite DIY: Glow-in-the-Dark Potted Plants. Buy some glow in the dark paint and go crazy! How much fun would these be in summer’s twilight?


Favorite indulge: Angel Food French Toast. Oh. Yes. These babies are calling my NAME! There always seems to be leftover AFC laying around either at my house or my parent’s in the summer (we’re big strawberry + angel cake + whip cream fans) so I’ll definitely have to give this a whirl.


Favorite fashion. Super cute little summer outfit. Love the coral with the black chevron pattern.


Favorite snack: Healthy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars. Wish I could have enjoyed these granola bars on my trip back home earlier this week instead of munching on the sawdust-esque packaged bars I snagged from the hotel.


Favorite funny: Lip Sync-Off with John Krasinski and Jimmy Fallon. Just when I thought I couldn’t love JK ANYMORE! Wait until his last song. Just wait!!! (PS what did we think of The Office finale last night?)

Favorite mmm: Berry Medley Oatmeal Crumb Bars. I’m obsessed with all things berries right now, so these are making my mouth water especially hard.


Favorite furball. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! Hopefully I’ll be able to do a bit of the same this weekend.


Favorite bite: Southwestern Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole. Dee-vine. Hearty and flavorful.


Favorite find: Counter-Height Fire Pit. I have never seen one of these (am I crazy?!) Would love, love, love to have one for the back yard.


Favorite side: Guacamole Rice. How have I never thought of this? I love mixing my guac from Chipotle in with my rice, so this makes perfect, delicious sense.


Favorite must-have: 10 Classic Accessories Every Girl Should Own. Spot on! Class up any outfit with a few of these wardrobe staples.

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Favorite idea: Savory Caprese Bread. So begins the season of all things Caprese! This is a really creative spin on the classic combo of tomato, basil and mozz.


Favorite travel: 32 States in 55 Days. This guy mounted a time-lapse camera to his rear-view mirror then drove in a huge loop across the country, taking photos all along the way. Even if you don’t look at the map of his route, you can tell what region he’s in based on the landscape. Pretty cool!

Favorite sweet: Mud Hen Bars. A cookie base topped with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and a BROWN SUGAR MERINGUE. No further explanation necessary!


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Have a lovely weekend!

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  1. Sara 05.17.2013

    That bread looks amazing!
    We are heading to Drake for state track and then it’s graduation parties non-stop the rest of the weekend.

    P.S. I love the humid weather, too. We had such a long winter I am going to enjoy every sweaty minute of it!

  2. Erin @hooleywithaz 05.17.2013

    Jumping from winter to summer ah! This weekend I will be in Pittsburgh visiting my bff, doing lots of relaxing, eating and exploring!

    Loved that lip sync off…how had I failed to watch that til now??

  3. Margo 05.17.2013

    Love, love, loved these FF, as long as the beer doesn’t get too hot too fast on the counter top fire pit? LoL

  4. Thanks for the link! I’ve loved your blog for awhile now, and today I’m on it! Wheee! It totally just made my day!

  5. I’m headed to BLEND Retreat this weekend in SLC! I can’t wait to meet a bunch of my fellow bloggers :) And that caprese bread… I need that in my life ASAP!

  6. Katie Chapman 05.17.2013

    I’m heading to the Kenny Chesney/Eric Church concert at Miller Park (Milwaukee) this weekend. The temps will be in the low 70’s which will be perfect!! Enjoy the humidity (its not my cup of tea) :-)

  7. What a great list! We have some left over angel food cake to make that yummy french toast with and those granola bars would be perfect to take on our hiking trips!

  8. I love and want to try everything in this post, especially the quinoa dip, guacomole rice and crumb bars. Heading on over to check out all of the delicious looking recipes! The dog pic is soooo stinking cute, too!

  9. debgirl 05.17.2013

    Angel Food French Toast! Speechless!

  10. oh my goodness – that guacamole rice looks scrumptious. do you go to the farmer’s market each weekend?

  11. I always like forward to your Friday Favorites posts :-) So much useful information! I have seen the recipe for angel food french toast before and would really like to make it! Perhaps this weekend :-)

  12. Jess 05.17.2013

    The Lip Synch-Off cracks me up every time! :)

  13. Cat Yates 05.17.2013

    I saw that lip sync with John Krazynski – HILARIOUS! Seriously one of my favorites. Jimmy Fallon is by far the best late night show host ever. This weekend we’re going to see the new Star Trek movie. There’s this awesome movie theater here in Vegas that has reclining seats, as in FULL reclining seats. Can’t wait! Have a great weekend!

  14. What a great feature Friday! Thank you for including my bread!

  15. How genius are those glow’n the dark pots!?

    I love the idea of the guacamole rice! I was thinking about how to spruce up some Mexican-esque rice. Now I know how I will:)

    Another fab Friday round-up! Have a wonderful weekend! x

  16. Cheri K. 05.17.2013

    We are driving a few hours away to visit friends, who are expecting their first child, for the weekend. They are having a Gender Reveal party for their close friends and family. We are so excited to celebrate this news with them. It should be a fun weekend of food, drinks, bowling, skeet shooting and a lot of laughter.

    By the way, I LOVE your blog! Congrats on your pregnancy!

  17. I love those glow in the dark pots! Going to experiment it with the garden on my roof!

    Also the bean casserole – nom nom nom.

  18. Love the french toast idea! I bet it’s super sweet but sounds awesome!

  19. OMG! Those glow in the dark pots are awesome. My weekend plans include spicing up my new front lawn with plants/flowers. I may just have to get a few pots and try the glow in the dark thing. Super Cool!

  20. Mallory 05.17.2013

    The Lip Sync Off…OMG! That just made my day. Thank you. The office finale totally made me happy and sad. I hope they continue to play re-runs of that show forever. It was great to see Michael back, wish he was shown a little more though.

  21. mary 05.17.2013

    I loved the Lip Sync Off. I just cant decide which of them is funnier.

    Enjoy your walk. It is going to be humid.

  22. […] This lip synch battle on Jimmy Fallon is hilarious (via Iowa Girl Eats) […]

  23. Kathleen 05.17.2013

    The kids are at the grandparents this weekend…woohoo !!!
    My hubby and I are going kayaking tonight and tomorrow I am hitting the antique flea market tomorrow with one of my best friends and my sis-in-law !!!

  24. That fire pit table is SO COOL! I want one.

  25. Brittany 05.17.2013

    I am seeing that granola must be a preggers craving ;) and I am totally benefiting from it because I LOVE all things granola!!!
    Weekend plans…well I can’t really think past the 100 CUPCAKES I have to make for a customer tomorrow 8-0
    Still trying to figure out why I agreed to it. -kicking self for that one-

    Yeah for Friday though!! Have a great one!

  26. lisa 05.17.2013

    I think the glow in the dark pots are actually lit, from what I’ve read on other sites. It would be interesting to try a smaller one with the paint, but they wouldn’t glow nearly that much with only paint on them.
    I will take one fire pit table to go though!

  27. The glow in the dark pots are amazing!!

    And ER-MAH-GERD! John Krasinski! LOOOOVE him!

  28. Jenny Spencer 05.17.2013

    That lip sync off made my weekend – thanks :)

  29. Guacamole rice?!? How in the world did I never think of that? Now that is genius!

  30. Jennifer Jessup 05.17.2013

    I didn’t think I would recognize anything in that video but was surprised to see the HRBT (Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel), that is close to my house, have to take it to my sister’s place.

  31. Jacki 05.17.2013

    We are about to enter winter it was 8c at 9am this’s Saturday but going to be glorious! I am going to make those berry bars for my daughter who is going on prac as a 3rd year paramedic and then continue cooking up a storm! She loves your recipes and so do I …have a great day!

  32. Morgan 05.17.2013

    I am graduating this weekend! Wooh! Thanks for the Friday posts, I always look forward to them!

  33. Tieghan 05.17.2013

    All of you food pics this week are awesome!! Heidi’s cookies, jessica’s angel food french toast Chung-Ah bars, lindsey’s quinoa!!! I love them all!!

  34. OMG I laughed so hard I started crying at the lip sing off. That is hilarious! The bread looks delicious, and the angel food French toast, and the sun dress, basically I am loving this whole post!

  35. I love everything on this post!!! That maxi dress is adorable and such great accessories! Such a cool idea with that fire pit. How perfect for summer nights!

  36. Loving all those different kinds of bars, they look delicious!

    We are moving into winter weather here in Australia, jealous of your warm weather!

  37. Sadye 05.18.2013

    Great recipe links! I will definitely be trying the bread and the guac rice, so those bloggers owe you a post-pregnancy drink.

  38. Lauren Williams 05.18.2013

    I will be heading back to my hometown in Northwest Iowa for my brother’s high school graduation! It is sure to be a good time with lots of family, food and fun! And on Sunday I’ll be celebrating my birthday :) The dress is super cute and I love anything chevron!

  39. Yesterday I spent 12 hours (12!) in the kitchen of a very pregnant friend (with twins) stocking her freezer with meals. It was fun – she sat at the table and acting as my sous chef and assembler. She was so thankful and we had a TON of fun!

  40. Ahahaha omg that lip syncing thing is hilarious!

    If you like avocado with your rice, try my avocado risotto :) It’s sooo creamy, I love it!

    I’m off to a Eurovision party tonight – I guess you don’t have it in the US, but once a year there’s a big Europe-wide singing contest that’s so much fun to watch :)

  41. Joy 05.19.2013

    You do such a great job posting cool recipes/things/sights/dog pics (yay!) every week – thank you! Really enjoyed the lip sync-off – that was hilarious! Also loved watching the 5 min. tour around the country – what a fun idea!! Hope you are feeling well – enjoy the humidity!

  42. nessa 05.19.2013

    Super cute dress! And those bars? I die.

  43. Martha 05.19.2013

    Hi there Kristin. I wanted to let you know I featured your Green Juice Salad over at my blog – – for this week’s menu plans. I can’t wait to try it! :)

  44. brandi 05.24.2013

    omygoodness, i love john krasinski. LOVE him! that video has been on repeat here for weeks! he’s so adorable.

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