Friday Favorites + Kitchen Favorites Giveaway!

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Happy Friday everyone!

I’ve been having day-later syndrome all week and sort of thought this day would never come. Hate when that happens! ; ) Ben and I are heading into a quiet weekend, which is a-ok with me as the next month or so is going to be crazy. My in-laws will be here next weekend for another baby shower, we move the weekend after that, the following weeks will be filled with unpacking, then…dunh, dunh, dunhhhh…BABY!

I am still sorting out what my posting schedule will look like after the little man get here, but I’m assuming I’ll take a couple weeks off then move into a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule, with an occasional weekend post. That could all change, of course, but it’s what I’m thinking will happen at the moment. We shall see!

Well enough of my babbling – wherever you are, and whatever you do, have a wonderful weekend and please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web in this week’s Friday Favorites!

Click the blue links to be taken to the original source.

Favorite woah: Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake. I saw this cake on the Pioneer Woman’s show a few weeks ago and not only did it look stunning, I can’t even imagine how insane it must taste. Strawberries + chocolate cake + whipped cream + nutella? Yes please!

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Favorite find: The Kitchen Safe. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ordered Ben to take this away from me (most recently Snickers bites – OMG have you had those yet?!) From candy to video game remote controls, put whatever it is you need to practice self control around in the safe, then set a timer and wait until it goes off before you can retrieve the item again. So brilliant. I want 100.

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Favorite slurp: Olive-Oil Poached Cherry Tomato Sauce. Gosh, speaking of tomato season, I can’t wait to put a big batch of Sweet 100s to good use in this fresh and summery recipe.

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Favorite DIY: How to Make a Chalkboard Serving Tray. My sister-in-law sent me this DIY/design blog earlier this week and I have pinned at least 10 projects I want to make for the new house, including this easy DIY chalkboard serving tray. So cute!

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Favorite devour: Roasted Blueberry Coconut Quinoa Parfaits with Coconut Granola. Just…yes. Roasted blueberries? Yes!

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Favorite project: “Copper” Curtain Rods. Our new home has pull down shades on one level of the outdoor living space but I like the idea of sheer outdoor curtains for when we want lighter sun coverage. These “copper” rods look AMAZING. You’ll never guess what they’re actually made of!

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Favorite lunch: Smoked Salmon Cucumber Wraps. The perfect light lunch. I could even see them cut into pinwheels for a yummy party app.

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Favorite fitness: Super Sweaty Tabata Supersets. I’ve been struggling with even walking these past two weeks due to sciatic nerve pain and pain caused from over-straining my knee doing literally the simplest yoga move ever like, 2 months ago. That being said, seeing workouts like this one gets me so excited to get back into the swing of things after the baby is born and I wait the required amount of time before exercising again, naturally. I guess I’m just looking forward to sweating (from something other than being 8 months pregnant, that is.) :)

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Favorite frozen: Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Popsicles. How perfect do these look? Gorgeous photography.

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Favorite space. I really need to get my guest room act together in the new house. Right now it’s a completely random mish-mash of items. Thinking this setup and color scheme (pops of blues, pinks, and oranges set on white) is really lavish yet cozy-feeling. The leopard bench is too-fab, too.

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Favorite bite: Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad. A Mediterranean-flavored pasta salad that is making my mouth water. This would be great to take along to a cook out.

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Favorite furball. When I first saw this picture I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry (out of terror.) I decided to laugh…uncontrollably. HILARIOUS. I want this sweet pooch.

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Favorite sweet: Strawberry Shortcake Rice Krispie Treats. Rice Krispie Treats studded with Angel Food Cake then topped with whipped cream and strawberries. ‘Nuf said!

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Kitchen Favorites Giveaway!

I’ve got a fun, kitchen-themed giveaway for you today! Several months ago I attended a webinar with a bunch of other food bloggers led by The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond and the good people at Land O Lakes. While it’s been awhile since the event, there was a really awesome giveaway for our readers in it that I’m finally getting around to sharing!

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Included in this kitchen favorites prize package:

  • Iron skillet (this skillet is LEGIT!)
  • Serving bowl
  • Half stick butter dish
  • Measuring spoons
  • Coupon for Land O Lakes Butter
  • Coupon for Land O Lakes Express® Saute Starter

Enter to win the Land O Lakes prize pack described above using the voting widget below. Click the “+1″ button then click “Enter” by 11:59pm central time on Sunday, June 9th. Good luck!

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Comments

  1. Trish 06.07.2013

    I’m drooling so bad over that Nutella cake. I must look away before I run right out of the house for the ingredients :)

  2. toni 06.07.2013

    from MN and so is land o lakes!

  3. That DIY chalkboard serving tray is such a great idea!

  4. Sarah 06.07.2013

    Oh man, those chocolate covered popsicles look delicious! And I must make that sun-dried tomato pasta salad!

  5. Oh my goodness, I NEED that kitchen safe! I also tell my husband to take things away from me and he replies: “Why don’t you just show some self-control?” AHH – there is no such thing as self-control around chocolate and peanut butter :)

  6. Alicia 06.07.2013

    Great giveaway! I love the style of the bowls, butter dish and measuring spoons! Also, I love those curtain rods – my guess is they are made out of PVC pipe…I couldn’t tell from the link. Have a great relaxing weekend!

  7. I NEED to try those popsicles. Anything with the peanut butter and chocolate combo always turn out great!

  8. Kayla 06.07.2013

    Our schedules are like, exactly the same! This is our last sorta-quiet weekend, except that my hubby is working and I am hosting a garage sale. But then next week we close on our house, then go home to Wisconsin for our baby shower, and then the following weekend we move. It’s so crazy to think that, once the move is over, it’ll be time to wait for baby (or babies, in my case). Good luck with everything this month! I’ll be thinking of you!

  9. Becky 06.07.2013

    I put chalkboard paint on pretty much anything that is holding still, so I LOVE that serving tray!

  10. Carrie 06.07.2013

    PLEASE take a couple weeks off after you have your baby – we will completely understand! I have a 3 month old and the first couple weeks are a blur!! Focus on yourself, getting something good to eat, and we will be waiting when you come back!

  11. Barbara 06.07.2013

    OMG I just pledged to that kitchensafe on kickstarter! I want it made!!

  12. Corey@Learning Patience 06.07.2013

    I love these posts! Last wk I made the chalkboard frame thing and it came out amazing! Thanks!
    Xoxo from Trinidad

  13. Linda Wilson 06.07.2013

    I just LOVE reading your Blog and trying the various recipes :-) . . . . we moved here from Northwood, IA and to say I miss Iowa is a HUGE understatement ! ! ! ! !

    SOOOOOOOO enjoy your input ~ Thanks :-), Linda

  14. That kitchen safe is seriously hilarious!!! I need that for nuts and trail mix! ;)

  15. Erin 06.07.2013

    Rice Krispie treats are one of my favorites. Love the strawberry shortcake idea! :)

  16. Donna Ingalls 06.07.2013

    The strawberry shortcake and Rice Krispies combo looks delicious.

  17. Jules 06.07.2013

    I love that bedroom!

  18. Kristina 06.07.2013

    Where is that serving bowl from? If I don’t win I want to buy one!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.09.2013

      It’s from Anthropologie – I absolutely love mine, it’s the perfect size for serving a side dish or using it as a fruit bowl!

  19. Hello Nutella cake!

  20. Lauren Williams 06.07.2013

    I can’t stress enough how much I NEED that kitchen safe. I always tell my husband to hide the chocolate up high (I’m 5 foot nothin) But I would probably only end up setting it for 5 minutes at a time ;) haha! And I like that workout. I have been looking for crossfit inspired workouts lately! Have a relaxing weekend!

  21. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!!! All this stuff looks great!

  22. Rachel S. 06.07.2013

    Ok, you had me at roasted blueberries! I need/want/will make everything on this Friday Favorites!

  23. Tieghan 06.07.2013

    That cake is killing me!

    Have a relaxing weekend!

  24. I need that kitchen safe! And that nutella cake! Oh, and that sundried tomato pasta salad.

  25. Wendy B 06.07.2013

    Oh, my. That tomato sauce and then the pasta salad. Ummm…I think tomato may very well be taking over my menu this week :)

  26. ColleenB. 06.08.2013

    My grandkids would love them strawberry shortcake and Rice Krispies combo.
    Wonderful giveaway. Thank you for this opportunity
    ColleenB.

  27. I love that chalk serving board! And that dog is hilarious :)

  28. Missy 06.08.2013

    Great giveaway! Cute spoons and bowl!

  29. Babs 06.08.2013

    Chocolate cake with Nutella, strawberries and whipped cream. Oh, my.

  30. BettyC 06.08.2013

    What a nice gift.

  31. Kel 06.08.2013

    I love your Friday favorites!

  32. Donna 06.08.2013

    Are you sure you’ll take a break? You may need something to occupy your time during those late night feedings. I’ll bet that would make for some pretty interesting and entertaining blog entries! ;-)

  33. Auntiepatch 06.08.2013

    If I had a kitchen safe my husband would empty it out on the first try!

  34. Kristi 06.08.2013

    The kitchen safe looks so cute. I could think of a few different people I could give that to.

  35. Alyssa 06.08.2013

    Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win! BTW, I think that dog is so cute!

  36. nessa 06.08.2013

    The pic of the dog is hilarious!

  37. Mary Johnson 06.09.2013

    Yay for Friday Favorites!! I look forward to these every week. Yes, PLEASE take a couple of weeks off from blogging after your sweet baby boy arrives!! Let your body heal, and get as much rest as you can. I’m due at the end of July with baby #5, so trust me on this. :-) Also, you might want to try going to a chiropractor for your sciatic. I had tremendous sciatic pain with my first three- there were days when I was literally crawling around the house it was so awful. I started going to a chiropractor shortly before I got pregnant with my fourth baby, and it seriously made all the difference in the world. I’m also very petite, like you (barely 5’0!), so that baby belly can take a serious toll on your poor back. :-( Just a thought! So happy for you- you are one lovely pregnant gal! :-)

  38. Tracy 06.09.2013

    Definitely take some much needed time off after baby, but please please please don’t stop blogging! I adore your blog :)

  39. Trisha 06.09.2013

    Hubby and I are seriously cracking up about the kitchen safe. A necessity!!
    While I’ll so miss your regular posts once baby arrives, I’m so excited for you and Ben to be parents and hope that you take as much time as you need to soak up every little ounce of time with your growing family. It won’t be easy, but we’ll survive without you…at least temporarily! :)

  40. Sarah W 06.09.2013

    Thanks for making all the giveaway entry’s so easy. The ones where there is like 24 different opportunities to enter if you do tweet/post/like etc etc just get to be too much. You run a solid blog here, thanks!

  41. Debt girl 06.09.2013

    I hope you will be able to post that much but a new baby is 24/7, and then some! I can’t wait to see him but you need to make sue you take care of you first! If that means no blog for a bit, we will so get it! :-)

  42. Oh man I really need that kitchen safe around!

  43. Jeninnc 06.10.2013

    I did that Tabata workout yesterday and it was KILLER! So great! I popped the baby in the baby swing while the 3yo played in the sandbox – such a great workout for outdoors while the kiddos are safely occupied!

  44. Chelsea 06.13.2013

    I love the Friday Favorites, and that bedroom is gorgeous! Anyone know where I could find a bedspread like that?

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