Friday Favorites


Happy Friday, everyone!

Whoo – what  a crazy week! Between unpacking, working, this, that, and the other, I feel like I’ve been on-the-go-moto since last Friday. I’ve been making sure to take time each day to simply sit and enjoy our new outdoor space with Ben though, if only to wolf down a quick grilled dinner on the patio.

Here are some Insta-scenes from the backyard this week, including the booty from a strawberry patch we discovered, but not including the toad Ben found in the weeds then promptly released into the pond (a different one from the guy below!) Never a dull moment in the jungle that is now just steps from our back door! ; )


This weekend I’m looking forward to pausing and catching up with life. As I was unpacking the baby’s room last night I was hit with the all-too-real realization that we are having a baby in 4 weeks or less (or, ok, slightly more.) Holy. $%*@. If I can pack my hospital bag (see below for the ultimate list!) and finish buying the essentials from our registry, I think we’ll be good to go. Good news – the glider came in early!

In other news, the city’s annual art festival is this weekend so I’m looking forward to enjoying that sometime in the next couple of days. One of my favorite photographers, Lisa Kristine, usually makes an appearance and I’m anxious to see what she’ll bring this year. Hoping to finally get out on a walk around the ‘hood, too. We haven’t been out on the trails since before we moved in!

Well, wherever you are, and whatever you do, I hope you have a brilliant weekend, and in the meantime please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web in this week’s Friday Favorites!

Click on the blue links to be taken directly to the source. 

Favorite idea: Cookie S’mores. S’mores made with chewy chocolate chip cookies instead of graham crackers. All together now – YES! (Also, I want to go camping.)


Favorite furball. Maddie does it again! Her caption had me cracking up: “Ahhhhh! It’s summer and I’m gonna eat all this water!” Can I join you? : )


Favorite supper: One-Pot Cheeseburger Casserole. Good all year ’round, no? Yummy.


Favorite fashion. How much do you LOVE this dress??? Perfectly, simply styled too.


Favorite bite: Churro Bites. Oh. Mah. Gah. I was this close to ordering a churro at Costco this week. It smelled sooo good! I got a hot dog instead. I know. What made it worse was that Ben ordered a salad. I know.


Favorite funny. Story of my life. Poor Ben.


Favorite find: Don’t Grow Up Poster. Pretty apropos considering I’m turning the big 3-0 next week? Would be cute for the office.


Favorite dessert: Blueberry Slump. The only thing I love more than the beautiful and rustic appearance of this summery, seasonal dessert, is the name. Fun!


Favorite help: What to Pack in a Hospital Bag for Delivery. This week I reached out to my Facebook followers asking what must-have items I should pack in my hospital delivery back. SO GLAD I ASKED! Check out these ideas if you are PG and wondering too! (Image via)


Favorite fresh: BBQ Cauliflower Salad. This looks so intriguing and delicious. Love the sweet corn snuck in there too.


Favorite tip: 15 Ways to Update Your Kitchen on a Dime. Some good tips in this article, including putting out a basket of all your most used cooking essentials, accenting with a pretty wood cutting board. Great way to corral the clutter in style.


Favorite fitness: 13 Treadmill Workouts for All Levels. Summer is the season for outdoor running, but with record-high temps across the country right now, I thought these links would come in handy! (Here are all my treadmill workouts >)


Favorite slurp: Raspberry Cheesecake Popsicles. Gosh, should I just get it over with and buy some dang popsicle molds already? The creations I’ve been seeing on the ‘net lately are driving me (good) wild!


Favorite decor: Hanging Chalkboards. I found these via my daily email from Dot & Bo (the same place I found those cute chalkboard dessert cups!) They curate the BEST finds and send ’em in a daily email. Thought these would be cute for the baby’s room!


Favorite space. Cream + turquoise = Tranquil. Clean. Cozy. Perfect guest-bed decor.


Favorite indulge: Snickers Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake. Wow. Just, WOW!


View past Friday Favorites >

Follow me on Pinterest! >

Have an awesome weekend, everyone!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


  1. Tracy 06.28.2013

    Great FF as always!

    Is the strawberry patch in your yard??? Jealous!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Melissa 06.28.2013

    Love this Friday Favorites! Quick question…what glider did you end up with? We are still on our search and I just can’t find one I like and I know you and Ben were looking for forEVER! Have a great weekend!

  3. Kevie 06.28.2013

    I always look forward to and love your Friday Favorites. I know you like stuff to do with dogs, have you seen this video? I just saw it today and am OBSESSED! It is one beagle dog pushing another beagle pup in a shopping cart around town. Enjoy and happy Friday!

  4. ah! crazy that the babe is coming so soon. how awesome that you’re in the house and settled-ish already. i have been feeling the need for popsicle molds too…all the food bloggers out there have been making me drool with their creations!

  5. Adrian 06.28.2013

    We always make smores with Fudge Stripe Cookies! Perfect combination of cookies and chocolate and not a lot of mess!!! I may have to add those to the shopping list this weekend, now! :)

  6. Hi Kristin! Thanks for featuring my ice cream cake! I LOVE that red dress! :)

  7. Michelle 06.28.2013

    GAH you always find the best stuff! Better than Pinterest, always!

    Happy (early) Birthday!

  8. That cauliflower salad is calling my name! I love your Friday Faves, I always find something great.
    And fresh strawberries? Your new house seems so perfect!

  9. That dress, those cookies, that hospital list!!! So many good things. I have to admit though at (almost) 18 wks PG I get terrified at the idea of packing for the hospital.

  10. TAM 06.28.2013

    Wonderful FF….

    BBQ Cauliflower ~ hadn’t thought of that.
    SNickErs Ice Cream dessert ~ WOW is right!

    And seriously if I looked like the model on the treadmill I wouldn’t be that average mom any more…enough already! ha!

  11. This list made me so happy. I was craving s’mores but thought I could beat the urge until I saw that stinkin’ cookie s’more evil genius idea. Now I’m just gonna have to eat it :)

  12. Wandering Glutton 06.28.2013

    That BBQ Cauliflower Salad looks awesome! Thanks for pointing it out. As for the hot dog at Costco, how can you go wrong? That is as inexpensive a meal as you can find and you are certain to enjoy it!

  13. That cookie smore….wow…looks like it has about 10 marshmallows in it!! Yes please!

  14. Those are definitely the ultimate smores!! I am definitely sold on those :).

  15. Lauren Williams 06.28.2013

    OHHH the cookie s’more sandwich! Yes please :) We found a strawberry patch at our new house this summer too! Thanks for the great finds!

  16. Sue Sipe 06.28.2013

    I just love your blog – always excited to read it every week. Glad you were able to move into your house before the baby. Take care of yourself !

  17. Aukele @ 91dash 06.28.2013

    We have the same birthday week!! Mine is on Tuesday, when it yours?? I look forward to this post every week and love it. My fave out of all your faves was the kitchen remodel.. I need to DIY (for real) this weekend!! Aloha

  18. Tieghan 06.28.2013

    Those cookie S’more look so good!! YUM!

  19. I always love your friday posts! thanks for sharing!

  20. Dream Mom 06.28.2013

    LOVE that dress…perfectly styled too. And the Snickers Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake is over the top. Love the yard. Can’t wait to see more house pics!

  21. Those chocolate chip cookie smores look incredible!

    I want to try the BBQ cauliflower too it looks delicious.

  22. Thanks for introducing me to Fork and Beans…looks like an awesome sight with lots of yummy stuff!

  23. Nessa 06.29.2013

    Those churro bites- love!

  24. I can hardly believe that you are 4 weeks away!! And happy early birthday!

    Wish we had a slice of that Snickers cake to celebrate! :)

  25. Regan 06.30.2013

    So….that what to bring to the hospital list is pretty overwhelming…wow!!….I have a 5 mon. Old…and I just have to say….a nursing bra is key…or tank…whichever u prefer…but please…take their mesh panties….u simply throw them away!….and wear their gowns…robes…again…less laundry for u to deal with…believe me…u won’t wanna do laundry when u get home!…..ans Daddy needs comfy clothes..he’ll be laying…hanging around with u and little one!…good luck Verrrrryyy Exciting times ahead…enjoy the journey…and p.s. take video of your belly moving now…..u don’t realize how fast u forget “what being pregnant was like”

  26. I am in love with the favorite furball! Adorable! As always all the foods you post make me want to eat everything! That cookie ice cream sandwich looks so good.

  27. Araica 06.30.2013

    Wow! That’s the first time I’ve seen blueberry grunt (slump) somewhere outside of an East Coast kitchen. If you decide to make it, cut way back on the sugar and it’s the yummiest if you use dumplings instead of biscuits. Nothing better than dumplings cooked in stewed blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc…. Hmmmm, now I’m going to have to see what kind of berries are in season right now in midnight sun country.

  28. […] was so thrilled to receive the Don’t Grow Up poster I featured on my Friday Favorites a few weeks […]

  29. Morgan 01.03.2014

    You should check out Captiva Island, FL. My family has made the trip there almost every year since I was four months old. It’s a gorgeous, small island in the Gulf of Mexico. The shrimp tacos at Captiva Cantina and the Bubble Bread from The Bubble Room are worth the trip alone! :)

Leave a Comment