Friday Favorites


Hello, and happy Friday!

These past few weeks have just whizzed by (whiz…what a great word.) Funny how that always seem happens in the summertime when the weather, and mood, is right. AmIright? Ben and I had some friends over last night for our first official grill out in the new house. My Mom and I have been landscaping like mad women in anticipation (and have the itchy scrapes from weed-pulling to prove it!) but it was all totally worth it. The backyard is really shaping up nicely. : )

This weekend we’ve got some really great plans on the agenda…light bulb shopping! I wish I was kidding. There are a ton of outdoor lanterns and spotlights in the new house, and many have burnt out. Got to collect then replace them all before baby comes and light bulbs are the farthest thing from our minds!

With that, I hope you’ve got some fun plans for the weekend and in the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Favorites!

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

Favorite wow: Chocolate Baileys Mud Cake. Ohmyheavens! I would devour each and every single slice of this wonderful, chocolaty, baileys-spiked mud cake!


Favorite find: West Elm Sloan Upholstered Chair. This is exactly the type of chair I’m looking to put into the new family room. Love the pattern swatches you can choose from, too.


Favorite meal: Enchilada Rice. Fabulous take on classic enchiladas. I know I would absolutely love this skillet supper.


Favorite product: Cuppow Bnto Jar Lunchbox Adapters. New from Cuppow, mini cups that fit inside the lids of mason jars! Great for filling with peanut butter to dip carrots or celery, salad dressing for a salad, or hummus for crackers. BPA-free and fits any wide-mouthed mason jar. Love it!


Favorite fresh: Watermelon Caprese Salad. What a fun, refreshing take on the classic caprese salad. I’ve seen a few sweet spins on it lately – most notably with peaches and watermelon – which all look mouthwatering.


Favorite healthy: Blueberry Pie Yogurt Parfaits. Just a few ingredients needed to make this stunning, healthy dessert.


Favorite furball. Do dee doh… What a lover!


Favorite wake up: Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze. I tried this iced coffee drink with honey and brown sugar earlier this week (Sweet Georgia Brown from Smokey Row!) and am now obsessed with all things brown sugar. This looks DIVINE!


Favorite dip: Summer Corn and Cotija Cheese DipI’m pretty sure – nay, I know – I wouldn’t be able to keep my paws outta this dip. Corn + cheese = love.


Favorite remix: The Best Guacamole You’ll Ever Have. Speaking of dips I wouldn’t be able to stop eating – let’s hear it for this mango and pomegranate-laced guacamole. YES!


Favorite DIY: Dinosaur Serving Dish. This DIY serving dish cracked me up sideways. Will totally be busting it out for my son in the future.


Favorite mmm: Beet Ravioli with Goat Cheese Ricotta and Mint Filling. I don’t know what I love more – the beautiful, deep-crimson color of the beet ravioli, or clever filling inside. Must try.


Favorite sip: Sparkling Lavender Lemonade. I love the story behind this lovely, sparkling lavender lemonade. I love the sounds of it even more. Say it with me…sparkling. Mmm!


Favorite frozen: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Pie. Be still my cookie dough-loving heart!


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Happy weekend, everyone!

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  1. Oh my, that chocolate cake…!
    Love the lemonade too, sounds so relaxing and refreshing. I could just picture myself sipping it and letting out a big ahhhh afterwards.
    Have fun lightbulb shopping! :)

  2. oh my goodness – those mason jar cups are GENIUS! I’m going on an “outdoorsy” trip coming up ..and that would be the perfect way to pack snacks! thank you! xo – chels @

  3. That chocolate cake photo just made me salivate… but I think I’ll have to stick with the healthier blueberry pie parfaits for the sake of my muffin top ;)

  4. Lyn 07.12.2013

    Kristin, your ‘Friday Favorites’ posts are a do not miss on my weekly reading list and you definitely did not disappoint today! haha :D Thank you for making a world a more fabulous place and cant wait to try a few of these recipes!

  5.! I was sold at watermelon caprese salad. I couldn’t see anything else after that… well, until I got to the best guacamole. Then I was drooling! But by the time I got to sparkling lemonade I had fallen off my chair! Gotta go-on my way to the grocery store now!

  6. dana 07.12.2013

    thanks for the share, lady! that dip is so good – with all that beautiful corn I know you’d love it!

  7. I just wanted to say I don’t comment often but I absolutely love your Friday Favorites posts :) Especially love those jar lunchbox adapters! I so need to get some of those!

  8. Brita 07.12.2013

    I just LOVE your Friday Favorites!! The chair – so classic. You took the words right out of that precious pooch’s mouth with “Do dee do”! and that cookie dough ice cream cake? Yea, that’s gunna make its way to my mouth at some point :) Have fun light bulb shopping!

  9. Great shares, Kristin! Your Friday Favorites always leave me smiling and loving everything! Thanks and have a nice weekend.

  10. Samantha M. 07.12.2013

    SO many great links this week – I love these posts! The BNTO canning jar lids are a stroke of genius; I definitely plan to buy some as I’m always looking for ways to reduce waste!

  11. My eyes can’t get past that chocolate cake. drool may be upon us.

  12. Cristy 07.12.2013

    A BLOODHOUND!!!!! LOVE!!! And, “drool” is a very appropriate word when talking about them. And about the chocolate cake. :)

  13. Kathy 07.12.2013

    Very mouth watering finds…..YUM!

  14. That enchilada rice sounds awesome! I am definitely going to make a vegetarian version of that and I think that I will use cauliflower “rice” in place of the rice because that is my current addiction!

  15. Abby 07.12.2013

    Oh yes, savor the backyard BBQs now. In a couple of weeks it will be nap time in the evenings to get pumped up for all night red. Those first weeks are BRUTAL!! Ugh! Hormones, sleep deprivation, and anxiousness. But it gets better!

  16. I made that ice cream pie for a BBQ a few weeks ago, and all I can say is: do it. It’s seriously amazing.And now I need that Baileys spiked cake!

  17. Melissa 07.12.2013

    I must admit your “Friday Favorites” posts is one of my favorite features I look forward to each week! You always find the most innovative, fun and intriguing foods and other finds. Thanks so much for sharing each week and for brightening my Friday!

  18. Oh my goodness. That cookie dough ice cream pie looks incredible – It is making me think that I need to whip up some cookie dough tonight ;)

  19. Maryz 07.12.2013

    Love the Friday Favorites post! I need some of those Mason jar lunchbox adapters…so clever! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Cheryl 07.12.2013

    Hi Kristin!
    I think this may be the first time I have commented. I get your posts in my email box each Friday. I gotta tell ya I always look forward to seeing what you are sharing. Today those little jars that fit inside the mason jars just about put me over the edge! They are too stinking cute.
    Do you mind if I post about it on my blog with a link back to you?

  21. Jennifer 07.12.2013

    There are some really great ideas in your post today. I had been wanting to make real lemonade for a while. I picked some lemons up today and went by the recipe without the lavender as I don’t have any and I couldn’t wait for some lemonade! I ended up adding 3 cups of regular water since my husband can’t stand anything fizzy. (I don’t know what is wrong with him!) Just 1 cup was way too sweet and tart. Especially with so much sugar in that simple syrup. Can’t wait to try it with lavender.

    • Jennifer 07.12.2013

      I forgot to add something! Sorry! I poured myself a glass and smashed some raspberries in it and topped it off with just a splash of sparkling water and it tastes amazing!

  22. Nicole 07.12.2013

    Imagine my surprise to scroll down see my enchilada rice in your Friday Favorites! Thanks for the love. I’m very flattered. Good luck with the yard work!

  23. shopgirl213 07.12.2013

    Love this post! Just FYI sparkling is spelled wrong in the picture- no big, but you might want to fix!

  24. Tieghan 07.12.2013

    Such great shares this week!! I love reading through these post every friday!

  25. Thank you so much Kristin for including my cake in your round up! Bad news is though, I now have serious cravings for corn chips and that amazing-looking guacamole :(

  26. char eats greens 07.13.2013

    I don’t know how you find some of this stuff, but I am NOT arguing!!!

  27. Sevimin Askanasi 07.13.2013

    all yummy
    especially the chocolate is mine favorites

  28. Trisha 07.13.2013

    I have ALL the tabs open at the top of my screen after clicking on so many of these awesome Friday Faves. A super great round this week!

  29. So fun. I love these posts. And that cookie dough pie… oh my gosh. I’m drooling at my computer. Yum!

  30. Thank you so much for the feature Kristin! All those recipes look awesome! The brown sugar one is going to the top of my list :)

  31. That guacamole sounds delicious! I would never have thought of adding pomegranate seeds.

    Also that choc chip pie, oh my gosh, I die!! ;)

  32. Brenda 07.14.2013

    Kristin, thanks to you and your mom for stopping to chat with me, my husband, and my friends at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday. You may read my post about the market here:

    I enjoy your blog everyday. I’m keeping you in my thoughts and hoping for an easy delivery for your new baby boy.

  33. Nessa 07.14.2013

    Love that dino platter!

  34. so many good desserts on here this week! i did a little thirsty thursday recipe over at a friend’s blog this week for a lavender vodka lemonade. once you can have an adult beverage again, i think you would like it!

  35. Thanks for linking up my coffee cake – you are the best! :)

  36. Lauren Williams 07.17.2013

    That coffee cake looks so good. I am a sucker for any type of coffee cake! The dino server is hilarious! would be perfect for a kids birthday party. And I will have to try that guac dip!

  37. I’m obsessed with your Friday Favorites! Thanks so much!

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