Happy Friday, everyone – can I get a hip hip hooray? I really and truly mean it when I say, WE FINALLY MADE IT! I swear every day since Tuesday has felt like Friday!

Regardless, we were thrilled to finally have above-freezing temperatures this week which meant my little snowman and I were able to get out and go for a walk in the fresh air. 40+ degrees is in the forecast this weekend which means more outdoor time is hopefully in our future – yes!

Sorry to be the stereotypical Midwesterner talking about the weather, but cabin fever is a real thing…is it spring yet? ;)

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Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? What do you and your family like to do when it’s cold outside but the family’s going crazy inside? We need some ideas!

In the meantime wherever you are and whatever you do have a wonderful weekend and please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Favorites!

Favorite bite: The Best Hot Dog You Will Ever Eat. The boys have gotten a hot dog the last few times we’ve been to Costco and it’s been absolute torture smelling them from afar (Costco has THE best hot dogs, in case you didn’t know!) Something tells me The Best Hot Dog You Will Ever Eat (sans bun) will take away some of the sting. Drooling!!

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Favorite footwear: Berit Wedge Sandal. Aren’t these wedges gorgeous? They’d be perfect for a warm weather spring trip. I don’t always wear shoes higher than flats, but when I do, they’re wedges. #themostinterestingfootwearintheworld

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Favorite trip: Bahia Honda State Park. Speaking of warm weather trips, I am currently obsessed with revisiting the Florida Keys (The Beach Boys may or may not have been blasting so loud while I was cooking dinner the other night that I didn’t hear Ben come in and was, well, horribly embarrassed,) and especially seeing Bahia Honda State Park, pictured below. Have you ever been? Looks like Heaven on earth!

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Favorite snack. Aaaand just in case that island vacation happens a little later rather than sooner, I can eat like I’m somewhere tropical with my latest snack creation for The Laughing Cow! Crunchy, gluten-free bagel bites smeared with The Laughing Cow Creamy White Cheddar then topped with a sweet and spicy pineapple relish made with fresh pineapple, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime juice can take me anywhere but…here…if only in my mind. Pass the cheese and sunscreen (plus some rum!)

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Favorite tip: How to Clean a Greasy Hood Range Filter. So I didn’t find out that you could wash greasy hood range filters until after I spent $40 buying new ones. D’oh! While it’s pretty (ok, really,) gross, hood range filters are easy to clean of disgusting grease and grime – you should try it!

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Favorite fresh: Ahi Wonton Nachos with Mango Salsa and Wasabi Mayo. I fell in love with this recipe the minute I saw this bright and mouthwatering photo. I am desperate for a taste!

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Favorite project: Creating Dining Room Storage with Floating Shelves. These floating shelves are absolutely gorgeous and would be perfect to hang above a long buffet to store glassware and, well, everything you see here. Beautiful and functional.

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Favorite fresh: Grapefruit and Avocado Salad. Dairy free Caprese Salad with a twist? Gorgeous and refreshing – can’t wait to give it a try, especially because both grapefruit and avocados are so tasty right now.

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Favorite fashion: Kate Spade One in a Million Initial Pendant. This necklace is similar to the pink Kate Spade pendant necklace I wear almost everyday, but I LOVE the simple stamped initial! I’m not a huge jewelry girl (I wear the same pair of earrings and aforementioned pink pendant almost everyday,) but this would quickly become a wardrobe staple.

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Favorite slider: Green Chili Chicken Sliders. Perfect for the Super Bowl, no? Great combination of flavors.

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Favorite mood: Flameless Candle Set. My parents got me a set of these candles for Christmas and I immediately placed them on our living room built ins, amongst a few others I already had, and set the timer so they come on at 4:30pm everyday. Ben feels like he’s living in an 1875 Victorian mansion and I…feel like I’m living in an 1875 Victorian mansion. Mission accomplished!

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Favorite dinner: 30 Minute Sheet Pan Potatoes and Chicken Sausage. One pan + potatoes + chicken sausage? I officially call dibs on clean up duty the day we make this for dinner! (See what I did there? Because it’d be so easy? I…nevermind.)

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Favorite craft: Homemade Flubber. FLUUUUBBBER! Too much fun! Amazon prime should be delivering the materials to make a batch literally any minute. Can’t wait – little man’s going to love it.

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Favorite how-to: How To Make Paneer Cheese in 30 Minutes. I’ve been craving Saag Paneer something fierce lately and had never thought to make my own cheese for it. Looks easy enough!

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Favorite chop. Maybe it’s the anticipation of spring cleaning and starting fresh, but I’ve decided to chop my hair – whack! Nothing drastic (I’m on a legit 20 year cycle of growing it out then chopping it into a bob over, and over, and over again,) rather this medium-length cut with layers has left me with heart eyes. Do you dig it?

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Have a great weekend, everyone! :)

 

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