Friday Favorites + $100 Reader Survey Giveaway

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Happy Friday, everyone! How’d your short week go?

For once it wasn’t too big of an adjustment coming home from vacation. I can be quite lazy at times but there’s one thing I’m adamant about after taking a trip and that’s unpacking the second I get home. Otherwise the suitcase becomes a permanent object in the corner of the bedroom collecting dust much like the stack of books on my nightstand that’s been sitting there largely untouched for, cough, a YEAR?

Note to self: quit watching trashy reality television at night and read! What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

Anyway, where was I, oh yes. My bags are unpacked, the fridge is stocked, and our sights are set firmly on Saturday – game-day, baby! We’re heading to my parent’s house to watch the Hawkeyes play Ball State. Can’t wait. I’m bringing a new Savannah-inspired appetizer recipe that I’m testing out for Monday’s post, so stay tuned!

In other news, today I’m launching the annual Iowa Girl Eats Reader Survey + $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! A little over a year ago I launched my first reader survey to see what you guys were digging, what you weren’t, and everything in between. It was so helpful. Admittedly a lot has changed over the year. I had a baby and went from posting 4-5 days a week to 3, then got diagnosed with Celiac Disease and started posting gluten free recipes. Plus more stuff that I can’t think of right now.

That said, I want to check back in to see how we’re all feeling. I’m committed to keeping this site recipe-focused but like any job, after 5+ years there’s definitely room and a desire for growth and change. So please, help me out and possibly win a $100 Amazon Gift Card while you’re at it!

Fill out this reader survey by 11:59pm central time on Friday, September 12 and be entered to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card! (Entering the giveaway is not mandatory.)

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In the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond, and have a great weekend!

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Favorite decadence: Double Chocolate Cookies. I can’t even handle the meltage in these cookies. A chocoholic’s dream come true!

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Favorite DIY: Turn a Drawer Into an End Table. This drawer-turned-end-table project is one of the coolest DIY projects I’ve seen. The leather strap and etched details are so smart.

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Favorite upgrade: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bowls. Wait ’til you see these! I just bought a spaghetti squash to make Low Carb Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs but am totally reworking the menu to make these instead. Looooove it.

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Favorite travel: 19 Truly Charming Places To See Before You Die. Good grief this roundup just gave me the travel bug (and hey, check out #5!)

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Favorite devour: Sweet Chili Garlic Chicken Pizza. One gluten-filled craving I just cannot kick is a doughy homemade pizza. MAN I’d kill for a cheesey, sweet-heat slice of this homemade pizza from Pinch of Yum!

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Favorite funny: 21 Actual Analogies Used by High School Students in English Essays. Ben and I found this floating around Facebook the other day and were dyying. #14…I can’t even.

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Favorite bite: Bacon Wrapped Grilled Peaches with Balsamic Glaze. Seriously all my favorite flavors in one bite. These would be awesome for a tailgating party since they can be served warm or room temp.

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Favorite project: DIY Chalkboard Sign. How adorable are these DIY chalkboard signs? Rustic and fabulous. Are you getting excited for fall? 

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Favorite fall: White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodles. The folks at Trader Joe’s recently told me that all their pumpkin products are coming in next week – whee! In the meantime, I’ll be over here drooling over these chewy pumpkin-spiced snickerdoodles. :)

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Favorite slurp: Slow Cooker Quinoa White Chili with Roasted Poblanos. I’ve had soup, stew, and chili on the brain in a major way lately. Think I’ll kick off soup season with this thick and hearty chili with a unique touch of roasted poblanos.

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Favorite fashion. Ok, if fall food isn’t getting you excited for the next couple of months, maybe this charming fall outfit will. LOVE me some fall boots, scarves and sweaters!

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Favorite crave: The Shiny Shiny – Gruyere, Jamon Serrano, Candied Garlic and Tomato Chutney Grilled Cheese. Holy buckets – need to get me one of these stacked grilled cheeses, stat!

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Favorite decor: Log Filled Fireplace. I really like the looks of this log filled fireplace with brick up to the ceiling (swoon!) but what I’m really loving is the mantle decor! It’s the perfect styling for a side table I have in the entry hallway that’s kind of awkwardly styled at the moment. Taking notes…

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Favorite breakfast: Cinnamon-Pumpkin Waffles with a Caramel Syrup. I saw this photo on my Instagram feed a few days ago and my mouth instantly began to water. I want to take a swim in that caramel syrup!

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