Friday Favorites

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***Looking for the recipes you saw on KCCI this morning? Click for the Raspberry Vanilla Cheesecake Bites and Hot Pepper Jelly Dip!***

Hello, and happy Friday!

Cooking on KCCI went well, although I noticed 5 minutes before we went live that coffee had been dribbling out of my mug and down my blouse the entire morning – BLERG! Thankfully it dried seconds before I made Raspberry Vanilla Cheesecake Bites and Hot Pepper Jelly Dip on air! :D

Here’s the video!

Eek! ;)

Don’t forget you have until tonight at 5pm central to enter the Panera Gift Card Giveaway. Ugh…what I wouldn’t give for a Cinnamon Crunch Bagel right now... Ahem, anyways, without further ado, here are my favorite finds for the week!

Favorite oh no she didn’t: Salty Caramel Oat Bars. If someone could just go ahead and show up at my house with a batch of these right about now, that’d be great, thanks.

SaltyCaramelOatBars

Favorite Kitchen Find: West Elm Modern Bowls. So whimsical, and I love the size!

bowls

Favorite fantasy: Thalassini Church in the Grecian Cyclades Islands. There was a church that looked almost exactly like this in Praiano on the Amalfi Coast that I just adored. I love the nearly 360 degree view here though!

Greece

Favorite dinner idea: Herbed Risotto with Chicken and Caramelized Onions. Seriously, like, all my favorite things on one plate.

risotto

Favorite holiday hairstyle: Simple Gibson Tuck. Someday!

hairstyle

Favorite stocking stuffer: Jennifer Aniston’s perfume. I’m not a big perfume girl – it’s usually way too strong – but this is a perfectly light and pleasant scent.

Jennifer_Aniston_Bottle

Favorite easy holiday decor: Knitting Needle Tree. You have GOT to click over to see this – so incredibly easy, and I just love the look!

KnittingNeedleTree

Favorite drool-worth photo: 100 Layer Lasagna. Oh to have just one bite!

lasagna

Favorite bag: J Crew Marceau Hobo. This is everything I’m looking for in a purse. I may just splurge and get it!

bag

Favorite foodie gift: Cuisinart Mini Food Processor. This baby is my saving grace in the kitchen. I use it for chopping onions, garlic and veggies, and mixing batters like for the cheesecakes. A must-have item for any home cook!

minifoodprocessor

Favorite funny: Hilarious animal expressions. I dare you not to laugh out loud!!!

panda

Favorite piece of jewelry: MXMJewelry Initial Ring. I think this is unique and sweet.

ring

Favorite do I dare?!: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes & Walnuts. Ok, sounds totally nuts, but my Mom said a friend’s daughter made it and it was awesome!

RoastedBSprouts

Favorite ‘if only’. Haaaaa!

RyanGoslingMasonJar

Favorite slurp: Spicy Tomato Soup. We all know how I feel about tomato soup, but this looks so dang good!

SpicyTomatoSoup

Favorite sweet sip: Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. I tried a sample of this last night and OMG – it was amazing. They even sprinkle salt on top! Tip: order it “short” which is just 8oz. That’s all you’ll need of this rich drink.

starbucks-salted-caramel-hot-chocolate

Favorite photos: National Geographic’s 2011 Photo Contest Roundup. Super cool!

nationalgeographic

Favorite Friday night activity: Watching The Hangover that just came out on DVD – whee!

hangover

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Have a great weekend everyone!

PS: would you take a few seconds to help my brother claim the title of Social Czar of Des Moines (how cool is that?!) Simply click this link, select “Justin Wise” and hit “Done”. We thank you!!! :D

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