Happy Friday, everyone, welcome to the weekend!
Sorry there hasn’t been a whole lot of “eating” here on Iowa Girl Eats this week. Post launch fixes, tweaks, and updates took up most of my week, but the site is 99.99% running smoothly now. I can’t tell you how unbelievable it feels to have this weight (albeit an exciting one!) lifted off my shoulders. I need some warm sunshine to open arm twirl around in, alas, while the foliage could not be more beautiful, it’s friggin’ freezing outside!
Thanks again for bearing with me this week as we got the new site up and rolling. I appreciate every positive, encouraging, and constructively critical comment and email. Like I said, I want IGE to be a space that YOU’RE excited to come to, so I take each and every one to heart.
In other news, Ben, the little man and I will be visiting family this weekend, and I’m looking forward to taking it easy before the madness of the holiday season is upon us. What will you be up to? Any fun Halloween plans?
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 sweet: Gluten-Free Cinnabon Copycat Cinnamon Roll. The last time Lincoln and I went on our weekly date to La Mie, they had just pulled an enormous tray of cinnamon rolls out of the oven. The air smelled so Heavenly that we almost had to leave. Not even kidding! Need to make this gluten-free cinnamon roll stat.
Favorite travel: Telluride, Colorado. I randomly found this photo whilst surfing Pinterest a few weeks ago then sent it to my brother, who went to Telluride this summer, asking if it really looked like the picture. Yes, he responded. 360 degree mountain views – it’s mind boggling. This unbelievable mountain town is officially next on my Colorado bucket list.
Favorite plate: Chorizo Tomato and Charred Corn Salad. I love the combination of decadent chorizo, and fresh tomatoes and sweet corn in this big entree salad. Never would have put the ingredients together myself, but they make so much sense when I see them all together on a plate.
Favorite fashion. How adorable is this look? Cozy sweater, cute stripes, navy pants – even love the hot pink lip.
Favorite indulge: Herb Mushroom Cheese Bread. I’ve been roasting mushrooms with a fierceness lately – just tossing them with extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper then roasting at 400 for 20 minutes or so – they come out perfectly but would be even better mixed with herbs and cheese then sprinkled on top of a loaf of GF bread. YUM!
Favorite read: Essentialism. My friend Liz recently recommended this book and I read the whole thing in about 4 hours – it’s unbelievable. If you find yourself saying yes more than you’re saying no, feeling pulled in a hundred different directions, doing 10 things at once and none of them well, having your time dictated by anyone other than you, READ THIS BOOK. One of my biggest takeaways was constantly asking myself, what’s important NOW? Like, right this very second? Then doing that. :)
Favorite forkful: Butternut Squash Carbonara with Fried Sage and Caramelized Onions. Um, yeah. Will be making this with Capello’s gluten-free fettuccini (locals – HyVee started carrying it and it’s worth every penny!) the minute I hit “publish” on this post.
Favorite funny: If Moms Talked to Each Other The Way They Talk to Their Kids. I diiiiiied watching this. How ridiculous are we???
Favorite decor: Lanterns with Wrought Iron Hooks. I’ve been begging Ben to get gas lamps a la Charleston for our back deck to complete the outdoor space, but I’m thinking it’s probably not going to happen what with having to run gas lines through our siding and everything. Yeah. I could definitely be happy with these adorable lanterns with candles inside though. So fab, right?
Favorite festive: Healthy Halloween Candy Corn Snack. Now that I have a child of candy-craving age, Halloween kind of makes me want to scream. Go ahead and call me the un-fun Mom. It’s ok! #sorrynotsorry In my opinion, if it’s easy to make a healthy alternative to a sugary, food-dye-laden candy then why wouldn’t you? That said these layered fruit “Candy Corn” snacks are so adorable, and perfect for a healthier yet still fun-feeling Halloween treat. You could even sub whipped coconut milk fat for the whipped cream if you need to!
Favorite tips: 34 Ingenious Ways to Declutter Your Entire Life. The spirit of the book Essentialiasm (above) is “less is more”, which includes having less stuff. These tips for decluttering your house and life are great, and I especially love #34 which comes just in time for the holiday season. May I suggest mason jars of Puppy Chow for humans? :)
Favorite stuffage: French Onion soup au Gratin Stuffed Meatloaf. OH MY GOOD GRAVY, YES! Cannot wait to make this decadent-looking meatloaf! Has the phrase decadent-looking meatloaf ever been uttered before? You heard it here first! ;)
Favorite beauty: Under-eye Concealer Crease Prevention. Yes. Please. I need all the under-eye help I can get.
Favorite Halloween: 14 Creative and Easy Last Minute Halloween Treats. Because I’m not a total Halloween grinch! ;) Eww….!
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Have a great weekend, everyone!
Didn’t even make it through your whole list (I usually find some supper ideas among the list). The picture from Colorado about made me weep. So beautiful.
And a quick shout of how great the site looks.
I absolutely love the new site! Can I ask if you designed it yourself? I’m looking for a redesign and haven’t found someone to work with yet. Thanks!
Hi Christy! The designer and developer I used is in the bottom of this post! http://iowagirleats.com/2015/10/26/new-iowa-girl-eats-blog-tour/
Hi Kristin! I recently got diagnosed with hypothyroid. As you probably know, Celiac’s Disease and hypothyroidism often co-occur. Would you mind sharing with me your journey of getting diagnosed. What specialists and testing were needed to finally reach a diagnosis? I am going to be meeting with an endocrinologist for more thorough testing to determine the cause of my hypothyroid (often the cause is autoimmune). I would greatly appreciate any advice you could provide as I embark on this journey. Thank you Kristin! Love your recipes! The new website looks great, congrats!
Hey Katie! You bet, do you want to shoot me an email? [email protected]
Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish 10.31.2015
First off, WOW! LOVE LOVE the new website design, Kristin! It really speaks IGA!!! And big thanks for featuring the chorizo corn salad. So glad you liked it, friend! XOXO
Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish 10.31.2015
*IGE, of course! Not sure why that would autocorrect lol
Thank you Suzy! I hope you are well!
Brittany W 10.30.2015
Telluride is amazing! I went a few years ago a few weeks before Christmas and it was so charming. Definitely a must-visit!
Wohoo – good to know. Another vote for Telluride!
Mary Hansen 10.30.2015
Been enjoying your blog for years, but thsi new format on my chrome is slooow to load and the pictures are HUGE, so forever to scroll through. Cant follow this blog at all because of this. Is it chrome? Sorry to lose you!
Hi Mary, I’m sorry to hear that! Are you experiencing the slowness on desktop or mobile? Thanks for your help!
Great post! Your Friday Favorites posts are always my favorite! That photo of Telluride is incredible and looks like it would be such an interesting place to visit someday. Also, the mushroom bread looks great, I think I may have pinned that after I saw it.
I’ve made the french onion soup stuffed meatloaf before and it is so so tasty!!!
YUMMMM, I cannot wait to make it. :)
Always love your Friday Favorites and also loving your new site- loads on my phone super fast!!!
I must know where you got your gold shoes — so cute!!!
Thanks! They’re Steve Madden Kwiltt shoes. :)
I absolutely love your Friday Favorites! I have for a long time. It is my favorite blog post. I love the eclectic mix of links. I recently started a blog – it’s still a work in progress. I’ve tried to copy your style with Friday Favorites!
Don’t hate me but…I am a Charleston native and, after traveling to Telluride every year for a long time have just moved to NM. All three places are phenomenal. My fave place? Iowa. Go figure :)
Hahaha, there’s definitely something about the Midwest! <3
Chicago Jogger 10.30.2015
I need that simplifying book it my life… checking it out asap! Love your list, as usual. :)
Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday 10.30.2015
Love love love the new site design! And roasted mushrooms sound amazing. I usually sauté them in a bit of butter with garlic, but I might have to give that a try!
OMG. Those finger hot dogs are so gross… but so genius!