Happy Friday, everyone – TGIF!

This week I realized it was time to start a Lincoln-ism book, er, Evernote file. Li-ving in a digital world, and I am a digital girl. ? ( ⬅️ Look out, I found the emoji keyboard! ?)

Anyway, little man is using his imagination more than ever before and the things that are coming out of his mouth are a HOOT! (I realize it might only be a hoot to his mom and dad, but, indulge me for a moment.) Overheard this week:

“Apple juice tastes good on a hot day.” Sure does, buddy, though it’s currently just 1 degree outside.

(Drinking lemonade) “Apple juice…big exhale…SO good!” Indeed.

(Standing on two overturned toy bins) “I am a robot!” You can be anything you want to be, if you put your mind to it!

(Waking up from a nap) “Dada come get me, my body hurts.” (Starts humming Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.) I can’t even.

That is to say, we are having fun around here. ? 2-1/2 years, you keep us on our toes and a smile on our faces. (Psst: Homemade Blubber linked to from my last Friday Favorites was a huge hit!)


At any rate, we don’t have any plans for the weekend besides gearing up for Valentine’s Day! Crap, that reminds me, I still haven’t gotten Ben a gift! #storyofmylife What are you getting your person? I’ve over-gifted on the beer/whiskey/golf/Lodge cast iron pan fronts and need some new ideas. Help!

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 find: Poutine Potato Skins. BE STILL my poutine-loving heart!! If the boys and I can’t get into Louie’s Wine Dive for a poutine fix at some point this weekend, these are definitely happening in my kitchen.


Favorite valentine: Printing & Stamping. If you or your kids still need to make Valentines, here’s how we made Lincoln’s homemade ones. The post is written by my friend Chelsea, who is an art teacher and this project could. not. be. easier. Lincoln handed them out at his class party this week and they were a hit!


Favorite must-try: 3 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Squares. My sister-in-law brought these to family lunch last Sunday and they FLEW out of the pan. Ben ate a square with foil still stuck to the bottom because there was no time, apparently, to peel it off before the rest were eaten and he could get another. She topped hers with a drizzle of honey then topped with chocolate chips and a sprinkle of sea salt.


Favorite pairing: Apples and Bacon Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette. Everything about this salad screams YES! to me. Apples and bacon is the new peanut butter and jelly.


Favorite activity: Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment. This toddler-friendly activity that calls for just distilled vinegar, baking soda, and food coloring has been the hit of a lifetime at our house! Lincoln has done it every single day this week for a MINIMUM of one hour each time. Just something to think about, Moms. AN HOUR. ??


Favorite sip: Pineapple Mimosa. Hello, Valentine’s Day cocktail. ❤️


Favorite gluten-free: Healthier Flourless Monster Cookies. A festive, flour-free treat for all my gluten-free Valentine’s Day cookie lovers! I love how these look so dense yet squishy.


Favorite heartbreak: Love Sucks: Heart Break Cake. For all my anti-Valentine’s Day for whatever reason people. Is this not the best?


Favorite fashion: Pizza Sweatshirt. I’m not sure I can get through the rest of the season that shall not be named without this sweatshirt. Plus, PIZZA!


Favorite must-have: Beef Vindaloo. Ben’s old roommate/forever bestie is Indian and we always had fun trying his authentic Indian dishes when they lived together way back in the day. This recipe for Beef Vindaloo is making my mouth water, and looks easy too.


Favorite accessory: Sailor’s Knot Bangle Bracelet. I pretty much only wear gold jewelry besides my wedding ring but have zero wrist accessories except for an enormous gold watch (this one, in case you’re wondering – it was a gift.) I adore the watch but it’s big, and this dainty bracelet would go with anything.


Favorite fresh: Pineapple Smoothie Bowl. Oh HECK yes! Caribbean vacation in an edible vessel. So down with this for so many reasons.

Pineapple Smoothie Bowl | www.kitchenconfidante.com

Favorite over the top: BBQ Havarti Burgers with Sweet Potato Curly Fries. YOU’RE WELCOME. ?


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Have a WONDERFUL weekend, everyone!