One of the reasons why I think it would have been fun to grow up in the south (besides epic BBQ, crawfish boils, and wearing pearls to tailgates) is so I could legitimately say y’all. It always sounds so charming coming from a Southerner. ;)
All I’ve got is heck, dang, and shoot. Wait, that’s perpetuating a horrible Midwestern hick stereotype. We are not hicks! We don’t all live on farms! Although we adore our farmers! I was so annoyed at the show Smash this year for always making fun of the main character Karen for being so small town, as she moved to New York from Iowa.
Anyways, total rant, sorry. It’s supposed to be wretchedly hot this weekend, and apparently the heat has already gone to my brain.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are, and please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Favorites!
FAVORITE THING EVER: The Big Yellow Bike. This is a local company that built a 16 person bike which you can pedal around downtown visiting different bars. SO. AWESOME.
Favorite sink: Key Lime Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting. As in, I want to sink my teeth into one (or five) of these babies! Love the fuchsia color of the icing with the bright colors of the cupcake wrappers, too. Very festive for summer!
Favorite floor. Rustic, cozy, and perfect for hiding crumbs!
Favorite wake up: Sugar Crusted Vanilla French Toast. What a decadent way to start a weekend, no?
Favorite awwww: Tired Allen. I feel ya’, buddy!
Favorite shortcut: Vinyl Backsplash. Because who has the time/ungodly amounts of patience needed to stencil a backsplash?!
Favorite bite: Hummus and Avocado Toasts with Roasted Tomatoes. Wow, these look so satisfying and delicious, and super easy too.
Favorite DIY: $1 Store Pot Holder Flat Iron Caddy. GENIUS. I usually cough borrow a hotel washcloth to wrap my hot flat iron in when I’m traveling!
Favorite twist: Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats. Awesome twist on the classic Rice Krispie Treat. Who doesn’t adore the unique chew of salted caramel?
Favorite tip: Chobani Conversion Chart. This is so great to keep on hand. I never knew I could use Greek yog to replace a portion of butter in recipes!
Favorite RRR: Candle Jars turned Storage Containers. This is an awesome way to turn empty or near empty candle jars into something that looks super chic and expensive.
Favorite app: Peach & Prosciutto Bruschetta. I was working on a freelance recipe using peaches the other day and was dying over how delicious and juicy they were. Love this salty-sweet combo!
Favorite place: The Blue Lagoon outside of Vang Vieng, Laos. I can feel that cool water on my skin already! (Totally jealous of this blogger, btw!)
Favorite devour: Baked Brown Sugar Chicken Wings. Oh. Heck. Yes.
Favorite photo: Morning Sun in Viddal, Norway in a Bubble. WOW.
Favorite before & after: DIY Ottoman. This is so cool. Heading to Craigslist, mmm, NOW!
Favorite must-have: Rain Gutter Drink Cooler. Borrowing my Dad’s saw this weekend. How freaking awesome is this?!
Favorite dinner: Spaghetti in Garlic Gravy with Herbs and Lemon Marinated Chicken and Cherry Tomatoes. How ya’ gonna hate on anything with gravy in the recipe name? :)
Favorite duh: Cord Control. Place opposing pieces of velcro on appliances with long cords. This would have come in handy yesterday when I tripped over the long cord of a computer monitor I was carrying and nearly fell down the stairs!
Favorite party: Watermelon Keg. A fun feature at any summer party!
Favorite tip: Pillowcase Fan Duster. I’m going to go ahead and bust myself out by saying I haven’t turned the fan on in my office in about ohhh two years, simply because I don’t want to clean the fan. I know. So shameful. Totally using this tip to avoid having dust fly all over the room dusting the traditional way!
Favorite dessert: Cannoli Dip. Come to Mama!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Go ahead and say y’all as much as you want! For sure when you have the BBQ going. I now call the quad cities home (IA side) after living in Dallas for only two years. I bust out y’all all the time! I’m now an Iowa girl….and I love to eat. So glad I found your blog.
Stephanie @cookinfanatic 06.13.2012
Yep. Pretty sure I just pinned half of this post haha. LOVE your friday faves girl!!!!
I can not believe that you also have beerbikes in the US…. I am from Germany and Americans love this attraction here, so I thought that you never could drink and ride the beerbike in the US on the streets with no brown bag and stuff……
haha good for you!
Let me know when you come to Germany on one of your travels! :-)
Kitchen worktops guy 06.11.2012
Baked brown sugar chicken wings? Well, those are definitely going on the “to try ASAP” list.
“Do you wonder what it’s like living in a permanent imagination?” | Tramplingrose 06.10.2012
[…] paninis and maybe some fruit or some sort of veg). But I saw this beauty on Iowa Girl Eats’ Friday Favorites this week, and I knew I had to make it. The baguette I picked up at Buttercrust on Friday afternoon was just […]
I always love reading your Friday favorites. Thanks for sharing!
Pots and Pins 06.09.2012
Hi Kristin! Thanks for posting my Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats…I had a HUGE jump in traffic today! But the best part is I got to find YOUR blog! I loved reading your Friday Favorites – drool worthy! I’m your newest fan! xo, Nan
Carrie @ Season It Already! 06.09.2012
Any post with pupper dawgs will get my attention! ;-)
Y’all…. We have family in the Des Moines area and visit frequently. They definitely have a southern drawl (compared to my MN fast pace – and the “you betcha’s”) and I am positive they say y’all. You can do it! :)
So funny you posted that Big Yellow Bike. I am doing the Pedal Tavern in Nashville this week & am so excited!!
Also, I am a northern Illinois girl living in Tennessee and I love saying ya’ll!!
em @ simplypresent 06.09.2012
I used to live in Ames, Iowa! My mom and brother are actually up there for a family reunion this weekend.
I’m looking forward to working weddings this weekend. I just started as a floral design intern!
Jessica Sliman 06.09.2012
Love that house. It’s BEAUTIFUL. We are about to renovate a house…so I put that kitchen straight to my inspiration board! :)
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen 06.08.2012
I’m literally crying after watching that Beagle go nuts. What is wrong with me?!!
Go ahead and use y’all. Kelly Ripa does & she’s from New Jersey! I’m from the South & y’all is an all purpose word. It call be singular, plural, feminine or masculine. Love your blog & your photos, especially of all the steps in a recipe. Keep up the good work :-)