KCCI went well this morning! Katie Ward (who’s leaving at the end of June, sob!) and I made Fresh Margarita Chicken which is a perfect dish to grill up for Mother’s Day this weekend. My Mom gave me a, “that looked sooo good, hint, hint!” when I called her after the segment. Guess I know what’s going on her Mother’s Day menu! ;)


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In other news, this week has been absolutely, positively gorgeous. It’s been such a treat getting out nearly every afternoon to take a walk and clear my head, then heading back out when Ben gets home from work. It’s amazing what a little vitamin D can do for the soul.


All the dogwood and crabapple trees in the neighborhood are beginning to bud, plus all the lilacs, too. So worth the wait – they are absolutely gorgeous (and smell. Heavenly!)


Well it should be a busy little weekend. My Mom and I are going to spend Saturday together for a little pre-Mother’s Day fun, including a stop at the Farmer’s Market if the weather cooperates, and girly pedicures afterwards. A couples baby shower is on the agenda for Saturday night, then Sunday = Mother’s Day! Should be a great couple of days with friends and family.

What are you up to this weekend? 

I hope you’ve got something fun in the works, and in the meantime please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web in this week’s Friday Favorites! (And happy Mother’s Day to all you Mama’s out there. Can’t wait to join the ranks!)

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Favorite bite: Cinnamon Roll Bites. Poppable cinnamon rolls you can make the night before you need ’em, and don’t need to be rolled out then up? SOLD.


Favorite fashion. Fabulous to the MAX. I am loving all the chambray + brights/floral combos I’ve been seeing lately.


Favorite fake-out: Stuffed Salmon with Siracha Cream Sauce. Don’t want to roll up a California sushi roll? Stuff the same ingredients inside a salmon filet and bake it instead. This recipe looks insane. 


Favorite funny. I so wish I’d found this sooner – it would have made for the most hilarious Mother’s Day gift!


Favorite sip: Mango Margaritas. My love of mangoes (and margaritas!) strikes again with these sweet and frothy sippers. I will have quite the cocktail list to work through next year!


Favorite tutorial: How to Create Your Own Original Cookie Recipe. This is SUCH a great post. The blogger (also a Midwestern gal named Kristin!) breaks down all the ingredients typically found in a cookie recipe, explains why they’re there, and then offers tons of ways you can put your own spin on a batch of cookies. Learned so much from this post.


Favorite fresh: Bacon Apple Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad. All. The. Things! Looks so refreshing and tasty, right?


Favorite grill: Chilean Style Hot Dogs with Avocado-Chili Relish. These babies were the star of my latest post for BHG.com’s Delish Dish Blog. Fancy name, but totally easy to make. And, I’m just going to say it, I love grilled hot dogs. I LOVE GRILLED HOT DOGS! (Check out the post for the ones I like to buy.)


Favorite place: Chamonix. I think the winter that will not die has affected my brain because I can’t believe I’m posting a picture of snow-capped mountains in Chamonix, a commune in south-eastern France, also home to the first Winter Olympics in 1924, as this week’s favorite place. Oh my gosh though this scene is just so beautiful. What a view!

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Favorite slurp: Spaghetti with Mascarpone, Meyer Lemon, Spinach, and Hazelnuts. Pasta with mascarpone cheese > spaghetti without mascarpone cheese. Must try this yummy, springy dish.


Favorite find: Savannah Embossed Drink Dispenser. World Market does it again! This mason jar-esque drink dispenser would be perfect for summer backyard parties.


Favorite refresh: Individual White Berry Lemon Sangrias. Speaking of mason jars – check out these individual mason jar sangrias, MMMMMMM! Could easily make these virgin, too. Just need a cuppow (which I totally bought last summer) and you’re set!


Favorite find: Coffee Coconut Ice Cream. From my brilliant friend Dana @ Minimalist Baker, obviously. I NEEEEED a pint of this in my freezer. You don’t have to have an ice cream machine to make it either!


Favorite space. I love everything about this space from the paneled ceiling and iron lanterns, to the neutral-colored decor and soft blue walls. Per-fec-tion.


Favorite woah: Typography Cake. Wouldn’t this be a cool cake to make for Mother’s Day, and spell out “MOM” inside?!


Favorite fitness: Count Up – Count Down Workout. I’m always really attracted to workouts where you count up or down, or both, like this one. It always makes the time go faster, in my experience.


Favorite treat: Caramelized Banana Sticky Buns. Make these, mmkay? For Mom!


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Have a happy weekend, all! : )