Happy Friday everyone – I hope you had a great week!

I finally got the time I needed this week to sit down and breathe for a second! Freelance projects have been turned in, birthdays have been celebrated (recap coming Tuesday – pinky swear,) and meetings have been had. A free weekend is on the horizon, too. Bliss! Last one for awhile but it’ll be good to recharge and do something summery because, sniff, September will be here before we know it!

That said, shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but I’m kind of craving an apple and pumpkin-picking day. Right? On one hand I don’t want to see the summer end, but on the other hand I can’t help but get excited for some of my favorite fall activities and, dunh dunh dunnnnh – the return of the black fleece. MUWAHAHAHA!

Ahem, anyway, many of my Friday Favorite picks this week reflect my new attitude of looking ahead. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya’!

Well wherever you are and whatever you do have a wonderful weekend, and in the meantime please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Favorites!

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Favorite mouthful: Bourbon Caramelized Bacon and Heirloom Tomato BLT w/Fried Eggs + Smoked Gouda. Be still my heart! I am seriously down with every single ingredient in this ultimate BLT. Especially the smoked gouda. It’s so amazing that I bought a wedge this week for no particular reason other than to gnaw on it for a few days.


Favorite style: Nantucket Beach House: Get the Look. If Ben and I ever build a three or four season porch onto our house this is exactly how I want it styled. Effortlessly cozy yet classic, too.


Favorite sweet: Brown Sugar Pound Cake. Oh my stars! This cake looks dreamily-dense and, dare I say it – moist. Muwahaha! I can only imagine how delicious that glaze must taste, too.


Favorite must-have: Family Command Center. I am going to BEG Ben to let me make this! We don’t have a desk in our kitchen (probably my only complaint about the space,) so I’ve taken up an entire corner of it for filing, bills, odds/ends, etc. That said, the side panel of the fridge built around would be perfect for this type of command center.


Favorite slurp: Cheesy Potato Soup (in Pretzel Bowls!). Get ready for it you guys – soup season is coming! This will likely be the first one I make, on account of it’s dreaminess and also because it calls for my very favorite smokey ingredient. Any guesses?


Favorite father/son: DIY Skateboard Shelf. Anyone else have a husband who’s obsessed with skate boarding? No? Just Me? Well it’s true, and I can’t think of a better way to use one of his dozens of extra decks than to build a custom hanging shelf for Lincoln’s room. How cute!


Favorite supper: Spicy Pork and Kale Soup. I have been capital O-bsessed with kale lately. Baby and lacinato, to be specific. Combined with pork sausage and chewy rice noodles, this is one quick dinner that I will be making pronto.


Favorite melt: Fried Mozzarella and Sun-Dried Tomato Burgers. Though my soup cravings are intensifying, there’s still a few weeks left in grilling season. Must recreate these drippy, ooey-gooey burgers perhaps for Labor Day?


Favorite tip: How to Make Crispy Kale Chips. What’d I tell ya’? Obsessed! Simple yet great tips in this easy to follow post for getting the most crisp out of your kale.


Favorite crave: Chicken and Dumplings. Ok I promise I’ll stop with the cold weather posts after this recipe, but how perfect do these dumplings look? Chewy and dense. Will definitely be giving them a go with gluten-free flour this fall.

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Favorite project: DIY Rustic Industrial Chalkboard. How amazing does this rustic chalkboard and frame look? Very Restoration Hardware, yet you won’t believe how inexpensive it is to make at home.


Favorite breakfast: Simple Poached Egg and Avocado Toast. This recipe from Lindsay at Pinch of Yum spoke to my soul. I’ve been eating two eggs over-medium with sausage and sauteed baby kale or hash browns pretty much everyday for months. What a fabulous way to freshen it up!


Favorite treat: Cake Batter Monster Cookie Sandwiches. Honestly, since taking the Go Sugar Free course I don’t find myself drooling over sweet recipes all that often anymore (hence why there’s TWO sweet recipes in today’s roundup vs the average TEN in past months!) That said, the delectableness of these Cake Batter Monster Cookie Sandwiches is absolutely undeniable!!


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Have a great weekend!