Woo – this week has been a doozy!

Between catching up from being gone last weekend, preparing to be gone again this weekend, and having a baby with a cold who wants to be held during all waking hours, I. Am. Spent. But, as they say, no rest for the wicked! This weekend I’m off for a family reunion of sorts, celebrating my beautiful cousin’s wedding and catching up with some family members that I haven’t seen in nearly 20 years (how sick is it that I can say things like that? 20 YEARS?!) I am so excited. Full recap coming Monday!

In the meantime catch some sleep for me, have a wonderful weekend, and please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Favorites!

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Favorite indulge: Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie. If you open just one link in today’s Friday Favorites, make it this one. OH MY GOSH. Just wait until you see the gooey center filling. Some people (Averie!) are so creative.


Favorite find: Sloan Sheath. I am just bursting to share this little black dress from Banana Republic with you. I have been on the hunt for a perfect LBD for oh, I don’t know, 12 years now? THIS IS IT! Fits like a glove, but is not too tight in the midsection (perfect for new Moms,) super comfortable and classic. I bought it for my cousin’s wedding and will pretty much be wearing it for all special occasions from now on. You’ve been warned. (Tip: order a size up!)


Favorite combo: Caramelized Butternut, Crispy Kale + Fontina Pizza with Pomegranate Salsa. I need this pizza in my life in the worst possible way. Pomegranate salsa? I can’t even handle it. Making this as soon as I can!

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Favorite furniture: Reclaimed Wood Wine Rack. I have a space in the dining room that this would look amazing in. As a side note, this website, Scout Mob, is so cool. Kind of like a craftsman’s Etsy.


Favorite upgrade: Mini Caramel Apple Pies. Squee – too cute! These hands pies looks amazing, and more fun to eat than regular caramel apples which just smear all over your face and get stuck in your teeth. I feel un-American admitting that, but it’s true.


Favorite fashion. Isn’t this vest so cute with it’s faux fur and tweed on the hood? I tell you what, tweed is totally coming back. It was everywhere when we were shopping at the Mall of America last week. That and houndstooth.


Favorite gift: Gift in a Cup. As we get older it’s more difficult to figure out what to give friends for their birthdays. I love this idea for putting a bunch of fun little things in a reusable cup. Let’s someone know you’re thinking of them, but is also quick and easy to put together.


Favorite flashback: Iced Oatmeal Cookies. Ok, you can tell how tired I am by the amount of sweets in today’s post – I always crave sugar when I’m dragging!! Regardless, these gorgeous cookies reminded me of the sweet and crispy packaged cookies I used to eat as a kid. I bet these homemade ones are so much better!


Favorite fitness: No Equipment Necessary Full-Body Circuit Workout. You need absolutely nothing beyond a chair and coffee table to get through this kick butt circuit. Love it!


Favorite fall: Crispy Autumn Veggie Burgers with Apple Cider Slaw. I am a big fan of burgers outside of grilling season, especially when they have brussels sprouts in the patties. Hallelujah!


Favorite DIY: DIY Camera Strap. Though the site is in another language, Google provides a translation and it’s not hard to follow along. This is so cute and would actually put to use one of the bazillion scarves I insist on hoarding in my closet.


Favorite bite: Flourless Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies. Holiday cookie season is just around the corner. These look like just the thing to whip up on a cold weekend and enjoy with a cold glass of (almond) milk.


Favorite decor: Home Sweet Home. Doesn’t the monochromatic treatment of these hanging letters look neat? Understated and unique.


Favorite spin: Cinnamon Crunch Skillet Bread. You’re welcome.


Favorite giveaway: Pampered Chef Rockcrock Dutch Oven. Pampered Chef recently sent me this dutch oven to try out for soup/stew/one-pot meal season. It’s made from glazed clay and you can, get this, put it in the microwave, on the stove, in the oven, under the broiler, and even on the grill. AND it’s dishwasher safe. Need I say more?! Here it is in action >

I loved it so much that Pampered Chef agreed to give a Rockcrock Dutch Oven along with a bamboo cooking set and nylon tool set to one IGE reader!



Have a great weekend!