Friday Favorites

The first Friday and weekend of 2018 is here!  And I’m really excited about this weekend because I’m having my last baby shower in Charlotte on Sunday.  I’m really excited to see my family, a few friends that I haven’t seen in ages and to celebrate our little girl one last time before she’s born.  Stay warm out there my friends!


Favorite Warm:  Spicy Peanut Soup with Sweet Potato and Kale.  This is totally happening next week.  I adore peanut soup and this version is loaded with deliciousness while being super healthy.


Favorite Super Bowl:  Addicting Baked Seasoned Ritz Crackers.  The truth is, I have no idea where we’ll be for the Super Bowl.  For all I know, we could be in the hospital having a baby.  But these crackers are screaming my name.


Favorite Bake List:  Chocolate Babka Pull Apart Muffins.  This is not the recipe for a quick brunch item.  Instead, this is a kitchen project.  And I think it’s the perfect thing to tackle on one of the weekends leading up to my due date.

Children In A Forest Kindergarten

Favorite Look Back:  Hopeful Images from 2017.  Looking back at 2017 can sometimes be horrifying – so much evil.  But I prefer to look at all the wonderful things or little moments of love and compassion.


Favorite Stash the Freezer:  Yummy Salmon Burgers with Slaw.  Not only do I need to be eating more salmon right now (hello, brain development for BG) but I love salmon and these are the perfect quick lunch or dinner option.  In fact, I think I should make a batch just for the freezer for post-baby.  And while the slaw isn’t something that will last in the fridge for the long, it’s easily pulled together.


Favorite Football Food:  Super Easy Cheesy Monkey Bread.  Another Super Bowl option!  Carbs + Cheese = Life.


Favorite Upgrade:  Nike Flex 2017 RN Mesh Sneakers.  My athletic shoes take a beating.  Most days they are the only shoes I wear.  These are not only functional but pretty.


Favorite Sweet Treat:  Chocolate Chip Cookie Chocolate Bark.  Wow.  That’s really all I have to say about that.


Favorite Baby Related: Everything We Used & Bought in the First Two Weeks with Our Newborn.  After this weekend, I’ll be in 100% nesting mode.  I need to get the nursery (mainly her clothes and “stuff”) organized along with pack my hospital bag.  And despite all my efforts to be prepared, I know for a fact that we’ll be making an Amazon Prime purchase or two after she’s born.


Favorite Celebrate:  Spiced Merlot Sparkling Punch.  We went out to lunch last week for Big Guy’s birthday and he ordered the sangria (totally random).  I took a sip and was 100% jealous.  I am so ready to be able to order a cocktail again.



Friday Favorites

Welp, here we are at the end of September.  For once I’m so ready for fall but, as always, the weather doesn’t want to cooperate and feel like fall.  This weekend includes a mix of social gatherings, Pirate football and relaxing.  Let’s hope that Sunday is mostly relaxing. OH, and we received our “design board” for the nursery and I cannot wait to show that to you next week.  Let’s just say that I’m already jealous of my daughter.  I hope you have a FUN, FALL-FILLED weekend.  See you Monday!


Favorite From Scratch:  Mulled Apple Cider Chai French Crullers.  Homemade doughnuts have peaked my interest for years (along with bagels).  But truth by told, my favorite doughnut is a cruller.  These are perfect for fall and I would love to curl up with a cup of coffee on the couch along with a cruller and not a care in the world.


Favorite Lunch:  Chickpea Avocado Salad.  I have totally made a salad like this before.  But this is my reminder to make several on Sunday or Monday for the week ahead.


Favorite Inspiration:  A Bedroom Design Inspired by Tory Burch’s Paris Flagship.  I love the combination of traditional floral with dusty blue and then a POP of fun with leopard. Let’s me honest, I’m simply leopard obsessed.


Favorite Unexpected:  Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sage and Cayenne.  I adore sweet potatoes but I’ve yet to experiment with savory muffins and sweet potatoes.  Loving this flavor combo.


Favorite Gameday Eats:  Mini Pizza Bites.  Genius!  Crackers are used as the crust and then you simply pile on the traditional pizza toppings.


Favorite Round-Up:  Our Fall Wine List.  First of all, totally jealous of this list.  I miss wine.  But if I were able to indulge, I would let this list broaden my horizons when it comes to “fall wines.”


Favorite Sweet and Savory:  Apple Cheddar Pies.  I love apple pie.  I love cheddar.  I’ve seen the two together in many ways but I’ve never tried it.  I think it’s time to change that.


Favorite Greens:  Kale & Apple Salad with Granola “Croutons.”  This is a prime example of how salads aren’t boring.  Sweet.  Savory.  Crunchy.  Nutty.  Spicy.  YES!


Favorite Short Cut:  Cheaters No Kneed Dutch Oven Sourdough Bread.  I love my dutch oven.  It’s probably my favorite item in the kitchen.  And who wouldn’t enjoy the smell and taste of homemade bread on a chilly fall day with a  bowl of something comforting.


Favorite Twist:  Autumn Moscow Mule. Moscow mules were made for apple cider.  It’s a combo I’ve loved for the fast couple of years.  But I’ve never added a sprig of rosemary.


Friday Favorites

Good morning, friends!  To say I’m excited about this coming weekend is an understatement.  Yesterday was our BIG 18-week anatomy scan/ultrasound and on Sunday, along with our families, we will find out if we’re having a boy or a girl.  Any guesses?  To be honest, I’m just relieved that Baby W looks healthy and was incredibly active yesterday morning at our appointment.  The reveal plus a recap of the past several weeks will be on the blog early next week.  So while I’m trying to occupy my thoughts with anything other than “pink” or “blue,” here are my favorites from the week!

Favorite Breakfast:  Cherry Pecan Muesli.  Breakfast is a MUST for me.  This oat mixture would make delicious overnight oats for those mornings when I need breakfast ASAP.


Favorite Inspiration:  The 10 Most Organized Drawers on the Internet.  If money were no issue and The Container Store was closer, I would probably organize my heart out.  And the food storage container drawer is probably something most households need.


Favorite Healthy:  The Best Detox Broccoli Cheese Soup.  The cooler mornings are making me crave a little bit of fall.  This soup looks divine and it’s such a tease – because there’s no cheese used at all!  Would love to have this as leftovers for quick lunches.


Favorite Chewy:  Levain Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I’ve got cookies on the brain lately.  Come on, you can’t tell me that doesn’t look delicious.


Favorite One Size:  Capri Swing Sweatshirt.  I love a good striped shirt and with a one size fits most tag, perhaps I could actually wear this throughout the fall and into the winter.


Favorite Round-Up:  125 of My Favorite Recipes for Football Season!  Football Food!  Ya’ll know I like football because of the tailgate and this year more than every I like the tailgate because of the food.  Go ahead, Big Guy, browse the recipes and make some requests!


Favorite Happy Baking:  Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake with Pecan Praline Glaze.  So simple yet a showstopper.  I would love to make this cake to share with others.

eFile Scanner Printing

Favorite Color:  Aquamarine.  So Big Guy’s old office will become the new guest bedroom as we do a few home renovations before baby.  The room is painted “toffee” currently.  Yesterday I randomly had the idea to paint it in a color similar to “Balmy Seas.”


Favorite Flavors:  Toasted Coconut Paleo Banana Bread Muffins.  Banana + Coconut = Perfection.  I need to make a batch for these for snacks and mayyyybe I’ll share with Big Guy.


Favorite Make it Virgin:  Moscow Mule Float.   Moscow Mules get an upgrade with a scoop of lime sherbet.   And to make it virgin yet still delicious, simply leave out the vodka.


(and if you’re in the path of Irma – STAY SAFE!!!!)

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  This weekend has been a long time coming:  my niece is coming to visit!  We promised her when she turned 5 that she could come spend a weekend with Aunt Emmy and Uncle Chris all by herself and we finally coordinated our schedules so we could make it happen.  We have a fun weekend planned and can’t wait to spend some one-on-one time with my favorite 5 year old.

Here are my favorites from the week:


Favorite Layers:  Chocolate Layered Zebra Mousse Cake.  How fun is this cake?


Favorite Dip:  Curry Hummus.  What a perfect snack.  Or lunch.  Or dinner.


Favorite Tropical:  Hacienda Convertible Gown in Kauai Kisses.  The perfect summer dress in a fun palm print.


Favorite One-Pan Dinner:  Lemon Basil Chicken.  Because sometimes life is crazy and you need easy dinner ideas.


Favorite Carbs:  Breadsticks with Homemade Ranch and Pizza Sauce.  I need a night of nothing except catching up on DVR and breadsticks.


Favorite Spring Cleaning:  5 Strategies for Organizing Your Pantry (And Keeping it That Way).  I love nothing more than organized closets.  And drawers.  And rooms.


Favorite Date Night In:  Seared Scallops with Porcini Mushroom Risotto.   Drooling.  This dinner is begging for a bottle of white wine.


Favorite Purchase:  2017-2018 Simplified Planner.  After years of using the same planner, I’ve upgraded.  I love that every day has it’s own page which means lots of room for LISTS.


Favorite From Scratch:  Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread.  I adore cinnamon raisin bread but I’ve never tried to make it at home…


Favorite Poolside Sipper:  Strawberry Gin Lemonades.  Summer is right around the corner!


Jalapeño + Cilantro Margarita

After sharing two incredibly healthy (and delicious) dinners, I present to you a cocktail to get you through the week.  This might just be my new favorite margarita and it couldn’t be easier to make.  I made Big Guy and myself a couple of these on Friday night to celebrate cinco de mayo along with flank steak tacos topped with sliced radishes and quick pickled red onions.

These margaritas are spicy and tart – just the way I like ’em and the only sweetness comes from a small amount of triple sec.  I altered the recipe a little bit by cutting down the amount of alcohol and amping up the amount of lime juice (can’t get enough).


To make one margarita, muddle together a slice of jalapeño (with or without the seeds) and a few sprigs of fresh cilantro in the bottom of your shaker.  Add ice along with 1 part silver tequila, 1/2 part triple sec and 2 part lime juice.  Shake, shake, shake.

Rim a glass with salt (or sugar if you like it sweet) and add lots of ice and then pour your margarita in the glass.


And if don’t know about you but it feels like Friday and it’s only Wednesday…

Friday Favorites

BIG WEEKEND!  Cinco de Mayo AND “the two most exciting minutes in sports” (aka the Kentucky Derby).  The funny thing is, we’ve declined all parties and gatherings this weekend so that we can just enjoy the weekend without feeling pulled in a million directions.  It’s beyond necessary after a crazy few weekends and some crazy weekends to come.  Don’t worry – we’re still going to have a few tacos and margaritas tonight and tomorrow I’m planning on toasting to the “good life” with a couple of girlfriends while Big Guy plants the garden.  But tomorrow evening and Sunday are going to be OUR hours.  Enjoy your weekend – whatever you may be doing.


Favorite Just Add Bourbon:  Nonnie’s Kentucky Derby Pie.  I’m not a fan of mint juleps (or any bourbon drink for that matter), but throw a shot into a pie and I’m in.


Favorite Unique:  Five of the Craziest Things We’ve Framed Lately.  I saw this on instagram the other day and I’m obsessed.  While we were in Charleston I collected a couple of matchbooks and one of them is darling.  I really want to get it framed.


Favorite Fiesta:  Jalapeño Queso Dip with Spiced Homemade Chips.  No plans tonight?  All you need is some cheese and chips and perhaps a delicious margarita to make it a party.


Favorite Refreshing:  Coconut + Mint Cooling Mineral Mist.  I’m loving my BeautyCounter rosewater spray (I used it post-washing, pre-moisturizing) and this face spray sounds incredible for the hot summer months.


Favorite Spring:  Coconut Flour Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Creamy Lemon Icing.  Must make for Big Guy!  I adore baked goods and desserts that are sweet and tart.


Favorite Wanderlust:  Gaby’s Guide to Cabo San Lucas.  Cabo is on the top of my list of places to visit and I love this round-up of places to go and food to eat.  When can I pack my bags?


Favorite Weeknight Dinner:  Crockpot Orange Chicken.  This healthier, lightened up version of one of my favorite Chinese takeout meals looks amazing.


Favorite Crossbody:  J.Crew Edit Bag.  I love cross body bags for travel and shopping – it holds all the necessary items and it frees up your hands.  I think the “frosty blossom” color is perfect for spring and unexpected yet still will match everything.


Favorite Burger Night:  Homemade Brioche Buns.  Warmer weather makes me crave a juicy burger.  But let’s take burger night to a whole new level with homemade buns.


Favorite Spicy:  Cilantro Jalapeño Margarita.  This is happening in less than 12 hours.


Friday Favorites

This Friday is extra sweet because the only thing standing between me and a little “adult Spring Break” is teaching two classes this A.M.  Whether you’re taking a little time for yourself in the coming week or not, I hope you take the time to remember what Easter is really about.  While I’m the first to gush over being able to wear my white pants and spend the morning dying Easter eggs there’s so much more to this weekend.  He is Risen!

And with that, my favorites from the week:


Favorite Obsessed:  Cadbury Mini Eggs Skillet Cookie.  When it comes to my Easter basket, there’s only ONE candy I want:  a mini bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs.  They are my favorite.  (Don’t worry, Big Guy, I bought you a pack or two to throw into my basket).  This cookie is basically my dream come true.


Favorite Tropical:  Pineapple Ice Molds.  How cute are these?!?!?!


Favorite Festive:  Toasted Sesame Sriracha Deviled Eggs.  I honestly have no intention of making deviled eggs this year…but these are making me want to change my tune.


Favorite Read:  Slightly South of Simple:  A Novel.  This author is compared to one of my absolute favorite authors, Elin Hilderbrand.  It sounds like the perfect beach read.


Favorite How To:  Sourdough Bread:  A Step-By-Step Guide for Home Bakers.  This is a fun addition to my “kitchen bucket list” and I love how approachable Jen made it with this tutorial.


Favorite Fun:  Lemon Tree Earrings.  I’ve always loved unique earrings and these are just adorable.


Favorite Dinner:  Roasted Rack of Lamb with Basil-Goat Cheese Sauce.  This will definitely be on the menu soon.

Jones residence - Edina MN

Favorite List:  5 Dream Kitchen Must Haves.   When thinking of a new house, the kitchen is a top priority because of all the time we spend in that room.  I am totally on board with ALL five of these requirements.


Favorite Dinner for One:  Shoyu Ahi Poke.  I cannot want to get my hands on some sushi-grade tuna and make this delightful bowl.


Favorite Cocktail:  Frozen Mimosas.  Or in my world, FroMo.  I don’t think any other explanation is needed.