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What more is there to say about barn-burner weekends? Except for the fact they go way too fast. So this weekend I’m going to settle on down, take a cog out of the engine and simply enjoy.

I may even take a ride down the slide. I think you should too.

Last weekend we celebrated Smudge’s birthday with 10 year old girls channeling their inner Catching Fire in a dousing whip cream fight, gliding under the disco ball roller skating, karaoke belting of Greased Lightning and a no-mention-of-that-evil-doll-Chucky-or-you’re-going-home sleepover. And that was just the first night.

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Of course the main event came about by way of the birthday cake. Last week I shared a recipe round-up of classic birthday cakes. It was a hard decision, but Barbara’s Chocolate Cake with Oreo Cheesecake Filling won the birthday blow-out prize. Mine (above) didn’t turn out quite as perfectly as hers since I got all impatient and put the ganache on too fast and maybe it was just a little bit too warm. Drizzle and drip. It totally didn’t matter because it tasted aaaaahhhhmazing!

This weekend the birthday is over but the parties haven’t shut down, yet. Friday the 13th (yikes!), Father’s Day, my dad’s birthday next week and then there’s always Tuesday…because who doesn’t want to celebrate Tuesdays?

But first, let’s dig into this week’s Friday Faves…

I am a serious devotee of the dirty martini. Trashed up olives make this DIY martini bar extra better.

It’s Friday the 13th! Here’s how to throw a party. But Jason isn’t invited.

Vacation time! Yes! We’ve been spent all year saving our PTO and coming in sick to the office so those extra days banked would turn into much needed summer time off. I love this reminder of how to take great travel photos. It’s not just about the selfies.

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I am so jealous. I want to go here on my next vacation. What a dream!

Who I’m following an you should too:

This blog, because of it’s gorgeous food photography and other lovely stuff,

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This Pinterest board, because she has awesome taste,

and…

I’ve been totally into these podcasts while I’m trudging up the mountain on my morning walks.

I am totally digging this app that helps find adoptable dogs near you!

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I’ve passed down my love of cheese and crackers for afternoon snacks and Smudge and her friends LOOOVE havarti cheese. I do too. But then, I love any and every cheese. They eschewed my snacking tradition of pickles and mustard toppers and broke out the hummus. I’m okay with that.

and…

Grilled Cheese Ice Cream Sandwiches. Whaaaat?

Eye candy alert! Check out 33 of the world’s hottest World Cup players. #27 Wesley, I’m lookin’ at you.

The trick to cutting perfect cake layers every time. I could have used this last week.

Bridesmaids part deux? Yes!

The perfect reason to put ice cream on your walls.

More super cute kicks! I need to make up my mind soon or I’ll miss the summer boat.

Who wants to go on a picnic with Kate Spade? I do! I do! Love the champagne tote!

13 Google search tips that’ll make life easier here. HOW COOL IS THE LAST ONE!!!! I’m a little bit dizzy now.

Father’s Day Favorites Recipe Round-Up

I saw a lot of recipes on the www this week, but these picks are perfect for the weekend’s festivities. From pizza to beer, this week’s recipe round up features all of dad’s faves:

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Potato and Pepper Pizza with Roasted Garlic Thyme Sauce

The great debate of thin crust vs. thick crust can rage on all it wants, because the real star of this pizza is the roasted garlic sauce. Make extra for crusty dippings.

Recipe here. 

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Beer Battered Onion Rings and Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

If your dad’s like my dad—who loves rings and deep fried anything— this is his idea of heaven.

Recipe here

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Sriracha Beer Buttered Corn 

While my dad is all about the onion rings, my husband is all about the corn. And beer. And spice. I’m going to be scoring major points here.

Recipe here

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White Pizza Pull Apart Bread

There may not be a more decadent World Cup/Golf/NASCAR/anysportnamehere watching snack than this pizza loaded bread. Hey dad, who’s your favorite now?

Recipe here.

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Jalapeño Popper Burgers

A burger that heats up with a bang? Daddy’s got this one.

Recipe here

Get out and enjoy the weekends with those you love. And even those you don’t. Happy weekending!

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