Happy Friday friends of FoodieCrush!

If you have kids in school, you probably have a long weekend vacation ahead of you for President’s Day. And if you don’t, well here’s your notice: Monday is President’s Day. So there you go.

Here it is, mid-February, and according to Al Roker’s weatherman, nearly the whole U.S. is in a heat wave. Here in SLC we’re tipping the barometer in the mid-50s. IN FEBRUARY! And it’s all giving me a serious case of spring fever. My challenge? I can’t decide whether to get out and enjoy this change of weather’s pace, or focus on straightening, organizing, and throwing out half of the crap in my house in a tornado of spring cleaning.

Or maybe get out and get my raised beds ready for planting. And pansies! I noticed my neighbor has already planted a field of pansies! That should definitely be on my blush of color list.

So while Smudge is looking forward to a 4-day weekend of sleeping in, languishing about, and hanging out with her friends, she’s going to be surprised with a few spring cleaning hootie duty chores added to her list. I’m a firm believer in kids doing chores around the house so that they grow up with a firm grasp on how to complete a job well done (like my mom taught me!) and don’t grow up to be complete slobs, and here’s why. I also believe they shouldn’t be compensated or rewarded for chores, that it’s simply their part of being in the family. What are your thoughts on this?

Okay then. You’ve helped me decide. I’m definitely going to be in AND outside this weekend. How can I not? But the bigger question is, will it be doing this …

Deer Valley Resort, Park City UT foodiecrush.com

Or this…

Cottonwood Club Salt Lake City UT foodiecrush.com

Locals in Utah often boast of days like these warm-weathered, spring-like conditions where they can ski in the mountains in the morning then come down to the valley for golf in the afternoon. It’s one of the perks of living in such a great state like this. And this weekend I’m going to do my best to prove it can be done because I’ve been around this place long enough to know that Utah’s spring weather is sneaky, crafty and can fool us in a heartbeat into thinking we should put the snow shovels away. But we’re not out of the winter woods yet.

Ah almost-spring. You get me going.

But enough about me, how about digging into this week’s list of Friday Faves!

In case you were wondering, here are the 2017 James Beard Awards restaurant and chef semifinalists (AKA, the Academy Awards for chefs).

Alton Brown + Bill Nye = foodie nerd match made in heaven (can’t wait to watch this)!

Instant Pot recipe alert: I don’t know why, but I’ve totally been craving this flavor combo but I love that this meal has a different spin.

This savory galette with cheese baked IN THE CRUST. Yes.

This one-pan Indian cauliflower dinner is a weeknight eats dream.

Just added Gummy Bears to my grocery list so I can do this!

I know the Super Bowl’s over, but I want these potato skins!

I’m still on a brownie kick and these brownie babies are a work of art.

This cake is seriously dreamy.

Did you guys watch the Grammys? Beyoncé and Adele killed it, am I right?

Simultaneously wanted to laugh and cry while reading this.

Loved this post on morning routines.

and…

I read and heard so much the past few years about how much meditating helps create a better day. This is inspiring me to put it into action, and this app is going to help me get started.

OMG, if I had a somewhere special to go besides the grocery store, like a wedding, I would totally buy these pumps. (that’s a serious deal!)

and…

I might just pair them with this dress, sexy but sophisticated at the same time.

and…

Wedded couples and parents-to-be, rejoice — IKEA now has a gift registry.

Rifle Paper Co. fans, you’re gonna wanna snag a pair of these kicks for spring.

Have you guys tried this new way to send cards, letters, and thank you notes?

This is such a pretty dress for spring.

So now that I have an issue with my achilles, flip flops for summer are O.U.T. I am so bummed. So, I need to find some shorter wedges, something with an arch. These look pretty cute and are on my possibility list.

Okay, if you know me you know need this t-shirt. 🙂

This cute tank dress should be added to my shopping cart.

and then…

I’d add these racerback bra clips to make my existing ones work—because bras are expensive!

Love this tray — bring on the cocktails!

This eye shadow palette is on everyone’s spring must have list. Okay, added it to mine too.

20 chic hairstyles for spring. Layers and beach waves are still the thing.

I received this hand lotion for a birthday gift, and it is my new favorite. Smells heavenly and so moisturizing. Thanks Maria!

I love giving these as gifts for girlfriends. And I was lucky to get one too! Thanks Lisa!

Recipes I Pinned This Week

I’ve seen so many healthy, easy dinner recipes lately (and aren’t those exactly the kinds of recipes we need to help us survive another hectic winter workweek)? Here are three in particular that I’ve pinned this week that I think you should pin too.

Healthy Caribbean Chicken Curry Sheet Pan Dinner from aspicyperspective.com on foodiecrush.com

Healthy Caribbean Chicken Curry Sheet Pan Dinner

What’s low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, super easy, and amazingly delicious? This sheet pan chicken dinner winner!

Get the recipe | Pin it

Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps from bevcooks.com on foodiecrush.com

Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps

These healthy but hearty lettuce wraps are a welcome vacation from soups and casseroles!

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Lime Crema from ambitiouskitchen.com on foodiecrush.com

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Lime Crema

Give me the whole (healthy), super yummy enchilada. And don’t even get me started on that crema…

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Have an amazing weekend, friends!

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