Happy Friday friends of FoodieCrush. Let’s bring it on!

Last weekend I enjoyed the blush of spring in Sacramento, CA, America’s farm to fork capital, where I was visiting almond groves with one of my partners here on the blog, Blue Diamond Almond Breeze. The green rolling hills. The bees waking in the hives after the morning chill. The almond blossoms blooming into soon-to-become-nuts that almond lovers the world over will soon be enjoying.

The feeling of spring soaked into my bones and bathed me in the promise that winter would soon be over.

And then I came home to Salt Lake City. And it snowed.

That’s spring for ‘ya. 

I’ll be sharing more of my trip in an upcoming post later this month, but I just couldn’t NOT share the promise of spring blooms. If they haven’t hit you in your neighborhood yet, keep your spirits up, because they’re just around the corner.

But until then, I’m going to take advantage of all this Utah snow, and man, it has been one absolutely epic year for it. Like a record breaking epic year. If you’re a skier or boarder or even just a snowflake chaser, you need to get out here, like, now.

After coming home from the blooms of spring, we headed to the mountains for a day that was a little bit unusual for me. See, I’m usually the one behind the camera, as the photographer or art director. But this week my little family and I did a little work in front of the camera acting it out as the always-smiling, having-so-much-fun-but-try-to-look-totally-natural tourists for a video for Solitude Mountain Resort, another client of mine who I do food photography for.

Sure it was fun, but man it was hard for me to not take over and give shot ideas, or tell my fellow “models” what to do. It’s been my job for so long that old habits die hard.

But the best part of the day was spending it with my fam for some quality time together, loving the sunny, perfect snow conditions on a weekday when all of the crowds were far away from spring break madness or weekend snow seekers.

I’m one lucky gal, and life.is.good.

But enough about me, let’s dig into this week’s list of Friday Faves. Enjoy friends!

This parody is pretty dang funny, and I think any store bought sushi eater will agree 🙂

This all-in-one salmon dinner is a weeknight winner.

And this salmon salad is a citrusy wonder.

31 days of weeknight chicken dinner ideas.

In case you’re in need, this is my foolproof St. Patrick’s Day dinner.


This dinner looks pretty dang tasty too. Guiness for the flavor win!

I’m Julia Child, which celeb chef are you?

The Whole 30 survival guide — tips from one gal diving in deep.


This filling soup is Whole 30 approved.

These homemade Girl Scout cookies deserve a badge of their own.


If you want the true blue Thin Mint original recipe, here it is.

Trend alert: These are the “it” foods of 2017. Glad I see purple cauliflower on the list!

4 new flavors of Oreos are about to make their grand debut. How about that for a creamy middle?

I’m always collecting new cookbooks, and I gotta get in on the pre-order deals for this one and this one — they’re both under $15 bucks!

Want to feel less frazzled and frenzied? Me too, so I’m going to try what she did.

My, my, my … how things have changed : 19 things your mom did that no mom would dream of doing now. I mean, what was a seatbelt, anyway?


Okay, everyone’s heard by now about the big Oscar flub, but wait! Here’s 14 more outrageous moments from the Oscars.

This bookstore’s reaction to the crazy Oscar blunder is too good.

And as a type geek, I know that Oscar mistake wouldn’t have happened had the card had been better designed. Here’s how it should have looked.

Also, this is awesome, and I’m so glad she won!

Okay wait, I have 2 border collie mixes and they are no where near as talented as this puppers is on Instagram videos. Adorable! (and yes, that’s my pup Zoee above, and yes, we are still getting snow and she’s still working on figuring out her talents.)

7 things you need to know to take great family photos.

These are the Legos every little girl should be dreaming of.

Soon camping season will be in full throttle mode and who doesn’t romanticize about taking off on the open road with your own little canned ham in tow? These trailer transformation inspirations could make your dreams come true. #6 is definitely my fave, and I could totally work from the road!

Do I need a bar cart? If I do, this one is pretty fab.

and then…

How to upgrade your at-home bar.

11 ways to reorganize your home in 20 minutes or less.

Okay, it looks like I’m going to be on a summer dress uniform search like I have been for cinnamon rolls. I’m liking the length of this one. And there’s a 40% discount code.

Have you tried this new liquid lipstick? Interesting.

How cute is this top?

I like the detail on these wedges. Fun.

Meet my new boyfriend.

Recipes I Pinned This Week

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

Shrimp Tacos from bakersroyale.com on foodiecrush.com

Shrimp Tacos

Every day would be Taco Tuesday if I could have these.

Get the recipe | Pin it

Strawberry Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding from Well Floured | foodiecrush.com

Strawberry Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding

Make ahead breakfasts in the homemade vein are the best breakfasts of all.

Get the recipe | Pin it

Carrot Cake with Caramel Frosting from brooklynsupper.com on foodiecrush.com

Carrot Cake with Caramel Frosting

I think I just found the prince charming carrot cake of my dreams. Where have you been all my life?!

Get the recipe | Pin it

Have a wonderful weekend, foodiecrushers!

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