Happy Friday my friends! It’s spring! And I officially held the evidence in my hand and then stuffed them all in my shopping cart before anyone else could buy them.

Guys, I am ridiculous. There I was in the middle of the veggie aisle at Smiths Marketplace shopping for ingredients for some upcoming recipes when I let out an audible squeal of delight as if I’d just been presented the keys to a new car won in a contest. Seriously. People stopped and looked to see what I was so excited about.

There they were in all their glory. CANDY CANE STRIPED BEETS! I know. I’m insane. But I NEVER see them in the store and always have to wait for the farmers market to roll around, and even then it’s a crapshoot. I promise myself I’ll plant them every year, and then I don’t, (I’m ordering some today!) so to see them in the store left me feeling all giddy.

But the staring didn’t stop there. Oh no. They kept staring as I stood next to the seafood display cases and asked if I could use their white tile wall to take a photo of my little ruby-striped treasures. Luckily, since I’m there just about every.single.day. they recognized that girl who is always taking pictures of food in the store.

Really. I need to find a hobby other than cooking.

On that note, I was totally honored (and totally surprised) to be included in this list of foodies influencing others on Instagram and Facebook. If you’re looking to follow some great bloggers and influencers, this is a great spot to find them.

But back to those beets! What am I gonna make? If you have any suggestions of what you’d like to see, pop them in the suggestions below.

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This makeup artist’s work is totally trippy. Whoa.

This fried rice!

I can’t get enough asparagus. Or cheese.

This spring risotto is spot on.

Yes, this grilled cheese is a superfood.

DIY ideas for totally organized drawers. Who’da thunk about going diagonal? Brilliant?

I couldn’t agree more with this perspective.

Another great meal prep idea.

This simple salmon recipe makes weeknight workable.

And this one looks amazing too. (and so easy!)

Oh, but what about this one? I can’t choose!

10 affordable wines that don’t taste cheap.

Guess what? Mom was wrong!!

These truly designer appliances are gonna give you a model kitchen. LOVE!

Don’t let your eating habits ruin your workday. Push through #4!

6 reasons why Alexa is your best sous chef. I use her everyday.

I can never find cute cards when I’m looking for them. This list might help for Mother’s Day.

and…

I bought my mom these planters for her Mother’s Day gift. It’s okay, I already gave them to her 🙂

My almost 13-year-old informed me she had just finished watching 13 Reasons Why before I even realized it had been released. Oh great. I’m now rewatching it with her, and while the series is getting both positive and negative reaction due to the content, I feel the subject matter is something we all need to be more informed about, and talking about, whether you have kids or not. 13 conversations to have about 13 Reasons Why. 

and makes me remember when…

Simple teen sulking was about the extent of it in one of my all-time favorite teen dramas??!! I LOVED this show.

and…

What’s coming to Netflix in May.

Watch out Nikon and Cannon: introducing the first national magazine cover shot on an iPhone.

I need ALL of this stationery.

I feel like so many online friends are making trips to Japan, and even though I’m not, this might make me feel like I am. So cool.

I am seriously considering renting a motor home and doing a cross country trip. Has anyone else ever done this? Tips? Tricks? Warnings to just.don’t.do.it?

and so…

Taking in these 24 ideas of what to do on the ultimate road trip.

or maybe skip the vehicle for…

5 airlines that feed you like a 5-star restaurant.

This dress is HOT, HAUTE, HOT.

Summer swimsuits and shades. It’s time!

April showers…make me want this raincoat.

Our new fire pit arrived this week. Now I’m totally ready for the weekend.

What I Pinned This Week

Dinner time meal planning always seems to be the week’s biggest challenge. Here are a few recipes I pinned this week I think will help me and you keep cooking all week long.

Grilled Chicken and Corn Relish Tostadas from Bakers Royale | foodiecrush.com

Grilled Chicken and Corn Relish Tostadas

This weeknight shortcut makes dinnertime bearable.

Get the recipe | Pin it

Penne With Pistachio Mint Pesto from Shutterbean on foodiecrush.com

Penne With Pistachio Mint Pesto

This dish gets the meatless Monday thing right.

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Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken from Carlsbad Cravings on foodiecrush.com

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken

The exact reason you should never shelve your slow cooker.

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Have a fantastic weekend my friends, hope these links inspire you to get into the kitchen and make something good!

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