Happy Friday to you friends! Who is ready for a 3-day Memorial weekend? BBQs, some hiking and maybe even a picnic to break in my new picnic basket are on my agenda. What’s on yours?
Old man winter totally missed us this past winter in the good old SLC, but spring is making up for all of that lost snow with two steady weeks of rain, rain, rain. I can’t say that I entirely hate it. I feel a little like I’m living in Seattle. Plus, I’m a bit of a cocooner so anytime I can hole up, I’m all in.
We’ve been finding our bits of sun where we can. Daily escapes with the pups to get the wiggles out and play in the dandelions have been part of the routine. Spring. It’s so great that way.
You Make My Heart Sing
Before we dig into this week’s faves, I want to thank those of you who are tagging the recipes on your social media that you’ve made from the blog. Nothing makes me happier than seeing your versions of the food I create here on le bloggity blog.
Want to be part of the action? Simply tag your photos #foodiecrusheats on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. I’ll be sharing a selection of them periodically here on the blog, because hey! it’s all about the sharing!
@julie–brouillette shared my Thai Quinoa Salad
@akosidanmarie shared my version of this Caprese Zucchini Salad
@everythingemmy made Chewy Almond Butter Power Bars
@tanyanest made Beet, Avocado and Fried Goat Cheese Salad. Yum.
Satu posted her version of my Greek Salad with Avocado on Facebook
@vandaneves shared my favorite Chinese Chicken Salad with Sesame Dressing
@oh_glorious_one made my 30-Minute Pork Scallopini with Lemon and Capers. Lovely, indeed.
And with that, let’s get into this week’s Friday Faves.
I admit, Jimmy has taken a hold of me, but I have ALWAYS been devoted to Dave. Even if you’re not a fan, this epic montage of 30+years of the famous, stately and frivolous is something special to watch. #thanksdave
If you’re a chocoholic like me, this Pinterest board is the one to follow now.
She’s on a 6,000 mile, 6 week road trip and I’m totally following along. Don’t you just love Instagram for this kind of stuff?!
23 life lessons from the man, the myth, the legend. Anthony Bourdain.
These cream cheese blueberry puffs — TWANG!
It can be a slippery slope, but doesn’t have to be: how to ganache a cake.
These margaritas look positively spicy sweet. Slurp.
Two words: Cajun. Pasta. Here. One more word: passmemyfork
Excuse me? A Krispy Kreme pie?
This might be the easiest appetizer I’ve seen in a while. So fresh!
These nachos are absolutely outrageous.
Smudge is going to be 11 years old in just 11 days, and look. at. that. My baby’s hands are nearly the size of my own as realized in the photo below. And I don’t have small hands…#manhands…I think I’m going to go cry now. #wheredidmybabygo?
Me and my girl are modeling our new, personalized bracelets. She was nearly jumping out of her skin for these to arrive. This is the inspiring story behind the creation of these handmade bracelets, one that will make you feel like a total schmuck for not doing more to help others. Unless you’re like Ashley and then I say, THANK YOU! Check out her story and help others by ordering a bracelet yourself. Get 15% off with the code spring15.
Smudge doesn’t have a clue as to what she wants for her birthday. So this might be what she’s gonna get. Because I want it. That’s not selfish is it?
How to make it past “How was your day?” 10 things to ask your partner at the dinner table. #5 really got me thinking.
This quiz will help you find your perfect beach. As if there is anything other than a perfect beach. Hello?!?
Yard sales are the official springboard to summer. These tips for holding your own are great. Yep, awesome signs are the key (I make them all one color and brand them the same!)
Whether it’s the sunrise on the Cape or the sunset over Malibu or the glory of Mt. Rushmore, here’s the tips on how to photograph them right…
so that then…
You can be in this list of 10 incredible shots from this year’s National Geographic photo contest. Time to hit the road!
Yesterday was National Chardonnay Day. My friend Kathleen recently turned me onto this fruity variety (no aok!) and it is SOOOO my new favorite. BTW, happy birthday Kathleen!
Speaking of sipping, Dad, are you listening? 5 summer beer festivals to rock your suds.
There’s likely to be nothing good on TV this summer except for reruns so I’m totally marking my calendar to get my celeb fix with this new series. Totally tuning in.
The upside of stress. Really? There is one?
While it’s not Thanksgiving, today is never the wrong day to be thankful. 12 non-cheesy TED talks and reads about gratitude.
7 iPhone apps to organize your life. Thank you. I needed that.
6 cookbooks to give the new college grad. I may have to add one or two for myself!
Bossy Blog Biz Tips
This podcast: Communicate Like a Boss
These mentors: 7 Girl Bosses Share Their Best Career Advice
This read: 4 Ways to Become a Boss In Work and Life
and of course, Bossypants
Potluck Pleasers & Grilling Masters I Pinned This Week
Picnics, bbqs and picnics are at our fingertips with this weekend’s celebration welcoming in summer’s festivities. Here are a few recipes I pinned this week that will make sharing a meal the center of attention.
Baked Zucchini Fritters with Ranch Tzatziki
Who can have a potluck without something dipped in Ranch? Fritters it is!
Radicchio, Peach and Cherry Summer Salad
This sturdy salad travels well with a tangy onion dressing to compliment the sweet of the fruit and bitter greens.
Grilled Gluten-Free Pizza with Peas, Lemon + Mint
Gluten-free but I don’t care if it is or not because…oh…those spring fixings atop of mounds of cheese!
Fake Shack Burger
If you haven’t eaten a Shake Shack burger, you’re missing out on the burgermeister of the decade. Okay, so it isn’t cooked on the grill. But you can still eat it outside.
Malted Chocolate Toffee Ice Cream Sandwiches
Ice cream sandwiches are nothing without the ice cream but I’m totally swayed by this cookies malt and toffee.
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Holy moly! What an epic list! I am having the best time clicking through all of this stuff and bookmarking! SO honored to be included in all this fabulousness. You made my day! xo
My fingers hurt from clicking through to all the amazing links you sharedThe Hollywood Reporter show looks great! I read The Astronaut Wives Club and I think that the show is going to be good – you should check that one out too!
Traci | Vanilla And Bean
Good Grief Heidi ~ You out do yourself every week! I love these posts… now .. … I so appreciate Wise Words, that Chocolate Pin Board (yeeee hawww – and hey, made my day because my cupcakes are on that fabulous board!), and your new fancy bracelets… And oh so lookin forward to that Bossy series, LOL!! Oh man, I need hours to sort through it all! Thank you Heidi – have a fabulous weekend!
Laura (Tutti Dolci)
That Pinterest board has my name all over it and I love those bracelets! Thanks so much for the ice cream sandwich love, have a great long weekend!
So many great faves. Loved the photos, I too can’t believe Smudge is getting so grown up. She is adorable. All the food photos make me very hungry.
Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sensory overload! I just clicked on so many things. That Pinterest board has me drooling. And your bracelets are precious! My birthday is coming up soon and I am bookmarking those for later!!
Tom~ Raise Your Garden
Oh my, guess I’m going to miss a few of my gym classes I teach if I’m going to read up on all these links. Chocolate Pinterest board sounds great. I think people underestimate how much men love chocolate too!
Hey Tom! Thank you for the comment! I LOVE hearing from the guys (and I know there’s more out there!) Cheers to chocolate.
Love that chocolate Pinterest board! I can’t believe Smudge is 11 in 11 days! Abby graduates high school in 15 days! I never thought 2015 would be here … Happy Memorial Day weekend, Heidi! xo
Oh Sandy! Our little gals are growing up! You’ve raised such a stellar young lady, I can only hope Smudge becomes as great a woman as Abby is. Have a great weekend yourself.