Friday Faves

Happy Friday, friends!

Can you feel it? It’s here. Spring fever is officially here.

I’m relishing it by soaking up some Vitamin D while working outside for a few hours a day and taking the puppers on longer walks minus my fur hooded down coat (I just saw that it’s on sale here!). But as a native Utahn, I’m no fool. I’m just waiting for the snow to sneak its way back into the neighborhood with the usual surprise spring storms. But knowing what I know, it won’t stay for long.

This week I dug in and got work DONE! Snaps to that. It feels good to focus and I can’t wait to share some new ideas and projects I have coming your way.

I also put my photo shootin’ hat on and took snaps of the purdy eats you see above from Solitude Mountain Resort, one of our local ski resorts that sits just 20 miles from downtown Salt Lake City. I’m headed up there again today to do some skiing and work on adding to that Vitamin D.

It’s just one answer to cure (or spread?) my spring fever.

If you missed last week, check out my list of 5 Food Blogs I’m Following Now. Inspiration abounds!

But enough about me, let’s get to this week’s list of Friday Faves. Hop to it, soldier!

OMG, this video is an oldie but a goodie and I laugh myself silly every time I watch it. Dumb doggie 🙂

Food and Wine has hired a new editor. Let the changes (and firings) begin!

These are totally making it onto my brunch list. Cheers!

This is the perfect recipe to add kale to.

I am SO on this banana bread this weekend!

This is on my to-slurp list.

This list of spring cookbooks. What will you be adding to your collection?


Folks, take a really close look at the details in those photos before you publish, here’s the major WHOOPS that happened in Chrissy Tiegen’s new cookbook.

A chocolate dessert with sea salt. I am so there.

Cauliflower crust pizza. This makes me want to give it a try.

On my to-do list: How to build a minimalist pantry.

which means…

I need more of these–they’re my FAVORITE! Wait. Is getting more things minimalist?

Donut lovers, you need this for summer!


This tote to stuff it into.

This one is for avocado lovers! Can you dig it?


I’m trying to distract you from my man hands with gorgeously sliced fruit, only because I want you to see my nails. A few Friday Faves ago I told you about this at home gel nail polish, and that I would let you know how well it worked. Well, after a whole week of washing dishes, cooking, photo shoots and general crap I’m always doing, it’s held up AMAZINGLY well, especially since I gave myself the manicure almost in the dark and in about 15 minutes flat. It’s stayed on better than my far more expensive nail polish at home or from the salon. I’ll totally keep using it. I only wish it came in more colors (like a concrete grey!). I’m wearing V-Amplified 489.

I recently had my wedding ring reset by my favorite jeweler. Oh man, I am dazzled by the loveliness every time I go in there.

The Academy Awards are next weekend! Do you have everything you need to throw down with Oscar?

I can no longer use the “I don’t feel like going to the gym” excuse!

New Instagram crush!

How to use Facebook’s new emoji buttons without pissing everyone off.

Okay, I think I totally want this house. It can be built in just 4 days with a screwdriver!


Here’s what really happens when they come and redo your home on Fixer Upper.

I really want to tune into this new Netflix series about why Americans are cooking less. Interesting.

Just 2 weeks ago I was lamenting about the nearing end of winter. And this week I’m all about finding the best manure for the garden and getting out the containers and these are going on my wish list.

I can’t plant my beloved meyer lemon trees outdoors in Utah like we did in LA, so this guide on growing lemons in pots just got bookmarked.

These doormats are THE BEST! I can’t decide which one I want more. Holla!

Okay. I give in. I guess I need to ditch my beloved visor. 10 ways to wear a hat.

I love, Love, LOVE these springy pants and this less expensive version is super cute too. Decisions, decisions.

These shoes are just selling me on spring.

This bag. It says it all. And a cute hostess or bridal gift.

This ring. And it’s not very spendy either which makes me like it even more, but how would it look on my man hands? This stack would probably look better (and cover more of my manly claws.)

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Pining and Pinning for Easy Lunches

Lately I’ve been focusing a lot on dinner. But since I’ve been doing better at meal planning and cooking big on the weekend to eat through the week (like this week’s sheet-pan salmon), my focus was been wandering to lunch and taking advantage of all of those leftovers.

Here are a few vegetable-centric recipes that caught my eye this week and made it to my pin board, along with this list of 40 delicious and healthy lunch ideas to pack to work. Roast your choice of veggies and you have a head start on a whole week of lunches!

Curried Cauliflower Wrap from Naturally Ella on

Curried Cauliflower Wrap

Since these don’t need to be refrigerated, they’re perfect to take to work or pack for school lunch.

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Broccoli Melts from Smitten Kitchen on

Broccoli Melts

This recipe uses two kinds of cheese for the cheese bomb of a healthy (mostly) lunch.

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Roasted Veggie Quesadilla from Taste and Tell on

Roasted Veggie Quesadilla

Assemble the fixings and cheese before heading out the door then warm in the toaster oven or microwave for a hot lunch.

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And that’s it folks! Have a great weekend and cheers to getting into the kitchen to cook something good.

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