Friday Favorites #1

We made it to the end of the week! :)

Although this was a short work week for most of us, it still felt like a week to me! Especially with our school’s graduation on Wednesday night.

We went out as a staff afterwards to have a few drinks and eats, and celebrate another class of seniors making it to graduation (and us teachers making it to graduation as well!).

I ended up staying out much later than I intended, so yesterday I was pretty darn exhausted. After work I cleared my schedule and went home to take a nap. Boy, did that feel good! Once the fiance got home from work we went for a nice long walk down by the lake. It has been so ridiculously nice here lately – I’m in looooove! I’m seriously a different person when the weather is nice. You would be too if you lived through the -40 degree winter we had here in MN. :)

So on to today. When I first started to get into blogging, Iowa Girl Eats was one of the very first blogs I followed. It is still one of my favs, as Kristin is always coming up with unique and healthy meal ideas. It is also where I first saw Friday Favorites. Every Friday Kristin posts her favorite finds from around the web. It’s a fun post to read!

Today, I’m creating a Friday Favorites of my own. There are a few bloggers out there that do their own spin on Friday Favorites, and I’ll be linking up with them as well! One is Jennie from The Diary of a Real Housewife, Jill Conyers, and Clare from Fitting it All In.

So, what are my favorites for today?

Here goes!

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1) Gardening. The fiance and I are on the house search for this summer, and I secretly hope we can find a place soon enough just so I can grow a vegetable garden. Last year I started up this community garden at my school with one of my classes. All the produce is donated to our building’s food shelf. It was a blast to watch the students build, plant, and care for the vegetables. Not to mention, it felt great to give back to the community!

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2) Lamb burgers. More so than regular ‘ol hamburgers. They are a regular rotating dinner menu item at our place. This picture is from awhile back. Last night we had ours sans bread, and I made a yummy yogurt dipping sauce with cumin, turmeric and garlic. With a side of grilled zucchini and caprese salad. So so good!

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3) Mini Food Processors. We (ahem, I) just broke our food processor. One of the pieces got into the garbage disposal and we all know how that story ends. I didn’t realize how much I loved ours, especially now that it is gone! We make pesto, salad dressings, and hummus with it. So easy to use! I will definitely be buying a new one here soon….

This guy from Williams Sonoma is looking like a good one:

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4) Weddings. Wedding season is upon us! There is no better excuse to get together with a bunch of friends you hardly ever see anymore (at least not all at once!), all dressed up and ready to celebrate. We’ve got 3 in a row starting tomorrow, and then one in July, one in August, and one in October. Hoof-ta! Maybe it will inspire me to wedding plan more….just maybe.

5) Infused water. Last week I threw some lemons in my mason jar of ice water. It was such a refreshing treat! A great way to sweeten up your drink, without the use of added sugar. I posted about the health benefits of lemon water here. Next time I’m going to try a few other combinations (cucumbers, oranges, limes, the list goes on!).

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Well folks, that’s it for today. What are a few of your current favorites? Feel free to leave me a comment below – I love hearing from you!

Happy weekend! :)



  1. We have a lot of the same favorites! Infused water, gardening and food processors!

  2. We’re planting a garden too! I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing, but I’ll learn I guess. I love infusing my water with lemons/limes/cucumbers. So refreshing. Good luck with house hunting, Katie! :)

    • Nicholsonk says:

      Hey Nikki! Last year was my first year making a garden, and yes, I definitely had no idea what I was doing. You will definitely learn. :) And thank you! Hopefully we’ll find one here soon!

  3. I’ve never tried a mini food processor before (and don’t have the cabinet or counter space for a regular one), so I’m intrigued! I love an infused water too – such a great way to make even water seem like a luxurious choice!

    • Nicholsonk says:

      Hey B! I never grew up with one and wouldn’t have known about them if it wasn’t for the fiancé! It’s a pretty sweet gadget. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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