Steve Karlin helped me whip up a colorful, healthy dish that Ben and I are both currently obsessing over – Summer Veggie Pasta Skillet .
Fresh, summer veggies including broccoli, summer squash, sweet corn, and cherry tomatoes are sauteed with green onions, garlic, and red chili pepper flakes, then tossed with pasta, and a wee bit of cream and parmesan cheese, which make the dish taste totally decadent and special.
In other news, my little brother is in town visiting for the weekend, so I’m pumped to spend some QT with him over the next couple of days. From Denver to Des Moines – I’ve seen him more this month than I have in a really long time. It’s good to have him home.
In the meantime, I hope you’ve got something fun cookin’ up this weekend, and in the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Favorites!
Favorite sweet: Sunburst Lemon Bars . These lemony bars with a thin glaze look like they’d absolutely melt in your mouth. YUM!
Favorite accent: Brick Hallway. I love the look of this brick wall leading into the basement. It feels very old-world and mysterious.
Favorite comfort: Pesto Lasagna . I’d like to sink my teeth into a big fat slice of this cheesy, pesto-flavored lasagna. Such a great idea!
Favorite DIY: Campaign Chest . Loved not only learning how to make this gorgeouschest at home, but also the history behind Campain furniture in this post.
Favorite ‘do: Fishtail Updo . This is the most adorable little updo. Perfect for weddings or special occasions where you need something a little more fancy, but don’t want to have prom hair.
Favorite local: Alpha 1 Ice Cream Social. In town this weekend? Stop by the Johnston Lions Club this Saturday from 1-4pm for an ice-cream social featuring a raffle, live music, kids activities, and more to benefit the Alpha-1 Foundation!
Favorite slurp: Smoky Corn Chowder with Shrimp . Ohhh baby. Fresh sweet corn, bacon, and shrimp. I’ll be making this the second the heat index dips below 100!
Favorite fashion: Kate Spade Scatter Necklace . I’ve been looking for a colorful necklace that isn’t cheap looking. This definitely fits the bill. Now to find $100 to spend on a necklace…!
Favorite view . Ahhh, there is nothing like sitting on the front porch watching the steamy rain in the summertime.
Favorite snack: Sugar Crumb Crispy . I can call pastry smothered in cinnamon sugar a snack, right?
Favorite space . Whenever I hang twinkly lights they look tacky and like I just forgot to take them down after Christmas. Here they look festive & energetic. Hmmm…
Favorite find: USA Book Shelf . How cool would this look in a kid’s room or playroom?
Favorite redo: Homemade Diva (Ding) Dongs . I can’t decide what’s more awesome – the creamy center of these individual-sized chocolatey cakes…or the name. Bahaha!