Friday Faves and a Berry-licious Recipe Round-Up (2024)

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This week simply flew by. Maybe it’s because I was actually home for a stretch without my head in the clouds. Or could be that it was an “official” 4 day week. Or maybe it was because I’m not a 10 year old who can’t wait for the end of school to appear but I live with one.

Leftover pizza. What do you do with it? You can eat it cold. You can pick all of the good stuff off and leave the hardened cheese and wish you’d remembered to take it out of the cardboard container and put it in the fridge.

Last night my husband and my Smudge had a daddy daughter date and went to one of our favorite SLC pizzarias, Flatbread Neopolitan Pizza. My man likes it for the beer and Quattro Stagioni (four seasons) pizza, I dig it for the Chicken Arugula and Basil Salad and Smudge loves the build your own pizza for kids.

He decided to go off the rails and order the Quattro Formaggi with Fior di Latta, Fontina, Romano and Parmesan. I love that man.

With two pieces of leftover pizza on the table, Smudge declared, “Dad. You should take those home and put an egg on it for breakfast tomorrow.” I love that girl.

I know! Why didn’t I think of this? It’s a total Friday Fave.

While they were out causing a ruckus and snarfing down pies, I was at a press dinner for the lovely restaurant Riverhorse on Main in Park City, UT. As a first timer at the establishment, I was immediately impressed with it’s look, it is seriously one of the best designed, if not THE best designed restaurants in Park City. And the food was fresh, innovative and delish. My favorites were the North American Buffalo with a Huckleberry Compote according to co-owner and Chef Seth Adams, the only thing that will never go off the menu, the Utah Red Trout in a Pistachio Nut Crust with Pomegranate Fennel Salsa. And of course the dessert plate, with the best pink sugar rimmed chocolate milkshake.

Can you get over this selfie my Smudge took of herself this weekend with our 12 year old Chewie. She is just too, too much and oh, how I love her. Even more than the day she was born. For sure.

This weekend will be all about prepping for BIRTHDAY WEEK for my Smudge. I just can’t get over that it’s been 10 years. I only have 8 years left with her under my spell. And maybe 2 more where she’ll actually listen to me.

We’re deciding on whether to break with her traditional Birthday Pie Cake. It may or may not happen. But a whip cream fight is definitely on the sleep over docket. So, any birthday cake ideas, send them my way.

Speaking of lounging (we were right?) I bought this for Smudge’s birthday present next week. She’s been longing for one ever since we came home from Turks & Caicos.

Geez, I hope she doesn’t read her mom’s blog!

A few new follows you should be following too:

This Pin board says everything I want to about summer.


This blog, because sometimes there is more to my diet than cheese, butter and wine.

I backed this Kickstarter campaignby my food blogging friend Farmgirl Gourmet. You should too!

Last night I ordered this book after seeing it on Instagram. I’m interested in reading about his take on the future of food.

These swimming pools are INCREDIBLE! I’d feel like I was swimming at Sea World.


Those pools are perfectly poised to sport these must-have pool floaties. I need the pretzel shaped one! And the doughnut!

Have you made your summer bucket list yet? Smudge and one of her gal pals started theirs. Get great ideas for yours here and here .

This is THE BEST sunscreen and their SPF lip balm is my summertime fave.

This Mr. & Mrs. gift set is pretty dang cute for tee-totallers.


The rad grad could make use of these 11 life lessons from Sandra Bullock’s epic graduation address. Hell, I’m taking notes now!

Push-pop confetti!!! Get it here.

Add a twinkle withfirefly string lights. They’dbe so much fun on the deck!

I love this love list of hot hues and neons. That J Crew top is super cute.

Filthy Rich Miso Caramel Ice Cream. Oh yeah. Recipe here.

Summer is a breeding ground for getting in touch with your creative roots. 3 simple ways to be creative (and why it’s important.)

My mom gave me this book a few years ago, to keep Smudge off the iPod, out of the TV and into having good old fashioned kid fun! So many great ideas, we get super fun ideas all of the time.

And if I can’t find anything in that, I know there’s bound to be something fun to do on this Pin board.

Inflatable Twister! I want!

This week my Feedly sprouted a plethora of berry ingredient-ed recipes. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. It was like a 6-day berry loving explosion! Following is a smattering of food blogger recipes that caught my eye. I wonder what I missed last week…

Strawberry Semifreddo Ice Cream

This base is pure fruit and coconut cream making it ultra smooth and a vegan cold shot right into your mouth. Recipe here.

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls

Hot or cold, this is one berrylicious breakfast. And good for ‘ya too. Recipe here.

Lemon French Toast with Strawberries

Be still my weekend-breakfast-lusting-heart. Custard french toast with lemon and berries? Just serve me now. Recipe here.

Quinoa Berry Breakfast Bowl

Protein packed but still sweet enough to eat and will keep you full ‘til lunch. Recipe here.

Triple Berry Cookie Cups

Look at the perfection in those cups! And then she goes ahead and adds custardy cream cheese! And a wallop of berries! I mean, when was the last time you said wallop of berries? Recipe here.

Red, White and Blueberry Salad

This would be the perfect recipe to balance out the burgers and pies headed at me like a freight train this 4th of July. Recipe here.

Rhubarb Berry Crisp

Thank goodness for berries to sweeten up tart rhubarb. Where would that fruit (or is it a veggie?) be without them? Under a pile of ice cream, that’s where!Recipe here.

Rooberry Smoothie

When the berry cravings strike, one must react! This time it’s with a super healthy addition of Rooibos tea to supercharge your morning. Recipe here.

Chocolate Hazelnut Berry Shortcakes

Hazelnut spread and berries. Is there anything more welcoming to summer? Recipe here.

Vegan Blueberry Power Smoothie

Chia seeds or brazil nuts and protein powder pump up the sips for this smoothie booster.Recipe here.

Strawberry, Jalapeño and Strawberry Basil Jam

2 jam recipes for the view of 1. Pass the peanut butter and mushy white bread, please.Recipe here.

Maple and Blueberry Cheesecake

I am always on the hunt for the perfect cheesecake. This ricotta based baby is going to get a spin in the oven.Recipe here.

Berry Scones

Tender, with laces of bursting berries baked right in, these sugar topped scones are begging for a mid-morning latte. Twist my arm baby, one more time. Recipe here.

Out of the Pan Triple Berry Pie

This trifecta of berries needs a big fat scoop of ice cream to sit right on top of a big fat piece.Recipe here.

Berry Cocoa Nibs Scones

More berries. More scones. This time in a triangle. And COCOA NIBS!Recipe here.

Berry Flaxseed Muffins

It certainly isn’t luck that these babies made it to my favorites list. I mean, just look at them! Recipe here.

And finally…

Over 50 Strawberry Recipes You Have to Try

Just try not to drool. I dare you. Recipe links here.

Have a fantastic weekend. And cook something good!

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