The Siberian American: Friday Favorites: Hey There, Spring!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday Favorites: Hey There, Spring!

Happy Friday, friends! It’s been gorgeous, warm, and sunny all week, and I feel like I’ve done a total 180 from my post last Friday. Anyone else super affected by the weather? We also have several visitors coming in the next few weeks, which makes my heart happy.

Favorite nail color
One of my favorite winter to spring transitions is painting my nails in pretty spring colors. During the transition time, I like pastels, and Essie’s St. Lucia Lilac (afflilate link) is one of my favorites.

St. Patrick’s Day festivities
Can I just say how excited I am to see the Chicago River turned green? Here is some interesting information on how the tradition started. Chris is working on Saturday, but I am hoping to get over there and see it once he’s off work.

Favorite dog treats
Skyler turned 5 on March 8 (Seriously, where did the time go?), so of course, I had to give her some new treats to celebrate the occasion. Thankfully, Chewy had just sent us Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain-Free Chicken Tenders, and Skyler was a huge fan. I love that they are made with three ingredients: chicken, cane molasses, and salt and have no corn, wheat, or soy. The chicken is 100 percent grown in the United States. Sky and I love Blue Buffalo products, and this one was no exception.

I received the Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain-Free Chicken Tenders from Chewy, but all opinions are my own. 

Favorite (delivery) meal
When Chris is on call at the hospital, sometimes I like to order out when he is on the way home because I hate cooking a meal and watching it get cold when he get home four hours later than he thought he would be. My latest obsession is chicken burrito bowls from Carbon. Their salsa is amazing, and why hadn’t I heard of elote until we moved to Chicago? Tex-Mex is still my favorite type of Mexican, but elote is amazing.

Favorite cookbook
I am a self-proclaimed picky eater. I’ve gotten much better over the last few years, but sometimes I will still look through cookbooks and only like one or two of the recipes. Cravings by Chrissy Teigen was just the opposite. As I started flipping through the book, I wanted to make nearly every single recipe (except the ones that featured mushrooms since I’m allergic).

I don’t even like breakfast food, but recipes like dutch baby pancakes, creamy parmesan skillet eggs, and crab cakes benedict with avocado, look amazing enough to change my mind. The noodles and carbs section was speaking my love language with sesame chicken noodles and lemony arugula spaghetti cacao e pepe. Chris is a huge fan of gnocchi, so I know I have to make the sweet potato gnocchi with brown butter and sage as a special meal for him. There are plenty of healthier recipes too like chicken lettuce wraps, zucchini “lasagna” bolognese, and roasted cauliflower, feta, and orzo salad. Also, the descriptions for each recipe are so fun and hilarious, and the photos add a personal touch.

P.S-Can y’all tell I was hungry when I wrote this post?

I received a copy of this cookbook through Blogging for Books, but all opinions are my own.

Linking up with AmandaKarli, and the High Five for Friday girls.

Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend! 


  1. I've seen people talking about Cravings on Instagram, everyone is loving it lately. I really want to read it! You'll have to let us know how the recipes that you try turn out!

  2. We're totally on the same page with cook books today!! Loving that pretty essie polish too - so perfect for spring! Have a great weekend! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. I love that nail polish color. Perfect for spring.

  4. Love that nail polish color! And my dog only eats Blue Buffalo food but I've never tried their treats, definitely have to check those out! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  5. That's one of my favorite polish colors-Essie always wins when it comes to spring colors!

  6. St Paddy's day in Chicago is AMAZING! You'll have such a great time :)

  7. Have a great weekend

    1. Thanks, Regine! Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well! :)

  8. I'm going to go see the river Saturday! I can't wait. It's my first time seeing it green. :)

  9. That look on your puppers face - she wants those dang treats & fast! Ha!

    I would love to see the green river...someday, someday. :)

    Have a great weekend!

  10. I've always wanted to be in Chicago to see the green river!

    Have so much fun with visitors! Playing hostess is so much fun (and terribly exhausting), but more fun than anything!!

  11. Is this weekend St Patty's day already? That came quick. I've always wanted to see the Chicago river turn green. Take some pics.

  12. Seeing the river turn green this weekend is going to be so much fun! That's such a great Chicago tradition that I would love to see! And hooray for awesome takeout! It's great that Chicago has something that's up to your high Tex Mex standards! I keep on hearing great things about the Chrissy Teigen cookbook! I definitely need to check it out!

  13. Yay for seeing the river dyed, it's totally better for crowd control to go later in the day anyway! You're going to have a blast celebrating St. Patty's Day in Chicago...we go all out! I want the cookbook from Chrissy Teigen, she's so fab!

  14. I've been working through the cravings cookbook too! I have had to make a bunch of changes to the recipes, but I really like the variety of stuff. Oh I love that Essie color! Perfect shade for spring! Happy Friday!

  15. Love how Chicago turns the river green every year, so fun that you get to be there for it! And loving that Essie color - perfect for spring. Happy Friday gurlie <3
    Green Fashionista

  16. I'm checking into the Cravings book! It looks so good!

  17. I'll need to try those dog treats! Well not me, you know what I mean haha. I bet you're going to have so much fun for St. Patrick's I would love to go to Savannah since it's close, I THINK they do the green river thing too, or maybe that's Boston.

  18. That cookbook sounds pretty amazing! I think I might need to get myself a copy. And I LOVE that nail color. Essie always has the best shades!
    Thanks for sharing your Friday favorites with all of us. :)

  19. Love that nail color! I have a similar purple but I can't remember the name right now!

  20. Essie is my favorite nail polish brand! I bet Scout would really like those treats. Love healthier products for him!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  21. that cookbook sounds amazing! i will definitely check it out.
    i haven't tried an essie polish in years because they always chip or peel right off me, but i might give it another go as that colour is gorgeous.

  22. I was lucky enough to be on a work trip in Chicago a couple years ago around St. Patrick's Day. Seeing the river turn green was so cool!

    Your puppy is so cute! Our Dusty dog loves Blue Buffalo, too. :)


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