Friday Favorites: Voting, Starbucks Drink, Instagram to Pinterest, Abercrombie Pullovers, True Comfort (again) & Pumpkin Squares

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The statement is so true that the days are long but the years (weeks in this case) are short.  I feel like each day this week was pretty darn long, but I am having a hard time believing it is the end of the week, and almost the end of October at that!

I have a handful of favorites to share this week, so I'll get to it!

1.  Voting.  The older I get, the more I understand the importance of voting.  And what is privilege it is to live in a place and in a time where I am able to vote.  I was a little nervous to go vote - I just wasn't sure what to expect, I was a little nervous to see if everyone would be wearing masks/social distancing, and honestly just the weight of this election (although it should be the same for every election - they are all important) was a lot.  It was totally fine, though, and I was in and out within an hour and a half.  It feels so good to have it done, and like everyone, I will anxiously be awaiting the results.  If you haven't had the chance to go vote yet (and are able to do so now), this is just another reminder to do so!

2.  New Starbucks Drink.  I was looking for a non-coffee drink at Starbucks, and decided to try the Caramel Apple Spice.  It was really good.  Just slightly sweeter than your normal apple cider.  I normally decrease the syrup pumps in drinks, both because it can be too sweet for me and also to make it just a tiny bit healthier.  For this drink, I ordered a grande with two pumps of syrup and no whip (whip on apple cider just doesn't sound great to me).  If you are also looking for a non-coffee drink, and want something still festive for the season, this is a good one to try!

3.  Saving Instagram Posts to Pinterest.  It's no secret I am not the most tech savvy person, so I may be late to the game on this one, but did you know you could save instagram posts to Pinterest?!  Jess, @rootsoutwest, shared a little tutorial on how to do this, and it's the easiest thing!  I often will see home posts, or recipe posts on instagram, and wish I could save them somewhere to refer back to.  I know there is the collections option on instagram, but for home/recipes I much prefer Pinterest.  All you have to do is hit the three little dots at the upper right of the picture.  From there, you click share to, and then choose Pinterest.  Easy peasy! 

4.  Abercrombie Pullovers.  For the past year (or two?), I have seen people rave about the asymmetrical fleece pullovers from Abercrombie.  I always thought they were cute, but never ended up buying one for myself.  Until a few weeks ago.  Gosh, I don't know why I waited so long.  I love it.  I think I have worn it almost weekly since purchasing.  I also got a half zip, too.  It reminds me of those Wubby pullovers, but is more flattering in my opinion.  When I tried the Wubby one on, I swear I looked like the abominal snowman.  This one, not so much.  It is very warm, though.  I have started off the day wearing it, only to have to change later on because it was a little too warm.  I know when it hits freezing and below, I am going to be loving it, though! 

5.  True Comfort cookbook.  I know I have mentioned this cookbook over and over on the blog, but it just keeps on being a favorite.  To me, the recipes are much more approachable/doable than her last cookbook, and are more things that sound good to me.  I have said it before, but I am a sucker for comfort food, and this delivers!  

Bonus favorite...

6.  Pumpkin Squares recipe.  I mentioned having pumpkin squares when I was back home last weekend, and there was a comment (Hi Anne!) asking if they were cake like with frosting, or more pie-like with a crumble.  Well, they are cake like with the best cream cheese frosting - you can find the recipe here.  They are just SO good and I always try to have them at least once during the fall season.    

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Hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with Andrea and Erika.


  1. Thats great that you went out and voted in person! We had already requested our mail in ballots so did that at the start of October! Hope you have a great weekend! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  2. Oh dang, I just went to STarbucks yesterday and I totally forgot about the caramel apple spice! I ended up getting a Peppermint Mocha, my Christmas drink. Haha. I am so in Christmas mode!! And I LOVE those Abercrombie fleece pullovers. I have a buffalo check one from last year and it's the warmest thing ever. I saw that Shay posted a leopard one on her blog and I want that one now, too! It's so cute!

  3. Good to know about True Comfort! I have her last cookbook and I agree, some of the recipes were not the best.

    1. Yes - I liked True Roots (of course, I just love cookbooks in general), but some of the recipes seemed intimidating and not necessarily things I would think to make. I mean, I realize the whole idea of a cookbook is to try new things, but I just feel that this one is better and more doable. :)

  4. I was wondering how the lines for voting have been. We can only vote by ballot here. I am planning on dropping mine off this afternoon. Those pulloves look so comfy! I hope you have a nice weekend.

  5. I need to check out that cookbook. Thanks so much for including me in your favorites!!

  6. Oooh, I used to love the Caramel Apple Spice. Enough sugar to keep me going for a while! and THANKS for the pumpkin square recipe! I am eager to try out a new option, and this one sounds awesome. (And YAY for voting...)

  7. I don't think I knew how to save IG posts to Pinterest either. thanks for the tutorial. I voted here about a week ago. Gotta do our part! I have heard amazing things about those pullovers.