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It 100% makes sense that sharing favorites happens on Fridays.  Just the whole concept of Fridays makes me giddy.  It’s sort of silly, really, since Fridays still involve a full eight-hour day of work.  But I guess it is sort of like the night before Christmas?  There is just so darn much to look forward to!

In the spirit of looking forward to things, check out some of my recent favorites and be sure to make it down to the bottom of the post for a giveaway in celebration of four years of blogging!

Favorite Summer slushie: Strawberry Frose.  I mean, come on.  It’s a wine slushie!  Basically it’s like all of your childhood dreams come true, only funner! <– total Legally Blonde reference there.

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Favorite bite: BBQ Bacon Onion Bombs.  I mean, come on.  BBQ sauce, bacon, beef, and onions?  It sounds like a pretty perfect combination to me.  I love this idea as a party appetizer or paired with veggies for a meal.

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Favorite podcast: Serial.  I know I am completely behind on this addiction.  Like two years behind.  But I also am just now starting to get into podcasts.  They are great to listen to while I am commuting on the bus to and from work each day.  My latest obsession is Serial, which I am finishing up the first season of.  If this was a book, it would definitely be a “page-turner.”  Has anyone listened to season two?  Thoughts?

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Favorite melon: Chili-Lime Melon Salad.  I happen to be a big-time melon fan, but I can easily say that cantaloupe is my favorite.  I love this slightly spicy way to enjoy one of my favorite super sweet treats!

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Favorite travel partner: 7 Day 3 Times a Day Pill Box Organizer.  A couple of years ago I bought a cheap pill organizer that has essentially been useless.  It is too small to fit all of my supplements so I never actually use it when I’m traveling.  This baby, however, has three compartments for each day to fit all my shiz.  The fact that everything is sorted by time of day is even better, too!  I Amazon Prime’d this yesterday and cannot wait to receive it.

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Favorite zoodle dish: Zucchini Fettuccine with Creamy White Bean “Alfredo” Sauce.  Let’s all use up our garden zucchini squashes with this recipe.  I love the creativity of the white bean sauce.  I’m thinking a cauliflower “alfredo” sauce would be perfect for a Paleo option, too!

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Favorite read: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin.  What’s not to love about another great love story from Emily Giffin?  I am always a fan of her novels, and this one was no different.  I am not even going to pretend like I love reading super “smart” books.  Chick lit and mystery novels are honestly where it’s at for me!  If you are looking to add a must-read to your book list, I definitely recommend this one.

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Favorite party chicken: Blackened Chicken Fiesta Salad.  I call this “party chicken” because it looks like it should be served at an end-of-Summer party.  It combines two delicious “chick” protein sources: chicken and chickpeas + some seriously amazing spiciness.

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Favorite COLOR: Desert Santa Maria Audin Upholstered Chair.  I should say, allllll the colors.  How fun is this pattern?  Will someone please send me a reason for why I need this chair?  A check to pay for it would be great, too!

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Favorite blast from the past: Turkey and Vegetable Cabbage Soup.  Is anyone else actually kind of looking forward to Summer being over just so it can be socially acceptable to eat soup every single day?  This is one of my favorite soups ever, and I’m not just saying that because it’s my own recipe.  It is one of the reasons I actually own up to loving cabbage.

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This portion of the post is sponsored by Artisana Organics.

Favorite butters: Artisana Organics Nut and Coconut Butters.  These butters are my absolute go-to when I want something creamy, dreamy, and indulgent.  Their ingredients lists are always top-notch, without any extra additives, sugar, or gross oils + I love that they are made with organic, raw ingredients.  While I have been loving on their coconut butter for over a year now, I actually think their cashew butter is my absolute favorite!  It is literally the creamiest cashew butter I have ever tasted, and the only ingredient is exactly what it should be: cashews.  It takes all that I have not to eat it by the spoonful.

Friday Favorites: August 26, 2016 + A Giveaway! | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comIn celebration of my four-year blogging anniversary, I have paired up with Artisana Organics for a super delicious giveaway.  One lucky winner will receive one jar each of the coconut, cashew, and walnut butters.

The giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Patricia D!

To enter:

Leave a comment letting me know how you would plan to eat these butters!

*This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and does not include PO boxes.  It will close at 11:59 p.m. CST on Wednesday, August 31st.

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  • melissa August 26, 2016, 7:18 am
    thanks for the giveaway! Honestly, I have never experimented with cashew/coconut/almond butters. I'm assuming you use them as a replacement to "regular" butter? In that case, I'm using it on a whole grain brad with avocado of course!
  • Cassi August 26, 2016, 7:32 am
    I normally use peanut butter on apples. Once I had a sample of another nut butter but it didn't work too well on them. Maybe I'll make pancakes and use these butters in or on them. Cassi recently posted...Crossfit TrainingMy Profile
  • Noelle August 26, 2016, 7:36 am
    I love nut butters. I use them like peanut butter and spread on toast. I also like adding them to smoothies and making my own protein balls for me and my kids.
  • Wendy August 26, 2016, 8:34 am
    What an awesome giveaway! I would use them raw butters on oatmeal, on top of pancakes and just straight from the jar!
  • Missy August 26, 2016, 8:42 am
    I gotta admit, I'd probably eat these most often right out of the jar by the spoonful. Despite my best intentions, lol that's how I usually do nut butters, no shame! Other than that I put nut butters on any fruit and any veggie (really. Even tomatoes.)
  • Stacy August 26, 2016, 8:45 am
    I have never tried anything other than peanut butter, so I'd love to try these! I'd try them on toast or apples.
  • Angie Jerde August 26, 2016, 8:59 am
    I would love to try these on a delicious sweet potato! These look amazing..thanks for the giveaway : )
  • dixya @food, pleasure, and health August 26, 2016, 9:02 am
    i would make nut butter and date bars with these butters as im obsessed with it right now! i love that chair, perfect to lounge and read while sipping on that wine slushie! dixya @food, pleasure, and health recently posted...Tips to Avoid Freshman 15My Profile
  • Jenny August 26, 2016, 9:10 am
    I LOVE Artisana! The almond and coconut butters are amazing on sweet potatoes with cinnamon. And I always take the single serve almond and walnut butters to the gym for before and after I work out!
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul August 26, 2016, 9:10 am
    On toast!! Also, I want to read that book! I love chick lit. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Friday FavoritesMy Profile
  • Kate @ Hounds and Habits August 26, 2016, 9:12 am
    Mmm, I LOVE nut butters! My favorite is a local Canadian company called Nuts to You. They have so many different flavors, I always stock up when they go on sale Kate @ Hounds and Habits recently posted...Recipe: Sunny-Side-Up Asparagus BreakfastMy Profile
  • Lindsey @livinglovingrunner August 26, 2016, 9:15 am
    Amazing giveaway!! I would eat it by the spoonful ? I am SO glad there isn't a standard peanut butter...since I started eating more Paleo based, I have been looking for more options than almond butter (which is still great!!). Lindsey @livinglovingrunner recently posted...coffee + garden + fall | Thinking Out Loud ThursdayMy Profile
  • Molly K. August 26, 2016, 9:32 am
    I think I'd end up just eating them straight out of the jar!
  • Erica @ Erica Finds August 26, 2016, 9:35 am
    I'm ready for fall and fall foods and fall soups! I eat cashew butter with a spoon! ;) Love the stuff. Otherwise, with apple slices, celery or on GF toast! :) I'm adding your link to my giveaway round up at Erica Finds! Erica @ Erica Finds recently posted...Friday Five: 5 Things I’m Loving LatelyMy Profile
  • Meah August 26, 2016, 9:35 am
    Say what?!? Asparagus and cashew butter??? I've gotta try that! I was thinking of using the cashew butter to make these Cashew Caramel Thumbprint Dark Chocolate Drizzle Cookies I'm recipe testing. The walnut butter sparked some ideas to use it in some type of butternut squash and roasted brussel sprout dish. For the coconut butter, I may try to make my own homemade Eatingevoled coconut butter cups. Thanks for the links. I literally pinned all the recipes, they look amazing! xxMeah Meah recently posted...Fast+Effective Total Body Strength and Cardio WorkoutMy Profile
  • Whitney August 26, 2016, 10:15 am
    yum! I'm a nut-butter on oatmeal sort of person... so definitely that. :)
  • Jill August 26, 2016, 10:16 am
    with an apple!
  • Ruya August 26, 2016, 10:26 am
    On gluten-free waffles!
  • Maggie August 26, 2016, 11:24 am
    I'd use them in baking and oatmeal!
  • Amy Lauren August 26, 2016, 11:34 am
    I love nut butters and have been known to eat them straight out of the jar... but I would probably eat this on toast or waffles. Amy Lauren recently posted...Seattle Vacation RecapMy Profile
  • Lisa L. August 26, 2016, 11:57 am
    The hardest part is not to eat it straight out of the jar (I caught my fiancé doing just that with peanut butter yesterday morning). I would use it as a spread on toast and bagels instead of peanut butter. And if some lasted I would also experiment with new recipes.
  • Nikki August 26, 2016, 12:12 pm
    .on oatmeal!
  • paige c August 26, 2016, 12:13 pm
    I LOVE cashew butter on top of almost everything and coconut butter on top of sweet potatoes!
  • Karen D August 26, 2016, 2:49 pm
    I love eating nut butters on fresh home made bread. So good!
  • Tracy Daily August 26, 2016, 3:58 pm
    I love nut butters! Pre run fuel on Ezekiel bread or in oatmeal come to mind. Awesome giveaway ?
  • Susan McCarty August 26, 2016, 3:59 pm
    What a nice giveaway. I generally use nut butters in protein bars, as a fruit spread and on whole wheat toast. I have used them in my protein shakes also. Thank you for all your ideas.
  • Anjana Devasahayam August 26, 2016, 4:10 pm
    I would eat them on toast with homemade jam, use in smoothies and bake cookies too. Thanks for the opportunity!! Anjana Devasahayam recently posted...Strawberry Lemon MuffinsMy Profile
  • magnolia bowman August 26, 2016, 4:23 pm
    recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, my food options are now pretty limited, but organic nut butters are a staple for me! coconut butter I gladly eat by the spoonful... I love it! and the other nut butters I'd eat on their own, with fruit, to top a breakfast bowl or swirled into "nice cream"! and as weird as it sounds, dipping carrots in nut butter is a sweet and satisfying snack :) I'd be so appreciative to win this giveaway!
  • Elizabeth August 26, 2016, 4:30 pm
    I love coconut butter on sweet potatoes and in my buckwheat cereal. With the others though let's be honest I would probably just eat them off the spoon!
  • Alli O August 26, 2016, 4:56 pm
    I've never tried coconut butter, but all your recipes make it look so good! I would love to try some-on anything haha
  • Renee S. August 26, 2016, 5:44 pm
    Great giveaway! I would love to have this with an apple, sweet potato, or oatmeal! Renee S. recently posted...Vegan Italian "Meatball" ZoodlesMy Profile
  • Annamarie V August 26, 2016, 10:47 pm
    I love coconut butter but have not tried cashew or walnut butter. I would incorporate the cashew or walnut butter into a stir fry sauce or use them to make a nutty salad dressing with garlic lemon juice and some liquid aminos.
  • sarah August 26, 2016, 11:05 pm
    I'd mix it in my oats!
  • Cathy August 26, 2016, 11:10 pm
    I love nut butters with a sliced apple....my fav way to have them!
  • Amanda August 27, 2016, 7:29 am
    Yum those butters look delicious! I love trying new nut butters! I would love to try them in recipes or dip fruits and veggies in them, but I would probably end up eating most of them with a spoon straight from the jar because that's what usually happens! ???
  • Pat August 27, 2016, 10:37 am
    I would use them on crackers.
  • Amber Ludwig August 27, 2016, 5:46 pm
    Oooh I would use these to change up our lunches!! Spread on a whole wheat pita and top with everything fun!! Yummo!! My son and I could be super creative and have tons of fun with them!!
  • Starla August 27, 2016, 6:39 pm
    I absolutely love that chair too! I would use these nut butters on fruits and also I really like to make protein balls!
  • Ashley B. August 27, 2016, 6:55 pm
    My boys would love these on toast!!
  • Sarah K August 27, 2016, 9:01 pm
    Definitely, will be eating some of the butter's by the spoonful:) Also just saw a recipe for Coconut Butter Cups that looks really good.
  • Judith August 27, 2016, 10:00 pm
    in oatmeal
  • allyson tice August 27, 2016, 10:27 pm
    i would use these to cook eggs with in the morning and probably use them on bread and maybe on muffins too
  • Steph August 28, 2016, 6:41 am
    I like butters in smoothies
  • craftyone August 28, 2016, 10:17 am
    I would use when I make blondies and breakfast bars.
  • Heather August 28, 2016, 11:03 am
    These butters all sound so yummy (and I'm totally going to give your favorite zoodle dish a try - just got the most giant zucchini's from our neighbor's garden!)... I would spread these butters on pears and apple slices, and dip carrot sticks for office lunch sweet treats.
  • Britty August 28, 2016, 4:50 pm
    I would eat them on whole grain waffles!
  • Courtney August 28, 2016, 5:13 pm
    Hi! I have been clean eating for almost 6 months now and I find so many ways to incorporate nut butters into almost every meal. A spoonful of nut butter adds protein and flavor to my morning smoothies. and makes them refreshing and creamy. My favorite is my almond butter banana shake and my almond butter infused homemade protein bars that I make for myself and my children. Their delicious!!
  • tara pittman August 28, 2016, 7:29 pm
    I will use them in my protein ball recipe. tara pittman recently posted...Playmobil Travel Carry Case GiveawayMy Profile
  • wen budro August 28, 2016, 8:33 pm
    I would use the butters on toast or on graham crackers. These look like wonderful healthy products.
  • Jordan D. August 28, 2016, 9:34 pm
    These would all be delicious served over a warm baked sweet potato, or on some toast with fresh fruit jam. Yum!
  • Heather D August 28, 2016, 11:42 pm
    I don't know where I would even begin! I've never heard of or tried these but they look awesome.
  • Ashley @ The Small Town Foodie August 29, 2016, 8:34 am
    Cashew butter is my favorite too! What wouldn't I do with them?! Drizzled on pancakes, fruit dipped in them, mixed with other ingredients to make granola bars, or just eaten by the spoonful :) Ashley @ The Small Town Foodie recently posted...Why YOU Should Start A Vegetable GardenMy Profile
  • Abigail August 29, 2016, 10:04 am
    Id love to try dipping fruit slices in them! My son is in a peanut free classroom this year too so I bet they'd make a great peanut butter substitute for his snacks!
  • Kim August 29, 2016, 10:46 am
    The nut butters look great! I would like to try them on toast.
  • Amy C. August 29, 2016, 12:33 pm
    I would love to enjoy these for breakfast on my english muffin! Thanks!
  • Melissa P August 29, 2016, 8:07 pm
    These look great. I never see this brand in the store. I like to bake and cook with nut butters. I'll also spread some on bread as a snack!
  • Cindy A. August 29, 2016, 8:15 pm
    Yum! I would use these to make all sorts of fun snacks. The walnut butter would be perfect for making apple sandwiches. Thank you so much for the giveaway. :)
  • diana @ veggienextdoor August 29, 2016, 8:48 pm
    On a spoon!!! diana @ veggienextdoor recently posted...Feeding our Baby & Book ReviewMy Profile
  • stephanie scales campbell August 29, 2016, 9:24 pm
    I have never tried any of these and I am looking to eat healthier and always trying new foods and would love to win so i can try them i think the first thing I would try is just using them as a spread on toast then move forward from there.
  • Robin Diaz August 29, 2016, 10:20 pm
    i would eat them in my overnight oats, or with a spoon!
  • Julie August 29, 2016, 10:52 pm
    These looks so good. I think I'd eat them on toast (and maybe some by the spoonful).
  • Francine Anchondo August 29, 2016, 11:05 pm
    I would eat it with apples.
  • Alyssa Azuara August 30, 2016, 12:28 am
    I would definitely try out the nut butters with my meals, and the coconut oil would be awesome for my hair or for cooking!
  • Jennai August 30, 2016, 1:54 am
    I would put it on graham crackers or make a sandwich out of it
  • Emily @Sinful Nutrition August 30, 2016, 8:36 am
    Does out of a jar with a spoon count? Cuz I'm all about that. :)
  • Gina Badalaty August 30, 2016, 11:19 am
    So many great options, but I love the old traditional one of choosing a nut butter flavor and then choosing a variety of apple, sliced up, to put it on. Boom! Instant delish high protein snack, or for when the only thing you had for breakfast was cereal LOL. Gina Badalaty recently posted...5 Tips for Back to School Success for Special Needs ParentsMy Profile
  • miranda August 30, 2016, 1:44 pm
    I'd use them to make energy balls
  • gary August 30, 2016, 2:52 pm
    I love nut butter on apples
  • Angela Saver August 30, 2016, 6:07 pm
    I would spread the nut butters on whole wheat toast & eat it on Apple & banana slices! Andysavi.Mom@gmail.com
  • Laura August 30, 2016, 6:46 pm
    I would love to try these on waffles and pancakes!
  • Kelly D August 30, 2016, 8:42 pm
    I would eat these on a bagel.
  • Ms. Christian H August 30, 2016, 10:59 pm
    I would eat them on freshly baked biscuits right out of the oven!
  • Jaclyn Reynolds August 31, 2016, 6:24 am
    I would try them as a topping on my breakfast foods!
  • Patricia D August 31, 2016, 7:08 am
    Yum! These look so tasty! Probably would eat straight out of the jar with my spoon...hiding lol. Might also experiment with some yummy nut butter baked goods! :D
  • Diana Hatch August 31, 2016, 7:52 am
    Such fun for a plain old piece of toast!
  • sheila ressel August 31, 2016, 8:13 am
    I would eat these on fruit, toast, muffins and crackers.
  • susan smoaks August 31, 2016, 8:17 am
    i would eat them on toast. i would also eat them with fruit. i really love the fruit and nut butter combination.
  • Mary Beth Elderton August 31, 2016, 8:24 am
    I would eat these on toast...sandwiches...use them to make cookies.
  • Anne Perry August 31, 2016, 8:35 am
    I would eat this with carrots and chocolate.
  • angie w August 31, 2016, 8:41 am
    I'd eat them with apples, on toast, or on pancakes. I'd also use them in my energy bites that I like to keep on hand :)
  • Rachel V August 31, 2016, 9:21 am
    I would probably eat them with celery, apples, and bananas.
  • Jo Ricker August 31, 2016, 9:34 am
    I have never tried these before so I will probably melt some on toast and if I like them I will branch out and use them in recipes. Ice cream topping, cookies, ect
  • Missy August 31, 2016, 9:34 am
    I'd use these in many ways. Adding them to soup, smoothies and eating them straight.
  • Meghan August 31, 2016, 9:50 am
    Would be great on toasts!
  • Crafty Nunn August 31, 2016, 10:05 am
    I usually use peanut butter with bananas, I would substitute the walnut and cashew butters for that. I look forward to using them. Thank you for the giveaway and introducing me to this new brand.
  • Donna Cheatle August 31, 2016, 10:07 am
    I love nut butters! I use them to bake with!
  • Lissa Crane August 31, 2016, 11:00 am
    I love the ways you used them here in this post, so would definitely love to try them this way!
  • Pam C. August 31, 2016, 11:06 am
    I would eat them on an oat bran toast. I know they will be awesome!
  • Crystal Rose August 31, 2016, 11:29 am
    I would eat these on toast. Crystal Rose recently posted...Copper River Bag Co. Leather Messenger Bag Giveaway! $183 RV! – Ends 9/16My Profile
  • Jennifer M. August 31, 2016, 11:43 am
    I would use these nut butters on toast and waffles.
  • Jennifer August 31, 2016, 12:30 pm
    I would eat the nut butters spread over rice cakes, as smoothie bowl topping or just on a banana. :)
  • Helen August 31, 2016, 12:40 pm
    I would try to make a smoothie or put it on waffles.
  • Peggy Johnson August 31, 2016, 12:43 pm
    I would use these on crackers or apples
  • Deborah August 31, 2016, 12:46 pm
    Congratulations on your four-year blogging anniversary! I love coconut butter! And all of the nut butters!
  • Brandy Williams August 31, 2016, 1:44 pm
    I would use on toast and pancakes!! Yum!!
  • karen August 31, 2016, 2:00 pm
    I would like to try them on toast and maybe some celery too.
  • pamela j August 31, 2016, 4:01 pm
    Steamed Veggies. Or Fresh Corn on the cob!
  • Aaron August 31, 2016, 4:02 pm
    I would plan to eat these butters with a special friend.
  • Claire August 31, 2016, 4:10 pm
    I would probably eat them with celery n apples
  • Barbara August 31, 2016, 4:12 pm
    I would use them like other nut butters - on bagels, toast or with tart apples. Yum!
  • elizabeth miller August 31, 2016, 4:53 pm
    We have used the nut butter on toast in the mornings. I have not tried the others yet but would love to.
  • Gricelda Castro August 31, 2016, 4:59 pm
    I use them spread on toast.
  • Julie Waldron August 31, 2016, 5:05 pm
    I'd try them on fresh home made bread. :)
  • Shelly Leatham August 31, 2016, 5:40 pm
    I would spread them on a hot toasted bagel! thanks for the chance to win bleatham*at*gmail.com Shelly Leatham recently posted...Savvy Tips for Back To School Meal PlanningMy Profile
  • margaret porter August 31, 2016, 7:27 pm
    I would use them on toast, waffles, pancakes. In cookinng, making cookies
  • Barrie August 31, 2016, 7:39 pm
    What a yummy giveaway! I'd eat each one by the spoonful! I'd also make almond flour bread, toast and spread! Both ways sound delish!
  • Jackie August 31, 2016, 7:44 pm
    I'd love to try them on toast...topped with sliced bananas Thank you!
  • Fiona N August 31, 2016, 7:46 pm
    I would love to try these awesome coconut, cashew, and walnut butters on cookies or pancakes with strawberry jam! Thank You for the chance
  • Emily August 31, 2016, 8:00 pm
    Not sure. Would experiment
  • Lynne August 31, 2016, 10:18 pm
    I will put them on toasted English muffins and have them for breakfast!
  • Angelica Dimeo September 1, 2016, 5:38 pm
    I would eat them on toast

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