Friday Link Love

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Hey guys, as you read this I am kicking back in Charlotte, NC with my college roommate and her lovely family. I can’t believe my big holiday trip is coming to an end, Andy and I will be heading home tomorrow, and the prospect of things returning to “normal” is killing my holiday buzz just a wee bit. I will admit however, that I am missing my fluffy fur babies like crazy and I am looking forward to all four of them trying to snuggle with me while Andy and I binge watch Netflixs. You know after the car is unloaded that is…maybe…probably…we’ll see. Here are some links to kick off your weekend.

Holiday stuff aside for a moment, her are 21 cool little tidbits about the Gilmore Girls Revival.

Sometimes I like to check out “amazing” gift list and see how true the advertising is….This one actually had some pretty spiffy things on it.

In my quest for awesome holiday gifts I discovered this lipstick and this balm and I have no idea how well they work, but I feel like my dressing table will forever be incomplete without them.

Some beautiful ideas for upping your gift wrapping game.

I think this Christmas branch is so lovely, I am thinking about making one to hang in the guest room.

For those of you who take your warm beverages very seriously, this is an ultra decadent hot chocolate recipe.

Also, I am considering making these Cranberry Cornmeal Scones for Christmas morning.

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Holiday Giveaways: Week 2!

It’s the second week of our holiday giveaways! This week I wanted to share with you guys a few of my favorite things about the holidays, some crazy cozy socks. Two of my all time favorite lip balms (I have at least a dozen stashed around my house) and some sparkle for both you and your home. Submit your entries below and I’ll contact the winner at the end of the week. Enjoy!!!

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Monkey Bread: Modified Recipe

Monkey bread is one of my favorite things to make for holiday guests. I have yet to find someone who isn’t drawn in by the gloriously rich sugary morsels.  This year I decided to modify version of this recipe I posted a few years ago. Here’s how things turned out.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • Bundt Cake Pan
  • 4 Tablespoons of Cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cans of Southern Style or Buttermilk Biscuits (the non-flaky ones)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1 medium granny smith apple diced

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Remove biscuits from their tubes, and cut each biscuit into four pieces. (I baked off the rest of the unused tube and gave them to the husband to munch on while I was baking)
  3. Combine the cinnamon and white sugar in a large ziplock bag, and shake to combine.
  4. Next drop the biscuit pieces 5 or 6 at a time, into the bag, seal and shake.
  5. Spray bundt pan with nonstick spray.
  6. Place all of the coated biscuit pieces into your bundt pan, sprinkling in pecans and apples as you go.
  7. In a medium sauce pan melt butter over medium heat, stir in brown sugar. Keep stirring until the two are completely combined.
  8. Pour the liquid over the biscuit pieces and place in the preheated oven.
  9. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until it looks like this.  Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes then turn out onto a plate. A few taps might be required to get everything to shake loose.

Notes:

  • I added the apples to this recipe because I like the bits of tart fruitiness that they impart to what can sometimes be a cloyingly sweet dish.
  • If you have a deep bundt pan you can attempt to use three full cans of biscuits, just be wary of overfilling because you do not want that stuff to overflow into the bottom of your oven. I’d even recommend placing a cookie sheet on the rack underneath, just in case.
  • Keep an eye on your bottom biscuits through out the baking time, if your oven is a little temperamental, as mine is, the exposed biscuits at the bottom may start to get excessively brown before the ones in the center are baked. If this happens, loosely wrap tin foil across the pan and shift the bundt pan to a lower rack in the oven.

Don’t forget to enter the holiday giveaway!!!!


Friday Link Love

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I have to tell you guys, as exhausted as I am after this busy week, I am in such a great mood. I have a couple of friends coming over for a craft night this evening, and tomorrow Andy and I are heading to NC to visit with friends and family. There is going to be actual cold weather, I’ll even have to wear socks! Which means I’ll need to track down some…..oh well, one more load of laundry before packing our bags. In the next few days, I am hoping to cross a few items off of that Holiday To Do list I posted yesterday. Fingers crossed that the stars will align and we’ll be able to do and see everything and everybody we want. Happy weekend!

Don’t forget to register for the first Vylette giveaway of the season before the end of today!

How incredible does this french toast recipe look? Holiday brunch, anyone?

If you’re looking to update your holiday set up this Huanakkah, here are some modern menorah options to liven things up.

Haven’t done your holiday cards yet? No worries, here is a free printable option.

Also, some free printable gift tags for your holiday wrapping needs.

Ever wondered what the oldest restaurant in your state was? I’ve actually walked by Florida’s & Georgia’s many times, but I haven’t actually eaten at either place.

I love advent calendars of all shapes and sizes, and I’ve had fun creating a few of my own over the years. Here are some great DIYs to get you inspired.

Have to agree that bakers will find these videos oddly satisfying. Even amateur bakers like me 🙂

LOVE this cat lady gift guide.

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Holiday To Do List

And it is December 1st! Yes, my holiday merriment kicked into overdrive the day after Thanksgiving this year, but there are still so many things I have left to do, I even started making a list. Then I decided to share that list with you all. Who knows, maybe you’ll find an item or two to add to your own list.

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  1. Deck the halls, living room, dinning room, kitchen, guest room….
  2. Trim the tree, at least half a dozen times since the cats will spend all night undoing the previous day’s trimming.
  3. Make hot chocolate, from scratch, with the special marshmallows.
  4. Make a Christmas flower crown.
  5. Have holiday themed afternoon tea.
  6. Wrap gifts while listening to holiday music.
  7. Sing carols.
  8. Wear something tacky and festive.
  9. Try to make the cats wear tiny Santa hats.
  10. Make Christmas cookies.
  11. Drink spiced cider.
  12. Have a Christmas crafting party.
  13. Locate the stockings, then hang them with care.
  14. Make s’mores in the fireplace.
  15. Have a holiday party.
  16. Take my mom to Starbucks and enjoy a holiday treat.
  17. Snuggle up on the couch and watch holiday movies.
  18. Go to a holiday festival.
  19. Decorate a gingerbread house.
  20. Make paper snowflakes.
  21. Pick out Christmas PJ’s.
  22. Drive around and look at lights.
  23. Send out our Christmas cards.
  24. Take impromptu photos of holiday merriment.
  25. Random act of holiday kindness.

What seasonal antics are at the top of your “to do” list?

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