Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday, everyone, I hope you had a wonderful week!

If you’re anything like me than you’re in complete shock that Christmas in less than a week away. It’s not only hard to believe but sad, too – I can’t believe the holiday season is coming to a close! Weren’t we just handing out fun-size Snickers a week ago?

I have a few more people to shop for then am left with the dreaded task of wrapping all the gifts. I used to be a master present wrapper – I remember my Dad asking me to wrap my Mom’s presents when I was little because well, Dads. Now I’m all thumbs. I swear the wrapping paper has shrunk, or something. Gift bags it is!

Anywho, I’ll probably get started on that this weekend, then who knows. A trip to the mall, perhaps brunch? The world is our freezing oyster!

Well wherever you are and whatever you do have a wonderful weekend and in the meantime please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Favorites! (And in case you’re still in need of some last minute gift ideas, don’t forget to check out my 2014 Gift Guide for Foodies!)

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Favorite funny: Mommy’s Advent Calendar. Why should the kids have all the fun this holiday season? Seriously laughing out loud at this tongue in cheek, adults only advent calendar project.

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Favorite devour: Sun Dried Tomato and Mushroom Pasta in Garlic and Basil Sauce. HO-ho-holy cow! What a decadent looking plate of goodness. Can’t wait to fetch me a package of gluten-free linguini to give this bad boy a taste.

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Favorite find: French Enameled Lockets. I am enamored (see what I kind of did there) with these enameled lockets. The chain is loooong, the enamel is rich and glossy, and I’d probably show anyone and everyone the picture of Lincoln I’d undoubtedly put inside!

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Favorite wakeup: Six Ingredient Sausage and Potato Pie. You can never have enough savory breakfast recipes, in my opinion! This 6 ingredient recipe looks so satisfying.

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Favorite handmade: Peppermint Sugar Scrub. If you want to make some homemade gifts for your girlfriends this year, this Peppermint Sugar Scrub looks yummy enough to eat and so easy.

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Favorite makeover: Spray Paint Your Christmas Lights. LOOOOOVE this idea for decorating a mantel or table! How fab and clever!

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Favorite comfort: Lobster Etouffee. Ben and I ate gobs of etouffee in NOLA several years ago and Heidi’s version looks totally spot on. Can’t wait to try it!

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Favorite DIY: Embroidery Hoop Orbs. I gasped out loud when I found this project! I love those iron-esque orbs they sell at home stores but I don’t want to shell out $40+ for something that doesn’t do anything, know what I mean? This copycat project using embroidery hoops is so, so smart.

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Favorite fun: Monogram Marshmallows. How fun for the kiddos, or guests, right?

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Favorite fun: Holiday Home Tour. I got a text from my friend Laura a few weeks ago saying please tell me you follow thealisonshow on Instagram? I immediately clicked over and was instantly happy. This girl’s solo dance parties pretty much make my day whenever I see them, and I loved the holiday home tour she recently posted on her blog. So fun and full of life!

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Favorite hair. I’m too embarrassed to tell you how long it’s been since I got a haircut. Like, no, seriously, I won’t. That said I am booking my appointment TODAY to get this long bob. LOVE IT!

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Favorite decor: House Tour Living Room Progress. I’m still not sold on my entryway table decor as it’s up against a huge wall that goes up to a vaulted ceiling and what I have there now is just not cutting it in terms of filling up the space. These layered, over-sized frames would do the job perfectly. Drat that they are from IKEA and double drat I didn’t find this 6 weeks earlier when I was there in Minneapolis!

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Favorite sip: Christmas Coffee Cocktail. Break out the schnapps, Mom, this is totally happening on Christmas day.

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Favorite reminder: 13 Can’t Go Wrong Wine + Cheese Pairings. Love these simple tips for pairing wine with cheese. Thought it would come in handy sometime in the next couple of weeks!

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Favorite side: Smoky Creamed Kale. Holla at your girl, Smokey Creamed Kale. Nothin’ wrong with smoked paprika, kale, and cheese!

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Favorite thing ever: Bourbon Fig Gorgonzola Stuffed Pork Tenderloin. Wow. Just. WOW. It is my mission in life to make this thing happen on Christmas or New Year’s Eve. Bourbon-soaked figs…Jessica just gets me.

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