FRIDAY FAVORITES...I LOVE CHRISTMAS SEASON EDITION

Happy first Friday in December...can I get a Ho Ho Ho and a bottle of rum. Well, I'll save the rum for Summer; how bout a bottle of Baileys? Whew, what a long week after the short one. Yay for Friday. I am getting my holly on today, braving the crowds and going to try to finish up my shopping. 

1. BIRTHDAY BOY
My oldest angel turns 19 on Sunday....we will not be with him...finals study sessions and a Fraternity meeting so I sent him a Big Ole Birthday Box and we'll face time. Being apart on special days..part of the new college life adjustments so we celebrated when they were all home last weekend. So many Thanksgiving desserts that we just stuck a candle in his favorite pie..pumpkin!! 8:40am on December 4th, 1997 was one of the BEST moments of my life!! I LOVE You B!!!


2. TREE FOOD CREATIONS
Let's face it Holiday food is the BEST. Even better is when it is super festive like edible Christmas Tree arrangements. This Spinach Roll Up tree was a hit at a Party I hosted.
Recipe and Directions HERE

More CUTE Food Trees

This cheese and grape one is my fav...

Look close, they used a pineapple of the base of the fruit tree

3. CLEARBROOK FARMS
Here is gift idea to please as food is always a perfect gift to give and sampler baskets of all kinds are the best! I feel in love with my first product after getting it at TJ Maxx. This company in Ohio has been making these old fashioned Grade A products for years and the quality shines. Best Fruit butters and preserves I have ever had.
Buy all these wonderful fruit butters and preserves Here

My two favorites...


How cute would it be to put them in a little basket like this one from Amazon...Buy HERE

4. POCKET DRESSES
I absolutely LOVE a cute dress with pockets. I am so over the moon for this plaid one from Cupshe. It is on sale for $25 and I feel so festive in it, especially with Hunters, boot socks and a slouchy beanie.

More Pocket Dress Inspo


5. Turkey, Bevys with BFF's, ornaments
So much miscellaneous goodness abounds. First off, remember how I told you it was time...my mom was showing me how to cook a turkey. Well, no wonder cause she is the best...just look at this bird, it was the moistest we'd ever had!!

Picking up SB for my BFF who just happens to work with me too.

Precious surprise ornaments. My mom adds some to my collection every year and how cute are is this one that lights up!!!

HAPPY GET YOUR CHRISTMAS ON WEEKEND!!!
Linking up with  Amanda // Friday Favorites  // Oh Hey, Friday  // High 5 For Friday // 5 on Friday //
xoxo

POLKA DOTS & FASHION LINK-UP

Hi all!! As you know Wednesday's around here are fashion link-ups with my dear sisters from The Blended Blog so I am tickled Polka Dot to bring you this darling chambray top and burgundy vest for the Wednesday Fashion Post!
This Polka Dot Chambray fabulous find is even on sale right now for 1/2 off online from a darling boutique called Tara Lynn's
The vest is from Amazon and it was such a great deal. Looks like a $100 vest but got it for less than $20. It comes in 10 COLORS!!! Get one and more for gifts HERE
For size reference it runs one size small so order up one and it should fit perfect!
The inspo from this outfit came from Pinterest of course and when I saw this combo on the model, I knew I would be searching for a polka dot chambray!
I, of course, had to add some baubles.
Threw with it my beloved white jeggings, favorite leopard clutch from Old Navy and I.N.C. Riding boots from Macy's and just love how it all came together. 

Now show us what you've got this week with our link-up, I love seeing your finds and style!




RED VELVET LUSH and A PROGRESSIVE DINNER BLOG HOP

Just the words Red Velvet make me so happy! I was so excited about this comfort food progressive meal blog hop with three of my fellow Blended Blog sisters Katie, Christy, and Leslie. Katie has drinks, Christy, a yummy spinach salad and Leslie; Chicken pot pie!!I was most happy that my category was desserts so I could share this beautiful and festive sweet sensation with you all! 
Yum  


You may have heard of the Lush desserts before, with the pudding and creamy cream cheese layers on top of delicious short bread? I've had and chocolate and lemon, but after I saw they now make red velvet Jell-O pudding mixes I decided to make it holiday inspired and create a red velvet lush dessert!
Boy am I happy I did! I created this as one of the desserts for our Thanksgiving meal primarily so I had lots of guinea pigs to try it out. It was an on for a while mean success and one that I will definitely be making again.
what you'll need


RED VELVET LUSH
Ingredients
1 cup flour
1 stick of butter, melted
1/2 cup of chopped pecans
1 (8 oz) brick of cream cheese, softened
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (16) oz tub of Cool Whip, divided
2 (3.4 oz) packages red velvet pudding mix
3 cups of milk
Shaved white chocolate or other desired garnishes

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350°. Melt butter in a medium microwave safe bowl. Stir in the flour and pecans. Press mixture in a 9 x 13 pan and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely. Next, beat together the powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla until smooth and fold in 1 cup of the Cool Whip. Spread over the cooled crust. For the next layer, mix together the pudding mix, milk and then fold in another cup of Cool Whip. Spread over the cream cheese layer then spread the remaining Cool Whip. Garnish with white chocolate or any other garnish desired. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.



If you haven't already, make sure you hop over to Katie's blog for the beginning of our Progressive Meal Blog hop with her yummy drinks.


HAPPY TASTY TUESDAY SWEET FRIENDS!!

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