Five On Friday

Today is Friday (obvi) but it is extra fun for me today because it's tacky sweater day today at work and there is some major money on the line. Keep your fingers crossed for me; I've got nursery decor calling my name and I wouldn't mind taking first, second, or third place in our contest!

Time for another Five On Friday and as we near the end of 2013, I just have to send hugs and a huge THANK YOU to all of y'all who consistently link up with us each week ... this fun link-up has been a true highlight of the year!

I (mostly) wrapped up Christmas shopping and wrapping yesterday on my day off, and what a treat that was! I had Miracle on 34th Street playing on television while I sat on the floor and got all of the gifts tied up in pretty bows. Anyone who knows me knows that I was in pure bliss. :)

tinsel tree

We are big fans of stockings in my family and we get creative. I'm so giddy over this fun idea I did for Ian's stocking. The two of us are huge Breaking Bad fans (we're Netflixing it and on the last season now). I knew my husband would get a total kick out of a little baggie of his own "blue" so I got some cotton candy rock candy from Michaels ($1.29/stick) and twisted it off the stick into a little bag.

He's gonna flip. I can't wait.


Christmas food ... I'm so excited!
Here is a beloved holiday recipe from our family.
Bacon and Cheese Muffins
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 TB sugar
10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Combine egg, milk and oil; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Spoon into greased muffin pans, filling two-thirds full. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes. Remove from pans immediately.
Tonight is Friday which means pizza and couch snuggles. It's A Wonderful Life is on TV tonight and Ian has never seen it! I'm really excited about him seeing this classic for the first time. What about you -- is it a favorite?
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
This is our last Five On Friday before the Christmas holiday so I just want to wish you and yours a MERRY MERRY! I can't wait to see you all back here after the big day!

sparkly, bubbly, merry & bright

I hope you will join this link-up along with me and my wonderful co-hostesses -- Darci, Natasha, and Christina. Playing along is simple! Just write a post about five things on your mind today, anything goes really, post the logo below on your blog, and then enter your post address below in the link-up section. It's a great way of meeting new friends and getting more eyes on your cute blog :)


  1. A Wonderful Life + Pizza sounds like an amazing night!! Might have to do the same :)

  2. YAY! Love your tradition of taking a day off to tie up loose ends before Christmas. MERRY, MERRY!!! To you and yours! Babe included! :)

  3. Love this! I'm the exact same way when it comes to wrapping-- on the floor in front of the tree with a glass of wine and all of my pretty paper and bows, with a Christmas movie on TV. It doesn't get much better!

    It's A Wonderful Life is absolutely a Christmas MUST for me, too! Up until last Christmas, my fiance had never seen it and I couldn't wait to show it to him. That George Bailey magic just makes my Christmas Eve every year. Merry Christmas to you, Ian and that sweet baby girl-to-be!

  4. Ha! That is fabulous with the rock candy! I'm dying!

  5. I love everything about your Five this week, April! LOVE Miracle on 34th Street, LOVE the Breaking Bad goodies and who doesn't love tacky Christmas Sweater Day at work?! We're having one in our office today as well and it's always such a blast! Fingers crossed for you that you take home some of that cash!! xoxo

  6. You are all ready for Christmas, and I love your stocking idea for Ian! Crossing my fingers for you with the tacky sweater contest!

  7. ha! the blue candy is hilarious! we watched ALL of the seasons of breaking bad....yep lots of marathons. it's such a good show! have a great weekend and merry christmas! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  8. That tree & ornaments LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    I have never seen Wonderful Life, I am looking fwd to watching it tonight!!!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  9. That is such a great stocking idea! We're on Season 2 of Breaking Bad!

  10. Good luck at your holiday party!! Hope you win big!! My husband and I have not seen It's a Wonderful Life either - so that's what we're doing tonight! Have a fab weekend!

  11. The blue candy in a dime bag is ingenious! You are so creative!

  12. So much holiday fun!!! Are you going to keep the 5oF link up live through end of 2013? I have a good idea for one for the 27th :)

  13. How has be not see Its A Wonderful Life??? Hope he likes it!
    And the blue rocks are hysterical.

  14. I didn't realize that was on tonight! Can't wait!

  15. I can't wait to see your group's outfits! We're going to a tacky sweater bar crawl tomorrow and I haven't even given it one thought yet! Oops...

    I need to copy you and take a day off the week before Christmas. I stood in the kitchen all last night making batches of spiced nuts, chai mixes, and hot cocoa mixes for my family. I am wiped!

    Enjoy the holidays!! I'm sending your card soon :)

  16. I love linking up with you girls, and also reading your blogs. Merry Christmas!

  17. So glad to link up with you all! I'm glad I found you and am excited to meet some new blogger friends!

    I have NEVER seen It's a Wonderful Life... can we still be friends??


  18. I love that y'all have friday pizza night!

  19. My parents have watched White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life every year since they were married! We have pizza night tonight as well, maybe we'll have to add a movie to our list!

  20. hmmm...those bacon and cheese muffins sound amazing!! I might have to try those out next week!

  21. Merry Christmas to you, Ian, and sweet baby! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    P.S. I haven't watched It's a Wonderful Life either...definitely on my to do list!
    xo A Southern Style

  22. First time linkin up! Happy to have found you! Those muffins sound delish and your tree picture. SWooooon!

  23. As a huge Breaking Bad fan, I would greatly appreciate that stocking stuffer ;) Love taking a random day before Christmas to get stuff done. And tonight sounds like a perfect date night at home. Enjoy!

  24. Merry Christmas to you! I tried to get my husband on the Breaking Bad bandwagon but it was a no good. Instead we are wrapped up in Lost (which has 121 episodes!)

  25. Merry Christmas April! Christmas will look a bit different for you & Ian next year...but it's a thousand times better!

    Thanks for hosting this link-up I always look forward to reading even if I don't get the chance to post!

  26. Thanks for co-hosting this fabulous link up, April! LOVING all the festive Christmasy goodness in your 5!! Wishing you and yours a beautiful Christmas!!

  27. The bag of blue is hysterical, we are BB fans too. ha! I may be copying that cute idea.

  28. Yummm...I might have to try those muffins!

    And you will LOVE It's a Wonderful Life- sounds like the perfect evening!

  29. My husband and I have been watching Breaking Bad on Netflix too! We are about half-way through the last season.

    We actually started watching because we moved to Albuquerque a couple months ago! There is a woman here who makes that blue rock candy too - totally fun!

  30. April that is such a good idea with the "blue" from breaking bad! Possibly the best show we've ever seen! Merry Christmas, enjoy this last one as just the two of you :)

  31. I love this link up too and am so glad you gals have hosted it. Those bacon and cheese muffins sound delish! I absolutely LOVE it's a wonderful life--my family watches it every Christmas Eve!

  32. Ahh, I missed the link-up last week because holdiay CRAZINESS. It's not Christmas for me unless I watch It's A Wonderful Life! The bacon and cheese muffins sound too good to be true. Must try them!


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