Five on Friday No. 008

Five on Friday No. 008

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  1. We're going over to a friend's house for Thanksgiving day this year, and I'm going to be of "those people" and take a version of this healthyish side. I've never really liked Thanksgiving food that much and this is a little more up my taste bud alley. 
  2. I'll be making up for it though with this pie! My family makes pecan every year for Christmas and Thanksgiving, but this recipe has a couple of twists that I'm kind of excited to try out. 
  3. In all seriousness, though, Blue Bell really should use this girl's video to advertise their Christmas Cookie Ice Cream because I am now going to go buy some because of it. I mean, how can you no try it after this?! Have you tried it? Is it really as good as she says?
  4. Alright, guys. You need to cancel your weekend plans, make a big pot of coffee, and slip on your sweats because have you guys heard of the One Room Challenge? It happens twice a year, and bloggers/designers take on one room to completely overhaul in 6 weeks. It's pretty incredible to watch the transformations happen. They just finished up this week and you should definitely spend some time checking it out. You can view the sponsored participants here (this is a huge event that a lot of big and small design companies and even House Beautiful get behind to help the designers and bloggers transform their space.) You don't have to be an official participant to join in the fun, though. Anyone can join as a guest and you can view them here. Some serious inspiration here, folks. 
  5. We've already started listening to Christmas music around here (hello Kenny G holiday station on Pandora. Yes, I know I'm an old person, and I like it.) We're also burning some Christmas Candles and this Holiday Spruce candle is my absolute favorite so far. I also really like Balsam & Spice by Hearth & Hand, Joanna Gaines' new line at Target, and this Merry and Bright one as well.  Do you have any great Christmas candle suggestions for me? I'd definitely love to hear them!

I would love to hear from you! If you have links to your favorite Thanksgiving desserts and sides, please share them or anything else that you are loving right now! 

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7 Ideas for Your Leftover Turkey

I hope you've all had a happy Thanksgiving! We're actually celebrating tomorrow. All of my siblings are either spending it with their other families or working today, so we've actually had a really quiet day at my parent's house. I've gotten in a lot of FIxer Upper. Not a bad Thanksgiving for me! 

Here's some ideas for you to use that leftover turkey for. I'm thinking about buying a turkey for us when we get home just so I can make some of these! A few of these call for ground turkey, deli turkey, or turkey sausage, but you should be able to substitute your leftover turkey pretty easily. 

So without further adieu, here's you 7 ideas for those leftovers! I'm hoping to be back later by Saturday with some small businesses you can shop at for small business Saturday, but we'll see. Trying to soak in my family while I can! ;)

1. Turkey, Apple, & Brie Sandwich with Apple Cider Mayo

4. White Bean, Turkey, and Kale Stew

Weekend Roundup

Something to Eat

Okay, I'm gonna be honest here, I'm actually not a huge fan of Thanksgiving food. There's a lot casseroley dishes that are really heavy and I tend to like my food a little more simple and light. This apple cranberry salad from Creme de la Crumb looks amazing and would make a really nice, fresh side for Thanksgiving dinner. My sister mentioned maybe making something like this today for a Thanksgiving side, and now I can't stop thinking about it! 

Something to Read

I follow Anne Sage on Instagram. (You can check out her lovely feed here.) She just came out with a new book that I'm itching to read. Let's just say my Christmas list this year is going to be composed of books. You can purchase Anne's book here.

Image via: Anne Sage

Something to Watch

I know I'm behind. Like waaaaayyy behind, but I've been spending the week with my nieces who are all seven and under, and I finally got to watch Frozen for the first time. I actually loved it! The beautiful choir music in the film took me back to my college days when I used to sing in a choir and the magic of that, the imagery was beautiful, and there were actually some really good life lessons portrayed. I love that the world wasn't saved by the kiss of a handsome boy, although that never hurts ;) You can take a Play Buzz quiz here to see what Frozen character you are (why are these quizzes so addicting?) Apparently I'm Elsa. According to this quiz I am elegant and graceful, reserved, and very complex. Reserved and complex, yes. But the elegant and graceful part, apparently this quiz hasn't met me yet.

Image via: Play Buzz

Something to Make

I love this idea for a coffee table out of crates from Anything & Everything blog. The stain she chose is so pretty and I love that you can store books and magazines in it! You can read her tutorial here.

Someone to Follow

 I love following Claire Brody through Instagram. Not only is she a fellow Texan, she has an incredible style. I love reading her blog. She sounds like one of the nicest people ever! You can check out her blog here, and visit her Instagram here. This picture is from one of the rooms she just redid for the One Room Challenge. I am loving the color choices. You can see the entire room tour here.