FRIDAY FAVORITES...MERRY CHRISTMAS EDITION

Are you little kid excited??? The Christmas weekend is here dear friends!!
It has been an extremely rough week physically and mentally on all fronts so bring on good cheer Santa please. 
Making it short and sweet...go get your Nog on Precious friends!


1. BOYS Under One Roof
You know how happy it makes me to have all the kids together. What a help they have been. Cherish these times! 

 The college boys couldn't even wait to cuddle before we got the bunks set up.


So excited to share life in person again!

2. Sugar and Spice Pecans
I meant to share this recipe on Tuesday for Tasty Tuesday but I didn't get shots so I snapped this one to add today because you really might want to make these for the Holidays! THEY ARE THE BOMB! My mom and I both make them every year. The recipe is from a dear co-worker of mine who was killed in a car accident about 12 years ago and so I make them every year in her honor.
SUGAR AND SPICED PECANS RECIPE
1 pound pecan halves
1 egg white
1 Tbsp. water
1 cup white sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon 

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Grease a rimmed cookie sheet. In a mixing bowl, whip egg white and water until frothy. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients and put in a gallon bag. Add pecans to the egg white mixture, coat well, then pour into the bag, shaking to coat. Spread out on cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on wax paper to cool. Store in airtight container for up to 3 weeks.


3. Week's Attire
The Loft Sweater, Macy's necklace

Chadwick's Cardigan, Charming Charlie scarf 

Lush top from Nordstrom, Boutique vest

4. Red Poncho
I LOVE my red poncho. My favorite way to style it was HERE but jeans, a white tee, Hunter's and a hair tie will work too. This is the last photo taken at the old house. 

More Inspo

My Favorite Red Poncho with my Blended Blog Pals. Toronto Travelogue HERE

5. Misc.Fun
Baking My Spirits Bright 
My dear friend Kellyann from This Blonde's Shopping Bag thought of the perfect gift to send me. She knows I love to bake as does she and so these were the perfect gift for the new home. Plus, I’ve added a touch of red to the kitchen for Christmas and needed oven mitts and dishtowels. This gal is the real deal and has become a dear friend of mine.  
Dishtowel HERE

First Selfie in new Closet
So, it's obvious I suck at Selfies but I couldn't resist one in the new closet. The marble island top gets installed today. I had to laugh because this was the only angle I could get where there wasn't a complete mess in the background. #organizingnewclosetgoals. I was sporting the outfit from Wednesday but added some festive red to it for a morning of last minute shopping. I look so beat down, wore down so trying to stay as festive as possible.

Thank you to Rolando from Closet Craft for making my dreams become reality. 

Can't stop adding Christmas Decor 
I just love how this vase turned out! Waiting this late, I got all the stems 70% off, woohoo! The Vase, Target $9.99


MERRY CHRISTMAS!!


Linking up with  Amanda // Friday Favorites  // High 5 For Friday // 5 on Friday // Fashion Friday
xoxo 

35 comments:

  1. Have a fantastic Christmas Andrea xx

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  2. You are a beautiful soul!

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  3. Merry Christmas!!
    Jaymie

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  4. Merry Christmas!!! I hope you have the best holiday!

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  5. Merry Christmas Andrea. :)

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  6. Those pecans look amazing! I still have a bunch after baking up my cookie storm so I hope to make a batch of your goodies this afternoon!!! <3 The closet looks amazing!!!! Your new house is so much fun! Have a wonderful weekend with all of your boys and a very merry Christmas to you all! xoxoxooxoxoxoxox

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  7. Yay for the boys being home!!!! Those pecans look amazing!! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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  8. Merry, merry christmas, beauty! Take some time to relax over the holidays. Xoxox

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  9. Oh this is so full of all the best things, your sweet boys all under one roof, a tribute to your co-worker, last picture at the old house, your drool worthy new closet (OMG!!!!!), and a great floral arrangement. Glad you liked my gift darling friend!
    I hope you get to relax and enjoy your beautiful home and family this weekend!
    Merry Christmas my friend!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  10. You did GREAT on your first selfie in the new closet! It's been a challenging week for the Horton's as well! Have a very Merry Christmas, Beautiful! Sending love and hugs and lots of WINE your way!

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  11. Hooray for having the boys under one roof!!!! Merry Christmas, Andrea!!

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  12. I just printed a recipe for cinnamon pecans yesterday to try.
    Enjoy those boys. & have an amazing Christmas sweet friend

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  13. Your boys are darling, Andrea! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Love that red poncho.

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  14. I have been looking for a pecan recipe to make our neighbors and I finally found one thanks to you!! I can't wait to see how they turn out!! Yum!

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  15. I love sugared pecans! So so good! I was snacking on some on my way up to MN. YAY for your boys all being home! Have a wonderful Christmas & enjoy your time with them!

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  16. We call those pralines down here (the pecans in sugar!) Merry Christmas.

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  17. Merry, Merry Christmas, my sweet, beautiful friend!!! I'm so sorry to hear it's been a rough week! I'd hop through the computer and bring you some cookies and a big hug if I could! My heart is so full for you that your boys are home right now and I hope the weekend to come is so much better and Christmas Day is amazing for you all!! Much love to you, dear friend!! xoxo - Brenda // ChattingOverChocolate.com

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  18. Aw, have a Merry Christmas and try to enjoy some down time. Those pecans look amazing and I am a HUGE pecan fan... such a huge fan that I probably only have a cup or so of them left in the house but I will be pinning this recipe and making them. I can imagine topping my salad with them in summer with some fresh strawberries and blueberries; yum!

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  19. I don't love nuts in general but I do love sugary pecans! Enjoy your time with your boys!

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  20. Yay for having all your boys under on roof! I know how excited you must be! Oh and that closet. Just the little bit I see in that picture looks amazing. And a marble island?! Can't wait to see the finished product. Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas, Andrea!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  21. So happy you have a full heart and full home in time for Christmas dear friend. I'm so sorry you are worn slam out for it. What is it that makes us think we can actually do.it.all? So let's just talk about your closet for a second. I can't wait to see more. I can tell from the little sneak peak it truly is a dream come true. Our sweet Kellyann is so precious and just the best gift giver. Love her so much!!! I hope you have a chance to catch your breath and enjoy this holiday with your loves. Hope your sweet mom is doing okay with her poor hand and your elbow isn't killing you. Merriest of Christmases to you and your sweet family. Lots of love my beautiful, get it all done and still look great blogging babe! XOXO

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  22. Merry Christmas friend! You've had a lot on your plate, but I know you're going to have the best holiday with all your boys home!

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  23. I am so excited for Christmas!! And Omg Andrea I love your red poncho - so cute!! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  24. I love that you have all the boys home with you! Enjoy this special time. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas <3 Sierra~Beautifully Candid

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  25. Your closet looks AMAZING!!! I hope you have the best Christmas sweet lady!

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  26. Well, you look "fresh as a daisy" to me but I'm sure you are weary and worn from this past week. I am weary and worn as well from the busyness of this past week while our daughter and grandsons were here. I'm ready to chill out for a day or two and then I'll be ready to roll again. Merriest of Christmases Andrea!

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  27. Those pecans look delicious. It's clear from the photos that your boys just love each other. Hope you have a peaceful Christmas...hope you'll be able to slow down, get some rest, and just soak in the memories with your family. Merry Christmas!

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  28. Your guys are so cute, it's nice to have that muscle in the house, especially at Christmas when you need the help with the tree, trash, and moving of the furniture to make room for company!

    I used to make spiced pecans and lost the recipe, so thanks so much!

    I love your closet and girl, you look gorgeous no matter who takes the pic!

    Merry Christmas, Andrea! So glad we met this year! :)

    Jane

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  29. Happy Christmas, Andrea! Had to pin the spiced pecan recipe...looks yummy! What a great gift for your kitchen...love all of it. Love what I can see of the closet...I probably would spend a lot of time in there...lol. Happy Christmas to your mom! xoxo

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  30. Sorry to hear it's been a rough week but I hope all the boys being home brings you great joy and you all have a fabulous Christmas spent together in the new home! The little glimpses of your closet and decor in the home already looks so pretty! Merry Merry Christmas to you my beautiful friend! love you!

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  31. How gorgeous is that red poncho, Christmas perfection! Yay for the boys being under one roof again, and it's a gorgeous new roof! Merry Christmas sweet friend <3
    Green Fashionista

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  32. Wishing you a Happy New Year in your new home !!! Love the selfie you took in your closet :) You are beautiful !!! Have a wonderful week ! XOXO

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  33. Those pecans look delicious! I'd love for you to share over at a new party called Let's Party https://themarkandjanshow.com/2017/12/27/lets-party-1/ ... look forward to seeing you there!

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  34. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday in 2017. Wishing you the very best in 2018 and hope to see you soon.
    Happy New Year!
    Miz Helen

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