Five on Friday {Christmas Edition Part II}

  Merry {almost} Christmas!!! To celebrate the 5 day countdown, I have decided on a part two Christmas edition for my five today!


– ONE –  This week I baked some cinnamon bread in mini bread dishes
{$1 at Michaels} for a few Christmas gifts. I love how they turned out. Depending on how much time I have to prepare the loaves, I’ll either use the {Easy Cinnamon Bread recipe} or {Cinnamon Crumb Cake Mix}

– TWO – The easiest Christmas tree appetizer ever. Just slice a block of cream cheese diagonally, stick together and drizzle jam or pepper jelly on top. Garnish with a green pepper star and green onion stump and serve with crackers!

– THREE – I received the most adorable gift from my friend Laura this week! Shearling Darling has been my favorite Essie color this season for our regular mani/pedi dates so I was so happy to finally own a bottle of this gorgeous color. And the mug! Oh my. I am such a sucker for an awesome coffee mug!

– FOUR – Christmas in a pot! Give
your home a quick festive lift with some help from the fruit on the
counter, spices from the pantry and clippings from your tree.

You can find the recipe {here}.


– FIVE – Prezzies, prezzies and more prezzies!!

Check out my seester’s pretty wrapped gifts to the family! Did she knock it out of the park with her wrapping this year or what?

Dear best tenant ever, if we bring you bourbon
for Christmas will you renew your lease? Thanks. Love, your awesome
landlords, Matt & Christina. 

I started wrapping Christmas presents this week and am loving the $1 Target wrapping paper I picked up and of course Laura’s Bow Tutorial {found here}!



I wish you all the merriest Christmas!


Wanna join  Darci, April, Natasha and I on the Friday fun? You can link-up on any of our four blogs every Friday! All you have to do is…

1.)  Write  your post about five things you’re lovin’ this week (or any five things you want to share!).
2.)  Share the logo on your blog and link back.
3.)  Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!





  1. Mariel C.
    December 20, 2013 / 1:44 pm

    What fabulous gift wrap! And I LOVE your tenant gift. How persuasive :)Shearling Darling is my fave!! I've been adding a gold glittery statement nail to my mani with it this month. So pretty! Have a great Christmas and happy new year!! xo

  2. Lauren
    December 20, 2013 / 1:46 pm

    Love the Christmas Bread idea for gifts – I am taking a mental note for the future!! The appetizer looks great & I always love something easy! The mug/polish is such a fun gift too ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a wonderful Christmas!!

  3. the girl in the red shoes
    December 20, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    Totally going to michael's today to get those dishes! LOVE!

  4. Tara
    December 20, 2013 / 1:55 pm

    Your bows are amazing and I love those mini loaf pans!

  5. Jessi Otey
    December 20, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    Such a cute post- fabulous wrapping! Especially the mini loaf gifts!

  6. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!
    December 20, 2013 / 2:06 pm

    Yay Christmas!! I'm so excited for the next five days. Lovely bows and wrapping, your sister has great taste too!

  7. Jillian Manesh
    December 20, 2013 / 2:12 pm

    super cute wrapping ideas! have a great weekend and a merry christmas! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  8. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    December 20, 2013 / 2:15 pm

    2 mentions in the top 5?! what did i ever do to deserve this?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ hope y'all have a wonnnnderful christmas!! xoxox

  9. Donna
    December 20, 2013 / 2:18 pm

    I love that wrapping paper from Target!! Our Target just opened and has no where near the amount of cool stuff you ladies in the states have at your stores! Christmas Tree appetizer, also genius, filing that one away for future use! Happy Weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    December 20, 2013 / 2:26 pm

    I picked up that Target wrapping paper too, its SO cute and you can't beat it for $1!! Love the big bows! I was wondering how you made that tree appetizer, I think I'll have to try it for my in-laws this weekend! Have a great weekend!

  11. Colleen Sullivan
    December 20, 2013 / 3:39 pm

    I love your wrapping paper choice! Target really knocked it out of the park this year huh?! The have ever cuter stuff for wrapping than last year!

  12. Shelby {Recent Somethings}
    December 20, 2013 / 4:43 pm

    Absolutely loving all the Christmassy-goodness on this post. Merry, merry to you and yours ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Alyssa at Southern Abundance
    December 20, 2013 / 5:12 pm

    I love all the thoughtful details that you put into wrapping your bread; such a good way to spice up a treat! I also might take your tree appetizer now to the Christmas party tonight instead of making my original dish because your's sounds 100x easier ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. April of A. Liz Adventures
    December 20, 2013 / 5:38 pm

    That dollar section paper is incredible … what a find! Merry Christmas dear friend!

  15. Maureen SIM
    December 20, 2013 / 6:13 pm

    Love the mug and essie idea! Very cute and totally usable. Do you guys rent out space in your current place? I'd love to see a post with your tips for doing an income property! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Kristine@thefoleyfam
    December 20, 2013 / 7:09 pm

    YAY for finding new blogs! First time linkin up thanks for hosting! Pinned the cream cheese tree! GENIUS! And can't wait for my house to smell amazing thanks for sharing the recipe!

  17. Jodi
    December 20, 2013 / 7:11 pm

    I totally plan on making Christmas in a pot this weekend through Christmas! And such an easy appetizer. Looks yummy!

  18. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    December 20, 2013 / 7:19 pm

    I just bought that nail polish too! Love!

  19. melissa
    December 20, 2013 / 7:52 pm

    Your bread was packaged so beautifully! And I love how your friend tied the nailpolish to the mug – what a great idea! So much beautiful packaging going on in this post.

  20. Bliss and Blunders of a Newlywed
    December 20, 2013 / 8:09 pm

    I love the way you wrapped the bread! SO cute! I love that color of nail polish! SO classy!

  21. Emily
    December 20, 2013 / 8:26 pm

    We may have to try to bribe the tenant trick! How can you say no to a invitation to stay like that!?

  22. Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate
    December 20, 2013 / 8:37 pm

    Thanks for co-hosting this lovely link up, Christina!! LOVE your Christmasy 5!! The bread sounds delicious and I love the way you fancied it up with cutesy packaging!! The tree appetizer is too cute too! I adore how your friend paired the essie polish with the gold monogrammed mug {what a sweet gift} … Thanks for sharing the "Christmas in a Pot" recipe! Look at all the present prettiness!!! Your post made my heart merry and light ๐Ÿ˜€ Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  23. Carroll
    December 20, 2013 / 10:46 pm

    The mini loaves are so adorable and what a precious gift with the darling monogrammed mug and essie polish! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. BLovedBoston
    December 20, 2013 / 11:09 pm

    I love your sisters' wrapping ~ Amazing!! Love your little gift as wellโ€ฆhope your tenant renews ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a great weekend!

  25. Sara Elizabeth
    December 21, 2013 / 1:01 am

    I love your sister's wrapping – a girl after my own heart – matching prezzies and all!

  26. Linda Cassidy
    December 21, 2013 / 2:16 am

    Dear Best Tenant, what an amazing note and gift.

  27. Samantha Ledford
    December 21, 2013 / 5:58 pm

    That cream cheese christmas tree is possibly the best thing ever… so easy! I love the polka dot wrapping paper!! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  28. Elena Ridley
    December 21, 2013 / 9:00 pm

    That cream cheese appetizer is adorable & oh-so easy!! How clever!! Love the mug and the polish too!! Merry Christmas!

  29. Eat Drink and Be Mary
    December 22, 2013 / 10:28 pm

    I love all those different Christmas wrapping papers and tags but you can't beat cute wrapping paper for one dollar!!

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