Five on Friday!

It’s been a super busy week! Work has been absolutely crazy and I haven’t had much time to blog or catch up on blogs. And things don’t appear to be slowing down next week either as I’ll be traveling to Chicago for work. I’ve actually never been to Chicago and I have a legit fear of public transportation in big cities and don’t do well with cold weather either so it should be an interesting trip. Anyway, on to my five!

– ONE – Can we talk about how Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away? Every year I use The Pioneer Woman’s Turkey Brine and swear it’s the best brine out there for your turkey. If you’ve never tried it before you definitely should give it a shot this year. I promise you’ll love it. You can find the recipe {here}!

– TWO – And you know what else is exactly two weeks away? Black Friday. And I can’t wait! Black Friday is probably the only day of the entire year that I’m a morning person. I wake up with unbelievable energy and am definitely one of the crazies standing outside the mall while it’s still dark outside. Would love to know what’s on your Black Friday shopping list this year…

– THREE – Some of you asked about Caroline’s suction cup
toys that we use to keep her distracted at restaurants. They are called
Squigz and you can find these amazing toys on Amazon {here}. These toys stick to any flat surface {tables, windows, etc,} and also rattle. Honestly, anything that keeps a 6 month old happy through a quick meal and doesn’t require being picked up off the floor a hundred times is worth recommending. Thank you, Aunt Ann!!

– FOUR – The Cheesy Bacon Biscuit Pull Aparts we made for breakfast in the mountains last weekend were so yummy that I wanted to post the recipe for all you bacon lovers…

Easy Cheesy Bacon Biscuit Pull-Aparts
From Picky Palate


2 tablespoons melted butter
One roll refrigerated biscuit dough, 8 count
6 thin slices fresh mozzarella, 1/4-inch thick
1 cup Smithfield cooked, crumbled bacon
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and brush a 9-inch cast iron skillet with melted butter. Unroll biscuits from can and place into bottom of skillet. Top with slices of mozzarella cheese, bacon crumbles then shredded cheddar. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and biscuits are cooked through. Serve warm.

– FIVE – I recently received the Easy Southwest Kimono Cardi from In Bloom Boutique and love it. This is my first kimono ever and I was a bit nervous about how it would look on someone as short as me but I think it’s super cute! And it’s comfy. Anyway, In Bloom has graciously offered a $40 shop credit to one lucky reader. Just enter using the rafflecopter below! Also, you can shop all of In Bloom Boutique’s cute stuff {here}!


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  1. Justine Ciemny
    November 14, 2014 / 2:04 pm

    The kimono looks great on you! And that Black Friday photo always cracks me up… too

  2. Jessica
    November 14, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    Loving your kimono! You are looking good, Mama!:) Hope you and your sweet family have a great weekend:)

  3. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    November 14, 2014 / 2:12 pm

    Love that cardigan and Caroline is looking as cute as ever!! I can't even believe we're so close to Thanksgiving… I'm not much for Black Friday shopping but I've definitely got plans to hit up the outlets and baby stores so I can stock our little man's closet! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  4. Queen In Between
    November 14, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    You rocked the kimono! So cute

  5. Jillian
    November 14, 2014 / 2:25 pm

    have a wonderful time in chicago!!! bring some layers, gloves and a scarf! it can be cold downtown! those biscuits are making me hungry. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  6. April of A. Liz Adventures
    November 14, 2014 / 2:30 pm

    You are looking so fab friend, I mean what a chic mama! Aren't those biscuits the best?!

  7. BLovedBoston
    November 14, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    You are rocking that kimono!! I think Chicago will be a great trip for you – cold yes, but hopefully some fun too!

  8. Hucy
    November 14, 2014 / 2:44 pm

    i love/need your wedge booties! are they the j.crew ones?

  9. Meredith
    November 14, 2014 / 2:47 pm

    oh my gosh those turkey brine looks yummy and those pull-aparts look amazing.

  10. Christina
    November 14, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    the kimono is really cute! have a great weekend!

  11. Meg ~ Chasing Pink Fireflies
    November 14, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    That cardigan looks super cute on you! And those toys look pretty amazing – new favorite baby gift! We used to live in Chicago and I was not a fan of public transportation either…however, I fell in love with their amazing bus system (safe, clean, fast) but never could get on board with the train. It might be cold next week but this is a great time of year to do a little Christmas shopping along Michigan Ave and in the Lincoln Park boutiques!

  12. LHWinstead
    November 14, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    I love the kimono cardi – looks fantastic!! I cannot believe Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away- time is flying! Hope your Chicago trip goes well 🙂

  13. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    November 14, 2014 / 3:31 pm

    Thanksgiving is exactly 9 business days away. Not that I am counting/

  14. Lindsey Regan Thorne
    November 14, 2014 / 4:19 pm

    EXCUSE ME!!!! Look at those SKINNY BUNZ of yours… immmm —> hello MILF! 🙂 Love this, doll! xo

  15. Paige Viollt
    November 14, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    You'll love Chicago!! It's pretty darn cold here right now so dress warmly! You'll get the hang of the public transportation pretty quickly. It's not too bad. If you have any questions or need restaurant recommendations, let me know!

  16. Desiree
    November 14, 2014 / 4:31 pm

    Chicago is definitely experiencing some major cold right now but layers are your friend, if you need shopping recs or want to grab a coffee while you're here I sent you my number on Facebook!

  17. Lindsay
    November 14, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    I love that kimono! I bought myself a couple for fall 🙂 Also I need to make those biscuits! Have a great weekend!

  18. Nichole @
    November 14, 2014 / 7:19 pm

    I always say I want to brine a turkey, and then never do…but obvs anything from Ree Drummond has to be good! I must do it!

  19. Life As You Live It
    November 15, 2014 / 2:48 am

    Those cheddar biscuits look like the perfect breakfast!

  20. Ashley {Word on the Streets}
    November 15, 2014 / 3:44 am

    You'll be pretty close to me next week! (well, 2 hours away)… I love Chicago! Some great shopping there! But SO windy! I am getting so excited for Black Friday also – I need to get my shopping lists together! And thank you for letting us know about the Squigz – I just ordered some!! 🙂

  21. Sara Elizabeth
    November 15, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    I seriously cannot believe that Thanksgiving is already almost here. It's beyond belief, actually. I haven't seen anything I have to have yet… but we'll see. The hubs really wants a new TV.

  22. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    November 16, 2014 / 2:33 pm

    You look stunning my friend – the kimono look really suits you and I love those jeans! I think you need to share your "losing baby weight" secrets – you look great! x

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