Hello, Friday! Link Roundup + Turkey Pie + Black Friday Sales

Happy Friday! How was your Thanksgiving? Unfortunately, I was sick. I spent most of the day curled up on my couch. I had to enjoy the day vicariously through my husband, who went to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (those are his photos below) and enjoyed some delicious meals cooked by our friends in Brooklyn.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Elf on the ShelfI want my own Elf on the Shelf (maybe not quite this big though)!

Are you heading out to do some Black Friday shopping today? I’ve done that a few times, but I really don’t like dealing with the chaos, especially since I can find plenty of great deals online. I’d much prefer to shop in my pajamas than elbow my way through a crowd (especially in my current sickly state)!

So today, along with my favorite links of the week, I’m including links to some of the best online Black Friday deals, too.

First things first, Tracy’s Culinary Adventures has 15+ ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers.

Speaking of leftovers, Turkey Pie always made an appearance in my home post-Thanksgiving. Here’s a visual recipe:

Use up those Leftover: Turkey Pie recipe | Hello Little HomeTurkey Pie: comfort food personified!

Rambling Renovators has some great tips for storing holiday decorations in a small house.

This Jackie Kennedy look book is pretty awesome. I love that lady’s style!

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Pillsbury Dough BoyThe Pillsbury Dough Boy looking a little worse for wear.

I really like the idea of Guests, a digital guestbook, which allows your friends to leave comments and photos at all of your parties. You can even create a PDF of the guestbook later.

Also perfect for your next party … the Beauty Department shows you how to make a mega bow party headband. This would be a super cute photo booth accessory!

Dress up your couch with a no-sew Greek key pillow.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Hello KittyHello Kitty flying over Manhattan!

I was planning to heat up some apple cider with cinnamon sticks for an easy seasonal treat, but then I saw this recipe for the best ever Wassail from Yummy, Healthy, Easy. It’s basically hot apple cider kicked up about 100 notches!

Brooklyn Limestone has nominated the hottest home decor item for 2013. I’ve had my eye on this one myself!

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause!Apparently, Virginia lives in my neighborhood!

Do you like trying new recipes at this time of year? I know I do (the trickier the better). If so, you’ll want to check out Wit Wisdom and Food’s 5 tips for tackling a challenging recipe.

Are you expecting guests soon? Jones Design Company shows us how she shopped her home to create a pretty guest room?

I’ve always wanted to make a Christmas village, but given my current space restrictions this DIY winter village snow globe jar may be a better option.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Santa ClausCan’t forget Santa!

OK, on to my favorite Black Friday deals!

Beauty

  • Julep: $1 Nail Polish – what?!?! My pick: Lacey, a gorgeous midnight blue with purple shimmer.
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics: Buy 1, get one 50% off, plus get a $10 gift card! Valid through 11/30 with coupon code BLKFRI and a minimum $30 purchase. My pick: the lash & brow comb (a personal favorite) and the 56 piece natural makeup palette (a great holiday gift).
  • Juice Beauty: get a FREE full-size Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer with any $50 Purchase – a $45 Value – valid through 11/29. My pick: the Green Apple Age Defy Serum, which promises to lighten, brighten, and tighten. Who doesn’t want that?

Clothes/Accesories

Home

Everything Else

  • Target: literally something for everyone! My pick: get a $100 Target Card with purchase of an Apple iPad!
  • Kohl’s: get 15% off everything site wide with the code BLACKFRI, plus earn $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend (valid through 12/1). My pick: the KitchenAid Artisan 5-quart Stand Mixer. The only problem is what color to choose!
  • Paper Source: all sorts of sales going on here! My pick: the Winter Sleighs and Skis Holiday Cards, which are 25% off when you buy 4 or more.
  • Best Buy: has all kinds of Black Friday Deals & Doorbusters. My pick: a MacBook Air so I can blog from the comfort of my couch. A girl can dream, right?
  • Gaiam.com: buy 1, get 1 50% off with code AF13BOGO50. My pick: the neo-baroque print yoga mat (makes downward dogs more fun).
  • Harry & David: take 10% off $49, 15% off $79, 20% off $199 with code HOLIDAY (through 12/2). My pick: the holiday tower of chocolates (endless chocolate=a very happy Ginnie).
  • Starbucks: has a few great deals. My picks: buy the Espresso Refill Tumbler and get your favorite espresso drink free every day in January 2014 OR get Verismo 580 Machines for just $99.
  • Walmart: has Black Friday deals for the whole family, plus get free shipping on all orders of $35 or more! My pick: this LG 42″ TV for a crazy low price.

Whew … that was a big list! After all that shopping, why not really get yourself into the holiday spirit with this Santa’s Little Helper cocktail?

Are you planning to do any Black Friday shopping?

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Easy Tortilla Pizzas – 3 Ways!

The holidays are almost upon us! Are you getting excited? I definitely am. I’m especially looking forward to hauling out my Christmas decorations this weekend.

With all the fun and festive distractions at this time of year, I like to keep dinner fairly simple. Tortilla pizzas are one of my favorite easy meals. They are light, fresh, and take minutes to prepare. What could be better?

Easy Tortilla Pizzas - 3 Ways | Hello Little HomeHere are three of my favorite ways to top tortilla pizzas. Experiment with your own combinations, too. Anything goes!

Tomato-Basil Tortilla Pizzas | Hello Little HomeTomato-Basil Tortilla Pizzas

Ingredients:

  • 4 8-inch flour tortillas
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella (not water-packed)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 8 medium basil leaves, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place tortillas in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Add crushed red pepper flakes, if using.

Pull mozzarella apart with your hands into medium-size pieces and top each tortilla with a quarter of the cheese. It’s OK if the mozzarella doesn’t completely cover the tortilla. Top cheese with tomatoes.

Place baking sheet in oven and cook until tortilla edges are lightly browned and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Top each pizza with sliced basil, cut into quarters, and serve.

Mushroom-Thyme Tortilla Pizzas | Hello Little HomeMushroom-Thyme Tortilla Pizzas

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 8 oz. sliced white mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • Salt, to taste
  • 4 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup Quick Pizza Sauce (see below for recipe)
  • 1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced (green part only)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add mushrooms and thyme; cook, stirring often, until mushrooms are lightly browned. Remove from heat and season with salt to taste. Cool slightly before using.

Place tortillas in a single layer on a baking sheet. Top each tortilla with about 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce. Cover sauce with a layer of cheese and then top with mushrooms.

Place baking sheet in oven and cook until tortilla edges are lightly browned and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Top each pizza with green onions, cut into quarters, and serve.

Spicy Spinach Tortilla Pizzas | Hello Little HomeSpicy Spinach Tortilla Pizzas

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 6-oz. bag baby spinach
  • Salt, to taste
  • 4 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup Quick Pizza Sauce (see below for recipe)
  • 1 1/3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add spinach and cook, stirring often, until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and season with salt to taste. Cool slightly before using.

Place tortillas in a single layer on a baking sheet. Top each tortilla with about 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce. Cover sauce with a layer of cheese and then top with spinach.

Place baking sheet in oven and cook until tortilla edges are lightly browned and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Cut each pizza into quarters and serve.

Quick Pizza Sauce

Quick Pizza Sauce | Hello Little HomeIngredients:

  • 1 14-oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • Salt, to taste

Place tomatoes in food processor (or blender) and pulse until finely chopped. Set aside.

Heat olive in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to a minute. Add tomatoes, oregano, basil, and crushed red pepper, if using. Cook until thickened, about 5 to 10 minutes. Season with salt to taste.

 What is your favorite pizza topping?

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