Friday, December 25, 2015

Top Five Friday + Christmas Cinnamon Buns!

To all of you who celebrate - Merry Christmas!  And to all my other readers out there - Happy Friday to you!

Linking up with MarCynthia and Court 
as well as Heather!

Today's post is going to be short and sweet, and I'll just be sharing my top five Christmas songs, Christmas movies, and TV specials!  I'll also share my recipe for my favorite Christmas Morning Cinnamon Buns!

I hope you all have a very special weekend (maybe even enjoying one of these movies with a big mug of hot cocoa and a bun!) and I'll see you back here on Monday!

The Best [and easiest] Cinnamon Buns


First- story time!  Growing up I loved to cook so much, and one of my traditions was making cinnamon buns and rolls for Christmas morning.  Throughout the years, I tried so many different recipes, and literally felt like I tried every type out there- from buying Pillsbury rolls to making Emeril Lagasse's rolls that took nearly 24 hours of rising, rolling and repeating.  Then I discovered the easiest and most delicious roll ever!  

These rolls don't require many ingredients, and can be assembled and baked within 5 minutes.  I always put them in the oven before we started opening our stockings, then they were ready to enjoy with a coffee (or mimosa) before we got to the "real" presents.  I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Ingredients :
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 container refrigerated biscuits (8 large biscuits)



Directions :
Put butter in a 9 inch round baking pan, and melt in 350 degree oven

Mix brown sugar and spice.  Sprinkle over butter, and sprinkle nuts over half of pan (if your family all likes nuts, you can mix with sugar and spread it over entire pan.  Half of my family doesn't like nuts so I divide it).

Open biscuits and place around pan.  You'll have to place them pretty close together to get them all to fit, and put one in the middle (this is my favorite piece!)

Bake in 350 oven for 25 to 30 minutes until buns are golden brown.  Remove from oven, and place a plate over pan.  Flip over so that all the toppings are on top of buns, and serve!


Songs

O Holy Night - Celine Dion
This is my favorite Christmas song ever, and I think that Celine Dion sings my favorite version.  There are so many different ones out there that I love, but I love how she keeps it pretty simple and doesn't change up the tune too much.

Santa Claus is Comin to Town - Bruce Springsteen
To be honest, this song is typically one of my least favorite songs, and I usually HATE live songs.  But, as soon as the jingle bells start to play and I hear that "HO HO HO", it makes me feel so holly and jolly!  This song is so perfect, and I especially love the sax solo!

Silver Bells - Kenny G
Oh, Kenny G.  Did you know that he has the second best selling Christmas album of all time?  I can completely understand because this song is so much fun.  I love how it straddles  the line between jazz and classic Christmas, and I love listening to it!

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Jewel
This song was a duet between Jewel and the group Homefree on the Sing Off.  I never knew that Jewel had such an amazing voice until I heard this song!  It's so bluesy and beautiful..definitely worth a listen!  If you don't feel like listening to the whole song, at least listen to the run at 2:30...DANG JEWEL!

Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
How can I make a favorite Christmas song list without including TSO?!  This group is AMAZING, and I had such a hard time choosing a favorite.  Eventually I went with one of their most popular songs!  I really like this one because Dan knows how to play it on the piano, so I can hear it all the time!

Movies


The Holiday
I mostly like this movie because I'm so jealous that the ladies actually traded houses across the world..how cool would that be!  I'm also in love with Cameron Diaz's house...but more than that I just love the sweet story line!


Love Actually
I've always been a fan of movies with tons of characters and story lines that seem separate but eventually interweave.  This might not be the most heart warming movie ever for parts of the story line, but I still love it!  To me, it is perfect.


Elf
Just the happiest, sweetest, jolliest, most fun Christmas movie there is!


The Santa Clause
Did anyone else kind of wish their dad would get to be Santa after watching this movie?  I loved the workshop and all the magical things that happened in this movie!


A Christmas Story
This is the only movie that I haven't seen that many times, but it's so funny and a classic so I had to include it!  I learned a lot from this movie, including never lick a pole when it's cold out!


TV Specials


The Office - Christmas Party 
Who doesn't like a good old office party?!  This episode is so funny and sweet at the same time.

Friends - The One With The Holiday Armadillo / The One With The Routine
I couldn't choose just one Friends episode!  Their holiday specials are always my favorite, so I went with my top two.


Seinfeld - The Strike
Does it get any more iconic than creating a whole new holiday?!  This was such a classic episode (I'm actually watching it while I finish this post!).

How I Met Your Mother - How Lily Stole Christmas
HIMYM is one of my favorite shows ever, and I loved their Christmas episode!  After watching this, Dan and I use the term Grinch if one of us is being a jerk (he'll add on and call me Grinchy Gretchy).  Love this show!

Great Holiday Baking Show
This isn't a specific episode, but an entire 4-episode special!  If anyone has had the pleasure of watching Mary Berry on Great British Bake Off, you need to watch this as well!  It's not quite the same, but still has Mary and amazing baked goods so I'm all for it.


What's your favorite holiday movie, song and TV show?
Do you have any special traditions for Christmas morning?

20 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas! We always did cinnamon buns too... of the Pillsbury variety! But you are right--these ARE easy!

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    1. I hope you'll try them out sometime and let me know how you like them! Merry Christmas

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  2. My favorite movie is Christmas Vacation. And I do love that Seinfeld episode!!!

    Merry Christmas!

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  3. My favorite Christmas movie (besides Elf) has got to be It's a Wonderful Life :)

    Merry Christmas, my friend!!

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    1. I think I saw that movie once before but I better watch it again :) hope you had a merry Christmas!

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  4. Those rolls look insane!! My family would die for them. I love the Holiday I don't know why I haven't watched it this year. Merry Christmas, Gretchen!!

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    1. Such a good movie! You should definitely try those rolls. So good and simple!

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  5. True story: my sister and I know the dance in "The One With the Routine." We're that obsessed. Merry Christmas!

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    1. That's so funny!!! You'll have to record it now :)

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  6. Oh those cinnamon buns!!! mmmm... Love Actually I watched 2x yesterday and The Holiday is another favorite, oh and Elf and Bad Santa. Haha! Merry Christmas!!

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  7. Love your list of Christmas movies - hope you had a Merry Christmas!

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  8. Ah, this is such a fun list! I've still never seen The Holiday and everyone (okay...all the women I know) say it's so good. I can't seem to persuade my husband and boys that it's worth watching though! LOL!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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    1. You should definitely watch it some time! Dan likes it and he hates chick flicks, so your boys shouldn't have a problem with it!

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  9. So fun! I love christmas EVERYTHING!

    I also love Friends -- SO glad you included those episodes :) I definitely couldnt pick one friends episode either. Im not sure what the title is but I like the one where Monica lets Phoebe decorate the tree and she goes crazy with it!

    Movie wise - Elf wins by a mile! Such a great, classic movie. Gets me everytime.

    And music wise - I am a sucker for anything Michael Buble Christmas... LOVE him. :)

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    1. Michael Buble is definitely a favorite of mine as well! His voice is good for all seasons :)

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  10. Yum - those cinnamon buns sound delicious! Love the addition of the pumpkin spice and pecans.

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  11. The cinnamon buns look really good! I love The Santa Clause and Elf too, so many great Christmas movies! Oh and yes, Seinfeld does have some pretty epic Christmas episodes, I personally love the one with the cashmere sweater!

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