Merry Christmas Quick Five!

ornaments 1Only a couple of sleeps left! Is everyone getting excited? Are you ready for the big day? Presents wrapped, house decorated, food ready?

Here at Chez Sugden, we’re all set – just got to pick up the turkey and dig up the veggies from our allotment, then we’re good to go!Β 

Now, we couldn’t have Christmas fun without a special Quick Five, so here is your Merry Christmas Quick Five!

1. Go to this siteΒ and find out what your Santa elf name is.

2. Favourite Christmas carol and song

3. Favourite Christmas movie

4. Favourite Christmas ornament

5. What you’d like to find under your Christmas tree or in your Christmas stocking

Ornaments 2Christmas Stuffed Mushrooms (makes 1 doz)

1 dozen chestnut or portobello mushrooms (ordinary mushrooms will do – just make sure they all have stalks)

1 heaped tbsp butter

4 heaped tbsp Philadelphia Light cream cheese (works with regular too)

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1 tbsp chopped fresh chives

If you like garlic, you can also add 1 tsp of chopped garlic

Note: If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can use Philly with the herbs already in it!

Ornaments 3

Preheat oven.

1. Carefully remove mushroom stalks from caps and set caps aside on a baking tray

2. Finely chop mushroom stalks.

3. In a small saucepan, melt butter and gently cook, mushroom stalks, chives and parsley (plus garlic) until softened.

4. Add cream cheese and let it melt and mix, until creamy

5. Using a teaspoon, scoop the mix into the waiting mushroom caps.

6. Cook in oven for 15 mins.

These are delicious hot or cold!

One lucky commenter today will win an A Perfect Distraction mug and some Cadbury’s chocolate.



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  • Jane says:

    Hello Anna,
    Pop a Christmas cracker for me and hold on to the paper hat for me.
    1. My elf name is Cutie Dancing.
    2. The Peanuts’ Christmas Time is Here.
    3. Elf and Home Alone.
    4. My Precious Moments ornament.
    5. I would love to see a tablet or a nice purse.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I’ll do one better, Jane, and save you a cracker of your own – I’ll post it to you πŸ™‚

      Hope you get both surprises under the tree this Christmas! Have a wonderful holidays!

  • Mary Preston says:

    We are counting sleeps here.

    1. I have the best Elf name EVER- Tumbleflump Dancing-Cracker.

    2. I love ALL Of the traditional Christmas Carols. O HOLY NIGHT is a particular favourite.

    3. We all love to watch the MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL movie. It’s loads of fun.

    4. My favourite ornament is the beautiful Angel who sits atop the Christmas watching over us all.

    5. It is SO hot here right now. I would love some lovely and refreshing toiletries. I’m thinking mango shower gel for starters.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Tumbleflump Dancing Cracker!

      I LOVE the Muppet Christmas Carol – it cracks me up every time. Especially when Kermit asks for more coal for the accountants!

      Hope you get those nice toiletries under the tree!

  • Lucy says:

    Hi Anna,

    Merry Christmas!

    1. My elf name is Tumbleflump Berry-Nodles πŸ™‚
    2. Santa Baby
    3. DVD with Are You Being Served? Christmas specials
    4. Angel on top of the Christmas Tree
    5. A bottle of Champagne πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the fun quick 5!!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Tumbleflump Berry-Noodles!

      I love Santa Baby too – especially the Madonna version, which has a distinctly naughty edge to it! πŸ˜‰

      How funny that you love the Christmas special of Are You Being Served?!

  • Amy Conley says:

    My favorite ornaments are the ones with my kids initials and this boot we’ve had since I was little girl. I am sure it came from my grandmother and my mother gave it to me, or possibly I “borrowed” it. Either way it is mine.
    zThe only thing I want for Christmas/my bday is to take my 3 grandsons to the movies with hubby.
    Well for some reason I can’t open the link forr my elf name πŸ™
    White Christmas for song and What Child is this for hymn.
    zMovie is HOLIDAY INN

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Amy. There’s nothing quite like those home-made ornaments – they’re so special!

      Hope you have a wonderful birthday and a fabulous time at the movies with your grandkids!

  • flchen1 says:

    Fuzzy Dancing-Tinker is in the house! πŸ˜‰

    O Holy Night and Little Drummer Boy are a couple favorites.

    A Charlie Brown Christmas πŸ™‚

    Still love the little ornaments the kids have made.

    And what else? Books! πŸ˜‰

    Great to see you, Anna!`

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Great to see you, Fuzzy Dancing-Tinker!

      Oh, I haven’t seen the Charlie Brown Christmas Movie for years!

      Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and get lots of books under the tree!

  • Helen says:


    I do love these quick 5’s

    1. Go to this site and find out what your Santa elf name is.

    Lucky Floppy-Stockings πŸ™‚

    2. Favourite Christmas carol and song

    I Dreaming of a White Christmas (especially with the heat here at the moment LOL) and Little Drummer Boy

    3. Favourite Christmas movie
    Home Alone and Miracle on 34th Street

    4. Favourite Christmas ornament
    Some little paper ones that my kids made when they were little

    5. What you’d like to find under your Christmas tree or in your Christmas stocking

    Kindle paperwhite next gen πŸ™‚

    Have a wonderful Chrissy Anna

    Have Fun

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Lucky Floppy-Stockings! Can’t beat a bit of Bing at Christmas!

      Love Miracle on 34th Street – both versions – such a heart-warming movie!

      Hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas and it’s not too hot! And, that you get that next gen Kindle Paperwhite πŸ˜‰

  • blodeuedd says:

    1. Fuzzy Dancing-Noodles

    2. The drummer boy sang b y Celtic Woman

    3. I do not have one, none I wanna see again

    4. We do not have a tree, the kitten killed it so no chance for a fav ornament yet

    5. an e reader

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Fuzzy Dancing-Noodles!

      Oh dear on the kitten killing the Christmas tree! We’ve only ever had one that was interested in the tree and that was just lying under the branches watching the twinkling lights.

      Hope you get that ereader!

  • Barb says:

    1. your Santa elf name is.

    Fuzzy Horny-elf

    2. Favourite Christmas carol and song

    Most traditional carols

    3. Favourite Christmas movie

    Miracle on 34th Street (The old version)

    4. Favourite Christmas ornament


    5. What you’d like to find under your Christmas tree or in your Christmas stocking

    not sure what I want but a voucher for more books lol

    Meery Christmas Anna

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Fuzzy Horny-Elf!

      We’re all so easy to please – more and more books and we’ll be happy!

      Hope you and yours have a fabulous Christmas and you get some lovely surprises!

  • Maureen says:

    1. My elf name is Lucky Scrooge-Cracker
    2. Joy to the World
    3. A Christmas Story
    4. Ornaments painted by my kids when they were little.
    5. A warm sweater

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Lucky Scrooge-Cracker!

      I wondered who would mention A Christmas Story – I don’t know that I’ve ever seen it all the way through!

      Hope you get that lovely warm sweater! πŸ™‚

  • Mozette says:

    1. Go to this site and find out what your Santa elf name is.

    Fuzzy Brandy Butter-noodles

    2. Favourite Christmas carol and song

    Oh Come All Ye Faithful – in Latin. πŸ˜€

    3. Favourite Christmas movie

    That’s a tough one… but I do love the really crass ‘Bad Santa’. Billy Bob Thornton is one very weird-ass person, and he just plays a strange Santa. And I saw this one on the big screen when I was going through a very ‘male’ stage of my 30’s… and I was about the only woman in the theatre. πŸ˜€

    4. Favourite Christmas ornament

    Ohhh… I bought my favourite ornament this year…

    I got them from Coles at $10 each… just gorgeous little guys… and perfect for the piano too!

    • Mozette says:

      Darn, my mouse missed one!

      5. What would you like to find under the Christmas tree or in your stocking?

      Hmmmm… toughie too. A car (won’t fit under the tree), or an iPod jack so I can listen to my iPod music when there’s nothing but sport on my favourite radio station on the weekends in the cars I drive currently.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Fuzzy Brandy Butter-Noodles!

      LOL I don’t think you’re the only one to like Bad Santa – that’s one I’ve never seen.

      Hope you get something suitable for your driving pleasure under the tree!

      • Mozette says:

        Okay… think of the worse Mall Santa you’ve ever come across… got him in your head? Okay… good. Now, make him an alcoholic theif with an attitude problem who’s good friends with Bernie Mac, and there’s ‘Bad Santa’… but the movie turns out great… really great because, well, I’ll let you watch it as there’s a good anti-hero in it. πŸ™‚

  • Fun!

    My elf name is…yes…Fuzzy Holly-Fairy.

    2. Favourite Christmas carol and song — Christmas Waltz by Frank Sinatra

    3. Favourite Christmas movie — It’s actually the Blackadder Christmas Special. Can’t live without that one!

    4. Favourite Christmas ornament — My Nutcracker ballet figures (not from a set, all collected over time to represent the characters in the story)

    5. What you’d like to find under your Christmas tree or in your Christmas stocking — I’m rather detached from presents this year. I’ve been battling chemical sensitivities and can’t go into stores to do Christmas shopping, so we’re not really focused on that this year. I’m looking forward to my family’s big Christmas Eve dinner with my favorite seafood dish — YUM.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Fuzzy Holly-Fairy! πŸ™‚

      LOL on the Blackadder Christmas special! Always good for a laugh over the holidays!

      Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve Dinner and the present of a healthier 2014!

  • Deb says:

    1. Elf name—Bouncy Snotty Gnome (well, not sure I like the middle name)

    2. Favourite Christmas carol and song—Seriously, I have to choose? Silent Night, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, or White Christmas

    3. Favourite Christmas movie–“White Christmas”

    4. Favourite Christmas ornament–The little red, clay Christmas tree I made in preschool, and my 3 Thomas Kinkade Santa Claus ornaments

    5. What you’d like to find under your Christmas tree or in your Christmas stocking—well, DH bought a used snow blower 2 weeks ago and I had requested that last year. My husband does a super job of giving me expensive perfume every year, so I know I’ll get that….Something fun and unexpected…like a ring?

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Oh dear, Bouncy Snotty Gnome – I think you need rechristening as Bouncy Sparkles-Gnome! Much more fitting!

      Aww the ornament you made sounds lovely!

      Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas full of great songs!

  • Heathercm2001 says:

    1.Elf name: Lovable Scrooge-Stockings

    2. Favorite carol amd song- Jingle Bells, Last Christmas

    3. Favorite Movie- The Santa Clause or Love Actually

    4. Favorite Ornament- So difficult to pick just one! I’ll go with the bell I painted when I was in first grade.

    5. What would I like under my tree or in my stocking- An amazon gift card to supply me with my books for the year πŸ™‚

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Lovable Scrooge-Stocking!

      It’s funny how I’ve never really thought of Love, Actually as a Christmas movie, but everyone has been talking about it as one, this year. I do love that film!

      Hope you get that Amazon gift card under the tree – nothing like more books to start the new year right!

  • may says:

    1. Frosty Baby-Cracker
    2. Winter Wonderland
    3. Love Actually
    4. Tinkerbell
    5. Gift cards or jewellery πŸ™‚

  • Minna says:

    1. Go to this site and find out what your Santa elf name is. Fuzzy Bunny-Cracker

    2. Favourite Christmas carol and song: it’s absolutely impossible to choose..

    3. Favourite Christmas movie
    4. Favourite Christmas ornament
    A very old elf ornament that we always put on the tree. It’s face has gotten dirty over the years from cooking all that porridge in his pot all these years.
    5. What you’d like to find under your Christmas tree or in your Christmas stocking
    New pair of glasses, books and chocolate.

    • Minna says:

      Of course, now my choise for Christmas song could be White Christmas. *Sigh* I can’t believe it! There’s hardly any snow and it’s RAINING! Rain, rain, go away…

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Fuzzy Bunny-Cracker!

      I love the sound of your favourite ornament!

      Hope you get some lovely things under the tree!

  • Connie Fischer says:

    1. My elf name is Cutie Brandy-butter Helper.
    2. Favorite Christmas carol and song – Carol: O Holy Night; Song: Santa Baby
    3. Favorite Christmas movie: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
    4. Favorite Ornament: two ornaments from our son’s first Christmases.
    5. What I’d like to find under the tree on Christmas morning: A little kitten.
    What I’d like to find in my stocking: kitty food

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Cutie Brandi-butter gnome, The First Noel by Sarah McLachlan, Christmas with the Kranks, snowman ornament, enough money to pay off bills and help those in need.

  • Kaelee says:

    1. Fuzzy Baby-nood

    2. O Holy Night

    3. White Christmas

    4.God’s eye made by my Godson

    5. Book or gift card from someplace that sells books.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Fuzzy Baby-Nood!

      It’s good to see so many people wanting gift cards for books! πŸ™‚ Hopefully there are some generous people answering those gift requests!

  • sandyg265 says:

    I love stuffed mushrooms

  • Shannon says:

    1. Lucky Brandy butter-Elf
    2. It depends on my mood, waltzing-It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, religious-O Come all Ye Faithful or Angels We Have Heard on High; wistful-Do you hear what I hear.
    3. A Wonderful Life
    4. A sleigh hand painted by my Mom with little ornaments glued in and the clothes pin reindeer above it.
    5. My wish is for a teenager for 3 hours to teach me how to use my new iPhone (Classes at Apple are filled.)

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Lucky Brandy butter-Elf!

      Love the sound of the ornament your mum made – how precious!

      Oh I hope you get the teenager’s help! πŸ™‚

  • Lois M. says:

    1. Wriggly Floppy-Noodles. Huh.

    2. Rudolph, Little Drummer Boy, Do You Hear

    3. Pinky and the Brain Christmas! πŸ™‚

    4. the new one I get every year. This year it’s a wood carved star

    5. a ROUND trip ticket to Mars. None of that one way stuff for me!


    • Anna Sugden says:

      Wriggly Floppy-Noodles? Oh dear – perhaps we can make up a better name for you! How about Wriggly Golden Sparkles?

      I’ve never heard of that Christmas movie! Do tell – what’s it about?

      How lovely that you get new ornaments every year.

  • Carol Cork says:

    1. Frosty Hot-Helper??

    2. Silent Night

    3. A Christmas Carol (George C Scott version)

    4. Any type of Santa

    5. Perfume

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hope you’re staying safe with all the bad weather, Carol!

      Not so keen on Frosty Hot helper – need some sparkles or bells in your name! Frosty Jingle Bells!

      What kind of perfume would you like under the tree?

      Hope you have a great Christmas!

  • Diana Huffer says:

    This was fun! πŸ™‚

    1. Elf Name – Fuzzy Brandy butter-Gnome ~LOL~
    2. Song/carol – I’ll be Home for Christmas
    – Silent Night
    3. Movie – White Christmas
    4. Ornament – Mom and Dad got us a personalized ornament for our first Christmas as man and wife. Twenty-eight years later, it still has a prominent position on the tree.
    5. Present – would love a Kindle Fire but I’ll be satisfied to spend the day with my daughter and her family.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Glad you enjoyed – Fuzzy brandy-butter gnome! πŸ™‚

      I love the sound of your special ornament.

      Hope you get to have both of your wishes answered by Santa!

  • catslady says:

    1. Cutie Horny-Fairy hahahahahaha
    2. The Gift by Garth Brooks – makes me cry
    3. Christmas Vacation – just saw it in the theater – was a lot of fun in a full theater.
    4. The two angels made by my daughters.
    5.Am getting a new phone but another old fashioned one lol. What I really want are some book shelves!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Cutie Horny Fairy – hmm – you need some sparkles and jingles in your name too!

      I don’t know that Garth Brooks song – will have to check it out.

      Hope you get those new bookshelves … and some lovely books to put in them!

  • 1. My elf name is Fuzzy Scrooge-Noodles πŸ™‚

    2. O Holy Night

    3. A Christmas Story and Christmas in Connecticut

    4. A topaz snowflake ornament which has a small oval picture frame in the middle. Someone gave it to me the year my 17 year old dog, Waya, died. It has a photo of her in it. Waya loved to lie under the Christmas tree and watch the lights.

    5. Richard Armitage wearing nothing but a ribbon and a smile? πŸ™‚

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Fuzzy Scrooge Noodles!

      Aww – your ornaments sounds lovely. I have some Meow ornaments I picked up in a craft store, in which I put pictures of my beloved kitties who died a few years ago. It warms my heart to see them on the tree each year – they too liked to lie under the tree and watch the lights!

      LOL I can see a war developing between you and La Campbell!

  • anne says:

    1. Sunshine.
    2. Silent Night.
    3. Miracle on 34th Street.
    4. Beach.
    5. Vacation.

  • ellie says:

    1.Sweet Pea.
    2. O Come All Ye Faithful.
    3. A Christmas Carol.
    4. A gorgeous tree ornament with a star.
    5. Going sledding and skating.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Thanks for the recipe, Anna. Love stuffed mushrooms. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

    1. I’m Gorgeous Bunny-Sprout Elf. (I think I can life with that.)

    2. Oh, Holy Night and All I Want for Christmas is You (hard to pick just two)

    3. It’s a Wonderful Life

    4. The homemade ones

    5. Books. Or gift cards to buy books. Cash to buy books would also be acceptable. πŸ™‚

    • pjpuppymom says:

      *live* with that. ::sigh::

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Gorgeous Bunny-Sprout – though I think you need some sparkles and jingles in your name too!

      I love your flexibility regarding gifts under the tree – hope you get all of the variations you requested and lots of great books too πŸ™‚

      All I want For Christmas is a great song – love it!

  • Fuzzy Horny Gnome here.

    I like a number of carols – but much depends on the group performing. I like Manheim Steamroller’s version of a number of carols – and the Siberian Trans Orchestra’s version of Hark hear the bells, sweet silver bells.

    Favorites are It’s a Wonderful Life and the original Christmas Carol – oh – and The Christmas Story with Ralphie. I lived in Cleveland and can relate to the setting.

    For Homemade, my favorite is one made by my son. It’s a wooden block on twine but I love it. For purchased, my favorite is a very old one of Peter Pan riding a flying goose. It just speaks of the magic of Christmas to me.

    I’d love it if my completed WIP were under the tree with a big bow around it :-), Not happening? Then some new luggage would be nice as I have a lot of travel coming up in 2014.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Fuzzy horny gnome! Another name that needs more sparkles and jingles in it – will have to have a word with the elf in charge of the naming device!

      Aww the ornaments sound lovely – I can never understand people who have ornaments on their trees that don’t mean anything to them.

      Shh don’t tell my editor, but I hear you on the completed WIP! Hope you get some great luggage and that you get to bring it over to England πŸ™‚

  • bn100 says:

    1. Cutie Berry-Elf
    2. jingle bells
    3. home alone
    4. don’t have a fav
    5. gift cards

  • Oh, what fun!

    1. Lucky Nose-Tinsel which I must say I rather like. I think it will look LOVELY on a book cover.

    2. Favourite Carol would be God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, favourite song would be Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, especially when Judy Garland sings it.

    3. Favourite Christmas movie is A Connecticut Christmas. Always cracks me up and the sexual tension just sizzles between Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan.

    4. Favourite Christmas ornament is a wooden cuckoo clock that I bought for my mum in Rothenburg in Germany from a wonderful Christmas shop there.

    5. Richard Armitage. Say no more!

  • gamistress66 says:

    1 – Fuzzy Monster-Gnome
    2 – white Christmas & do you hear what I hear (or just about anything the old crooners sing)
    3. – miracle on 34th street
    4. – most of my ornaments have special meaning/memories attached so favorites can’t be picked
    5 – prezzies!!! πŸ™‚

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Fuzzy Monster-Gnome!

      ‘Do you hear what I hear?’ is lovely! I adore the old crooners too – including Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney.

      LOL Hope you get lots of prezzies under the tree!

  • lalighton says:

    1. Elf name = Cutie Dancing-Noodles
    2. Song = O Tannenbaum
    3. Movie = How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    4. Ornament = German metal bunch of grapes
    5. Under tree = Dragon dictation software

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Cutie Dancing-Noodles!

      I’m surprised more people didn’t mention the Grinch – lots of people I know absolutely love that movie!

      Hope you get that dragon under your tree and not Ermingarde!

  • Hi VA, love the sound of the stuffed mushrooms, Yum!

    1. Go to this site and find out what your Santa elf name is.

    Cutie Poodle. SO not me!!

    2. Favourite Christmas carol and song
    I think O Holy Night is my favourite–so much drama! I also like ‘Zat You, Santa Claus? by Louis Armstrong for a bit of fun.

    3. Favourite Christmas movie

    The Muppets’ A Christmas Carol

    4. Favourite Christmas ornament
    My SIL’s kindy-made red and green sequinned disco ball.

    5. What you’d like to find under your Christmas tree or in your Christmas stocking
    Willpower and self-discipline!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Thanks, Mme – they are a family favourite! πŸ™‚

      That’s not a very Christmassy name at all! YOu need something like Sparkly Jingle Baubles!

      Aww – as long as the willpower and self-discipline come with some nice pressies πŸ˜‰

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    1. Tumbleflump Brandy butter-Cracker.
    2. Silent Night.
    3. White Christmas for sentimental value and The Family Stone for laughs.
    4. I’m fond of my little glass pickle ornament.
    5. Bookstore gift cards.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Merry Christmas, Tumbleflump Brandy butter-Cracker!

      It’s interesting how many people have little glass pickle ornaments – is there a special significance to them?

      Yay – hope you get lots of gift cards!

  • SecretNinja says:

    Hi Anna! Here’s my 5:

    1. Fuzzy Christmas-Baubles
    2. I have a lot of favorites but for carols, it would be O Holy Night and song, either My Grown Up Christmas Wish (by Michael Buble or Kelly Clarkson) and The Twelve Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser
    3. ELF!
    4. anything that’s sparkly – I don’t really have a favorite one
    5. a Kindle Fire or a sexy hunk, either works for me lol


  • Laurie G says:

    1. Go to this site and find out what your Santa elf name is.

    Cutie Dancing-Noodles

    2. Favourite Christmas carol and

    3. Favourite Christmas

    4. Favourite Christmas ornament

    5. What you’d like to find under your Christmas tree or in your Christmas

    I desperately need an e-reader preferably a KINDLE