Happy thanksgiving! 2015 has been an especially wonderful year for us. We celebrated Jennifer and Jay’s marriage in April, we welcomed Baby Ed in September… and there have been countless other small victories and miracles in between. And of course we are thankful for all you who read this blog! We are truly blessed beyond measure. We hope you all have a relaxing day with family or friends (or maybe both!), with plenty of time to reflect on your own blessings as well. xo
You know how adult children are always assigned something non-essential at family Thanksgiving, like an appetizer or “the salad”? Well, I’ve graduated from the salad to…side vegetable!
I’m actually really excited because I lovvve sides at Thanksgiving. Turkey isn’t my thing, so I always load up on veggies. Behold, my vegetable contribution this year: Bacon-y Brussels Sprouts. Bonus: this recipe is SUPER SIMPLE and easy – the perfect thing to whip up for that last-minute Friendsgiving celebration tonight.
Bacon-y Brussels Sprouts
What You Need:
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 lbs baby brussels sprouts, washed and trimmed (halved if very large)
- salt & pepper to taste
- 6 ounces diced bacon (3 – 4 slices)
- 3 tablespoons minced shallots (about 2)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (1-2 cloves)
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- chopped fresh parsley, if desired
What You Do:
- Heat the butter and olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the brussels sprouts and season with salt and pepper.
- Cook until lightly browned, tossing often.
- Add the bacon and saute for ten more minutes, or until well browned.
- Reduce the heat and add the shallots and the garlic. Saute for two more minutes.
- Increase the heat to high and slowly add the chicken broth, a little at a time. Cook for ten more minutes or until the sprouts are tender, tossing often.
- Sprinkle with parsley if desired.
bacon, shallots and garlic make everything better.
NOTE: This recipe is adapted from Par 3: Tea Time at the Masters (a Glitter Life favorite). The original recipe called for the addition of balsamic vinegar and fresh bread crumbs at the end. We don’t think you need either one…the brussels sprouts are SO GOOD on their own that we didn’t want to mask their flavor or beautiful color. But if you’re new to brussels sprouts (or you think your family will be weirded out by them), you may want to experiment by adding one or both of those ingredients to this recipe. Honestly, if you get fresh Brussels sprouts you can’t go wrong!
J: Last month Jay and I joined Chick Fil A + Feeding Children Everywhere at City of Refuge in Atlanta to package over 54,000 meals for families in need. No better feeling than giving back on a Saturday morning!
ready to get to work!
we had around 100 volunteers who divided into 10 at each station.
our assembly line. I was the funneler…
Jay on lentil duty.
some of the meals packed and ready to go!
and then we lunched.
So. Real talk. We could eat a cheese plate for every meal. Easy. But sometimes we need to switch it up! Never fear… this quick and easy dip from Damn Delicious has you covered. A crowd-pleaser for your football watching this weekend!
Damn Delicious | Beef Enchilada Dip
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce
- 1 cup roasted corn kernels
- 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles
- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Tortilla chips, for serving
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil two 10-ounce ramekins or coat with nonstick spray. *I used these amazing Le Creuset Cocottes instead of ramekins. Highly recommend scooping a few for your kitchen!*
- Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat. Stir in enchilada sauce, corn, chiles, 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Divide the filling evenly into the ramekins and top with remaining cheeses.
- Place into oven and bake until bubbly around the edges, about 5 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.
You guys. This week has been a little insane. We’ve had photo shoots, work deadlines, meetings galore…plus a few life hiccups, including RAIN literally every single day (which is why you haven’t seen any outfit pics. How many more times can we post about our trusty anoraks and Hunter boots?).
Our cure for a stressful week? Indulging in a little retail therapy. Starting today, you can shop the Black Friday sale on www.shopsoledish.com. Use code BLACKFRIDAY15 and take 25% off everything on the site…from now until November 29! Scoop a sparkly holiday dress or cozy fur vest and watch those cares melt awayyyy….
Know what else helps after a stressful week? Grabbing a drink with a good friend! We’re meeting up in Athens on Saturday for the Georgia / Georgia Southern game. Follow us on Instagram (@glitter_blog_xo) to see our adventures, and if you’re there too tag us in your pics!
plaid button-down (mine is from last year, but this one is super similar) // quilted vest (also available in black and red) // 7 For All Mankind skinnies // ankle boots // HOBO clutch (this floral is sold out, but we’ve got tons of other colors available)
We love pairing our plaid with a dark floral this time of year. And our new 7 For All Mankind Slim Illusion Mid-Rise Ankle Skinny is everything. Shop this look on Shop Sole Dish and take 10% off everything when you use the secret code GLITTER. Cheers to the weekend!
You guys know we heart Target – it’s great style at great prices, areweright? Both of us own this Target sequined-collar plaid button-down from two years ago, and we’re bringing it back this season. And since we have Target on the brain, we linked our top picks from Target for fall over on Shop Style. Click this link to shop, or like our photo on Instagram (@glitter_blog_xo) today and you’ll get a shoppable email sent to your inbox. And check out our other posts featuring Target items here and here and here.
love this shirt so much, i wore it last week too…with a topknot to show off the collar.