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baby-mooning.

J: With Baby James’ arrival fast approaching, Jay and I decided to skip town for a little baby-moon. That’s a thing, right?

Not a tall order: something within driving distance from Atlanta, somewhere we’ve never been with a spa (ME) and golf (Jay.) We did our research and decided on… Waterfall Club | Lake Burton. A resort with everything we wanted and a backdrop like no other. You would never think you were less than 2 hours outside the city. A little look into our weekend:

Waterfall View
this. view.
Waterfall Wedding
stumbled across this wedding spot on my walk. quite the backdrop to say i do!
Waterfall Lunch
just a small lunch at the club… we stayed on property which was adorable and convenient.
Waterfall Brunch
our cozy Easter brunch.
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we didn’t want to leave! needless to say, we’ll be back soon. dress | shoes

Stay tuned for a review of this little gem of a restaurant we found in Clayton, Fortify Kitchen & Bar.

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going green 💚

As you probably know, there’s always a re-run of Keeping Up With The Kardashians on television. Always. We’ll put money on it. We’ve also seen all of them. Don’t judge.

If you catch these repeat episodes like we have, you’ve probably wondered… What’s in Kourtney’s avocado shake!? It looks oddly delicious and we had to know. Mystery solved:

Kourtney Kardashian
photo c/o kourtney kardashian app.

The recipe calls for a full avocado and 1 cup of milk (I subbed almond milk and added a little honey), but cut it in half and it’s the perfect amount for one person. Pop everything in the blender for 30 seconds or until smooth and voila!

Let’s get shakin’, girls!

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From L: Happy Thursday, Glitter Girls! Long time, no post. Sorry, but I’ve been BUSY…busy planning the best baby shower ever, that is!

As you know, J is expecting a precious baby boy in May. Her bridesmaids and I (with a little help from my sweet mother) showered the beautiful mom-to-be with a brunch at Cook Hall in the W Buckhead. Each one of us is so seriously excited to meet this little guy! Here are the deets and a few of our favorite photos:

Menu||all served family-style|deviled eggs|salmon tartare|jalapeno fritters|homemade ricotta on crostini|shrimp and grits|roasted cauliflower hummus|mimosas (most importantly!)|cupcakes

Flowers||hydrangeas|roses (courtesy of J’s sweet step-mother-in-law)

Invitations||minted

cupcakes
J had one request: CHOCOLATE
framed invitation
framed invite for J to keep
cocktail napkins
hostess annie found the perfect cocktails napkins
JB Shower Sign
hostess kati doodled a cute chalkboard to say “welcome”
JB Shower 6 t
OH HI!
JB Shower Cousins
from L to R: Beth, Jay’s stepmom / Becky, J’s mom / Britton + Ali, J’s sweet cousins
JB Shower Girls
we all love Baby James already!
JB Findlay Rowe
gift from J’s aunts Audrey + Barbara of Findlay Rowe Designs
US AND OUR MOMS! <3
Jan (Laura’s mom) / L / J / Becky
JB M+M
Mo + Maggie
JB Girls
aubrey, one of the Dish girls, created this cute Insta frame for us!
jb hooray
J + JMBIV can’t wait to welcome JMBV in just a few short weeks!

J: dress (sold out. similar here + here) | shoes | earrings

L: dress | shoes

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spring fling. 🌷

Our favorite season is among us… SPRING! Fresh blooms, dining al fresco, pastel color palettes, the list goes on.

As we know, with a new season comes a much needed wardrobe refresher. A few pieces we’re starting with:

Sundress Indiana
Indiana Short Beach Dress via ShopBop.
BP Scallop Bikini2
Scallop Bandeau Bikini via Nordstrom.
Eliza J Bell Sleeve
Bell Sleeve Fit + Flare via Nordstrom.
Bauble Bar Cannes Drop Earring
Cannes Tassel Drops via Baublebar.
Sole Society Flat
Bejeweled flats viz Sole Society.

Ladies. No wardrobe update is complete without new pj’s…

BP Sleep Short
Woven Sleep Short via Nordstrom.
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baking brie. 🧀

Who says it has to be the holiday season to enjoy a little cranberry!? And there’s never a bad time for brie. We stumbled upon this delicious recipe during a routine check of one of our fave websites Apartment Therapy for reviews of the LexMod Ghost Chair. Enjoy!

Baked Brie with Cranberries
ooey, gooey cheese + tart cranberries = deliciousness.

Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce

Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer

What You Need:

  • 8-ounce round brie cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup cranberry sauce (try this Perfect Cranberry Sauce recipe or this more advanced Spiced Cranberry Sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, unroasted and roughly chopped
  • Fresh rosemary, to garnish
  • Assorted crackers (we recommend Carr’s Water Crackers)

What You Do:

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Peel or slice off the top rind of the brie and scrape out a small amount of cheese to form a shallow hollow in the center. Place the cheese in a small baking dish like a pie pan. (If you plan on transferring the cheese to a serving dish after it’s baked, line the pie pan with a square of parchment paper.)
  • Mix the cranberry sauce, brown sugar, vanilla, zest, and nutmeg. Top the brie with this cranberry mixture and sprinkle the hazelnuts over it.
  • Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the cheese is gooey. This is a delicate process, and baking time can vary. The goal is to take the cheese out after it has softened, but just before it collapses into a heap.
  • If desired, lift the parchment paper and use a spatula to carefully slide the cheese onto a prettier serving dish. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and serve immediately with assorted crackers.
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lately.

J: Hi. Busy life happening over here. We’ve missed you. Let’s catch up, shall we?

As you know, Jay and I are expecting a little boy in May and we are officially in FULL nursery planning/baby shopping mode. We will do a nursery reveal once we have the furniture installed, but here are a few items I’ve scooped so far:

Curtains: Had. To. Have. These. They’re pretty perfect for basically any room in your home.

Pottery Barn Pom Drapes

Accent Table: A table very similar to this was one of the first purchases I made for the nursery to go next to the glider. Super cute. Great price. Target wins AGAIN.

Target Table

Animal Heads: I obsessed over finding wall decor for the nursery that wasn’t cheesy. Really difficult task. BEHOLD the most precious white animal heads we came across at Z Gallerie and purchased on the spot.

Z Gallerie Animal Heads

And now for a few pregnancy must haves…

  1. My girlfriend, Annie turned me on to Mama Mio products and they are nothing short of amazing.
  2. This top. In every color. Perfect for the layering I’ve been doing in the chilly weather. Perfect fit. Super soft.
  3. Still sporting heels on the daily, but these slippers are sweet relief when I get home. And in gold. Naturally.

Promise we won’t stay gone long this time! We have Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day on the horizon after all!

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easy side: baked cheese grits

It’s quail season! Down in here in Statesboro, that means bird suppers: quail, grits and coleslaw or greens. I can’t take responsibility for roasting the quail, but I can handle making a side dish. This recipe for Baked Cheese Grits is so old that I can’t remember where I got it – I wrote it on an index card and stuck it in my recipe binder (how’s that for analog?) probably ten years ago. I always get compliments on this. The grits keep their creamy consistency and don’t turn into hardened grits cakes. Best part? You can make this ahead of time, which I do for Christmas morning brunch.

Baked Cheese Grits
photo courtesy of kraft

Baked Cheese Grits

What You Need

  • cooking spay
  • 2 cups quick grits, uncooked
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper

What You Do

  • Spray 3-quart casserole dish liberally with cooking spray.
  • Prepare the 2 cups grits according to package directions. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix in 3 cups of cheddar cheese, the beaten eggs and cayenne pepper. *I do this right in the grits pot!
  • Pour into greased casserole dish. *Can be covered in foil and left overnight at this point. Just take out of the fridge an hour before you plan to cook it.
  • Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with additional cup of grated cheese.
  • Bake 15 minutes more, until grits are bubbling hot. Remove from oven and cool for five minutes before serving.

PS – No matter how many recipes I pin on Pinterest,  I always look to my recipe binder when I’m serious about cooking. Joe gave me this Williams Sonoma Entertaining Journal when we first got married, and over the years I have filled it with recipes torn from magazines, recipes printed out from Pinterest (yes, I know that defeats the purpose) and recipes handwritten from my mom on little recipe cards. I know there are a ton of apps to find new recipes and organize existing recipes…but I’m a paper person and don’t think I’ll ever give up doing it the old-fashioned way.

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