Mmmmonday. Need a quick and easy idea for dinner tonight? Upgrade your usual grilled cheese sandwich to this summer-y pesto, artichoke and havarti version by Two Peas and Their Pod, one of our fave food blogs. Use prepared pesto if you don’t feel like making your own Spinach Basil Pesto. This is just as easy as the classic you loved growing up but wayyyy more sophisticated and flavorful.
Pesto, Artichoke and Havarti Grilled Cheese by Two Peas and Their Pod
What You Need:
2 tablespoons butter, softened
4 slices whole-grain bread (such as Eureka! Organic Bread)
2/3 cup sliced artichoke hearts (from jar or can, drained)
Sea salt, for sprinkling on sandwich
What You Do:
Butter the outsides of the bread. Spread the insides of the bread slices evenly with pesto. Put a slice of Havarti on the bottom piece of bread, add artichoke hearts, and top with another slice of Havarti. Place the other piece of bread on top, creating a sandwich.
Heat a large skillet or griddle pan over medium-low heat and place the sandwiches butter side down. Cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the cheese starts to melt and the bread is golden brown. Carefully flip the sandwich over and cook for an additional about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle with sea salt. Cut sandwiches in half and serve immediately.
You guys. Two big pieces of news. 1) J IS BACK. Stay tuned for posts on her amazing honeymoon. 2) We are ready for the WEEKEND. We know you’re shocked. Check out five things that are making us happy right now:
1. L Space Print Wrap Top. L*Space makes the best bikinis; every year, one silhouette dominates Pinterest. Last year it was the Audrey fringe top; this year it’s the Chloe wrap top. We love how the wrap-style gives us maximum adjustability. Bonus: the print reverses to basic black.
2. TOMS Aviators.We are both devoted Ray-Ban wearers…but right now we’re really loving these Kilgore aviators at our favorite do-good company, Toms. For every pair sold, Toms will give a child the gift of sight. We’re offering a special discount on these just for you. Call Sole at 912-764-7463, mention “The Glitter Life” and get an extra 15% off a pair for yourself.
4.Watermelon Salad. One of our favorite summertime recipes. So easy to throw together – all you need is watermelon, mint and feta.
5. How To: Host a Successful Sale on Instagram! If you need a little extra cash to support your bikini and sunglasses habit (ahem), check out these handy suggestions for throwing a killer closet sale on Instagram. Haul out your gently-used duds, snap some pics, and start making money. Then spend it on cute cocktail napkins.
PS – We’re excited to celebrate our wonderful mothers this weekend! Share your Mother’s Day pics with us on Instagram (@glitter_blog_xo).
Woof, it’s Wednesday. And in four days it will be SUNDAY. Mother’s Day. You didn’t forget, did you? To help you last-minute shoppers, we picked out eight perfect Mother’ Day gifts…most available to ship or purchase ASAP.
2. Custom Pet Illustration ($55). Obviously this wouldn’t be ready in time for Sunday…but it’s such a sweet gift, we think you should consider it anyway.
3. GroVert Mini Planter ($30). Those of us with black thumbs (ahem, both of us) love a good succulent garden. If you don’t have time to order one online, check with your local florist for delivery. In Statesboro, check with our friends at Colonial House of Flowers (912.764.6097).
4. Tory Burch In Color ($36). A gorgeous coffee table book featuring an inside look at the designer’s life with her boys. Get it in two days with Amazon Prime.
5. Elizabeth & James Nirvana White Gift Set ($75). Notes of peony make this set (eau de parfume, rollerball and body lotion) one of our faves. Plus, Sephora has TONS of gift sets. One- and two-day shipping available.
Today we’re flashing back to J’s bachelorette party in New York City to bring you a restaurant review. On the recommendation of our girls at BCBGeneration, we booked a Sunday brunch reservation at Beauty + Essex, a bi-level, chandelier-lit restaurant and bar on the Lower East Side.
B+E has a retro vibe and features a pawn shop entrance (cool but also a little confusing).
After cocktails at the bar, we moved into the main restaurant for brunch. The real scene at B+E is the champagne brunch upstairs (which was just getting cranked up by the time we left)…but we were in the mood for something more chill after our flights the day before. If you’re looking for great people watching, definitely request to go upstairs!
We enjoyed brunch at a large round table (great for conversation) under a pretty skylight.
What We Drank + Ate:
Platinum Peacock [virgin] Cocktail – cucumber, granny smith apple, pineapple, mint
Happy Friday! J’s honeymooning in Italy this week and next, so L is holding down the glitter fort.
Here’s what we’re feeling right now: a charming springtime salad, the cutest tote, a must-try cocktail, how to use your iPhone (really) and a quiz we dare you to take. Hope you love these links as much as we do!
1. Salad Nicoise. We’re craving fresh flavor right now, and this gorg salad (half the joy is in the arranging) brought to you by A Beautiful Mess fits the bill perfectly.
3. Grapefruit Paloma. What’s a Paloma, you ask? A delicious tequila-based cocktail with just the right amount of fizz. So refreshing. Just looking at this picture makes us wish it was happy hour.
4. 20 Cool iPhone Hacks.This article details 20 useful tricks to get the most out of your beloved iPhone. Some you’ll recognize, most you won’t. At least we didn’t! Upgrade to fancy quotation marks? Don’t mind if we DO.
5. Quiz. Flashback to our Seventeen magazine days – who doesn’t love a good quiz? Take the “How Design Savvy Are You?” quiz by Domaine and test whether you know your book-matched from your herringbone. Spoiler: L is a Design Master! But you probably knew that already. 😉
Oh hey, Friday. We’re hanging at the Ritz Carlton at Reynolds Plantation today, NBD. This is J’s big weekend – she will officially become a MRS. tomorrow! Be sure to follow along with us on Insta (#JJB2015) as we chronicle what’s sure to be an amazing weekend. In the meantime, check out these links to stuff we love. xo
3. Sally Hansen Self Tanner. The quest for the perfect self tanner never ends. You could say it’s our holy grail. This one is our new fave. The color is totally natural, and there’s virtually no weird fading. Don’t let the orange tint freak you out–it washes off your hands.
Happy Friday! This weekend, J’s doing a trial run for wedding hair and makeup (EEEK!) and L’s working in the retail game, but we’re both going to make time to watch a little of the Masters and sip an Azalea Cocktail. In the meantime, take a few minutes to check out these links to stuff we love.
These Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders are THE BEST SANDWICHES YOU WILL EVER EAT, swear. L made these for her fifth annual egg hunt on Saturday, and all 96 were snapped up by party-goers (kids included!). Whip some up for a Masters viewing party this weekend and add a round of Azalea Cocktails. You’re good to go.
Hawaiian Ham & Swiss Sliders (makes 24 sandwiches, plan on 2-3 per person)
What You Need:
24 slices deli honey ham (L used Sara Lee Maple Ham)
6 slices swiss cheese, cut into quarters
1/3 cup mayonnaise (L used Kraft mayo)
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard (L used French’s Dijon)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
2 packages (12 count)King’s Hawaiian Original or Honey Wheat Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls
What You Do:
Split rolls in half and spread mayo onto 1 side of the rolls. Place a slice or two of ham and a (quarter) slice of swiss cheese in roll. Replace the top of the rolls and bunch them closely together into a baking dish.
In a medium bowl, whisk together poppy seeds, dijon mustard, melted butter, onion powder and worcestershire sauce.
Pour sauce over the rolls, just covering the tops. Cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes.
Bake covered at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for additional 2 minutes until tops are slightly browned and crisp. Serve warm.
These sandwiches are also great at room temperature – don’t stress about serving them right out of the oven. You can assemble the sandwiches the night before baking – just cover TIGHTLY with plastic wrap to prevent them drying out. When you’re ready, pour on the sauce and pop them in the oven!
We’ve been terrible about posting lately, but we’ve had a lot going on! To whit: we just returned from J’s whirlwind bachelorette weekend in the Big Apple. We’re hoping things will calm down soon – in the meantime, we wanted to share our pics (and some restaurant recs!) with you.
Our homebase for the weekend was Hotel Hugo in SOHO. J’s friend Mary chose this place, and it was perfect for our group. We loved the decor (modern but warm) – we were immediately obsessed with the greenery wall behind the check-in desk. One drawback: the rooms are SMALL, so you have to leap around like a fairy to avoid cracking your shinbones on the bed platforms.
After our group caught up over a quick lingerie shower for J, we headed to dinner at Revel in the Meatpacking District. The food was great (Annie ordered a pork chop that came on a lava rock – fancy!), but the place was so dark we couldn’t get any pics of it.
After dinner, we walked down to Brass Monkey on the recommendation of the hostess at Revel. It was pretty chill when we got there but got a little more intense as the night wore on. We were forced to order a random apple pie dessert to hold our table (worth it – having a table was clutch), and it was NOT BAD.
In search of an early morning coffee / Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment, L explored a few blocks and stumbled on the new Hudson Square outpost of coffee roaster/bakery La Colombe. This place was calm and quiet…a nice change from the usual Starbucks.
No NYC weekend is complete without Sunday brunch. Our girls at BCBGeneration (New Yorkers through and through) recommended Beauty & Essex to us, and it didn’t disappoint. This place deserves its own post – so stay tuned for the details!
Mo, our group’s fearless navigator (she really is good at it) found a precious place for after-brunch cocktails. Hotel Chantelle is a Parisian-style cocktail lounge with $.92 mimosas (you heard us) and disco tunes. We sat in the bar (presumably the old hotel lobby). Our only complaint? Really intense heater action. We were sweating by the time we left. We didn’t make it up to the rooftop (place was PACKED)…but we will definitely try again next time we’re in NYC. This would be a great spot for brunch!
After wandering the streets of the LES and SOHO (no noteworthy purchases), we regrouped for a sweet treat at the famed tea salon Laduree. This place ALSO deserves its own post – coming soon!
We headed to celebrity favorite Catch for dinner Sunday night. The food was unreal; we’re going to be dreaming about the lobster rolls (J) and the tartare (L) for weeks. The service left a little to be desired, and we had a strange elevator experience on the way down, and we didn’t see any celebrities…but other than that, we loved. Stay tuned for details!
We grabbed a quick brunchy-breakfast at Jack’s Wife Freda before heading to the airport. The food at this Mediterrenean-style diner was amazing…but it was packed (hey, at least we knew it would be good!), and we were a little cramped. We both highly recommend the fresh-squeezed cantaloupe juice.
Share your NYC go-tos with us on Insta @glitter_blog_xo.