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brunch bunch.

J: I’m always looking for a solid brunch item to throw together on the weekends. When I came across this baked french toast recipe from our fave food blogger, Damn Delicious… game changer.  My sweet husband, Jay, said it would be perfect for Christmas morning and I totally agree. Here’s the skinny:

Ingredients:

  • 3 small French baguettes, ends trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (I skipped this)
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

For the maple glaze:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, or more, to taste
the goods.
the goods.

Instructions:

  • Lightly coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Place bread slices evenly into the baking dish.
  • In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla bean paste, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour mixture evenly over the bread slices. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the bread mixture into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.
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slices evenly placed.
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mixture poured and ready for the oven.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and maple syrup until well combined and slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Pour mixture evenly over the bread slices.

glazed and golden.
glazed and golden.

Serve immediately, sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. It’s desired.

brunch is served.
brunch is served.
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instagram diary.

Happy July, everybody! Time to recap a few of our fave recent instagram moments. Not following us? Get on that.

7.1.14
totally adorable belle ambiance pinot grigio | word | amazing beef tartare at king + duke | precious cake pops from J’s coworker | taking in the ATL views from Jay’s office | obsessing over Waiting on Martha’s bridal party decor in Occasions Magazine.
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weekend instagram diary.

hot chocolate treat for baby joe // drinks at del friscos // j is prepped and ready for trick or treaters // the perfect flat has arrived at __ // Up close and stylish nail bracelet // this glitter collar is everything // essie's beyond cozy is the perfect holiday nail color // how adorable is this pumpkin cocktail from Cinebistro Atlanta? // weekend cookies
hot chocolate treat for baby joe // drinks at del friscos always delight // j is prepped and ready for trick or treaters // the perfect flat has arrived at social statesboro // up close and stylish nail bracelet // this glitter collar is everything // essie’s beyond cozy is the perfect holiday nail color // how adorable is this pumpkin cocktail from Cinebistro Town Brookhaven? // weekend cookies
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pumpkin chocolate chip bars.

We love the blog Two Peas and Their Pod. It’s one of the first places we go for recipe inspiration. The recipes are simple, straightforward, and packed with flavor. We’re totally making these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars for our next fall get-together:

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photo courtesy of two peas and their pod.

 

 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

What You Need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (don’t have any? learn how to make a substitute here.)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

What You Do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  • With a stand or electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth; beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Add pumpkin puree and mix well. The mixture will look somewhat curdled. Reduce speed to low, and mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake bars for 35-40 minutes or until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached.
  • Cool bars completely in pan. Cut into squares and serve. Yields 24 bars.

Recipe from Martha Stewart

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naked champagne cake.

It’s no secret that we love ourselves a little bubbly. So we’re DYING over this Naked Champagne Cake:
 
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Naked Champagne Cake 
3 cups all-purpose flower
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 egg whites
2 cups champagne
 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans (or cut parchment paper to fit).
2. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder + salt. In a mixing bowl beat butter and sugar 3 to 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and beat in the eggs one at a time.
3. Beat in flour mixture and champagne in three alternating additions, starting and ending with flour to prevent curdling. Pour batter into pans and bake 35 minutes or until a knife insterted in the center comes out clean.
4. Let cool and then frost the middle and top layer only with Champagne Buttercream Frosting.
 
Champagne Buttercream Frosting
3/4 stick unsalted butter (room temp)
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup champagne
1/8 cup whole milk
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

In a mixing bowl beat butter 1 minute. Gradually add the powdered sugar, champange, milk and vanilla and continue beating until smooth and creamy.

*Adapted from Booze Cakes // Style Within Reach*

yum.
cheers!
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friday five: houseguests.

J’s parents are en route from Augusta to Atlanta this weekend to watch Glitter Girl Britton Rowe tie the knot. This will be J’s first time having overnight houseguests since she moved in May. EEEK! In preparation for the weekend, we did some thinking on how to make her guests feel at home. Read on for our ultimate hostessing tips.

1. Goody Tray. Don’t make your guests hike to the fridge for a late-night bottle of water. Set up a tray in the guest room for easy access to necessities.

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image: Waiting on Martha. X0

2. Fresh Flowers. Say ‘Welcome’ with fresh peonies. Choose a location out of direct sunlight with good air circulation, and their fragrance will distribute throughout your home.

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fresh and lovely.
3. Bake Something. Is there anything better than walking into a house where something’s been baking? Nope. Pop something in the oven before your guests arrive.These Cinnamon Roll Cookies from Baked Perfection will do the trick.
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we can smell them now.

4. Fresh Linens. Make it a vacation for your visitors with comfy, cozy linens. Buy the best sheets you can (reasonably) afford, and make sure the pillows are fresh and plump.

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ahh. serenity.

5. Itinerary. Take charge and map out the weekend. Make reservations when needed – it’s always good to have a plan. Guests are a great excuse to show off your favorite haunt or try something totally different. J is treating her parents to lunch at Nuevo Laredo this weekend. If you’ve never been to this Atlanta restaurant, add it to your to-do list.

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nuevo laredo, an atlanta staple.
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friday five: weekend to-do list.

1. Have an Indoor Picnic.  The weather in Georgia is going to be seriously terrible this weekend.  Rather than going out, whip up a simple supper of a sliced baguette, fancy cheeses, charcuterie and cornichons (check out this link for inspiration – or just grab takeout), spread a blanket on the living room floor and listen to the rain.

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image: sfgirlbybay

2. DIY Braided Cord Cover. Exposed cords really bother us. We work hard to conceal them (we’ve been known to tape them to the bottoms of tables, weave them through tiny nails hammered into the wall, etc), but sometimes we have no choice but to let them show. Fabric Paper Glue to the rescue! In the time it takes you to watch a cheesy TV movie, you can create this adorable braided cover.

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image: fabric paper glue

And if cords REALLY make you nuts, try these washi tape cord covers perfect for phone chargers.

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image: whimseybox

3. Style Your Shelves. This is a perfect rainy day project! Think like a stylist: scour your house for interesting objects (random vases, figurines, tiny photos); group similarly-colored books together; and give the eye somewhere to rest every now and then. This is a great article with more how-to advice.

The Glitter Life How To Style Bookshelves
organize your books by color. baskets scattered throughout the shelves give your eyes a break.
The Glitter Life How To Style Bookshelves
neat stacks bring order to random objects and books.
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love the pops of coral.

4. Visit a Flower Market. IT’S PEONY SEASON! We both love peonies; their explosive beauty is perfection in arrangements short and tall, simple and complex. If weather permits, visit your local flower market, scoop some peonies (or whatever flowers you love), and create an arrangement yourself. We love these ideas from Apartment Therapy.

Pink Peonies
a rectangular container looks modern.
Pink Peonies
choose flowers in various stages of bloom – your arrangement will be more interesting.
Pink Peonies
this low arrangement would be stunning on a coffee table.

This Design*Sponge video has some great tips and tricks for floral market first-timers:

5. Bake Something. Sundays are for baking at our houses. Try these peanut-butter pretzel brownies from on the ADORABLE blog A Beautiful Mess. Chevron pretzel pattern optional.

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salty, sweet and semi-homemade.

Cheers to the weekend!

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baker’s dozen: pineapple muffins.

Want to break out of your basic blueberry muffin rut? Baker Street has created the perfect summer twist on a breakfast classic: Pineapple Muffins. They’re easy to prepare, too. We like that.

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oh la la.

Pineapple Muffins

Ingredients
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and shredded coconut (reserve 2-3 tablespoons).
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, melted butter egg and orange zest. Add to flour mixture and stir to combine, mixing only until no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Stir in chopped pineapple.
  4. Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin cups (cups will be very full) and sprinkle generously with remaining coconut.
  5. Bake for 16-19 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  6. Cook muffins on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.

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peanut butter + jelly muffins.

I’m always looking for fun recipes to make with Joe Jr. I saw this recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins on the cute blog Two Peas and Their Pod (we featured another of their recipes here). Saturday morning seemed like the perfect time for the two of us to do a little baking…and a little tasting.

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peach preserves ooze from golden peanut-y goodness.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

What You Need:

  • 1 2/3 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite jelly, preserves or jam
  • Standard muffin tin (recipe yields 12 muffins)

What You Do:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray or line with paper cups.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, peanut butter, oil, egg, and vanilla.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
  • Scoop a heaping tablespoon of batter into each muffin cup. Spoon a heaping teaspoonful of jam on top of each cupful of batter. Then spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter over the jam.
  • Divide any remaining batter equally among the muffin cups.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the muffins have risen in the middle and are firm to the touch. (Original recipe from The Recipe Girl Cookbook)
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dry ingredients.
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wet ingredients.
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baking is better with farm fresh eggs.
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stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
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hey batter, batter…
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place a teaspoon of jam/jelly on top of a heaping tablespoon of batter.
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cool your muffins on a wire rack.

These muffins were tasty…but I learned something the first time I made them. The original recipe called for two tablespoons of batter on the bottom, but when I did that I ran out of batter for the tops of the muffins. The second time around I did a heaping tablespoon of batter, followed by a heaping teaspoon of preserves, followed by a heaping tablespoon of batter. I did have a little left over using that method, and I just divided it among the muffin cups. I made six muffins with peach preserves (my fave) and six with grape jelly (Joe’s choice).

Joe Jr and I had fun making these- his favorite part was licking the peanut butter spoon.

The Glitter Life PB&J Muffins
don’t panic, it’s just peanut butter.

Did you do any baking this weekend? Do you have a favorite Saturday morning baking ritual? Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo!

PS – We both had rather domestic weekends. In pics…

baking inspiration // shopping for patio furniture // saturday snap // experimenting // knockout roses // me and my mini-minnetonka-me
L: baking inspiration // shopping for patio furniture // saturday snap // experimenting // knockout roses // me and my mini-minnetonka-me
unwinding / / took romes to chastain park for a little exercise / / a few goodies from sephora / / GOOD MORNING / / starter m'guy andy cohens book 'most talkative' / / packing to MOVE.
J: unwinding / / took romes to chastain park for a little exercise / / a few goodies from sephora / / GOOD MORNING / / started m’guy andy cohens book ‘most talkative’ / / packing to MOVE
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