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)
L spent last week in Atlanta, so we were able to do a little celebrating together. Love that. We’re gearing up for a busy week: stay tuned for a review of our experience at Roots Pressed Juices, our favorite holiday entertaining finds and a little dinner party how-to.
After a weekend packed with travel, nothing sounds better on Sunday night than comfort food. L made Meatloaf with Roasted Tomatoes on Sunday night, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s super easy and can be adapted to your family’s tastes. Plus, you can make it ahead of time and pop it in the oven when you’re ready. Slices of leftover meatloaf make delicious sandwiches the day after. Enjoy!
Heat oven to 400° F. Whisk together ¼ cup of the ketchup and the brown sugar in a small bowl (OR use 1/4 barbecue sauce of your choice); set aside.
Combine the oats and milk in a large bowl. Let stand until the oats are soft, 5 minutes. Whisk in the eggs, onion, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, the remaining ¼ cup of ketchup (or 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce), ¾ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Add the meat and gently mix with your hands until just combined.
Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch or other 3-quart baking dish and form into an 8-by-5-inch oval. Brush the top and sides of the meat loaf with the sweetened ketchup or barbecue sauce. Arrange the tomatoes around the sides.
Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the meatloaf registers 165° F, 40 to 50 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
This is a very forgiving recipe. Depending on your tastes, you could add a few cloves of finely chopped garlic to the meat mixture, omit the onion entirely, or substitute breadcrumbs for the oats. Bake this a few minutes longer if you like a super crusty crust on your meatloaf.
L’s sister-in-law Jaclyn brought a delicious kale quinoa salad to a recent family gathering in Statesboro. The healthy and delicious dish had everyone talking (in a good way)! In true glitter girl spirit, she agreed to share the recipe with us.
What You Need:
a few cups of cooked quinoa
a few cups of chopped kale
chopped red onion
a few TBSP of dressing (balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, spicy brown mustard, herbes de Provence). Jaclyn says: I’ve made the dressing, but I think any olive oil balsamic blend would work. I only used 2 – 3 TBSP of Organicville Herbes de Provence Vinaigrette for the big bowl (doubled recipe) I took to the reunion.
What You Do:
Just mix it all up and chill for a few hours to blend flavors. This salad will keep for several days…as long as you don’t eat it all at once.
This is an easy and forgiving recipe. I couldn’t find plain quinoa at the grocery in Statesboro, so I used an Olive Oil and Rosemary flavored box. Totally fine! I also added a little basil from my herb garden. Chopped walnuts and diced carrots could turn this side salad into a hearty meal. Bottom line: add whatever sounds good to you.
Thanks to Jaclyn for sharing this recipe with us! Do you have a favorite salad recipe? Tweet or Instagram us at @glitter_blog_xo. Check out our other recipe recommendations on Pinterest here.
Meet our latest glitter girl, Britton Rowe. J’s beautiful cousin (who’s getting married this July EEE!) and L’s former intern at the Georgia State Capitol. Could the world be any smaller?
About Me: I’m a fashion-focused girl working my way through the Star Wars-infested waters of the software development world.
1. What item or accessory do you wear the most? My David Yurman bracelets. No matter the outfit, they work perfectly and I can layer them with other fun accessories.
2. What are your three favorite stores (for ANYTHING, online or bricks and mortar)? 1. Kate Spade for statement investment pieces 2. C.Wonder for on trend basics 3. Etsy for interesting, personalized pieces that no one else has.
3. Fill in the blank. You would die if ____ followed you on Twitter.Kim Kardashian, because let’s be real she doesn’t follow anyone. People just follow her.
4. Your last meal. What is it? This is tough because I really like food, but if I had to choose it would be Rotier’s cheeseburger and french fries. It’s this hole in the wall place in Nashville near where I used to live but it’s rumored to be the cheeseburger Jimmy Buffet wrote ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise’ about…yeah, it’s that good.
5. What’s your guilty pleasure? Reality TV. My fiance can’t stand it, but I just love the drama. It makes me feel like my life is much,much more sane!
L and I can definitely relate to Britton’s favorite accessory. We wear at least one Yurman bracelet everyday. #armparty
About our Glitter Girls: Once a week-ish, we highlight one of our favorite friends/readers/fellow Glitter Girls with a pic and a brief questionnaire. We’ll feature girls who are living in interesting places (from Atlanta to Alaska) and doing interesting things (from stylish stay-at-home moms to corporate ladder-climbers). We hope you enjoy getting to know The Glitter Life community!
In other news:
We’ve got an exciting week of posts planned! Stayed tuned for the perfect spring appetizer (Mango Avocado Shrimp Cups); a make-up bag makeover; and spring’s best denim.