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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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rosemary lemon home scent.

Conflicting cooking smells, family pets, scented candles…our homes usually need a little freshening up after a long holiday week/weekend. This super easy Rosemary Lemon scent does the trick. Smell familiar? This is exactly what Williams Sonoma uses in their stores.

Rosemary Lemon Vanilla Home Scent

What You Need:

  • One lemon, sliced lemon
  • 3 springs fresh rosemary
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons vanilla
The Glitter Life Rosemary Lemon
photo: One More Moore

 

 

What You Do:

  • Fill a small saucepan 2/3 full of water
  • Add lemon slices, rosemary and vanilla
  • Simmer on the stove for a few hours or all day!
photo: One More Moore
photo: One More Moore

PS – Thanks to our friend Kelley for reminding us about this!

 

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friday five: beat the heat.

We love a three day weekend – the next Friday seems to roll around that much faster. It’s hot here in the South, and we’re headed for the pool tomorrow. Here, five of our favorite ways to cool off:

1. Watermelon Floats. These refreshing frozen-yogurt floats are a must have for your guests this weekend. Brighten up the glasses with fresh limes! We are making these. Period.

The Glitter Life Watermelon Float
image: bon appetit.

2. Tomato Zucchini Pasta Salad. This cold pasta salad is easy to prepare, absolutely delicious…and can sit safely in the sun for hours (it’s bound by a Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette, not mayo).

The Glitter Life Pasta Salad
image: the cooking photographer.

3.  Cucumber Lemonade Chiller. We ADORE rosemary in cocktails, so of course we fell hard for this adult lemonade. Make a pitcher and sip all day. Another summer cocktail option? Raspberry Beer Cocktails.

The Glitter Life Cucumber Lemonade Chiller
image: delish

4. Refreshing Face Mask. When the heat gets to be too much, venture inside and whip up one of these masks using ingredients you probably already have on hand.

The Glitter Life Facial Mask
image: saidaonline

5. Refreshing Body Spray. Hop on over to Thank Your Body and learn how to make a refreshing body spray. Honestly, it sounds really easy.

The Glitter Life Body Spray
image: mookychick.

How do you keep cool during the summer? Tweet or Instagram us at @glitter_blog_xo.

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drink and an app.

Happy Thursday, glitter girls!

As promised, here are two of our go-to recipes for the season. Maybe one day we’ll be obligated trusted to cook the Thanksgiving meal. Until then, we’ll contribute an appetizer and/or cocktail. Those are kinda our specialties anyway. Here goes!

Rosemary Martini

Rosemary Martini
we’ll be making these on thanksgiving thursday.

Yum, yum, yum. Rosemary definitely feels like fall to us…and martinis are appropriate all year long. Recipe reprinted from A Martini Always Helps. Well, it does.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz rosemary simple syrup
  • splash of lemon juice

Method

Shake in a martini shaker with ice and pour into a martini glass that’s been rimmed with lemon juice, sugar and finely chopped rosemary. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.Makes one.

*To make rosemary simple syrup, bring to a boil in a saucepan 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 4 fresh rosemary sprigs. Boil one minute, or until sugar is dissolved and then let stand for 30 minutes off the stove. Pour through a strainer to remove the rosemary bits and chill for four hours in an airtight container. (You can store it up for up to a month.)

Mod Cheese Log

Mod Cheese Log
chevre + pumpkinseeds = holiday appetizer bliss.

This is an easy, elegant upgrade from the old-school cheese ball.

Ingredients

  • 1 5oz log goat cheese/chevre
  • 1/2 tsp canola or corn oil
  • 3/4 cup raw pumpkinseeds
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 tsbp pumpkinseed oil
  • crackers (we like sweet wheat crackers)

Method

Let cheese come to room temperature. Place a small skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes; add canola or corn oil and pumpkinseeds. Toss for a minute, then season with salt and pepper. Once seeds have popped but are still green, transfer to a plate; let cool.  Roll cheese in seeds to coat. Drizzle with pumpkinseed oil and serve with crackers.

What’s your favorite holiday appetizer or cocktail? Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo.

XOXO

L+J

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