Eat + Drink

cranberry orange bread.

Happy Wednesday, glitter girls!

We hope you all had a fantastic New Year’s holiday. Here at the Glitter Life, we’re easing back into regular blogging mode after a few weeks of slacking off. Let’s start with an easy recipe from L. This Cranberry Orange Bread meets all our baking criteria: it’s relatively healthy, pretty much fool-proof and wraps up beautifully. File this away for homemade Christmas gifts next year!

Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread
recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.


  • 2 1/3 cups Bisquick Heart Smart® mix (I used regular Bisquick)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup skim milk (I used 2%, whatever)
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel (plan on using at least 2 oranges)
  • 5 egg whites or 3/4 cup fat-free egg product
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped (put them in a food processor and pulse once or twice–chopping cranberries by hand is TEDIOUS)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons orange juice


Heat oven to 375°F. Generously grease bottom of 9×5-inch loaf pan. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick® mix, granulated sugar, sour cream, oil, milk, orange peel and egg whites until moistened. Stir in cranberries. Pour into pan.

Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and top crust is deep golden brown. Cool 15 minutes. Loosen sides of loaf from pan; remove from pan and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

Before serving, stir powdered sugar and orange juice until smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle over bread.

Makes 1 loaf (about 24 slices).
I made this for Christmas morning, and it was a hit. I actually made it several days before and wrapped it tightly in Saran Wrap after cooling it. Per the recipe’s claim, it tasted great three days later. Just unwrap, glaze and go. For gifts, wrap first in Saran Wrap, then in butcher or kraft paper. Don’t glaze–it tastes great without. Tie on a pretty ribbon, and voila. Homemade goodness.
Wrapped Bread
image from Citi Babes.
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classic champagne cocktail.

Happy New Year’s Eve, glitter girls!

No matter what your NYE plans entail (black tie event, oyster roast, just hanging at the house), you can work a classic champagne cocktail in there somewhere. Maybe it’s your pre-game drink; maybe it’s what you toast at midnight. Either way, here’s how to dress up a basic bottle of bubbly.

Champagne Cocktail
sparkly stirrer required.
Champagne Cocktail
recipe and photos courtesy of one of our fave websites, The Glitter Guide.


  • Chilled champagne
  • Sugar cubes
  • Lemon peels
  • Angostura bitters


Place one sugar cube in the bottom of each champagne glass and top with chilled champagne. Add 3-5 dashes of bitters (depending on your taste–take it easy the first time) and garnish with a lemon peel. Insert sparkly stirrer and enjoy!

Working on NYE? Need a little something for your co-workers? A party favor for tonight? Try this with a champagne split/paper straw/ribbon!


Hope you all have a fantastic New Year’s holiday. Be sure to tweet us pics @glitter_blog_xo! We’ll return on Wednesday with a re-cap of our NYE festivities and a list of ideas for New Year’s resolutions. Eeek!



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