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weekend wrap-up: holiday edition

Hi hi hi, glitter girls!

WOW, what a whirlwind of a holiday. We hope you all enjoyed as much time with friends/family as we did. L and I were both in Augusta for Thanksgiving (both sets of parents live there), and then we each had a few adventures on our own. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

L: The Joes and I enjoyed a wonderful Turkey Day dinner at the Augusta Country Club (fantastic food, and no dishes for L’s mom!). After a nice afternoon with family, Joe headed back to Statesboro while Baby Joe and I relaxed in Augusta. We loved having brunch and doing a little shopping at one of our favorite shopping centers on Saturday with my mom. On our way back home to Statesboro, we stopped by Locos to see Big Joe and watch the University of Georgia stomp Georgia Tech. Go Dawgs!

J: With Jay and Romeo in tow, we left for Augusta on Wednesday night and spent Thanksgving with my family on Thursday. On Friday, we decided to break up our trip back to Atlanta by stopping at Lake Oconee. We enjoyed a laid-back night drinking cocktails and roasting marshmallows at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation. Their holiday decor is BEYOND! We finally made it home yesterday, and I enjoyed brunch with some of my favorite ladies at West Egg Cafe.

Of course, we wouldn’t be glitter girls if we hadn’t met up for drinks on Friday. L, J and Jay reunited at Bar Oliviana, a cute new Italian place that J’s brother Thomas helped open.

Baby Joe
Baby Joe is ready for his close-up.
Romeo
too much turkey for Romes…
Baby Joe Starbucks
enjoying a misto (L) and some cheerios (Baby Joe) at Starbucks on Black Friday morning.
Linen Napkins
seeing these beautifully monogrammed linen napkins at Design Images & Gifts inspired L to personalize her plain ones.
L and J
reunited and it feels so good. yes, the bar is empty. it was early, okay?
Jen + Jay
J and Jay after dinner at Linger Longer Steakhouse.
West Egg
some of my favorite gals after brunch at West Egg Cafe.

OH! Exciting news! Our loyal reader, JFAV, is engaged! It all went down on the 7th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Course. Congrats to JFAV and Dan!

Engagement Ring
SO PRETTY! nails AND ring. 😉

We hope you all had a fantastic weekend with your family and friends. Tweet us your pics @glitter_blog_xo!

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L+J

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black friday cookies.

Black Friday Cookies
how delicious do these look!?

Happy Black Friday, glitter girls! We know some of you have been up since the *crack* of dawn. Let’s re-fuel with these delicious cookies shall we?

Chewy Gooey Flourless Chocolate Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 14 min

Nicknamed “Black Friday Cookies,” these treats can be mixed up and baked rather quickly to enjoy after a long day of shopping on Black Friday.

Ingredients:

3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 to 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper (or silpat mats). If you use parchment paper, give it a light swoosh of nonstick spray.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together powdered sugar with cocoa powder and salt. Whisk in egg whites (start w/ just two) and vanilla extract and beat just until the batter is moistened. You’re looking for a brownie-like, thick and fudgy batter consistency. If it seems too thick, add another egg white– then a 4th one if it still seems too thick. Gently stir in chocolate chips.

3. Spoon batter onto the prepared baking sheets in 12 evenly spaced mounds per cookie sheet. I like to use a spring-release cookie scoop. Bake about 14 minutes, until the tops are glossy and lightly cracked. Slide the parchment paper (with the cookies) onto wire racks. Let cookies cool completely, and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Tips:

*If you’re baking this as a “gluten-free” recipe, just make sure that the brand of chocolate chips you are using is gluten free.
*Let the cookies cool completely before you attempt to remove them from the mat or the parchment. They’re delicate, so gently peeling the paper away from the cookie works best.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Francois Payard’s Chocolate Epiphany )

 

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J+L

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black friday energy bars.

Alright, glitter girls…the countdown has begun. Is your route planned out? Coupons and secret codes at the ready? Shopping list in hand?

Great! Sounds like you’re ready for Black Friday. Make sure you’re fueled for the most important shopping day of the year with these easy, make-ahead energy bars from Quick Dish.

Black Friday Energy Bar
it’s Black Friday. it’s hardcore shopping. today is your day.

Ingredients

  • 1 packet Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookie Mix
  • 1/2 cup butter OR coconut oil, softened
  • 1  egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried golden raisins
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips OR white chocolate chips, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cookie mix, butter or oil, egg, and water. Mix together until a thick dough forms.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients (except the cinnamon chips). Mix well.
  4. Press the dough into an 9×11″ pan which has been generously greased and floured. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the cookies are completely baked through and the edges are deep golden brown.
  5. Cool completely before turning the pan out onto a clean wooden cutting board. Slice all the edges off with a sharp knife, then cut the remaining pieces into 9-12 large rectangles.
  6. Place the melted cinnamon or white chocolate chips into a zip-top baggie. Snip the corner from the bag, then pipe a drizzle of the melted chips over the top of each rectangle. Allow to harden before storing.
  7. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days. Eat on the go for extra energy and enjoy!

Bring your A game this Black Friday.

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J + L

PS – The rest of the shopping world won’t know this until tomorrow…but you can use the secret code BLACKFRIDAY to take 25% off any order (plus free shipping for any orders over $75) on Shop Social Dish, today through Sunday. The first ten online orders will also receive a super-cute FREEBIE!

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