caramelized onion dip.

From L:

Football season is upon us. Since we’re not quite ready to tailgate, I spent last Saturday evening watching football at home and eating the whole bowl having a ladylike taste of this Caramelized French Onion Dip by Atlanta blogger Waiting on Martha. Paired with store-bought kettle-cooked chips, it’s just the sort of easy-yet-impressive-enough-for company (or the group tailgate) snack I adore.

Note: Because I really, really love onions, I did some tweaking to the original recipe. If you (or your SO) are not of similar mind, you may want to use one fewer onion.

What You Need:

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Vidalia or other sweet yellow onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cup sour cream (use low-fat if you like)
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 tbsp Williams Sonoma Garlic & Herb French Fry Seasoning (I couldn’t find this, so I used Cajun Seasoning…I think you could use any savory seasoning mix)
  • 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • kettle cooked potato chips (I prefer Lay’s Reduced Fat Kettle Cooked chips)

What You Do:

  • In a Dutch oven or heavy saucepan, heat the butter and olive oil until melted. Saute the onions and garlic until soft and brown, about 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Once cool, chop up mixture and set aside.
  • In the meantime, mix the sour cream, chives and all seasonings.
  • Add caramelized onions and mix thoroughly.
  • Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Garnish with chives and serve with kettle cooked chips.
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i may or may not have eaten the entire bag of kettle-cooked chips.

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.

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.

The Glitter Life Waiting on Martha

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.

The Glitter Life Pink Peonies

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.
The Glitter Life Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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.

The Glitter Life Bedding

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.

The Glitter Life Nuevo Laredo

nuevo laredo, an atlanta staple.

friday five: calendar girls.

Happy Friday, glitter girls!

Remember how good it felt to shop for school supplies at the beginning of the school year? New notebooks, binders, pens, markers…everything is crisp and new, full of possibility. “Seventh grade is going to be the BEST. YEAR. EVER.”

J and I are well past the age of looking for the perfect unicorn Trapper Keeper. Instead, we experience the school-supplies high in December when we buy our calendars and planners for the next year. All those blank pages get us excited for the coming year. What will we do? Where will we go? Eeeek! 2013 is going to be the BEST. YEAR. EVER.

Today’s Friday Five: our top five calendar picks.

Kate Spade 2013 Planner

i’ve used a Kate Spade planner for ten years. gorgeous illustrations, witty text. my fave.

Lemonade Paperie Calendar 2013

we’re obsessed with this printable mini-calendar ($7!!!) by Lemonade Paperie. the company will also print it for you–AND ADD GLITTER–for a small up-charge. SOLD, duh.

Ines De La Fressange Parisian Chic Calendar

oh, how we idolize Ines de la Fressange. this adorable “Parisian Chic” weekly planner featuring her drawings (and fashion advice!) is as close as we will ever get to her.

Paper Source 2013 Wall Art Calendar

if you’re into wall calendars, you can’t beat the graphic design of this one by Paper Source. a handy list of ideas for reusing the pages is included.

Raspberry Kate Desk Calendar

you can’t write on it, but we love this pretty desk calendar from Waiting on Martha. like something Aerin Lauder would use, no?

What gets you fired up for the new year? Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo

Have a fantastic weekend–stay tuned for our pics!

XO

L+J