Glitter & Pearls


This + That – Citrus

That incredible-looking cake is actually inspired by Stella McCartney’s spring collection; Apollina created this Stella Cake (a Citrus Cake with Lemon Curd Filling and Orange Lemon Icing) with the collection in mind.

Image Board created by: Glitter & Pearls // Images: 1 featuring the citrus-print blouse by Stella McCartney // 2 // 3

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Last Minute Valentine

This year, Valentine’s day sort of bit me on the butt.  Pardon my French.  And I’m a tad rattled about it being so early on in the marriage, sans romantic love day plans.  But you see, last Valentine’s day, only a few short months into our marriage, I went and got sick.  Surgery, couture wearing, hospital sick.  So this Valentine’s Day, I told myself, we’ll have a perfectly romantic well-thought-out evening.  (And yes, to me, romance, is generally thought-out.  I’m not a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl — can’t you just hear Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman saying that?  Type-A, all the way.)  But I digress.  And then it was Tuesday … the 14th … of February.  And I had no plans.  So here we are.

Be My Valentine Homemade Pizza Recipe:  If I have time, I will definitely be trying this tonight.  (The recipe even calls for refrigerated pizza crust – my kind of easy.)  If not, it’s good old circular (greasy) pizza for the hubs.

Etched Vino Decanters:  Oh so pretty; however, ours will come in a bottle.  Hey, at least it’s not a box.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream:  These have been on my to-do list for months.  Here’s to another year … on the to-do list.

Also on my to-do list – sweet card, cut-out newspaper hearts, and the world’s most phenomenal tent/fort/hybrid.  I coo-ed over that tent last Valentine’s Day, and this year is no exception.**  Only this month, I’ll be recreating said tent with towels, stacks of pillows, hair ties, and broom.  I’m willing to bet on disaster.

If all of this falls through, I’m taking my man to Waffle House.  (Seriously, major fast food chains are offering romantic Valentine’s Day packages, complete with candlelight and tater tots.)

Tent, Hearts, + Card via the ever-talented: Justina Blakeney for Design*Sponge

** Sadly – last year – once I read fishing line and screw hooks, I retired from fancy fort-making.  My brilliant plan that time, “I’m going to sit on my sofa with a blanket over my head.”



Ladders In The Kitchen
December 1, 2011, 10:52 am
Filed under: Design, in the KItchen | Tags: , , ,

I dream of someday having a kitchen spacious enough (and well-stocked enough) to requisite a rolling wall ladder. Then again, it could get awkward as I glide across the walls belting out, “Beauty and the Beeeeaaassttt.”

Images via Pinterest



Friday Link Love
October 28, 2011, 11:04 am
Filed under: DIY, in the KItchen, Link Love, Tickled Silly

Like most of the world, I LOVE Halloween!  And as the Halloween-inspired posts roll in, I can’t help but smile.  I hope these do the same for you.

Allure goes straight to the makeup artists to give their best lessons for Halloween looks, and most of the inexpensive makeup looks are fairly easy to do.  #BecauseItsOkayToWaitUntilTheLastMinuteToComeUpWithAHalloweenCostume

For a chic Halloween costume alternative, Glitter-n-Glue’s got you covered.  Check out this DIY glitter skull sweatshirt – this piece combines all of my favorite things: DIY, glitter, skulls (because I think I’m punk), and sweatshirt forgiveness so that I can unabashedly consume Halloween treats.  An all around win.

This article had me laughing out loud.  Also, eerily true.  ‘Turning Tricks-for-Treats – the Most Inappropriate Kid Costumes on Sale This Halloween.

Devilish Halloween Black Velvet Layer Cake.  #JustificationForTheSweatshirt

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Easy Vegetable Soup
September 10, 2011, 1:55 pm
Filed under: in the KItchen | Tags: , , , ,

We’ve all been there – it’s the end of the week, you’ve splurged two, three or seven times since Monday, you know it’s time to start eating better, and alas, your refrigerator is mostly empty … and you’re starving.

I’m a huge soup fan, and as surprising as this may sound … making soup is relatively easy, and extremely low calorie.

I make vegetable soup when my refrigerator is running terrifyingly on empty.

So here goes nothing …

Ingredients

  • small onion
  • garlic cloves
  • fresh veggies (all I had was carrots … I also love green beans and mushrooms)
  • canned beans
  • canned stewed tomatoes
  • canned tomato paste or sauce
  • canned corn
  • frozen veggies (I had frozen broccoli and peas … yippee!)
  • chicken broth or chicken stock cubes

Directions

  • saute diced onions and garlic in a little olive oil until clear-ish/brown (or Pam for non-fat soup … though a little olive oil never hurt anyone, IMHO)
  • throw in any raw veggies (again, all I had was carrots)
  • stir in canned stewed tomatoes
  • add water/chicken stock cubes or chicken broth (I used the tomato can and poured roughly 4 cans of water with 2 chicken stock cubes)
  • throw in canned beans and all veggies
  • let simmer for a good 30 minutes or more

My husband, who swears he hates tomatoes finished two bowls of this soup.

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Win Friends and Influence People Cookies
April 11, 2011, 10:52 pm
Filed under: GLAMOUR, in the KItchen

I recently got my very own copy of Glamour Magazine’s 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know:  Engagement Chicken and 99 Other Fabulous Dishes to Get You Everything You Want in Life.  Written by Cindi Leive, the editor-in-chief of Glamour, this cookbook is chock full of Glamour‘s most-loved, best-reviewed dishes, all designed to get you exactly what you want in life, exactly when you want it. And the best part:  all of the recipes are written with your real life and real needs in mind, a.k.a., not too tricky.

My first target:  “Win Friends and Influence People Cookies.”  The title won me over.  The cookies won everyone else over.

My attempt in pictures …

And the end result – ooey gooey perfection.  Although, the batter was so incredible I was hardly inclined to bake these.  But upon baking (and much to my hubby’s dismay – who 5 minutes into the process had chocolate batter all over his hands and face … he’s 28), the final product was perfection.  Seriously, these cookies could win over the wicked witch of the west.

Win Friends and Influence People Cookies, the Recipe:

Makes about 48 cookies

1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 & 1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup), softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 & 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
One 12-ounce package semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.  Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, with a mixer on high speed, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.  Mix in the vanilla until combined.  Add the flour mixture and combine thoroughly.  Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
  5. Drop rounded tablespoons of the mixture onto un-greased baking sheets about 2 inches apart.  Bake for about 8 minutes, until puffy and the bottoms are golden brown.  Let cool on baking sheets about 2 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.


Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread
April 6, 2011, 12:24 am
Filed under: in the KItchen

Warning – nothing about this post complies with your diet, workout routine, or vow to avoid snacks over 10,000 calories.  But none of those things matter to me, because I got married 5 months ago and my wedding dress no longer eyes me down like I’m a traitor every time I open the refrigerator door.  Marriage is bliss.

Ever since I laid eyes on this cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread, I sensed the connection (blame Joy the baker).  The bread spoke to me.  It said – bake me.  And like a bad girlfriend, I ignored the bread.  But not for any health reasons of course (again, dress in box all tucked away).  I’m just so dang busy.  But this weekend’s goal – bake said bread, eat said bread, possibly share with husband.

(Naturally, Joy the baker provided exceptionally easy step-by-step and picture-by-picture instructions so as to keep us from thinking, “nah, that looks too difficult … I’m not much of a baker.”  Seriously, this is easy.  Blame Joy.  It deflects calories.)