The Best of G&M 2015

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How’s everyone feelin’ after the holiday? Full of food and love, we hope! We’ve got another short week ahead of us, and it will officially be 2016, what whatttt? We’re feelin’ excited about this new year, thinking of all of the projects, adventures and fun we’re going to have both in life and on the blog. We’ve also have been reflecting back on this past year, which has been full of posts that we’re very proud of. Reminisce with us for a moment and check out our favorite posts of 2015


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Boho Picnic
(Which got us featured on the Clogs Girls of the Day tumblr 2 times! Here & here


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Being featured on The Dinner Special Podcast
What an opportunity to talk with Gabriel Soh from The Dinner Special Podcast about our love of food (pizza especially) and our blog backstory.


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Travel Posts!
We were really lucky to travel to some great places in 2015 – Vermont, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, Old Lyme, Portsmouth & NYC.


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Easter Gift Bag DIY
This is still one of our favorite DIYs to date! We loved the pastels, fun stamps and delicious treats!


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Flourless Peanut Butter Blondies
Collaborating with our friend Lauren is such fun, and these flourless blondies were no exception.


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Artist Profile: Tara Shupe
Loved learning about the creative process of this talented little lady!


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Corn Salad
A perfect easy app to share with friends!


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Metallic Nail Art
DIY nail art to keep your style lookin’ on fleek


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Dining Chair Reupholstery
A quick afternoon project to update your furniture


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Pumpkin Pecan Muffins
Because muffins.


We hope you enjoyed the blog this year as much as us, and we’re looking forward to whatever 2016 brings! ❤ xo

 

 

Father’s Day 2015

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Why are Dads so difficult to shop for?? They’re such simple people with simple desires, and that makes it tough to find them a good gift. The key for Dad is getting him something that he’ll actually use, hence all of the food related items. Then there’s also the practical items, like the grill thermometer and stretching band (my Pop is always complaining about his hamstrings and calves), and of course personal items for things that strike his interest, like movies and books. Hope our finds help to inspire you in your gift hunt before Sunday!


01. iDevices iGrill2
02. Men in Green by Michael Bamberger
03. Popcorn Seasoning Set
04. Dijon Black Truffle Mustard
05. Jurassic World movie tickets
06. iPhone 6 Battery Case
07. Stretching Band and Booklet


 

Simple Seasonal Decor

Now that we’re a whopping three days into December, we have minimal time to get that seasonal decor up around our apartments. Since none of us have the time (or electric bill means) to deck-out our home exteriors with lights… we’re down for some simple inside DIYs to make things festive!

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Do you guys ever find yourself getting annoyed when you just want to make a traditional baked good? I feel like every time I search for something simple like “banana bread” or “blueberry muffins” I get results like “rolled oat banana bread with cream cheese filling” or “greek yogurt vanilla bean blueberry muffins.” While I’m all about playing around with recipes, sometimes I just want something simple, ya know?

So on this chilly weekend, my roommates and I decided to make the kind of chocolate chip cookies your grandma makes. Chewy in the middle, crispy on the edges, and no Mediterranean pink sea-salt flakes in sight.

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Ingredients

1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips or chunks

 

To Make
(serves about 30 cookies)

01. Preheat oven to 375 degress

02. Mix butter, shortening, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla together.

03. Add in eggs, blend well.

04. Stir in flour by hand, then baking soda, and chocolate chips

05. Bake for 9-10 minutes until the edges become golden.

06. Allow to sit on baking sheet for ten minutes before moving to a cooling rack

07. Dip in milk, and enjoy!

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We Heart Braids

We’re pretty much braid people year-round, but something about the end of summer/yearning for fall amplifies our love of braids. Reg knows her way around a crown braid, and one of these days we’ll do a tutorial, but today we’ll just admire other people’s hair genius.

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Love Want Need // Lipstick & Headbands

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Now that we’re all (hopefully) getting a little summer color/glow on our faces, we usually feel the need to wear a little less make up – and doesn’t it feel good! But there are still days we want to add a little flair without going overboard, and the perfect way to do that is to get your hair out of your face & sass up those lips. Go easy on the eye make up and accessories, and you’ll feel fresh and ready to go. We’re loving these bright lip colors paired with headbands — go casual, hip, or glam.

Love // Twisted Headwrap // Pink Moisturizing Gloss

Want // Metallic & Suede Headband // Poppy Lip & Cheek Oil

Need // Eyelet Headband // Hibiscus Colour Balm 

Almond & Raisin Soda Bread

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I found out about soda bread through my roommate Sarah who’s an avid baker. Traditionally an Irish bread, she usually only makes it around St. Patricks day and thinks I’m strange for making it any time besides in March. However, I basically see soda bread as a gigantic biscuit, and in my eyes, biscuits are a year-round weekend treat. This easy-to-make bread (or biscuit) is wonderful sliced and toasted with some butter smeared on it.

Ingredients:

– 2 cups of all purpose flour (you can also do 1 cup all purpose, 1 cup white whole wheat)

– 1 tsp baking soda

– 1/2 tsp baking powder

– 1 tsp salt

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 1/2 egg, whisked

– 1 cup buttermilk *if you don’t have buttermilk, see notes below for an easy how-to*

– 1/4 cup raisins (I used both golden and California)

– 1/4 cup slivered almonds

To make:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a baking sheet or cover it with parchment paper

2. Set raisins aside in a bowl of warm water to plump while prepping the dough

3. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon

4. Combine buttermilk and egg in a separate bowl with whisk

5. Make a well with the dry ingredients, and slowly add in buttermilk mixture.

6. Once dough is mostly mixed, add the almonds and drained raisins. Because this dough is extremely sticky, I find this last step easiest to mix with my hand. Only use one hand, so the other is free to grab the baking sheet.

7. Place the dough in the center of the baking sheet. It’s going to look a little funny because it’s a giant lump, but that’s normal.

8. Bake for 30-35 minutes until completely golden. Stick the center with a knife all the way through, it should come out clean.

Slice, smear, and enjoy.

* To make buttermilk – simply add 1 tbsp of white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of regular milk. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes before using to bake.