Happy Weekend!

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Happy Friday, loves! Well this week flew by, dang. And as we mentioned before, we have busy busy weekends ahead! But we’re not complainin’, the work week is almost over.

Can we talk about those dope sneakers for a moment? We’re feeling the spring closet itch, we want new everything – shoes, skirts, dresses, bags – you name it, we want it. Something about this crisp spring air invites the need for new clothes, ha. But we’re also trying to be good with our money, so we gotta stay strong, think about inventing new outfit combinations. Any tips for revitalizing your closet in the spring without breaking your budget? xo G&M


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Happy Weekend!

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This weekend is going to be glorious! Great weather and fun times ahead. Reg is celebrating her roomie Liz’s birthday, and Christa is going to be in NYC visiting her college gal pal, Brit.

What do you all have planned? Hope it’s a good one! xo G&M


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Espresso Peppermint Brownies

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If there’s one weakness I have, it’s dense delicious fudgy brownies. And in case you didn’t know, Dec. 8th is National Brownie Day, so we decided to pay our tribute. This recipe is pretty much as simple as homemade brownies get, and most certainly a crowd pleaser.


For the brownies:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • eggs, lightly whisked
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)

For the topping:

  • 4 large candy canes

To make:

Preheat oven to 350 and set aside an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper.

In a heat-safe bowl, combine 1 cup of your chocolate chips (save the rest to add to the batter), butter, and oil, and place over a small pot of boiling water.

Once fully melted and slightly cooled, combine in a stand (or hand) mixer with your sugars. Mix well, then add espresso, vanilla, and eggs. Add your flour and salt mixture and blend until just mixed. Fold in your chocolate chips.

Place in the oven for 30-35 minutes.

While baking, prepare your peppermint topping. *Warning, this part is loud*

Place your candy canes into a plastic baggie, removing the air, and adding into a second baggie. With a rolling pin or hammer, gently break your candy into pieces.

Once your brownies have five minutes left in the oven, remove and sprinkle on the candy. Place back in the oven and finish baking.


Recipe adapted from Food 52

Happy Weekend!

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How pretty are those puppies up there? We want ourselves some figgy fizziness and we want it now. What are you guys up to this weekend? Christa will be traveling in Cali with her bae, while I’ll be supporting my recent addiction to American Horror Story. There’s also the possibility of taking a day trip with my roomies on Sunday to check out the fall foliage. We aren’t sure where yet, but I’ll keep ya posted. Have a beautiful weekend, all!

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4th of July Food

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Seriously though, what is this weather?? We’re very much hoping that New England is just getting this rain out of it’s system before the weekend, because we want sunshine! We have activities on the brain, and rain just doesn’t go along with any of them. One thing, however, that we know that our weekends will certainly be full of is wonderful food. We’ve got the whole shebang here to inspire your kickoff to summer— apps, dogs, and dessert — woot!


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Happy Weekend!

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Did you guys know that tomorrow is National Rosé Day?? We’re awfully excited, because nothing says “I’m a fancy person enjoying this delightful weather” quite the way a nice cold crisp glass of rosé does. Enjoy, and have a great weekend, everyone!

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Happy Weekend!

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Well, it was a short week, but it sure didn’t feel like it! Reg has been tackling her move into the new place (yay!), and Christa has had a lot of exciting Connecticut Art Directors Club things going on this week and weekend. We’re just excited for a couple days off from work to tackle house projects, hang with friends and take it easy.

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Happy Weekend!

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Morning all! Not sure about you guys, but we are so ready for this weekend to get started. This week felt extra long, probably because the weather was beautiful and we were cooped up indoors. Hope you all have a great couple of days, see you on Monday!

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Happy Weekend!

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Why hello! So, it’s Friday, and thank goodness. This week was a doozy for us, and we’re looking forward to taking a couple of days for ourselves. Reading in the park, anyone?

Have a great weekend! xo, G&M

 

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Happy Weekend!

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So I guess it’s peony season! What bad bloggers we are for not knowing and posting instagrams the second we found out (don’t worry, they’ll be there shortly…)! I hope this picture will do until then! Besides that, we hope you all have a wonderful 3 day weekend- basking in the sun, eating too many hot dogs & catching up with friends. Happy {almost} Memorial Day (and weekend!) everyone! xo G&M

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