Monthly Archives: December 2014

10 Favorite At-Home New Years Eve Party Ideas

In recent years, hubby and I have kept our New Years Eve celebrations fairly low key, opting to spend the time with small groups of family and friends. This year will be no different; New Years falls between two big trips (just got home from Cancun and we leave in a week-ish for California … yay!), so an at-home celebration is the way to go. For those of you who are still undecided on your plans, perhaps throwing together a spontaneous soiree is just the ticket? I’ve rounded up some of the best inspiration out there for planning the perfect at-home NYE party.

Any fun plans for the 31st?


Baked Crème Brûlée French Toast {RECIPE}


I can’t take credit for finding this incredible recipe.  My mom (the most amazing cook I know) has been using this recipe for years … for as many family brunches as I can remember, my mom breaks out the well-worn photocopy of this Crème Brûlée french toast recipe and makes magic.  The recipe actually originated from the Inn at Sunrise Point in Camden, Maine, widely known for this decadent brunch dish. This Baked Crème Brûlée French Toast is also the perfect New Years morning brunch recipe, because it’s the kind of thing you can make a huge tray of the night before, and have an amazing warm brunch come morning.

Crème Brûlée itself is a French dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel, mix that together with toasty buttery french toast made with thick and chewy baguette or challah (egg bread), and you have yourself one winning brunch recipe. The dish is put together in a casserole – the french toast soaks up the rich Crème Brûlée sauce (buttery, sugary, and warm) and the bottom of the french toast slices caramelize; the top toasts to just the right eggy crisp-ness. This is caramelized heaven in a casserole.

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Baked Crème Brûlée French Toast

Serves 6.


1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1 large challah, unsliced (bakery/store-bought works great) (can also use a 9-inch round loaf country style bread or French baguette, but we’re partial to challah)
5 large eggs
1 ½ cups half-and-half or heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon Grand Marnier or Amaretto
¼ teaspoon salt
Cinnamon (to taste)
Nutmeg (to taste)


In a small heavy saucepan melt the butter with the brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring until smooth.  Once smooth, pour into a 13×9 casserole/baking dish.  Cut six one-inch thick slices from center of the bread (skip the ends as they’re hard to place in the dish).  Arrange slices of bread in one layer at the bottom of the baking dish and in the butter/sugar sauce, squeezing the bread slightly to fit.

In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half or heavy cream, vanilla, Grand Marnier or Amaretto, and salt, until well-combined, and pour evenly over the bread.  Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over the top.  Chill bread mixture, covered, for at least 8 hours and up to one day.  (This allows everything to get absorbed and really come together.)

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F and bring bread mixture to room temperature.

Bake bread mixture, uncovered, in the middle of the oven until the dish looks puffed and the edges are pale golden, about 35 to 40 minutes.

Serve the dish warm.  Enjoy!

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Little Love Notes


Happy Friday, everyone! Can you believe the Holidays are behind us and the New Year is just days away? I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by. I mean, I had a baby this year! We’re still in Cancun – leaving tomorrow – and then it’s back to reality (with a big trip to California in just a few weeks time.) How was your holiday? Any big New Years Eve plans?

And with that, a few little love notes …

Dear frequent flier, which airplane seat you choose says a lot about you. (I’m an aisle seat on my own and a middle seat with my family … how about you?)

Dear funny reads, one writer tries to lose a guy in 10 days. Here’s what really happens.

Dear new year goals, 15 career tips from smart women (for ultimate butt-kicking.)

Dear Winter beauty picks, a guide to the best Winter nail polish shades.

Dear Instagram crushes, this NY-based feed is 100% worth the follow.

Dear new year design dreaming, this blogger’s home is subtle and sweet and I love it.

Dear wishlist, brass chairs – added.

Dear adorable illustrations, so cute.

Dear weekend snacking, chocolate-filled frozen raspberriesyum.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here.

Image via Park & Cube // Photography: KrisAtomic


Happy Holidays!

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I hope you all are having a perfect Holiday season! We wrapped up Chanukah last night here in Mexico and tonight we’re headed to a great big Christmas dinner – can’t wait. So many fun pictures to follow. (Plus, plenty of Cancun snaps over on my Instagram, @glitterinclexi).

Enjoy your families and friends and Happy Holidays!

Image via Style at Home // Photography: Janis Nicolay


Marbled Peppermint Bark {Recipe}

One of my hubby’s favorite holiday treats is peppermint bark; you know the type – the chocolate pieces with a hint of crunchy mint candy cane topping that often come in a tin and make everyone’s day. Here’s the really great part, peppermint bark is fairly simple to make and oh so good. With the holidays just days away, this peppermint bark is an easy and incredibly sweet gift to throw together and also makes a great addition to any holiday dessert table. Enjoy!

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1 (12 oz) bag of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
½ (12 oz bag) of white chocolate chips
3-4 crushed candy canes
1 tsp. coconut oil (optional)

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Crush the candy canes into small pieces, and melt the chocolate chips in separate bowls (with about ½ tsp. of coconut oil in each to add shine). Spread an even, thick layer of the semi-sweet/dark chocolate onto the parchment paper, forming a large rectangle. Then, dollop on the melted white chocolate and swirl it in with a spoon. Finally, sprinkle on the crushed candy canes. Place the baking sheet into the freezer for 10 minutes, until solid. Slice the bark into pieces with a knife, or break apart by hand.

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Special thanks to Rachel of Sugar-Coated Inspiration for this amazing recipe!


Packing List: Cancun

You guessed it, we’re headed to Cancun for the holidays! So happy for the break, the sunshine, and a few extra helping hands (thanks, family!) I’m only mostly embarrassed that we have to escape to a foreign country to get a little beach-time (we do live in Miami, after all.) But the truth is, an escape, with plenty of R&R, is just what we need. I’ll be popping in on the blog throughout the next two weeks, and I’m sure I’ll be sharing a few fun vacation recaps, but until then, follow along on Instagram (@glitterinclexi) and check out my Cancun packing list. Until then, Happy Holidays!

Shop my Packing List: Isabel Marant Étoile Enery Fringe Dress // Valley Eyewear A Dead Coffin Club Sunglasses Snow Leopard Tort/Black // Otte New York Alexis Hat // Jonathan Adler Stamps Passport Case // Clare V. Supreme Flat Clutch // Rag & Bone Crosby Card Case // Splendid Racer Tank // Hugo Guinness for J.Crew blah blah case for iPhone® // What Goes Around Comes Around Vintage Chanel Coin Charm Bracelet // Free People Cascading Petal Short // Marysia Bikini // Tory Burch Thora Sandal // Free People Dress // Scotch & Soda Long Cardigan // Sophie Hulme Bucket Bag // Clover Canyon Floral Garden Top // Otte New York Lace Short // Aurelie Bidermann Vintage Lace Cuff // Converse All Star ’70S Sneakers // AZUMI & DAVID
Style Clutch Bag // Joie a la Plage Socoa Sandal // Theory Hard Graft Hang Camera Strap // MCM Large Weekender Bag