Be My Galentine: Celebrating Badass Female Friendship

Be My Galentine: Celebrating Badass Female Friendship

by Alicia Clancy, Samantha Farrar

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Overview

From Girl Squads to Galentine's Day, female friendships have reached a new level of awesome. Gone are the days of competition and backstabbing (well, mostly)--female empowerment is in and it's here to stay! This illustrated book aims to highlight the positive nature of friendship between women with a little bit of charm, and a whole lot of sass, and offers fun extras like recipes and themes that can take your girls' dates to the next level! Celebrate your best friends, your soul sisters, your gal pals, your partners-in-crime with this humorous gift book, and make every day feel like Galentine's Day! Because let's face it, fabulous friendships deserve to be celebrated all year round!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250130860
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 16 MB
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About the Author

Alicia Clancy graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in English Literature, and moved immediately to NYC, where she began her career in book publishing. She lives in Hoboken, NJ with her husband and her cattle dog puppy, Whiskey.

Samantha Farrar studied Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati and now lives in Union City, NJ. She has devoted her life to her husband, her dog, of course, her art.


Alicia Clancy graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in English Literature, and moved immediately to NYC, where she began her career in book publishing. She lives in Hoboken, NJ with her husband and her cattle dog puppy, Whiskey. She is the author of Be My Galentine.
Samantha Farrar studied Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati and now lives in Union City, NJ. She has devoted her life to her husband, her dog, and of course, her art.

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Be My Galentine

Celebrating Badass Female Friendship


By Alicia Clancy, Samantha Farrar

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2017 Alicia Clancy
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-250-13086-0



CHAPTER 1

FRIENDS WHO PEE TOGETHER STAY TOGETHER.

Gal pals don't care if your apartment is messy. They only care if you have wine.

THANKS FOR SWIPING LEFT ON ALL THOSE TINDER GUYS MY THIRD GLASS OF WINE TOLD ME TO SWIPE RIGHT ON.

Thanks for teaching me the rule of association: We are hungry. Swimsuit models are hungry. Therefore, we are swimsuit models.

THANKS FOR BEING ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE I WANT TO DRINK WITH RATHER THAN ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO MAKES ME WANT TO DRINK.


SANGRIA FOR THE SEASONS


WINTER SANGRIA


White Cranberry Sangria

2 bottles pinot grigio
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 cup diced red apples
sprig of rosemary
2 cups sparkling apple cider


1 In a large bowl, combine the wine and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.

2 Add the cranberries, apples, and rosemary and refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.

3 Remove from the refrigerator and add the sparkling apple cider. Serve in glasses over ice.


Pomegranate-Cinnamon

Sangria 2 bottles red wine
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 pear, diced
cinnamon stick
2 cups Sprite


1 In a large bowl, combine the wine, brandy, and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.

2 Add the pomegranate seeds, pear, and cinnamon and refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.

3 Remove from the refrigerator and add the Sprite. Serve in glasses over ice.


SPRING SANGRIA

Rose Petal Sangria
2 bottles rosé
1/4 cup elderflower cordial
1/4 cup rose petal simple syrup
1/4 cup sugar
food-grade fresh rose petals soaked in lemon water
mint leaves
2 cups Sprite


1 In a large bowl, combine the wine, cordial, simple syrup, and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.

2 Refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.

3 Remove from the refrigerator, stir in the rose petals and mint leaves, and add the Sprite. Serve in glasses over ice.


Berry Spring Sangria

2 bottles zinfandel
1/2 cup gin
splash of orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup diced strawberries
1 cup blackberries
1 orange, thinly sliced
2 cups ginger ale


1 In a large bowl, combine the wine, gin, orange juice, and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.

2 Add the strawberries, blackberries, and orange slices and refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.

3 Remove from the refrigerator and add the ginger ale. Serve in glasses over ice.


SUMMER SANGRIA

Strawberry Peach Bliss

1 bottle pinot grigio
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup diced strawberries
1/2 cup diced red apples
1/2 cup diced peaches
1 bottle sparkling peach wine
2 cups Sprite


1 In a large bowl, combine the wine and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.

2 Add the strawberries, apples, and peaches and refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.

3 Remove from the refrigerator and add the sparkling wine and the Sprite. Serve in glasses over ice.


Frosty Summer Sangria

2 bottles cabernet sauvignon, well chilled
1/4 cup sugar
1 peeled orange, segmented
1 peeled lemon, segmented
1 pound frozen mixed berries
2 cups ginger ale
whole small strawberries or strawberry slices


1 In a large bowl, combine the wine and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.

2 Add to a blender the wine-sugar mixture, orange, lemon, and frozen berries. Blend well until combined to a smoothie-like consistency. Pour into a pitcher and stir in the ginger ale.

3 Pour into glasses and garnish with a whole strawberry or strawberry slices.


FALL SANGRIA

Caramel Apple Sangria

2 bottles moscato
1/4 cup caramel vodka
2 Red Delicious apples, diced
cinnamon stick
2 cups sparkling apple cider


1 In a large bowl, combine the wine and vodka.

2 Add the apples and cinnamon stick and refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.

3 Remove from the refrigerator and add the sparkling apple cider. Serve in glasses over ice.


Honeycrisp Apple Sangria

1 bottle cabernet sauvignon
1/4 cup apple brandy
2 tablespoons honey
2 Honeycrisp apples, diced
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 bottle prosecco


1 In a large bowl, combine the wine, brandy, and honey and stir until the sugar dissolves.

2 Add the apples and pomegranate seeds and refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.

3 Remove from the refrigerator and add the prosecco. Serve in glasses over ice.


A true galentine knows the best way to your heart.


REAL BESTIES WILL ALWAYS FORGIVE YOUR ECCENTRICITIES.


Thanks for pausing your own Snapchat Story long enough to watch mine. That's friendship.


A GOOD FRIEND BUYS YOU FOOD. A BEST FRIEND SAYS SHE'S NOT HUNGRY AND THEN PROCEEDS TO EAT ALL OF YOUR FOOD.


EASY & CLASSY GIRLS'-NIGHT-IN SNACKS

Caprese Bites

cherry tomatoes
1 ball fresh mozzarella
fresh basil leaves
organic olive oil


1 Slice each cherry tomato in half.

2 On bottom halves, add a small slice of fresh mozzarella and a fresh basil leaf, then drizzle lightly with olive oil.

3 Place top half of tomato back on top, and use a toothpick to hold together if needed. Enjoy!


Frozen Greek Yogurt Pomegranate Bites

2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt
1/2 cup powdered sugar (optional)
2/3 cup pomegranate seeds


1 Whisk yogurt, powdered sugar, and pomegranate seeds together.

2 Using either large ice-cube trays or a mini muffin pan, scoop mixture into mold, then freeze for 3–4 hours until solid.

3 You can also substitute strawberries or blueberries if you prefer. Enjoy!


Goat Cheese–and-Honey Poppers

log of goat cheese
2/3 cup flour
pinch of salt and pepper
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
cooking oil, any type
2 tablespoons honey


1 Cut the goat cheese into bite-size pieces and roll into balls.

2 Mix flour, salt, pepper, and bread crumbs in a bowl.

3 Dip cheese balls first in the egg, then in the bread crumb mixture.

4 Heat a layer of oil in a deep skillet or fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry coated cheese balls until crispy all over. Remove from oil using a slotted spoon and let excess oil drain on paper towels.

5 Lightly drizzle with honey and serve. Enjoy!


Truffle Popcorn

1/3 cup organic popcorn kernels
2 tablespoons black truffle oil
pinch of truffle salt or pink Himalayan salt
1 tablespoon butter


1 Pour popcorn kernels into a metal pot. Add the black truffle oil until the kernels are just covered.

2 Cover the pot with a lid, set stove on medium-high heat, and wait for the popping to end.

3 Pour the popped kernels into a bowl and add the butter to the empty, still hot pot.

4 Once the butter has melted, pour over the kernels. Toss to coat, salt to taste, and enjoy!


Nutella Puffs

2 cups puffed quinoa or puffed rice cereal
1 cup Nutella
(peanut butter, cookie butter, and other spreads with a
similar consistency also work wonderfully)
1/4 stick melted butter
10-ounce bag of dark or milk chocolate chips


1 In a large bowl, combine puffs, melted butter, and Nutella.

2 Refrigerate the mixture for 10 minutes, then roll mixture into teaspoon-sized balls.

3 Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, then use the melted chocolate to coat the Nutella puffs.

4 Chill for one hour. Serve and enjoy!


A good friend brings over a bottle of wine to share. A best friend brings over two bottles.


TRUE GALENTINES HATE WHEN ANYONE ELSE REFERS TO YOUR BESTIE ASTHEIR BESTIE. THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE, AND YOU ARE IT.


A best friend will never make fun of you for knowing all the words. Unless it's Nickelback, in which case you deserve to be made fun of.


'90s Throwback Playlist

Here's a great '90s–early 2000s pop playlist that is perfect for slumber dance parties and road trips!

"Spice Up Your Life" by the Spice Girls
"Bye Bye Bye" by *NSYNC
"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
"... Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears
"C'est La Vie" by B*Witched
"S Club Party" by S Club 7
"Playas Gon' Play" by 3LW
"Genie in a Bottle" by Christina Aguilera
"Candy" by Mandy Moore
"Say My Name" by Destiny's Child
"He Loves U Not" by Dream
"No Scrubs" by TLC
"Thong Song" by Sisqó
"It Wasn't Me" by Shaggy
"Hot in Herre" by Nelly
"I Want It That Way" by The Backstreet Boys
"MMMBop" by Hanson
"Love Don't Cost a Thing" by Jennifer Lopez
"Beautiful Soul" by Jesse McCartney
"The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy and Monica
"Cruel Summer" by Ace of Base
"Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink


A TRUE GALENTINE IS ALWAYS WILLING TO STALK YOUR EX ON SOCIAL MEDIA WHEN YOU REGRET THE RASH DECISION YOU MADE TO BLOCK THEM.

Real besties have their own language.

GALENTINES SHARE EVERYTHING ...

EXCEPT SHOES. SHOES ARE SACRED.


Sleepover: Craft Edition

While it's fine to have a normal sleepover, it can also be a lot of fun to give the night a theme. For the creative gal pals, crafting can make for the perfect night! Of course, there are many crafts you could choose, but here are a few ideas to get you started in planning your very own crafting sleepover.

naughty cross-stitching
candle making
DIY glitter mason jars (these make fabulous vases)
wood burning
stenciling
paper crafts using books
stone painting
making hanging terrariums
pottery night at a BYOB studio
BYOB wine and painting classes at your local bar
making clay magnets
decorating fancy cupcakes
adult coloring books
water-gun painting
Sharpie mugs
bedazzled or glitter wineglasses


Thanks for warning me when someone cute is about to walk by at the gym, so I can pretend to be working out hard while making it look effortless.


BESTIES WILL ALWAYS FAKE AN EMERGENCY TO HELP YOU GET OUT OF AN AWKWARD DATE.


Galentines are always there for you when you have "nothing to wear."


REAL BESTIES KNOW WHICH ONE OF YOUR BOOBS IS BIGGER.


PUB GOLF BAR CRAWL

What to Wear

Pub Golf is an opportunity to dress to a TEE. Hehe, golf humor. But seriously, go all out! Polo shirts, plaid and argyle, visor caps! If you see it on the golf course, it's fair game! And, of course, a golf glove is a MUST!


How It Works

Create scorecards (see example provided). Each bar represents a hole. Each hole has an associated drink and a par number.

So, for example, if you are at a bar with a par one, that's a shot! If you have a par five, you have five sips to finish the drink.

For any amount of sips over par, you must add that to your score. The person with the highest score at the end must chug a drink.

To make it even more interesting, bring a golf ball. If you manage to get the golf ball into someone's beverage, they must drink the remainder of their beverage in one go!


Cocktail-Themed Bar Crawl

If you want to have a night out that's a little different from the norm, try a themed bar crawl with costumes. And what better theme for a bar crawl than ... cocktails?!

Here's how it works:

You and your besties each choose a drink and dress appropriately. For example:

Dress as a devil and order an El Diablo.

Dress in derby clothing and order a Mint Julep.

Dress as a leprechaun and order a Guinness.

Dress as a zombie and order a Zombie.

Dress as a mermaid and order a Sea Breeze.

Dress as Rizzo from Grease and order a Pink Lady.

Dress in business attire and order a Manhattan.

Dress like Eve and order a Snakebite.

Dress like a Bond girl and order a Vesper.

Dress in floral and a lei and order a Blue Hawaiian.

Dress in vintage clothing and order an Old Fashioned.

Use your imagination!


Cheers to always having a Thirsty Thursday date.


REAL GALENTINES TEXT EVERY TINY DETAIL OF THEIR DAY.


True friendship is when typically negative words become terms of endearment.


BESTIES TREAT YOUR FUR BABIES LIKE THEIR OWN.


DIY AT-HOME FACIALS

When you think of a girls' night in, what image comes to mind? Maybe running around with green face masks and cucumber slices over your eyes? Face masks are a lot of fun for sleepover nights and really easy to make with ingredients you probably have in your kitchen already. Here are a couple of facial mask recipes, all with a honey theme (natural acne fighter) for you and your girlfriends to try out!


Banana and Honey Mask

one medium-size banana
1 1/2 tablespoons raw honey
3 tablespoons plain yogurt

1 Mash the banana into a paste-like consistency. Add in the honey and yogurt and stir until well blended.

2 Begin by washing your face to prep for the mask. Apply mask to face and neck and let sit for 15–20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.


Oatmeal and Honey Mask

1/3 cup ground oatmeal
1/2 cup hot water
1 tablespoon raw honey
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 egg white


1 Mix the oatmeal with the hot water. Once soft, add in the honey, yogurt, and egg white. Stir until all ingredients are well blended.

2 Begin by washing your face to prep for the mask. Apply mask to face and neck and let sit for 10–20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.


Lemon and Honey Mask

1/2 lemon
1 1/2 tablespoons raw honey

1 Squeeze the lemon into a bowl. Add in the raw honey, then stir until ingredients are well blended.

2 Begin by washing your face to prep for the mask. Apply mask to face and neck and let sit for 15–30 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.


Avocado and Honey Mask

1/2 avocado
1 tablespoon raw honey
2 tablespoons hot water


1 Mash the avocado into a paste. Dissolve the honey in the hot water, then add it to the avocado. Stir all the ingredients together until well blended.

2 Begin by washing your face to prep for the mask. Apply mask to face and neck and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.


Yogurt and Honey Mask

1 tablespoon plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1 dash of cinnamon


1 Squeeze the lemon into a bowl. Add in the raw honey, then stir until ingredients are well blended.

2 Begin by washing your face to prep for the mask. Apply mask to face and neck and let sit for 15–30 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.


True galentines don't judge ... even when you order dessert for dinner. They join in.


BEST FRIENDS ARE ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU WHEN YOU NEED THEM. UNLESS IT'S THE SEASON FINALE OFTHE BACHELOR. IN THAT CASE, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.


Besties will always let you know when you need a little grooming. The truth hurts sometimes.


THANKS FOR SUPPORTING MY DECISION TO PURSUE RETAIL THERAPY INSTEAD OF ACTUAL THERAPY.


Bohemian Picnic Girls' Date

If you are looking for a fun daytime get-together, then look no further! Here are a few tips for how to have the perfect bohemian-themed picnic! This can be held indoors or outdoors.


Apparel

Think loose, flowy fabrics, florals, and lace! Maxi dresses and playsuits are ideal, and oversize sunglasses are a must!

Accessorize with flower crowns, head chains, and/or metallic flash tats! And don't be afraid to go barefoot!


Décor

Find a long, low communal table (or just a pretty table runner if a table is not easily transportable and you choose to host in a park or backyard). Decorate the table or runner with fresh flowers and green plants!

Surround table or runner with an assortment of pillows for seating. These don't need to match and actually look better if they don't!


Food

Finger foods work best for this arrangement. Here are a few suggestions:

fresh loaves of bread
a cheese plate
bowls of marinated olives and pickles
fresh-cut vegetables (carrots, peppers, and cucumbers
work well) with hummus
bunches of grapes
finger sandwiches (chicken Waldorf salad is a great
summer option!)
a variety of nuts and dried fruits
individual fruit tarts or cookies for dessert and, of course, lots of wine or sangria!


Besties cuddle. They just do.


TRUE FRIENDSHIP IS COMING OUT OF A MEETING TO FORTY-SEVEN MISSED TEXT MESSAGES AND ONLY BEING SLIGHTLY ANNOYED.


Thanks for pretending the new girlfriend is ugly even though we both know she isn't.


GALENTINES ARE ALWAYS DOWN TO FAKE A LEG CRAMP TO GET OUT OF SPIN CLASS EARLY.


CHEEKY COCKTAILS

Cocktails with naughty names are just naturally more fun to drink! Here are a couple of recipes (single serving) for drinks with dirty names that are sure to take your pregame to the next level.


Sex with an Alligator

1/2 ounce melon liqueur
splash of sweet-and-sour mix
1/2 ounce raspberry liqueur
1/2 ounce Jägermeister


1 Add the melon liqueur and the sweet-and-sour mix to a shaker full of ice and shake until chilled.

2 Strain into a martini glass. Then add the raspberry liqueur by pouring down the side of the glass, allowing it to sink to the bottom.

3 Finish off by floating the Jägermeister, which will create a thin layer on top.

4 Insert cocktail straws and drink the whole glass in one go through the straws!


Redheaded Slut

1 ounce cranberry juice
1/2 ounce peach schnapps
1/2 ounce Jägermeister


1 Add all ingredients to a shaker full of ice and shake until chilled.

2 Strain into a shot glass for a fruity red shot.

3 Bottoms up!


Sex on the Beach

11/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce peach schnapps
11/2 ounces cranberry juice
11/2 ounces orange juice
orange wedge


1 Add all ingredients to a shaker full of ice and shake until chilled.

2 Strain into a highball glass.

3 Garnish with an orange wedge. Add a straw, sip, and enjoy!


TRUE FRIENDSHIP IS HAVING BEEN FRIENDS SO LONG YOU FORGET WHICH ONE OF YOU IS THE BAD INFLUENCE.


A real galentine will always pretend to find the friend interesting long enough for you to get the cute one's number.


BESTIES WILL ALWAYS ROCK OUT BESIDE YOU AT YOUR FAVORITE BAND'S CONCERT, EVEN IF THEY'VE NEVER HEARD OF THEM BEFORE.


Galentines don't let galentines buy boxed wine. Unless they are broke. In which case, boxed wine > no wine.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Be My Galentine by Alicia Clancy, Samantha Farrar. Copyright © 2017 Alicia Clancy. Excerpted by permission of St. Martin's Press.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Title Page,
Copyright Notice,
Dedication,
Start Reading,
Sangria for The Seasons,
Easy & Classy Girls'-Night-In Snacks,
Pub Golf Bar Crawl,
Diy At-Home Facials,
Cheeky Cocktails,
Go on Random Adventures!,
Throwback Slumber Party,
Acknowledgments from Alicia,
Acknowledgments from Samantha,
About the Author,
Copyright,

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