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October 27, 2011

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Truffles

WOW!!  That's all I have to say!  These babies taste just like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  The recipe is easy and these not only taste gourmet, but they look gourmet as well.  These are the perfect treat to give as a gift.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Truffles

Ingredients:
-1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
-1 lb powdered sugar (about 3.5 - 4 Cups)
-1 cup peanut butter
-1 sleeve graham crackers (about 10-12?)
-dipping chocolate, melted

Crush graham crackers until fine.  Mix butter, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and graham crackers together in large bowl. Roll into 1" balls. Place rolled balls on large cookie sheet (I lined my cookie sheet with parchment paper) and stick in the freezer for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, melt dipping chocolate. Once the peanut butter balls have set up, dip in chocolate and place back on cookie sheet. Let set up before serving/sharing with neighbors (but you can pop a few in your mouth just to test them and make sure they are safe to eat- it's a chance that I am always willing to take).


Makes 6-7 dozen truffles.
Time:  about 60-90 minutes.

Taste rating from Sweet Charli
(1-10, 10 being extremely good!):
10

Tips and tricks for this recipe:
**Don't skimp on which chocolate you choose to dip your peanut butter balls in.  I bought two different packages of chocolate chips to see if I could taste a difference.  One bag was just normal Nestle Milk Chocolate Chips, the other bag was specialty chocolate chips made from Belgian Chocolate.  After tasting the ones made from the latter, the Nestle ones didn't taste near as good!  I'm telling you people, find a good, quality chocolate!

Hope you all try this recipe!  You may experience death by chocolate...{and peanut butter}!

**READ WHAT THE 'COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS' IS ALL ABOUT HERE** 

Check out these Reese's Peanut Butter Bars that I like to eat right from the fridge! 

Cake Bites/Truffles Countdown to Christmas!

We are officially about 9 weeks away from Christmas!  One of my favorite neighbor/friend gifts to give for Christmas are Cake Bites or Truffles.  If you wrap them up all cute and stuff, they are seriously the best give to receive as well!

Since I love cake bites, and used to make them a lot, I thought it would be fun to start making them again.  There are soooo many different flavors and combos that you can do, so I'm going to make a different one each week until Christmas!  I will try different recipes from different places, as well as make up a few of my own.  Then, I will rate them so that you all know if they are worth making yourselves!  Sound good?

Stay tuned for the first batch of truffles...Peanut Butter Cup!  They are in the process of being made as we speak!  I will let you know all about them soon!

Chao!  Chow!  ...I know I will be!

October 26, 2011

Charlotte's Web Halloween Costumes

This year for Halloween I have another little girl to dress up!  I've always wanted to coordinate their costumes, so this is what we came up with:  Charlotte, the spider; Wilbur the pig!  Here is what I did for each of their outfits.  I wasn't able to do tutorials for each of them, but a lot of what they are wearing speak for themselves!         

This little piggy wouldn't cooperate for pictures.  She also didn't want to wear her pig nose, which basically makes the costume!  So...I made my spider model the nose!  
THE PIG NOSE:   


Made from cutting the top part off of a toilet paper roll, covering it in pink felt, and tying a stretchy band to each side.
 
THE PIG EARS:
Made from cutting large triangles from pink felt and folding the bottom, then gluing them on clips {or headband}.  My little pig refuses to wear headbands!
THE 'PIGGY TAIL'

 Made from cutting a spiral shape into a felt sheet.  I just safety pinned it to the petti romper

SHOES:  ballet slippers

My Itsy Bitsy Spider  
 Find the tutorial for her lace ruffle shirt HERE
LACE BABY ARMS





 Made by using a stretchy lace material and sewing a tube and adding a ruffle to the bottom

 Find the tutorial for her spider headband HERE

October 25, 2011

Spider Headband Tutorial

 This headband is so much fun!  It doesn't have to be worn with a costume, Olivia wore hers with a normal outfit yesterday, when we went to the pumpkin patch.  It's really easy to make.  Here's what you need:

Black Felt
Black Pipe Cleaners
2" Black Pom Pom
2 Googly Eyes
Hot Glue
Cut eight pieces of pipe cleaner to the desired length of your spider legs and shape them
Next, cut a circle out of your felt and hot glue your spider legs, 4 on each side!


 Glue the pop pop in the middle of your spider legs and glue on the eyes.  
Then, glue the whole spider onto the headband of your choice.  I used a crochet headband to make it look more 'spidery'!
  And Voila!  Your little sweetie has a cute, little spider on her head!
...Or should I say a big, ugly spider??  :)

October 21, 2011

Sunday Bag Re-Fashion

I honestly have been wanting to do this forever.  My Sunday tote bag was hideous!!  But after this re-fashion, I feel much better about it!

All's you need is:

Two different fabrics
Reusable bag
Sewing machine
 I forgot to take a few pictures, but I cut 5 total strips of fabric measuring 8" width on each.  3 strips from one pattern, 2 from the other.  I measured my bag all the way around, then doubled it to get the length.  
Fold the fabric's width in half, ruffle the edge, then pin to your bag.  Sew it around.  Once you have one ruffle on, do that with the next 4 pieces.
{note: if you do not know how to ruffle fabric, I will be doing a tutorial on some easy ways to do it}
I added some rosettes to it with hot glue when I was finished.  
I understand these directions aren't the best, and I apologize about the pictures.  My camera is horrible!  Hopefully Santa will get the hint on that one!  Anyways, this bag is really easy to make and the measurements really just depend on what size bag you are using. 

October 20, 2011

5 minute lace ruffled onesie!!

This is for my 8 month old's spider costume I'm making.  (stay tuned for pictures coming soon).  I bought one of my favorite onesies from Andee Lew, and bought some ruffled lace to match.
 I cut my lace at about 17", then situated it how I wanted and pinned.

 Just use a simple straight stitch after that and sew along the top of the lace, then you're done!
Easy Peasy!!

Your sweet girl can wear this shirt with anything!  It would especially look darling with a cardigan over top for winter!

 I just had to throw this picture in there too!

Happy Sewing!

October 17, 2011

60 years birthday gift.

My father-in-law just turned sixty and I wanted to share with you a cute idea that my sister-in-law put together for him...
 About a month in advance she contacted 60 of his close friends, family, etc. and told them to write a memory/story they've had of him.  She then put each one into a separate envelope and numbered them 1-60.  He loved it!  How fun would this be to receive?

October 16, 2011

Home-Made Baby Wipes Tutorial!

 Yes, you heard me!  A tutorial...finally!  These are my favorite baby wipes.  My friend gave them to me a few years ago when I was having Charli.  I love these because they are super-super soft, and smell great!  Oh yeah, and very cost-efficient!  Here's what you need:

Durable paper towels
(buy the ones that come in half-sheets)
Air-tight tupperware container
(I found the perfect size at Walmart, it's a Sterilite brand)
2 Cups water
2 Tablespoons baby wash
1 Tablespoon baby oil
Essential oil (optional)
Serrated knife
First, boil your two cups of water and let cool.  Add the baby wash, baby oil, and essential oil if you wish.  I used a few drops of lavender for added benefits.  Stir them together and let cool a little more.
Meanwhile...
Take your paper towels and cut the roll in half with the serrated knife. Cut it to the desired height to fit into your tupperware.
 Core the center of your roll and start it by pulling some of the center out.
Then you will place your roll with the cut side down in your tupperware.  Take your liquid mixture and drizzle it over top of your roll.  Let it sit for a few minutes, then tip it upside-down for a few minutes.  Then, you are finished!  You will LOVE the smell of your new wipes!  And they are so easy to make and very easy to refill!
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