November 25, 2011

Black Friday Deals Are UP!



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November 22, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree...

My good friend over at Landee See Landee Do is having a Festival of Tree's making.  I love everything she's made so far, but this one just might be my favorite!  Be sure to check out her tutorial, and all the tutorials for the festival of trees!

November 21, 2011

Countdown to Christmas #4: Oreo Truffles

Picture acquired from gimmesomeoven.com



This past week was a busy one, so I didn't have time to do a recipe.  However, I've made this recipe many, many times and it's always a winner.  In fact, Oreo Truffles are a favorite in my family.  You can't go wrong with these, thus making them a great Christmas gift!
Here's the recipe:

1 pkg. Oreo Cookies
1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened)
White chocolate melting chips
Chocolate melting chips (if desired for drizzle)

First of all you need to crush up your oreo cookies.  You can do that by hand or in a blender.  Keep in mind, the finer the crumbs, the better!  Mix your cream cheese in with the crumbs until its moist enough to stick together.  Roll into 1" balls and place in freezer for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt your chocolate according to package directions.  Remember, I don't like almond bark.  It hardens too much and hardens too thick.  I just like to use a good quality chocolate chip.

Once your oreos have hardend in the freezer, you can dip them in your white chocolate.  You can either drizzle the tops with chocolate, or you can save some of your oreo crumbs and sprinkle those on top of your oreo balls.  Either way, these seriously are heavenly!

Makes about 4 doz.
Time: about 60-90 minutes

Sweet Charli Taste Rating:
10

Tips and Tricks for this Recipe:
Remember, I think all cake bites/truffles taste better when kept cold!

November 16, 2011

'Tis the Season for Candy Cane Accessories!

Fa la la la la la la la la!  Here are some darling new accessories to add to your little one's Christmas/Winter wardrobe!  These are perfect for your Christmas card pictures, and would be great to add to any Sweet Charli Dress!  These only come in a few different sizes for the bambino.
Make sure you check out our Vintage Candy Cane set, they are ohhhh so cute!
See all of our new accessories HERE.

Free Sweet Charli Dress!

Yay!  It's time to giveaway a Sweet Charli Dress to one of you!  Shay, over at Raising Dieter, is giving one of them away.  You get to choose the color and size if you win!  Check out how to enter HERE.  Her blog is awesome and all moms need to go follow it, especially if your kids have any allergies or you like to use natural remedies, etc.  It is very informational!

November 14, 2011

New Items in Store!

I'm SOOOOOOOO excited about these, they are so fun & girlie!  Wear them over a colored shirt, or under a short-sleeved tee!  These are sure to go fast, and quantities are limited.

Get them HERE

Tees $15


Bodysuits $14

November 13, 2011

...The Elves are watching...

"The Elves are watching!"  That's what I've been telling this little girl!  My sister, who is also my photographer, did this fun thing with Charli's picture.  There are lots of other fun overlays that you can add to your normal pictures to make them cute for Christmas.  If you don't have time to take a special picture for your Christmas cards, you can just use a picture you already have and add the provided overlays.  Visit the site to do it HERE.  There are so many fun things!
And be sure to check out some fun pictures at

November 10, 2011

Countdown to Christmas #3: Pumpkin Cake Bites

This is a great treat for this time of year.  As I was looking around for recipes, I learned that there are a lot of ways that you can make these.  I just reached into the back of my head and used a cookie recipe that my mom does.  It's very easy and requires very little amount of ingredients.
Here's what you need:

1 Spice Cake Mix
1 Can Pumpkin
3/4 Can Cream Cheese Frosting
1 Bag of Chocolate or Vanilla Melts
1 Bag Hershey's Cinnamon Chips (optional)
Mix your cake mix and pumpkin only (no eggs, oil, etc.) in a bowl until really moist.  Put in a pan and bake according to the cake mixes directions.  Once done, let cool.

Time to crumble the cake!  I just crumble mine using a large fork in the pan that it was baked in.   Some people like to put it in a processor, but a fork works fine.  Once the cake is all crumby, mix in about 3/4 of your frosting until the mixture is moist enough to roll into 1.5" balls.

Roll all of your mixture into balls, and put in freezer for a good 30 minutes or so.  Take 1/2 of them out and work with those first.  I find that the balls look better once dipped when they are really, really cold.  So once you are done with the first half, take the others out so they are still cool.

Dip all of your balls in the melt of your choice, then, what I did was drizzle the Hershey's cinnommin melt over the top!  I'm so glad I did because it definitley made them taste better.  The cinnamon chips are hard to find though.  Most stores don't carry them.  They are delicious though!  If you can't find any, try sprinkling cinnamon and sugar on top of the balls before the chocolate sets.  That would taste yummy too.  

Keep these refridgerated!!  They taste soooo much better when they are chilled.

And that's all folks!


MAKES 4 DOZEN
Time:  (counting baking the cake) about 2 hrs.


Taste Rating from Sweet Charli:
9
I give it a 9 because out of all the flavors you can make in cake bites, this one wasn't the best!  It isn't very full of flavor like I would have hoped, and well, pumpkin isn't my favorite when it comes to treats.  **make note though, that if you do not keep these chilled they aren't good at all.  I would definitely make these for a gift, but only if they are cold.  They are yummy when cold**

Tips and Tricks for this recipe:
KEEP COLD!

November 8, 2011

DIY Sweater Dress

...For the 2 year old.  I've been wanting to do this for a while now, but finally got around to it the other day.  This was on my 'Pinterest' to do list!  Turn an old sweater into a little girl's dress!  The tutorial can be found HERE, and here's how mine turned out for Charli:

November 7, 2011

Peppermint, Please!

I was walking through the store today and got the wonderful scent of Peppermint, they were putting some of their Christmas stuff out!  Mmmmmm!   Got me so excited for Christmas.  Here are a few things pepperminty...(that's not a real word, I just made it up!)


I am not an expert on essential oils, although I use them almost every day either for wellness or enjoyment.  Peppermint is one I use every day on my face and it is so exhilarating!  What I do is mix one drop in my moisturizer in the morning and rub it all over my face (not too close to my eyes!), it begins to tingle and it wakes me right up!  Love it!  There are also many other benefits of peppermint oil that you can read about HERE.


Speaking of waking your right up in the morning...what about using this in the shower?  I have never tried this, but it looks like something that I would love!  $8 at burtsbees.com - what a great Christmas gift!


Here's another great gift you can make yourself.  This is sure to make your feet feel awesome and tingly!  This recipe is found HERE



   LOVE this cute Christmas window treatment, found HERE

I thought this would be darling for Christmas parties, I found it HERE.  Or, I'm sure all you crafty chicks could find a way to make one yourself!  :)


Fill your entire house with the peppermint  scent with this scentsy bar!  It smells very Christmassy!  (yeah, made up that word too!)  It's an exhilarating blast of cool perppermint and sweet golden apple blanketed over frosty winter pin.  MMMmmmm!  Find it HERE


...Now I'm really excited for Christmas!

November 6, 2011

Woopsie!

Just to let you all know, I had listed some of the measurements on our Size Guide wrong!!  They are all changed now so if you were wondering maybe if some were too short for your little ones, now you know why!  You can check out the corrected measurements HERE!  Thanks!

Dresses have been going.  There are only a few more left in each size/color.  If you want them soon jump on it, not sure if another big batch will be done until Thanksgiving or the first of December!  ...And a batch of fun, new, winter accessories were made this last week and will hopefully be ready in store later this week some time, so be on the lookout!

November 3, 2011

Countdown to Christmas #2: Butterfinger Bites

 I tried it!  I've had it pinned on Pinterest and finally made them on Halloween.  I was lucky enough to snag one of the last few bags of Candy Corn!  For those of you who haven't seen these yet, they are home-made butter-fingers made with Candy Corn!  And they taste just like them!

Ingredients:

-1 lb bag Candy Corn
-1 bag Chocolate Chips or an candy melt
-1 cup Peanut Butter

Melt your bag of Candy Corn in the microwave in 30 second increments until it's all melted and smooth.  Then add your peanut butter and mix well.  For me, I had to stir fast because my mixture was hardening pretty fast.  Once it's all mixed, spread it in a 9x13" pan and let sit until hard.
 But...before it's too hard, cut little square pieces.  As you can see in the picture below, my mixture was being really, really temperamental!  For some reason there were pieces that would break off and it was really hard to get a good looking square piece!
Once your pieces are all cut out, melt your chocolate and dip each individual piece in the chocolate, and set on waxed paper to set up.

And that's it!

Makes about 2.5 dozen
Time: about 1 hour

A few notes:
Obviously you can't get Candy Corn any time of the year, although they have been making Candy Corn for various different Holidays now other than just Halloween.  I believe I have seen Christmas colored ones.  Hmmm...wonder if those would melt into a color that would look un-appetizing??  If any of you make these with Christmas Candy Corns, would you please send me a picture?  Thanks!

Taste Rating from Sweet Charli:
(1-10, 10 being extremely good!):
10
(although if there were a category based on how easy/hard they were to make, I would say these were kind of a pain in the butt to make and if I can be honest with you, I probably won't be making these for any Christmas gifts!)

Tips and Tricks for this recipe:
For some reason my Butterfinger Bites turned out to be more chewy and hard rather than crunchy, like the candy bar.  (maybe I did something wrong?)  I didn't like this.  I found that the colder they were kept, the crunchier they became.  So I stored mine in the freezer and fridge!!

November 2, 2011

Online Shopping for YOU!

Our online shopping website has been up for a few days now.  Items are being sold and some are almost sold out so if you've been eyeing something make sure to check it out!!
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