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BLACK LACE | HOLIDAY OUTFIT IDEAS

Hi my sugar pies!!! First off HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! I am SO thankful this year to have all of you in my life! You all make me a better person day in and day out. For that I will be FOREVER grateful <3 You all light up my life. I really can’t believe the holidays are here already. I hope you all have fun plans with the family! Make sure you tell everyone you love that you are thankful for them today :) I wanted to start my first “Holiday Dress Ideas” post today!! Missguided started their Black Friday Sales EARLY!! The entire website is 30% off. Code: CYBER30 |YOU KNOW I already went and placed an order. Hahaha! Missguided is definitely my top favorite online store. I love how its affordable for everyone and they constantly update. Go check out some of my previous posts for more ways I’ve styled Missguided clothing! And take advantage of this sale because its only for the next 2 days! (11/27-11/28 & 12/1) So again what I plan on doing for the next month is to showcase some festive holiday outfits!! This is #1! I love all black - especially for the holidays. It’s weird because as much as I love color, I always tend to wear a black outfit. I’ve seen SO many see-through trends this year. Whether it be a dress with shorts and a top underneath, or even a skirt like this. It may seem a bit risqué, but I approve! This skirt has the shorts attached so you don’t even see anything you shouldn’t ;) I will be showing at least 10 outfit ideas before Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year!! So make sure to keep checking back on my blog! Todays outfit I would definitely recommend for a Holiday Party. Not a family party ;P Comment below if you have outfit ideas you need help with! I’d love to give some suggestions!! Again have an amazing Thanksgiving and I love you all SO incredibly much!! MWAA! XOXO Carli

DIY: Fancy Ribbon And Paper Gift Bags

                  

We all have seen it at some point during the holidays: a limp paper plate loaded with cookies and covered in plastic-wrap that’s not clinging. Is there a drearier way to transport baked goods, treats, or gifts from point A to point B? This holiday season, I vowed to make every effort to put an end to this unsightly and ineffective mode of conveyance by making cute brown paper sacks with ribbons. 

These bags are super easy to make. You could use them for your wedding favors or even pack your families’ lunches for school and work.

                  

Some assorted ribbon and a hole punch (or two, or three…) are all you need to extend the life of these “single-use” paper bags. Get the kids involved making their own lunch bags and they’ll be sure to bring them back home to use again and again.

A simple basting stitch is all you needed to make a pretty container perfectly suited to hold a batch of freshly made cookies to send to a friend.

For an even quicker solution, a few knotted lengths of satin ribbon look festive without being fussy.

These two “woven” examples are my favorites during the holiday. I recently used this pattern for Thanksgiving hostess gifts; one contained homemade brownies and the other Peanut butter fudge (both wrapped in waxed paper before being inserted into their brown paper wrappings).

For the example on left, use a ½-inch hole punch. Notice that you crease the bag vertically along the dotted lines and then place your hole cutter halfway over the fold and punch. For the example on the right, seven small cuts made with a craft knife (notice the tiny one at the bottom) provided the lattice through which you weave three bright red ribbons (Fasten the ends with clear tape on the inside of the bag).

For the holidays, I like to make cookies to give to all of my neighbors. With everyone’s schedule being what it is, I usually end up leaving packages at people’s doors. A 2-½-inch circle (again, cut by folding the bag over and cutting half a circle out across the fold) makes a perfect way to hang this gift on a doorknob. I used a custom rubber stamp to label each bag and a little silver cord to stitch them shut around the hole.

And last but not least a cute shoelace weave. 

Nothing could be less trouble than putting a few stitches in a paper bag, and delivering your holiday goodies in style.



** Photo Credits & Inspiration: Jeff Rudell 

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New video! Made some DIY Holiday Treats today! ❄️

I miss the monthly flea market days from ACWW.It was a easy way to get furniture from the villagers and easy way to sell furniture you dont want to them I know the flea market spacein retail kinda replaced that in NL but.. it’d still be nice to even just have a “Spring Cleaning” day like the first weekend in March or April. 

Red Velvet Truffles

Makes 10 truffles* The first part of this recipe is identical to my recipe for red velvet cupcakes for two.

Ingredients

  1. ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon flour
  2. 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  4. ⅛ teaspoon salt
  5. ¼ cup canola oil
  6. ¼ cup sugar
  7. 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  8. 1 egg white
  9. 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  10. ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  11. ⅛ teaspoon white vinegar
  12. 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  13. ½ cup powdered sugar
  14. 12 oz. almond bark (or white chocolate), for coating

Instructions

  • In a cupcake tin, place 4 cupcake liners on the outside edge.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.
  • In another bowl, beat together the canola oil, sugar, buttermilk, egg white, red dye, vinegar, and vanilla using an electric mixer.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing all the while. Divide the batter between the four cupcake liners and bake at 350° for 20-22 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  • When cool, crumble the cupcakes into crumbs. In a bowl, mix the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar. Add the crumbs and stir very well. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the mixture into your hands and then roll into balls. Place the balls on a plate and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  • To make the coating, chop the almond bark into 1" chunks and place in a bowl. Heat on medium power in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between until melted. Dip each ball into the coating quickly, using a fork to turn, then let them dry on a piece of wax paper. Can be made 3 days ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
  • Notes
  •  *Recipe is easily doubled and baked in a 6" round cake pan.
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Colorful Swirl Cookies

These are sweet sugar cookies which are surprisingly easy since they are a slice and bake cookie. Yes, aside from making the dough and rolling it together, this is just as easy as going to Shoprite for some Pilsbury’s sugar cookie dough, but it’s so much better! These Christmas cookies were simple to make and eat!

Supplies

  1. 2 cups flour, plus possibly a few more tbsp (the original recipe called for cake flour, but I just used regular old all-purpose flour )
  2. ½ tsp baking powder
  3. ¼ tsp salt
  4. 2/3 cup unsifted powdered sugar
  5. ¼ cup granulated sugar
  6. 2 ½ sticks unsalted butter (cut in chunks)
  7. 1 tsp vanilla
  8. ½ tsp of food coloring of your choice(and/or ½ tsp of any desired extra extracts)
  9. 1 ½ cup holiday sprinkles

Directions

1. In a stand mixer, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugars with paddle on medium until well blended.

2. Add butter in, gradually, and continue mixing. Add in vanilla extract. At this point, your dough will form a ball on your paddle.

3. Remove all your dough and divide into two equal parts. Return one portion back in to the mixer and add the food coloring and any extra extracts. I used Wilton gel food coloring in leaf green and vanilla extract for this batch. You could coordinate your colors and flavors, for example green food coloring matched with a mint extract or yellow with a lemon extract, etc. Also, if you are using liquid food coloring, you will need to add a few tbsp of flour to keep the dough from becoming too wet. Mix until the color is spread out evenly.

4. Roll out each portions of your dough, between two sheets a wax paper until is reaches about 11 x 9 inches and is ¼ inch thick. Slide both unto a cookie sheet and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

5. When firm, remove the top sheets of wax paper from both. Brush the uncolored vanilla dough lightly with water using a pastry brush. Then flip the colored dough onto the vanilla uncolored dough so they are stacked atop each other and even. Press the edges lightly with your fingertips to seal them together. Using a small pairing knife, trim the edges of the dough to make straight, even lines.

6. Pour out sprinkles onto a large platter and set aside. Be sure your dough is still cold, but flexible. Once it’s ready, begin rolling the long side of dough into a swirl, jelly-roll style. Now, don’t get nervous if the outer layer of uncolored dough tears a bit. It’s no problem, just pinch and pat those tears and voila, then just keep rolling.

7. Now gently lift your dough log onto the sprinkles and roll away. Cover the log completely with your sprinkles. Wrap the colorfully decorated log in plastic wrap twice. Depending on when you want to bake the cookies, either place the wrapped dough into refrigerator for about 3-4 hours or you can put it the freezer and keep it there for up to 2 months. (If freezing, give yourself time for the dough to defrost in the fridge overnight before cutting.)

8. Slice your dough into ¼-1/8 inch slices and bake on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes until edges are slightly golden. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then move them to a cookie rack to finish cooling. Enjoy your whimsical Christmas cookies!