Monthly Archives: September 2014

There’s a Chill in the Air – Soup’s On

Fall Colors - Sugar MapleThere’s a chill in the air…and all of a sudden we’re craving soup and anything that comes out of a crockpot! When fall and winter arrive, nothing beats the cold like a good bowl of chili or soup. Here are two of our favorite recipes: Crockpot Chicken Chili and Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup. If you have a favorite recipe, be sure to add it to our comments or our Facebook page!

Crockpot Chicken Chili
Here is an awesome recipe for a chicken chili that is a perfect fall dish. We are talking a bonafide game changer here folks! This recipe is so easy; you add all of the ingredients into your crockpot and set it on high for six-seven hours and ENJOY!
Ingredients:
• 1 onion, chopped
• 1 16-oz can kidney beans – drained
• 1 16-oz can black beans – drained
• 1 8-oz can tomato sauce + ½ can of water
• 2 14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes
• 1 small can mild diced green chilies
• 1 packet taco seasoning
• 10 oz package frozen kernel corn
• 2 tbsp. cumin
• 2 tbsp. chili powder
• 1 tbsp. Mrs. Dash – original
• 1 – bag frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro – optional garnish

Directions:
Combine by layering onion, beans, diced green chilies, tomato sauce, frozen corn, cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker. Place chicken on top, sprinkle with Mrs. Dash and cover. Cook on high for 6-7 hours or on low for 10 hours. 30 minutes before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Top with fresh cilantro. Serve with chopped green onions, shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream!

Tasty Tip: Dip your tortilla chips in the chili…
P.S. This freezes really well!

Vegetable Beef Soup
2 pounds of beef stew meat (You can also substitute 2lbs. 93% lean hamburger)
Onion copped
2 – Large (15 oz.) cans of stewed tomatoes
1 – Large (8 oz.) can of tomato sauce
1 – Small tomato paste
12 – 16 Cups of Water
Frozen corn
Carrots (fresh or frozen)
Frozen green beans
1/3 C. Barley
Mrs. Dash
Beef Bouillon (2 cubes or 2 tbsp.)
Pepper to taste
1 – 2 tbsp. Salt to taste
2 – Garlic Cloves chopped (can use minced)
2 – Bay Leaves
2 – Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

*Brown stew meat with chopped onions (I always sprinkle some Mrs. Dash seasoning on meat while it browns)
*add meat to large saucepan of water
*add all of the tomato ingredients to water & meat (I usually put the stewed tomatoes in the blender for a quick pulse)
*Add about ½ bag of frozen corn
*Add ½ bag frozen cut green beans
* Add about 2 cups chopped carrots
* Add barley and spices + Worcestershire sauce
Simmer on low on stove all day!!

Tip: Make some fresh bread in the bread maker or corn muffins!
P.S. Tastes even better reheated!

A Little Boy, a Birthday and Mickey Mouse

There is nothing more special than seeing a little boy’s eyes light up when he sees his favorite toy come to life. This weekend my little grand baby Patrick, turned two. Not only did we celebrate Patrick, but also his mommy, my daughter Jordan, who shares his birthday too, making the day extra special. Patrick loves Mickey Mouse. We have seen a progression of characters take top spot over the months from Elmo, various Sesame Street characters, Dora, Barney and now Mickey and the gang. To make Patrick’s birthday extra special, his auntie Elizabeth decided Mickey should definitely come to the party and found a life-size costume on eBay. From then on, the party planning was on high alert, with so many details, the girls did Pinterest proud. Saturday was the big day, and Patrick was so excited. The decorations and all of the touches were so clever, from the candy bar, to the Oreo mouse ears on a stick, even a Mickey piñata! The attention to detail, was incredible! Finally, Mickey arrived. We were nervous that a life-size Mickey might actually scare Patrick, but that was not the case. Mickey came into the room and Patrick’s mouth dropped open and he started to walk to Mickey and said hi. Within minutes, they were doing the hotdog dance and posing for pictures. I don’t know who was more thrilled, mom, auntie, Patrick or the rest of us who will never forget the look of pure joy on Patrick’s face when he got to share his second birthday with Mickey Mouse.

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse Invitation

Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake

Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse and Patrick

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse

We Love Fall

Crisp mornings, mild sunny days, falling leaves, beautiful russet colors, football games, and bonfires signal to us at Sister Charm that fall is here. Fall just happens to be our favorite time of year, but when you live in Minnesota, it is also bittersweet, because the next season can be brutal a.k.a. winter!

This fall the new fashion trends speak to us big time! Flannels, plaids, skirts long and short, jean jackets, skinny jeans and leggings paired with long sweaters and leather booties and over the knee boots, we say, YES PLEASE! One trend that we really love are the vintage colors and vintage accessories, so that got us thinking, which got us creating and before you know it…we have some vintage pieces of our own. Check out our Etsy shop for these new, one-of-a-kind pieces. For more Fall fashion trends visit Cosmopolitan magazine for what is trending new for fall.

vintage heart resin

Vintage Resin Necklace

Vintage Copper Resin

Bracelet Vintage Silver

Vintage Bracelet Glass Beads

The Best Gift is the Joy the Giver Gets from Giving It

It’s been a crazy week at Sister Charm. Cindy had surgery on her foot and is under strict orders not to put any weight on it for two weeks and will be rocking the lovely boot cast for at least another six weeks more. Amy is busy with work and kids starting school. So in a nutshell, we got one down with a bad hoof and another meeting herself coming and going. Thankfully, Sister Charm gives us our mojo and is fun and rewarding. Since we have started selling our necklaces, we have loved creating pieces that will mean something special to others. We recently were asked to make two necklaces for a special mom and her daughter. They have had some serious health struggles and meet each day with faith and the grace to live their lives in the moment. What a joy to create their gifts. ♥

Forever In My Heart Necklace

Hand Stamped Inspiration Necklace