Archive for November, 2011

November 30, 2011

Holiday Wish & Win – First Winner Announced!

by ClearanceCharms

If you haven’t already been swept up in the holiday fever, now is your moment!  We’ve brought back our Wish & Win contest and the first winner is…

Bonnie Reynolds!

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November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

by ClearanceCharms

The day has finally arrived where overeating is encouraged, company is paramount, and giving thanks is the reason for the season. Thanksgiving is by far a favorite holiday; not only is there amazing food and lots of it, but it brings hope and optimism by encouraging everyone to reflect on all the wonderful things in life to be thankful for. Celebrate, give thanks, and enjoy spending time with those who mean the most. What are you most thankful for? Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving

 
(photo credit: Country Living Magazine, Martha Stewart Magazine, weheartit.com)
November 17, 2011

Favorite Holiday Recipes

by ClearanceCharms

Tis the season! The holidays are so very important to every member of the Clearance Charms family and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, we have reached a new level of excitement and holiday cheer! The staff would like to extend some holiday fun with our customers by sharing our most favorite holiday recipes! From drinks to desserts – we hope you find something to add to your table this year!

Directions: Combine the lemon juice, sugar, orange liqueur, Triple Sec, cognac, and orange juice in a non-reactive bowl and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the Champagne and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Pour into a decorative bowl or pitcher. Garnish with orange or lemon slices and fresh strawberries, if desired. Serve in Champagne flutes, wine glasses, or punch cups.

Directions: Drain pineapple and reserve juice. Add juice to 1/2 cup hot water and heat to boiling. Soften gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water. Dissolve softened gelatin in hot water-juice mixture. Let cool until it starts to set; don’t let the gelatin harden. Put cranberries through a grinder. Add ground berries, pineapple, nuts, and sugar to cooled gelatin mixture. Mix well. Pour into a bowl or mold. Refrigerate until completely set. Place mold in a warm water bath and run a knife around the edges to loosen. Invert onto a serving plate, garnish with parsley and a dollop of or whipped cream.


Directions: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and chop them finely. Set aside. Place the mushroom caps in a shallow bowl and toss with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and Marsala. Set aside.
Add the sausage to a medium skillet over medium heat, crumbling it with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook the sausage for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until it’s completely browned. Add the chopped mushroom stems and cook for 3 more minutes. Stir in the scallions and garlic and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the panko crumbs, stirring to combine evenly with all the other ingredients. Finally, swirl in the mascarpone and continue cooking until the mascarpone has melted and made the sausage mixture creamy. Off the heat, stir in the Parmesan, parsley, and season with salt and pepper, to taste, Cool slightly. Fill each mushroom generously with the sausage mixture. Arrange the mushrooms in a baking dish large enough to hold all the mushrooms in a snug single layer. Bake until the stuffing for 50 minutes, until the stuffing is browned and crusty.

Directions: Drain pineapple. Mix together pineapple, flour, sugar and cheese in a large mixing bowl. Prepare a baking dish and pour the mixture into the pan. Top mixture with 1 sleeve of crumbled ritz crackers. Melt the stick of butter and pour over crumbled crackers. Cook at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Directions: Discard neck; coarsely chop giblets, and return to roasting pan.  Bring drippings to a boil over medium-high; cook until liquid is brown and syrupy, 8 to 10 minutes. Add wine and cook, stirring constantly, until very syrupy, 8 to 10 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, until incorporated for about 1 minute. Gradually add broth, then 2 cups water. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until gravy reaches desired thickness for 5 minutes. Stir in bourbon; cook 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat; stir in cream. (If gravy is too thick, add water as necessary.) Pour gravy through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium saucepan; discard solids. Season with salt and pepper, and keep warm; whisk before serving. Try over potatoes.

Directions: Butter and flour a baking pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast walnuts for 5 minutes and place to the side. Grate the carrots and combine them with the buttermilk, vegetable oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and orange zest in a large mixing bowl. Whisk thoroughly. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cardamom, and cinnamon. Combine all ingredients and fold without overmixing, fold in walnuts last. Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 45 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes or until the cake cooks throughout. Frost with cream cheese frosting after cake has cooled completely. For the icing, In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese and butter on medium just until blended. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. With the speed on low, add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Place the frosting in the refrigerator for 5 to 10 minutes before using.

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For the filling, core and chop up all the apples. Mix all the ingredients together and place into 7 to 8-ounce ramekins. For the topping, mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in large bowl. Blend the butter into the mixture until it forms pea size lumps. Stir in pecans and sprinkle over filling. Bake crisps for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

We hope you and your family find these recipes as delicious as we do. If you have any fabulous family recipes, please feel free to share! Merry Eating and Happy Holidays!

(Credit: some recipe adjustments provided by www.foodnetwork.com)
November 15, 2011

How To: Use Slide Bracelets

by ClearanceCharms

Our gorgeous slide bracelets are a perfect gift for the upcoming holidays! They are adjustable and will fit any sized wrist. The bracelets can be a bit tricky at first, however with the guide below on how to properly open and close them,  you will learn to adjust them with ease!

Step 1:

Grasp the bracelet with both hands where the stones or crystals end on each side. 

Step 2:

Pull the two sides away from each other; your bracelet will slide open.

Step 3:

Place your wrist inside the bracelet.

Step 4:

Grasp the two dangling ends.

Step 5:

Pull the two dangling ends of the cord in opposite directions until the bracelet is as tight as you wish.

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Enjoy our wide variety of slide bracelets and shamballas! Happy shopping!

November 10, 2011

Holiday Party Attire

by ClearanceCharms

The holiday season is the best time of year for so many reasons – coming together with friends and family, giving gifts, and of course holiday parties! The biggest question of the season other than what presents to buy is what to wear to all the fabulous events! Since most would rather spend money on gifts than splurge on a new outfit, below are a few tips on how to create a holiday inspired look straight from your closet!

Some parties require little effort – for instance when dressing for an office party during or after hours, dress in something you would normally wear to work, but in holiday colors. A crimson sheath dress with a cardigan or shawl would be office party perfection. For a tacky sweater party – the dress attire is given, so go to your local thrift store and find the tackiest of tacky sweaters and just have fun with it!

For more formal occasions, try heavier fabrics in rich seasonal colors, such as a dark taffeta or velvet and don’t forget about sequins – an absolute must for the holiday. Layering is key! Layering will help keep you warm to and from the events without weighing you down once you arrive. Pair tights and a cardigan with your ensemble and winter coat – if you begin to get hot, you can remove layers, and if you are cold, you won’t have to wear a heavy jacket during the party to keep warm.

The key is to go with the flow while being functional and chic. If your significant other’s family spends Christmas morning in PJ’s, don’t show up in a cocktail dress – join in and wear red flannel or satin pajamas to be both festive and comfortable.

Remember that it is not about what you wear or how you look, the holidays are about being around those you love the most – the ones who have seen you in a sweatshirt and scrunchie before so don’t stress! Have fun and enjoy the company surrounding you! Happy holiday season!

(photo credit: Kate Spade New York – www.katespade.com)
November 9, 2011

Something Pretty

by ClearanceCharms

In apology for being terribly neglectful this week, we give you something pretty via Marchesa Fashions.  It’s been a whirlwind over here for the last few days and we promise to be back on track tomorrow.  Until then, we send you off with visions of tulle and lace.

xoxo

November 7, 2011

Baby, It’s Cold Outside…

by ClearanceCharms

As the air fills with a crisp chill and a steady feeling of fall settles over the evenings, we are drawn to the winter section in our closets that has been neglected for months and months. Finally, it is coat season!

Coats, jackets, cardigans – anything you can layer during the colder seasons are perfect for both warmth and style. Yes, you can look cute and be warm! Forego the oversized ski parkas for coats that are cute, functional, and reflect your individuality.

Traditionalist – Go for a classic wool pea coat or trench with clean lines.

 

 

Edgy – It’s all about the leather jacket over layers. Go biker chic with studs!

Trendsetter – Whether you prefer real or faux, fur is the way to go this season.

 

A great patterned coat can add some flair to any bland winter ensemble as well. Pair your coats with warm accessories such as oversized scarves and gloves and you’re more than ready to brave those harsh winter mornings while looking simply fabulous!

Don’t forget to donate your old coats to those in need! Whether to Goodwill, One Warm Coat, or any of the other amazing charities out there – let’s keep everyone warm this winter! Go online to find a coat drive near you.

(photo credit: tumblr and weheartit)
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