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Thursday
Apr172014

spice up your Easter brunch with these deviled egg recipes

Easter Sunday is this weekend! Here are two spicy deviled egg recipes that I made for the spring 2014 Gift Scout gift guide that will have your taste buds humming.

The Guacamole Stuffed Eggs recipe is from NatashasKitchen.com. For an extra kick I added some wasabi horseradish!

The Sriracha Deviled Eggs recipe is from CHOW.com. I sprinkled on some chipotle and topped off the eggs with a dot of Sriracha.

Both recipes turned out delicious! I've only made, and had, classic deviled eggs before. The guacamole paired so well with the eggs. Who knew?!? The wasabi horseradish totally took it to the next level. And the Sriracha deviled eggs had that traditional deviled egg taste with a kick of rooster sauce. I also used vegenaise instead of mayo. Obvisoully deviled eggs aren't vegan, but with my plant-based lifestyle I chose vegan and gluten-free options when possible.

To make my eggs pretty I used Bake It Pretty jumbo open star pastry tip for the guacamole stuffed eggs and the jumbo French style pastry tip for the Sriracha deviled eggs.

Here is a tip when using pastry bags for icing or any kind of filling.

1. Place the icing tip into the icing bag.
2.
Place the icing bag into a glass or cup.
3.
Fold the edges over the sides of the cup.
4.
Fill the bag with your filling.
5. Remove and pipe away!

Check out the spring 2014 Gift Scout gift guide for the other goodies that I made and gift inspiration! And HAPPY EASTER!

Tuesday
Apr152014

gift guide: spring 2014 Gift Scout

The spring 2014 Gift Scout 2014 is here!

Dayle and I have spring fever and we've put together an inspirational gift guide filled with spring gifts and DIYs perfect for the Easter and Mother's Day celebration season.

Dayle has you covered with crafty gift DIYs. But this time I did a couple of DIYs with foodie and mani DIY!

We'll see you in June with the summer issue! If you'd like to collaborate with us please send us an email.

Thursday
Apr102014

Where are they now? THE WASH, crafty girls come clean

During my last eight months in Kansas City I had the pleasure of working closely with Emily, jewelry designer and wedding florist, with my creation of the KC Blogger Meetup group.

Four years ago I told Emily's story on my blog. A lot has changed for her, including a brand new baby girl! Let's catch up with Emily and see where is is now.

Emily Jungden Walters
MAIN CRAFT:
floral and jewelry designer
SITE: emmy-ray.com
BLOG: Handmaker of Things and Middle of the Map Weddings
TWITTER: emmyray
FACEBOOK: emmyraydesign
PINTEREST: emmyray
INSTAGRAM: emmyray
LOCATION: Kansas City, MO

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When we last checked in with Emily she was working heavily with jewelry and dabbling in wedding floral arranging with her emmy-ray design business. Since then Emily's floral business has kept growing and growing! 

"I love flowers, and getting to take part in someone's wedding or special event is such an amazing (and addicting feeling). However I still dabble in all things creative, making bridal and wedding accessories mostly."

Emily's floral business has taken off because it went from a part time/weekend gig to a full time job. Unfortunately, in 2010 the school, where she was an elementary art teacher, closed.

"After the school closed it was the perfect opportunity to dive head first into the floral design aspect of my business, and I've never looked back! I never would've thought that it would have become the bulk of my business, and allow me to do things full time. I feel so blessed every day to be able to do what I love as a job!"

Referrals are 90% of where Emily receives her business.

"I am a strong believer in building relationships with other small business owners in order to help each other grow and thrive. I couldn't be successful without those relationships I created with other wedding vendors, as well as my past clients."

Emily has done a lot of styling for editorial shoots for the past three years.

"I absolutely LOVE it! My current business goals would include expanding the services we offer into styling. I'd like to expand this beyond the wedding realm into possible product or fashion styling in the future."

Blogging is also something Emily passionate about. In the last few years Emily dove head first into blogging and creative consulting with her two blogs; Handmaker of Things and Middle of the Map Weddings. And she's continued managing the KC Blogger Meetup group that we started.

"I really enjoy doing consulting for small businesses on how to use blogging and social media. I'd love to add this aspect to my business as well, sharing my knowledge about online networking with people new to the blogging and social media world. "

Emily's newest special project is a collaboration with her husband. They just welcomed their first child, a baby girl, into their family!

"I'm taking it easy for the most part in 2014 and trying to focus on being the best mom I can be. However I am hoping to do some re-branding projects later in the year, and begin offering some new services as part of my business in 2015."

Emily shows that when one door closes, several more open!

You can catch up with other inspirational stories like Emily's on Where are they now? THE WASH, crafty girls come clean.

Monday
Apr072014

almond-oat enegry bites: revisited

Almond-oat energy bites are a no-bake dessert that I've been making for a few years now. It's been a favorite of mine and of people that I've shared it with. It even appeared in the 2012 Ruche Sugar and Spice Dessert Cookbook!

I like to try out different variations of it. This time I made the best combo ever!

 INGREDIENTS
• 2 1/2 cups rolled oats, divided
• 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds divided (not raw is ok)
• 1/2 cup raisins (chopped) OR dried cranberries (chopped)
• 2 Tbs. raw sunflower seeds (not raw &/or salted is ok)
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 cup almond butter
• 1/3 cup + 1 Tbs. honey & 2 Tbs. raw agave nectar, OR 1/3 cup organic brown rice syrup
• 1 tps. vanilla extract
optional, 2 Tbs. roasted coconut chips
optional, 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

I'm especially pleased with this batch of almond-oat energy bites because I used Trader Joe's gluten-free rolled oats. Knowing that my husband can safely enjoy these bites with his gluten allergy makes me a happy wife. I also added Trader Joe's roasted coconut chips. I've tried shredded coconut strips before. But they taste and look like pieces of plastic to me. Toasting some finely shredded coconut is decent. But Trader Joe's roasted coconut chips are the best! They are light, crisp and full of flavor. Just chop them up for this recipe.

I also used my new friend, organic brown rice syrup instead of the honey and agave. The organic brown rice syrup is sugar-free and pleasantly sweet. In the past I've found that the honey and agave combo made the bites too sweet.

Along with the roasted coconut chips, I did cranberries for this batch. I also snuck in some mini chocolate chips at the last minute (not photographed)! NOTE: When you add extra ingredients, like coconut and chocolate chips, you may need to add a bit more almond butter or organic brown rice syrup/honey to be sure that everything sticks together. Add a tablespoon at a time. Also the 30 minute set in the freezer will help everything stick together (see instructions below).

INSTRUCTIONS
1.
Grind 1/2 cup oats + 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds in food processor until powders. Transfer to medium bowl; set aside.

2. Combine remaining oats, remaining pumpkin seeds, raisins, sunflower seeds + cinnamon in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients until soft dough forms.

3. Put the bowl of the mixture in the freezer for about 30 minutes to set. Almond butter tends to be a bit runny. The cold will help hold everything together.

4. Take bowl out of the freezer. To make 1-inch balls, put the mix in your hands and make a fist, alternating hands to make the ball. Do not roll the ball in your hands or it'll fall apart.

5. Coat balls in oat-pumpkin seed powder. Serve or store in the fridge.

Makes about 16-18 balls.

Please leave me a comment if you make them and what kind of goddies you put inside. You can totally make the almond-oat energy bites, gluten-free, raw and/or sugar-free! ENJOY!

Tuesday
Apr012014

my blogiversary

Today is my six year blogiversary!

On April 1, 2008 I began the Dirty Laundry blog. Back then I was making aprons and I was preparing for a fashion show. So I thought that having a blog to showcase the aprons for the show would be a cool promotion. After the show was over I began blogging about apron inspiration. After awhile I started to run out of aprons to talk about and I began to blog about crafty and cool inspiration. Later on aprons fell to the wayside and cupcake bath fizzies became my superstar product. However, I never became a soap blogger or talked about my product much on the blog. I blogged about whatever!

The Dirty Laundry blog became my place to share my daily delights of trends in food, beauty, fashion, home and design. My personal journal really. I've watched my stats go up and down. I've watched bloggers come and go. There are SO MANY bloggers nowadays and the blogging game has drastically changed. I'm just appreciative of everyone that has followed me on my adventures.

Since December, 2013, the blog has become a full-time job for me, along with freelance graphic design, and other things for my brand. And I still have days of "is anyone reading this blog but me?" I've started several blog redesigns (I planned on having a new blog design today, LOL!), tried different topics and wondered why other blogs have soared in popularity past me. But I've stayed true to myself and kept on going because my ultimate goal is to inspire and share. If I touch one person, every day, that's enough for me.

All day today I reflected on what I was going to write for my six year blogiversary blog post. I really didn't want to make a big deal about it . But I found out that I'm truly living my dream.