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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.

Monday
Mar312014

90 - photo diary

My photo diary for March 2014.

Spring has definitely sprung here in Miami even though the weather is always gorgeous. I'm so happy that my parents made their second visit to Miami to escape the Michigan snow and celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.

This month was my three year Instagram anniversary and I gained 1000 followers! I've pretty much kicked Facebook and Twitter (except tweet chats) to the curb. And speaking of tweet chats; every Wednesday I participate in the Alt Design Summit #altchat and I won a ticket to the summer conference! This will be my first time attending the blogger conference and I'm super excited!

And, thanks to an Istagram discovery, I'm trying out Your Tea for 14 days. I'm drinking the tea twice a day to combat bloatness and manage my weight. So I'm spring cleaning my body!

Did you know that if you turn in six empty M.A.C. containers you can get a free eye shadow or lip gloss? I finally had enough M.A.C. empty containers to get a free eyeshadow! This is my second free Sable eyeshadow. Love it!

My foodie moment of the month was trying out an recipe for Vegan Peanut Butter Swril Browies. This was my 1st time making brownies with black beans. And these gluten-free babies were so moist and delicious! I will be definitely making them again.

Hope you're having a happy start to spring! I'll see you on Instagram.

Sunday
Mar302014

122 - gray is great

I've been loving the geometric ripples of the faceted trend! These objects are minimal, yet the sharp details gives a detailed surface. The neutral palette of soft and gentle shades of gray makes me love this trend even more! Here are some gray faceted pieces.

clock | ring | vase | glass

 

HAPPY SUNDAY!

Thursday
Mar272014

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

Andrea and Bryan are proof that couples that work together, stay together! I shared their story March 2010. This couple is still going strong after fourteen years of marriage and nine years of business!

Andrea and Bryan Ring, Amuck
MAIN CRAFT:
design / metalsmithing
WEB SITE: amuckdesign.com
BLOG: amuckdesign.blogspot.com
ETSY: amuckdesign
TWITTER: @amuckdesign
LOCATION: Kansas City, MO

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Andrea and Bryan are still focusing on making jewelry out of recycled street signs and license plates, even more so since 2010. Amuck is still a part-time endeavor since Bryan is still a book designer at Hallmark Cards and Andrea has moved from Halls department store visual merchandiser to Hallmark as a creative assistant building mockups for the visual merchandising team.

When I last checked in with Andrea, March 2010, she was working on a 365 Ring a Day challenge. She successfully completed it and a book under the same title was published in 2011. There was even an exhibit of many of the rings from multiple participants held in Seattle at Punch Gallery. Andrea had fourteen rings included in the exhibition. They were playful rings made from paper, plastic animals, street signs, a toothbrush and more. (See Andrea's 365 rings here.)

Recently Andrea finished the Brooch a Day 2013 challenge. (See Andrea's 365 brooches here.)

Last year Andrea and Bryan won an invitational award at the Kansas City Plaza Art Fair and they are currently planning the collection they will show at this September's Art Fair.

The couple has been taking some enameling and hand engraving courses to add to their skill set. So look out for new Amuck pieces!

The Ring's advice for a successful business is to "have fun, keep going and never give up." And they've stuck their own words. Andrea says, "If we weren't having fun there's no way we'd be able to continue. Actually some of the designs we are sketching out right now incorporate humor!"

Andrea and Bryan show that a partnership made from love and friendship can be a long-lasting business model and marriage.

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