Food Fun: Easy Fillo Cup Recipes

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Raspberry & Brie on the left. Goat cheese, caramelized onions, and thyme on right. OMG yes more please.

We recently celebrated the husband’s birthday with an amazing potluck dinner. I was in charge of bringing an app and dessert.

I’m a huge fan of those small fillo cups you find in the freezer. They’re about $2 for 15. I keep two boxes in my freezer at all times in case of unexpected guests. Fill the cups, bake them, done and delicious.

I tried two new recipes that night and they were so life changing I just had to share:

 

 

1) Raspberry & Brie: Fill the bottom of the cups with brie (about 1 tbsp) and top off with equal parts raspberry jam. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F and done.

2) Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions & Thyme: Fill the bottom of the cups with a small spoonful of goat cheese (I found honey gouda goat cheese at Trader Joe’s – OMG heavenly). Sprinkle with a dash of dried thyme. Add a topping of caramelized onions. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F and done.

Honestly, the caramelized onions take the longest in all this – about a half hour to cook. I used 3/4 of an onion for 30 cups. While the onions are caramelizing you can prepare the raspberry & brie cups. Bake all the cups at the same time. Don’t know how to caramelize onions? It basically requires onions and a lot of butter. Here’s an easy recipe.

 

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The husband Case enjoying whiskey through a crazy eyeglass straw. Both were awesome gifts.

Do you need a quick dessert? Fill fillo cups with Nutella. I usually add mixed berries (fresh or frozen) to one half of the tray and peanut butter + a slice of banana on the other half. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F and done.

These recipes are a HUGE hit – they’re super tasty and easy to eat. There’s zillion more recipes for fillo cups, but I’m all about the easy ones that give me leftover cheese to eat.

 

 

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Testimonial: Diaper Bag for Karina B. in NH

You guys … Karina in NH just got the best.diaper.bag.ever courtesy of her thoughtful friend Anna.

Anna loved it: “It’s so awesome, I might have to have another baby. Everyone freaked out about it at the baby shower, your cards were snapped up.”

Karina is due really soon with baby #3 … congrats Karina!

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Want to design your own diaper bag? It’s not on the site yet but you can order one anyway like Anna did. Here are the details: It’s 16″W x 13″ H x 5″D with 2 bottle pockets, 2 large exterior pockets, 1 small cell pocket, 3 interior patch pockets, 2 massive interior diaper pockets and bonus key ring clip. It’s lined in super durable waterproof nylon which wipes down easily. It’s $220 for the diaper bag which includes the Mommy Pouch + Strap. You can design with any of the fabrics on our site or we can special order fabric. Ready to get started? Send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com.

 

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Customer Bags on Facebook

We’ve posted some super pretty designs from you fab designers! In case you missed it on Facebook, check out some recent custom made bags:

Day of the Dead Medium Pouch for Michelle D. in MD

Day of the Dead Medium Pouch for Michelle D. in MD

Day of the Dead Medium Pouch for Michelle D. in MD

Day of the Dead Medium Pouch for Michelle D. in MD

Cupcake Medium Pouch for Geoffrey R. in SC

Cupcake Medium Pouch for Geoffrey R. in SC

Cupcake Medium Pouch for Geoffrey R. in SC

Cupcake Medium Pouch for Geoffrey R. in SC

Red Poppies for Stephanie L. in WA

Red Poppies for Stephanie L. in WA

Red Poppies for Stephanie L. in WA

Red Poppies for Stephanie L. in WA

Magenta Burberry for Amanda P. in FL

Magenta Burberry for Amanda P. in FL

Magenta Burberry for Amanda P. in FL

Magenta Burberry for Amanda P. in FL

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Throwback Thursday: rePurpose T-shirt Bags

Wow … I just found these old pics of some of our first attempts at recycled t-shirt bags. We’ve come a long way in the six years these pictures have been taken – one of those bag styles doesn’t even exist anymore!

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10 Painless Ways to Change Your Messy Habits

I believe a clean space = a clean mind. It’s easier to think and be productive in a clean room, never mind a lot healthier.

Everyone is super busy though and it’s hard to keep up with a clean house. That’s why I loved these 10 easy tips from the Huffington Post about changing messy habits.

I especially love tips #7 and #8 about wiping down the sink and counters ’cause you KNOW kitties are all up in there. Especially our little one named Smoke:

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eThreads in People StyleWatch Magazine!

Remember back in November I mentioned we made some rePurposed t-shirt bags for a popular magazine? Well, that magazine was People StyleWatch and this issue we’re in it!

Check us out in the April 2014 edition with the gorgeous Gabrielle Union on the cover. We’re in the “Easy Eco” section talking about easy ways to be green:

eThreads in People StyleWatch Magazine

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eThreads in People StyleWatch Magazine

 

 

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Yes We Make Custom iPad and Tablet Cases!

We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about our iPad and tablet cases so here’s all the info:

1) We have two kinds of cases: a) slip cover b) “purse” style with exterior pocket and strap.

2) The slip cover style is $25, the “purse” style is $45.

3) Both are lined in waterproof nylon so your technology stays dry & secure.

4) We have 3 sizes in each style to fit every tablet.

5) They are not on our site yet, but you can order one now – send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com to get started.

6) We’re currently at 1-2 weeks delivery time.

Anything else I didn’t cover here? Leave a comment below!

iPad and Tablet Custom Bags

“Sleeve” style ($25) on left, “Purse” style with pocket and strap ($45) on right

iPad and Tablet Custom Bags

iPad “purse” style & Medium Pouch for Cassi W. in FL

iPad and Tablet Custom Bags

iPad “purse” style made from a rePurposed t-shirt

iPad and Tablet Custom Bags

iPad “purse” style in cream and black specialty damask, $45

iPad and Tablet Custom Bag

iPad mini “purse” style in black and cream specialty leaves, $45

iPad and Tablet Custom Bags

iPad mini “purse” style in black and cream specialty leaves, $45 (interior)

 

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Customer Bags on Facebook

We’ve posted some super pretty designs from you fab designers! In case you missed it on Facebook, check out some recent custom made bags:

Celine-S-in-VA-2

Zippy Purse for Celine S. in VA

Celine-S-in-VA-1

Zippy Purse for Celine S. in VA

Tori-in-CA-2

Small Zippy Pouch for Tori M. in CA

Tori-in-CA-1

Small Zippy Pouch for Tori M. in CA

Carrie-in-NJ-1

Small Zippy Pouch for Carrie P. in NJ

Carrie-in-NJ-2

Small Zippy Pouch for Carrie P. in NJ

Tina-S.-OH-2

Skull Medium Pouch for Tina S. in OR

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Skull Medium Pouch for Tina S. in OR

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Straight Wristlet for Stephanie H. in MA

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Straight Wristlet for Stephanie H. in MA

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Indie Artists: Got a Business Question for Me?

library booksFriends, I’m writing a book about marketing & business secrets for the artist and crafter. It’s covering everything from starting a business to pricing your stuff to selling in stores. Anyone out there selling their art/craft or thinking about it? Any questions I could include in the book (and help answer here)? Thank you! (PS – this is a pic of my recent library haul … I LOVE the library more than I can adequately express.)

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Testimonial: Dark Blue and Gold Butterfly Bag for Linda S. in MA

Linda S. in MA designed the prettiest Straight Wristlet with this gorgeous deep blue butterfly fabric with gold highlights:

LOVE the butterfly bag you made for me! The quality of your work is outstanding, and having a creative, well-made bag that is a unique creation is a plus. I really enjoy your bags and can’t thank you enough!

Oh thank YOU Linda! What a lovely bag!

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