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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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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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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

Tina-S.-OH-3

Skull Medium Pouch for Tina S. in OR

Stephanie-H-in-MA-2

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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Happy New Year!

I think Lulu is still recovering after last night’s revelry. I hope you and yours had a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season.

Welcome 2014, I have a feeling you’re going to be tremendous!

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This Week on Facebook

We featured a bunch of pretty designs from you fab designers! We love making custom bags because it’s so cool to see what you guys come up with. I just love some of the creations from this week:

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Small Pouch + Strap for Lisa L. in WA

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Small Pouch + Strap for Lisa L. in WA

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Medium Pouch + Strap for Jennifer C. in CA

JenniferCinCA

Card Pouch and Medium Pouch + Strap for Jennifer C. in CA

New Zippy Purse for Tessa T. in TX

New Zippy Purse for Tessa T. in TX

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Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Pantone’s color of the year for 2014: Radiant Orchid! What do you think? Do you like? For me, nothing get’s better than 2013’s color of the year which was emerald. I LOVE JEWEL TONES.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

412Happy Thanksgiving designers! I hope you have a day filled with laughter, family, friends and gratitude. I’m thankful to each of you for lending eThreads your opinions, support, and general awesomeness. Thanks guys! Enjoy the day!

(PS – This is a picture of a wild turkey in our neighbor’s backyard. We live on the 3rd floor so this guy is like 40 or 50 feet up. Crazy!)

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