Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cooking With Etsy Dallas: Stuffed Peppers

Whether your trying to eat healthy but with flavor or simply looking to try something new for dinner, you can't go wrong with stuffed peppers. This is a wonderful, quick, and healthy recipe that everyone will enjoy!

Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients you will need:
2 whole peppers (either yellow, orange, or red, Green peppers don’t turn out well)
1 whole red onion
½ cup of Portobello baby mushrooms
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
2 garlic cloves or 1 Tbsp of garlic powder
2 Tbsp safflower or coconut oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice peppers in half.

Once oven has reached 425 degrees, place peppers on a baking sheet and bake with open sides up for 20 minutes.

While the peppers are baking you need a good open frying pan. Add oil and set heat to medium. Finely dice mushrooms… I prefer using a cheese grater. Dice the entire onion. Crush the garlic and mix with mushrooms and onions in the heated pan. Add your mixture into the pan and sauté for 5 minutes. Once the onions have begun to caramelize, toss in the remaining ingredients.

*An alternative to the oil is just 1 Tbsp of water, you just have to watch and stir more often.

Once the mixture has been sautéed, the peppers should be done with their 20 minutes. Carefully take out the peppers and keep them on the baking sheet. Take your saute mixture and spoon it evenly inside the peppers and continue to bake for 10 more minutes.

The peppers had been devoured before I had a chance to take a photo of the final product but they should look something like this: (You can leave the pepper stem on but I prefer to take it off.)

Photo courtesy of Nibbledish

- Margaret of Three Yellow Starfish

Monday, February 15, 2010

Calling All Artists, Designers, and Crafters

Etsy Dallas, the original local craft collective, will offer up quality handmade goods from over 50 local artists and designers on Saturday, May 1st from 11am-5pm. In the spirit of supporting the local handmade movement, the Bash will be held at South Side on Lamar (1409 South Lamar St.) a local historic gem in the heart of The Cedars neighborhood just south of downtown.

Along with hand-picked locally-made goods, the Bash will offer up live DJ music, free charity raffle, photo booth, DIY crafts, and 50 free goody bags stuffed with top quality handmade swag. Admission is free. Sponsorship packages available on our web site. Come on out to the Bash - a hip, modern craft event full of shopping, music, and handmade good times. Think of it as a celebration - not just your typical craft show!

Artist applications are now being accepted now through March 5th. Please click here for more info about how to become a Spring Bash 2010 artist. Artist applications are closed.

The Spring Bash loves it's sponsors. If you have a business that would like to sponsor the Spring Bash, please click here for more information.

Posted by: Pamela Michelle

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Couples of Etsy Dallas

Aw, February... Etsy Dallas is by no means immune to the month of LOVE. In fact, many of us believe our significant others are a part of Etsy Dallas, too (and in some cases, they really are team members themselves). We'd love to take some time to introduce you to a few couples of Etsy Dallas.

Erin, of Haute Hardware, and her husband Rod have been together for four years (top left). Erin swears she knew he was a keeper when he helped her at her first craft show, which just so happened to be an outdoor, weekend-long event in the cold of December. And wanna know a secret? Turns out Rod is pretty talented in jewelry making, helping Erin however he can. We're always thrilled to see this pair at our parties and events.

Shay and Jeff (top right) make up Bee Things, one of our most recent additions to the team. The name "Bee Things" comes from Jeff's nickname for Shay - he used to tease her about her things around the house, saying they were her "bee things." They work very closely, dreaming up ideas and then executing each one. Welcome to the team, love birds!

Laura of laura davis/ design lab has been with Etsy Dallas since the First Annual Spring Bash and we feel like we've seen just as much of her boyfriend, Jeff, as we've seen of her! This super cute couple (seen second left) met in a woodworking & metals shop. Jeff comes from an architecture background and you can see some of his diagrams pop up in a few of Laura's drool-worthy embroidery. Although she loves to use super-snarky anti-love phrases, I'd bet there aren't too many of those phrases thrown around their home.

Stephanie, of XY Factory, has been married to her husband Aaron for six years. They work back to back in their little studio - Aaron just recently opened an etsy shop of his own, called Berserk Shirts. Check them out in the second right photo.

James and Carrie (third left), of OneUpDesigns, met in Portland and have been together thirteen (they swear it's lucky) years! They were very sneaky in their interview - it seems they have some top secret colloborative work to unveil at the upcoming Spring Bash. A lucky year indeed!

Our Etsy Dallas founder, Stephanie Hindall of TefiDesigns, has been with her boyfriend Jason since May 23, 2001 (which Stephanie points out is Bonnie & Clyde's death anniversary). Jason has continued to be hugely supportive of Stephanie at shows, when she's working on her jewelry, and of the team. I don't even think he minds us calling him "Tefi's Baby Daddy." Did you see cute baby Ian in the third right photo?

PamelaMichelle and Dylan of DowdyStudio (seen bottom left) are both Leadership Team Members of Etsy Dallas. You can find them sharing a booth and displaying together at local shows. Pamela has even worked a bit on using some of Dylan's art for her jewelry. We can't wait to see all the collaborations to come out of this pairing... 'cause they're totally gettin' hitched in October!!

If you've ever purchased from Harrilu at an event, there's a good chance you met both artist Megan and her husband Michael. It's fairly obvious that she's proud to have such great support: turns out he's pretty handy when a screen need re-stretching or some paperwork needs attention. They stand as proof: you can actually meet the love of your life at a bar on New Years. Who knew!

Jenna, of Wrap Couture, and her husband Justin are always the life of an Etsy Dallas party. Justin helps Jenna out at shows and she returns the favor by helping him out in his photography business. They just celebrated their third wedding anniversary!

We hope you have some special plans for Valentine's Day - whether it's going out, staying in, being with the one you love, or just treating yourself. And if you don't have a Valentine this year, we hope you'll be ours!

- With love from Etsy Dallas
(post written by Cheyne of Cut Out and Collect, who can be seen kissing fellow Etsy Dallas member Thomas, of DowntownRoasters in the bottom right photo).

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Meet the 2010 Members!

We are so excited to finally unveil the line-up of our 2010 members. This is one awesome-ly talented group of local Dallas artists and crafters - we couldn't be more pleased! The competition was fierce, and we truly thank everyone who applied. The task was not an easy one! So without further ado, we bring you the 2010 Etsy Dallas Members!

P.S. Check out the following Valentine's Day gift guides to see some of our talented newbies' handmade work!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: For Him

Picking out a gift for that special guy can be a tricky adventure. Etsy Dallas to the rescue with some suggestions to help you make a fab handmade gift-y decision this Valentine's Day.

For the band guy (or wannabe), this great bracelet by eye on the sparrow is made from recycled guitar and bass strings from local bands. While it looks cool & is eco-friendly, it also helps support local musicians.

Check out this cool tee from Dowdy Studio. It features an original illustration of the "Rocker Hand" done by Dylan and is hand silk screened onto a 100% cotton prewashed v-neck tee . After you see how good it looks on your man, you may want to kidnap it from his closet to wear yourself! (Maybe you should get two?)

This Black Leather Glycerin Soap from The Pig and the Peacock has a beautiful mock crock texture that is a must see and touch. The fragrance is like soft leather that's like "buttah" with a bit of sensual and sexy thrown in for good measure.

Consider giving all three -- he'll look good and smell good! Happy Shopping and Happy Valentine's Day a little early!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Valentine Day Gift Guide: For Her

Thinking about everyday chocolate and flowers for that special gal this Valentine's Day? Why not go one step further and give her something lovely and handmade? Here are some girly gifties from the Etsy Dallas Team that are sure to please.

This pretty soap from Where Water Comes Down smells sweet like strawberry and baby powder. The sweetness will linger longer than just Valentine's Day. Be sure to check out her other available soaps as well.

This whimsical 8" x 10" print of an original painting from The Miscellany was inspired by the feeling of the artist's first date with her now husband.

This sweet valentine letterpress card from Color Box Design + Letterpress is tied with a velvet ribbon. Cupid is helping deliver the message "Be Mine" -- who wouldn't be thrilled to receive this?

This cute and fun fabric plant for Jane Joss is perfect and thoughtful gift even for those with a brown thumb. This 5" tall beauty made with Moda's Ambrosia in Rose fabric and is sure to brighten any decor– green thumb not required.

On your mark, get set, go shopping! While you're at it, check out great items from the rest of the Etsy Dallas team.
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