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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Kristi’s Individual Sized Breakfast Quiches

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This week Kristi featured her breakfast quiches as part of our Year of Making (#yearofmaking) challenge.  We had a lot of questions & comments on social media so we thought we’d feature her recipe so you can make them too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag thawed frozen hashbrowns (20-24 oz)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 12 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk (or water)
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese (plus extra to sprinkle onto the top).  You can use your favorite cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • salt & pepper

Instructions:

  1. Take a bag (24oz) of thawed hash browns, mix in 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper, 2 tbs oil and about 1⁄3 c shredded cheddar cheese. Put then in a well greased muffin tin and make a well in the center. I ended up making 2 muffin tins (24 cups).
  2. Bake at 425°F for 15­-18 minutes, cover with foil if the edges appear to be getting too brown.
  3. Lower the oven to 350°F.
  4. In a medium bowl beat eggs, then beat in milk (or water). Add chopped spinach to mixture and mix well.
  5. Pour this mixture into the hashbrown “nests” leaving some space for add-ins. Then add tomatoes and mushrooms (or whatever you want to add) into each cup. try not to overflow egg mixture out of the muffin tin.
  6. Top with shredded cheese.
  7. Bake for about 13­-16 minutes.
  8. Gentle slide a knife along the edges, and gently pull up with a fork.

Put any leftovers in the freezer to be reheated for quick and nutritious breakfasts.  Enjoy!

 
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Happy Earth Week from Hang Ups in KC

Earth Day is celebrated around the world every year on April 22nd.  We celebrate the Earth year-around by doing what we can for the environment such as recycling, buying energy efficient appliances, teaching our kids about the environment and repurposing not only at home but in our business.  Did you know that approximately 80% of our handmade jewelry is created from repurposed items?  In case you did not know this we thought we’d share some photos to show you what we can do with vintage and repurposed treasures.

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From left to right: Dream Bracelet, from our Literacy Kansas City Collection, made from a repurposed leather belt and a vintage spoon handle.  Upcycled Guitar String Earrings from our Band of Angels Collection.

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From left to right:  Antique Typewriter Key Earrings, from our Literacy Kansas City Collection.  An upcycled Antique Sugar Spoon Necklace hanging from a long silver chain.

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From left to right:  Live, Love, Read Necklace, from our Literacy Kansas City Collection, made from a vintage silver plated teaspoon.  Upcycled Clarinet Key Bracelet from our Band of Angels Collection.

If you’d like to see more of our creations come and visit us at hangupsinkc.com.  Our friends at Handmade in Kansas City are also featuring several locally handmade eco-friendly creations in their blog this week.  Check them out at handmadeinkc.com – you’ll love what they have to offer.

We can all make a difference!  We’d love to hear how you celebrate Earth, whether it’s on Earth Day or any other day.

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Blogs and Books and Podcasts Oh My!

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As you can see from the photos we were definitely not in Kansas!  We just got back from our 3rd year attending the wonderful Craftcation Conference  in beautiful Ventura, California. Craftcation is an annual four-day business and makers conference featuring industry professionals leading attendees in hands-on food & craft workshops, lectures and panels on creative business.  The location, a sleepy little seaside surfing town, is so creatively inspiring.  The hosts Nicole and Delialah of Dear Handmade Life do an excellent job of creating an open, inspiring and sharing community.

We learned about paying ourselves, pricing, wholesale, social media, blogging, newsletters and book proposals.  We took creative classes where we learned to play with image transfers and make stamped clay metal pendants.

We also met and learned about leading “handmade” industry authors, bloggers and podcasters.  We’d love to share some of our favorites with you.

Blogs:

  1. While She Naps by Abby Glassenberg.  Abby’s blog is a virtual fountain of information on topics such as running your small business to sewing patterns & DIY’s.
  2. Tara Swiger is a maker, author and small business genius.  Her blog will help you get serious about the financial and marketing aspects of your business.
  3. Wise Craft by Blair Stocker.  We especially love Blair’s craft projects that involve upcycling.  She has a wide range of talents and it is so fun to follow her adventures.

Handmade Business Books:

  1. The Handmade Marketplace and Grow Your Handmade Business by Kari Chapin.  These two books are excellent reference for people thinking of selling or currently selling their own handmade goods.
  2. Make it Mighty Ugly by Kim Werker.  This book is a funny and insightful weapon that you can use to slay your creative demons.
  3. The Brilliant Ideas Launch Pad and Make It Happen by Kari Chapin.  These inspiring workbooks help to generate and capture your best ideas & track your productivity.

Podcasts:

  1. Fresh Rag is a podcast hosted by Dave Conrey.  Dave’s energy is contagious as he lights a fire under us and shows us how to make more from our creative pursuits.
  2. Raise Your Hand.  Say Yes. hosted by Tiffany Han.  Tiffany’s podcasts involve so so many of our creative hero’s.  Listen now and every day.  She’ll change your life.
  3. Dear Handmade Life with Nicole Stevenson and Delilah Snell is fun, inspiring and has wonderful variety.

On a final note, CreativeLive is an excellent resource for creative souls.  They offer a wide selection of online workshops that you can watch for FREE.  Can you believe it?  Some of our favorite handmade guru’s are instructors.  Megan Anderson has an upcoming class where she’ll cover craft photography fundamentals , Megan Auman is teaching a workshop called Make a Living Selling What You Make and Nicole Stevenson‘s workshop is called Craft Show Secrets, How to Get In, Make Sales and Grow Your Business.  CreativeLive is also an excellent resource for photographers so spread the word!

All of these resources are at your fingerstips.  Check out our recommendations – we promise you won’t be disappointed.  Happy making!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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