Kikiverde Design Studio on the Etsy Conversations Podcast

Kikiverde Design Studio on the Etsy Conversations Podcast Episode 096

Hello everyone, I know I have been absent for a few weeks but that’s because I’ve been working on all kinds of fun things to share! (Not to mention I was also under the weather…) I have a recipe post drafted that just needs some finishing touches and I’m hoping to share another DIY project soon, too. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I was recently a guest …

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Pumpkin Spice Truffles (naturally vegan & gluten free!)


Count me in with the millions of people that look forward to when fall rolls around because we can indulge in pumpkin spice everything. The only problem is that when you have food allergies it can get a little tricky because so many pumpkin spice things are on the no-no list. I recently saw an ad for Pumpkin Spice Latte M&M’s and my heart did a little tumble– something I …

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Welcome Autumn – Free Printable for Fall


I know that today is only the first day of September and autumn technically does not arrive for a few more weeks but I wanted to share this free printable for fall with you so that you’d have it in time for your autumnal decorating. Just for fun I doodled the image last fall on my iPad using the Paper app. (Which is one of my all-time favorites and great …

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Sausage Sheet Pan Supper Recipe


I’m always on the prowl for quick and easy recipes that aren’t the same old, same old. I think everyone can relate to that–even people who love to prepare elaborate meals are looking for something quick and easy every now and then! Enter Sheet Pan Suppers. I can’t remember when I first learned about this concept but it seems to be growing in popularity. Especially with back-to-school time rolling around …

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Summer Garden Salad with Lemon Dill Dressing


I’m going to forewarn you; this Summer Garden Salad with Lemon Dill Dressing is definitely not for folks who prefer to rip open a bag of blended lettuce, toss in some cherry tomatoes, grab a bottle of dressing from the fridge and call it good. It is a bit time-consuming to prepare but absolutely worth the effort. The salad is more of a main event, it’s the kind of inspired …

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Hush Puppy Corn Muffins


When I was much younger, (circa the days of stirrup pants and a side ponytail with a headband) one of my favorite places to go out to eat with my family was Red Lobster. The irony in this is that I didn’t eat seafood, in fact, the thought of eating fish of any kind made (and makes) me gag. So why did I love Red Lobster so much? Aside from …

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Beef & Basil Stir-Fry with Summer Vegetables


Got squash? If you grow a garden or like to visit the farmers market, this recipe for Beef & Basil Stir-Fry with Summer Vegetables is perfect for you! The original recipe for Beef & Basil Stir-Fry with Summer Vegetables is from the Williams Sonoma blog.  I discovered the recipe about a year ago and thought it sounded fabulous. We tried it out and it quickly became one of my favorite …

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Make it: Patriotic Flag Craft


A few weeks ago, I got an email from my mom asking me for some help with putting the words to the Pledge of Allegiance onto an outline of the American flag. Every year towards the end of June, the Lioness chapter in my hometown hosts a free patriotic coloring contest and afternoon of crafts for kids. Making this patriotic flag craft was one of the activities that the kids …

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad - vegan and gluten free. Perfect for summer picnics at the park!

I remember going through a phase a few years ago when I made tabbouleh on a weekly or bi-monthly basis. We just couldn’t get enough of the stuff. I first had tabbouleh back in college. I’ve mentioned before the awesome Global Vegetarian kitchen that was available to us in our dining hall. Growing up in the middle of nowhere my previous experience with global cuisine was Chinese take-out and the …

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Baltimore Herb Festival 2015


It is no secret that I love and look forward to the Baltimore Herb Festival at Leakin Park every year. (You can read about previous trips here, here, and here.) This year the weather was cool and breezy which was perfect for poking around all the vendor tents to see what treasures they had. Some of our favorites: Hillcrest Nursery– super-friendly people selling certified organic herb plants in just about every …

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Growing Chives & Simple Spaghetti with Chives


Have you ever grown chives? I have. More accurately I have “grown” chives. Chives never seemed to do well in my garden and it wasn’t until last year that I learned why. During a chat at the 2014 Baltimore Herb Festival, speakers Andrew Pengelly and Suzanne Bouchard educated the attendees about how some herbs don’t thrive because of the soil they are grown in. What I did not realize is …

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Guilt Free Baked Blueberry Donuts


What is it about donuts that makes them so amazing? In these Guilt Free Baked Blueberry Donuts, it’s the light cloud-like texture that reminds me of angel food cake and the sticky sweet melted bursts of berry throughout. Did I mention that these donuts are only 125 calories per serving and have less than 1 gram of fat? I wouldn’t lie to you. Like I said, they’re amazing! I used …

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May Garden Update


I find it difficult to comprehend that we’re in the midst of May. I don’t think I’ve done a garden update yet this season and there’s already been so much to talk about. It doesn’t look like much, but oh, how the garden has grown over just the past week. Apple blossoms have turned into tiny budding fruits, covered with a delicate fuzz. I’m fascinated by all the fuzzy plants …

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Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Cups


Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Cups are a non-traditional way to serve one of my favorite traditional Mediterranean dishes. I found the recipe for Oven-Roasted Chicken Shawarma on the NY Times website and decided to use that as the inspiration and main recipe for this dish. Instead of serving the Chicken Shawarma as a platter with rice, pita, and mezze sides like hummus and chopped vegetable salad I’ve decided to combine it …

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