Do you love to cook yet hate to clean? Us too! Meet Shawn Syphus who created her very popular blog, I Wash You Dry, centered around this exact premise – fabulous meals that require little clean up. We were recently introduced to Shawn while working with General Mills on the launch of their fruitier tasting Trix cereal. We immediately fell in love with her site and were super excited to sit down with her to find out more about this busy mother of four.
We absolutely love the name of your blog…how did you get started writing it? Several years ago I had a personal blog that I kept updated with pictures of the kids and all the fun things we did so family members living in different states could keep up with us. I loved cooking and making fun new recipes, and eventually I had a lot of friends and family asking for recipes. I thought it might be easier to share the recipes online, and that’s when the idea of I Wash… You Dry was born. I remember going to lunch with a few girlfriends and shyly bringing up the topic of a food blog. I asked them if they would follow it, to which they replied yes. I’m pretty sure when I got home from lunch I sat down on the computer and got started on designing my site. The name, I Wash You Dry, was simply something that I felt really resembled what cooking is all about. Spending time together in the kitchen, cooking an easy meal that uses as few dishes as possible, enjoying said meal, and then quickly cleaning up.
You’ve recently partnered with General Mills to showcase the new Fruitier taste of Trix cereal. How did you get involved with GM? One of the awesome perks of being a food blogger is being able to sample some of the newest and greatest products out there. I was contacted by General Mills last year to sample some of their cereals. Being a long time fan (and having 4 hungry children), I was extremely excited to receive a big box full of all sorts of cereals. I think the first package I received from them was full of the Monster’s Cereal, and they even sent me an awesome t-shirt (that I still wear as pajamas… along with some Lucky Charms pajama pants). When National Cereal Day came along they sent me another package filled with tons of party supplies (made by LMP of course), along with tons of tiny cereal boxes. There was a box of Trix cereal in there and being my oldest daughter’s favorite, she was super excited. I snapped a picture of her ready to devour some of the Trix and that’s when General Mills and I got to talking about the new fruiter taste of Trix and creating some recipes for them. My daughter pretty much fainted at the thought.
Well…we are kinda busting right now. Please brace yourselves…because I never thought cereal could look…this good. Ready?
Michelle and I were asked to design a Little Miss Party in a Box for Trix. Celebrating 60 years, new flavors and a whole new look. Chic, Colorful, Edible, Go.
So we brightened up brunch!
The box serves 6 of your friends for Sunday brunch, filled with goodies from some of the most adorable gals and fellow “mompreneurs” to making cereal super chic.
Set your table with these awesome placemats from Outside the Box Papers. They designed these fabulous placemats for our party and are the sweetest to work with!
Top your table with the basic setting BUT…make it super cute:
Ice cream cereal bowls, biodegradable spoons, cocktail napkins and stripey straws all by the awesome Joanne of Oh Goodie Designs. She made confetti wands just for us….do you know how much fun it is to toss confetti? Try it. Trust us.
Glass milk bottles for your orange juice, milk or to set out some flowers! These fabulous striped bottles are from our fave party store online: Shop Sweet Lulu. Filling all of your party needs in the most chic way!
When designing a party we get pretty nuts with the decor. For some reason we just can’t contain ourselves. We live for those ridiculously chic details that makes a party stylish.
Of course…there’s nothing as important as the food. Keep everyone happy by having a nosh on something delicious throughout your celebration.
So we were thinking…
We could eat our decorations?
LMP loves cereal, especially when its sweet, crunchy, bright and bold.
Well lucky for us…we got to work with General Mills on an awesome project for Trix. Every day this week we will be telling you all about the new fruitier flavors that Trix has released to the shelves…and how we styled these delicious puffs! Make sure you check back daily for all of the amazing details. DIY tutorials, a special interview with a surprise, Canadian friend, a giveaway and more!
After coming up with super fun and some silly ways to use Trix cereal as party decor, we got to build a special edition of Little Miss Party in a Box for Trix. We sent out these boxes to some notable friends and cannot wait to hear what they think…
Since the theme here is edible décor…let us show you some fun ways to play with your food!
Let me ask you a question: Could it get any easier then this? Take yogurt of your liking (my fave is vanilla) and layer it with crushed and whole Trix. Add whatever else you wish in there such as fruit, granola, shredded coconut, you name it. Gorgeous, delicious, boom. Brightens up the room and makes a great dish for brunch.
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We just love sweets around here. In fact, we cannot get enough of them! If we could eat cake every day of the week we would. That’s why we were so thrilled to work with Angela Cuervo, owner of Making that Cake, on a recent bridal shower we hosted. We met Angela through a contest we ran on Instagram, as she was our winner! And as it turned out, she is a baker in the NYC area. Finding fantastic and quality vendors can sometimes be a challenge, so meeting Angela was a blessing. The inspiration for the shower was the Oh Joy for Target line, so we asked if she could make a rainbow cake to match the color palette. Honestly, it was the most gorgeous cake I have ever seen!
And yes, it tasted just as good. She also whipped up some adorable cake pops and mini pies for us. Needless to say, we were VERY impressed! So we wanted to introduce her to all of our readers. Oh and did I mention she was featured on, and won “Sweet Genius” on the Food Network?? Yep – she’s amazing. We asked her to share a little bit more about her story … ENJOY!
Making that Cake has been in business for 7 years, how did you get started? My parents have an Italian restaurant for 28 years and I’m 27 so, I pretty much grew up in the kitchen. My mom is Italian and bakes daily. Up until I was about 19 I just liked to taste test. Then I saw a cake show on the Food Network and I said, “that looks fun” and that’s how I decided to go to culinary school.
We’re missing Hannah like crazy this week but we’re also psyched to announce our new writer for this weekly column on our blog. Please give a warm welcome to Debi Traub aka The Garden of Eatin‘. Debi has been turning heads by making art out of food. We look forward to her Instagram feed daily always wondering what she’ll do next! Now she’ll be sharing her super easy recipes with us weekly and we hope you’ll follow along!
THE ONLY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
*Adapted from Second Helpings Please
So I know it’s Summer and you can’t wait to get OUTSIDE but what if the forecast is 90% chance of thundershowers and you are forced to bake cookies while waiting for the sun to return? Well, here’s a little something from The Garden of Eatin’ to keep you occupied while dancing to the tune of “rain rain go away come back another day”. If you happen to make these and for some reason they do not become your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe you need to call me and we can talk about what went wrong…I’m guessing it was your oven or you didn’t let the butter soften or you accidentally left out a key ingredient due to a lightning strike that scared the *%$# out of you. I have made these cookies for the past 30 years and have been confident enough to distribute them as gifts during the holidays to the likes of my mailman and waste management contractors (I’m talking about the garbage guys….who deserve a nicer title for G-d sake). These will not disappoint even a finicky cookie gobbler. They are super easy to make and the house smells like bakery heaven when they are in the oven. Convinced to try them? I think so.