Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Argyle Intarsia Cardigan

   The heart jacquard I worked on for Anthropologie is finally up!  It's one of the pieces that I personally love, and I think is a fall/winter must have.  You can wear it with jeans, a skirt or over a dress, and the color combo will make for easy outfitting.

Get it here!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Me sooo need Miso

  Last weekend, we traveled to Long Beach Island for a bachelor/bachelorette beach weekend celebration.  Almost the whole wedding crew made it, except for one of the bridesmaids who lives far far away.  I made the suggestion of having a little octoberfest potluck for dinner since I knew the boys would be bringing lots of special brews, and since we all love fall food festivities.  We had quite the spread!  One of the bridesmaids brought some special treats from lancaster...garlic herb french frommage, stilton, crackers and shoo fly pie.  Erich made home-made pretzels with the stinkiest cheese sauce.  I made an apple cake that was hardly touched despite it's delicious flavor.  (Don't worry, we've been savoring it everyday this week!)  Maura and Jim made a delicious kielbasa, cabbage and apple main course.  There was sooo much food, too much food one might say... Which left us with a bit of a stomach ache.  So after celebrating with rich food and endless amounts of beer/wine/alcohol/mulled cider, we felt it was only necessary to go on a little detox after we returned.  Hence "Me sooo need Miso."  It's easy to whip up especially when you have copious amounts of miso on hand, and it leaves you feeling nourished and satisfied.

Crew goes to beach.

We were lucky with the weather.  We even dipped our toes!  Not too chilly either!

Fall shoes step aside.  It's beach time!

Erich crafting up some special pretzels.

Check out those salt flakes!  Sorry I didn't get a chance to take a shot of the finished product.  
We ate them quick!

Miso in love with you.

serves 2-3

4 cups of water
2-4 Tbsp. miso (any kind works, we used orange)
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 bunch of spinach
2 green onions
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes divided between bowls
3 oz. udon noodles
pickled carrots

Cook noodles, rinse with cold water to prevent them from over cooking and separate into bowls.  Boil 4 cups of water and add miso one table spoon at a time, until you reach your desired taste.  Whisk to dissolve miso.  Clean, and cut stems off of spinach.  Add sesame oil to pan and cook spinach for a few minutes until the excess waters is gone.  Add spinach to miso soup.  Ladle soup into bowls, and add green onion, a pinch of red pepper flakes and pickled carrots.  Enjoy!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Southwest Blanket Sweater

I designed the intarsia layout for this sweater!  It's now available at  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Around the apartment

    It's hard to believe that I have been here a whole month!  Time has been flying!  The never ending project has been whipping our apartment into shape, and let me just say that last week was quite the workout!  Morning, noon and night, I sanded, primed, put on multiple coats of tongue oil or paint to different pieces of furniture I decided to rework.

Our apartment was literally an obstacle course of furniture for about 3/4 of last week.

     My parents let us have one of their chests so we could have extra storage in our kitchen/dining/living room in a stylish yet practical way.  (I think there should be a word for the combination of the three...just saying if you're living in new york you probably don't have all three).

     My uncle stripped the top of the table, and then Erich and I sanded down the chairs.  Not an easy task at all, but well worth it! We were originally going to do a dip dye thing with the white, but ended up color blocking instead.  The wall shelves are old milk crates and apple crates that we found at a thrift store in Brooklyn.  We needed extra cabinet space, and as soon as I saw the crates I knew they would be the perfect way to show off the beautiful dish ware set my parents gave to us.

     Erich's parents gifted us with a kemix, in addition to the new Sprouted Kitchen cookbook!  Loving that pour over coffee!

A little dip dye duvet.

We still have a few things to figure out, like lighting (Erich hates overhead lighting, but only has ugly lamps?!), as well as a few other things.  All in all, we made some serious headway and can sit back and relax a little more this week.

Fox Dot

   I designed the print for the lining of this sweater!  It's now online at Anthropologie, so go on and treat yourself!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunday Adventures

    Yesterday, we woke up and biked into Manhattan to go to the doughnut plant, and then find Erich some clothes.  There was a wonderful chill in the air as we rode through Brooklyn over the Williamsburg bridge into Manhattan.  It felt like true fall for the first time this year!  It was great!  

    Erich has been gushing about the doughnut plant for some time, but we never could get our act together to go until yesterday.  He ordered the tres leche cake doughnut.  I had one of the filled yeast doughnuts (peanut butter banana of course!).  We ordered the pistachio yeast doughnut to split.  It had  a wonderful citrus taste, which was a bit of a surprise.  After we finished the third, Erich looked over at me and said he wanted another.  I knew that was coming.  The final fourth doughnut we had was a coconut cream. Mmmmmm!  They were all so good that I decided I am going to come back and buy a dozen for my dad for his birthday in a few weeks.  He is going to love them!

    Our shopping trip ended up a bit soggy, but we trudged along and found Erich some clothes at J.Crew.  Then we headed over to Astor place and grabbed some lambrusco.  Erich got some special beers from whole foods, and then we headed home to make a special dinner.  We made sweet potato gnocchi from scratch and finished it off in a butter sage sauce with sausage.  I think this was the best gnocchi I have ever made.  I can't wait to have the leftovers!

Have a wonderfully delicious week!

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