Monthly Archives: April 2012

Yarnbombing Part 1

Okay, so the first part of my project has been installed, and I am over the moon. I spent three hours sitting on the damp mulch behind this bench sewing the covers for the slats, and it was totally worth it. People walking by were so excited about it, I had tons of questions and everyone was so incredibly nice. It just makes me so happy.

I will probably have some more updates tomorrow, and then the project will be finished and I get my life back! I’m just hoping that this weather keeps up. Rain and yarn don’t mix that well.
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My yarnbombing project has to be installed by Thursday, so you can imagine that I’m freaking out. If you can’t imagine, let me tell you that I’M FREAKING OUT. I’m doing a little better today than I was yesterday, but it’s a lot of stress. Knitting is tons of work, but I’ve also been worried about attaching them to the poles. Ideally, I would sew them all, but in reality it’s not humanly possible. I thought that velcro would be a good alternative, so it’s being held together with velcro, staples, and dreams. I’m kind of a the point of whatever works. I was freaking out until I did my first test, for real. AND IT WORKED!!!! To say that I am relieved is an understatement. There’s still a huge amount of work to be done, but at least I now know that if I can finish knitting, it will actually work. Breathing hugh sighs of relief. I’ll continue to update on my progress. I’m so happy and excited and proud. And now comes the part where I maniacally knit for the next 4 days.

Yarnbombing Update

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Internet Overload

Besides for a few posts that I put up in the last week, for spring break I took a bit of an internet holiday. I’ll be honest, a big part of the reason why I did this was because my computer has been flipping out (I took it to the Apple store and they replaced my hardrive, it was scary but it worked out), so I’m not trying to claim some kind of moral superiority. I’ve always loved the internet (I’ve been obsessed with stumbleupon and craftgawker mostly) but I’ve recently started following more blogs on a regular basis, blogging, tumblr-ing, and using pinterest obsessively. All of these things are awesome, except when there’s not  enough time in the day. Time management and balance are certainly things that I struggle with. So, for the last week, I didn’t “keep up” with any of those things. I checked them occasionally, but I didn’t feel pressure to get through it all, or be up to date on everything. And to tell you the truth, it was really nice. I spent time with my family, and I saw friends, and I just took a lot of deep breaths. I unplugged, and it was a welcome break. Of course, the flip side of all this zen-ness is that I now have hundreds of blog posts to catch up on. If only all of my problems were like this.

Instagram Update

These days, I’m loving instagram. It’s so much fun, and I’m learning more and more about it. If anyone is interested in some tips and tricks, Kira at Her New Leaf wrote this awesome post that I found super helpful. There are just so many possibilities. I love how making a commitment to take more pictures makes you see things in a different way. When looking at objects, you think about how you can compose them into a picture. I’ve found that it not only makes me more aware, but it also helps me find beauty in unconventional things, which I really appreciate. If anyone is interested, my username is @sarahelana

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Passover Cooking: Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Passover has been completely insane, and I’ve taken a little break from technology, which has been surprisingly refreshing. I always think that I would die without my computer, but it’s nice to get out in the fresh air and spend time with my family. I’m super excited because I actually cooked, something I said that I was going to do, but I’m happy that I followed through with it. I made kosher for Passover sweet potato gnocchi from Cooking with Amy.

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I gotta say, it was delicious. I was really nervous, and after they were boiled, my fear had not abated. They were cooked, but they seemed mushy and weird. Then, I did what the instructions told me to (I should trust directions more) and pan fried them with a little butter. They got a bit crispy and they tasted soooooo gooood. I was thrilled. I also made some super simple chicken by coating boneless skinless chicken thighs in egg wash and matzoh meal, and then I baked them for 20 minutes. My mom had mahjong and it was her week to cook dinner, so I doubled my recipes, and she took the extra with her. All in all, it was a really tasty meal. (Also, I’m super excited becauase the new kitchen (have I mentioned that we moved over winter break and this is the first time I’ve been in the new place?) has a great window, which makes it awesome for pictures.)

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Baking Fix

This is a little late. On Friday we celebrated the birthday of one of my friends roommates, and we made a cake for her. Little did I know that my friend Livia is quite the baker (I was so impressed!). We made a four layer cake filled with frosting and strawberries. It was pretty yummy.

Passover Cooking

In preparation for next semester, when I’ll finally have a kitchen in my dorm (YEEEEEESSSS!!), I’ve been collecting yummy looking recipes and desserts on this pinboard and this one too on pinterest (I cannot even tell you how obsessed I am). I find myself pinning constantly and usually not making what I pin. Inspiration is great, but so is follow-through (something that I thoroughly lack). Over spring break I’m planning to actually make a few recipes that I have pinned. One minor setback (you can disregard if you’re not Jewish), spring break is during Passover, and it’s the only week of the year that my family keeps regular kosher and kosher for Passover. That seriously limits my cooking ability. I’ll just think of it as a creative challenge, but I can tell you that after a week of matzah with butter and jam, it gets pretty freakin’ old. I feel pretty silly, because it wasn’t until I was literally writing this post that I realized what my cooking limitations will be: 1. No flour, bread, or anything that rises 2. No dairy mixed with meat. Once I realized this, I looked at my pinterest boards and saw that none of my recipes would work. So I had the grueling task of searching the internet for recipes (it’s hard being a martyr, but someone’s gotta do it). Here are some potential recipes:

Passover Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Sweet Potato Gnocchi via Cooking With Amy

Matzo Pizza via Disgustingly Good

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes via iVillage

via Food Plus Words

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Chocolate Toffee Matzo Brittle via Very Culinary

Eggs on Hash via Good Cooks

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Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad via Beloved Green
Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Spinach and Artichoke Dip via Closet Cooking
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