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December Photos

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, cooking, DIY, faire isle, food, holiday, knits, life, new york city, photos, style, yarn

How was your holiday? I hope you got some time off even if you weren’t celebrating. Jon and I cooked Christmas dinner for my mom’s family. It was overwhelming but it turned out great. It felt so wonderful to take the pressure off of my grandma who has made us many many Christmas dinners and deserves to have some time off from all of the fussing. Besides,who else can cook a better Christmas ham than a couple of New York Jews?

December has been a really wild month and I’m excited to see what is in store for next year. I don’t think I’ve ever said that before! (I actually feel nervous and sad around the end of the year most of the time. I think I get a little bit too nostalgic. This year, I’m looking ahead and excited by what’s on the horizon!) I’ve been very good about taking photos, as I promised.

The month is certainly not over yet but here are a few of the pictures I’ve taken in December.


A lot happened this month. And there are plenty more photos on instagram where you can see all of the crazy projects I’ve been working on. I can’t wait to reveal them all!

Did you have a busy holiday? Are you excited for next year? Do you have any knitting goals lined up?

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By Hand Magazine

Written by Sarah. Posted in baking, cooking, DIY, embroidery, food, knits, recipe, sewing

Have you seen this new magazine By Hand? The first issue just came out and wow, I am in love. I read about By Hand before it was published at the Juniper Moon blog a few months ago and I have been eagerly awaiting it’s debut ever since! They were selling some really fantastic fundraiser t-shirts. (I bought one. I mean, how could you not?)

The magazine is not just focused on knitting (although there are patterns!), it is about the whole handmade lifestyle! There are sections on cooking and growing, sewing and embroidery. I am so excited that that this publication exists!

Big kudos to the team. I can’t wait for more! Buy a copy or read a digital version on their website. And buy a cool tee! How can you not?

Have you read By Hand? What do you think?

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Fancy Ketchup

Written by Sarah. Posted in cooking, gift, holiday

Along with those adorable cookie jars I made for Christmas presents, I whipped up a batch of tomato ketchup. I thought the recipe jars would be a hit and I was so excited. But I was a little nervous about making one for my cousin. He’s brilliant with computers but in the kitchen…I had my doubts. He and I meet for lunch at Heartland Brewery and he is all about hamburgers with nothing but ketchup.

That’s how it all began. I started with this recipe from Jamie Oliver. I think he’s adorable and I generally trust Food Network recipes. I’m a little addicted to their shows.

But WHAT A DISASTER! I was taking photos of the process with hopes of posting it but I can’t show you any of them. They are really gross. It was the most confusing recipe I’d ever read and I had to make two batches two different ways before I figured out we were doing everything totally wrong. I was so frustrated. I’ll take some time out of this post to apologize to both Jon and my mom for taking the brunt of it.

Anyway, I gave up.

Luckily, Jon helped me find a new recipe and it worked like a charm.

Fancy Ketchup

1 6oz can of tomato paste
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
dash garlic powder

Over medium heat, combine all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Make sure to stir often. Remove from heat and cover until cool and store in a close container in the refridgerator.

Pretty simple. And turned out delicious.

So you can see, I made a double batch and put it in one of those cute canning jars. I included the handwritten recipe in case he was son inclined to make his own. He actually said “Hey, I can do this!” And I hope he does.

I definitely see more homemade ketchup in my future. I hope that one day I can have the time and energy to make all kinds of things myself. I have to admit, I was a little weary of using the recipe since it called for corn syrup. Corn syrup is the reason I have a personal love/hate relationship with ketchup. It’s prettymuch anything but tomatoes. But at least there aren’t all kind of crazy things in there that I can’t pronounce. Hooray for homemade!

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