Posts Tagged ‘winter’


Sneak Peek: Holla Knits Fall Design!

Written by Sarah. Posted in design, knits, KYC Presents, style, sweater

Things have picked up so much over the past few months! I can’t even explain how crazy it’s been and, frankly, I’ve had a hard time keeping up with it all! It’s all been worth it, though. And I can finally begin to reveal what I’ve been working on so feverishly!

holla knits sweaterphoto via Holla Knits

I designed a sweater!

Monday morning, Allyson posted a few preview pics of my design for the Holla Knits Fall/Winter 2013 collection! I won’t get into any spoilers here but I will say that I am very proud of this design and I really look forward to seeing other people make and wear it! Writing this pattern was probably one of the most difficult things I’ve done in a long long time and I loved challenging myself.

It’s an odd sensation knowing that the sneak peeks are out. I’ve thought about this sweater for so many hours of my life, it’s crazy to think that people are checking it out for the first time. Maybe working on this has unraveled my brain a little. Probably.

See more  photos of my design along with sneak peeks of the rest of the Fall collection over at the HK blog! What do you think? Are you itching for more?

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Happy Winter!

Written by Sarah. Posted in apartment, design, furniture, gift, holiday, interior, life, redesign

Oh my I have big news! I’ve dropped right off the face of the earth but it’s because I have so much fun stuff brewing. I had big plans for gift guides and I’ve got so many FOs to share but that will all have to wait. Because we are moving! Jon and I have finally found a really amazing apartment for ourselves and no more sharing! Nothing is more stressful than moving so add that to the chaos of the holidays and I’m just slightly incoherent right now.

Anyway, I’m going to have so much after the New Year. And I can’t wait to share our first grown up apartment with you all. 2012 is going to be a very exciting year!

Hopefully I can squeeze in a few more posts before the holidays but you can find me on Twitter if you want to read a live feed of me losing my mind.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Jon gave me that adorable sweater mug for Chanukah. How cozy is it with a gigantic homemade marshmallow floating in hot chocolate?!  

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Winter Macarons

Written by Sarah. Posted in baking, books

I’m surprised that French macarons haven’t made more appearances here yet. They are probably one of my favorite things in the world. I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that  over the summer I started my obsession with these delicate little desserts and here we are.

Since then, Jon and I have been experimenting and playing with flavor combinations and it has been fun. Like these from my birthday, rosewater with honey buttercream (and of course some adorable glitter on top).

So our last batch were a spicy winter nibble.

Gingerbread macarons with Lemon Ginger buttercream filling.

I am a huge fan of this book. There are a billion recipes for macarons on the internet and I believe that if you can get anything for free you should. But this time it is worth investing in a good book. You should really buy her book. I can’t just type out the recipe it’s not the same.The book really spells out every step of this very exact process and it has not failed me yet.

(Actually, my macarons were not growing feet in one oven that we bake in often but it’s the ovens fault. The heat is not accurate and we’ve bought a thermometer but have yet to try macarons in there again. I’m too nervous that it will go wrong and the I’ll waste all of the ingredients. But it works everywhere else.)

I took Ogita’s macaron recipe and used this Ginger spice with 1/4t of vanilla:
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ginger

It’s spicy but absolutely perfect for a cold winter dessert.

We used this buttercream recipe and I think ts my favorite buttercream recipe yet. Simple syrups have burned me too many times. I also like this recipe because I can use the egg yolks from the whites that go into the cookie part of the macaron. Hooray for not wasting!

Lemon-Ginger Buttercream

3 egg yolks
5 Tablespoons sugar
3 oz corn syrup
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1-2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cinammon
zest of one lemon
splash of lemon juice

Beat the egg yolks until fluffy. Bring sugar and corn syrup to a boil, and immediately remove from heat. Pour over the egg yolks and beat at high speed until fully cooled. (Try not to get any on your beaters, or it will spin to the sides of your bowl.) Add the butter, a pat at a time, until fully incorporated. Finally add the ginger and lemon, to taste.

We colored the filling a little bit pink and we topped them with these adorable snowflake sprinkles. They are so cute!

I’ll be honest with you, I like looking at macarons even more than eating them.

Anyone else have a fun macaron flavor combination?

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