Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Favorite Vegetarian Dishes for Thanksgiving

[Roasted Vegetable Lasagna/Martha Stewart- I make this lasagna ever year as the main dish. It's hearty and way more tasty than a Tofu Turkey!]
[Mushroom Gravy/Martha Stewart- This gravy is always a big hit, even with the carnivores at the table! Bonus- it freezes really well]
[Mashed Potatoes/Tyler Florence-There are tons of mashed potatoes recipes out there, but this one is the best I've tried! It's the perfect combination of butter and herbs]
[Pomegranate Arugula Salad/ Tyler Florence-This salad is a great starter. The pomegranates are a bit more elevated than traditional tomatoes]
[Sweet Potato Pie/AllRecipes-I prefer sweet potato pie over pumpkin because of the denser flavor. This is my go-to recipe and it never fails to please!]
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Holly Jolly Hat [knitting pattern]

After seeing this Kate Spade hat I knew I had to make my own. It's cute and festive without looking like a costume. Best of all it only takes a few hours to knit!Size US 13 knitting needles Yarn- Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Cranberry (1 Skein) and and Fisherman (1 Skein) Pattern- HAT
Cast on 48 stitches

Work the first 12 rows with Fisherman and then switch to Cranberry.
Rows 1-28: Work 26 rows in k2, p2 Rib.
Row 29 (Dec Row): *K2, p2, k2, p2tog; rep from * across row 
Row 30: *K1, p2, k2, p2; rep from * across row.
Row 31 (Dec Row): *k2, p2tog, k2, p1; rep from * across row
Row 32: *K1, p2; rep from * across row.
Row 33: *K1, k2tog; rep from * across row
Cut yarn, leaving an 8 in. tail. Thread tail through stitches of last row and pull to secure. Use the tail to sew the side seam together. Make and attach pom pom.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Michael Kors Chain Infinity Scarf [knitting pattern]

The inspiration for this knitting pattern comes from this Infinity Scarf by Michael Kors. I love how the chain ads some edge to an otherwise basic scarf. Instead of using a real chain, I re-created the look with metallic silver embroidery floss.
Yarn Loops & Threads Charisma in Red (1 skein) and Metallic Silver embroidery floss
Needles size US 10 1/2 (this piece can also be knit with circular needles)
Cast on 40 sts. Work in K2. P 2 ribbing until piece measures 28 inches. Bind off and sew seam.
[Using a yarn needle thread the floss through in a looping motion]
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Monday, November 17, 2014

How to Upcycle an Old Cardigan Sweater [Part 1- Mittens]

Over the next few days I'm going to show you how to upcycle an old sweater into 3 new projects. The first DIY is turning the sleeves into mittens. This is so easy and it only takes 10 minutes!
Old sweater
Mittens to trace
Sewing machine

Thursday, November 13, 2014

DIY Bottle Bag

Bottle bags are really easy to make and they're a great hostess gift. I had this fabric custom printed at Spoonflower. There's some debate about the origins of the quote but it's most often attributed to the artist Francis Bacon or musician Tom Waits.
Cotton Fabric
Grosgrain ribbon (2 strands- each 12 inches long)
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