Jun 21, 2010

Jun 16, 2010

quick and easy summer supper...

...if you don't mess up the eggs. i didn't double-check directions for hard-boiling eggs on martha, and i confused soft-boiling techniques with hard-boiling. i ended up cracking some essentially raw eggs, cleaning up an eggy mess in the kitchen, and starting over again. oops.

however, my dinner was still super-delicious and worth the delays. here's the run-down:

deviled eggs with capers:
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs (ask martha if you aren't sure how to hard-boil)
  • mustard
  • mayo
  • some sort of white vinegar (i used white balsamic)
  • pepper (leave out salt because capers are super-salty)
  • dash of hot sauce
  • capers
  • ground paprika

  • cut peeled eggs in half, and scoop out yolk.
  • mash up yolks with all other ingredients except capers and paprika. i just add ingredients bit by bit until i've achieved the taste and texture i want.
  • spoon yolk mixture back into the egg whites.
  • top yolk mixture with a few capers, and dust liberally with paprika.
  • carefully arrange on a plate for maximum attractiveness, and then devour.

if you aren't southern and don't have innate knowledge of the perfect deviled egg, there's a good recipe here. i am totally kicking myself for missing an opportunity to load up a recipe with dill.

tomato and peach summer salad
i got this recipe from lily of bigBANG studio via for me, for you. i left out some stuff that i didn't have on hand and forgot to buy at the grocery store. it's a little unclear to me if this is actually one of mark bittman's recipes or if it's just inspired by him, but let's go ahead and give him some credit for this, too.

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 peaches, chopped
  • handful of basil, chopped
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

  • mix everything up in a bowl. season to taste.
  • done! eat!

Jun 12, 2010

bird pillow

bird pillow
Originally uploaded by kellymagelli
i bought a green pillow with mittens on it at target this past winter as part of my christmas decorations. i don't have all that much storage space, so i bought it planning to make a removable cover for it so i could keep it out year-round. well, it's taken about 6 months to do it, but i've finally got a new cover! i used some fabric that i bought at ikea months ago and some white piping i stashed away who-knows-when. i would like to draw a tutorial for the pillow cover, so, at the rate i'm working, i'll probably have it done just in time for christmas?

Jun 10, 2010

berroco fall 2010 sneak peek

before you know it, the fall knitting books and magazines will start to appear. i absolutely freakin' love berroco vintage and every berroco book made using vintage so far, and the upcoming vintage and vintage chunky (!) book is no exception. i feel like i MUST own this book and i MUST make everything in it. it was very tough to choose, but here are some of my favorites.

the phinney sweater. so simple, but totally lovely. it's rare that i use exactly the same color combination as shown on the printed pattern, but i don't think i could improve on this one.

a detail of the phinney sweater. naturally, i needed a close up of the pins on the sweater, and i just about freaked out when i saw what they are. ryan berkley illustration pins! AAAAHHHH! i stopped dead in my tracks at the renegade craft fair when i saw ryan's booth, paralyzed by much i wanted every. single. print. i settled on a bat print (his tie hangs down because he's hanging upside down--eeeee!!!!) and handful of pins, and now i know exactly how i should wear them.

the ballard t-shirt. i don't think i've seen anything quite like those squiggles before. i also am a big fan of the wide garter stitch waistband. i just added one to a tank top i was knitting that, sadly, i literally ruined in the finishing. when i'm emotionally prepared, i'll rip the whole thing out and try again. back to the ballard t-shirt, the loose fit of this sweater will make it look cute over a snug thermal or long-sleeve t-shirt when it gets a little colder. (or just to wear in my freezing cold classroom.)

the pike place cardigan. first of all, i really like double-breasted cardigans and jackets, so this is already a winner. add some seed stitch, the stitch i hate to love, and we've got a must-knit--but wait, there's more! sushi buttons?! stop it.

last but not least: the ravenna sweater coat. i've been interested in knitting a sweater coat for awhile now, and this might be The One. i like that it buttons to the waist and then flares out into a flattering A-line shape, and i love the subtle contrast color collar and running stitches. can i also say that the styling in this booklet is just beautiful? not only do i want to knit everything in the book, i also want to wear the complete outfits shown and do my hair and makeup the same as the model's, too. is that too obsessive? maybe just the right amount of obsession?

all the other patterns in the book are wonderful, too, but it seemed silly to post and gush over the entire thing. which ones are your favorites?

p.s. i can't wait to try out the gorgeous new yarn:

berroco campus

Jun 7, 2010

top picks from boden spring/summer '10

i love the graphic color blocking on this dress. in my opinion, a dress is the best thing to wear when it's too hot to function.

the rounded collar on this top is just perfect. the modern print keeps it from being over-the-top girly, but it's still really sweet. i also love the silver belt with the light grey pants.

sailor stripe overload! anything nautical is perfect for spring and summer.

to check out the boden collection for yourself, click here.