LizLaBrocca.com

Hello, lovelies.

I’m excited to announce I have launched my blog at my very own domain:

LizLaBrocca.com

It’s going to be similar to what I do here, but split a little more 50/50 with knitting and cooking. I’m launching my knitwear/pattern business out of it! Exciting!

This is why there’s been a lot of radio silence from me lately, but I’m excited to get back into the swing of things and back to reading more blogs (because I love you all).

Please visit me over there! That’s where all of my content will be from now on. Thank you!

Knitting Swatches / My Terrible Diet

There are some exciting possibilities afoot in my life right now. Since they mostly involve knitting at the moment, I’ve been knitting like a mad woman.

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As such, I’ve been eating mostly hummus and pita chips and whatever else happens to get chucked in my general direction.

It’s mostly hummus and pita chips though. Hey, at least it’s all natural hummus.

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(That’s  ribbon!)

But you will all be proud of me, I can now do a full half hour of Vinyasa Flow yoga before I want to expire in a puddle of jelly on my yoga mat. Before I know it, I will no longer be jelly but the delicious womanly opposite of jelly packed into my Victoria’s Secret bathing suit.

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I have also been thinking a lot about my branding as I move further into my knitwear. And I don’t know if I should pick a brand that is not my name – like Needles&Bread. But I think Needles&Bread might be too cutesy for the look I will be going for. Unless the logo is designed to look completely badass, in which case it can be cute AND edgy.

OR, as originally intended, Needles&Bread can be my extension brand of kitchenware. But then Needles&WHAT? Needles&_________. Needles&Liz? Liz&Needles? Needles. Now the word “needles” looks like it’s not a word at all. Kneedles? Gross. That looks like some kind of disgusting bug or sketchy massage parlor.

Or it can just be my name. But Liz LaBrocca Designs/Knitwear/Stuff…. I don’t know. I feel like it’s missing something, ya know?

Thoughts anyone? How did you figure out your brand?

February Food For Thought

Snowy YardJanuary is always a rough month for me.  It’s just how it is. I go into a hibernation mode that’s hard to pull out of until I hit a big low and realize I need to snap out of it. This year’s low was eating an ENTIRE Chinese food combo to my face – gross.

To make up for it, I ordered myself a $92 (after shipping and handling – yeah, ten bucks to ship essentially a quarter pound of fabric) bikini and I’m going to look good in in damn it.

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While I am not an eight foot tall swimwear model, I can still rock this bikini… after a little bit of work.

I’m not  going to go all body-issue on you (maybe just a little), but I really haven’t been in any kind of shape since high school. My saying that always pisses a lot of chicks off. I realize I don’t look out of shape, but I am. My muscle tone is essentially zero and carrying my groceries makes me want to curl up in the parking lot and die.

Today, I stop talking and I start doing. I did one hour of Vinyasa Flow yoga over a YogaGlo (mentioned in my resolutions post, which, by the by, I am not doing so hot with – hence a Resolution Renaissance in February). I had to take several breaks, especially when the class was really into this long series of repetitions that require an absurd amount of upper body strength. But it’s OK, because every day will get me closer to being stronger and being more muscular, like I used to be. And when the weather breaks, I will begin running again.

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I’m also going to open this blog up a little more topic wise. I need to write more and get my words out there a little more. Sometimes I feel a little inhibited here, I feel like I really need to keep in my niche and be a good little blogger; i.e., I read too many blogs on blogging and everyone basically says the same thing and it makes me so bored. I’m sick of bullet point posts and people telling me that I need to incorporate idiot gimmicks to make my space worthwhile. Well, maybe I don’t want any of you people reading my blog and I only want my lovely readers who don’t mind how many paragraphs are here or how many points I make, as long as I make a point and toss them something yummy to eat a few times a month.

That’s going to make me more happy, dear reader, and I hope you stick around. I’m expanding myself this year, and I hope we can expand together, those of you who want to stick around.

I’m also hoping to relocate by 2012 – any of you who read this who do no live in New York, please, tell me a little about your area and what’s great about it. I’m interested in learning about places other than San Diego.

So, finally, here’s to 2011 and really making it count because I can’t have another slouchy year like 2010. I need a positive, productive, relaxed, enlightened, in-shape, creative 2011 – and that’s the direction I’m heading in as of today.

Rainbow Chard Fiesta Muffins

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I riffed on the Austin Gastronomist’s Cheddar Kale Muffins and they were delicious!

Instead of kale, I used a head of Rainbow Chard. Instead of cheddar I used a mix of Mexican cheeses (the kind you’d buy in a bag at the supermarket). And I added 1 Tablespoon of Mexican Chili Powder.

Other than that, it’s all her! Go check it out!

Corned Beef Hash

I think corned beef and cabbage is a great meal. It’s not something that is a staple, so it’s always a treat when someone cooks it up. But what really gets me going about corned beef and cabbage is that I get to make corned beef hash with the leftovers.

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Macaroni n Cheese / or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Cheese

And bacon.
And butter.
And milk.

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But only sometimes. This is certainly one of those occasional meals, when something special is happening.

And it was a special occasion, because Chelsea came to visit.

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Vegetarian Piccata / New Year

The new year is interesting, especially when you’re making it apply to yourself. It gets personal. It needs to be personal. If it’s not personal, there’s no reason to bother really.

And it’s totally tough, I’m not going to lie. It’s hard being different. Not different-unique, but different-from-the-way-you-usually-run-your-life. Healthy. Productive. (More) Organized.

I’m going to have to  go to the grocery store tomorrow, and this month we have to practice a special kind of frugality because of the absurd bills we will be paying. Because of this, I am going to take time today to plan what I will make during the week – enough for dinners and lunches – that way I don’t waste any money at the grocery store.

Last night, for example, I used an eggplant and a bag of cremini mushrooms that desperately needed to be cooked.

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