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BAKED SWEET POTATO FRIES


Ingredients


House Seasoning:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder

For the House Seasoning: Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Fries:
  • Olive Oil, for tossing
  • 5 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1¼ inch long slices, then ¼ inch wide strips, using a crinkle cut knife
  • Oil
  • 1 tablespoon House Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Directions


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F

Line a sheet tray with parchment. In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes with just enough oil to coat. Sprinkle with House Seasoning and paprika. Spread sweet potatoes in single layer on prepared baking sheet, being sure not to overcrowd. Bake until sweet potatoes are tender and golden brown, turning occasionally, about 20 minutes. 

Let cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving.


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I am a candle lover

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I have a very strong love for candles, scented or unscented (depending on the location… I DO NOT put scented candles on a dining table, the scent will interfere with the smell and taste of the food), pillar or taper, jars or freestanding… who would guess that there are so many choices when it comes to a candle. 

But, for me, any and all candles are A.O.K. And as the saying goes, “the more the merrier”. I love to have a scented candle (preferable jar candle because they are the easiest to contain for safety factor!) in each and every room. I usually chose the same scent throughout the house, but this doesn’t always comply to the supply on hand! I guess you could call me a ‘candle snob’ because I am very… very… very picky when it comes to:

The scent of the candle: the fragrance oil should be in the wax, not in the wick only. You can tell if it is in the wick if you burn the candle and a small ball of ‘wick’ starts to form on the top of the wick. A Big no-no, this process is present in most less expensive candles, so choose wisely. And I prefer a 'clean' smell to a candle as opposed to a sweet or woodsy smell to a candle. 

The burning hours to the cost of the candle ratio: The length of a candle's burn is stated on the bottom of the a jar of a candle. I believe that if I am going to spend $20+ on a candle, it should at least last me a good 100 hours. Double check your label, the info is there!

RULE OF THUMB: How long can a candle last? Candle Burn-time Calculator. 
Generally, smaller candles such as votives with smaller wicks will burn at a rate of 7-9 hours per ounce of wax used. For example, a two-ounce votive may be expected to burn for 14-18 hours.

Ok enough on the candles themselves, lets get to the meat of this post… the candle holder!

Whether your candles are practical or decorative, ceremonial or stylish, there are a variety of candle holders to make them easier, safer, and lovelier to use.

Using Candle Holders

Properly used, candle holders can minimize the mess from melted wax and are safer than burning candles on potentially unstable or flammable surfaces. Some candles come with built in holders, such as jar or hurricane candles, though many candle aficionados prefer to select stylish and decorative holders to showcase their candles with elegance and beauty.

Types of Candle Holders

There are several types of holders to choose from based on the type of candle and the purpose for its use. Popular styles include:

Sleeves: These may be straight or curved glass pillars that enclose candles and keep drafts from extinguishing the flames. Sleeves may have a base or may be designed to coordinate with other candle holders.






Centerpieces: Candle centerpieces may incorporate flowers, pebbles, figurines, platforms, tiers, or other accents to turn simple candles into lovely decorations. Many centerpieces are designed for seasonal use, such as holly or evergreen candle centerpieces for the holidays.






Plain: Plain candle holders are simple and functional. They may be small cups, trays, or dishes designed to hold tea lights, votives, or pillar candles. Their simplicity can coordinate well with any décor.







Bowls: Floating candles are best displayed in bowl holders so they can float serenely as a decorative accent.







Jars: Jar candles have built in holders, or smaller jars may be designed to hold tea light or votive holders. Many jars are designed as hanging candle holders to hang from trees, hooks, or pillars for more unusual displays.







Candelabras: A candelabra is a decorative stand to hold one or more taper candles, though some candelabra designs also work with pillar or votive candles. These are generally very ornate, distinctive candle holders.







Candle Sticks: Single candles can be displayed in decorative candle sticks with patterns and designs similar to candelabras. Wrought iron candle holders are often designed as simple sticks.








Sconces: A sconce is a candle holder designed to be hung, typically attached to a wall. They can be simple or elaborate designs, and many sconces include hanging elements or mirrors for more visual interest.








Using Holders

For the safest use, follow these candle holder tips:

Use appropriately sized holders to minimize any wax runoff.


candlestick wax ring
This a removable glass ring that can be added to any taper in a candlestick.
It comes plain or decorative.
* There is also a wonderful product on the market that helps control wax runoff


Holders should be stable and balanced so they do not tip and cause a fire hazard.

Place holders out of reach of children and pets and away from flammable objects such as house plants, draperies, and other decorations.

Secure candles to open holders with a drip or two of wax or by securing the candle on the holder's spike if available.


Stick-Um comes in a small tin and is a soft waxy substance.
Just a small dab of it can be placed in a candlestick to adhere the candle in an upright as stable position.

* There is also a wonderful product on the market that helps adhere a candle upright in a holder



Holders will heat up as candles burn; handle them with care to prevent injuries.

Do not leave a burning candle unattended.


Yes, I am a candle lover, are you?





precious scars


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Kintsugi: The Centuries Old Art of Repairing Broken Pottery with Gold

Translated to “golden joinery,” Kintsugi (or Kintsukuroi, which means “golden repair”) is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Beautiful seams of gold glint in the cracks of ceramic ware, giving a unique appearance to the piece.

This repair method celebrates each artifact's unique history by emphasizing its fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them. Kintsugi often makes the repaired piece even more beautiful than the original, revitalizing it with new life.


By repairing broken ceramics, it is possible to give a new lease on life to pottery that will become even more refined thanks to its “scars”. The Japanese art of kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride.

When a bowl, teapot or precious vase falls and breaks into a thousand pieces, we throw them away angrily and regretfully. Yet there is an alternative, a Japanese practice that highlights and enhances the breaks thus adding value to the broken object. It’s called kintsugi (金継ぎ), or kintsukuroi (金繕い), literally golden (“kin”) and repair (“tsugi”).


The Technique

This traditional Japanese art uses a precious metal – liquid gold, liquid silver or lacquer dusted with powdered gold – to bring together the pieces of a broken pottery item and at the same time enhance the breaks. The technique consists in joining fragments and giving them a new, more refined aspect. Every repaired piece is unique, because of the randomness with which ceramics shatters and the irregular patterns formed that are enhanced with the use of metals.

With this technique, it’s possible to create true and always different works of art, each with its own story and beauty, thanks to the unique cracks formed when the object breaks, as if they were wounds that leave different marks on each of us.


There are 3 predominant styles of Kintsugi: crack, piece method, and joint-call. While, in each case, gold-dusted epoxy is used to fix the broken pottery, the methods themselves vary. Objects mended using the crack approach are touched up with minimal lacquer, while works restored with the piece method feature replacement fragments made entirely of epoxy. Finally, pieces fixed using the joint-call technique employ similarly-shaped pieces from other broken wares, combining 2 aesthetically different works into 1 uniquely unified product.


Legend Has It

The kintsugi technique may have been invented around the fifteenth century, when Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the eighth shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate after breaking his favorite cup of tea sent it to China to get it repaired. Unfortunately, at that time the objects were repaired with unsightly and impractical metal ligatures. It seemed that the cup was unrepairable but its owner decided to try to have some Japanese craftsmen repair it. They were surprised at the shogun’s steadfastness, so they decided to transform the cup into a jewel by filling its cracks with lacquered resin and powdered gold. The legend seems plausible because the invention of kintsugi is set in a very fruitful era for art in Japan.

Even today, it may take up to a month to repair the largest and most refined pieces of ceramics with the kintsugi technique, given the different steps and the drying time required.


What It Teaches Us

The kintsugi technique suggests many things. We shouldn’t throw away broken objects. When an object breaks, it doesn’t mean that it is no more useful. Its breakages can become valuable. We should try to repair things because sometimes in doing so we obtain more valuable objects. This is the essence of resilience. Each of us should look for a way to cope with traumatic events in a positive way, learn from negative experiences, take the best from them and convince ourselves that exactly these experiences make each person unique, precious.


Since its conception, Kintsugi has been heavily influenced by prevalent philosophical ideas. Namely, the practice is related to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which calls for seeing beauty in the flawed or imperfect. The repair method was also born from the Japanese feeling of mottainai, which expresses regret when something is wasted, as well as mushin, the acceptance of change.

Another philosophy which is often spoken about in the same context as Kintsugi has to be the Japanese notion of ‘no mind’ wherein the concepts of fate, acceptance of change (be it positive or destructive) and the concepts of non-association are considered integral aspects of human life and existence.


Kintsugi Today

Many artists and craftspeople today—both in Japan and abroad—continue to keep this ancient tradition alive. English embroidery expert Charlotte Bailey, Japanese artist Tomomi Kamoshita, and Korean creative Yee Sookyung incorporate the practice into their art. (These are absolutely beautiful, please check them out)