From My Obsession to your Home......Pots for Everyday Foodies

My craft not only connects me to the Earth, but also to my community. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing my pots in use in their forever homes. It's also a bonus to know that my own obsession with clay serves a functional purpose in the everyday lives of my customers.  I had several customers today and I was smiling ear to ear as they shared their thoughts about the pottery. One happy customer took home two tumblers and posted them in a photo to Facebook with the comment:

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"Happiness is new coffee mugs!"

Another shopper took her time looking around the Gift Shop and picked out several tiny bowls and vases one of which she admitted to feeling compelled to carry around as she browsed because the shape felt so sweet to hold and the light blue glaze was her favorite. She also bought a lamp and proclaimed something to the effect of:

" I'm so happy to find this lamp in my favorite color. I'm going to put it on my bed side table and I'll love having it as part of my bedroom decor."

I've had the pleasure of exchanging a few clay cups with other potters via Instagram recently and they have posted photos of the tumblers I sent with the comments:

"A handmade tumbler. Good way to start a Thursday! Thanks Lyndsay, your work is gorgeous"
"Got a great trade from @TheVeganPotter this week! Love this tumbler!"

I was recently speaking to some friends who bought coffee mugs from me who were commenting on how special it is to drink out of a handmade cup every morning, how their coffee tasted better and how much they were enjoying the objects in their home. I take such pride in knowing that my work is out in the world being used and loved.

I'm so grateful for my loyal customers who share my love of handmade objects and who have supported my journey for nearly two decades. One of the most fun parts of being a potter is giving pots as gifts but what's even better is gifting handmade pottery filled with homemade food! So here's a quick and easy treat you can use to fill up a bowl, a mug or a canister to bring as a gift when you attend a holiday party this year.

If you've purchased pottery from me I'd love to hear what you bought and how you've put it to use in your home. Tag @TheVeganPotter and post a pic on Instagram or Twitter or post to my business FB page Meiklem Kiln Works. Thanks for supporting my obsession and providing forever homes for my work.

Lyndsay's Vegan Candied Pecans

Ingredients

1 Cup Pecan halves

1/4 cup genuine maple syrup

1/2 tsp Vietnamese Cinnamon

in a small frying pan or non stick sauce pan heat the pecans and maple syrup over medium heat. Sprinkle cinnamon and stir with a wooden spoon until the syrup begins to evaporate. Turn the burner down to low and continue to stir the pecans until all of the moisture has been absorbed. They will begin to stick together before they dry out and seperate. Be patient and continue stirring. Once the pecans appear mostly dry turn heat off and pour them onto a plate in a single layer so they can cool. Transfer to your container (if you haven't already eaten them all) and serve!

* This recipe works with most any nut, walnuts, raw cashews, peanuts and more. Feel free to add other spices like cloves or nutmeg as well.



1 Cup Gratitude, 2 Cups Joy

Big News! My blog has been transported to my new website which now supports my new and improved online pottery shop!  (just click the SHOP button on the top menu bar to see what's for sale) I've got an 'in store pickup' option for the locals and orders placed by December 19 will ship in time for Christmas!  I'm super excited to continue to post items up for sale and I've got a few things up my sleeve to create a special moment when your shipment arrives so order up!

November was a whirlwind, but December, I'm savoring! My annual pottery sale is over, pottery classes are winding down for the year at the studio, twinkling lights are up on lamp posts and storefronts in my neighborhood and the weather has been mild! The blessings are abundant!  I have however, eaten entirely too many Italian holiday cookies but who can resist the family favorites?!  Despite the temperate climate I've still felt the urge for hot chocolate season....and yes my recipe is below.

Of course you may want a new mug to drink your hot cocoa from, in which case you should make sure you enter my monthly giveaway by clicking the button on the cover page of my website. But don't stop there....follow me on Instagram @TheVeganPotter as I've started giveaways there too. Comment on this post and let me know what items YOU would love to see me offer in a future giveaway.

Added bonus for reading to the end of this post......use code JOY at checkout when you purchase from my online shop now until December 25 and receive 15% off your order!  Thank you for supporting me and my clay obsession and if you own a mug that you purchased from me and you fill it with the cocoa from the recipe below, be sure to post a pic and tag me on Instagram, FB or shoot me an email with a pic and I'll enter your name into January's giveaway twice! Have a safe, healthy and joyous holiday season! 

Lyndsay's Choco-holic Hot Cocoa

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk

2 Tablespoons Cacao Powder

1 tablespoon Raw Cane Sugar or 2 TBL maple syrup

Dash vietnamese cinnamon

Dash almond extract

Pour the almond milk into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat stirring with a whisk. Mix cacao powder with a tablespoon of water until a liquid and then add to the warm almond milk. Stir. Add cinnamon and extract and continue to whisk over low heat until heated through. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy! I like to adorn mine with almond milk foam and cinnamon or vegan marshmallows for an added treat!