I love the beginning of a new making cycle. After reflecting on the good and bad from the last firing, I can now go forward to make even better pots and incorporate new ideas. I love making mugs, so I always start a new cycle with my favorite form. See my DirtKicker Pottery Etsy Shop for Romantic and adorable Mugs.
Yesterday I was looking through my new December 2014 issue of Sunset Magazine. There was an article on a beautiful Washington home. The photo of the kitchen caught my eye because there was lovely open shelves for the dishes instead of cupboards, I looked a little closer and noticed two pieces of my pottery sitting on the kitchen counter. Made me smile :-)
- 4 big Granny Smith Apples (peeled and sliced however thick you like) - The juice of 1 large (or 2 small) lemons - 3/4 cup of brown sugar - 2 tbsp of butter - 1/4 tsp almond extract - 1/2 tsp cinnamon - 1/8 tsp nutmeg - pinch of salt - 2 tbsp of Wondra - 1 Pillsbury Pie Crusts Pack (No, I don't make my own pie crust!)
* Do not pre-heat the oven. Since pottery doesn't like drastic temperature changes, it's best put the pie in a room temp oven and allow the dish and the oven to slowly heat up together.
In a deep skillet pan, at medium heat, I mix together the above ingredients (excluding the crust)in the order they are listed. Stir a little between.
Then pour the gooey mixture into a 9-ish" crusted pie dish. Top with crust strips to create a lattice. Crimp the edges and sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar on top.
Cover the crust edges with foil to prevent over browning. Place the pie in the oven on a foil lined cookie sheet to prevent spill over mess. Place a sheet of foil over the top of the pie and turn the oven on 350°. Remember to remove the sheet of foil after the oven comes to temperature. (I use tongs, because it's hot in there!)
I received an email a couple months ago asking for 3 heart mugs. When I make my heart mugs I usually don't know the story the mug will be a part of. I only know that it's about love.
When I made these 3 mugs it was different. I knew the love story and it followed me through the entire process. Thoughts of Mothers and Daughters. Thoughts of three daughters and a mother who signed her cards to them with hearts. Three daughters that recently lost their Mom to cancer.
Rustic Heart Mug
Cara wrote: " It was a difficult year for my sisters and I, and although surrounding ourselves with family and friends has helped so much…I have been looking for a daily reminder to focus on life’s happinesses. And there are a lot of them! She may not be able to write me letters signed with her heart anymore, but I know that seeing that heart on my mug every morning will bring a smile to my face, and hopefully my sister’s faces too".
Thank you Cara. I am honored to make something that will be a remembrance of this Love story.
Truly a reminder for me not to take one day together for granted. Any conversation is safe with me, I'm here for you any time of day or night. Angry words forgiven and forgot, lessons learned, lessons taught. Tears shared and understood, triumphs praised and cheered. A closeness only death can part, Forever sweet memories carried in my heart.