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Kintsugi DIY: The Japanese Art of Repair

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Kintsugi DIY

I guess you could say I like to collect a few things. I have a collection of vintage ice cream scoops. I have a few vintage salt and pepper shakes. And recently, I’ve been slowly buying beautiful ceramics.

Well, a few of them have broken. The bowl you see pictured was broken by Amelia who excitedly ran into it when someone knocked on the door. (It was on the floor because I was unpacking from a shoot.) The spoons were broken because I didn’t realize the bag was on the bed and when I threw off the covers because I was exhausted, well, they went flying.

Kintsugi DIY

I always have something that needs repair. I always promise myself that I’m going to glue things back together and I often times do but this time I wanted to try something different.

Enter: Kintsugi. It’s the Japanese art of repair. Think of it like a beautiful rendition of gluing things back together. The philosophy behind kintsugi is about seeing the breakage and repair as part of the object’s history—embracing it rather than hiding it.

I feel like there could be some sort of analogy drawn out of this DIY and applied to life and I’m especially hormational today so I’ll stop while I’m ahead!

Kintsugi DIY

Traditionally kintsugi involved mixing a lacquer (gold, silver, copper) with a binding rice flour. It sounds simple, but nailing does that ratio is incredibly difficult. For some, repairs can take up to two months!

We ain’t got that type of time on A Cozy Kitchen, so I made some shortcuts. Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Gold Liquid Gilding
2. E600
3. Thin paint brushes
4. Your broken ceramics

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I found it easiest to do the painting process first. I gently went around the edges of the two broken pieces and then pushed them together.

Doing this made it so the paint pushed out a bit, creating a thin line. I allowed both pieces to dry completely, about 10 minutes.

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Homemade Cream Cheese

Breakfast, DIY, Sides

How to Make Homemade Cream Cheese

Things that are close to my heart:

1. A Colombian emerald ring my grandma gave me

2. Amelia’s toes (bc they’re so chubby!)

3. My pager from childhood. My most used pager codes: 143, 80085, 123

4. A sweet note Joshua wrote me a few weeks ago

5. All carbs. Especially bagels.

So naturally, cream cheese is also very important to me. I’ve been wanting to make homemade cream cheese 4evrrrrr. I’m so glad I finally bought da stuff and decided to do it. It definitely took me a few times to get it exactly right. I ended up buying this animal rennet from Amazon. They also have vegetable rennet.

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Dukkah Goat Cheese Crackers

Sides, Snacks, Vegetarian

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I’m having a moment with two things: The Bachelor and making spice mixtures. I know, I know, it’s the most random combination ever and no, they do not have any relation to one another, thank heavens, but I’m sort of obsessed with them both.

I’m into The Bacheclor for the first time, ever. Past seasons never interested me but now I can’t stop watching. It’s like one part tragedy meets comedy and I’m v v into it. And for the record, if I was on that show I’d have one convo with Chris and be like, NOPE THIS DUDE IS BORING BYYYEEEE. Seriously, I’ve never watched a human be less funny in my entire life.

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The Gift of Coffee: A Coffee Tray

DIY, Drinks

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It’s my favorite time of year! WOOHOO! Fall has finally decided to arrive in full force in Los Angeles. There will be a Christmas tree in my near future. And this week I’m going to try my hardest to send out my holiday cards. I’m also knee-deep into planning holiday gifts. I decided to conquer one of the most important ones first: this coffee tray.

This year work has been busy, busy. And behind the scenes with this lil’ blog there are projects and collaborations, which in many cases means there are contracts that I usually don’t understand. This stuff is not fun, but luckily I have my boyfriend’s dad, Michael, help me.

He reads contracts over, explains the details to me in an English I can understand, is so ridiculously patient when I ask the same question a million times, and he makes sure I’m not signing Amelia away in the process. (I’m not that stressed about it, I guarantee they’d return her after a few weeks!)

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He just opened his new law office in downtown LA and I wanted to get him something really nice for it. Like every person who has to focus for long periods of time, he loves coffee, especially espresso.

This coffee tray is streamlined and simple, he can move it around his office if he likes, while still giving him exactly what he needs to make delicious espresso or coffee any time of the day.

Nespresso sent over their new VertuoLine system, which is great because it makes coffee and espresso. I picked up other goodies from Sur La Table like these beautiful and simple mugs from Bodum, their Nespresso Aeroccino frother; it requires no stove (a bonus for an office since his doesn’t have a kitchen), some cute birch straws in case he pours his coffee drinks over ice, and a candle because, well, it’s cute.

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The tray I picked up at Target (it’s actually from Oh Joy’s line). Oh and there are a few good-quality napkins in case he spills stuff. The colors are sort of holiday-esque but at the same time it won’t look THAT much like Christmas in June.

I also included a set of capsules from Nespresso. Maybe Amelia got a hold of one and chewed it a lil’ bit. Whoops!

I hope he likes this coffee tray (I think he will).

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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Dinner

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My mom always likes to remind that when I was a lil’ kid, the only part of the chicken I would eat were the drumsticks. I’m pretty sure I felt like it was very Flinstone’s-esque of me to be eating drumsticks. Also, Medieval Times! That place gave you big turkey legs for dinner (much like most Renaissance fairs) and I thought it was the most hilarious thing ever.

Now that I’m a boring adult, I hardly ever reach for drumsticks unless they’re teeny chicken drummettes which is a whole other thing! This recipe is awesome because it allows me to eat all of the drumsticks. And the sauce is my absolute favorite thing ever. I want to put it on everything: chicken, salmon, tofu, you name it.

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A few years ago I remember my dad calling me telling me I must, I MUST make homemade teriyaki sauce for the blog. I brushed him off thinking to myself, How good can it be. Wrong way to think. Bad attitude, Adrianna!

Like all homemade versions of things you most likely can buy at the store, the best part about making the homemade version is customization.

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DIY: Tangerine Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

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When I first moved to L.A. I was on a crazy strict budget. I’m talking the kind of budget where I was eating once a day and that meal consisted of, like, a few dollar tacos. It was kinda sucky, but honestly I’m really thankful for that time in my life; it gave me drive and made me more conscious as to how I spend my money. Before this, I strictly bought beauty products at department stores and Sephora. My little broke period forced me to start buying beauty products from the drug store; and you know what, I still buy A LOT of my beauty products from Walgreens. I find that many of them are just as good as fancy products.

One of the things I stopped buying during this period was Fresh’s Lip Polish; not because it wasn’t effective—it’s my absolute favorite—but because I found that it was SO easy to make at home. I made a big batch the other day when my lips looked cracked and gross and really needed some refreshing. While Los Angeles has had an oddly warm winter, it has been super dry, leaving my lips not looking their cutest.

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Beer and Cheddar Cheese Gougeres

Appetizers, Sides

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My dad was in town for a few days and even though he bosses me around, wakes up way too early and always tells me my car needs to be cleaned, I had the best time ever. Living across the country from my parents is hard. When I see them, I see them differently, and after they leave I always tend to think a lot about my childhood.

My dad and I have always baked together. It’s the thing we share. My dad isn’t a pro-baker or anything like that—he does it strictly as a hobby, and for many years it was his favorite hobby. A few years ago, over a holiday break, my dad and I spent two days baking gougeres. We had no idea what we were doing, but we followed a bunch of recipes, tweaked a bunch of stuff and after two days we finally ended up with a batch we deemed totally perfect.

After my dad left town all I wanted to do was make something that felt familiar and something that reminded me of the man who taught me to how to change a tire and the man who taught me the value of never quitting.

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Gougeres are made from pate a choux. If you’ve never made it before you may think it’s a weird and wrong.

The recipe begins by cooking butter with water, flour, and in this case, beer. And then you mix in eggs–even though they might not feel like they can actually be incorporated into the dough. They eventually do.

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Last Minute Hostess Gift: Winter Herb Potted Plants

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Wasn’t Pie Week fun?! I kinda miss it already. I’m already scheming for a possible Cookie Week in December? And maybe more pie. Always more pie.

On Wednesday I’m headed up to the Bay Area for a very short trip for Thanksgiving, so I figured some of you might actually be heading to other people’s homes, too. I love hostess gifts that have a nice personal touch, and since this time of year is so crazy, they need to be quick and easy. I looove having winter herbs in my kitchen for cooking and making cocktails. These herbs will all survive a cold winter – they’re considered “aggressive” herbs, or so they say.

Supplies you’ll need to make this lil’ quick and easy DIY:

– 3 small terra cotta pots
– Assorted colors of acrylic paints
– Scissors
– Painter’s Tape
– Acrylic Top Coat Spray
– Winter Herbs: Rosemary, English Thyme, Mint, Cilantro or Sage
– Paint brushs

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Step 1: Brush each pot with two to three coats of paint. Allow ’em to dry completely.

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Step 2: You can do any sort of patterns that you like. I figured it’d be nice to do all an assortment of patterns that all sort of compliment one another. For the first one, I cut out triangles from the painter’s tape and placed them on the perimeter of the pot.

I gave it two coats of metallic light gray paint, allowed it to dry and then removed the tape.

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Step 3: Continue with a different pattern. I chose little hand painted dots.

For the third and final patter, I used a spouncer – which is my favorite tool and word – dipped in paint to make a larger polka dot pattern.

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Step 4: I allowed the pots to dry completely, about 30 minutes, and then sprayed each pot with a clear top coat, which will help protect the terra cotta pots against moisture, weathering and overall handling.

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Step 5: Divide the herbs between the pots and fill with potting soil.

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And that’s it! Super easy and quick. Tomorrow I’ll show you a cocktail recipe to use with one of these herbs. You know, so you can give your host the gift and then use it to make something. Super classy!

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DIY: Thanksgiving Hand Stamped Geometric Napkins

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Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and this year I’m actually prepared. I have my menu all written out, I have my recipes written, I have a proper head count. Who am I? I don’t even know anymore.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing quite a bit of Thanksgiving recipes. For my first Thanksgiving-ish post, I teamed up with Canon and their PIXMA MG7120 printer to create some fun (and easy!) napkins for your dinner table.

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The stuff you’ll need to get started:

1. Scissors
2. An exacto knife
3. A mini-paint roller
4. (4″ x 6″) Iron-on Transfer Sheets
5. Acrylic paint in the color of choice (I used Martha Stewart’s multi-surface paint in the color “Mace”)
6. One potato (this will be your stamp!)
7. Fall objects like persimmons, mini pumpkins, dahlias, etc.
8. Plain dinner napkins (I used these from World Market)

Start by taking photos of your cute fall objects. Since the PIXMA can print via your mobile device, I found super easy to just take the photos from my phone.

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I changed the picture to black and white and then used their app PIXMA Printing Solutions to print out the picture onto 4″ x 6″ iron-on transfer sheets. The app couldn’t be simpler to use and it’s particularly awesome because you can print multiple pictures at once.

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Next, the printing! The printer’s sounds made Amelia’s head do that tilting thing that dogs do when they’re super confused. When I showed her the pretty pictures she understood, though.

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Then, using my scissors I cut out each of the photos. I placed the photo where I’d want it and then flipped it over. I took my iron and set it on the setting that reads “cotton/linen” and with the steam option OFF (very important!). I ironed over the entire photo, moving the iron from side to side for about 30-40 seconds.

I peeled the photo off revealing the cute lil’ persimmon!

In my brain I wanted each photo to be surrounded by hand-stamped geometric shapes. I went to the craft store looking for a simple triangular stamp. Umm..they don’t exist! I found the most intricate of stamps. I’m talking stamps of Santa conversing with his reindeers mid-sentence but no simple stamps.

So, here I am, cutting a potato with my exacto knife to make a stamp. It was actually pretty easy.

Instead of dipping the “stamp” into a puddle of paint, I rolled it on for more of an even distribution.

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Next, I stamped away. I did a few different patterns of triangles. I think my favorite is the one with the dahlias.

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Here they are all finished…

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And that’s it! Super simple.

Can I be honest? Before this I didn’t have a printer. If someone emailed me and said I needed to print something out, sign it, scan it and send it back, it felt like they were asking me to climb Mount Everest.

I’m psyched because this printer does it ALL. It prints high-quality photos from your computer or phone, acts as a scanner and even makes copies. I mean, you need nothing else. It’s made my life SO much easier. And I can make cute napkins and print out actual pictures, which I feel like we never do anymore. Total bonus.

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[This post is brought to you by Canon. Discover more about PIXMA Printing Solutions here.]

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How-To: Color Block Wooden Spoons

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This holiday season I’m guessing you’ll need cheap and easy hostess gifts.

Let’s give our friends something useful: wooden kitchen spoons. And not just any wooden spoons, but super-cute color block wooden spoons that cost barely nothing and take about 30 minutes to make.

For this kitchen crafting adventure, you’ll need the following:

1. Wooden Spoons. 2. Paint. 3. Painter’s Tape. (Links to specific colors and supplies at the bottom of this post!)

Let’s go!

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