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Top ten reasons to buy original art

flower ©Tadson Bussey

flower ©Tadson Bussey

1. It peeks dialogue
What a great opportunity to start an engaging conversation at that fabulous party you are throwing. Sure beats discussing that youth soccer game score AGAIN!

2. It adds texture, interest and clarity to your life story
You will never forget the memory of where you were or how you came upon the art you purchased. No one can take that away from you. The experience and connection that you have to the art illustrates your own personal life story.

3. It forces you to slow down
Really think about what you are doing. Do you want to cast your “dollar vote” on a mass produced item coming out of a cargo container from China?

4. It gets you out of your comfort zone
Do you want to lump yourself with every other weekend shopping-drone-consumer choosing slight variations of the same thing? Haven’t we had enough of “Live, Laugh, Love” and “Keep Calm And Carry On”?

5. It supports the individual
You’re paying it forward to the society gods. You’re putting food on the table of the artist. The more energy they have, the more quality art they will produce and spread across the world.

6. It’s provenance speaks volumes
We met Leigh and Leslie Keno at the Merchandise Mart on a sunny autumn morning. Their back story is interesting and engaging. For goodness sake, as children they started selling antiques which included old iron work from barns and stoneware. There is value in original work. These brothers now race vintage Ferrari’s. Need we say more?

7. It affords you to “lead by example” for your children
Children love art and want to create art. When you buy original art, it gives you an opportunity to discuss the process that led you to love a piece so much, that you had to buy it and display it in your home.

8. It looks great on your resume
Being an art collector sets you apart from the pack.

9. It extinguishes the “I could do that” mentality
The more you discover about the artistic process, the more you realize that the artist is someone who has a great ability to harness “the moment” and expose their vision. THAT is a very gutsy way to put yourself out in the world.

10. It helps you avoid the trap
I recently pinned a photo of a street sign stating “Don’t grow up, it’s a trap”. Surrounding yourself with creativity brings a sense of joy to the everyday. Art keeps childlike wonder in your soul.

There are so many more reasons to buy original art in every genre within the creative community. Care to expand on this list? We would love to hear from you!

Go the Distance Playoff Cookies

By: Jen

After a long fruitful baseball season complete with team building and success, I make Playoff Cookies! I started making these for every game as my son’s team advanced in the city playoffs. I had visions of jinxes– my memory traveling back to the classic 1988 film Bull Durham. If I didn’t make the cookies would the team lose? If I didn’t bring them in the same container would they lose? The voices in my head would get me nowhere except maybe into a corn field in Iowa looking for those Chicago Black Sox players.

These are huge confections, not your typical chocolate chip cookie variety. Playoff Cookies are chewy and soft with a little bit of crunch. The mixture of quality chocolate chips along with HEATH toffee bits and butterscotch, make these a huge hit with both young and old. MLB playoffs start on October 5th for the wild card games. For a full list of dates check out the end of this post.

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Playoff Cookies

3 1/4 C. flour
1 1/2 tspn. baking soda
1 1/2 tspn. salt
2 sticks butter at room temp.

1 1/4 C. dark brown sugar
1/2 C. sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 tspn. vanilla

1/2 C. HEATH BITS’O BRICKLE Toffee Bits
1 C. 60% Ghiradelli Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
1 C. Nestlé Butterscotch Morsels

Preheat oven to 375°

Mix together: flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. Cream butter with both sugars until light and fluffy (2 minutes in a stand mixer). Add eggs and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture until just incorporated. Hand stir in the bits and chips. Set dough in the fridge to firm up.

Use two cookie sheets. Use two racks in the oven. Line each sheet with parchment paper. You can skip this step if you don’t have the parchment. I use a 1/4 c. scoop. Place six scoops onto each cookie sheet with plenty of space in between. Mash the dough down so that the height of the dough is approximately 1/2” high.

Place each sheet into the oven and set your timer for 6-7 minutes. Pull sheets after this time, turn trays around and move each sheet to the opposite rack. Bake for 6-7 minutes more. You should get a large golden brown cookie! Using a large spatula move the cookies to a cooling rack. If you are using a convection oven, I suggest watching the cookies during the second round of baking as these will brown very quickly.

Playoff Cookies pack well for taking to games and picnics. The kids love the size and the parents love the taste. Better yet, make ice cream sandwiches with Edy’s Slow Churn Light Ice Cream. This ice cream has no sugar added with 1/3 fewer calories and 1/2 the fat. The mild flavor of this ice cream blends well with the more intense flavor of the cookie. I soften the ice cream a bit and then spoon it onto the bottom of the cookie in about 3/4” thickness. Place the top onto the sandwich and then run a demitasse spoon around the edges to smooth out the sides. Wrap in saran wrap and place in the freezer for an after school treat!

MLB Playoffs

October 5 Wildcard

October 6-12 American and National League Division Series

October 13-21 American League Championship Series

October 14-22 National League Championship Series

October 24-November 1 World Series

Who’s going all the way this year? Do you believe in baseball jinxes?

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