What’s a Puka?

At Fire & Light we Recycle and Re-Use as much as possible. We have recycled over 7.5 million bottles and jars, we recycle about a ton of cardboard each month to make packaging material, and we re-use thousands of boxes for shipping.

Our Puka Bowl is not only made with recycled glass but the unique pattern is made using a 1930’s sewing machine foot treadle found among the tons of twisted metal at the Arcata Salvage Yard.

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Each Puka bowl is individually hand poured and formed by one of the Fire & Light craftsman. Every bowl is unique in character.

#382 Puka Bowl

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(John holding up the treadle and the Puka Bowl in front of the pile of salvaged metal.)

These bowls are great for small foods such as olives, crackers, nuts or cheeses. They can also add a splash of color to the kitchen as a spoon holder or in the bathroom as a soap dish.

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(Copper and Cobalt Puka Bowls showing off their inspiration!)

This just goes to show how something that was once thought of as trash can have a whole new life !

From now until September 1st the Puka Bowls are only $20. Order yours now while we still have some. You can find them here: http://www.fireandlight.com/Puka_Bowl_p/382.htm

Wine of the week!

Last night I opened a bottle of what I thought was Cabernet… yet, it didn’t taste like the Cabs I love so much. Come to find out, it was a Sangiovese from the Columbia Valley, and it was fantastic!

2011 was a great year. It isn’t too dry, or too fruity. Just the right balance of tannins, (my Sommelier friend would be proud!).

I highly recommend this Maryhill wine, and I’m sure you could find it at Safeway or BevMo locally.

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To get some of these beautiful Goblets for your favorite wine, contact us!

Also, check us out at http://www.fireandlight.com !

Humboldt Made at the California State Fair

Have you heard of Humboldt Made? It’s not just a promotional company that helps local Humboldt businesses to get their brands out into the world, but a family!

I could go on for days about all of the wonderful things Humboldt Made does for Fire & Light, but let’s focus on what they are doing right now..

The California State Fair is raging in our State’s capitol right now- Sacramento! I have never personally attended this fair, but YOU SHOULD! Why? There is a display of all of the wonderful, yummy, alcoholic, creamy delicious and beautiful goodness that makes up Humboldt in a lovely-looking Humboldt County display booth!

You can see products from local breweries, distilleries, food distributors …and US! Check out these photos and go check out the booth!
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Museum of Glass Cone

Fire & Light sometimes partners with a company to create something totally unique to their brand. The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington is all sorts of unique. With their extravagant glass art exhibits, glass sculpture garden, other-worldly architecture and glass demonstrations by visiting artists, don’t you dare miss it if you are in the Tacoma area.

The Museum of Glass is hard to miss. A giant metal cone protrudes from the ground, covered in diamond-shaped panels.

 

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While the exterior of the cone is impressive, it’s what’s inside that counts. The cone houses a 7,000 sq. ft. amphitheater, which is home to their hot shop. Visitors to the museum can watch featured glass artists create their sculptures and future exhibits.

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To replicate their fantastic piece of architectural magnificence, we have created a Cone of our Own. Meet the Fire & Light Cone:

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You have to stop by the Museum of Glass Store to purchase one of these little cones, but it will be worth the trip!

Cuddeback School Tour Drawings

We LOVE giving tours to local schools! There is nothing better than teaching students at a young age the benefits of recycling and the ways glass can be re-purposed. They are the next generation!

The Cuddeback School came for a tour in May, and we received these lovely drawings from some of the students.

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If you are local and have a student in a school in the area, we encourage them to come for a tour! Have their teacher give us a call at 707-825-7500.

Sydney Opera House- So Fine Event Design

We wanted to share some photos from a private event put on by So Fine Event Design at the Sydney Opera House. Thank you to Dalton Fine for letting us use his photos and displaying our glass so beautifully.

We shipped seven full pallets of glass overseas!

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The possibilities are endless when you see what you can do with our glass in the right setting and the right light!

The Best Light for Lavender

Has your Lavender Tumbler ever changed color from room to room?

Our Lavender color is one of our nine colors that contains 2-6% recycled content, and contains certain minerals that react differently to different kinds of light.

This photo is taken of the same exact Footed Jar with Lid in Natural Light (left) and Fluorescent light (right):

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Rich- our production manager- explains, “It’s what you call a dichroic reaction of the Neodymium in different types of light.” Neodymium is one of the rare earth minerals.

So, to get the best out of your Lavender glassware, place in a window to catch sunlight or place under natural halogen lighting. Unless you enjoy the blueish hue…

Homemade Veggie Sushi

Yet another customer recipe submission, this time from our friend Amy Rennie. She let me know that although she had never made homemade sushi before, it wasn’t difficult at all! Easy for any first-timer. First, you need to start with the perfect sticky sushi rice:

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Perfect Sushi Rice:

Ingredients:

-1 Cup shortest grain rice

-2 cups water

-2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar

-2 tablespoons sugar

-1 tablespoon salt

 

Directions:

-Rinse and drain rice a few times.

-Cook rice for 15-20 minutes with a normal ratio of 1-cup rice to 2 cups water.

-When rice is cooked, move to a Pyrex or metal serving bowl.

-In a microwave-safe bowl, mix Rice Vinegar, Sugar, and Salt.

-Microwave for 30-45 seconds and stir well.

-Mix-in to rice and coat rice thoroughly with mixture.

-Allow rice to cool to room temperature before using to make sushi.

 

Veggie Sushi Ingredients:

-1 zucchini, sliced into skinny pieces

-Carrots, sliced thinly

-Avocado, sliced thinly

-Red bell pepper, sliced thinly

-Cream Cheese

-Cilantro

-Larrupin Dill Mustard (If you’re a lucky local and have this resource available!)

-Any other veggies you desire, thinly sliced

-Big sheets of nori (seaweed)

-Water for sealing the roll

-Sushi roller

 

Directions:

-Spread cream cheese onto nori in the middle of the sheet.

-Add rice on top of cream cheese

-Add veggies in the same manner, on top of the rice

-Sprinkle with Cilantro

-Drip Larrupin over roll, if desired

-Place roll on roller, brush with water on both ends, and roll tightly.

-Slice SLOWLY to not tear your rolls, and enjoy on your Fire & Light plate!

 

Favorite Combination: Cream Cheese, Avocado, Zucchini, Larrupin. Yum!

Thank you so much Amy for your submission! We hope sushi lovers over the world can enjoy how easy a first time attempt really is!

 

Bacon & Egg Muffins

Thanks to our lovely friend Barb Treadwell who provided us with this delicious-looking recipe for breakfast cornbread muffins. Anything with bacon is my favorite! I can’t wait to go home and make these myself…

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Bacon-and-Egg Muffins

4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut in thirds5 eggsSalt and freshly ground pepper1C flour1/2C yellow cornmeal2T sugar2 & 1/2 tsp baking powder1/2 tsp salt1C milk1/4C melted butter1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
Warmed maple syrup, for serving
 
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large skillet cook bacon just until it begins to crisp. Drain and reserve drippings. Return 2 tsp. drippings to skillet. For scrambled eggs, in a small bowl beat 3 of the eggs, 2 Tbsp. water, and a dash each of salt and pepper. Cook eggs in hot skillet over medium heat without stirring until eggs begin to set on bottom and around edges. With a large spatula, lift and fold for uncooked portion to flow underneath. Cook until set yet still moist. Transfer to bowl; set aside.
  2. Brush twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with some of the remaining bacon drippings. Set muffin cups aside. In a medium bowl stir together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and 1/2 tsp. salt. In a separate bowl combine milk, oil, and remaining 2 eggs; stir into flour mixture. Fold in scrambled eggs and cheese. Spoon into muffin cups (cups will be full).
  3. Place one bacon piece on each muffin. Bake 15 to 17 minutes, until light brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. To loosen muffins from pan, run a small metal spatula or table knife around edges of muffins; remove from pans. Serve warm with maple syrup.

 

Pictured on her lovely Moonstone Salad Plate. I think we can all agree we want to shove these in our mouths! Enjoy, friends!

Sun Valley + Fire & Light for Mother’s Day

What undoubtedly brings joy to mom’s face on Mother’s Day? The fact that you thought it through! And truth be told, there’s no better gift than Sun Valley Flowers. They are vibrant, beautiful, fragrant and fill the house with color and a springtime vibe. What really sets them off is a Vase from Fire & Light.

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The Strong Gold soil-grown Sun Valley Tulips in a Copper Aurora Vase are a great spring accessory for your home. They lasted weeks in my house and brought a great yellow POP to every room!

The color combinations and the way the light shines through the glass really brings out the spring pinks, purples and yellows of Sun Valley Flowers. Be inspired by the colors, the smells and the way they make you feel when you walk by them in your house.

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These Broadway Oriental Lillies are the most incredibly fragrant flower I’ve ever had the pleasure to put in my house and office! Right when you walk in the door you feel like you’re floating in a sea of Lillies- what a dream!

These lucky Lillies are pictured in a Cobalt Splash Vase. According to Sun Valley, these flowers will open and bloom in a period of 14 days. In Chinese Lilly means “Forever in Love.”

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We hope to develop this relationship with Sun Valley Floral Farms and continue to bring you the best of both worlds in flowers and glassware – all produced right here in Arcata, California!

A great gift for mom, and both items come with the knowledge that your purchase went to help create jobs and sustain local purchasing and products made in the USA !