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Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;
Witches’ mummy; maw and gulf
Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock digg’d i the dark…
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

October might be the most perfect of months to explore traditional donut making, i.e. frying. Take a note from Shakespeare’s MacBeth, and gather ‘round the bubbling caldron. Or rather, fill a deep, cast-iron skillet with safflower oil, and behold the spellbinding transformation of dough to doughnut.

Pumpkin Ale and Donuts

As a lover of fall and its traditional flavors, pumpkin was an obvious choice for October’s Donut ‘o The Month, but I put a spin on the recipe. This donut uses a pumpkin ale to capture the essence of fall. For a very novice beer drinker (my adventure to buy two pumpkin beers in puritan Pennsylvania could be a blog post in itself), I really hit the nail on the head with Block House Brewing’s Pumpkin Ale. Brewed by the Pittsburgh Brewing Company, in Latrobe, PA (bonus points for this Pittsburgh-based blogger), this sipper of an ale is sweet and spicy. It would make a great ice cream float, but as it turns out, it makes an addicting donut!

Donuts and Ale

What’s really exciting about this recipe is whole-wheat pastry flour, natural ingredients and a healthier frying oil make these donuts pretty guiltless. Make these once for you, and you alone, and then maybe invite friends for batch number two and scary movies. ‘Tis the Season!

Bon Appétit!

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Ale Donuts

  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¼ cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 packet rapid rise yeast (or 2 ¼ tsp)
  • ¾ cup pumpkin ale/beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large local egg yolks (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup local heavy cream (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons organic, unsalted butter, softened
  • Non-GMO Safflower Oil for frying

Pumpkin Ale Glaze

  • 1 ½ cups organic confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin ale/beer


In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook add the flour, sugar and yeast. In a saucepan over low heat, heat the beer until it reaches between 120 and 130 degrees F. Add the beer to the stand mixer, mix until most of the flour has been moistened. Add the vanilla then the yolks, one at a time. Add the cream, salt and softened butter. Building up speed, beat on high until the dough comes together and gathers around the blade. The dough will be very soft. Add dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour or until doubles in size. Punch down the dough and knead lightly to remove any air bubbles. Return to oiled dough,  and allow to rest for 1 hour. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 1-inch thickness. Cut donuts out with a 3 ½ inch biscuit cutter with 1-inch circle holes. Place donuts on a baking sheet that has been covered with parchment paper. Loosely cover with a towel. Allow to rise at room temperature until doubled in size, about 30 minutes (or longer if you’re living in a cold apartment like yours truly). Fill a large heavy bottomed saucepan with safflower oil until about 4-inches deep. Add a deep fry thermometer, and bring oil to about 360 degrees, adjusting heat to maintain temperature. Be careful not to overheat oil. Working in batches, fry the donuts on each side until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes per side. Remove from oil and allow to cool on a wire rack.

To Make the Glaze:
Whisk together the powdered sugar and the pumpkin ale until well combined. Dip each donut in the glaze. Allow glaze to set before serving.

photography & recipe by With The Grains for Jojotastic.

studio tour // Suite One Studio

Hi! I’m Lindsay Emery, owner, designer, and maker of Suite One Studio, a modern, handmade tableware line. The current Suite One Studio collection is made exclusively from hand-formed and wheel thrown, high quality porcelain, handmade watercolor glazes, and hand-painted genuine gold. I began working in clay in 2005, and launched Suite One Studio in 2009. Since then the line has changed to reflect trends in home interiors, fashion, my own aesthetic preferences, and perhaps most importantly as a maker of tableware, food. Although the collection has changed gradually over the years, my central desire has remained the same– to make mealtimes more beautiful. Joanna invited me here to Jojotastic to share a behind the scenes peek into my process and the creation of Suite One Studio products. I hope you’ll enjoy!

studio tour // Suite One Studiostudio tour // Suite One StudioEach and every product begins the same way, as an unsuspecting ball of clay. The clay is cut from a large block of clay, wedged to remove air bubbles, and weighed to ensure consistency before it is processed as either a flat slab or thrown on the wheel.

studio tour // Suite One StudioAll plates, platters, trays, and primarily flat objects are made with the help of a slab roller. This is a 250 LB piece of machinery that operates by a hand-cranked wheel to flatten the clay between two large, steel rollers. Until recently, each flat object was processed by a small, wooden, kitchen rolling pin. You can imagine that the addition of this industrial slab roller makes a HUGE difference in production capabilities for my growing studio.

studio tour // Suite One StudioThese freshly made pieces were created from slabs of flattened clay from the slab roller. After flattening, each piece is cut, shaped, and altered by hand to create a uniquely organic, modern form. Once the pieces are cleaned up a bit with a sponge and water, they sit and dry slowly over the course of several weeks until they’re ready to be fired in the kiln.

studio tour // Suite One StudioAfter drying, the pieces are fired in the kiln for the first time at about 1,945 degrees Fahrenheit. They are now hard and porous like a brick and ready to be glazed and fired again.

studio tour // Suite One StudioNow comes the really fun part– color! Each glaze is formulated right here in my studio. And formulated is the right word because ceramic glazes are made from chemical formulas. Yup, like the stuff from your high-school-chem-test nightmares. There are molecular considerations, periodic elements, and a whole bunch of letters and numbers hiding behind those pretty, glossy surfaces. A lot can go wrong with a glaze formula, so when a glaze turns out as expected (or in some cases better!) it’s cause for some major celebrating! This board of test tiles shows some of my scientific triumphs!

studio tour // Suite One StudioOnce a glaze has been decided upon and applied, the piece is fired in the kiln again, this time to 2,280 degrees Fahrenheit. After the glaze firing, liquid gold luster is hand-painted onto each piece, and you guessed it, the piece is fired again. The entire process, start to finish, of creating a single piece of porcelain pottery takes weeks, lots of high temperatures in specialized equipment, an unexpected use of organic chemistry (which was the only class besides gym that I nearly failed in high school, so how’s that for irony), and a whole lot of patience. But in the end, you have a thoughtfully crafted, heirloom quality, handmade item guaranteed to make any meal more beautiful, so it’s all totally worth it.

I hope you enjoyed this look into the work that goes into the production of Suite One Studio porcelain.  If you’d like to see more behind the scenes peeks, come follow along on Instagram! A huge thank you to Joanna for having me here to share my passion and process with you all!

i am very busy.

So, about today’s blog post… yeah, I definitely forgot to write one today. Oops. I leave for vacation tomorrow and it’s becoming all too clear that my mind is… elsewhere already. There’s something about this trip that has me feeling flustered. Maybe it’s the impending 11 hour flight, maybe it’s the fact that I haven’t packed yet or that I’m absolutely exhausted from a relentless schedule and zero days off since I have no idea when. I don’t think I’ve ever been this disorganized before a trip. Usually I am a calm, cool, collected traveler. Does this happen to everyone?

While I’m away, some of my amazing friends will be guest posting here. They’ve delicious recipes, crafty DIYs, inspirational travel journals, and much, much more. Stay tuned and I’ll be back November 4!

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RECIPE // 3 travel-friendly snacks #ziploc #holidaycollection

Traveling is stressful enough. Finding healthy and affordable snacks for the whole hungry crew shouldn’t add to that stress! I find that with just a little bit of planning, I can bring healthy snacks with me, wherever I’m going. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or car, these 3 snack ideas are travel-friendly and totally delicious.

RECIPE // 3 travel-friendly snacks #ziploc #holidaycollection
There are 3 recipes to check out: apple “cookies,” homemade granola bars, and kale chips.

Head over to Ziploc to see more!

RECIPE // 3 travel-friendly snacks #ziploc #holidaycollection RECIPE // 3 travel-friendly snacks #ziploc #holidaycollectionphotography by Nathan Michael

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

must shop // Schatzi in San Francisco

I consider myself to be a vintage shopping aficionado, especially in the way of home decor, which is probably why I’m so excited to share the news of Schatzi. Located in the Mission, here in San Francisco, Schatzi is truly my new favorite place to shop for quirky-cool accents for my home. Shopkeepers/owners Charles and Kelvin have the best aesthetic, self labeled as “rustic to refined – mid-century modern abuts folky primitive next to 1970s glamour.” The fact is that no matter your taste, I strongly believe you’ll find exactly what you need (read: want) at this gorgeous little boutique.
rustic and refined home decorFor me, vintage shopping is all about the details, something that positively abounds at Schatzi. I planned to spend about 30-45 minutes in the store… and ended up being there for 2 hours. I just kept discovering more and more the longer I looked. Charles and Kevin did a really great job of curating vignettes on their shelves, so it’s the perfect inspiration to re-create the looks in your own home. vintage glass and brass quirky vintage finds

Meet the newest addition to my apartment, this copper glass bar cart! I couldn’t possibly walk away from this beauty.

vintage copper glass bar cartvintage decantersI’ve always wanted a set of these vintage decanters. I just might head back to get them to complete my bar cart.

vintage vanity )with boob upholstery!)

Schatzi really has a great assortment of what I call ‘smalls.’ You know, all those special touches that turn a house into a home. If you’re looking for something special, this is the spot to find it.

vintage brass lobstersvintage findsBe sure to stop by and visit Schatzi: 1908 Mission Street San Francisco,CA 94103. Also, follow along on instagram for their latest finds.

photography by Jojotastic

kati von lehman

Wow, what a big week it’s been. I still have so much to do before I leave for Amsterdam next week, but I’m really just grateful to be doing what I love. I wanted to thank everyone so much for all the kind words and support about my Big News this week. You better believe I’m celebrating this weekend!

Meredith WoolnoughOver on Anthology this week, I shared: Embroideries by Meredith Woolnough, Rinn Textiles by Erin Gilkes, and thse fantastic nesting bowls by Kati von Lehman.

Rinn TextilesThen, here on Jojotastic:

shop my online yard sale!Lastly, remember when I cleaned out my closet? Well, I’m having a mini online yard sale of sorts! Head over to eBay to shop my closet and give some of my pretties a new home.

shop my online yard sale!Happy weekend!

I love classics like popcorn, but I also love to put a twist on traditional treats! Popcorn is a great base for all kinds of flavors, plus it’s the perfect treat to bring to a party, or just to have at home as a snack. During the holidays I like to gather my best girlfriends around the TV with a giant bowl of popcorn to watch sappy holiday movies. This year I plan to surprise my ladies with these 3 delicious fancy popcorn recipes.

RECIPE: fancy popcorn #ziploc #holidaycollection
There are 3 recipes to check out: Sea Salt, Lavender & Caramel popcorn, Trail Mix popcorn, and Party popcorn.

Head over to Ziploc to see more!

RECIPE: fancy popcorn #ziploc #holidaycollectionRECIPE: fancy popcorn #ziploc #holidaycollection
photography by Nathan Michael

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.