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How to make a fun and useful Mason Jar Teacher's Gift for back to school
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Blackberry Peach Jam Recipe: Enjoy the flavor of Ripe peaches and delicious blackberries all year long! Great on crackers, toast and vanilla ice cream.
Get set for Fall with this guide to 20 of the top recipes and DIY projects to make to celebrate the season


Mason Jar Teacher Gift

How to make a fun and useful Mason Jar Teacher's Gift for back to school

Mason Jar Teacher Gift Recently, I got the chance to post over at my friend Steph's blog, The Silly Pearl. If you don't follow Steph's blog yet-- you should. She is an amazing crafter and seamstress and she seems to have an endless supply of awesome ideas! My kids are starting school today, so I thought it would be fun to make a Mason Jar Teacher Gift. Supplies: Wooden Ruler Box (from Michaels), 3 pint sized Mason … [Read more...]

Blackberry Peach Jam

Blackberry Peach Jam Recipe: Enjoy the flavor of Ripe peaches and delicious blackberries all year long! Great on crackers, toast and vanilla ice cream.

Blackberry Peach Jam Recipe The end of summer is a time of transition. Peaches and blackberries are abundant in late August-- it almost seems as if they're a sweet parting gift from summer to all of us. Enjoy these delicious fruits all year long with this recipe for Blackberry Peach Jam. You can use a stock pot to process the jam, so no major investment in canning equipment is required. Ingredients: 1 1/2 quarts of … [Read more...]

DIY Five Spice Blend

How to make your own Five Spice Blend, a staple of Chinese cuisine! Plus an amazing mason jar hack, how to get a "free" lid and printable labels.

DIY Five Spice Blend Have you ever used Five Spice Blend also known as Five Spice Powder in your cooking? If you like making Chinese cuisine, there's a good chance you have! I've seen Five Spice Blend listed as an ingredient in everything from Chinese Chicken Salad, to duck and pork dishes... even cookies. It's a very versatile blend with a distinctive flavor that adds a lot to any dish. You can buy this blend at some … [Read more...]

3 Fall Mason Jar Candle Ideas

How to style mason jar candle holders three fun and different ways for fall! A quick and easy way to change up your fall decor.

3 Fall Mason Jar Candle Ideas Fall is just around the corner and that means fall decorating! Transform plain mason jars into candles and use different fillers to change the look.  Supplies: Mason Jars,  ribbon {mine is from Michaels}, Tea Light Inserts from TransforMASON, decorative filler, leaves, pinecones and hot glue. First attach ribbon around the rim of the jars with hot glue and put the candles and tea light … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Pineapple

Transform a plain mason jar into a fun pineapple candy jar, plus free printable tags. Perfect back to school teacher's gift.

Mason Jar Pineapple and Tags Pineapples make me smile. I'm not sure if it's because I'm Hawaiian and pineapples remind me of that tropical paradise or because I love to eat them! In any case, pineapples are HOT right now and with school starting up, I thought a fun teacher gift was in order. Basic Supplies: Pint sized mason jar, Plutonium spray paint in Limon Cillo, DecoColor Oil Based Paint Pen (fine tip) in black … [Read more...]

Smart and Simple Coffee Station

Use this ingenious hack along with mason jars to create a Smart and Simple Coffee Station!

Smart and Simple Coffee Station I was on a trip recently and while I was touring the space I noticed they had a super smart way of keeping their coffee supplies organized and appealing. So as soon as I got home and the jet lag wore off... I recreated it and put my own spin on it! I happened to have a tray, some blue heritage Ball® Mason Jars and a jelly jar. I also grabbed a couple Coffee Mates (vanilla and … [Read more...]

Apple-Blueberry Jam

Yummy Apple-Blueberry Jam Recipe and printable tags and labels.

This post is sponsored by Ball® Canning Watch the live Can-It-Forward Day broadcast on August 1st from 11-4 And don't miss the Ball® Mason Jar Celebrity Auction! Some amazing celebs have filled/decorated Ball® Jars with the proceeds benefitting No Kid Hungry. Apple-Blueberry Jam Yields about 8 half-pint jars Ingredients 1 1/2 quarts of chopped apples (about 3 pounds) 1 1/2 quart of blueberries 6 cups of … [Read more...]

Why You Should Try Canning

Want to give canning a try? Don't be intimidated! It's easy, economical and fun. Here are reasons why you should try canning at home.

Why You Should Try Canning For years I had canning envy. Relatives and friends would give me delicious jars of jam or sauce, and I would ask them... Was it hard to can? How did you do it? And then I would feel intimidated as they described the process. I didn't know what some of the terms meant... water bath, headspace, processing time... huh?  I imagined you needed a ton of special kitchen equipment AND a degree in … [Read more...]

25 Drinks in Mason Jars

A collection of 25 drinks in Mason Jars (for adults only, the drinks contain alcohol). Great recipe ideas for entertaining and parties.

25 Drinks in Mason Jars {For Adults Only} Please pin from the source, thank you! Watermelon Margarita from Yesterday on Tuesday Pineapple Upside Down Cake Cocktail by Pink Heels Pink Truck Sparkling Citrus Sangria from Lipgloss and Crayons  Homemade Limoncello from The Happier Homemaker Moonlight Margarita from The Shabby Chic Cottage  Tequila Blackberry Lemonade from Real Housemoms Make Ahead … [Read more...]

Basil-Garlic Tomato Sauce

Delicious Basil-Garlic Tomato Sauce Recipe and canning tips.

This post is sponsored by Ball® Canning Basil-Garlic Tomato Sauce Basil-Garlic Tomato Sauce  This recipe is courtesy of Ball® Blue Book Guide to Preserving and Ball® Canning Ingredients 20 pounds tomatoes (about 60 medium) 1 cup chopped onions (about 1 large) 8 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup finely minced fresh basil Ball Citric Acid or bottled lemon juice PREP: Wash … [Read more...]