My Mother-in-Law loves to sew. It's inspiring what she can make with a sewing machine and some creativity. Given that her four children have showed no interest in her passion, she warmly (and hopeful, maybe?) prepared a large sewing kit as a gift for me one birthday. There were so many mysterious items in the kit, ones that I had never seen before, and sadly that I have never had need to use. There were things, however, that I have found endlessly useful such as thread, scissors, needles, … [Read more...]
The perfect dessert for your next spring party!
I made these lemon pudding cakes a few months ago and was surprised at how utterly scrumptious they were. These lemony delights are similar to a molten lava cake, but they're made with lemon instead of chocolate. It's such a perfect combination of creamy pudding mixed with cake and a crunchy sugar topping. The only challenge now was how to bring this hot dish to a dinner party without needing to bake it there. I swapped out ramekins for wide-mouth canning jars and the solution was simple! … [Read more...]
A St. Patty's Day Treat!
Making creative treats and gifts is one of my favorite activities and what better time to whip up something fun than to celebrate a holiday. Ever since I made my Valentine Candy Bottles, I've been obsessed with putting candy in jars. So for St. Patrick's Day this year, I made up these colorful Rainbow in a Jar gifts to hand out to my Irish friends. Rainbow in a Jar Supplies: • Rainbow colored candies (I chose Skittles. You will need one large bag for each jar you plan to make.) • … [Read more...]
For Halloween this year, we're hosting a pumpkin-themed party to slim down our enormous squash harvest from the family garden. We'll be serving pumpkin soup with pumpkin biscuits, drinking pumpkin juice, and for dessert? You guessed it: pumpkin pie. Although we're baking full-sized pies for the party, I thought it'd be fun to send our guests home with their own individual pumpkin pie-in-a-jar to bake fresh at their convenience. Each pie is the perfect individual-sized dessert, and takes less … [Read more...]
During the summer, I’m constantly looking for ideas that will make me more mobile. I want to have everything available to me whether I want to be on a boat, on a bike, in a field, or on the edge of a dock. Planning for food seems to be the biggest hindrance, and lacking in variety. I was stuck in a rut of cold cut sandwiches, when I saw the Salad-In-A-Jar post by Lindsay Jewell, and it sparked an idea! I’ve got a homemade recipe for Tsatziki that has never failed, and would work perfectly in … [Read more...]
Nothing beats curling up in your favorite chair with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book on these cold winter days. Surprisingly, nothing beats homemade hot chocolate mix. It is very easy to make up and you can tweak the flavor of the drink so that it is just as you like it. When paired with marshmallows, this mix makes a wonderful holiday gift. I chose a jar that could be used again and again after the chocolate mix was gone. I found them at Sur La Table (about $3 for a .2 liter jar). … [Read more...]
If you are like me, and you tend to grow more greens in your garden than you can eat, you may want to consider jarring them up as gifts. Homegrown salad in a jar is not only a convenient way to snack on healthy, delicious vegetables, but it also gives you a means to express that you care for your friends and family. The method for preparing salad in a jar is really simple. To begin, make sure all of your ingredients are thoroughly rinsed, dried, and chopped. Salad greens and cabbage should be … [Read more...]
Quick & Easy Party Favor Ideas!
Cupcakes-in-a-jar have been a popular trend across the blogosphere lately. It wasn't until I saw this post, that I knew I had to try it out myself. I am a lover of bright colors and making rainbow cake is one of my favorite things to bake! For my cupcake-in-a-jar project, I decided to dye the cake to match the pretty Posies labels I chose to celebrate a toddler's 3rd birthday. They turned out to be the cutest little party favors, perfect for guests to take home with them. What You … [Read more...]