How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract in 5 Easy Steps

Last year, I set about making my own decadent blend of vanilla extract and the results were so delicious, I’ll never buy vanilla from a store again. Yep, it was that good. You would have thought with all my years of baking experience, I would have tried to make vanilla extract at least once, but […]

Homemade Vanilla Extract Made Simple

This is the time of year many folks, homemaking vanilla kinda-folks, start thinking about putting vanilla beans in jars with vodka or rum, storing them away in a cool dark place for a few months, then having a delicious, much sought after Christmas gift on hand for their friends and loved ones. Are you homemaking […]

A Mason Jar Juicer That Works!

I grow Meyer lemon trees (bushes) and when the lemons ripen in the fall, it’s time to juice those babies, so as not to waste one delicious, sun-drenched drop. Have I ever mentioned how Garry HATES to juice lemons, even though he covets that delicious Meyer goodness? Well, consider yourself notified: he HATES it. ~ […]

The Slinger: Mason Jar Shot Glasses

If you’ve been reading here for any length of time, you’re familiar with my Mason jar issues. I think they’re swell for canning, for storing food, but I take issue with pretending they’re bowls. Um, BOWLS are better suited for being bowls, not jars. GOSH! Consider yourself up to speed! I do make an exception […]

Mason Jar Karma

Oh, Mason Jar!  You got me; you win.  I surrender to all things mason jarry. As you know, I have a mason jar aversion.  I know it’s hard to believe and understand, but I just do.  Witness HERE, HERE and HERE. Suddenly, unexpectedly, shockingly, things got turned around.  Up was down.  Black was white.  No […]

Mason Jar Mania Gone Too Far?!

I have taken my fair share of fun-time jabs at the mason jar mania culture.  Pies in a jar.  Cakes in a jar.  Garden in a jar.  Lasagna in a jar.  Texas breeze in a jar.  Jars in a jar.  But now I’m wondering if the culture is jumping the shark with Mason Jar Shot […]