How To Not Put Salad in a Ball Jar

Ball jars that are not used for Ball/Mason jar purposes (storage) makes me itchy. Ball jars were meant for canning, storing food, maybe nuts and bolts for Dad, but the prevailing theme is storage. They are not dishes! So, how to not put a salad in a Ball jar? Don’t. Do. It. Grab ya a […]

The Best Pear Butter You’ll Ever Make

The best pear butter you’ll ever make?! Since, I’ve never made it before, this recipe is the best I’ve ever made! I’m gonna bet it will be for you, too. I’m always on the hunt for delicious and nutritious fun foods for Sweet E. Apple Butter is one of his all-time favs. He eats it […]

I Found The Perfect Jar for Gift-Giving

If you’re new here, you should know something about me: I LOATHE – HATE – DESPISE the use of Mason jars for anything cutesy. They’re for food – for storing food! The beauty of a well-filled Mason/Ball jar fills me with joy. Especially the squatty ones that I use for gift-giving my homemade Apple Butter. […]

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 […]