Monday, June 13, 2011

I Love my Canning Jars

Hi Friends,

What a beautiful summer day we have been having here.  The smoke has died down in our neck of the woods.  The massive Arizona fire is slowly being contained and my prayers continue to go out to those families who have had losses due to the fire.

For my new visitors, thank you for stopping by and for my new followers you have been noticed....by me!

I've been seeing some really sweet ideas for using canning jars or also called Mason jars.  There is just something about a Mason jar that says summer.

I have several dozen around the house here and I do more with them than just canning.  I thought I'd share with you just a few ideas that we do.




This is REALLY neat, make a bird feeder or candy dispenser. Use a quart size mason jar, and you will need what's called a "chicken feeder". You can find them fairly easy on Ebay.com just type in "mason jar feeder" when you are doing your searches. Simply fill it up with bird seed or for a candy dispenser use small candies like Skittles and M&M's.


Making layered cookie mixes is something I do for quick and easy gifts. You can NEVER go wrong with this! It adds a nice touch if you find some material to cover the lids. Here's what you do:

*Fill the jar with your recipe.
*Cut out a square piece of material, at lease 4"x4", and place it over the lid, now screw on the ring.

*Write down the instructions for making the recipe mix (ingredients & measurements, oven setting, cooking times) on a note card, hole punch the card, and use ribbon to attach the card to the jar. Simply thread the ribbon through the hole and tie the remaining ribbon around the rim of the jar.


Use it as a soap dispenser. You can find the tops at Ebay.com use the search "mason jar soap dispenser tops".

Use them as a vase. You can also add ribbon for decoration.

We use them for drinking glasses.  Just fill with some fresh squeezed lemonade and add a straw!  Perfect for a hot summer day.
Happy Homemaking,
Nancy



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1 comment:

Tanya said...

Good tips! I like to screw the 2-cup size jars onto my blender for making well-mixed salad dressings and sauces, or to make individual smoothies or milkshakes. They can go straight to the table and look cute.

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