Tag Archives: Mason Jars

Jam Plan!

18 Jul

Apricots are my favorite fruit!

I love them so much I eat them before they are ready!

I grew up in a small town called Jemez Springs and we always had a lot of apricot trees.

Well, it’s odd to most people but everyone from Jemez would eat the apricots before they were ripe. So they were a little green and a little hard – but they are so good. Especially when you put a little salt on them!

This year we had a lot of apricots and my mom sent me home with a whole bunch. Because I wanted to try something new that reminded me of someone I love!

My Grandma would always make jelly when I was little. She would go to a cannery and make jam with her friends – oh and I tagged a long because I was always with her!

This year because we had so many apricots and they were no longer firm or green like I love them I decided to try something different. I made apricot jam and it came out delicious! This is how I did it!

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from here

Apricot Jam

What you need:

8 cups diced apricots

1/4 cup lemon juice ( I ran out of lemons at one point so I used lime and it worked great)

6 cups sugar

1 tablespoon butter – you really need this so the apricot jam does not get to watery or foamy. Add this once it starts to boil

(I also added a pinch of salt. I don’t know if that’s against jam rules but I did it and I think it made the apircots stand out more!)

Tips – I used six cups the first time and the second time I cut it in half. I would suggest you start with three cups and taste the jam as it cooks – add more sugar if youthink it needs more.

Make sure you use a cold spoon when you taste the jam. This will also help you determine if the jelly is done. When you scoop it out with the cold spoon, if it’s runny let it boil longer. If you like the consistency you’re done!

 

Directions:

Sterilize your canning jars by boiling for 10 minutes in a hot water canner or the dishwasher

You will need 5 pint jars or 10 half-pints.

Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot.

Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.

Once mixture reaches a rolling boil, continue to boil it for 30 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent it from sticking.

Remove from heat and fill jars, leaving 1/4 head space.

Wipe rims clean and put the 2-piece metal canning lids in place.

Process in boiling water canner for 10 minutes. Or if you put the hot jam in the cans it will seal the cans. Just make sure you can’t pop the top of the can when the lid is closed.

Tip –This is a great time to use the chalk board mason jars and write what kind of jam you made. Good for gifts and being organized!

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam – yumm!

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam

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Chalk Board Mason Jars

11 Jul

I have always loved drinking out of mason jars. And recently I have been obsessed with the Dollar Tree. Yes the Dollar Tree – not to be confused with those other fake dollar stores where things cost more than a dollar! That’s stupid!!

So I was spending another lunch browsing the shelf’s at the local Dollar Tree when I saw all these Mason jars. And awwwwwwww (sing that) it was like a light came on and my idea juices were flowing!

I bought as many jars as I could fit in my cart!

The next day I was at Pier One getting paper lanterns for our patio and I was reminded of a glass I saw there once. I also saw this trick on that show Trading Spaces . . . anyone remember that show? Once the 86ed Pagie Davis the show went downhill! She was a peach!

Anyway, I saw these jars a long time ago that had chalk board squares on them so people could write their names. And because of Trading Spaces I know they sell spray paint chalk board at most home improvement stores (and Wal-Mart) –

So I made everyone (and had some left over) jars for the baby shower.

I was also thinking of making these for Christmas and filling them with coco or something delicious and writing on them!

Chalk Board Mason Jars

  1. Wash/disinfect the jars in the dishwasher.
  2. Cut out a square stencil so all the squares are the same size.
  3. Tape around (not on) the stencil with blue painters tape.
  4. Tape the crap out of the jar. Tape the WHOLE jar because you are spray painting and it will get other places.
  5. Lay the jars outside on a plastic bag, tarp or cardboard cutout.
  6. Spray the paint – back and forth – it’s an art!
  7. Apply one coat and let it dry completely before you apply the next coat.
  8. I applied four coats and it worked great
  9. After the last coat, let the jar dry 24 hours before you use the chalk.
  10. Rub the chalk back and length wise all over the chalk board surface and rub it off
  11. Then the chalk board is ready to use!

Hope your do-it-yourself projects turn out well!

Enjoy!

Wash/disinfect the jars in the dishwasher.

Cut out a square stencil so all the squares are the same size

Cut out a square stencil so all the squares are the same size

Tape around (not on) the stencil with blue painters tape

Tape around (not on) the stencil with blue painters tape

Tape the crap out of the jar. Tape the WHOLE jar because you are spray painting and it will get other places.

Tape the crap out of the jar. Tape the WHOLE jar because you are spray painting and it will get other places.

Lay the jars outside on a plastic bag, tarp or cardboard cutout

Lay the jars outside on a plastic bag, tarp or cardboard cutout

Spray the paint – back and forth – it’s an art!

Spray the paint – back and forth – it’s an art!

Apply one coat and let it dry completely before you apply the next coat. I applied four coats and it worked great

After the last coat, let the jar dry 24 hours before you use the chalk.

Rub the chalk back and length wise all over the chalk board surface and rub it off

Then the chalk board is ready to use!

Baby Shower for Dillian

10 Jul

This Saturday I hosted a baby shower for my friends Angie and Ryan.

Oddly enough I have hosted only one other baby shower in my life and that baby came early. And so did Dillan – she was a month early but healthy.

So, pregnant ladies around the world – if you are past due and want to pop that baby out, let me know. I’ll throw together a baby shower and you’ll most likely go into labor.

I went all Martha Stewart (I like to think I did anyway) for this shower. I’ll post recipes and DIY for favors and decorations this week.

Enjoy!

Baby Shower – Thanks Arantha for taking pictures while I was getting things finished up!

I sprayed chalk board spray paint on Mason jars for people to drink out of and keep as a gift! So cute, cheap and beautiful!

I made flowers and put Blow Pops in them as gifts! This was actually from Martha Stewart’s website!

I made flowers and put Blow Pops in them as gifts! This was actually from Martha Stewart’s website!

I made all the food for the shower. Recipes coming soon . . . .

I made all the food for the shower. Recipes coming soon . . . .

Homemade flowers and lanterns

Homemade flowers and lanterns

Yes I own a chocolate fountain!

Yes I own a chocolate fountain!

Flowers

Flowers

His and hers cups! And the best drink ever! Will Share recipe!

His and hers cups! And the best drink ever! Will Share recipe! I also got a mix of fresh flowers and used my homemade flowers.

Proud Dad Ryan!

Ryan, Angie and Dillan! Family!

Ryan, Angie and Dillan! Family!

Baby Dillan – the guest of honor at her own baby shower!