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DIY Mason Jar Coffee Mug

During my Christmas shopping spree last year, I caught sight of a beautiful mason jar coffee mug encircled neatly with leather. The high price tag refrained me from buying it, but I could not get the pretty design off my eyes. Finally, while googling for something else I chanced upon a similar design on Snapguide and wasted no time in trying my hands at making a cool looking travel coffee mug that I desperately needed to carry off to work. Here is how I did it:

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DIY Mason Jar Tumblers

Repurpose old mason jars to make attractive tumblers that you would love to sip your favorite drink from. I drew inspiration for this innovative craft from a post in A Farm Wife’s Life. Here comes the step by step tutorial.

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Make Your Own Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker

Good news for wine enthusiasts! In my quest to make something cool for mixing and pouring my martini, I landed up with the idea of mason jar shakers, after coming across an interesting post in Frock Files. Here is how I made it:

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How to Make a Mason Jar Blender: A Simple DIY

Here is another amazing way to use your mason jars, and this time, we are making a blender! When I first stumbled upon the mason jar blender Trash is for Tossers, I couldn’t wait to pull out the iconic glassware from my kitchen shelf and try the project out with my kids. So if you want to enjoy an array of smoothies, whipped creams, and salsa to your heart’s content, here is the step-by-step procedure.

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How to Make a Mason Jar Wine Glass

You can never really run out of options while crafting with mason jars. Take, for example, mason jar wine glasses. With a few simple steps, you can transform the humble glass mason jars into wine goblets, also known as redneck wine glasses. And don’t they look gorgeous! Being quite expensive otherwise, the DIY will also save you from burning a hole in your pocket.

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Mason Jar Centerpieces: {3 Darling} Ideas

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Whether you’re handling hostess duties this Thanksgiving, or you need something pretty to offer your hostess as a thank you, you really should consider making one (or all three) of these darling Mason Jar centerpieces.

To learn how each one is made, be sure and click through to the bloggers’ sites by clicking the photos.

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Homemade Kahlua in Mason Jars

Homemade Kahlua? Can I get a oh-hells-yes-please? Carol Remsburg, a cook among cooks, just whipped up a batch of her famous Homemade Kahlua and mercy, mercy… I want to go to there.

She says she has neighbors beating down her doors. I totally get it. I’m in Kansas and she’s in Maryland and I am about half ready to get in my car so I can beat down her door, too!

Enjoy this wonderful post from Carol, and please visit her blog. She does things with food that’ll leave you speechless. (Hint: look for her Fireman’s Chicken.)

How to make homemade Kahlua in Mason Jars! So, so yummy!

 

Homemade Kahlua in Mason Jars

by: Carol Remsburg – Tidewater Bound

I’ve been making Homemade Kahlua for many years now. Mostly I follow the recipe from the ‘work’ cookbook from Second National, friends and co-workers from over 20 years ago, doubling the recipe and adding more.

I don’t make Kahlua often, I don’t. This requires a trip to the local dispenser for both a bottle of cheap brandy and even cheaper vodka. Why? Because the actually flavor of both don’t count. The flavor of the Kahlua comes from the coffee and all the rest.

How did I learn to MAKE Kahlua?

Years and years ago, I worked at Second National Federal Bank Savings and Loan. We won’t even address how that was dissolved, just call it ugly and unfair via politics. However, we had co-workers offer up recipes for a cookbook. ONE of those recipes, by Jeanie Ward, was one for Kahlua. I’ve taken a bit a license and liberty with that basic recipe:
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Hers was:

Kahlua:

2 cups boiling water
2 oz. instant coffee
4 cups of sugar
1 pt. brandy
2 tsp. vanilla
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Bring water to a boil, add the coffee and then the sugar. Bring to a boil and then remove from the heat. After it cools, add the brandy and vanilla.

Well, I didn’t just double this, I tweaked it.
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4 cups of freshly brewed, best strong coffee I could make
1 tablespoon of instant coffee
8 cups of sugar (if you can, 7 cups of white, and 1 cup of brown sugar)
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolates
2 tablespoons vanilla
1 750 ml of brandy
1 1/2 cups of vodka
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Process:

Wash up the Mason-Ball 8 oz. jelly jars and lids.

Into a large steel, heavy bottomed pot set to boil.

Put the coffee, brewed and instant, and all the sugar.

Watch this, if you have GAS, you can turn it off. If you have an ELECTRIC stove, MOVE it from the heat.

Bring to a boil, watch it, stirring often.

Once to a boil, get it off the heat, either by turning off the gas or moving it. (If electric and you don’t move this, it will boil over. Um, if this boils over, you will end up with a huge mess and likely a burner replacement, so just don’t.)

Now is the time you toss in that handful of semi-sweet chocolate. Whisk it well, it should be hot enough to melt, you may have a few floaties, but they will melt, later.

Wait about an hour, maybe a little longer, this stuff is like making-candy HOT, sugar holds heat.

Wash your hands, dip a finger into the mix, if it’s cool enough, then dip a spoon in there to check for flavor. If it’s deep and rich, with that deep flavor you want, it’s cool enough that the alcohol won’t burn off. Now is the time to add the vanilla, whisk a bit. Then add the bottle of the brandy, followed by the vodka.

Whisk it all smooth, it will come very clear quickly.

How do you store this? Save this mass of supreme goodness?

Mason Ball Jewel Jelly Jars…of course.

All washed up and ready to take on precious cargo.

8 oz. at a time, that’s all you would need and I brought home a case of them.

All washed up and ready to roll.

Each jar was filled, capped tightly, and needs to be stowed into a cool, dark spot.

While you can imbibe at will, the longer this rests, the better it is, especially after about 30 days. While you don’t have to refrigerate the jars, keep them cool so they can do their job to finish making nice.

It’s the storage for this little bit o’heaven that makes the difference. Only Mason-Ball jars can store this prize so well, filled with sugar, they’ll keep and seal for months, very well, just keep them cool, not chilled.
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Costs?

Let’s see:

Sugar: $1.97
Coffee: $1.00
Brandy: $5.50
Vodka: $1.75
Sundry: $.75

Total Costs: $10.97

Dozen Mason-Ball 8 oz. jars: $10.48

A 750 ML bottle of Kahula runs about $23. 7.50 ML is just over 3 cups.
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Let’s see, total costs to make, and the jelly jars, and I had a coupla extra.

$10.97 + $10.48 =$21.45.

$21.45 for 14 cups.

Brand name at 3 cups a pop, let’s do the math. 14 cups/3=4.67

So, 4.67 x $23.00=$107.41…or make it yourself for about $21.45.

That’s including the Mason-Ball Jars ya just gotta have. You just hope they come back home to roost to reuse.

Homemade Kahlua makes fabulous Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, pretty much any type of gifts.

Remember..always leave’em wanting more, and with this stuff, they will be clamoring at your door. The funny part is, they can make it themselves, just like you can. It’s so easy.

So go and play in your kitchen.

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Yummy Valentine’s Gifts in Jars

I adore jars, and even though I’ve never been a real “Valentine’s Day” kind of girl, I find these lovely examples of sweetness and love completely irresistible. Forget a card someone else wrote! Make your Valentine something special with these gifts in jars.

Sweet Valentine gifts in jars.

Lovely and simple Valentine gift in a jar. You can make it, too!(via ~ Shaken Together Life )

I love the look of this lovely pink popcorn filling a large jar as a Valentine’s gift. It’s so unexpected. You can buy the strawberry popcorn at Amazon, or I’m sure you can make it yourself. And how cute would it be to tie a couple movie tickets around the top?

Delicious strawberry candy coated popcorn in a jar makes a sweet Valentine gift.

 

 

I think you could add all sorts of little embellishments (like these I found on Amazon) to the outside of your jars,  toss something wonderful on the inside, and you could create something entirely precious to give your Valentine as a gift this year.

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Mason Jars & Candy

For whatever reason, I had Mason Jars & Candy on the brain tonight. That’s weird. I decided to do what I do and go in search of the coolest Mason Jar crafts & recipes I could find – and sure enough – the talented people of the world did not disappoint.

From cotton candy in jars (that you could use as wedding or shower favors), to creating a Snickers trifle in a jar, you’re going to flip over these Mason Jar yummies.

To find out more, click each photo to visit the source.

Mason Jars {meet} Candy!

mason jars and candy

Mason Jars Candy Corn Cake
via Babble.com

 

mason jar wedding favors

cotton candy in mason jars

rock candy in mason jars
via Running With Three Boys
Candy bar trifles in mini Mason Jars
via MiniBaker.com
Cotton Candy cupcakes in Mason Jars
via Old Time Favorites – Etsy

 

 

 

 

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20 DIY Mason Jar Gifts

Mason Jar gifts, baby! Wouldn’t it be awesome to create an entire closet full of gifts you make at home from Mason Jars, and have them for every occasion? Think of the money you’d save, not to mention how appreciative the recipients would be when they receive something so thoughtful and unique.