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Homemade Mason Jar Air Freshener

After a hard day at work, walking into a home filled with magical aroma takes away all the tiredness and infuses a new energy. The dozens of air fresheners at the stores may represent a dizzying variety but you should be aware of their high chemical content. After coming across an idea shared on ThriftyFun, my love for mason jars grew manifold and I started with my line of scented air fresheners.

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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:
Hers was:


2 cups boiling water
2 oz. instant coffee
4 cups of sugar
1 pt. brandy
2 tsp. vanilla
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.
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


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.

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.

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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Cake in Jars! Where do I sign?

Look at this, y’all. “Jar gems.” They look amazing and I’m sure they’re delicious. What could be better than a little sweet treat in a Mason Jar?

Via Instagram user 2gemstreatsuite.
(Order your Mason Jars in bulk on everybody’s fave… Amazon.)
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Super Bowl Party Ideas – in Mason Jars!

The Super Bowl is Sunday, February 2nd this year. If you’re planning a party to watch the game, I know you’re tearing Pinterest up right now looking for cool ideas to make yours the Super Bowl party to remember.

And if you’re a Mason Jar lover, I know you’re not going to feel quite yourself unless you incorporate them somehow. Right?

So, my darlings, here are some really fun things you can do with your “jar babies” on the biggest football game of the year. You’ll look like a party-throwing rock star!

Super Bowl Party Ideas – in Mason Jars!

Super Bowl party ideas - with Mason Jars. FUN!

How simple is this popcorn in a jar situation? I’m thinking paper, Washi tape and twine.  The Popcorn Factory blog. 

Awesome ideas for Super Bowl Sunday parties using jars!

This is a simple way to serve, isn’t it? From It’s Overflowing, I think you could fill your jars with all sorts of Crudités.

Get ready for Super Bowl Sunday! (Using Mason Jars, of course!)

Pizza in a jar! Let me say that again because I don’t think you heard me. PIZZA. IN. A JAR. From the brilliant mind behind 1FineCookie comes the food that you’re going to want to bring out at half-time because we are NOT having this upstaged by some football throwing boys.

And let me just say… I’m glad I live in a world where humans come up with things like Pizza in a Jar.

How to make Pizza in a Jar!

This beautiful Shepherd’s Pie in a Jar looks so hearty and delicious. Perfect for a cold day filled with men yelling and drinking beer. – Cravings of a Lunatic

Fantastic ideas for your Super Bowl party - and they're all in a JAR!

PS: Here are some other Mason Jar noms that you’re going to want to consider for your party. Trust me.

Cornbread & chili in a Mason Jar

Cupcakes in jars

Delicious cocktails in jars

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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!

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Mason Jars Candy Corn Cake


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via Running With Three Boys
Candy bar trifles in mini Mason Jars
Cotton Candy cupcakes in Mason Jars
via Old Time Favorites – Etsy





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Mason Jar Pancakes – Just for Fun

Mason Jar Pancakes. Those three words make me want to stop writing mid-sentence and get myself to the International House of You Know What.

Spoonful of Fit has an amazing recipe for Fluffy Coconut Pancakes that are made with Greek Yogurt and Almond Milk (among other things). But, tasty as they sound, that’s not what caught my eye for the Mason Jar Crafts Blog.

Check it. Clark Pharm, using Spoonful of Fit’s awesome pancake recipe, has packaged some up in some really cool ways. Including…you guessed it… Mason Jars!

Take a look at her Alien Brains in a Jar – made from these pancakes.

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via Clark Pharm

If that doesn’t float your butter, I don’t know what will. 🙂 Your kiddos or (as in my case) your Grandmonkeys would think you were the coolest human person ever if you made them delicious pancakes in a Mason Jar that looked like alien brains. You know it’s true!

By the way, don’t forget you’re invited to follow my list of the most popular craft blogs on Facebook. Just click here. Currently there are more than 60 blogs in an easy-to-get-to Facebook list… but, my list grows every day.

Also, make sure you’re entered to win a gift card to AllPosters! It’s super easy and you know you want some new stuff to put on your walls!

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5 Delicious Mason Jar Recipes

I must be hungry this morning, because I’m drawn to finding delicious Mason Jar recipes. I never cease to be amazed at the incredible foods people can prepare, serve & store in Mason Jars. 

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Mason Jars Theme – Orange

I have orange on my mind today, so I decided to see what brilliant & talented bloggers have created in combining orange and Mason Jars.

Naturally I wasn’t disappointed. We can make incredible orange-flavored cookies, a super sweet smelling household cleaner, and some spicy snacks in an unusual combination. Mercy, y’all… these are some talented Mason Jar lovin’ people!

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A Perfect Picnic – Starring the Mason Jar!

If it didn’t feel like Kansas had been relocated to Hell this weekend, I’d be outside beneath the umbrella on my patio enjoying the perfect picnic.  I love a picnic – when it’s not so hot & muggy my nose is in danger of melting off.

Insane heat not withstanding, when you see the perfect picnic ideas (using Mason Jars) these talented ladies have come up with, no doubt you’ll likely be as wowed as I am. This is absolute picnic awesomeness!

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 5 Perfect Picnic Ideas!

Nest of Posies – I’m crazy about these summertime floating candles!  They keep the bugs away using citronella oil and wonderfully fresh and colorful summer ingredients. Isn’t she a super smart cookie?

Savvy Mom – Just look at this fresh layer dip, y’all. Don’t you want to make up a batch right now?

Wedding Bee – This is a very simple centerpiece that’s perfect for a picnic. I love it because it looks so clean, but at the same time, it’s almost elegant. So lovely.

Big Red Kitchen – Y’all have to bookmark this site. Seriously. Robin Sue is whipping up delicious hamburger sliders and corndogs and  in Mason Jars no less. This would be a picnic people would talk about, as in, “Can you believe how cute those hamburger sliders and corndogs were???”

What’s YOUR idea of a perfect picnic? Do tell!



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Mason Jar Cocktail Recipes

I don’t know if it’s because it’s getting hot out, or because my liver feels I don’t pay it enough attention. But, I have Mason Jar cocktail recipes on the brain today.  Are ya with me or against me? 🙂

Fact: Mason Jar cocktail recipes are ten times more awesome than regular cocktails. Do you know why?

Because you drink them out of Mason Jars. (You totally saw that coming – I know this.)

4 Deliciously Yummy Mason Jar Cocktail Recipes

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When you pin, a unicorn gets a new pair of sneakers. Fact.

This, my darling readers, is a Strawberry Jam Margarita. I kid you not. From Northwest Edible Life comes a cocktail recipe that brings three truly fabulous things together – strawberry jam, Mason Jars, and tequila.

The jam makes it like a breakfast drink, right? 🙂

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via Northwest Edible Life

Have you heard of Cowboy Kahlua? Me either! So Organic Authority shares a recipe for Cowboy Kahlua and it turns out it’s homemade, organic coffee liqueur! Isn’t that cool?

I love that you mix all the ingredients in a Mason Jar and the recipe instructs, “…to let your Cowboy Kahlua sit for about a month to let the ingredients get to know each other.”  Fun!

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via Organic Authority

If you have ever in your life seen more delicious looking frozen Daiquiris, you are quite likely the most interesting blog reader in the world. 🙂  The Yummy Life has a MUST HAVE step-by-step recipe that’ll teach you to whip up these make-ahead Mason Jar cocktails. I love these! I think they’re absolutely gorgeous – and I’m sure they’d be the hit of any party.

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via The Yummy Life


How about celebrating Derby Day any day of the year you like with these Mint Juleps in Mason Jars? Lisa Frost Studio spray painted her jars a pretty silver and filled them with the minty cocktail.  Party time!

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via Lisa Frost Stuido

What do you think? Are you ready to whip up some Mason Jar cocktail recipes of your own?