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8 Clever Ways to Use Mason Jars
Mason jars are the cutest. Of all the recent "hipster" home trends, they're the one that delights me most. They're just packed with country charm and down-on-the-farm practicality. Plus they're perfectly-sized, airtight, reusable containers, and because they're glass, they're 1) way cuter than and 2) way better for the planet than Tupperware. Check out all these cool, creative ways to use mason jars and be inspired! As a refillable sugar container, complete with pour spout! Keep this next to the coffee maker for some old-school diner charm. As a match holder! It's way cuter than the standard matchbox. Cut out a circle of sandpaper for a strikable lid. Cut a small hole to make your matches more accessible! It's a perfect way to keep matches close at hand and easy to use. As a rustic iced coffee (or tea) cup. This specially-made one fits into cupholders, too! On sale for less than $10 on Etsy. As a lovely vehicle for homemade salads! Check out my guide to crafting the perfect jar salad here. As a cocktail shaker! This 4-piece $29 set is available from the Brooklyn-based Mason Shaker. As baking dishes for adorable mini-pies! (Or perfectly sized dinner rolls, or fruit crisps, or cheesecake-in-a-jar... the possibilities are endless.) Find tons of cute jar dessert ideas here. As gorgeous glitter-dipped centerpieces, vases, or shelf ornaments. Tutorial at Lilyshop. To make orange-infused vinegar – a homemade, green cleaning product. Stuff a 16 oz. mason jar with orange peels (or clementine, lime, or lemon peels). Fill with white vinegar. Store in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks. At the end of that time, you'll be left with good-smelling vinegar. Simply pour into a spray bottle, dilute with water (a 1:1 ratio), and clean away! More detail here.
Mini Meatloaves
I used to make meatloaf in one big loaf, but I’ve been experimenting with making it in muffin tins. Not only does it cut down the cooking time, but it also makes it really easy to watch your portion sizes, too! Needless to say, this is a hit! Ingredients: - 8 oz bread - 1 cup milk - 1 pound lean ground beef - 1 pound medium ground pork - 1 tsp salt - 1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper - 1/2 tsp garlic powder - 1/2 tsp nutmeg - 1/2 tsp allspice - 2 Tbsp dried parsley - 1 cup grated asiago {or parmesan} - 1 large carrot, grated finely - 1 medium onion, grated - 4 eggs - 1 cup ketchup - 2 Tbsp molasses - 2 Tbsp honey - Hot sauce Directions: 1) Preheat your oven to 350F. 2) Prepare muffin tins (18 wells) by greasing lightly. 3) In a large bowl, tear bread up into small pieces. Pour milk over top and let sit for a few minutes. 4) To the bread, add beef, pork, salt, pepper, garlic powder, nutmeg, allspice, parsley, parmesan, carrot and onion. Mix well. 5) When the meat mixture is well-combined, add eggs and mix some more. Once everything is mixed together well, fill each muffin tin well with the meat mixture. 6) In a small bowl, combine ketchup, molasses, honey and chili sauce. Reserve half the sauce for later, and brush the remaining half over the tops of the meatloaf muffins. 7) Bake meatloaves at 350F for 25-30 minutes, until the internal temperature of the meatloaves is 160F. 8) Serve with fluffy smashed potatoes and the reserved sauce for dipping.
DIY tissue paper tea set
Add some amazing, cute and chic flair to your kitchen or dining area with this tissue paper tea set. This tea set will add a pop of color to your living space. This DIY tutorial comes from the wonderfully creative people at Brit + Co. Materials For this project, you will need: -- A plain white tea set (you can find them for cheap online here and here) -- Tissue paper -- Dishwasher safe Mod Podge -- Scissors -- Foam brush -- Porcelain pens You can find the majority of these items at a craft store. Cut out the tissue paper Use the scissors to cut out the tissue paper into small triangles. You can cut them into a few different sizes to add a little more variety to your project. Apply the tissue triangles to the tea set Use the foam brush to apply a layer of Mod Podge to the tea set wherever you want to have the triangles. Then, place the tissue paper triangles on the Mod Podge-covered tea set. Then, apply another layer of Mod Podge over the tissue paper. Be careful — the tissue paper tears easily when applying the Mod Podge over it. Add detailing to the top of the teapot Use the ceramic pen to add detailing to the top of the teapot. This is a completely optional step — it's completely up to you if you want to add some extra flair with the ceramic pen. Repeat these steps on the ceramic mugs. Fill up your tea set with your favorite type of tea and enjoy! For more DIY projects for your home or apartment, check out the "DIY home" collection!