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I’ve recently finished an in-house position for a client and wanted to properly send myself off with thoughtful notes for everyone. Inspired by my love for salt and the Office Holiday Bake-off, I figured what better way than contribute to the December … Continue reading

Mason Jars – timeless & constantly evolving!

Mason jars, invented in 1858, are still being used to can and preserve food, but that isn’t the only way to make use of this dependable glass jar

I always use mason jars for roadies; whether it’s for the beach, a long car ride, or work. Being my mother’s daughter, I always prefer a chilled drink from glass! Plastic just won’t do and neither will spilling. So, I present the new and improved mason ‘roadie:’

 

Easy to buy at: Cuppow.com

Additionally, similar to their original intended use, mason jars are great for cooking & storing! Check out some ideas below and click the pictures to find out how. 🙂

Here, the jar serves as a container for cooking and storing. Look at this genius! 

Give the gift of warm dessert (or comfort soup) without having to prepare it!

 Lighten up!

Overhead lighting brings a country feel to downtown.

Adorn an outdoor patio, a dimly lit wooden dining table, or the mantle of your fireplace.

Decorating couldn’t be easier than using a few jars, water, and floating candles!

My very own creations!

I used twine to attach recycled tissue paper on jars in order to add fun accents to our dinner table.

Using natural fibers around a simple design can enhance lighting for an even more romantic vibe.

Spray paint the inside to create a bright and unique color blend. The possibilities are endless!

Use stickers and stencils when spraying

Be creative and make your own floral vases!

You can order your own kit or have the experts create a scene for you; I recently had the twig-artists re-create my friend’s wedding scene in a ball jar they used for floral arrangements.

The simple beauty in this design is due to the clean use of twine and color.

The unique height and placement of this vase is amazing. It completely outdoes the ordinary.

What is better than fresh herbs year round?

And finally, a few more cool ideas:

Spicy Fried Eggs, Summer Salad, & Bagel

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Spicy Fried Eggs, Summer Salad, & Bagel

Using left-overs from dinner & an hors d’oeuvres party, I made a delicious and spicy breakfast today!

Fried eggs with shredded Habanero Cheddar (added to the egg whites while cooking)

Paired with a summer salad of cucumber, greens, avocado, and a homemade dressing of olive oil, mustard, and balsamic vinegar.

Then, on top of a sesame seed bagel half, I used the lemon hummus, goat cheese & herbs we didn’t quite finish two evenings before.

It all turned out spicy and delicious!!

Brunch at home!

After missing brunch yesterday morning, I had a case of the ‘sorrys’ – a derivative of a saying once used to describe days when we were moody (the ‘meanies’), but that is now altered to describe any mood throughout the day.

Rather than missing out on the joy of a delicious Sunday breakfast, I decided to explore what magic the fridge had to offer today.

Behold, Sunday’s Finest from Saturday’s leftovers… 

An Everything Bagel, lightly buttered and paired with Eggs & Bacon.

To begin, I sauteed cherry tomatoes in olive oil and then combined the tomatoes with minced red onion and shaved jalapeño (shaved to gather taste rather than spice). I then added some summer zucchini and (to balance any remaining spice from the jalapeño) cream cheese to soften the eggs, rather than my normal splash of milk.

Voila! Breakfast made from dinner’s salad and a (jalapeño) cocktail’s garnishes.

~Marisa