The Holiday of Sukkot is always a favorite in our home. The building of the Sukkah (temporary booth to dwell in during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot) in our backyard is especially fun for our kids to take part in, especially as the little ones bring out their own 'tools'! We often host celebratory meals in our Sukkah for our community, each year using a different theme of cuisine to add to the fun. From 'Sushi in the Sukkah' to 'Salads in the Sukkah' to 'Shwarma in the Sukkah!', it's always a … [Read more...]
A St. Patty's Day Treat!
Making creative treats and gifts is one of my favorite activities and what better time to whip up something fun than to celebrate a holiday. Ever since I made my Valentine Candy Bottles, I've been obsessed with putting candy in jars. So for St. Patrick's Day this year, I made up these colorful Rainbow in a Jar gifts to hand out to my Irish friends. Rainbow in a Jar Supplies: • Rainbow colored candies (I chose Skittles. You will need one large bag for each jar you plan to make.) • … [Read more...]
For Halloween this year, we're hosting a pumpkin-themed party to slim down our enormous squash harvest from the family garden. We'll be serving pumpkin soup with pumpkin biscuits, drinking pumpkin juice, and for dessert? You guessed it: pumpkin pie. Although we're baking full-sized pies for the party, I thought it'd be fun to send our guests home with their own individual pumpkin pie-in-a-jar to bake fresh at their convenience. Each pie is the perfect individual-sized dessert, and takes less … [Read more...]
During the summer, I’m constantly looking for ideas that will make me more mobile. I want to have everything available to me whether I want to be on a boat, on a bike, in a field, or on the edge of a dock. Planning for food seems to be the biggest hindrance, and lacking in variety. I was stuck in a rut of cold cut sandwiches, when I saw the Salad-In-A-Jar post by Lindsay Jewell, and it sparked an idea! I’ve got a homemade recipe for Tsatziki that has never failed, and would work perfectly in … [Read more...]
Nothing beats curling up in your favorite chair with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book on these cold winter days. Surprisingly, nothing beats homemade hot chocolate mix. It is very easy to make up and you can tweak the flavor of the drink so that it is just as you like it. When paired with marshmallows, this mix makes a wonderful holiday gift. I chose a jar that could be used again and again after the chocolate mix was gone. I found them at Sur La Table (about $3 for a .2 liter jar). … [Read more...]
If you are like me, and you tend to grow more greens in your garden than you can eat, you may want to consider jarring them up as gifts. Homegrown salad in a jar is not only a convenient way to snack on healthy, delicious vegetables, but it also gives you a means to express that you care for your friends and family. The method for preparing salad in a jar is really simple. To begin, make sure all of your ingredients are thoroughly rinsed, dried, and chopped. Salad greens and cabbage should be … [Read more...]
Quick & Easy Party Favor Ideas!
Cupcakes-in-a-jar have been a popular trend across the blogosphere lately. It wasn't until I saw this post, that I knew I had to try it out myself. I am a lover of bright colors and making rainbow cake is one of my favorite things to bake! For my cupcake-in-a-jar project, I decided to dye the cake to match the pretty Posies labels I chose to celebrate a toddler's 3rd birthday. They turned out to be the cutest little party favors, perfect for guests to take home with them. What You … [Read more...]
The pie-in-a-jar phenomenon has been all over the internet for a couple of years now, but it wasn't until this week that I was brave enough to try it myself. I'll be honest, this method is now one of my favorite ways to bake pie! Not only are they made in cute, single-serve portions, but you can easily package your mini-pies to give as gifts or party favors to your friends and family as well. What You'll Need: • Half-pint jars that are short and stout in nature. • Pie crust (recipe … [Read more...]
A Greek Wedding
At a farmer’s market in Northeast Portland a goat farmer was selling her goat cheese in jars, layered with sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts and a variety of other savory, yummy looking things. She called it “party in a jar”. It is not my idea, but I have plenty of home-grown produce that would be perfect for this: pesto made of home grown garlic and basil, and home grown sun-dried tomatoes. It looked so easy to make, and it’s always better when you make it yourself because you get to put … [Read more...]
'Tis the season for coughs and sniffles! In fact, almost everyone I know seems to be ill or just recovering. Some don't even have the opportunity to fully recuperate from one cold virus for a single week without catching another shortly after. While we want to steer clear of the germs ourselves, we still want to be able to comfort our sick friends and family members. After all, a gesture of kindness can go a long way toward lifting an infirmed spirit. That's why I've decided to put together a … [Read more...]