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Farro and Chickpea Mason Jar Salad February 08 2018, 0 Comments

Every time I make a new mason jar salad recipe I think it's my favorite the entire week I enjoy it. This salad is no different. And it's packed with nutrients, especially from the two stars of the salad. Farro contains more fiber than other grains like rice and even quinoa, and it's high in protein. Chickpeas are also high in both protein and fiber and contain several essential vitamins and minerals. Here are the instructions:

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of mixed greens
  • 2 cups of uncooked chickpeas
  • 1 cup of dried farro
  • 1/2 of a cucumber
  • 1 1/2 cup of grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 of a red onion
  • 1/2 cup of feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 5oz olive oil and vinegar dressing

Directions

  1. Start by cooking the farro: rinse 1 cup of farro then place in a pot and add 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain any excess liquid and then refrigerate.
  2. While the farro is cooking, start roasting the chickpeas: preheat the oven to 450 degrees; drain the chickpeas and blot dry; mix in a bowl with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper; spread out on a baking pan; bake for 35-40 minutes until crispy and brown. Refrigerate until cool.
  3. Prep the other ingredients: cut the tomatoes in half and chop the cucumber and tomatoes. 
  4. Layer the ingredients evenly among 5 mason jars in this order: dressing, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, farro, cheese, chickpeas, mixed greens, sunflower seeds.
  5. Store upright in the fridge and enjoy all week long! 


Mason Jar Party Favors for Glam Safari Baby Shower January 25 2018, 0 Comments

I recently co-hosted a baby shower for my cousin and since I love a good craft project, I was in charge of decorations. I have a lot of mason jars laying around, so I decided to repurpose them into decorations. You can make DIY party favors out of 4oz mason jars with these easy steps.

Step 1: Gather materials

  • 4oz mason jars
  • Hemp twine
  • Glue (I love E600)
  • Scissors
  • Gold spray paint
  • Gold pen
  • Small safari animals
  • Small tags
  • Candy

Step 1: Glue the mason jar lids to the bands

E600 is my favorite craft glue because it is so strong, but it takes about 24 hours to set fully, so keep that in mind. Put a few drops of glue around the bands and then place the lids inside. 

Step 2: Write on the tags

Use the gold pen to write 'Thank you' on the tags. I had these tags in my craft bin, but could easily make your own using white card stock and a hole punch.

Step 3: Tie the tags on the jars

Cut the hemp twine into about 1.5 feet strands. String through the tags and wrap around the jars so the tag is in the middle. Tie a bow in the back of the jar. I placed a dab of glue in the front and back of the jar to hold the tag and bow in place. 

Step 4: Glue the animals on the lids

Once the glue is dry enough on the lids and bands, glue 1 safari animal to the top center of each lid. 

Step 5: Spray paint the lids

Once the glue is dry enough from step 4, spray paint the lids with the gold spray paint. 

Step 6: Assemble

Fill each jar with a candy of your choosing (my cousin is having a boy, so I used blue and gold kisses) and screw on the gold lids. 

The party favors are also a great decoration to place around the party, before handing to guests as they leave.

Lagniappe: elephant straws & mason jar straw holders

A few other quick craft projects: I dressed up these paper straws by using an elephant hole punch, gold card stock and a dab of hot glue. I made the straw holder using an 8oz mason jar, hemp twine, a giraffe die-cut and some hot glue.

Or, if you prefer to save time and buy them, they're for sale here

Here are some other photos from the shower. :) 

You can get the gold animals in the centerpieces here


Raspberry Russian January 09 2018, 0 Comments

We bring you another twist on one of our favorite classic cocktails (remember our Pumpkin Spice Vegan White Russian?). This drink features black raspberry liqueur and fresh muddled raspberries in place of the traditional coffee liqueur. 

Prep time: 10 mins (not including the ice cube freezing time)
Yield: 2
Serving Size: 1 8oz mason jar

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup Chambord
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • Ice

Directions

  1. The raspberry ice cubes really amp up this cocktail and they are so easy to make. The night before, fill a silicone ice cube tray 3/4 full of water and then drop a raspberry into each cube. Freeze overnight, until solid. 
  2. Muddle 3 raspberries in each 8oz mason jar. 
  3. Place a few raspberry ice cubes in each jar and then fill with 1 oz Chambord, 1 oz vodka and 1 oz almond milk.
  4. Stir well, garnish with raspberries and enjoy!

Pro tip: our 8oz mason jar koozies keep your drink cool longer and decrease the sweating! 

Thanks Love & Olive Oil for the recipe idea! 


White Christmas Cocktail December 21 2017, 0 Comments

'This the season! If you're looking for a cocktail to serve after your Christmas dinner... this is your drink! It's a delicious dessert in a mason jar and it's so easy to make. 

Prep time: 5 mins 
Yield: 2
Serving Size: 1 8oz mason jar

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Kahlúa 
  • 3 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur 
  • 3 candy canes 
  • Ice 

Directions

  1. Use a cheese cloth and a roller to crush a candy cane into powder for the rim of the mason jar.
  2. Place the candy cane powder on a small plate and pour some of the white chocolate liqueur onto another small plate.
  3. Rim the 8oz mason jars by dipping into the liqueur first and then the crushed candy cane (do this quickly because the candy cane powder gets sticky quickly and then it won't stick properly to the rim). 
  4. Pour 1.5 oz of the Kahlúa and 1.5 oz of the white chocolate liqueur into each 8oz mason jar. 
  5. Fill the rest of the jar with ice and stir. 
  6. Garnish with a candy cane and enjoy!


Latkes and Homemade Apple Sauce December 13 2017, 0 Comments

HAPPY HANUKKAH!

One of my favorite traditions during Hanukkah is making latkes. These delicious potato pancakes symbolize the miracle of Hanukkah because they are fried in oil. There are tons of recipes and variations out there, but this one is my go-to.

Prep time: 2 hours
Yield: 10 servings
Serving size: 4 latkes

Ingredients

  • 7 large Idaho potatoes
  • 3 large yellow onions
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Directions

  1. Peel and grate the potatoes (use the large holes on your grater).
  2. Chop the onion and mix with the grated potatoes.
  3. Use a sieve or strainer to drain some of the liquid from the potato and onion mixture. 
  4. Mix the egg whites and yokes and then add to the potato, onion mixture. 
  5. Add the flour, salt and pepper to the mixture. 
  6. Heat 1/8 inch oil in a frying pan on the stovetop and then drop large spoon-fulls of the batter into the oil. 
  7. Fry until browned on one side and then flip to fry the other side. 
  8. Once browned and crispy, remove the latkes from the oil, drain the excess oil and set aside to cool off before enjoying.

Nothing pairs better with latkes than apple sauce. I was disappointed when I recently went to my local grocery store and could not find any apple sauce without corn syrup in it. Not to mention, apple sauce usually comes packaged in plastic. So, here is an easy, corn syrup-free and plastic-free recipe:

Prep time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 4oz mason jar

Ingredients

  • 4 large apples
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Peel, core and chop the apples.
  2. Combine the apples, water, sugar and cinnamon into a saucepan.
  3. Cover and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes or until the apples are soft. 
  4. Place the mixture into a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour into 4oz mason jars and store in the fridge. 


Greek Lentil Salad December 07 2017, 0 Comments

I recently discovered my love of lentils, so I decided to make them the star of this mason jar salad. Lentils contain a variety of nutrients and minerals as well as protein and cholesterol-lowering fiber at a relatively low calorie count. You can buy them in a bulk bin at your grocery store (and bring your own jar for a zero waste, healthy lunch ingredient).

Prep time: 45 mins
Yield: 5 servings
Serving size: 1 16oz mason jar

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw green lentils
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 large cucumber
  • 1.5 cup of grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 5 cups of raw spinach
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 5 oz olive oil and vinegar

Directions

  1. Cook the lentils: rinse the lentils and then place into a saucepan with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool off.
  2. While the lentils are cooking, prep the other ingredients: cut the tomatoes in half, chop the cucumber and the onion, shred the carrots.
  3. Layer the ingredients evenly among 5 mason jars in this order: olive oil and vinegar, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, lentils, carrots, cheese, spinach, pumpkin seeds. 
  4. Replace mason jar lids and store in the fridge, upright. Enjoy all week long! 


Hot Buttered Rum November 30 2017, 0 Comments

Hot Buttered Rum is one of my favorite fall cocktails (It's also the name of one of my favorite bands- if you haven't heard of them, check them out!) I used my new favorite rum, Cane Land for this cocktail. This recipe is probably the least healthy thing I've included on this blog, but you have to treat yo self every once in awhile! 

Prep time: 20 mins 
Yield: 2
Serving Size: 1 8oz mason jar

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/8 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup dark rum (I'd recommend Cane Land
  • 2 cups water
  • Dash of salt
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish 

Directions

  1. Bring the water, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes.
  3. Pour the rum into 2 8oz mason jars and fill the rest with the mixture from step one and then stir.
  4. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and enjoy.

Pro tip: use a mason jar koozie so you don't burn your hands! 


Gifts That Give Back November 21 2017, 0 Comments

The holidays can be wasteful: many gifts are made of synthetic materials, from plastics to polyesters. Not to mention the piles of wrapping paper, which can’t be recycled. This holiday season, we challenge you to give sustainable gifts. 

All of our koozies are made from 100% silicone (BPA free). Our koozies feel great, are eco-friendly, and let you and your kids drink from your mason jars with ease and class. They insulate hot & cold and are microwave & dishwasher safe.

Check out our new selection of eco-friendly, sustainable gift sets that are perfect for any holiday.

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Pumpkin Spice (Vegan) White Russian November 16 2017, 0 Comments

It's almost Thanksgiving and it's finally starting to feel like fall in New Orleans. This is a vegan twist on the classic White Russian, with some pumpkin spice to really get you in the fall spirit. This would be a great addition to a Thanksgiving meal!

Prep time: 10 mins 
Yield: 2
Serving Size: 1 8oz mason jar

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup Kahlúa
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Combine the vodka, Kahlúa, almond milk and spice in a 16oz mason jar and fill the rest with ice. Add the lid and shake well. 
  2. Use the lid of the mason jar to strain and pour into 2 8oz mason jars.
  3. Garnish with some extra pumpkin spice and enjoy!
  4. Pro tip: use a Mason-re koozie to keep it cool longer and keep your fingers from getting chilled!

Inspiration for this recipe came from Amy The Blond Cook


Curry Mason Jar Salad November 09 2017, 0 Comments

Recently I had curry cauliflower tacos and thought, "Hey, I should make this into a mason jar salad." Besides being delicious, curry powder has some health benefits, such as preventing heart disease, increasing bone health and protecting the immune system. 

Prep time: 1 hour
Yield: 5 servings
Serving size: 1 16oz mason jar

Ingredients

  • 5 cups of spinach and arugula
  • 1.5 cups of grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of dry quinoa
  • 1 large head of cauliflower 
  • 5 oz of olive oil and vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup of cashews
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Roast the curry cauliflower: preheat the oven to 375. Then chop the cauliflower into florets and mix in a bowl with the olive oil, curry powder, garlic powder, turmeric and some salt and pepper. Mix until all the florets are coated and then spread out on a baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes. Once they're done cooking, place in a bowl and refrigerate until cool. 
  2. While the cauliflower is roasting, cook the quinoa: bring the 1/2 cup of quinoa and 1 cup of water to a boil and then cover and let sit for 15 minutes or until nice and fluffy.
  3. Add spices to the quinoa: curry, garlic, salt pepper to taste. Refrigerate until cool.
  4. Cut the tomatoes in half.
  5. Layer the ingredients evenly across 5 mason jars in this order: olive oil & vinegar, tomatoes, quinoa, cranberries, cauliflower, greens, cashews. 
  6. Add lids to the jars and store in the fridge upright to enjoy all week long!