Gifts Wrapped in Glass: Day 23

Welcome back to Gifts Wrapped in Glass!
Today’s gift is for the hostess…
Pumpkin Pie in a Jar

I have been craving pumpkin lately. Pumpkin everything: breads, bars, cakes, butters, soups, etc.
But until yesterday, I hadn’t made any pumpkin pie.
It’s because I am lazy. I hate making pie crust. My crust is always thick and rubbery. My husband usually makes the pie crust at our house, and when there is no crust, there is no pie. 
Generally speaking, of course.

Then I had this crazy idea to cook the pie in a jar.
No crust involved.
How easy is that?
Here’s the ingredients:
2 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups almond milk
3 eggs
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour into 1/2 pint Mason Jars. Bake at 425 degrees for 50 minutes. Makes 6 servings.
The jars are tempered glass, good to 500 degrees in the oven or canner. I put mine in a muffin tin to keep them from tipping in the oven accidentally. I am glad I did, towards the end of the baking, they pie rises up to the top and may over flow slightly. No messes were made on the bottom of my oven with this method!

After the jars had cooled, we added some whip cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Even the non-pumpkin pie eaters in our family loved this method!
I love the single servings. There is always one joker in the crowd who tries to get away with getting the largest slice of pie.
No crust involved also means less calories.
What’s not to love about that?

Gifts Wrapped in Glass: Day 22

There are some things in this world that are completely out of your control. If you are like me, you like a certain amount of control, and it’s bothersome when you suddenly have no say in what you are trying to control.
For example, when your boys suddenly become men and there are 5 men sharing one bathroom with you.
Out of control!
I have never blogged about our bathroom for this very reason. There isn’t much to say.
Yup, that sums it up. 
For today’s Gift Wrapped in Glass, I decided to take control of the manly smelling bathroom.
Today’s Gift, is the SCENTED DIFF– USER.
This diffuser was easy to make.

You will need Mineral Oil (sold in the paint supply section of Home Depot, marketed as Cutting Board Oil), Vodka, some Orange and Sandal Wood essential oils, a pint sized quilted jelly Mason jar with a frog style lid (from Hobby Lobby) and a handful of wooden skewers.
Here’s the proportions:

1/2 cup Mineral Oil
1/4 cup Vodka
.25 oz. Essential Oils

Fill the jar with the above ingredients. Add essential oils. Fasten the frog lid and band on the jar. I cut the sharp end of the skewers off with a scissors so the oils could be easily absorbed into the wood before inserting them through the frog wires.  I used a rather large amount of oils to combat the manliness of our bathroom, but a few drops may work if you don’t require such a strong scent. You could use just about any combination of essential oils in your diffuser, feel free to experiment.

After a while, flip the skewers around so the scent is released into the room. I look forward to doing this regularly.
A great gift for those with manly baths.
In case you missed a few of my other Gifts Wrapped in Glass posts, here’s a recap:

Gifts Wrapped in Glass: Day 21

It has been raining here for days. Rain is rather typical weather for us this time of year. It is hard to come up with things we can do inside to keep busy. We know we have along winter ahead of us, yet it seems too soon to be cooped up.

One of our family favorite rainy day projects is to make soap.
This is Honey Almond Soap in a Jar.
Making your own soap is really quite easy. I bought a 32 oz. bag of glycerin cubes, and some Honey Almond fragrance from Hobby Lobby. I had some leftover bees wax from another project, and I even had some honey on hand.
I melted 1 lb. of the glycerin cubes over medium heat. I added 2 oz. of the bees wax, and 1 tablespoon of honey while it was melting and mixed it all together, stirring constantly
I also added two drops of yellow food color, and one drop of red.
When the mixture was melted, I removed it from the heat and added a few drops of the Honey Almond fragrance. 
I added a drop or two of olive oil to the molds to be sure the soap came out easily. Then I poured the mix into the soap molds. After they had set slightly, I put the molds in the freezer for about 15 minutes to harden completely. I am impatient, have I mentioned that?
Tip: be careful how much extra stuff you add to the soap, it can affect your final result and may not harden completely.

Meanwhile I punched holes in the top of my jar lids with a screw and threaded the bolt from a glass knob into each one. 
I like the clear glass knob with the simple silver lid for this project.
The finishing touch was a “designer” label. I made two jars of soap with this project, but I found that the wider jar worked better. The regular Mason wide mouth jar was a bit too small to comfortably fit your hand in to retrieve the soap. It would work fine for kids, however.
I found this jar at a rummage sale, but I have also seen them at craft stores and Walmart.
One more gift, ready for giving!
More Gifts in Glass to come!

Gifts Wrapped in Glass: Day 20

I was in a hurry today. All day long. I had people calling me, texting, asking for things, waiting for me to get things done, etc.
It was stressful
You know the old saying ” When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping?
Perhaps you don’t. Perhaps that was before your time.
What it means, is that when I am stressed, I have this tendency to go shopping for myself
I am sure you have never done this.
Today’s Gift Wrapped in Glass, is for me.
I know, it’s completely shameful.
A Jar Full of Roses….
A while ago, when I was outside painting some of my other jars, I experimented with Krylon’s Gold and Copper spray paint.

I started with a plain, one quart, wide mouth Mason Jar.
I sprayed the outside of the jar with a bit of water from an old spray bottle. It was not a scientific process. Just enough to get the jar wet in spots, I did not wet the entire jar, just parts of it.

I sprayed the jar with the gold paint right on top of the water. first, I waited for it to dry. Then, I used the water spray on it a second time before I applied the copper paint.
The jar has been sitting empty on my shelf for a couple of weeks since I painted it.
The result is this beautiful vintage copper glass appearance on the jar. I absolutely love it. 
It has been waiting for today, when I happened to spot two big bouquets of white roses on sale at Aldi’s for $3.99. It’s not even my birthday. Or Christmas, or any other holiday that matters.
A Jar Full Roses, a self indulgent gift for less than $10.00.
I can’t even begin to feel guilty over that.
Indulge yourself today!

Gifts Wrapped in Glass: Day 19

Welcome back to Gifts Wrapped in Glass!
It’s a beautiful day to create something!
I have had a big bag full of flight maps that pilots use for a while now. My son is in pilot school and someone gave him a ton of paper maps that he isn’t using, so he blessed me with them. I love their unique nature and beautiful soft colors.
My first thought was to do a paper mache project with them, which turned out to be a total disaster.
I happened to see this great idea on Hometalk, posted by Domestically Blissful
Then I came up with the Map Garland in a Jar.
These little rosettes are made from map pieces, glued and threaded on a ribbon.
I started by cutting the maps into strips 3″ wide by 10″ long. Each strip was folded into 1/2″ accordian style sections.
I used a paint brush with Tacky Glue to adhere two sections together in the center.

Then I folded the sides together and glued them as well.
At times I had to glue the center together a second time.
Patience is a virtue in this project.
To finish the rosettes, I glued a metal snowflake in the center.

A hole was punched in the top of each on and they were threaded on to a narrow 1/8″ ribbon.

I think I am going to love how they look on the Christmas tree. Tune in again for more information on this project, I am still working on it!
Meanwhile, this garland is a gift. I packaged it into a two quart Mason and added a piece of the map onto the lid of the jar.
I also made a paper snowflake out of the maps and used it as a gift tag.
A pretty bow completes the gift. 
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