Mason Jar Gifts – DIY

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My cupboards are overflowing with mason jars. My mason jar hoarding drives Mike completely crazy, but they’re just so useful. Each week, I stock my freezer with 6 to 8 mason jars full of my Green Glowing Smoothie, but I also use them to store leftovers and pantry items. They’re also great for making easy mason jar gifts.

For crafting, I especially love the pint-sized mason jar mugs, but any mason jar will work. I like to try to get all of my mason jars for under a dollar each, and have found lots at second hand stores, so each of these mason jar gifts works out to just a few bucks a pop.

A few coats of glass paint (I use this kind) is all it takes to transform those mason jars into inexpensive, personalized gifts.

                         gold painted mason jarwhite mason jar

A little paint and a light sanding for rustic mason jars for vases and organized desks. Click here to find the top rated orbital sander.

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A few coats of chalkboard paint give this mason jar mug a modern look.

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Mason jars are also perfect for poured candles.

mason jar hot chocolate & baileys

And hot chocolate.

Gifts for your favourite cook { $10 or less }

Christmas is only one month away! Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? If not, don’t freak out! If you know someone that loves to spend time in the kitchen, then I have you covered with these cute gift ideas for your culinary-inclined friends.

I think some of these gifts would pair well with items you can easily pick up at the grocery store for a thoughtful gift that won’t break the bank.

Simply tie the ice cream scoops to a package of cookie dough. Or bundle the frother up with a bag of your favourite coffee beans. Know a serious garlic lover? I actually think it would be so cute to gift the stainless steel soap with a bunch of beautifully braided garlic.

What are you buying your favourite cooks?

 

gift guide - easy gift ideas for cooks (10 dollars or less)

A flour sack tea towel for wiping up spills, $8.50.

Ice cream scoops for dishing out cookie batter in 3 sizes, $9.90.

Stainless steel soap to rid hands of garlic smells, $7.93.

 A slim spatula for scraping down food processors while avoiding blades, $5.49.

An umbrella ring dish to keep jewels safe at the sink, $8.00.

spiralizer for carrot and zucchini noodles, $7.99.

A frother for almond milk lattes, $6.54.

Printable spice labels for a retro pantry, $6.00.

Add a scoop of love with this wooden heart spoon, $9.99.

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie (the mini version!)

mini turkey pot pies made with phyllo - thanksgiving leftovers!

These Leftover Turkey Pot Pies are so easy that even someone who is recovering from surgery and really shouldn’t be in the kitchen can do it. Ok, so if you are actually recovering from surgery then I don’t recommend it, but you can only watch so many episodes of Storage Wars and Say Yes to the Dress… I popped a couple extra pain pills and gingerly put together these mini pot pies using turkey from our Sugar-Free Thanksgiving that I’d frozen and phyllo leftover from my Shrimp and Sweet Potato Mousseline that I’d forgotten to re-freeze.

turkey pot pie - thanksgiving leftovers!

I used phyllo dough for these turkey pot pies, since I had it on hand, but it’s also lower in fat and calories than other pastry doughs. These leftover turkey pot pies can be made in a full-sized pie pan or in jumbo muffin tins. I made both, but I prefer the mini version. They’re cute, tasty and you can eat them with your hands. If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving next week then file away this recipe to use for your turkey leftovers. Might as well shove in any leftover stuffing or mashed potatoes, too.

For other leftovers ideas, check out the great recipes from Day 3 of #blogsgivingdinner.

turkey pot pie - thanksgiving leftovers!

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie (the mini version!)
 
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Use that leftover Thanksgiving turkey in these turkey pot pies wrapped in golden, flaky phyllo dough.
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded cooked turkey
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough
  • ¼ cup fresh or frozen peas, carrots, beans
  • ¼ onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup shredded kale
  • 3 cups broth
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Heat a small amount of oil in a large pan over medium high heat
  3. Add celery and onions and cook until translucent
  4. Add remaining vegetables and cook for a few minutes
  5. Add 3 cups broth and flour, stir to combine well, and gently simmer to thicken before adding cooked turkey and season to taste
  6. Meanwhile, lightly grease a jumbo muffin tin or pie pan
  7. Gently brush oil onto one sheet of phyllo dough and layer with another sheet. Repeat until 4 sheets are layered
  8. Do the same with the remaining 4 sheets and (if making mini pies) cut each stack into 6 (you should have 12 squares of phyllo, each 4 sheets thick)
  9. Line muffin tin with phyllo sheet squares, and fill with turkey and vegetable mixture
  10. Bake for 10 minutes
  11. Remove from oven and top pies with remaining phyllo sheet squares and gently tuck edges
  12. Cut slits to allow steam to escape and return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes, or until tops are golden (watch carefully so they don't burn)
  13. Allow to cool slightly before removing from tins and serving

turkey pot pie - thanksgiving leftovers!

Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup

Poached pears with maple caramel syrup
Today I’m having surgery, so please send me some posi thoughts as you check out these delicious Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup! (Try making this recipe with a slow cooker)

I love dessert, and I would rarely choose a fruit dessert over, say, chocolate fudge cake. But after a big Thanksgiving meal, these soft, mapley pears are the perfect healthy Thanksgiving dessert. And since it’s a holiday, definitely go for that scoop of coconut ice cream and a scattering of candied pecans. There’s no harm in making these early since a re-heating in the oven only deepens the caramel flavour, so that makes them ideal for a busy Thanksgiving.

If you’re more traditional, but still want a healthy Thanksgiving dessert, try my Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie. Naturally sweetened and topped with pumpkin nice cream, your guests will love it, and love you when you tell them that this healthy dessert is 100% free of added sugars.

Make sure you check out the rest of the #blogsgivingdinner menu for amazing dessert and after-dinner drink recipes. Also get some ideas for how to use up those leftovers.

poached pears

Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 firm pears, peeled (halve or quarter, if desired)
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • pecans (optional)
Instructions
  1. Fill a pot with enough wine and water to cover pears
  2. Add ½ cup sugar and bring to a boil
  3. Carefully slide in pears and reduce heat
  4. Simmer until pears are cooked through (test with a knife or skewer)
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool (if making in advance, store poached pears in their liquid and reheat before serving)
  6. Meanwhile, add syrup, sugar, and salt to a shallow sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat
  7. Reduce heat to medium and simmer to thicken, remove from heat
  8. Reheat sauce before serving and pour over pears
  9. Sprinkle with a light sprinkling of salt before serving

maple poached pears with walnuts

 

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Dessert

Grandma’s Pecan Pie from The Wetherills Say I Do

Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting from My Cooking Spot

Gluten-Free Apple Berry Crumble from Twin Stripe

Paleo Pumpkin Pudding from Wit Wisdom Food

Cranberry Almond Coconut Bars from Love & Flour

Torched Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie with Olive & Sinclair Chocolate from The Local Forkful

Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup from Home at Six

Sweet Potato Pie from Think Fruitful

Nutella Pumpkin S’mores Tart from bethcakes

Gluten-Free Acorn Squash Spice Bars from I Cook. I Eat. It’s Life.

Drunken Pecan Pie Bars from The Speckled Palate

Butter Pecan Cupcakes from Glamour Girl Gourmet

After-Dinner Drinks

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider from A Savory Feast

Cranberry Bourbon Granita from Feast + West

Leftovers

Cheesy Potato Croquettes from Hello Little Home

Leftover Stuffed Egg Rolls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce from Cake ‘n’ Knife

Freezer-Friendly Turkey and Rice Casserole from Betty Becca

Stuffed Crescents with Thanksgiving Leftovers from My Cooking Spot

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