Mason Jar Lovin’

I’m OBSESSED with Mason Jars. They are so cute, and have a million and one uses.
And I have found yet another cute use!
I was doing my weekly thrift shopping and found a mason jar kit.
It came with: 2 mason jars, 2 ribbons, 2 blank recipe cards, to wooden hearts to attach to the string, and 2 circle pieces of fabric.

I have seen this idea before, but the whole concept is to layer ingredients to 1. display cutely, and 2. have the ingredients pre-measured and mixed for fast cooking!

For mine, I did the best ever chocolate chip cookie recipe (which I will share after because it has been a long search and I finally found a good one).

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So cute! I love it. And although my layers aren’t perfect straight like all of the examples, I still like it.
Note: If you are going to do this, make sure to always start with the soft stuff on bottom and the chunky stuff on top. The bottom layer of mine is the flour, salt, and baking powder needed. Then I did the brown sugar, to help separate so when I do make the cookies, I can separate as need like in the recipe.

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And In the end,  I used the ribbon and fabric that came with the kit.
Not bad for $1.79 at the thrift store, huh?

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Today

It’s just been one of those days.

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And it is only 10 in the morning!

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But I must push through the laziness, because I have to battle the commissary…
The military’s zoo version of a grocery store.
AND it’s payday, so it will be even more zoo-like than normal.

Wish me luck!

Stay Lovely,
Jenna

Pretty Planters

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SO I saw this picture online of some cute ribbon glued to a pot. And thought, “well why didn’t I think of that sooner” and “how CUUYTEE”.

I am a die heart scrapbooker, so ribbon is something I totally love. Plus, I am an old lady so I love ribbon and lace attached to anything.

Super hard steps to make:

1. Get pot and ribbon and glue (or Mod Podge) and scissors.
2. With a paint brush, paint the areas in which you want the ribbon to be. I’ve seen people use regular Elmer’s glue, and it works just fine. I used Mod Podge’s Matte, which is a glue, sealer, and finish.
3. Apply ribbon to glue.
4. (Optional, but recommended) After sticking the ribbon to glue, apply another layer of glue over the ribbon. This helps it to stick better and prevents it from coming up at the edges.

And now you have yourself some cute pots!

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Whole Wheat Banana Pecan Waffles

My husband and I have been trying to find alternative healthy breakfasts other than the regular oatmeal, eggs, and fruit. And we stumbled upon this recipe in a Zen Buddhist Monestary recipe book (no we are not Buddhist followers, it was just a cheap vegetarian recipe book on Amazon). And we love it!

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup pecans or walnuts
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
3/4 cup mashed ripe banana
3 large eggs
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted or unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps:
1. Turn on and coat waffle iron with butter spray
2. Combine the flour, pecans or walnuts, baking powder, baking soda, and salt thoroughly in large bowl. Whisk together the buttermilk, bananas, eggs, honey, butter or applesauce, and vanilla in medium bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just evenly blended.
3. Cook waffles accordingly to your iron, and serve warm!

Very simple, and very delicious. Of course you can skip on the nuts altogether or use white flour if you prefer. When making these myself, I was very skeptical about using applesauce in place of the butter. I thought it would give it a weird texture and a funky taste. But I went ahead and used the applesauce, and I am so glad that I did! There was literally no taste difference or texture difference in the waffles what-so-ever. And by substituting the butter, it made this morning meal even healthier. I hope you try it and love it just as much as I did!

Postcards

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I love sending mail and receiving mail. I think it is actually a lost art, sending mail that is. It is now solely reserved for the ever lovely bill mail, which everyone hates. However, my cousin is into post card sending and is involved with a group that sends them around the world. She has sent over 3.2 million miles of post carding, which is equal to 129 trips around the Equator! So it rubbed off on me, and I have started sending postcards. (Really only to her and my friends back home, but hey, it’s a start).

And anyone who knows me knows I’m totally obsessed with the Wizard of Oz, so of course I had to send Wizard of Oz postcards. And I thought I’d share them with you.

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Mr. and Mrs. Signs

My first DIY!

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I started making these signs for Wilson’s second year Army Birthday, which was July 11th. And I just now finished them. Hey, a present is better late than never! These were super easy.

Buy Wood. Paint wood. Draw stencil. Cut out stencil. Trace on wood. Paint in stencil lines. Make a back for mounting. Put on wall. Ta-da!

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My cat, Mr. Timone, loves the signs too!

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Kansas Weather, Kansas Rain

Being that I am still a newbie resident to Kansas, I have yet to get the weather patterns down. Today was far from anything that would have happened in Arizona. There I was, sitting outside soaking up the sun with my pup, and clouds randomly rolled in.

It got dark.

It started to pour. And I mean really pour.

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Then it hailed.

Then it was sunshine and humidity again.

And then, it was time to go to work.