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Kilner Jar Terrariums

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Winter has decided to come two months early.  Don’t get me wrong, I love winter time, but it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.  It’s SO COLD out!  #FirstWorldProblems. With that in mind, I’m trying to create as many fall projects as possible before it starts to really become winter. Let’s take the changing of the seasons and the start of a fresh month as an opportunity to display the best that the fall has to offer. Kilner Jar Terrariums (or, as I’d like to say, Jarrariums) make the absolute perfect display for the beauty of the season. Also, they make a fantastic gift!

I’m a huge fan of terrariums; they allow you to showcase elements of natural beauty, and share that beauty with others. Each terrarium is a vignette, a playground for your imagination.  The small scale of most terrariums also plays into this sense of wonder; just by looking at one, you may be transported to a forest or tropical island. They’re kind of like nature’s snow globe!  I’ve decided to make some for around my house as well as my Thanksgiving table.  They are perfect as hostess/host gifts, or as a group activity for the whole family to participate in this Thanksgiving.  It’s super easy, inexpensive, and you barely need any supplies to craft.

What you’ll need:

Kilner Jars (I used a .5 Liter Kilner Preserve Jar)

-Any outdoor/natural relic you want to display (leaves, pine needles, pine cones, flowers, fruit…)

-Terrarium Tweezers, or cosmetic tweezers (the longer the better)

Fall Terrarium Pacific Merchants

1. Take a nice nature walk outside (or through your local craft store)!  I’m lucky enough to live by some wooded areas, so I gathered some pine cones, needles, and twigs while I was on a hike. Gather some items you’d like to display in your jarrarium.

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2. Start organizing pieces you think look good together!  We’re about ready to put everything into the jar.

Mason Jar Terrarium

Thanksgiving Table Decoration | Pacific Merchants Fall Terrarium

3. Start arranging your nature elements in the jar. For a more permanent (and less wiggly) setup, feel free to glue any of the pieces to the sides of the jar so they stay put.

Kilner Jar Decoration

4. Voila!  Look at that beauty.  Also try both a smaller and larger sized terrarium with our .25 Liter Preserve Jar, and our 1 Liter Preserve Jar.  It’s seriously easy to make something really beautiful with this project, so don’t worry if you’re not a regular crafter.

Happy November 1st, everyone!  Let’s kick this month of with a bang.  Or a jarrarium. #win

 

Halloween Treats – It’s a Cake in a Jar!

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Cake in Kilner jars

Happy Friday, folks!  With Halloween less than three weeks away, we here at Pacific Merchants have been crafting and cooking Halloween projects and recipes like mad people. I spent yesterday afternoon making delicious cakes with our Kilner Jars in preparation for Halloween.  For a more refined, friendly, and cute take on the Halloween spirit, this baking project proves a great family activity, but is easy enough to whip up on your own for a party or your home.  Surprisingly easy with great opportunity to satisfy everyone’s creative Halloween ideas, and of course, your sweet tooth.

What you’ll need:

  • -1 box white cake mix or your favorite cake recipe (white cake is great because you can add food coloring to change the color!)
  • -Non-stick Spray
  • -1-2 tubs whipped white frosting
  • -Food coloring
  • -Halloween Sprinkles
  • -(3) 0.5 Liter Kilner Round Clip Top Jars. You can also use preserve jars, but I love the look of clip tops for this.
  • -1-3 Mixing bowls, if you’re making more than one color batter or coloring your frosting.
  • -Piping Bag/tips (or you can just spread the frosting on)

On to the instructions.  Step one: Put a cake in a jar. . . I kid. But really. . .

1.  Make sure your jars are clean.  It’s really important when using any canning or preserve jars to make sure they’re clean: You don’t have to sterilize them like you would if actually canning something, but just make sure you clean them before baking in them.

2. Preheat oven according to your box or cake recipe.

3. The only part of these jars that shouldn’t go in the oven is that orange rubber seal.  See it? It’s super easy to remove: just pull at the tab and it should pop right off. If you’re using preserve jars, just leave the lids out of the oven.

4. Grease your jars!  Easy to forget, so I’m putting this step up front.  Non-stick spray comes in handy here as jars are harder to grease than an open pan.

5. Batter time!  I used white cake to match any frosting or decoration I would later adorn the cake with.  I kept the batter white, but try making some green, purple, or red batter for a more intense Halloween cake experience!  I dyed the frosting, hence why I recommend using white frosting as well.  Our Mason Cash Mixing Bowls are great for batter making. They’re easy to clean, big enough to mix up a huge batch of batter, and the white interior makes it easy to see when all your color is blended in (if you’re coloring your dough.)

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6. Pour batter into Kilner Jars, filling up about half way.  The cake will expand and rise in the oven, bringing the top of the cake right above the lip of the jar.  If you want to be able to close the clip top jars completely including frosting/decorations, pour batter a little less than halfway full. Making cakes in jars that you can close makes for a great hostess gift, school lunch treat (use a smaller jar) or holiday gift!

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7. Place jars on a baking sheet or pain, and stick ‘em in the oven.  I kept mine in for 43 minutes.  The batter densely sits in these jars, so I followed directions for a bundt cake on my boxed cake mix, versus a 8” or 9” pan or cupcakes.  Plus or minus a few minutes won’t hurt anyone.

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8. Keep an eye on the cakes when they’re in the oven.  They’re ready when you can stick a toothpick or knife through the center of the cake and it comes out clean.

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9. Take out, and let cakes cool completely before going to town with icing/decorations.  We don’t want messy melting icing (unless you do).

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10. Once cakes are cool, frost those babies.  I put whipped white frosting in a piping bag with a professional piping tip to get that cool star effect.  You can also just use a hefty zip-top bag with a professional tip, or no tip, just cut the corner off; it just won’t have that star effect. You can even just use a butter knife and spread the icing on smoothly. Two of the cakes I frosted with plain white frosting, and the third cake I frosted with my own mixed green frosting.  Get creative here!  Mix and match your cake color with your frosting color and/or decorations.  Decorate with sprinkles, candy corn, sugar eyeballs, or cupcake flags.  Most kitchen supply stores and even some big craft stores like Michaels have awesome sugar bats, pumpkins, ghouls, etc.  Drip with red food coloring for a more gruesome cake.

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11.  Grab two spoons, a scarfing partner, and go to town.  Or just tackle that cake solo; that may or may not have been what I did. Enjoy!

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Tune in next week for some awesome Halloween roundups and DIY projects, brought to you by yours truly.  Now go have a craft-tastic weekend!


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