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Pickle Jar Remix – DIY Frosted Glass Vase

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Pickle Jar Remix - Frosted Glass Jar

Pickle Jar Remix – Frosted Glass Jar

Pickle Jar Remix – DIY Frosted Glass Vase – Pretty much every time I throw at jar into the recycling bin I feel a little bit guilty because I keep thinking I should do something with that jar.  I wish I could say I’m uber excited to save the environment or something altruistic like that but it’s a little more simplistic than that… I just like to create things.  A couple of weeks ago I found some frosted glass paint.  I didn’t have anything in mind when I picked it up but thought it may come in handy some day.  Well, that someday was yesterday when I went to toss a pickle jar into the recycling bin. I was holding the jar in my hand thinking about what a beautiful size and shape it was when I realized it would make a sweet little vase if done up nicely.  So I tracked down some white paint, the frosted glass paint, some thin tape (washi tape in this instance) and a smallish pouncer. This was a really quick project about 20 minutes all in, not including the drying time.

One last thing before I get to this DIY tutorial.  I LOVE PEONIES! We used to have huge bushes of them where I grew up in Ontario and I loved picking them for my mom when I was a little girl.  I had grown a bunch at our old house that we moved from last year.  Just this Spring I planted a number of peony tubers but then about a month or so after I planted them, my husband had a guy come over to weed all our gardens and didn’t tell me.  The guy he hired “weeded” all of my peonies.  What kind of gardener doesn’t know the weeds from the plants… deep breath.

Anyway, after that incident I’ve been in peony withdrawal so I went back to our old house and with the tenants permission (friends of ours actually) I picked a few peonies for the lovely bouquet in this photo… ah, all better now. Look at how gorgeous those flowers are!

Materials:

  • Glass paint – Americana Frosted Gloss Enamels – Frosted glass paint in white (from Michaels)
  • Craft paint – Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Wedding Cake (from Michaels)
  • Small to medium size pouncer
  • Tape (I used thin washi tape)

Instructions:

  1. Soak jar in warm water to get the label off the jar and then wash it to make sure there is no paper or sticker residue left on the glass.  Dry glass thoroughly.
  2. Place your tape into the position being careful to make straight, consistently spaced lines.
  3. Using your pouncer, gently sponge on your solid colour paint (white in my case) in between the tape.  Carefully go around the outside until all the space is filled in. Allow to dry for an hour or two, then remove the tape.
  4. Now, using your frosted glass paint, dab on using your pouncer starting at the bottom and move to the top until the entire jar is covered.  I found that if I went over it again (about 5 minutes later) with a sparse second coat it had a better “frosted” appearance. Allow to dry completely.
  5. Fill jar/vase with water and beautiful flowers.
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Marinated Feta Cheese

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Marinated Feta Cheese

Marinated Feta Cheese

Marinated Feta Cheese – A few weeks ago I attempted to make homemade feta cheese. You’ll notice that you see no such post about how to make feta cheese… that’s because it was a flop – I made something, but it definitely wasn’t feta cheese.  Before my sorry attempt, I did a lot of research on feta and came across some really great recipes.  One recipe I found over and over was marinated feta and wow did it look good. Now that I’ve had time to lick my cheese making wounds, I decided I would probably have much more success with the marinated feta (especially if I used beautifully made store bought feta). I looked around and eventually decided to make a combination of a few recipes.  The result was fabulous.

This is wonderful to keep in the kitchen, to add to dishes or simply eat straight from the jar. It should keep for at least a couple of months – if it lasts that long. Just think what a great hostess gift this would make, tasty and gorgeous to look at. Oh, and you can purchase the cute little jar label here.

Ingredients:

  • Feta cut into 1″ cubes (I actually made some cubes a little smaller too just for snacking on).
  • Olive Oil (enough to fill up the container)
  • Fresh Herbs: Basil, Oregano, Thyme and Rosemary (mine were fresh out of the garden)
  • 4-5 Cloves of Garlic
  • Juice from 1/2 a Lemon
  • 8-10 Sundried Tomato Slices
  • 6-8 Green Pitted Olives (quartered)
  • Pinch of Chili Pepper Flakes
  • Sprinkling of Steak Seasoning Spice

Directions:

  1. Get all your materials ready and start by adding enough cubes of feta to fill the bottom of the jar.
  2. Add 1/3 of all your ingredients (except olive oil) and try to keep most of the ingredients to the outside of the jar (it just makes the jar look prettier when you can see all the beautiful ingredients).
  3. Add olive oil until it cover the feta and then repeat with another 1/3 of the ingredients, add olive oil and then finish off with the last 1/3.
  4. Add lemon juice and then pour olive oil into jar until all the feta cubes are covered. Give a very gentle shake or roll of the jar to mix the ingredients around.
  5. Seal and let sit for at least 3-5 days to allow flavours to develop.

SERVE: You may want to stick a toothpick into every feta cube or just serve it as it is. Try with toast/crostini, crackers or bruschetta. Also great in eggs or salads.

You can also use the leftover oil in the jar in rice, quinoa and lentil dishes, pasta as well as roasted veggies.

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