Festive Frosted Mason Jars for the Holiday Season

 Making frosted Mason jars is fun. This craft is easy enough for kids to do and the end product is just beautiful. Make one or a dozen; it’s up to you.

Here’s what you need:  

Here’s what to do:

  1. Place Epsom salt and glitter into a pie tin or shallow baking pan (large enough to keep the mixture contained and off countertops and floors). Mix thoroughly.
  2. Using the sponge paint brush, paint the entire outside of the mason jar with mod podge. Work quickly to ensure mod podge does not dry.
  3. Cover the jar with the Epsom salt and glitter mixture. You can dip it until it is covered, or scoop the mixture and sprinkle it over the wet mod podge. Coat thoroughly. Set aside and allow to dry completely.
  4. Gently dab mod podge over the Epsom salt and glitter to set the coating. Set aside and allow to dry completely.
  5. Wrap the jute twine several times around the threads at the top of the jar, adding an evergreen sprig. Secure with a knot or bow.
  6. Place the battery-operated tea light inside. Enjoy the sparkly glow.



  1. Use any size jar. This will also work with clear flower vases, baby food jars, or other clear glass containers.
  2. If you can’t find Mod Podge, look for basic white liquid glue.
  3. Swap out colorful curling ribbon for the jute twine, if you like.
  4. Use fake evergreen sprigs or forage for real evergreens outside.
  5. If you don’t mind having live flames, use a regular tea light candle in place of the battery-operated one.  

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Nova Scotia Oatcakes #Recipe

After a recent trip to Nova Scotia, I couldn’t wait to get home and try my hand at making Oatcakes. These delicious, toasty-oat cookies are offered everywhere, in grocery stores and bakeries, restaurants and even chocolate shops. My husband and I loved them. As you can see in the picture below, I cut my Oatcakes into circles. But you could go the easy route and cut them into squares. I melted 1/2 a cup of dark chocolate baking chips and coated the bottoms of about half the cookies I made. This recipe makes about 10 to 12 nice size cookies, depending on how thin you roll out the dough.

Nova Scotia Oatcakes 


  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup oat flour (or all purpose)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add oats, flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine thoroughly.
  3. Add butter and brown sugar and stir just until a stiff dough forms.
  4. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Use a biscuit cutter to cut out the cookies and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Re-roll any leftover dough and cut more cookies. (Or roll the dough into a rectangle and cut into squares.)
  5. Bake for 12-18 minutes, or until set and edges are slightly golden.
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