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Easter Brunch & Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Easter Brunch & Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake At Home With The O'Neils

This Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake is top 3 of my favorite desserts that my Mom used to make.  It is a bit tedious and requires precision but the outcome is amazing.  Now that there are little ones in our family, my Aunt and Uncle have moved Easter Lunch back a few hours to Easter Brunch.

It was the perfect opportunity to break out the recipe book and surprise the family with this delicious treat.  

My Dad actually requested this since my Mom no longer bakes and he had a craving.  Since Chuck isn’t a fan of anything that includes blueberries, I was more than happy to comply to get my fix as well.

I did not plan for this to be a blog post, so there are no step by step pictures.  I had shared this image on my Instagram and had a request for the recipe.

Here is the recipe!

Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Ingredients

¾ C Oleo

1 ½ C. Sugar

3 Eggs

1 ½ tsp. Vanilla

3 C. Flour

1 ½ tsp B. Powder

1 ½ tsp B. Soda

¼ tsp Salt

1 ½ C. Sour Cream

1 C. Frozen Blueberries

Filling:

½ C. Brown Sugar

1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon

½ C. Nuts (Optional)

Glaze:

Confectioners Sugar

3 – 4 Tsp. Milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine butter, sugar, eggs & vanilla in bowl.  Mix well and beat for 2 minutes.
  3. Next add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt to wet mixture and mix with beater.
  4. Fold in in sour cream and blueberries to the mixture.
  5. In a separate bowl, create the Filling by mixing brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts.
  6. In greased pan, spread 1/3 (about 2 Cups) batter and sprinkle with 1/3 of filling (About 6 Tbsp.).
  7. Repeat step 4, two more times.
  8. Bake 350 degrees 50 – 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake (3)
  9. Once the Coffee Cake is cooled, mix confectioner’s sugar and milk, until desired Glaze consistency.  This should be thick enough that it slowly drips off a spoon.
  10. Add Glaze and serve.

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To jazz it up, after I made the Glaze, I divided it into smaller bowls and added food coloring to bring in some Easter Colors.  I used pink and yellow but you can use any color combination you want.

Glazing Tip:

  1. Take a spoon with Glaze color 1, and drip the Glaze from left to right on the Coffee Cake. Give it a few minutes to harden.
  2. Take another spoon with glaze color 2, and repeat step one.
  3. Next rotate the cake 180 degrees and repeat steps 1 and 2.

By using this method it evens out the glaze. Typically in the beginning there is a blob of Glaze and then it thins out.  By rotating the Coffee Cake it makes it more consistent.

Enjoy!

Feel free to write a comment or send a picture (tag me on Instagram @AtHomeWithTheOneils) and let me know how it comes out! 

A Trip Down Memory Lane And A Marriage Lesson

At Home With The O'Neil - A trip down memory lane and a marriage lesson

First of all, I need to apologize for my blogging hiatus. The good news is my digital marketing consulting business took off and I have been very busy since I last wrote.  The sad news is I had to let something go and unfortunately this blog, which was supposed to be my outlet, was the thing.  Let’s try this again.

I was inspired to come back and write after I came across this photo while cleaning Chuck’s desk.

First Engaged Photo 1.1.11

It was taken after he proposed on 1.1.11.  What is special about this photo is that I didn’t even realize it was taken.  We were both in a fog but someone grabbed my camera and grabbed a few shots of the moment.  I think we are both in a state of shock at that point.  When I stumbled across the retired camera under heaps of papers, I popped out the memory card and saw our young faces looking back at us.  And – I am not making this up – our wedding song came on iTunes at that moment.

Even though this picture was taken just 5 years ago and we have been together a total of 13, I feel like SO MUCH has happened since this photo.  We both look so young and carefree and I think “Oh babies, if you only knew what was coming.”

  • Two months after this photo was taken my maternal Grandmother lost her battle to Alzheimer’s. Which really was a blessing because she had been diagnosed with the disease 10 years before that and it was hard on the family to watch her slip away from us.
  • A few months after that photo we found out Chuck’s Aunt was diagnosed with cancer and she passed away 3 months before our wedding.
  • 15 months later Chuck was promoted to management at his job after working there since he was 14.
  • 18 months (exactly) after this photo we were married.
  • 20 months after this photo my Mother became extremely sick and almost died.  A bug bite that became infected with medical complications where she ended up in the hospital. We found that she had a vascular disease, that took its toll and left her with brain damage. Even though some days it feels like Alzheimer’s the doctor’s remind us it isn’t. However, her memory has been impaired and her personality has changed.
  • 20 months I started graduate school.
  • 21 months I dropped out of graduate school to take care of my parents.
  • Two years-to-the-date I started my first day of unemployment after accepting a severance package at my old job.  I was so stressed with this job that I was under chronic stress and my hair was falling out.  I just found out that in order for this to happen your body is under stress for an extended period of time.
  • 30 months to the date our beautiful, sweet, kind and loving Niece was born who brings us so much joy.
  • 31 months to the date I launched my business JO Social Branding with the un-wavering support of my husband.
  • Month 33 – Today (month 63) becomes a blur.  Launching a business takes time, perseverance, in some cases disillusion and from a working spouse, trust, patience and an over-abundance of love and support.

See what I mean?  So much has changed and I know it is called life.  The one constant is our love and if anything it has grown stronger.  Somewhere between month 21 and 31, I felt guilty for Chuck.  This was not the woman he married.  I know I have changed.  Any human would.  Especially with the health situation with my Mother that my families battles with daily.  But he stood by me and loved me more.

The point I am getting at is this:  I am thankful for the dark moments because they have made the light ones so much more special.  There is a quote, and of course I cannot find it in this moment, but it is about choosing love and staying together despite everything that is ripping you apart.  Not that our marriage was in danger with any of these instances.

But when times were tough we choose to lean in and support one another rather than lean apart and try and fight it alone.

And to my husband, even though you made me wait 98 months BE (Before Engagement), I get it now.  You wanted that solid foundation in place for those rough times.  Thank you my love.

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Summer 2015 – Best Summer Ever {Photo Album}

O'Neil Summer 2015 photo recap

Last night as we returned from a 50th anniversary family cookout, Chuck and I collapsed on the couch from exhaustion and he said to me, “I had an amazing weekend with you.”  This has become an unspoken tradition we have created this summer.  That sentence has been repeated at the end of every weekend and definitely more often this summer than past summers.

The only regret is not updating this blog as often as I had hoped. I even thought to capture the moments on Instagram instead.  But you know what?  I was so in the moment living life and making memories that I didn’t do that either. It isn’t an entirely bad thing.

This has been one of the best summers in a very long time!

Mostly every weekend was surrounded by friends and family at some cookout or gathering.

So I am sharing a summer fun picture recap and I want to thank Lauren at Working Mom Magic blog for creating the hashtag and goal of #OperationSummerFun. You can read about it here and her summer recap is here.  We even made 2 cameos in the second post!

This summer, I adopted this operation to its fullest capacity.  

As Labor Day Weekend comes to a close, and fall begins to set in, I can honestly say I did everything in my power to make this the best summer it could be.

Here is what we have been up to:

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#OperationSummerFun in numbers

  • 25 lbs of Potato Salad
  • At least 6 cookouts (I lost count after that)
  • 4 days by the pool
  • 3 summer music concerts
  • 2 cookouts with requests of Broccoli Salad
  • 2 trips to Foxwoods Casino
  • Dining out (more times than I can count)
  • Unlimited glasses of Homemade Iced Tea
  • Countless laughs, smiles and entertainment

What is your favorite memories from this summer?  I want to know!  

7 Step Easy-to-Make Potato Salad

7 Step Easy-to-Make Potato Salad At Home With The O'Neil's

I gave you the recipe to my Delicious Homemade Broccoli Salad, now I am sharing my 7 Step Easy-to-Make Potato Salad.

It is always a hit whenever I bring it to a cookout.  This could be the fact that Chuck praises it up and down and no one has the heart to tell him otherwise.  Just kidding, I always loved it when my Mom made it, she passed the recipe on to me and now I am sharing with you!   This isn’t just a summer recipe either, it is a great side for any meal.

Note: This is a very basic recipe.  You are welcome to add different ingredients to your liking.  I have an extremely picky husband.  Some suggestions to add would be: onions, raisins, or dried cranberries.  They would all go nicely with this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 5 lb. bag of potatoes (Any kind you like, I use Russet potatoes)
  • 3 sticks of celery
  • Celery Salt
  • 1 Capful of Vinegar
  • 2 packages of Sweet ‘N Low (sugar of your choice)
  • 2 – 3 Cups of Mayo or Miracle Whip.

7 Steps 

  1. Peel and dice the 5 lb. bag potatoes into cubes and place in pot of cold water.At Home With the O'Neils 7 Step Easy to Make Potato Salad
  2. Once potatoes have been diced, place on the stove and boil the potatoes.  Let the potatoes cubes boil for about 5 minutes. You can tell when they are ready when you can stick a fork in and remove it easily from the potatoes.
  3. Drain the potatoes, place in serving bowl or Tupperware container, let cool.
  4. Cut up the celery into thinly sliced pieces.
  5. Once the potatoes are cool add celery, celery salt, vinegar, Sweet ‘N Low, Mayo and mix together. At Home With the O'Neils 7 Step Easy to Make Potato Salad
  6. Taste test: I may add a little more of one ingredient or the other to balance it out.
  7. Refrigerate for a couple of hours and serve chilled.At Home With the O'Neils 7 Step Easy to Make Potato Salad

That is it!

You will WOW your guests or friends at your next family gathering.  It is simple to make, the hardest part is peeling the potatoes.

What is your go to cookout dish to bring to family and friend gatherings?

Our 18 Hour Birthday Road Trip {Recap}

Our 18 Hour Birthday Road Trip {Recap} At Home With The O'Neil's

In my last post, A Love Note to My Husband on His BirthdayI shared our new tradition to run away for a night or two for his birthday to just soak up our time with one another.  Out of all our trips this last one was probably was the shortest and most fun.  Which goes to show quality over quantity is always key in most areas of life.  We were away for less than 24 hours and had a blast!  I promised Instagram updates but I was so in the moment that I failed on my mission.  I’m sorry!  But I am making up for it with this 18 Hour Birthday Road Trip Recap!

We started our road trip off with a late lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants.  Given it was middle of the afternoon and mid-week we knew we would get prime outdoor seating at Sylvan Street in Peabody MA.  Our hunch was right!

Starting off our road trip with some drinks by the waterfall at one of our local favorite restaurants.

Starting off our road trip with some food and drinks by the waterfall at one of our favorite local restaurants.

After we filled our bellies, we started on the 2.5 hour road trip.  Chuck has a passion for music so he is always in charge of music, even when driving my car.  I loaded up my iTunes with some podcasts and we co-habitated with talk radio and rock music.

Earplugs in and podcasts on while my handsome guy jammed out to some rock music.

Earplugs in and podcasts on while my handsome guy jammed out to some rock music.

Early on the trip the skies appeared to be a little gloomy but we drove through the downpours and came out on the other side about 10 minutes later.  Like they say, when you live in New England and don’t like the weather just wait – it will change.

Cloudy skies...

Cloudy skies…

and 10 minutes later we are through the downpour and in the clear!

…and 10 minutes later we are through the downpour and in the clear!

After checking in to the Great Cedar Hotel, Chuck ran down the Casino to play a few games while I unpacked and tried to get some work done.  I know this sounds lame, but the change of location helps with my motivation and I am not a huge gambler.  I enjoy the change of scenery and Chuck enjoys me not hounding him with questions of when he will be done.

About 2 hours later he returned and we got dressed for dinner.  We decided on the Hard Rock Cafe.  My music man loved it.  We had to wait for seating so we first got drinks at the bar.

I got the Red Berry Press which was amazing and took me 2 hours to drink. Lots of alcohol with fresh fruit to take away the guilt.

I got the Red Berry Press which was amazing and took me 2 hours to drink. Lots of alcohol with fresh fruit to take away the guilt.

Chuck was very happy to get a souvenir glass to bring home.

Chuck was very happy to get a souvenir glass to bring home.

While we were waiting for our food we were watching Van Pelt Faraday, a Boston-based duo set up the stage.  They started performing and were very good.  They both have a long list of music credentials.  Erika Van Pelt (one part of the duo) was an American Idol Finalist during the 2012 season.

Boston Based Duo Van Pelt Faraday rocked the stage while we ate dinner.

Boston Based Duo Van Pelt Faraday rocked the stage while we ate dinner.

We ordered the Molten Chocolate Cake for the birthday boy.

A fantastic marriage benefit of being married to the birthday boy, I got to have half.  He knows “what is yours is mine – especially when it comes to chocolate”.

A fantastic marriage benefit – I got to have half.  He knows “what is yours is mine” – especially when it comes to chocolate.

After dinner, we strolled through the Casino, took a few pictures and then went back to the room.  I changed for bed and grabbed the iPad to read, while the Birthday Boy decided to try his luck downstairs.

Next Day

The next morning we got ready and headed to breakfast.  We love going to the Veranda Café. They have a massive buffet that Chuck loves to attempt to put a dent in every time we go.  I love the view looking out into the luscious hills.  It is secluded and so relaxing.  I am bummed I didn’t grab a photo.  Last time we came for our anniversary I saw they had Red Velvet Pancakes on their menu.  I was on a mission.  This is something I NEVER knew existed and I am a bit ashamed of that fact.  I love chocolate and pancakes are my breakfast meal of choice.

 I figured I would commemorate Hubby’s birthday with chocolate pancakes and they did not disappoint. 

I figured I would commemorate Hubby’s birthday with Red Velvet Pancakes and they did not disappoint.

After we filled up on food we went back to the room, packed up and checked out.  We put our bags in the car and snuck back into the casino for a few more hours of fun.  I found a comfy seating area with wi-fi.  I really am not a gambler.  I did some work and then continued to read on my iPad.  Chuck had some more fun then found me at 12 PM and we started our trek home.

It was so nice to just be, do what we wanted at a pace we were comfortable with.  No agendas or time schedule.  We had a little time together, a little time apart doing what we loved.

 We left feeling refreshed with huge grins and some great memories. 

We left feeling refreshed with huge grins and some great memories.

Thanks for coming on our trip with us!

What place do you like to escape to, to just get away for a short time or evening?

A Love Note to My Husband on His Birthday

A Love Note to My Husband on His Birthday - Via At Home With The O'Neils

This week we are celebrating Chuck’s birthday.  Every year he uses his vacation time to take the week off.  We rarely go anywhere but it has become a nice tradition where we celebrate and spend time together during his time off.

We have created this tradition of slowing down and enjoying the others’ day and celebrating their life.  Because let’s face it, our own lives would be much different if our significant other was never born So we celebrate the miracle of life and fate that brought us together.  It is nice to slow down and just ride the wave.  Go where we want to go, do what we want to do – together and spoil the one we love.  The past couple of years, we go away to Foxwoods Casino Resort for the night.  Chuck loves to gamble, I love to people watch and sleep in a comfy hotel bed.  Follow us on Instagram to see snippets of our trip.

Being together as long as we have I forget just how old we are.  I started dating Chuck when he was 23.  He is turning 36.  Yikes!  I still feel like we are the 18 and 23-year-olds when we first started dating – just with a lot more responsibilities.  I know I have shared my affection for him in others posts but I wanted to dedicate this post to my one and only love on his birthday.  It is not easy to live with me.  Sometimes I wonder if I could handle it.  I don’t think I could.  He deserves an award.

I am honoring my Love with some simple and loving statements, music and quotes on his birthday.

  1. I love your unique and refreshing outlook on life.  Most people don’t get it.  I do and I love it.
  2. I love how you make it your mission to make me laugh and smile – even after you did something to upset me.
  3. I love how you can look at my face and know what I am thinking or feeling.
  4. I love how when I go to speak and you say the words before I even get them out.
  5. I love your hugs, they are my favorite.  All encompassing and keeping the craziness of the world away from me.
  6. I love our daily kisses and “I love you”s. I mean it every time.  I remember the pain of when we split.  When I couldn’t say those words to you when I wanted to.  That ache is a shadow that reminds me of how blessed I am today.  I will never take our love for granted.
  7. One of my favorite things is watching you with our Niece.  The light in your eye and the special bond between you two, truly makes my heart skip a beat.
  8. I love how seriously you are when picking out celebration cards. It is your way of showing those you love how much you care and it is simply adorable.
  9. I love our time together.  Whether we are out food shopping or lounging on the couch in silence watching our favorite shows together.
  10. I love how happy you make me feel and I love to make you happy as well.  I know we are quirky, most people don’t get it, but we do and that is all that matters.

Please know that,

The storm may be raging in our lives but you are the steady anchor that keeps me afloat.

 

I love this song because it reflects all that we have been through together, and all that is in store for us in the future.

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Thank you for choosing me as your wife and life partner.

Love, Jeannine

Delicious Homemade Broccoli Salad

Wow it has been almost a month since I wrote my last post!  Summer is flying by.  Chuck and I are trying our hardest to take in every single moment of these beautiful summer days.  If you follow us on Instagram you see what I am talking about.  How about you?  What are you doing to celebrate the warmer weather?

One of Chuck’s favorite things about summer is the summer salads I make.  I have 3 go to salad recipes (inherited from our Moms) that I make for him.

The three recipes are:

  • Broccoli Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • French Dressing & Ham Pasta Salad

Every time I make one of these salads I could win the Wife of the Year Award (he is that happy).  I am pretty sure one of those salads is the reason he proposed and the other is why he married me.

Back to his Summer Salad obsession Anytime we have a cookout or family function, Chuck volunteers me to make one of these salads.  Typically it is whichever one he is most in the mood for.  If I don’t make a side batch for him for our home, he whines.  Don’t tell him I told you that!  So I indulge in his bad behavior and for the fact  I secretly love his passion for my cooking.  Don’t tell him I said that either!  

Delicious Homemade Broccoli Salad Recipe

1 Red Onion (Optional, I don’t use this because he is Mr. Picky)
1-2  Large Bunches of Broccoli
4 or 5 Carrots (or you can cheat buy a bag of shredded carrots)
1 Package of Grated Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup of Mayo
3 Sweet’N Low (or sugar substitute)
2-3 Tbsp Vinegar

1.)  Chop up the Red Onion in a food processor and place into a large bowl.
2.)  Rinse the Broccoli under cold water and pat dry.
3.)  Cut the tops off into little Brocolli florets and put into the bowl.
4.)  Dice the stem of the Broccoli into chunks and chop this in the food processor too.
4.)  Add the diced Broccoli stem to the bowl of vegetables.
5.)  Rinse the Carrots and put those into the food processor.
6.)  Add the Carrots and Grated Cheddar Cheese to the bowl.
7.)  Next add the Mayo, Sweet’N Low and Vinegar to the vegetable mixture.

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8.)  Mix all together with a spoon.
9.)  I refrigerate this for 1 or 2 hours (at the least) to let the ingredients set together.
10.) When you are ready to serve, I like to add a little cheese on the top for garnish and presentation.

Notes

  • I always make this to taste.  After making it a couple of times you will be able to tell which ingredient you need to add more to balance the salad.
  • The ingredients listed above are in proportion to one another.   I always buy 3 – 4 heads of broccoli and build my salad from there. (As with the photos of this blog post).  Also, 1 Cup of Mayo won’t cut it.  Add to your preference.

It is a lot of work for what you have as the end result.  Hence the reason I always make more.  This salad never lasts more than 3 days in our home.

Let me know what you think and share your Broccoli Salad Creation photos on Instagram or Twitter with me!

Living Room Transformation – Phase 1

At Home with the O'Neil's 'Living Room Transformation

Almost six years ago we moved into our apartment.  It is a cozy one bedroom located downtown Beverly, MA with the ocean at one end of our street and the tiny shops in Beverly’s own “Main Street” at the other end.

When we moved in, we inherited a lot of furniture from our families.  Not much has really changed since we moved in.  However, the one item on my wish list for 5 years and 10 months was a rug for our living room.  I bought a tiny rug, just so our inherited coffee table wouldn’t scratch the floor, and cover an creak in the floor that probably annoyed our neighbors downstairs.

I never could find a large enough area rug that I liked, without spending a mini fortune.  That is until I was browsing through the Wayfair website and came across the “Momeni Baja Navy and Ivory Area Rug“.  It was perfect, it was on sale, we had a gift card from our Anniversary and we bought it.  In the end we only spent $30 out-of-pocket for this textile that transformed our living room.  Check out the before (left) and after (right) images below.

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This transformation also made me realize we need a design upgrade.  Since we don’t have a large budget, I hope to DIY a few projects to update the space we love to spend our time together.  Yes, I spent more time than necessary on Pinterest figuring this out.  Since brown and navy are prominent colors in our space, I wanted to add brighter colors to freshen up the space.  I decided to go with a beach theme with a pop of aqua and coral.  Here is my design board and wish list.

Design Board 

At Home With The O'Neil's Design Board
 Wish List

At Home With The O'Neil's Living Room Wish List

 

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1. Weathered Gray Coffee Table from Centsational Girl
2. Square Deco Pillows from Caitlin Wilson The Blog
3. Coral Navy Throw Pillows from Festive Home Decor
4. Navy Blue Pillow Covers from Lily Pillow
5. Fabric Panels from The Little Corner

Of course the end result probably will be completely different but here are my thoughts for now.  Now onto the DIY phase of adding these fabulous pieces to our space!  I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on transforming our space!

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Homemade Iced Tea

At Home With the O'Neil's Home Made Iced Tea

I love tea.  It is at the root of who I am.  My paternal grandparents used to give me tea all the time growing up.  “Tea time” was everyday at 4:00 PM after school.  To this day, I cannot make a cup of tea without thinking of my grandmother.  There is something so soothing and relaxing about it.  I love to heat up the water in the kettle, letting the tea bags steep, waiting for it to be just the write temperature, cradling the warm cup between your hands and letting the steam hit your face.  So naturally in the summer, I decided to make homemade iced tea.  Store bought iced tea doesn’t do it for me.

This homemade iced tea recipe is very simple to do.  Yes, you can go out and buy the Nestea mixture and scoop powder and add water.  There is just something so delicious and rewarding about this recipe.  I encourage you to try it at least once this summer.  Maybe it is the hard work of making it, or the anticipation for when it cools down, but it is worth the wait.  It took me awhile to perfect this recipe, to have the perfect and have the right blend of tea, sugar and lemon.

At Home With the O'Neil's Home Made Iced TeaIngredients:

  • Water
  • 5 Tea Bags
  • 1 Whole Lemon
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  1. Boil water in a tea kettle.
  2. As the water boils place 5 teabags in pitcher or carafe.
  3. Slice 1 lemon in half.
    1. Place one half of the lemon to the side.
    2. Cut the other half into thin slices.
  4. Once the water has boiled, pour into carafe with tea bags. You may need to boil water twice to fill the pitcher.
    Tip:  While the second round of water boils, I add the lemon and sugar.
  1. Add sugar.
  2. Take the untouched half of the lemon and squeeze the juice into the iced tea.
  3. Stir the iced tea mixture.
  4. Then float the lemon slices.
  5. Top iced tea off with rest of the boiling water.
  6. Let tea bags steep for 10-15 minutes then remove.
  7. Once all tea bags have been removed, stir once again.
  8. Let iced tea cool on counter or place in refrigerator.  Since I use a glass carafe, I let it cool for about an hour and then place in the fridge.
  9. You are ready to serve your delicious Homemade Iced Tea.

At Home With the O'Neil's Home Made Iced Tea

It is a bit of a process, however this tea NEVER lasts long in our home.  And it is SO GOOD!  Let me know what you think after you make a batch!

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Mason Jar Summer Candlelight Lanterns

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Are you ready for it?  A fail-proof Pinterest worthy craft project!  Yes, it does exist!  I admit I haven’t had the best of luck with Pinterest in the past. My projects NEVER look like the image and always edge on the side of failure than success.  However this project is truly fail-proof at a minimal cost.  It actually cost me $0, I had everything lying around the house.

What you need.

  • 1 Mason Jar (or as many as your little heart desires)
  • Pebbles or stones (I had left over pebbles from a Bamboo plant I killed.
  • Votive candle.

JOSB Jar candle and pebbles

Ready?  Put the lime in the coconut…ha ha just kidding.

  1. Take the cover off the Mason Jar.
  2. If you are taking stones from the outdoors, I would clean them.
  3. Put the stones in the jar.
  4. Add the candle for a finishing touch.

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Really!  It is that easy!  How will you use these fun summer lanterns?

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