Friday, August 17, 2012

A Farmhouse Staple: The Mason Jar! - Farmhouse Friday #26

There are certain staples that come to mind when thinking about the farmhouse, and the Mason jar is certainly at the top of my list!  Why?  Because this wonderful, multipurpose vessel has the magical power to bring family together.

Can’t you just picture time in the farmhouse kitchen filled with generations of family – grandmother, mom, and daughter – all using Mason jars to can (otherwise known to my family as “putting up”) preserves, pickles, and other delicious goodies loving made from secret family recipes?  What are some of your favorite foods to can?
No meal around the farmhouse dinner table would be complete without a Mason jar filled with sweet tea or lemonade!

Visions of kids spending balmy summer evenings catching fireflies include the reliable Mason jar as a temporary home for the prized catches until it’s time to count and release them.  Then the Mason jar goes back on the shelf to wait for the next night’s fun!
 
The Mason jar provides additional time with kids and, yes, even husbands, when families work together on fun farmhouse projects. 
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Kids can create decorative masterpieces by using Mason jars to display flowers, buttons, or candles. 
Moms may want to fill them with handwritten notes, capturing precious memories to pass down to kids.
And husbands can certainly join in helping to create beautiful lighting fixtures.
What are some of your favorite ways to repurpose Mason jars?