Friday, May 31, 2013

A Taste of Home in a Jar

It was my sister's birthday last week and I have been patiently waiting for her to receive her birthday present so that I can publish this post!  Even though I paid for 2-day shipping, it took 5 days...but that't the post office for you!

My sister lives on the East Coast and doesn't get to visit as often and she I like.  She always tell me when she's home sick and missing the family.  So I thought long and hard about what I could do to make her birthday special from thousands of miles away.  I thought about what I could cook/bake to send her, but nothing was practical.  The process of freezing something and sending it over was WAY overwhelming to make sure that it would get there in one piece and still be edible. 

So what else could I do, but browse Pinterest for inspiration.  I saw a bunch of pins about "Sunshine in a Jar".  A light bulb went off becuase I always torture her with pictures of the sunshine we have here in Southern California. But I didn't want to ship her a jar of candy and stuff...

So I decided that I definitely wanted to ship her something sweet and homemade - Duh! Cookies! Who doesn't love a batch of home made chocolate chip cookies?  A box of cookies would have been lame, so I combined that idea with the "Sunshine in a Jar" idea and came up with a Taste of Home in a Jar.

I took my whole wheat chocolate chip cookie recipe and layered the dry ingredients in a mason jar.  There was still some room in the mason jar so I just added a sheet of a bright color tissue paper.  I curled some ribbon around it and admired my hard work.  Now, I thought of throwing in a bottle of vanilla extract, but then it made me nervous that it would explode in the box and mess up the card.  So I skipped it.

Now for the card - Seriously? How California is that card?  It's from Papyrus, my all time favorite stationary store.  When I saw it, I knew it was the one.  It's blank inside, perfect for any occasion.

I just want to send more warm birthday wishes to such an amazing sister!

What other " a Jar" projects have you done?  I love the idea and will be trying more of them!

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