How to Turn a Canning Jar into a Lamp

So you’re browsing around a yard sale and you find this alluring vintage canning jar. Just got to have it, right? But what do you do with it? Guess what! I know a easy and cheap way to turn that old canning jar into a useful lamp for the home! That’s right and I am going to share it with you.  

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How to Turn a Canning Jar into a Lamp
A few summers back I happened across a garage sale that had two large half gallon blue canning jars. This was before Ball had re-introduced the throwback blue color for sale once again. Of course I bought them, but besides using them to hold flowers I wasn’t sure what to do with them. When the smaller blue jars were introduced this last summer I bought several of them to use for drinking glasses as well. Now I was even more determined to find a way to incorporate these jars into my homes decor. 

Ball Canning Jar Blue

But what to do with them?
Ok, this is just going to blow your mind (like it did mine) but you can actually buy a canning jar lid that will easy and quickly turn any mason jar into a lamp. Wow, right? You wouldn’t think it was that easy, but it really is! Just screw on the canning jar lid, put in a bulb and find a lampshade that you like. 
Canning Jar Lamp

Canning Jar Lamp Raising Dick and Jane

I love my new lamp so much I just had to share it with all of you. I mean, who knew it could be so easy!

If you want to know where to buy this kit to turn a canning jar into a lamp I have listed an amazon link below. You may be able to also find this at a craft store, but none of the stores around me carried it. Just need to know if your jar is a small or wide mouth jar before purchasing.

 So now is the time for your opinion. 🙂 
What, if anything, should I put inside my new canning jar lamp?
<3 Dick and Jane
  


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This week I found a new product in the stores: Stonyfield Greek yogurt in thirteen new flavors! Notice the Cafe’ Latte one. Yep, you gotta try this #StonyfieldGreek! I grabbed up two of each new flavor. Some to eat just as is and some to cook with. I regularly use Greek yogurt to substitute for butter or mayo in my recipes just because the recipes still end up tasting great and they are a bit healthier for me and my family. Plus, Stonyfield yogurts are USDA Organic. <– I really love that.

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One of the recipes that I use Greek yogurt substitutions in the most is cookies. The yogurt instead of the butter really makes the cookies more decadent and fluffy. BESIDES, then I can tell myself that I am really not cheating on my diet when I eat two or three. Well, that’s not entirely true. I don’t “diet”. I do, however, try to be conscious of how many sugars, ect I eat in a day. So. . I’m for this example I am calling that a diet.

Speaking of guilty pleasures, one of my other “I gotta have” issues is coffee. Not just any coffee though, caramel lattes. {mmmm} So you can imagine my excitement when my eyes focused in on the new Stonyfield Greek in Cafe Latte flavor. I immediately grew a devilish look on my face as I thought about what amazing cookies I could make out of this new flavor. I may have left the yogurt aisle letting out a devilish laugh as well. Not really sure, but just in case I may need to switch grocers.

Anyways. . as you may have guessed by now I decided to try and bring together my two favorite treats: chocolate chip cookies & caramel lattes. Before you get too excited though I must warn you. These do taste pretty darn good, however, being that I like my coffee STRONG these were lacking for me in the coffee flavoring. So while you are all reading this and testing out the recipe out for yourselves, try and think of a way to strengthen the coffee flavoring. If you come up with something please let me know. It would make me super happy!

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So what you need to know when exchanging Stonyfield Greek yogurt for butter in your cookie recipe is that 1 cup of butter = 1/2 cup yogurt + 1/2 cup butter. You can view a complete substitution chart here.

For this recipe I decided to try out a chocolate chip cookies recipe from the French Press blog. I ran across it one day while browsing Pinterest and thought that it sounded good. I of course have my own way of making chocolate chip cookies, but I like to try out other bloggers recipes from time to time to see if maybe they are doing something better. Its always good to try something new. 🙂

I was right. It was good. However, for this particular post I decided to change things up a bit from the original posted recipe. After all, I was after something a little bit different than a standard chocolate chip cookie. I was going for something that melded my two guilty pleasures. So let me share with you how I changed things up a bit on this one.

Here is what I did.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup Stonyfield Greek yogurt in the NEW Cafe Latte flavor
2 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla
1/2 cup pure cane sugar
12 oz. bag of chocolate chunks
1 bag of baking caramels

Directions:

Begin by pre-heating your oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl combine your wet ingredients first until well mixed.
In a separate bowl combine your dry ingredients.
Slowly mix your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients.
Lastly, stir in your chocolate chunks just until mixed in.
Cover a cookie sheet in parchment paper and place small 1/2″ balls of dough onto the pans.
Place one baking caramel on top of each cookie ball and cover with another 1/2″ ball of dough.
Squish them together.
Bake the cookies for about 8-12 minutes or until the corners slightly brown.
I usually end up burning mine, but that’s how my mom did it too so it’s strangely comforting. 
Allow the cookies to cool on a parchment paper covered cooling rack.

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They are ehwy gooey and delicious! I hope you like them too. Oh, and remember. . think about ways we can increase the coffee flavoring. If you think of a way, let me know. 
Oh and P.S. – Speaking of things “You just gotta try”, I am thinking about taking up a new hobby: Restoring my own vintage car. Ha! I’ve already bought it and I think I am going to have to get in there and let the boys teach me a thing or two about mechanical and body work. Of course I am going to have to dress the part to do this. . overalls, bandanna, grease on the cheeks. Don’t worry. I’ll take photos.  
<3 Dick and Jane

Giveaway Linky – Lets Win Some Stuff!

Who doesn’t love to win free products? I sure do. Today I am opening up my blog page to any blogger who wants to promote their giveaways, plus give all of my readers a chance to enter some great giveaways.

Now, I hate to jump through hoops to enter so bloggers please only list giveaways that are fair.

Let’s have some fun!


2 {Fun and Easy} Vintage Inspired Craft Projects for My Kitchen

Hi Friends!

Today, because of the chilling polar vortex {brrr…}, I decided to stay inside and keep myself busy by crafting up a few new vintage-inspired decor pieces for my kitchen.

This is my kitchen, small but fun!

I <3 all things vintage-y, but the brutal winter is keeping me from all of my junk hunting fun. I am all out of old items to repurpose and my local thrift stores seem to be lacking as well. While I am growing ever inpatient for the summer sun and yard sale junk’n to resume I am left with no other option but to create my own vintage inspired crafts using new products that I bought at Michaels. Yesterday, during my weekly “get out of the house” trip, I was inspired by a book of scrapbook paper that had an awesome soda pop top design sheet and chalk board paint quotes sheet. . two things that I am smitten over.

Here is what I made. A fun & easy wall print and some matching fridge magnets.

Wow. That’s a lot of scratches on my fridge. :/ Anyone know what works well to polish them out or does it really matter?

I am sure you all want to know how I made them, right? I am happy to share. . Let start with what I bought.

Vintage Collectors stack $19.99 (but I used a 40% off coupon)
Bottle Cap 3D foam backed stickers, found in the scrapbooking section. Magnets found in the kids craft section. 

Here is what I made. .


WARNING: THESE ARE NOT KID SAFE. DO NOT USE WITHIN REACH OF SMALL CHILDREN. . SERIOUSLY, DON’T. 

Being that I like to see immediate results, I started with the fridge magnets first. They took only a few minutes to complete and enjoy. All you need to do to create these is to hot glue small round magnets to the backs of the  bottle caps and allow to cool.

What I used:

– Bottle Caps (I got mine at Michaels as 3D stickers)
– Hot Glue Gun & Glue
– Magnets (also from Michaels)

Since I was happy with the outcome of my first craft (and I was done within just minutes) I decided to start on the next project. My second project was making wall art to match my newly made magnets.

What I used:

– 12×12 Fun Scrapbook Paper
– 12×12 Wrapped Canvas
– Modge Podge
– Paintbrush

I Began by trimming my paper to just slightly larger than my canvas. You will need to be able to bend the edges down.

Next, I covered my canvas with a medium/thin layer of modge podge. I just pour some out into the center and spread it around. Remove any access modge podge. You don’t want it puddled, but you also don’t want it to thin or it wont stick.

Once the modge podge is spread out, I laid my desired scrapbook paper over the canvas and working from the center out smooth out any bubbles. Press the edges of the paper down over edges of the canvas. This will take a while. Continue to press down the edges and smooth until the modge podge sticks and begins to dry. Work your way around the canvas, smoothing and pressing down.

Once your edges stick down, apply a thin layer of modge podge around the sides only. I did not put any modge podge over the image itself.

I loved this artwork so much that I made several more. 🙂

After looking at my hard work well done I was reminded of a piece of artwork that I found last summer in Detroit from a local artist. I LOVED the piece, but it was quite expensive. To be honest, I am just as happy with this as I would have been with that more expensive artwork. PLUS, this one only cost me a few bucks.  <–Happy Girl!

I love adding new pieces to my decor because it makes the whole room seem new and updated all over again. Plus, I think I get brownie points for doing it so cheaply. What a lucky man my husband is. . well, maybe 🙂 He might not think so.

I’m curious. What is the overall theme of your house? kitchen? Do you change from room to room or keep one general theme throughout your house?

<3 Dick and Jane

Super Easy Cheesy Pesto Garlic Bread {Recipe}

Ok, so most of you have probably noticed by now that many of my recipe creations are made completely out my lack of planning for meals. Usually I decide on something I want for dinner and then I somehow put things together to create what I want. Yesterday we decided to make my famous Baked Spaghetti, but I didn’t have anything to use for garlic bread. I don’t know about you, but I cannot eat my spaghetti without bread. . it just doesn’t taste right. 
So my predicament. . no garlic bread. . my answer. . “Gourmet” Cheesy Pesto Garlic Bread made using English muffins (because that’s something I usually always have on hand). 
This recipe is way super easy to make and your family and friends will think you are super creative. Plus, they taste AMAZING. In fact I made a few again just to eat by themselves today!

What do you need?

– English Muffins
– Pesto Sauce
– Mozzarella Cheese Shred

How easy is it?

Start by breaking the English muffins open, inside facing up.
Spread a spoonfull of pesto on each slice.
Cover each muffin with a handful of mozzarella cheese.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Serve along side your favorite pasta.

Making these? Try my famous baked spaghetti to go along with ’em! Be sure to let me know what you think!

<3 Dick and Jane

Do You Compliment Your Children Enough?

What is the power of a compliment? Do you do it often enough?

Being a kid can be tough. You know that, you were there once right? Sometimes it can feel as though no one notices you. No one cares about what you are going through. I felt that way sometimes in my youth, in fact I still feel that way sometimes as an adult. There are always going to be people in your life who are going to try and bring you down. That’s just a fact of life. Not everyone plays nice.

Since my children were born I have always had the internal need to shield them. I wanted to keep everything bad and negative away from them and paint the world to be full of pretty little rainbows in their heads. However, they are growing up fast. . way too fast. I am starting to realize that my job is no longer to shield them from hurt, but to teach them how to be strong so they are one day able to face the world on their own.

So how do you teach a child to be happy, to have confidence and to feel noticed? My suggestion is to compliment them everyday, starting now. Giving your child daily loving compliments will say to them “Hey, I am noticing you”. “I see what you are doing and I think it is great”. Daily compliments can help in a wide range of feelings. Here are just a few of the things that compliment giving can achieve.

– Compliment giving brings happiness to both the receiver and the giver.

– Complimenting your child can make their day better.

– Complimenting your child can bring you closer together.

– Compliment giving can boost their confidence.

 In order to learn more about what affect compliment giving can have on a child I turned to renowned psychologist Dr. Phil Zimbardo and asked him my questions. His response was that offering compliments to others has the ability to make others feel special, to feel respected, and to feel unique. Wouldn’t you say that this is what you want for you children? I do. 

So, how should one begin offering compliments and how do you make it an everyday part of your life? Here is what Dr. Phil Zimbardo has to say:

“You do so in a number of obvious ways, by making eye contact, by being an attentive listener to what they are saying and then to give a justifiable complement designed to make them feel good about themselves.

Complements can begin  by focusing on external attributes and then subsequently focusing on behavioral qualities.
 It is easy when someone has some interesting or unusual external attribute such as jewelry,  dress,  sweater, etc. The key to giving this compliment is to note  how good, how attractive, that person  looks  wearing that  item or garment.

 The key to giving a compliment about what someone is saying  might be to focus on how interesting it is, how curious it has made you, or how it has made you think differently about something..

 Complement giving has to be done regularly enough so that it becomes a social habit  that you can do it easily without embarrassment.

The failure to give compliments is often concern about being embarrassed, about not knowing how someone will respond.”

Dr. Zimbardo also went on to talk about the importance of teaching our children how to accept a compliment. Sometimes this can be just as hard as giving one. 

“The key to RECEIVING  a compliment is simple: say THANKS. 
Maybe add, I appreciate that compliment, or that view, etc.”

Teaching your children how to both give and receive compliments now at a young age can have a positive affect on their whole lives. It can help them through high school and help them get through other sad and hurtful situations in their lives later on.

The best example that I have of this is a young man named Jeremiah who I recently had the honor of meeting. This young man recognized that his high school as a whole was struggling. They were trying to understand and work through loosing two of their classmates within a short period of time and were struggling to come together as a whole. Jeremiah decided to create a twitter page called @WestHighBros and to use it for students in his school to offer compliments to one another. The other students started jumping on board, tweeting compliments to one another and the camaraderie of the students quickly soared. The students were feeling happier, more connected, noticed by one another and finding that giving a compliment felt more rewarding than getting one.

Being a kid can be tough and my kids are starting to reach that age where they must face the world alone. Are they going to be ready? I don’t know. But you can be sure that I am going to do everything I possibly can to prepare them to push against the current, to be the one who stands up for others and the one who has such inward confidence that the breath from the negative will not be enough to break them. You can teach your child to the one who walks against the current by giving them compliments and showing them how to give compliments to others. Your child can be like the young student at West High who found that something so small and easy to do as giving a compliment can make a huge difference in the lives of others. It all starts with you and me right now. . in our everyday lives and in our homes. So my question for today is, do we compliment our children and those around us enough?

<3 Dick and Jane

A huge thank you to Dr. Phil Zimbaro and Jeremiah @West High Bro’s for answering my questions and helping me think more about the power of a compliment. 

#ad Creating Everyday #SuperMoments with Our Own Little Game Day Party

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It’s Sunday. What fun can we possibly have today? 
This is usually the first question that runs through my mind every morning when I wake up. No, I don’t believe that every single day needs to be full of activity and excitement, but I do always try to make the very most out of every moment I am given. 
Today is Sunday, game day. Since my husband always likes to sit and watch football with our kids (and I find it rather boring) I decided to spice things up a bit and make today’s “game day” into something the whole family could share by turning our everyday boring lunch into our own little game day party. I must admit, in doing this I not only amused myself but the kids were full of excitement and my husband was pretty smitten with my unexpected display of interest. 

Really, creating a fun display of game day foods took me no longer than creating my everyday meals thanks to Tyson Any’tizers (which I found on sale this week at Walmart for only $5.98!). <–thats a deal! And whats chicken without some fun dipping sauces? Yep, I found those too. Kraft has a new line of dipping sauces, awesome flavors don’t you think?

I paired the Tyson Any’tyzers with some fresh veggies and a tasty salad for a game winning meal! We also found that the dipping sauces I bought tasted amazing on the veggies and salad too. The spicy ranch one took my salad to a whole new level! 
To finish off our game day fun I put together these easy little football cupcake toppers to dress up our dessert. Ok, does anyone else here have a hard time finding cupcake toppers to fit in with some of their less mainstream themes? I do! So let me share with you how I make my own cupcake toppers for my parties for almost nothing in cost. 
All you need is a piece of cardstock paper, $0.99 stickers and a few toothpicks. Simply stick the toothpicks in between the paper and the sticker then cut around the image. Easy peasy!
We made the most out of our day and had a lot of fun doing it! Oh. . and did I mention that we painted the kids faces up to look like football players and allowed them to toss around a football indoors while mom put together the meal? Fun doesn’t always have to be expensive or even involve going somewhere. Sometimes the most fun times can be made just spending time together at home.

Do you and your family like to watch sports together? Are you planning to host or attend any “BIG game” parties this year? If you are, what’s your “go to” dish to bring to the party? 
Don’t have a “go to” dish? Find more super inspiration for your game day celebrations at the Super Moments website, Twitter or Facebook page or by checking out more game day themed posts on Pinterest.  

<3 Dick and Jane

What’s for Lunch: Make at Home Restaurant Style Grinders

Being that I am a stay at home mommy (most of the time), I really enjoy putting together fun lunches for my kids. Lunch time can have the tendency to get boring. We are all usually very creative for dinner time, but lunch usually falls back to the basics. . pb&j or mac & cheese. So I have decided to set up a new blog series called “What’s for Lunch”. The recipes in this series will be perfect for you to make quickly during the day without sacrificing flavor or health. You will be able to follow along with all of my fun lunch recipes and store them for later use on my Pinterest board
Today’s lunch recipe is a tasty one! Our family absolutely loves grinders from one of our local take out restaurants, but going out to lunch all the time is not really in our budget. So I did what I love to do. . . recreated a favorite restaurant meal at home for less. 

This is a tough one because as many of my fellow grinder lovers know, a grinder is not made on everyday normal bread. The thick buttery bread is what makes it special. Well folks, I have come up with an easy way to get the same taste with a bread that you would never consider using for lunch. This grinder, my friends, is made on an English muffin. You’ve got to believe me! The bread is almost identical to the restaurant style bread. Mmmm. . it’s so good. Give it a try!
Restaurant Style Grinders – Made at Home
Ingredients: 
Thick refrigerated English Muffins
Mayonnaise
Thin sliced turkey or ham (or your favorite meat)
Slices of provolone cheese
Tomato-sliced
Shredded lettuce
(Whatever toppings you like really)
Directions: 
Open the two halves of your English muffin and place them inside up on a baking sheet.   
Cover one half with a slice of provolone cheese and the other half with a handful of sliced deli meat. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 5-8 minutes or until the cheese has melted.  (use either a toaster oven or conventional)
Carefully remove the two sides from the oven and top with mayo and other desired toppings. 
Place two halves back together and enjoy. 
These sandwiches taste great and are much more fun than the typical lunch time deli sandwich. So try mixing things up a bit today and have a hot lunch! I hope you enjoy! Be sure to check out all of our other lunch time recipes on our Pinterest board. 
<3 Dick and Jane

5 Reasons Why We Love Citrus Lane

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Winter is starting to get a little old. . . The “magic” of the holidays has passed and all of the pretty twinkling lights have been turned off. All that we are left with now is grey skies and dirty brown snow.  Some days we are able to make it outside to play in the snow, but others are just far too cold to venture out. Inevitably, the kids are starting to get bored and restless. Leaving the house to find fun is usually out of the question too, with roads too slippery to drive on or the fun of  spending twenty minutes dressing each kid up to look like a marshmallow only to find that they no longer fit in their car seats. So what’s my secret? I must have one right? Living in a cold weather state you’ve got to have a few tricks under your belt for keeping your kids entertained. Here’s my secret.

Yesterday our Citrus Lane box arrived. Like any other day when the mail person brings us something special to the door they were interested to see what it was and jumping up and down wondering who the special box was for. You all should have seen the light in their eyes when I looked at the box and read off their names out loud. It was like a moment of silence filled the room and then the silence was shattered by high pitched shrieks of joy and excitement. My kids grabbed the box and ran into the living room desperately trying to be the first to see what was inside. Here is what they found.

Inside the box was:

– 1 Organicasaurus Cheddar Cheese Baked Organic Corn Snack
– 1 Green Toys Build-a-Burger toy
– 1 Faber-Castell 12 Pack Jumbo Beeswax Crayons
– 1 Faber-Castell Doodling Pag (50% post consumer recycled materials)
– 1 alligator themed lunch tote

Opening this box was like finding buried treasure for my kids. They each picked their favorite item and started to play with it. I knew that whatever they had chosen to play with from the box was fine because Citrus Lane only puts the kind of products in their boxes that I would approve of. No second guessing whether something is safe for my toddler or looking at scary and harmful ingredients with the products in this box. Citrus Lane has already done the investigation work for me!

So why do I love Citrus Lane? Here are five reasons why.

– Super cute and fun items are always included.
– The excitement of delivery day! <- You can’t beat that.
– The building of a “special day” without having to leave the house.
– Introduction to new and quality products on a monthly basis.
– Citrus Lane understands my want for eco-friendly, non-plastic and safe products for my kids.

My kids spent no time playing with their new toys and as a thank you, I got two new pieces of artwork for my fridge (as well as a good hour of “quiet time”). Thank you, Citrus Lane!

I know this was a fun little post to help introduce you to Citrus Lane, but seriously. . we love it. If you want more information about signing up to receive your own box each month simply visit www.citruslane.com . Boxes start at $21/month, but right now new subscribers can get 50% off their first month with coupon code CLBLOGGER*.

Offer Terms: can only be applied to monthly subscription purchases from new Citrus Lane customers. It can not be applied to 3, 6, or 12 month packages or gift subscriptions. Subscriptions automatically renew to full retail price, $25/month and you can cancel anytime. 

So if your looking for something fun for a gift or a once a month at home date night with your kids, check this out! Have any questions? I’d be happy to answer them either in the comments or email me.

So friends. . how have you all been holding up this winter? Are you starting to get stir crazy yet? What are you tricks for keeping things fun?

<3 Dick and Jane

Gone Junk’n . . Be Back Later.

Hi Friends,
Well, after a LONG week of being stuck inside the house from all the snow, I finally decided to head out and have some fun. My junk’n friend and I headed out to our local consignment shops to see what we could find. During the summer months we usually spend most of our time checking out all of the yard sales in the area, but during the winter there are none. . . so we were having withdraws. We like the yard sales much better than the consignment shops because you can usually get a better price . . but right now we are ready to take whatever we can get!!

I would consider today to be a very productive picking day. I came home with quite a few awesome finds and only spent around $30. Wanna see what I found?

My first find was this bright and cheery Cheerios pitcher. For some reason I am always drawn towards old brand marketing items. They just remind me of vintage America. I have decided that I am going to display this pitcher in my kitchen window and in the summer I will put our garden flowers in it. It will be perfect!

My second find was this large old fashioned style bicycle. Ok. . for some reason I LOVE bicycles. No idea why. . I just do. . . This baby has found its new home in my dining room, but I will probably be moving it around shortly because I have a new project I am working on that this will be perfect for!!

While we were junk’n I also found this amazing piece. Again. . loving the vintage America marketing items. Coke is one of my favorites so I just had to have this one. This vintage tray ended up costing me a bit more than any of the other items but I was in love. This vintage tray will be soon making its way onto the center of my vintage, yellow 50’s dining room table but we have to wait until our puzzle is finished first. 🙂

Finally, I picked up this mini-me bicycle and some old worn books. Old books are another one of my favorite things. They just smell amazing. 🙂 
So all together I would consider today to be a success! Nothing I bought needed to be junk’d and I was happy to save them from their untimely death. Oh and that new project I am working on. . you are NOT going to want to miss it. Here’s a hint. It involves an old wooden ironing board and a wooden vintage tool box. As soon as I can get all of the raccoon poop washed off of it I will be ready to get it done and share some pictures. It’s gonna be good, trust me. 
Do you love junk’n too? Join me on Pinterest and see what inspires me. 
<3 Dick and Jane