All The Pretty Things… AKA New Canning Equipment!

Call it luck. Call it a splurge. Call it an early Mother’s Day gift. Call it what ever you will – I’ve got a new little present on the way to my doorstep!

It might look like an ordinary canning rack, but don’t be fooled. It’s a mini canning rack – which is absolutely perfect for small batch preserving. It holds either four pint or two quart jars and fits into a standard stock pot. So it’ll be perfect for a small batch of jam, or a few quarts of pickles or what have you. I’m pretty excited about this little beauty – I could feasibly whip up a quick, small batch of something on a weeknight after work! Or have it going at the same time as the larger canner to expand how many jars I can process in one go. I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can try it out – my first preserves might be red wine jelly or beer mustard from this year’s Can Plan.

And I haven’t purchased this yet, and it’s not strictly for canning, but I came across it the other day while browsing the interwebs for canning supplies and I just fell in love with it –

It’s a flower frog that screws onto any standard mason jar. How beautiful would that look in the dining table, full of wispy spring flowers? Next time I need a little pick me up, I’m going to snap up one of these. With my mason jar pencil cups, soap dispensers, and chalkboard storage jars, this flower vase would be right at home.

The Banishment of the Soap Bottles

I hate having plastic containers on my counter. No matter how “sleek” and “simple” the design, they look ugly and out of place. But you just can’t buy liquid soaps and cleaning supplies in anything but plastic anymore.

But that doesn’t mean we have to use them that way. I’ve had my eye on these little darlings for awhile, and finally splurged because I needed a little treat –

The soap dispenser pumps only cost me $7.00 for the pair at Lehmans, and they fit on pint mason jars that I already had on hand. They do sell pumps that come with the jars, but I certainly didn’t need the set since I have a corner cabinet full of mason jars just waiting for their day in the sun.  I love how they’re matte black – very versatile, so as my decor evolves or I decide to move one to the bathroom, they will still fit in. I’ve got hand soap in the jar on the right, with dish soap in the jar on the left. And an added bonus to having these on the counter is that we can now save a little money by buying bulk containers of soap and decanting what we need into the jar. Because the only thing worse than plastic containers on the counter is gallon-sized plastic containers on the counter!