New York City

I spent the last few days working in Maine and have so many pictures and stories to share with you! I was right by the coast and had the chance to see the ocean, eat a lobster roll and have my lunch stolen by a seagull (my luck!) Of course, all the photos are held hostage on my memory card, so they won’t be on here till I get home and download them.
New York CityIn the meantime, I wanted to show you this picture I took with my phone as I flew into New York City last night. I was just passing through on my way to Dallas, but was able to get a beautiful view of the city. I also got to see the Statue of Liberty for the first time! I’ve been to New York twice, but both times I was busy working so I didn’t do much exploring. I keep saying I need to go back and actually see the city because there’s so much I’d love to do and see in the Big Apple.

(If this isn’t enough NYC for you, you can also see more photos I took of the city (back in 2012!)  here or take a trip to the famous NYC eatery Serendipity III here.)

Red, White & Blue

photo (60)On Sunday, my mom, sister and I enjoyed a fun girls’ night including dinner, way too much dessert and these pretty patriotic drinks! We each ordered a Lava Flow, so we (ok, mostly me) joked the table was turning into a volcano with all the lava around! They were such a fun summery drink, and I can’t wait to try to recreate them on my own at home. You might be seeing them here sometime in the near future! (IF they turn out well, of course. And if not, I will continue diligently taste testing new concoctions until they’re ready to pass along to you ; )

The red, white and blue-ness of our drinks made me so excited for the Fourth of July, which is my very favorite holiday! Growing up, we’d hit a roadside fireworks stand on our way out of town and head to my grandparents for swimming, barbecuing and the joy of doing fireworks outside the city limits. There was lots of questionable ocular safety regarding sparklers…we kids drank off-brand sodas from Sam’s Club all day (it had not yet been discovered that soda is bad for you, so we could drink with a clear conscience)…lawn darts aka jarts had not yet been outlawed…and we fried in the sun all day with no worry of skin cancer! It was awesome. I’m sure if we tried the same get-together in 2014, we’d probably all sit inside sipping water, stepping outside fully lathered in sunscreen only to set off fireworks wearing the proper safety goggles! (Sounds like a blast doesn’t it?)

Chrome Legacy Window 6242014 52614 PMAnyways, if you’re ready to get in the patriotic spirit, you can check out my Fourth of July board, which I have pretty much been crafting since the dawn of Pinterest. And, no need to pin away in silence…I’ve also created a patriotic playlist for you!

Dating Mason Jars

Hello there! Today I’m sharing one of my favorites from the archives: how to date those little blue jars. Enjoy!

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably know all about my love of mason jars!

This little hobby of mine started about a year ago when I discovered a secret stash of mason jars in my grandma’s basement… bingo.

So, they are kindly “on loan” from my grandma, and I’m trying my best not to chip/crack/break/shatter any of them, especially considering the fact that she and my great-grandma have safely guarded some of these jars since, oh, the early 1900s. No pressure!

Mason jars

In fact, along those lines, I got to wondering just how old some of them really are.

How old are you, little blue jar?

Yes, sometimes I speak to them.

Just kidding!

Thankfully, I’ve learned you can date Ball mason jars based on the logo on the front of the jar. After consulting the handy dandy chart on this site (bottom of the page), I found the jar above was manufactured sometime between 1923-1933.
Kerr mason jar

Mason jar with a clear lid

Here’s another one, a Kerr jar with a mismatched Ball glass lid (oops). Now you might be wondering, why do some jars have zinc lids while others have glass lids? Well, I’ll tell ya! The beauty of the glass lids is that zinc – the material many mason jar lids are made from – doesn’t come into contact with the canned food, giving it a zinc-y flavor.

Anyways, just unscrew the zinc ring…

Clear class lid on a Kerr mason jar

Ball glass lid

And you have the reusable glass lid!

large mason jar

This jar is a little older, since the “Mason’s Improved” patent was issued in 1870 (I suddenly feel as though I’m giving a history report here…) and the jars were manufactured until about 1920.

So this one is extra old. Must be careful not to drop it.

Small blue mason jar

On the other hand, this one has always been one of my favorites because it’s such a pretty bright aqua, but from looking at the logo I can tell it was manufactured sometime between 1975 and now. It’s not really old at all!

I’m sure there are people reading this who know much more about mason jars than I do, so feel free to share any tips or advice on dating mason jars! Or dating in general.