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Mason Jar Wedding Time Capsule

Weddings are getting more and more creative as time goes on.  A recent trend I noticed was the wooden wine box time capsule where the couple writes letters to each other and places them into a wooden box with a bottle of wine and nails it shut during the ceremony only to be opened on their 25th anniversary.  Cute, right?

Even though our wedding was a year and a half ago (eeep! Where did the time go?), I recently went back down memory lane when we moved into our new house and came across a box of wedding decor/supplies from our wedding.  All the wonderful memories of the day came flooding back and it was such a shame that all of this decor was wrapped up in a box!  I repurposed much of it as decor in our guest bedroom (we had a beach themed wedding and I decided on decorating the guest bedroom in nautical decor, so it was perfect!), but what about all of the little things like the programs, our invitation, some petals from our bouquet, etc?

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Then yesterday, the idea came to me.  A customer on Etsy purchased one of my metal stamped mason jar lids and asked if I could stamp their name and their wedding date on it because they were getting married on the beach and wanted to bury a time capsule of mementos from the day in the spot where they got married.  How wildly romantic!

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It was also the perfect idea – mason jars come in a ton of sizes (and colors too!).  I’m going to fill up a mason jar with little pieces of our special day, and top it off with a personalized lid to mark our names and date.  The mason jar (I picked the pretty blue ones we have) looks great in our nautical guest room and will hold those special treasures in one place.  Plus, it’s super easy to open and reminisce if we ever want to take that trip back down memory lane.

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Some ideas of what you can add to your wedding time capsule:

Wedding invitation (you might have to fold it or roll it and tie with a pretty ribbon)
Wedding program
Place cards
Dried petals from your bouquet
If you had your dress altered and saved some of the fabric, a piece of fabric from your dress
Special hairpins you wore that day
A jump drive with your favorite wedding photos
A copy of your wedding announcement

… and so much more! Do you have any ideas of what you can add to your wedding time capsule? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Want to purchase your own custom mason jar lid? Check out my Etsy listing here – they’re only $5!

Brownie In A Mug Mix

I know I’m a little late on that whole brownie in a mug fad, but this is a new twist. A few weeks ago, I had this insatiable craving for some brownies, and I needed them *now*. I googled various recipes, but most included an egg, and I really didn’t want that much fat and cholesterol in my already unhealthy snack, so I made up my own recipe. What I ended up with had a molten chocolate cake texture to it and it was ah-maze-ing!
I made it for my husband the next day and he just couldn’t get over how it was cooked in the microwave in a minute and a half! He was amazed to say the least, so needless to say, we’ve been making a mug for dessert almost every other day!

Now, these brownie in a mug things are awesome, but it is a bit time consuming to measure out 1-2 tablespoons of 8 different ingredients every night, so I decided to streamline the process, and what I ended up with was my own brownie in a mug mix!
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I stored mine in a large 4 cup Mason jar, and this got my gears turning…. wouldn’t this make a great holiday gift? I think so! Who wouldn’t love a jar of brownie mix? I’m thinking of pairing it with a jar of homemade caramel sauce (The most awesome, and easy (!!) recipe can be found here), and maybe a mug or two. Add a cute little tag and you’ve got yourself an easy holiday gift that can be put together in an afternoon. Double or triple the recipe and make enough for all of your friends!

Without further adieu, my recipe:

(Makes 8 servings, enough to fit in a 4 cup Mason Jar).
(We find that 1 serving is plenty to share between the two of us – the molten center makes it very rich…especially if you pair it with the caramel sauce I linked to above or ice cream — or both!)

Ingredients:
1/2 Tablespoon salt
1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar (loose- not packed down)
2 cups flour

Directions:
Mix all ingredients well in a large bowl. Pour into an airtight container to store.

To make the brownies:
In a microwave safe mug, melt 2 Tablespoons of butter. To it, add 2 Tablespoons of milk, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 5/8 cup (or 10 Tablespoons) of the brownie mix. Stir well and microwave for 90 seconds. Allow to cool for a moment and enjoy!
We love it topped with caramel, ice cream or whipped cream.

After I packaged mine up and I got the idea to turn it into a gift, I thought it might look even cuter if it was layered in a jar instead, so I made up a second jar to see how it looked! I poured the flour in first, followed by the cocoa powder, then the sugar, sprinkled the salt, and finally topped it with the brown sugar, so it makes a white/brown stripe. So cute!
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For gift giving, I made this cute little tag so that the receiver knows how to make their new brownies. The tag on the left is if you mix it up before putting it in a jar, the tag on the right is if you layer it (it gives the receiver directions to stir up all the ingredients before using). The tag design came from The Cottage Market.
To use the tag, right click the image below to save it to your computer. You can then send it to your favorite photo printer and print it out as a 4×6 printer, or load it into your word processing program to print it out at home.
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If you try this recipe (or decide to give it as a gift!) let me know in the comments. I’m loving this whole recipe in a jar thing to- do you have any recipe in a jar mixes you love? Share them with me! Comment below, or stop by my Facebook page to leave me a picture. If you use Instagram, make sure to follow/tag me at @SewIn2Disney and use hashtag #handmadeisbetter ! Thanks for sharing/following!

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