Bathroom Spring Cleaning

For the mums rolling their sleeves up for a Spring deep cleanse in their homes, we’ve got some wonderful tips for using Kilner jars to keep your bathroom clean, organised and stylish!

Keep your bathroom smelling fresh with a homemade scented candle in a Kilner jar. These mini fragrant flames also make a stylish addition to bath time!

This awesome tutorial will talk you through it: http://somethingturquoise.com/2011/11/04/diy-poured-mason-jar-candle/

The NEW Kilner Universal Storage Jar will help arrange your bathroom, with a range of different sizes to hold all your beauty and pampering items – cotton buds, hair rollers, tweezers, you name it!

They also double up as a cute vintage decorative item, try storing rose buds or shells for a subtle but beautiful display.

There are plenty of creative bloggers out there with ideas to transform your Kilner jar. Use a door handle as a knob-stopper, chicken wire as a toothbrush separator or even a dispenser top for soap!

Or one of our personal favourites are the Kilner jar lights. Hanging mason jar lanterns are the ultimate sheek design idea.

Smaller Kilner jars are really useful for storing soap in the bathroom, or for holding your homemade bath salts!

Try this bath salt tutorial: http://somethingturquoise.com/2015/01/23/diy-baked-bath-salt-favors/

31st March 2016

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Preserving In a Zombie Apocalypse

Are you one of the herds of people hooked to the hit TV series, The Walking Dead? Do you lie in bed after watching an episode thinking ‘what if this really happened?!’ Well…we’ve got you covered if the zombies come a-bitin’…

 In the event of a zombie apocalypse, after a prolonged spell of self-preservation, you’ll have to move onto another form of preserving – food preservation!

 In the stores of Alexandria, the home of our protagonists, are shelves and shelves of jar preserved vegetables and food. Why how else would Rick & Co. survive? Once the group had scavenged their
surrounding area, they turned to prolonging the life of their homegrown vegetables by pickling them.

Making clear pickles is a traditional way of preserving vegetables. The vegetables used for clear pickles are often left raw and whole and the main ingredients used are vinegar and salt with sugar, honey, herbs and spices added only for extra flavour. The best part is they can last up to a ‘recommended’ 2-3 years… but can they last longer?

With Kilner you can learn how to make chutneys, pickle, jams and more! Those skills could come in handy if, you know, the end of the world comes…

View our How To page for info, tips and more!

How do you know if the food inside a jar is still safe?

• Cracked Jar / Loose Lid: This is indicative of contamination. Bacteria are eating the stuff in the can and producing gas as they digest it. This is VERY bad.

• Compromised Lid: If the stuff in the can is exposed to the environment by a leak or hole in the jar, bad stuff gets in, and the food spoils. Holes, leaks, oozing, weak seals along the edges, rusted seals, dried
crap on the outside of the jar – these are all things to avoid.

• Cans that LOOK okay, but smell like Walkers when you open them:
Obviously, you might not see every problem, so occasionally; a jar will pass the visual inspection. It is basic common sense that if you open a can and the stench it emits makes you nauseated, you shouldn’t eat it.

So the basic idea is that if the jar is still sealed, airtight, not cracked or concave, and not rusty, the food inside is almost certainly safe to eat during a zombie apocalypse!

Also, as mentioned above, although canned goods should remain safe to consume as long
as the can is intact and not compromised, some of the nutritional content of the food (especially vitamin C) decreases over time.

Maggie is a killer for a Sweet Cucumber Pickle by the looks of things! Try this recipe.

You know what they say, if life gives you lemons throw them at walkers and run! Or you can preserve them with this recipe.

29th March 2016

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THE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA MILKSHAKE

Healthy eaters look away! It’s the banana and peanut milkshake from TheDashingRider.com…

For two glasses and a half Refill your needs:

  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter (creamy)
  • 3 bananas
  • A couple of balls of vanilla ice cream
  • Milk
  • 2 bars Snickers (cooled)

HowTo

First cut the Snickers bars with a sharp knife into small, approximately 5 mm pieces and put aside (I have previously placed about 1-2 hours in the refrigerator, by the cold, they are not as tough and can be better cut).

Add the bananas and mix together with the three tablespoons of peanut butter and about three scoops of ice cream. Add milk depending on taste until a creamy consistency is formed. Pour into glasses and then put a small scoop of vanilla ice cream and sprinkle with the Snickers crumbs!

Source: http://www.thedashingrider.com/peanut-butter-banana-elvis-milkshake-recipe-with-snickers-and-vanilla-ice-cream/

1st March 2016

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Beetroot Detox Smoothie

A Beetroot Detox smoothie has great liver cleansing action, helping lower the risk of heart attacks by nourishing the blood, and also acts as a good anti-inflammatory. Blood pressure can also lower within an hour of having raw beetroot.

  • ½ thumb sized piece of Ginger
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • A small pinch Cayenne pepper – optional
  • Small handful of Parsley
  • Half to a whole peeled Beetroot
  • Cover with Coconut Water or water

Sip in the sun with 2 Kilner handled jars with flower lids and straws.

19th February 2016

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School Day Smoothie

Smoothies can be an easy way to get the children to eat their 5-day and the School Day smoothie can be packed in lunch boxes with Kilner milk bottles.

  • 1 Apple
  •  ½ Frozen banana
  • Handful of Blueberries/strawberries
  • Organic whole milk

Use the Kilner 189ml Milk bottle to pack it away for the kids.

19th February 2016

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