Old candles…new jars!

If you’re like me, then you have a bunch of glass candles left over, with less than a quarter inch of wax left.  You don’t want to throw them out…but what do you do with them?  I finally came up with the best way to clean them of the leftover wax, without making a huge mess.  Time to show you how!
First, I gathered up all of the old candles that I had, there were a bunch…

I laid them all out on the stove top, filled the kettle with water, and started boiling.  Once I had boiling water, I poured it into each of my candles.  Immediately you could see the wax starting to bubble and melt…

As the wax melted, it would bubble and rise to the top of the water.  So…I walked away.  Actually, let’s be honest.  The football game was on, so I took a 2 hour nap, then came back to check on the progress…

By then, the water had cooled, the wax was still warm and pliant, but definitely solid.  So, I got out a plastic knife, and cut my way through the wax, removing it from the top layer.

I dumped the wax in the trash (I’m sure that you could remelt it into new candles!) and poured the non-waxy water down the drain.  This did it for 95% of my candles.  The other 5% needed one more soaking with boiling water to get the rest of the wax removed.  Here’s what I ended up with:

I then washed them with warm soapy water, and a sponge I didn’t need to keep.  Removed the label… and ta-da!

Practically brand new mini glass vases.  What will I do with them?

A couple of tips…as hard as it is, wait for the wax to solidify!  Even if the wax has already rose to the top of the water, if you try to pour it out while it is still liquid, it just re-coats itself on the glass walls.  Take the extra hour to go do something else, when you come back it will be ready!

Also, DO NOT pour the wax down your sink drain!  If the water still has wax in it, just dump it in the trash!  The last thing you want is to be spending all your time scraping wax out of your sink…

I haven’t decided yet what to do with mine, but I’m sure you’ll see a new project down the line…

Save all your old candles!

Naturally Flavored Water…YUM!

When surfing around the web the other day, I found a picture that was so delicious looking I wanted to pop right through the screen!  It was a great webpage with recipes for naturally flavored water.  There were so many different options for flavored water.  Check them out!

I couldn’t wait to give the fruit water a try.  I ran out today after work and grabbed all the fruit that I needed.  I ended up adding:
1 handful of mint leaves
1 handful of raspberries
6 large strawberries sliced
1 and 1/2 green apples sliced
1 pear sliced
1 lemon sliced
1 orange slicd

Before slicing the lemon and orange I rolled them on the cutting board with my palm to loosen up some of the juices.  I added all the fruit to a large pitcher, and then poured in about 3/4 of a gallon of water.

Look at all that fruit!

I let it sit for the 2 hours suggested time, but then I just couldn’t resist trying it.  It was tasty!  Nice, but subtle, fruit and citrus flavor.  The longer I let it sit, the stronger the flavor became.  This is definitely a recipe I will be saving.  I don’t have to worry about any unnatural or overly sugar packed juices or flavored water.  Fresh produce are sometimes expensive and harder to find in the winter, but I can just picture myself sipping on this refreshing drink on the patio this summer.  Can’t wait!

While dinner sat in the crock pot, Brian still isn’t home 🙁 I decided to whip up some quick table decorations.  I had 3 bags of left over cranberries from the holiday season, so I decided to make candle holders.  I just added some cranberries to a mason jar, filled it up with water, added a small tea light and voila!

Simple, but easy.  Just my style!

Happy New Year everyone!  Horray for my blog making it through year 1!