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Create a ‘Best of 2013 Jar’ for Meals and Memories

January 3rd, 2013 · 3 Comments

This vintage blue Ball mason jar was used for canning long ago - preserving another type of memory. /photo by Jan Norris

This vintage blue Ball mason jar was used for canning long ago – preserving another type of memory. /photo by Jan Norris

Happy 2013!

For this brand new year, I’m creating a jar for my counter. It might reside by my desk – not sure just yet.  But it’s a large blue Mason jar that I’m filling with slips of paper with a few words and the date written on them.

As I go through 2013, I’m writing down the little pleasures that will be forgotten over time. The big events – both glad and sad – we tend to remember well enough. It’s the simple, unassuming things that bring us smiles or comfort we forget that make up the “rest” of our lives – and fill in that dash between the dates on our tombstones.

So with a fresh start for this new year, I’m collecting those small moments now and then to fill my jar and reread on Dec. 31 – just to remind myself that every year is a very good year.

You can vary this recipe for remembering – fill your jar with notes of memorable meals, or fun parties, or a garden’s progress. Fill it with notes on a baby’s growth the flotsam you picked up on sunrise beach walks, details of the plans you’re making for a new house or a trip. Or have more than one jar. I’m keeping it simple.

Hoping that you have a jarful of smiles and maybe get misty with me on 12/31/13.

Tags: Holiday cooking · Home Cooks

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kendall // Jan 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

    This is an awesome idea! I am going to get my jar tonight!

  • 2 Denise // Jan 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I like the idea too. I once participated in an exercise where a group of friends gathered together and wrote down on a piece of paper 3 positive adjectives to describe each person. It was done anonymously and once everyone was done writing, and the papers were distributed to the respective people, everyone took turns reading all the nice things that others had to say about them. I kept mine for a long time and would take them out and read them whenever I was feeling down. It sure made me feel better.

  • 3 Taylor Morgan // Jan 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Love it, Jan. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love had posted that on her FB page over the summer and lots of people started to do it. I meant to, but just never did. Thank you for the reminder. January is the perfect time and I have the perfect vessel. A huge, HUGE, H-U-G-E wine glass. ‘cept I’ll have to take all my corks out of it. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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