Recycled Cans Crafts – Part #4 – Tin Can Luminary 

I was finishing up with the gaudy organizer when Dillon came in the kitchen with a can of pears.  He ate the whole thing lol. I was getting ready to put the can in the recycling but stopped myself. 

I already had Chris’ drill and bits right there,  so it only made sense to drill some holes in the pears can lol!

I started out by drawing a Maple leaf on the can with a Sharpie. 

And then I tried to follow the lines and drilled holes all the way around the Sharpie outline. And then I drilled a hole at the top on either side to make a handle. 

Once the drilling was done I painted the whole can bright red and then splattered it with white.  Any excuse to use splattering! 

I gave it a few coats of sealer and then threaded twine with some red wooden beads through the holes I drilled for a handle. 

I put a candle in it to see how it looked.  It lit up fine but I couldn’t make out what the shape actually was when it wasn’t lit up. 

I decided to take the white paint marker I have and play dot to dot around the leaf. Once I did that I thought why not add the “150” in the Centre?  

And this is how it looked lit and unlit when I was done. 

I will hang this in one of my gardens as well! 


The Butter Tart – Part # 2 – Making the Filling

Now is the fun part… making the ooey, gooey filling for the butter tarts.  Just a little story…. every single time I make butter tarts I think of our Uncle Chris!  Uncle Chris and my Chris used to work together.  Uncle Chris like to rummage through my Chris’ lunch can to see what treats he had.  One day it was butter tarts.  Chris came home and told me that Uncle Chris said they were a bit too sweet for him.  I thought I would get revenge lol.  I made a couple of empty tart shells and sent them to work with Chris with a note for Uncle Chris asking if those ones were too sweet!!!



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The Butter Tart – Part #1 Making the Pastry

Other than maybe maple syrup, moose, beavers and such, could be more Canadian than Butter Tarts?  Today I am going to show you step by step how to make butter tarts.

I don’t know about you, but pastry used to be my nemesis!  I could not make it to save my life.  I tried the usual “lard” suspects but no matter what I used it would not turn out.  I gave up for a while and bought the “f” word in pie crusts.. frozen ones!

Then I found Tenderflake and gone were the frozen pie shells, I could make my own pastry from scratch and it turned out every single time! This is what I am going to start with for my Butter Tart post because you can’t have a good Butter Tart without good pastry.



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Quick and Easy Coleslaw

I had a real hankering for coleslaw this week for whatever reason, so I brought home a bag of that pre-shredded cabbage, carrots, etc. from the grocery store on Friday only to find out I had no coleslaw dressing at all!  I knew I had all the ingredients and I had already taken the lazy route buying the pre-shredded salad itself, so I made a batch of coleslaw dressing and it will be enough to use for the whole bag!


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Recycled Can Crafts #2 Canada Day Wind Chime

Today’s tin can craft is going to be a Canada Day themed wind chime.  Although it didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped, it still falls in with our Canada Day BBQ decorating theme, so I guess it’s a win lol! As soon as I put it outside, the “chime” strings started to tangle 😦

That said, it is another very easy craft to do, it requires mainly patience, waiting for paint to dry!


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