Carolina Coleslaw and a couple of crafts

So it’s been over 2 weeks since I’ve posted anything.  Nothing bad going on, just summer time and enjoying time in the great outdoors, by the time I do come in I either watch some tv or I play on Facebook and get lost in the craziness I find there.   I do love being outside though.  I’ve been stocking up at yard sales and flea markets on mason jars (I have a craft addiction to these things) and vases.  I made some Christmas vase centerpieces last year and they sold well so I’d like to do it again.  I might as well start getting supplies early.  Even though I do not want to hear or type Christmas again!

So for a bit of summer fun to add to the picnic table, garden or landscape I made these two mason jar crafts.  Once again, both of them my Pinterest finds.  The first is a watermelon jar. These are super simple, here’s how to make them…
watermelon jars
You will need some Crystal Gloss Enamel paint.  Shown is red and green and regular black acrylic paint.  A small paint brush and some cotton balls or a foam brush.  (I used both and like the foam brush the best but, this was the only picture I had).
watermelon jars
Paint the top of the jars red, leaving about 3/4″ to an inch of clear at the bottom of the jar.  The picture looks pink but, that is one coat.  I did two coats and you can see the difference in the next picture.
watermelon jars
Once that is dry, maybe an hour or so.  Paint the remaining clear part green.  Again, I did two coats.  Let dry 48 hours and then bake as instructed on the back of the gloss enamel paint bottles.  This is paint specifically used on glass to dry colorful and translucent.  I love the stuff!

Once they are out of the oven and cooled, you can add the black dots onto the red portion to mimic watermelon seeds.  I had all different shapes and sizes, just have fun with it!  Let the black dry and you’re ready to use them.  Just add a tea light and enjoy!
watermelon jar
The next jars I created were splatter jars.  These turned out cute and bursting with color.  Once again, very easy and you can choose what colors you want.  Two-tone, jewel-toned or go rainbow style like I did 🙂

You’ll need the same gloss enamel paint as stated above in whatever colors you choose.  Next, you’ll need a can of Dusting Air, the stuff you use on your computers, tv’s, etc. it looks like this…
Dusting air
Add a little paint to the side or bottom of the jar.  Then spray the paint with the the dusting air to spread it out and create a “splash” of color.  Do this with your remaining colors to combine the paints and make colors blend.  Let dry and bake as directed on the back of the gloss enamel paints.  Once cooked and cooled, add a tea light and you have a colorful piece for your table setting, yard, etc.
Splatter jar

Splatter jar
Can you tell I love lights and color?  They scream summer too me.  My (long) driveway and pool path are lit with solar lights but, I like lights here and there and everywhere too 😉

Okay funny side story, I was using the Dusting Air for the splatter jar and it ran out about halfway through!  I thought of using the husband’s air gun but, figured the jar would go flying and shatter into a million pieces.  I was determined to fix it though and finally used a cigarette lighter thingy that I have to blow up air mattresses.  Ha!  It worked fine and I felt like a genius.  For a minute…Ha!

So, now I will shut up and get to the food.  The hubs will not touch a mayo based coleslaw and I was determined to put some slaw on our smoked chicken sandwiches so I found this recipe and tweaked it to my liking.  It’s vinegar based and we both liked it.  Yes, both of us.

Caroline Coleslaw

1 large head of cabbage, finely shredded
1 medium bell pepper, finely chopped
1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
2 carrots grated


2 T. sugar
1 t. salt
1 t. dry mustard
3/4 t. celery seed
1/2 c. vegetable oil
3/4 c. apple cider vinegar

Combine cabbage, bell pepper, onion and carrots in a large bowl.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.  Simmer, stirring, until sugar in dissolved; pour over vegetables and toss well.  Cover and refrigerate until throughly chilled.

Carolina Coleslaw

Makes 8-10 servings.  (If my picture looks like less, I did cut the recipe in half for us).  Original recipe found here.

We had this, as I said on our smoked chicken sandwiches and it was really good.  I don’t have any pictures of our sandwiches…guess we were too hungry but, I did get one of the smoked, bbq chicken.
Smoked bbq chicken
It was so good!  Try this while we still have a little bit of summer left.  Have a great weekend y’all and enjoy the nice weather a bit longer 🙂


About Suzie

My name is Suzie. I'm married and have a son in the Army. I enjoy cooking, country life, reading and my animals, hence the name of this blog. My two German Shepherds are underfoot anytime I'm cooking ;) Oh, I'm also addicted to Food Network Channel.
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38 Responses to Carolina Coleslaw and a couple of crafts

  1. I am HUNGRY staring at those bbq chicken! Perfect to go with the slaw.
    The colourful manson jar looks so much more adorable!

  2. Sam says:

    Mmm, I love anything BBQ! I bet the cole slaw would be amazing with some pulled pork, which I think I’m going to make next week. I love crafts, and that watermelon jar is soooo cute!!

  3. Sarah says:

    i love that watermelon jar!!! so fun 🙂

  4. biz319 says:

    I hate mayo based slaws too – and I love all things vinegar – love how crafty you are! I think you are one of the handful of people I know who actually make something they pinned on Pinterest!

    Your comment about shooting the rabid squirrel killed me – ha!

    • Suzie says:

      The hubs will not touch anything with mayo on it. I prefer the kick of vinegar myself! I do make a lot of stuff on Pinterest, whether it’s crafts, projects or food!

  5. Wow! So crafty, you are! 🙂 Your bbq chicken looks amazing and I think the sandwich would not be complete without your wonderful slaw recipe! Love it.

  6. Look how creative you are, love those jars!! That coleslaw and chicken make me hungry both sound delicious. Love the the slaw doesn’t have mayo, I like light tangy dressing on mine too!

  7. Looks great for a Labor Day meal with some lovely candle holders to keep on the table while the sun sets.

  8. That slaw has the most gorgeous colour, so rich and delicious looking! Also loving the crafts, those jars are hectic awesome! 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. Veronica says:

    Love your colorful jars! I’ve never had anything but a mayo based slaw…I’m thinking I’d really prefer one like this. Pinning! Oh and I love slaw on bbq chicken or beef sandwiches! yums!

  10. MisBehaved Woman says:

    The jars are awesome! Bet you had a blast making those! No-go on the slaw…I’d love it but Steve won’t touch a cabbage-based slaw, period. Shocking, eh? 😉

    • Suzie says:

      Thanks Reb! I was shocked that John liked the slaw, though I’ve seen him eat it at restaurants and that surprises me too. I said, “Just try it” and then he liked it…go figure!

  11. Love your crafty flair and that cole slaw sounds SO refreshing and crunchy. I’m in the Carolina’s and can vouch that this is the real deal…YUM,Suzie! I hope you’re having a great weekend so far =)

  12. love coleslaw and what cool crafts love doing with the kids

  13. shashimcharles says:

    These jars are gorgeous! And the coleslaw delectable!
    Shashi @

  14. Joanne says:

    I’m so glad to hear that you’ve been enjoying life! Definitely a good reason to take some time off blogging. 🙂 We have a ton of random jam jars in our apartment…I’m thinking they need to watermelon-ified!

  15. eliotthecat says:

    Really cute idea. I am always trying to score some jars at garage sales or Craig’s list. My mom hooked me up last year and I have already used them all. Great sounding coleslaw!

    • Suzie says:

      Me too Deb! I had renters move out a few months ago and she left a large box full of jars…I was happy! And yes, I’ve used all of mine too 🙂

  16. You are so crafty! So cute those burners! And the food looks amazing as always! I am a mayo lover so I like the creamy kind of coleslaw, but now and again, I get a taste for a mayoless version! I’ll be making this one next time!

  17. Love your jars, so fun and pretty and that chicken and cole slaw looks fantastic!!

  18. themondaybox says:

    A lot of people don’t think of putting cole slaw ON a sandwich. They just think of it as a side salad. But it is DELICIOUS on sandwiches! My husband grew up in NY and deli sandwiches with creamy coleslaw ON them was the norm. Ok, so your husband wouldn’t eat that but we love it! 🙂 I think a non creamy slaw with bbq sounds great! The tartness of the vinegar would cut the sweetness of the qqq sauce. I will be giving this a try soon, Suzie. Thanks!

    • Suzie says:

      I think it’s becoming more common now to put coleslaw on sandwiches because it’s all over Food Network and the foodie shows. The vinegar does cut the sweetness of the bbq sauce and that is what I love! Hope you like it 🙂

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