The Boastful Baker

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Late winter and early spring showers.


Shower invitation

Bridal shower invitation

I was fortunate enough to have two bridal showers thrown for me recently by my fantastic family and family-to-be. The first, in February, was hosted by my almost sister-in-law and almost grandmother-in-law. Sadly, I didn’t take any photos at this lovely brunch shower. The second, on the first Saturday of March, was hosted by my sisters with help from my mom. That shower had a canning theme. A canning theme! You probably don’t have any idea how happy this made me as I haven’t written about last summer’s canning obsession at length yet.

My sisters both did a great job with the canning theme. The canning jar shaped invitations were made using a printable template found online. One of my sisters made a huge batch of homemade Meyer lemon curd in tiny 4 ounce jars. She also forced daffodil and lily of the valley plants in large Ball jars. Both the lemon curd and the flowers were given away as favors. My other sister baked mini apple pies in the 4 ounce jars and did a lot of decorating at her house with daffodils (my wedding flowers), canning jars and other similar items. They also made all sorts of other delicious foods including Virginia ham biscuits, lemon bars and deviled eggs (made with sweet pickle relish I canned last summer).

If you’re interested in the printable invitation templates, a blog post about them can be found at Cottage Industrialist (and I think my sisters found the invitations via Pinterest). Also, if you want to make your own homemade Meyer lemon curd (and trust me, you do want to make your own), I’m pretty sure that my sister used the recipe found at Food in Jars.

I was lucky enough to receive a few canning-related gifts as well. Among the items I received: a beautiful tea towel and 2 produce bags from Etsy seller Oh, Little Rabbit and my own copy of the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. I checked this out from the library repeatedly last summer, so it was time to get my own copy.

So many cute little jarred things.

Assorted favors in canning jars - apple pie, lemon curd & daffodils

Apple pie in jars (and lemon curd, too!)

Apple pie in mini canning jars (and lemon curd, too!)

Apple pie in jars

Tiny apple pies in canning jars

Homemade Meyer lemon curd

Homemade lemon curd

My other sister made lemon curd!

Meyer lemon curd

Meyer lemon curd

Adorable lemon curd labels

Daffodils in jars!

Forced daffodils planted in canning jars

Wine, flowers & food

Wine, tulips and food

If you’d like to see more pictures from the shower, visit my Flickr set.


  1. What a beautiful shower! You’re lucky to have such creative and talented sisters. That’s the coolest shower theme I’ve ever seen! 😀

  2. Those apple pies are so cute. And I love the Meyer Lemon curd.

  3. Love the pies in a jar. Such a great idea!

  4. What a cute idea! I love the mini apple pies baked in canning jars.

  5. Yes, this is the coolest shower theme! I’d like the tiny apple pies in canning jars please!

  6. Wow these are so super adorable. Thanks for the great idea!

  7. I’m OBSESSED with ORANGE CURD lately! I would like some Meyer Lemons to make this curd. I put the curd on my yogurt every morning. LOVE LOVE your bridal shower canning party! Congratulations and best wishes!

  8. Awesome.

    (A simple comment to go with the simplicity of this comment box. Very nice).

  9. how cute is that!!! Very clever! Love the hearts on top of the pies!

  10. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Now I wanna know where they got that 2 tiered little washtub looking thing….I’m even more in love :0)

  11. wow this is pretty much the best shower ever!!!!

  12. OMG I would die for this shower! And those apples….I don’t even know what to say!

  13. So much loveliness here. I adore the canning jars as decoration and for the favors and treats. Those mini pies look amazing!

  14. Those apple pies in a canning jar are absolutely adorable-do you have a recipe/how-to??

  15. I love those apple pies! Do you know how they were made? Especially how the look so perfect on top?

    • I believe my sister used a cookie cutter for the hearts on top of each pie. Beyond that, I’m not sure since I didn’t make them myself.

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  21. is there a recipe for the tiny baked apple pies in canning jars?

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