I have to admit that I am not always good at thinking outside the box. Often if there is an item that I no longer use, my first thought is to get rid of it instead of trying to think of how it could be used differently. Every once in a while, I do surprise myself with a great re-purposing idea. A few months ago, my husband pulled a glass jar out from under the kitchen sink and suggested we pass it along since I was not using it. I agreed, but really it was an attractive and unusual shaped jar, kind of square-shaped. Inspiration struck! It would be perfect for a candy jar. So I promptly dumped the children’s candy out of the boring plastic container into the lovely glass jar.
In general, the children are limited to one piece of candy a day, so all the Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s, and Easter candy tends to last quite a while. But by this time of year, the candy jar has dwindled; and I started to hear from them that there was “no good candy left in the jar.” When I checked, I discovered what was left was mostly milk chocolate pieces. What to do with it? I know some people would throw it away, but I have a hard time wasting food even if it has no nutritional value. Giving it away did not seem like a good option since it was all wrapped in holiday-colored foils. Another light-bulb moment! I decided to make peanut butter blossoms. I usually associate those cookies with Christmas, but who says you can not enjoy them in the summer? The peanut butter blossoms may not have won any presentation awards with a mixture of Hershey’s kisses, balls, eggs, coins, a Rolo, and even a music note; but they tasted just fine!