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Jar Lunch: dessert edition

The Jar Lunch: It’s like a bag lunch or a bento lunch, but the next big thing is lunch packed in a good ol’ mason jar. I have to microwave my lunch at work, so metal containers won’t work and heating up plastic has me worried. We often simply fill mason jars with leftovers, but sometimes it is fun to come up with a clever jar lunch and make a big batch. Lunch for the whole family is already packed.

Everyone loves the occasional special sweet in their lunch. I remember the excitement of a Hostess cake in my brown bag. Tomorrow I will post the usual Friday Jar Lunch, but today you get dessert: Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes.

These are best warmed up in the microwave for about 45 seconds before eating so the brown sugar stays gooey and melty. If you don’t have access to a microwave, they are still quite delicious when cool, just a little crunchier.

All you have to do is divide your favorite pineapple upside-down cake recipe into wide mouth half-pint mason jars. I used this recipe and made 7 jar cakes. Pineapple rings are ever-so-slightly too big for the jars, so simply cut a slit in the ring and overlap the ends a bit. I also added maraschino cherries to some and home canned drunken cherries to others.

And if you have a plate available, you can always put your upside-down cake right side-up.


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After the vows and “I Do’s,” we had coffee and tea and cake on the deck of Mac’s house. we spent a lot of time trying to find the “right cake” from a specific baker, but like so many things in our lives, our best-laid plans had to be traded in for a better “Plan B.” We ended up at The Market on Yates a few hours before the ceremony. It was a nice, small grocery in the heart of Victoria, like a little Whole Foods. We found this lovely Lemon Zinger cake with white chocolate icing. The sweet girl behind the bakery counter personalized it for us while we wandered around for a few minutes, and we carried it gently to the car. It was delicious! We even fed a bite to each other, although I don’t think there’s a picture of that Romantic Moment(tm).

While we were waiting for the cake, we also picked out flowers and had the bouquet arranged by another very sweet lady in the flower department. We picked out the flowers together in the cooler, and 10 minutes later the bouquet was in our hands. I think we picked the right flowers, some white mums & green hydrangeas. On our way out, the florist said “Congratulations!”

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