Meg Makes (February 2011)

Meg Makes (February 2011)

Adding kitchen's paint job, countertops to list of DIY ideas

I tend to have a short home-decorating attention span.

I'll think of some great idea, and then another, and soon I don't know what to do with them all.

All about kumquats, with a recipe for Kumquat-Almond Sauce

Here's a press release from Frieda's Specialty Produce about kumquats, citrus designed to be eaten whole. Don't forget, local Schnucks stores will feature Frieda's Produce University Saturday, which will include free samples and recipes.




Ditching the dresser - would it work?

The other day, I had a truly radical thought: do I really need a dresser?

Takes the Cake: Erin makes cookie dough truffles

Last week, Erin Lippitz, my incredible baking coworker, mentioned that she wanted to try cookie dough truffles. She'd been planning on making chocolate cake pops for my birthday last Friday, but I quickly changed my request

Stovetop oatmeal a comforting breakfast

This morning, I awoke with that startling, total wakefulness at 5:40 – the kind when you realize you'll be staring at the ceiling until your alarm goes off, or you might as well just get up.

A plan for the spring - time to spruce up the porch

Our enclosed porch is a joy three seasons of the year. It's south-facing and had lots of storm windows. If it's not too hot, we'll leave the door open and let the cat wander in and out (it's the closest she gets to unsupervised time outside).


Home decorating, improvement website offers an infusion of inspiration

During the past couple of months, Rob and I have had way too much going on to think about any home-improvement projects.

A list of dream antiques: if I ever find these things, I'm buying them

Two of the things I've always loved about Rob is that he understands my love for old houses and has many handy skills useful for maintenance. (In fact, he fixed the toilet in my first post-college apartment on our first date. What a guy!) He also loves to browse through antique shops.

Blood oranges in season - here's a recipe for ambrosia crepes

Here's another release from Frieda's Specialty Produce, this one about blood oranges.

Just a reminder, Frieda's will host a Produce University session about specialty citrus fruits from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Feb. 26 at local Schnucks stores. It's a free event, and you'll get free samples and recipes, as well.


Recipe for Honey Sweet Potates

For a Valentine's Day dinner, last night Rob and I had steak and this yummy sweet potato side dish from my Gooseberry Patch cookbook, "Homemade Christmas." I'll be honest, a recipe with both "honey" and "sweet" in