Meg Makes

Meg Makes

Informal dinner featuring local foods could be the first of many

 If you enjoy good food that's produced locally, you might be interested in a local-food dinner happening Saturday evening in Champaign-Urbana, and perhaps get involved in similar events in the future. 

The practical details about keeping chickens

 I'm all for local food. I love the idea of eating items that haven't been shipped across the country, and have superior nutrition to what you find on supermarket shelves. And obviously, I'm into do-it-yourself projects.

Summer is here; break out the pasta salad

Today is the summer solstice and the first day of summer.

Even though it's felt summery for a while now, I like to celebrate summer solstice. It's the longest day of the year, and after today, the days just get shorter. Plus, it's the perfect time to make cookout food.

The best part of DIY projects: finishing them

Despite the rain, Rob and I hung my wine-bottle tiki torches last night.

(If you're interested, instructions are here.)

This project was really easy - drink the wine, buy the supplies, use a drill to put up the torches.

Unique birdhouses look good, too

I'm working on a story for this Saturday's At Home about birdhouses. The birdhouse-lovers I talked to agreed that they loved the character birdhouses give their yards.

So, because I was thinking about birdhouses, I started seeking out some decorative versions you could get for your yard.

I've got my DIY eye on these projects

I'm not so good at creating my own DIY, crafty ideas, but I can be really good at picking out other people's projects I'd like to try.

Thank goodness for the Internet and the DIY, craft and interior-design blogs I read. They've given me several ideas recently, which have the added benefit of using things that can be hard to recycle.

Learn more about melons at local Schnucks' produce workshop

Nothing says summer like fresh melon. All three local Schnucks stores are hosting a produce workshop June 26 that will teach you all about "exotic melon varieties." The price is hard to beat - it's free. Sounds refreshing to me. Here's the information from the press release the produce company sent me:

Paring down to the party necessities

I love summer and believe in celebrating the longest day of the year. I like to do so by hosting a barbeque right around the summer solstice.

The power of a mentor

I wrote about Asilah Patterson for Sunday's paper.

She's a 17-year-old from Champaign who's focused on breaking her family's cycle of drug addiction. She's focused on succeeding - and she's had help.