Meg Makes

Meg Makes

The amazing mason jar does so many jobs

I love mason and canning jars. They're versatile but classically pretty at the same time. I've started picking them up whenever I see them at yard sales. My sweetie presented me with two green-tinted jars on Valentine's Day - one filled with flowers, the other with candy. He did good.

Hot slaw a delicious take on cabbage



I'm not much of a cabbage eater. I mean, I know it's good for you, but ... it's cabbage. You know?

How about some bitter melon?

When I get an e-mail from Hazel Kelly, I tend to expect a press release and photos of unusual fruits or vegetables. The one she sent today about the bitter melon is no exception.

Looking for an owner (or future owner) of Energy Star appliances

I'm working on a story about the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's rebate program. Basically, if you buy an Energy Star washer, dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer or room air conditioner between April 16 and April 25 at certain retailers around the state, you'll instantly receive 15 percent off. The program is funded through stimulus money and obviously  has a goal of keeping purchases local.

In praise of bread flour

I was running low on vital wheat gluten for making all whole-wheat bread this week, so I tried some of my recipes calling for bread flour.

Oh, my. If you're a bread machine user (or someone who makes bread the old-fashioned way, for that matter), you really should be using bread flour. It makes a huge difference.

Making a wreath from wine corks

I have a habit of seeing something I like in a shop and thinking, "I could make that."

In the case of the cork wreath, I was right. I sweet-talked a friend who'd been saving corks for a while, found these instructions online and got down to business with my hot glue gun.

Hot or not: shower surround made of corrugated metal

I saw this post today on Apartment Therapy, and it got me thinking: I like the idea of corrugated metal as a shower surround.

Better bathroom dilemma

Girl meets grill


This warm weather has me thinking of what happened a year ago, when I won a grill.


Looking for women who love hats