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Pina Colada Cheesecake

8 Aug



Greg here. If you've followed my periodic contributions to Seakettle, you may have noticed that when it comes to creative projects, I'm a two-trick pony: cheesecakes and log slices. True to form, when Jennifer went out of town last month, I decided to make her a cheesecake to welcome her back. I figure that if I shower her with gifts and/or treats when she comes home, she'll be more likely to hurry home the next time. Though I'd never heard of a piña colada cheesecake before, it occurred to me that it would make for a great summer dessert. Something about the sweet, tropical wonderfulness of the cocktail seemed like it would go well with the creamy richness of a cheesecake. Plus I like experimenting and knew that Jennifer likes piña coladas. [...]

Cheese Bread

19 Apr



Cheese bread (or cheese biscuits) always sounds like such a good idea, but is so often disappointing. Somehow, no matter how much cheese you add, it never tastes cheesy, and you're left with mediocre bread at best. Thanks to the methodical recipe testing of the folks at America's Test Kitchen, we've finally found a great cheese bread recipe! [...]

Dremel-Cut Snowflake Ornament

1 Feb

Dremel-Cut Snowflake Ornament


This year I got a Dremel for Christmas from Jennifer's Aunt Gail. I was excited to try it out and thought that a wood-working craft would be a good first project, since I had some previous experience and the supplies on hand. A snowflake thank-you ornament seemed perfect, considering the season and the white Christmas we had last month. (Actually we only had a white Christmas morning, since we flew from St. Louis to LA on Christmas Day.) And though a snowflake project seems like an unusual way to welcome February, the blizzard conditions across the country make it oddly appropriate! [...]

IKEA Flooring Table

23 Jan

IKEA Flooring Table


While living in Atlanta (and visiting IKEA regularly), Jennifer and I fell in love with the dark brown Tundra laminate flooring from IKEA. We couldn't use it as flooring since we were renting an apartment, but we were unwilling to abandon the Tundra altogether. We decided it could make an interesting and durable tabletop, and I set about trying to build a table featuring the laminate flooring. Since this was my first major carpentry project, I've made some adjustments that should improve the design. [...]

Bird Tile Coasters

7 Dec

Bird Tile Coasters


Most of my creative gift projects for Jennifer end in disaster and the purchase of something made or provided by someone more skilled than me. Today, however, I'd like to share a rare success I had last Christmas. After coming back from our apartment complex dumpster with a discarded piece of countertop to sell on Craigslist, I headed to Home Depot to figure out what kind of material it was. When the countertop guy sent me home with a small square countertop sample, I had an idea: I could use them as coasters. I planned to collect free samples from different stores until I had enough for a set of coasters. As attractive (by "attractive" I mean "cheap") as that was, I eventually decided it wasn't the best idea, so I ended up purchasing eight 3" x 3" tiles on clearance at Lowe's. I think I paid 4¢ apiece. [...]

Log Slice Table

23 Nov

Log Slice Table


Note: Greg's back! [...]

Every Painting Needs a Frame

2 Nov

Every Painting Needs a Frame


This Halloween, Jennifer and I dressed up as American Gothic. When dressing up as a famous painting, a large, gaudy frame is essential to the outfit. However, large frames are quite expensive, and even if you have a suitable frame, you may not want to endanger it by dragging it around Halloween parties or neighborhood trick-or-treating. To solve this problem, we built a large, inexpensive frame from surplus baseboard we had laying around. [...]

Inspiration Shelves

12 Sep



Note: This is Greg's first Seakettle post! Since he was completely responsible for every step except number 11, I figured it would be easier for him to explain the shelves than for me to transcribe the process. Thanks, Greg! [...]