Even a little bit of color―say, something as small as a cupful―can dispel cold-weather blues.
Local nurseries and plant stores start selling pots of daffodils, hyacinths, and other spring-blooming bulbs about this time of year. Pick up a few (4-inch pots generally go for around $5 apiece), and transplant them into cute bowls or mugs. (We thought these measuring cups were a great way to brighten a kitchen.) After they finish blooming, you can add the bulbs to your garden and enjoy their show for years to come.
Our staff has a knack for finding nifty accessories that speak to the season. One editor saw plenty of possibilities in this heart-shaped planter made by Campania International. One idea? Let it carry a Valentine’s message with candles and rose petals floating in water. Campania markets both a small (about $50) and a large version (about $90). For a list of stores that carry Campania, visit www.campaniainternational.com.
Tip your hat to the Crescent City, and honor Mardi Gras month by preparing these New Orleans-style treats.Separate 1 (12-oz.) can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits into individual rounds, and cut into quarters. Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven, heat over medium heat to 350°. Fry biscuit quarters, in batches, 1 to 11⁄2 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels, and dust generously with powdered sugar. Serve immediately. Makes 4 to 6 servings. Prep: 5 min., Cook: 3 min. per batch. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Pillsbury Golden Layers Buttermilk Biscuits.