Our January 2019 CollinChild Mom Next Door Sarah Smith shares tricks for her favorite restaurant recipes and offers up pointers for designing a space that’s truly special. Get to know Sarah here.
Sarah’s Menu Favorites
TURKEY MEATLOAF AT THE YARD
Made with: smashed potatoes, garlic green beans, black pepper ketchup
“My secret is crushed butter crackers instead of bread crumbs—and don’t add ketchup to the mix. Squirt it on top the last 15 minutes of baking.”
SARAH’S TEXAS SAUSAGE QUESO AT CADILLAC PIZZA PUB
Made with: local Texas sausage, jalapeños, pico de gallo
“My secret is good old canned turkey chili. It adds a velvety texture.”
Sarah’s School of Design
USE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE
Paint is my go-to for furniture. An old high-five record piece given to us 12 years ago has been recycled four times over, and now serves as a toy trunk. Also, introduce Mod Podge into your life. It literally changes an ordinary textile into an extraordinary work of art. Ten years ago, I acquired an old armoire door and held onto it with the dream of it being in my nursery one day. When my day came, I painted the door white, used fabric panel cutouts and added a light fixture and coat hooks.
GIVE YOUR SPACE A PERSONA
Whatever feel you’re hoping to evoke, bring it to life with plants, mirrors, nostalgia and furniture. If you have the space, play with it. My intent with the twins’ rooms is to excite them the second they wake up and calm them into dreamland at night. I consistently purge what they outgrow and procure gems that tickle their curiosities.
I always empty a room when I’m “over it.” Purge the extras, so the pieces you absolutely love shine. Shop around the house and pull together items that create a new flavor.