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Heirloom Tomatoes with Bacon, Blue Cheese and Basil

After we dropped Evie and Mack at their sleepaway camp in Wisconsin, of course we had to stop at a little farm stand. As a city girl, it would be nearly impossible for me to not stock up on farm fresh produce while in Farmland, USA! As I perused the farm stand’s offerings, I was […]

Camp Favors

Evie and Mack spent a week at sleepaway camp this summer. The YMCA camp they attended oozed classic Americana: archery, canoeing, camp fires with silly songs, mosquitos, s’mores. It is the same camp I went to as a kid, so it was a nostalgic trip to bring my kids back! When I went to camp […]

If You Are Gay

This summer the whole family has really gotten into Netflix’s Queer Eye series, where five gay men transform the lives of people who need a boost. Chris started watching it first, and he said it was a truly great show, so the kids and I piled onto his bandwagon and it has been our family […]

Pesky Poppy Problem…Solved!

When the Elinor and Juliet were born almost three years ago (ohmygosh has it really been that long?!) I entered what I now refer to as Survival Mode. Twins are hard enough, but when four older kids are also a very vital part of the overall picture life becomes…desperate?…chaotic?…challenging, shall we say? With Survival Mode […]

Grandma Gloria’s Italian Cream Recipe

My Mack is STILL in school. Chicago Public Schools might just be the last school in the entire country to let out for the summer. I actually don’t mind: we’ve had a crappy start to the summer as far as the weather goes, so he might as well enjoy the heat of August and early […]

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is skin cancer awareness month, so this seems like a good opportunity to encourage everyone to reduce exposure to the sun and GET YOUR SKIN CHECKED EVERY FREAKIN’ YEAR. Trust me on this. Please. Late last fall I noticed a few little bumps on the back of my neck. I hadn’t felt them before, […]

Fun Thing Canceled Day

Easter was 80 degrees and sunshine. The week following encouraged long walks under fair blue skies. Then, this past weekend happened. Snow. SNOW on the last Saturday in April. Like, a lot of snow. And rain. So much muck that all the fun stuff we planned for the weekend was canceled. Perhaps the saddest cancellation […]

The Last Push

While Ben was at swim lessons the other day, I brought the other kids to play at the adjacent playground. The twins were so happy to roll down the slide and Vivian was content to chase after them. A fine spring day indeed! Evie and her friend Anna Maria hung out on their own, caught […]