Although we live in a big city, I strive to keep my life as simple and healthy as possible. Trust me, its fun making life homemade!

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Baby Ben’s Baptism

We recently celebrated Ben’s baptism.  The little man was six months old, and so it was time to celebrate his life with our family. It turned out to be a really lovely day, and I think baby Ben soaked up all the love and peace. Baptism means different things to different people.  I don’t believe [...]

Leo Lionni’s “Frederick” at the Chicago Children’s Theatre

Now that it is getting cooler here in the city, I am on the look out for fun indoor activities – we don’t want to be cooped up in the house all weekend! This morning I took Evie, Mack and Vivian to see Leo Lionni’s “Frederick,” a new musical at the Chicago Children’s Theatre. It [...]

The Way Home

Earlier this week our car started making a rather suspicious squeaking sound. Coupled with the “check suspension system” warning that popped up, I knew it was time to take it in for service. The nearest service center was about a mile from home, so the kids and I dropped it off and stepped outside intending [...]

Cranberry-Spinach-Mango Green Drink

Now that little Ben is seven months old, we are introducing him to big people food. As far as pureed foods go, he loves bananas, blueberries with oatmeal, and mango. However, just like his big brother did, Ben much prefers real food that hasn’t been smooshed up. So, I dutifully feed him little bits of [...]

Summer Strolls

Oh, sweet Ben. The wee fella doesn’t get much of a routine. I have to wake him from almost every nap so we can fetch an older sibling from ballet or school or a playdate. At six and a half months of age, he isn’t close to sleeping through the night. While I am mind-numbingly [...]

Carton Recycling in the Windy City

Good news! I just received word that the city of Chicago is now encouraging residents to recycle cartons, including those half gallon containers of milk, soup, juice and cream. The fiber in cartons is actually in very high demand and is used to create other paper products like tissues and paper towels. Recycling cartons is [...]

Dining with My Great Great Grandma

Patricia and her grandmother Elsie   Now that we are no longer renting our home – but the proud owners! – we finally unpacked some boxes that had gone untouched since we moved in more than two years ago. Two dusty boxes in the back of our garage held a sort of time capsule: vintage [...]

Sauteed Swiss Chard

Summer might be winding down, but the offerings at our neighborhood farmers market remain plentiful. We go early most Saturday mornings. Chris and I look forward to starting the day with a nice walk, and the kids look forward to smiley face cookies and a stop at the park. I wish summer never ended! When [...]