Posts by Maureen

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Apple Spice Cake

Chris took some of the kids camping in Wisconsin over Labor Day weekend. They canoed for 10 miles, camped on a sandbar, weathered a middle-of-the-night thunderstorm, then returned home exhausted but exhilarated. I would have loved to join them, but a trek like that with 4 year old twins just isn’t my idea of a […]


Not the Worst Summer

So, the summer came and went. Poof. Just like that. Despite the turmoil and uncertainty swirling around the globe, our little (ok, big) family made the most of my favorite season. Here in Chicago, much of what we love about the city is locked down (beaches, playgrounds, museums) or burning down (looting and rioting), so […]


DO.

My city burned last night. A peaceful protest highlighting the systemic injustices that led to the vicious murder of George Floyd descended into complete anarchy. As we sat watching the news late into the early morning hours, I was struck by fear. Fear of the unknown and fear of having no control. How can any […]


Quarantine Bread

Like many people around the world, I’ve been baking homemade bread during quarantine. Why is this such a “thing” these days? I think there is something calming about baking in the kitchen: the oven is warm, the smells are divine, time is slowed. Baking bread connects us to our ancestors and awakens our lost memories […]


Books to the Rescue!

Saturday. Or is it Wednesday? Does it even matter? Who knows?! Now in our umpteenth week of quarantine, the days are blurring together. Weekends don’t really feel special anymore, except for the fact that I don’t have to constantly herd the kids back to the dining table to finish their eLearning. To be honest, I […]


Quarantine Cocktail

It seems like there are memes galore about parents needing a drink during this shelter-at-home time of life. While I certainly don’t judge a parent needing a break at the end of (yet another) long day, alcohol just isn’t really that important to me. Honestly, the best way for me to unwind is like 45 […]


Quarantine Dinner: Butternut Squash Soup

Today was THE day. Blue skies! Sun! Temperature comfortably in the 70s! Chirping birds and happy dogs and sprouting flowers. And…no people in sight. If the city wasn’t under lock down, the lake front would have been jammed with happy Chicagoans high-fiving all of humanity. If it was a normal day, I would have easily […]


Snack Solution

During this whole shelter-at-home thing, I am really working hard to keep things in perspective. Yes, I am incredibly sad for so many reasons (kids missing school, social events cancelled, working from home challenges), but I am also well aware that things could be much, much worse. My husband and I have the privilege of […]


Quarantine Dinner: Asian Pork Chops with Rice and Vegetables

So, it has been months since I’ve posted here. Life has just been busy: we sold our house. We moved into a temporary rental while our new house readies herself for us. Holidays. Birthdays. School. Work. All the familiar comings & goings that make life, life. But, now all that hustling and bustling seems so…distant. […]


Grateful For This Day

My big girls are off school all week for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the boys had to go Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. While it might seem annoying to have kids on two different school calendars, it actually works really well for our large family as I’m always grateful for time with a smaller crew every […]


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