Posts by Maureen

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Blueberry Maple Syrup

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It’s no secret that our family loooooves pancakes.  At least one morning a week the kids groggily and hopefully request a warm stack of homemade pancakes for breakfast, and because I love them, too, I am more than willing to oblige.  Some days Chris makes his soon-to-be famous Lemon Pancakes, but most days we rely [...]


Pregnancy Power Smoothie

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Now that I am approaching my third trimester, some of the typical pregnancy ailments are starting to strike.  In addition to the exhaustion I’ve felt almost every day since we found out the news back in July, I now have heartburn at night and occasional leg cramps during the day.  Oh, and there are moments [...]


Choo Choo Cheer!

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Yesterday we took the kids for a ride on the Candy Cane Express.  I told them about the trip earlier in the week, so it was all they wanted to talk about. Would it be like The Polar Express? What treats would be on it?  How would Santa get there? When we arrived at Union [...]


Too Much Screen Time?

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I’m reaching some sort of breaking point. We are all addicted to screens. And I just can’t take it any more! Every pedestrian walking down the street has a smart phone in hand and headphones in ear.  Every rider on the bus is slumped over a phone. Every kid at a restaurant has an iPad [...]


Chris’ Lemon Pancake Breakfast

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Chris doesn’t cook a lot, but breakfast is a specialty of his.  Lately, he has been fine tuning a recipe for lemon pancakes, and it is quickly becoming a treasured weekend ritual in our home.  His lemon pancakes are fluffy on the inside and delightfully crispy on the outside. Such a treat! We enjoyed a [...]


Christmas Cookie Party – and Pecan Olive Sandwiches?

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On Saturday my Aunt Sheila invited the ladies of the family over for a holiday cookie swap party. We all brought 3 dozen of a home baked treat, and we all left with several varieties.  It was such a nice way to spend a sunny afternoon.  I wish we could all get together more often, [...]


Time for a Drink?

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Hard to believe Thanksgiving weekend is wrapping up. It has been a long and busy few days, that’s for sure! Thanksgiving on Thursday: A trip with Evie to the American Girl doll store on bustling Michigan Avenue on Friday: A cookie party at my Aunt Sheila’s house on Saturday: Christmas brunch with Santa and gingerbread [...]


A Busy December

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It isn’t even December yet, and already I feel like our holiday season is already jam packed.  I love the busyness of this time of the year, though.  It makes the cold weather just a bit more bearable. We’ve got an advent calendar that I fill with Christmas-themed activities to do with the kids.  It [...]


Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Cookies

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I’ll never forget my first experience with Maker’s Mark Bourbon. My college roommate Laura returned from summer break with a bottle she had hand-dipped herself at the Maker’s Mark distillery in her native Kentucky.  We drank it straight.  Luke warm. In martini glasses.  We still laugh about it to this day! So, when the folks [...]


A Few Days Early…

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We waited as long as we could. But, the kids were just too excited. While I normally like to wait until after Thanksgiving to set out our Christmas decorations, my three little ones just couldn’t wait another day.  And, I suppose I couldn’t, either! So, this morning Chris and Mack went down to the freezing [...]