Posts by Maureen

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Homemade Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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I’m posting this Broccoli Cheddar soup recipe at the request of my cousin Monika, who is spending the month with our family.  I prepared this soup for dinner last night, and she wants to make it once she returns to Poland in September.  She’ll be heading off to university in Krakow, and this is a [...]


Homemade Polish Chicken Soup

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With my cousin Monika visiting from Poland for the summer, we’ve all had fun reconnecting with our Polish roots. Chris grew up with a Polish father and Polish grandparents, so he’s been practicing speaking his very rusty Polish with Monika, much to her amusement. My Dad asked that I learn how to make a traditional [...]


Road Trip!

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We recently took a big old fashioned family summer road trip.  Chicago to Windsor, Canada…Windsor to Toronto…Toronto to Niagra Falls…Niagra Falls to Connecticut…Connecticut straight through to Chicago. We covered nearly 2,000 miles in a week. Because we live in a big city, we don’t drive very often.  Just about everything we need is within a [...]


Summer’s End…Almost

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Ahhhhh…mid August. The last gasp of summer. The final push to check off all the “to-do’s” we put on our list back in June. It always comes to an end too fast, doesn’t it? We’ve had a wonderful summer, but I still feel a pang of guilt. Kids only get a few summers as children, [...]


No Message Is That Important

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During the past few days, I’ve seen several links to this film by Warner Herzog.  What finally prompted me to click on it was a Facebook post from one of my friends. She implored all of us to watch it, telling us about the mother of one of her daughter’s preschool friends.  The mother was [...]


A Little Common Courtesy

I was recently walking to my car in the Whole Foods parking lot when I locked eyes with another fellow mom loading her groceries into her SUV.  We briefly smiled at each other before finishing the task at hand.  After I loaded up the car, I walked my shopping cart back to the cart corral.  [...]


Wheels!

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For Evie’s birthday this year, my parents gave her a Micro scooter.  Hot pink, of course.  As soon as Mack saw it, a not-so-tiny spark of jealousy ignited.  All the kids in our neighborhood have one, and now his sister did, too.  He wanted one!!! Mack’s birthday passed a few months ago, but I wanted [...]


A Lesson From Trayvon

I haven’t slept well for a week and a half.  Ever since Trayvon Martin’s murderer was set free, I’ve been haunted. The verdict was alarming and disheartening for me, and it makes me anxious to live in a country where this sort of crime can go unpunished. Through some strange loophole in a faulty law, [...]


Grandma’s Potato Casserole

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My dad recently celebrated his birthday, so the kids and I went out to my parents’ house for a casual celebration. He’s an easy going guy who doesn’t ask for much fuss, but when the kids insisted on “surprising” him he was kind enough to play along. My dad’s birthday dinner request was simple and [...]


Minted Strawberries for a Birthday Brunch

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  Sweet little Evie celebrated her birthday a couple weeks ago. Summer birthdays are the best – warm sunshine, windows open, cute little dresses.  I was born in January…in Chicago…and 30+ years later I still hate the winter! So, I love celebrating Evie’s special day during the warmer season. My parents came over for a [...]