Posts by Maureen

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A Baby Doll for Boys and Girls

My sister Meghan and I were chatting on the phone today (as we tend to do several times every day), and she mentioned that she wants to get a baby doll for her adorable son Trey. He is almost two years old and growing into an inquisitive and thoughtful little fellow.  Just the right time […]


Sour Cream Coffee Cake That is Oh-So Sweet!

A few years ago I created Sister Kitch’n, a simple recipe blog for the ladies of my family.  My mom, sisters, aunts, cousins and grandmothers are all invited to post their favorite recipes, new or old.  The recipes vary – all meals and cuisines are welcome, and it doesn’t matter where a recipe originates as […]


Raw Milk…Cooked!

About a year and a half ago I wrote a post about my interest in raw milk.  All the milk sold in American grocery stores is pasteurized at either 161 degrees for 15 seconds or 145 degrees for 30 minutes.  Pasteurization kills any dangerous bacteria potentially lurking around, but this process also “destroys enzymes, diminishes […]


Chill Out

Its hot. Its also July. So, will everyone quit the complaining?  I waited ALL winter for this kind of weather, and I L-O-V-E it!  Honestly, if it was hovering close to 85 degrees every day you’d never hear a negative peep outta me. I’m a summer girl trapped in the northern hemisphere, and its likely […]


Linguine with Zucchini, Tomatoes and Basil

One of my favorite new cookbooks is Heidi Swanson’s “Super Natural Every Day.”  She has so many simple and straightforward recipes, and I really appreciate her fresh approach to cooking.  Tonight I was inspired by her Summer Linguine recipe that calls for barely more than pasta, zucchini and garlic.  It looks like a satisfying meal […]


International Kindness Project Day from the MISS Foundation

Thought I would share this press release about Kindness Project Day with the Homemade Mothering community.  The event is sponsored by the MISS Foundation, an international organization that provides support to families grieving the loss of a child.   I became acquainted with MISS when my friend and fellow Homemade Mother Jeanne lost her sweet […]


Catching Up With An Old Friend Over Breakfast Strata

My dear college friend Molly came over for breakfast on Sunday.  She lives in eastern Pennsylvania, so our visits together are few and far between.  She was in town for less than a day before heading home to her three little ones, so I feel so lucky that she chose to spend some of her […]


Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles

I’ve become such a geek about canning fresh fruits and vegetables. I live in the middle of downtown Chicago, so I lack the space to grow my own produce.  But, I am happy to make do with what our neighborhood farmer’s market has to offer.  Last summer I bought a big bag of discounted ugly […]


Learning About Alternative Medicine

As a Homemade Mother, it is my goal to bring comfort and security to my family.  Whether its a kiss on the knee when Mack trips or a extra long cuddle when Evie has a tummy ache or a bowl of homemade soup when Chris is feeling sick, I’m happy to soothe any boo-boo. I […]


Dealing with a Picky Eater + GIVEAWAY!!!

Much to my great disappointment, Evelyn has become a bit of a picky eater during the last six months or so.  She used to be so adventurous – she’d try anything we gave her, and more often than not, she loved every bite. But, these days if something looks even a little unfamiliar or suspicious […]