Posts by Maureen

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Staycation…Sort Of…

I can’t believe the 4th of July came and went.  In my mind, this holiday marks the halfway point of summer, but Chicago weather has been quite temperamental the last couple months so it feels like summer just began. Chris has been working a lot lately, and the kids and I were going a little […]

All Homemade Mothers and Homemade Fathers are Welcome Here!

Last weekend was Pride Weekend here in Chicago.  It is a fun way to celebrate our city’s gay and lesbian community, and so the kids and I drove up to the Lakeview neighborhood on Sunday to check out some of the festivities.  Evie was very curious about all the people filling the sidewalks for the […]


I made such a pretty lunch today, so I thought I’d share it.  A salad full of bright colors and generous flavors is the perfect way to load up on more than a few of my daily vegetable servings.  And, the homemade lime dressing took about 32 seconds to make – waaaay healthier (and cheaper!) […]

When Things Go So Wrong…They Are Right

The other day was just one of those days.  We woke up to rain, so our outdoor playdate with my friend Michele and her son Zach was cancelled.  I decided to take the kids to a library across town (just for a change of scenery), but we got there nearly an hour before it opened.  […]

GIVEAWAY + Homemade Mother of the Week: Denise Henderson

This post is the fourth in the series “Homemade Mother of the Week.” If you know a woman who is thoughtfully sharing her passion for the planet,  families or the well-being of others, please nominate her for this special recognition.  Send an email with all the details to I’m always looking for healthy snacks […]

Frozen Chocolate Covered Blueberries

After spending an afternoon canning homemade blueberry jam and blueberry syrup, I still had a few pints of organic blueberries remaining.  While I love snacking on blueberries in their natural state, I thought it would be fun to sweeten them up a bit.  We had a bag of leftover Easter chocolate hiding in the pantry, […]

Blueberry Bliss

My husband called me from work yesterday with a very urgent message: “Organic blueberries are on sale at Whole Foods for $1.99 a pint! Go there. Now. Before they’re gone!!” He knows me so well.  A deal like this would be hard for most moms to pass up, but since I am a total organic […]

Rhubarb Cake

One of the best parts about living in a big city is appreciating just how small this town can be.  We live in a bustling neighborhood in the heart of downtown Chicago, but I feel like I know my neighbors and the people who work in our favorite shops. Just the other day I ran […]

Blogness Cards

HomemadeMothering is starting to become more than just a hobby for me. I love reading emails and comments from readers – connecting with so many fellow Homemade Mothers, Fathers and People makes me feel like our families and our planet are headed in the right direction.  Everyone’s kind words are giving me the motivation and […]

Chocolate Cherry Torte

Our friends Laura and Dan came over for dinner the other night. They have two little ones the same ages as Mack and Evie, so we all agreed that it would be easier to do dinner at our place rather than braving a restaurant with four rambunctious kids. The day of the dinner party Evie […]