Posts by Maureen

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Spreading Love with Homemade Valentine’s Cards

The “Blissard of 2011” has blown through town, leaving frigid temperatures and piles of snow in its wake.  Its too cold to go outside with little ones, and even if it was warmer the snow and slush and ice make the sidewalks impassable with a stroller.  So, we enjoyed (another) day inside. To stave off […]


The Blissard of 2011

For the past 48 hours, the entire city of Chicago has laughed together on one big inside joke.  In anticipation of the biggest winter storm to hit our area in more than 40 years, everyone was coming up with pun-intended nicknames for the blizzard that just blew through town.  Foreboding monikers like Snowmageddon, Snowverload, Snowtorious, […]


How to Feed a Family of Four (Mostly) Organic Food for $150 a Week

Although we live on a tight budget, we also want to live healthfully and thoughtfully.  When my husband decided to start his own business, we made plenty of sacrifices like fewer meals at fun restaurants and no more new clothes.  But the one area I refused to compromise on was our food.  Just because we […]


Baked Apple Pancake on a Cloudy Sunday Morning

Every morning for the past several weeks, Mack has been waking up earlier and earlier.  He used to greet the morning around 7:30 – today we reached a new low with his 5:50 wake up call. Buddy, its still dark out!!  And, since he shares a room with Evelyn, they both were ready to start […]


Less Is More

When my husband decided to start his own business, we put our family on a very strict budget.  While we both have always been very thoughtful about how we spend our money, the new budget forced to us become even more creative.  Gone were the days when we could buy something without consulting with the […]


Quinoa Pancakes for Breakfast

Sunday mornings are my favorite.  We usually bring the kids into bed with us so we can all snuggle and doze a little longer than usual, and then the kids and I make a nice breakfast together. I found this quinoa pancake recipe in last month’s Everyday Food magazine, and I immediately knew it would […]


URGENT Action Needed!!

My grandma just sent me an urgent message about an upcoming decision from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on deregulating genetically engineered alfalfa, a clover-like forage crop.  As humans don’t normally consume alfalfa, it may seem like an unimportant issue for us.  However, when you consider the food chain it is easy to see […]


Here Comes the Sun

We are very fortunate to live in a generously sized downtown Chicago apartment.  When we first moved in two years ago we thought two bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, a dining room and in-unit laundry all spaced on two floors would be more than enough room for our young family. Oh, how foolish we were… Christmas […]


Thank You, Dr. King

When I was growing up my mom always prepared healthy and hearty homemade dinner.  All seven of us would gather together in the dining room to discuss our days and enjoy the meal.  It was a normal part of our daily routine. My mom never shied away from turning a regular weeknight dinner into a […]


Homemade Tomato Soup

Even though its the dead of winter and snow covers the ground, we enjoyed a flavorful homemade tomato soup for dinner tonight.  There’s no way fresh tomatoes found at the grocery store this time of the year could carry a meal like this, so I’m grateful for the many pints of organic heirloom tomatoes I […]