Posts by Maureen

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You Get What You Pay For

Americans are eating too much meat. Because the price of meat is relatively inexpensive, too many of us now assume that we are entitled to animal protein on a daily basis. Factory farms give us abundant supplies of impossibly cheap meat, but cheap food comes with a price: your health! My family doesn’t eat any […]


Heaven in a Cup!

Chicago has endured no shortage of bitter cold during the past few weeks, and tonight we’re gearing up for a big winter snowstorm that will *hopefully* leave enough accumulation for us to pull Evelyn around in her new sled. In my opinion, if we’re going to have cold we might as well have some snow […]


Homemade Fathering!

I recently celebrated my birthday! 30! Yikes! I always thought turning 30 would be a very difficult birthday — I was pretty content being a 20-something and I didn’t like the idea of entering a new decade. I can be a very sentimental person and I try so hard to be grateful for every day, […]


Homemade Laundry Detergent – Update!

Back in May when I posted my recipe for homemade laundry detergent I never could have anticipated the excitement it would generate among my readers and their friends. I have gotten so much positive feedback about it – thank you! One of the best parts of homemade mothering is the ability to try new things […]


Christmas!

Its hard to believe Christmas is over! I love the holiday season, and I’m always a little sad when it ends. Sometimes I wish Christmas came later in the winter so we’d have something warm and cozy to look forward to during the year’s bitter months. While we spent Christmas Eve with my very large […]


Strawberry Jam in the News!

My strawberry jam recipe has been published! Thrive NYC Magazine ran an article about preserving nature’s bounty, and the author highlighted my recipe because my version is “as hassle free as you can get.” Here’s the article http://www.nyc-plus.com/NYC_49/savingsummers.html And, in case you missed the jam recipe here’s the link: http://www.homemademothering.com/2009/04/stawberries.html Did you like this? Share […]


FREE Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper

As I have written about before, I am not a fan of wrapping paper. All those trees taken down to create paper that is literally torn up and thrown away in seconds?! No thank you!! Instead, I usually use newspaper (my great-grandma used to use the comics section) or old paper shopping bags. This Christmas, […]


Bye Bye Bluefin?

Although I am a homemade mother, I love love love going out to eat. Although we’re living on a tight budget right now, my husband and I like to try a new restaurant every week. We always look for locally owned, small restaurants that not only offer good value but new and different foods, too. […]


Soup for a Chilly Day

It is c-c-cold here in Chicago. We woke up this morning to snow! After a very mild November, winter has decided to finally settle upon our busy city. With all the excitement surrounding the holidays, it only seems fitting that we should be bundling up to go outside. Weather like this calls for warm and […]


Nana Bread Part II

I love baking. Sunday afternoons are really the only time I have for this favored hobby, so in addition to preparing tonight’s dinner of eggplant parmesan, baking a few loaves of bread for the week, and making a batch of homemade yogurt, I also put together another healthy version of my banana bread. I experimented […]


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