Posts by Maureen

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Apple Picking and Apple Muffins!

We took a family trip to a charming apple orchard in Indiana the other day. It was Evie’s first taste of fall tradition and I think she loved every minute of it! The weather was perfect — sunny and high 70s, but the smell of fall was certainly in the air. Bees were furiously gathering [...]


Flimsy Plastic Produce Bags

While I LOVE all the reusable shopping bags now seen everywhere at the grocery store — Whole Foods always has such cute ones! — one thing that still irks me are the flimsy plastic produce bags people still insist on using. Its pretty humorous that we’ll buy apples that travel thousands of miles from an [...]


Birthday Brownies!!

brownies

Today is my brother’s 23rd birthday. He just started a new job here in the city, so I delivered a homemade batch of brownies as a special birthday treat. As an added bonus, the note on the jar let him know that he should return the jar whenever he’s ready for a refill. Its a [...]


Homemade Peach Jam

peach jam

Last night Chris watched the Bears game over at a friend’s house. So, once Evie went to bed I had a rare few hours to myself. What to do?! First on my list was making a batch of homemade laundry detergent. While I normally use Ivory soap, this time I tried half a bar of [...]


Eco-Friendly Apartment Living

Last month a reporter for a local Chicago newspaper interviewed me about my green-living ways. As excited as I am to have been a source, I think the tips included at the end are very beneficial for everyone — whether you live in a city apartment, suburban house or rural farmstead. We all need to [...]


The Cloth Diapering Manifesto

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Since my first daughter was born we’ve been a cloth diapering family. While we were initially interested in cloth diapers for environmental reasons, the more we learned about disposables the more scared we were of them. With the knowledge we acquired we could not use disposables in good conscience. Here are a few reasons for [...]


A Strawberry Shout-Out!

My strawberry jam recipe was featured on a great website called BudgetSmartGirl.com. I feel so honored! http://budgetsmartgirl.com/2009/08/13/preserving-summer-produce%E2%80%A6without-canning/ Just in case you find yourself drawn to the amazing deals on strawberries right now, here’s my recipe: 6 oz organic strawberries 3/4 cup sugar juice from 1/2 lemon Mash strawberries with a potato masher in a saucepan. [...]


A Fall Lunch…In August

carrot soup

While grocery shopping yesterday I scored a five pound bag of fresh organic carrots for $1.49 at Stanley’s, my favorite neighborhood produce market. I knew they would make for a delicious batch of homemade carrot soup, so I happily scooped up a bag. I am always on the look out for last minute inspiration while [...]


PersonalFaves – one of my personal faves!

My new friend and fellow Chicago blogger Sarah has an awesome site www.personalfaves.com. She is also a new mom so I find a lot of her recommendations to be especially relevant and often quite fun! Ranging from good recipes to fun shops to baby gear, her reviews are always spot-on and full of personality. She [...]


Body + Soul Magazine

I would like to strongly endorse this month’s issue of Body + Soul magazine. There is a feature with 25 new recipes to try, and all of them look so amazing and easy and healthy. I’ve made three so far this week and all have turned out delicious. Many of the recipes are vegetarian and [...]


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