Posts by Maureen

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Foot Love!!

This post has nothing to do with making something at home or taking care of your loved ones. But, my sister introduced me to a pair of shoes so heavenly and comfortable that I just have to share the love!! They are the Puma Sabadella slip-on sneakers. I hate wearing anything on my feet – […]


Cleaning To-Do List

Cleaning the house ranks as one of my least favorite things to do. With two little ones its hard to find the time and the energy to keep things tidy. I’d love to have a housekeeper stop by our place once a week, but there isn’t room in our budget for a luxury like that. […]


For the Hostess with the Mostess!

Earlier this month, two little parties were thrown in honor of the son I had a week ago (he’s finally here and he’s too lovely for words!). My friends Laura and Michele hosted a “stock the freezer” shower and asked our friends to bring frozen dinners so I don’t have to worry about putting together […]


Baby Blanket for Baby #2

Last week my grandma, mom, and sisters hosted a special party in honor of my second baby (due two days ago!). As I already have more than I need to take care of a newborn, they decided to invite the ladies of my family to a knitting shower. We all had to knit an 8″x8″ […]


Not Quite A Vegetarian…

I am not a vegetarian. All three of my sisters haven’t eaten meat in years, and if they can’t convince me to totally give up animal protein no one will. However, I have made a unique choice that works for me when it comes to eating meat: I don’t eat any mammal. I am often […]


Homemade Granola

One of my favorite snacks is granola. However, I was never a big fan of it until I started making my own about seven years ago. It is incrediably easy, and the taste of homemade doesn’t even compare to what can be bought at the grocery store. Much like the granola bars I like to […]


Ready for St. Patty’s

Chicago celebrated St. Patrick’s Day this weekend. It tends to be a very big deal in this city – the Chicago River turns green, parades lace through the city, pubs fill with partyers at 8 am. Although we weren’t able to celebrate with the usual debauchery and the weather was typically “Irish” (cloudy, foggy and […]


Peanut Butter Cookies – Easy as 1,2,3,4!

I never buy packaged cookies, crackers, or snacks from the store. Processed foods that contain too many hard-to-pronounce ingredients, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup offer minimal nutrition and empty calories. If I’m craving a sweet treat, I’ll take the time to make something from scratch. If I don’t have the energy or time for […]


Thoughts Inspired by Vintage Cookbooks…

I recently found http://www.vintagerecipes.net, a website devoted to vintage cookbooks, recipes, and cooking techniques. Some of the cookbooks posted here date to the 16oo’s, and as I read through the recipes I feel like I’m taking a step back in time. These books are a really cool glimpse into what life was like for homemade […]


Greenwashing

I recently saw a commercial for Sun Chips’ new “earth friendly” packaging. Yes, I applaud Sun Chips decision to use 100% compostable materials in their packaging, but to advertise this as “good for the environment” drives me crazy. The bag must be placed in a hot, active compost bin in order to break down in […]


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