Posts by Maureen

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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 […]


My Good Greetings

I love the Christmas season. One of my favorite things about this time of the year are holiday cards. I love opening the mailbox and finding thoughtful notes and pretty photos from friends and family. It is such a fun way to keep in touch with the people I am so blessed to know, especially […]


Thanksgiving Eve Dessert

My uncles had the whole extended family over to their place tonight for a pre-Thanksgiving party. I come from a very large family, so big gatherings are always a lot of fun. Evie and my 5 year old cousin India were best buddies all night – Evie really thought she was a “big girl” for […]


Happy Chickens!

A few weeks ago Chris and I watched the documentary “Food, Inc.” While it reaffirmed many beliefs I have held about American food processing for years, it also brought up several new insights I hadn’t before considered. It was a very informative yet entertaining film, and I think it should be required viewing for all […]


Maureen’s Green Starter!

Evie has been fighting a cold for about a week now. While I feel lucky because this is only her second cold/sickness in the first 17 months of her life, I also feel so sad for her. She hates having her nose wiped and she has a bit of a cough — no fun for […]


Nana Bread

We eat a ton of bananas in our household. I use one or two every morning in the smoothies I make for Evie and myself, and my husband always grabs one for a snack whenever he leaves the house. So, it isn’t very often that I have overripe bananas that are perfect for homemade banana […]


A Busy Sunday!

Such a busy day! I took care of a week’s worth of grocery shopping and three loads of laundry (including cloth diapers) this morning, and I spent a few peaceful hours this afternoon making yogurt and baking in the kitchen. Stanley’s, my favorite neighborhood produce market, had raspberries on sale for $0.98 a container. While […]


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