Posts by Maureen

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12 Reasons to Stop Drinking Bottled Water

Found this great list at www.thegoodhuman.com. I think Americans are so weird sometimes. We’ll complain for days about $3.00 gas, but spending just as much for a bottle of water shipped in from Fiji makes sense?! Every year we throw away 38 billion water bottles — in excess of $1 billion worth of plastic. Seriously, […]


Another Hidden Threat in Plastics

Anyone reading this blog knows that I am very anti-plastic. I am constantly looking for ways to cut our reliance and usage on this modern convenience. It seems like everyday I stumble across some new bit of information confirming my suspicions. In a column in July 15’s New York Times, author Nicholas Kristof took on […]


REAL Frozen Yogurt!

I am a big fan of the new wave of frozen yogurts. Pinkberry, Red Mango and BerryChill are just a few of the brand names associated with real frozen yogurt. The tart and tangy flavor isn’t overly sweet or saccharine. It tastes like real yogurt…just frozen! The part I don’t like about the yogurt at […]


Helado con Fresas

One of my husband’s favorite treats is ice cream. While I could take it or leave it, he really seems to enjoy it. So, I decided it was time to start making it at home. Ice cream from the grocery store has two problems: 1) its kinda pricey and 2) it is loaded with garbage. […]


Picnic for a Concert

We took Evelyn to her first concert the other night! The show was at an outdoor venue that encourages concertgoers to bring along picnics. I asked my mom and sisters for some picnic menu ideas, and my mom’s suggestion was the winner. It all came together and we had a great time! Fried Chicken I […]


Famer’s Market Dinner!

Evelyn and I ran to a nearby farmers market yesterday. During the summer months, Chicago has farmers markets everyday of the week, so there’s never a shortage of tasty produce. The colorful displays of fresh vegetables inspired last night’s meal. This recipe started with something I saw in this month’s issue of Martha Stewart Living […]


IT HAS TO STOP.

I need to vent… Whenever I see someone walking down the street with a plastic drink bottle in their hands I want to ask: “Why does the earth have to deal with your waste for the next 10,000 years just because you were kinda thirsty?!” Why do we think we are entitled to use all […]


A Tasty Salad for Supper

We spent the weekend in Washington DC for a friend’s wedding, and by the time we made it back to Chicago we were exhausted. Late nights with friends and eating out at restaurants for every meal since Friday morning left us feeling lethargic and icky. The perfect solution? A BIG salad for dinner. As I’ve […]


Brown-Eyed Susan Flower

Just put together this lovely little dessert for tonight using leftover cookie dough and whipped topping from the treat I made for the 4th of July. Such a versatile recipe – it can easily go from a casual BBQ to a quiet evening at home. Today’s version is baked in a 6″ cake pan and […]


Some Thoughts on Frugal Living…

My dear friend Kevin recently forwarded a quote on frugality that has really stuck with me: “Common strategies of frugality include the reduction of waste, curbing costly habits, suppressing instant gratification by means of fiscal self-restraint, seeking efficiency, avoiding traps, defying expensive social norms, embracing cost-free options, using barter, and staying well-informed about local circumstances […]


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