Posts by Maureen

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Pasta for the 5th

We went to three parties this weekend — quite a busy schedule for our one year old! But, the best part of summer is hanging out with friends while the weather is nice, so we were happy to let her stay up past her bedtime. She really seemed to enjoy all the festivities and attention. […]


Happy Fourth of July!

Yesterday afternoon I offered to bring a dessert to a picnic. The problem? I offered to make it just two hours before the party started! So, I had to think quick and come up with a special treat that could be prepared in a hurry. I searched through my memories of 4th of Julys from […]


My Baby is One!

Yesterday we celebrated Evelyn’s first birthday. I can’t believe my precious bundle of joy is now a big girl! We started off her special day with chocolate chip pancakes made from scratch. Its a tradition I grew up with, and I plan to continue it as my little family grows. She ate three pancakes (I […]


Homemade Baby Food on a Rainy Day

We live near a great produce market called Stanley’s. I always find a really nice selection of organic produce at conventional produce prices. Organic apples for $1.29/pound, organic strawberries for $0.98/package, organic zucchini for $0.69/pound…it doesn’t get much better than that! With all the reasonably priced organic produce at Stanley’s its easy for me to […]


A Good Read

Even though I live in a big city, I strive to make my life as homemade as possible. I believe that avoiding processed junk (food and household products) is a healthier and happier way to live. Recently I stumbled on a great book that is all about going back to the basics — The Self […]


The Homemade Way to Clean the Loo

For the longest time, cleaning the bathrooms was my least favorite chore. Aside from the obvious gross-ness of the whole task, the process seemed to take forever and as soon as I was done they were dirty again. So, I devised a system to make this daunting duty a little friendlier. Gone are the harsh […]


Mmmm…dinner

Came up with a good dinner recipe tonight. Just like salad, its easy to create new and unique pasta recipes using whatever you have in the pantry and fridge. As long as I have a few key ingredients on hand, I can almost always put something together. Here’s my list of kitchen must-haves: Wedge of […]


One Tasty Lunch!

I’ve come to the realization that salad (much like pasta) is good with just about any ingredients. Empty the fridge into a bowl of lettuce and you’re bound to get a good lunch. Here’s one I came up with yesterday that was down right delish: Two big bowls of romaine lettuce 1/2 avocado Few good […]


A Challenge For You:

A few years ago I quit cold turkey. No, I’m not referring to cigarettes (never had that habit) or drinking (I could never give up a good beer or a cute cocktail). I’m talking about paper towels. Yes, friends, I don’t use paper towels and I don’t miss them even a little bit!! Why did […]


I Feel So Honored…

I have received a blog award! Jennifer Desrochers over at http://mommadanddaboyz.blogspot.com honored me as one of her “favorite new blogs.” Coming from a woman as accomplished and inspiring as Jennifer, this is quite an honor. Thank you, Jennifer!! Jennifer tried out my homemade laundry detergent and she blogged about it: http://mommadanddaboyz.blogspot.com/2009/06/adventures-in-homemade-laundry.html She’s got a great […]


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