Recipes

Homemade Nutella Swirl Scones

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I found this recipe on today.com several weeks ago, and ever since I’ve waited for the perfect morning to bake it. Today I woke up extra early to an especially dark and quiet house – just the peace I needed! I got about 10% of the way through the recipe before Ben toddled town the [...]


Homemade Irish Flapjacks for St. Brigid’s Day

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February is now upon us, but based on today’s fine weather it’s easy to think it is April. When my Grandma told me that February 1 is St Brigid’s Day, the Celtic┬ácelebration of the arrival of warmer days and the early signs of spring, I felt my spirits rise. Winter will end soon enough, and [...]


Homemade Banana Carrot Mini Muffins with Chocolate Chips

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Ugh. For the past month we’ve all taken turns with the same nasty virus. It started right before Christmas with Vivian, moved through Ben around New Years, hit Evie when school re-started, and last week it settled on Chris and me. Mack is the only one who hasn’t been slammed with it (yet?). The pediatrician [...]


Thanksgiving: Mashed Rutabega

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We are in Connecticut for the Thanksgiving holiday visiting Chris’s family. The kids love hiking in the country and seeing their cousins. Tonight we roasted marshmallows over a roaring bonfire. The GIANT full moon was a total bonus we’ll never forget. We’re celebrating Thanksgiving at Chris’s brother’s house, so tonight I prepared a couple dishes [...]


Mr. Muscles Making Mussels

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When people ask me how Chris and I met, I say we met 14 years ago before the start of our senior year at Notre Dame. When I first saw him in the parking lot of a bank I thought he was the HOTTEST GUY I’D EVER SEEN. Perfect tan, sparkling eyes, handsome face, strong [...]


The Kids’ Table (+ Cinnamon Apple Cake)

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I was recently asked by a local kids cooking school what my definition of “The Kids Table” is. It took me just a few moments of reflection to come up with my answer: time together. Kids should feel welcome in the kitchen at any time. It is the heart of every home, the place where [...]


Fall Harvest Salad

FALL HARVEST SALAD

We are still enjoying excellent October weather. We’ve had some stressful weeks as a family, so the warm temperatures and sunny skies are a wonderful distraction. The impact Mother Nature has on our well being – emotional and physical – should not be ignored. I believe she gifted us this fine fall so we could [...]


Nourishing Homemade Vegetable Curry

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Oh. This has been a long two weeks. Perhaps the longest and most challenging I’ve had in my 7+ years of parenting. Chris and I were faced with some big, potentially life-altering decisions, and I think it is fair to say that I freaked out. For 14 days straight. Now that we are starting to [...]


Pleasant Pumpkin Bread

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Everyone loves to complain about Chicago weather, but that’s only because everyone hasn’t experienced a Chicago fall. We have gorgeous days well into October – the bees are still busy, green leaves still rustle in their trees, mornings are crisp and clear. This September has been nothing but mild temperatures and sunny skies. As sad [...]


NINE

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Chris and celebrated our nine year anniversary this week. It doesn’t seem possible that we are fast approaching a decade of married life, but when I reflect on all that has happened in the past nine years I feel proud. Four kids, four moves, new jobs and business endeavors, travel. We’ve done a lot with [...]


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