Roasted Delicata Squash and Arugula Salad


Stepping outside – with temperatures steadily in the 70s and 80s – it is hard to believe fall is upon us here in Chicago. But, one step in the grocery store and I know it is true. Summer fruits like plums and peaches are no longer available, and the last hanger-oners like strawberries taste dull [...]

My Mom’s Cucumber & Fennel Salad

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I seriously don’t know what I would do without my mom. While I realize that might be a largely universal statement from most women at some point in their lives, I really, really, REALLY mean it. Especially these past few months while this twin pregnancy has completely taken over my body and life. I am [...]

Mocktail on the Balcony

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I am so grateful for Chris. While I’ve been shuffling through this pregnancy, he’s been busy taking care of life around the house. No small task is going undone – broken window blind: replaced, mismatched door handle: replaced, rusty front fence: repainted, broken towel rack: fixed. Much to the kids dismay, he often employs them [...]

Homemade Sun Tea


Summer has officially landed in Chicago. We were deprived of a full summer last year when it took forever for steady 80 degree days to arrive, so it seems like the whole city is celebrating this year’s consistent warm temps and sunny days. We leave the windows open, we’re walking everywhere, and we’ve even managed [...]

Maple Syrup in March

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Today we took a long drive out to the country to learn about how to make maple syrup with my sisters, their kids, and our dad. It was a crisp spring day – cool, but the smell of life floated in the air. The soil is softening and the buds are bursting and the birds [...]

Evie’s Lemon-Lime Pop


Lately the kids are really in to kid-themed cooking shows. I don’t even know the names – Kids Baking Challenge? Chopped Kids? Top Chef Junior? – but it doesn’t matter because I am just so relieved to find a show they are watching that I can actually somewhat enjoy with them. Cartoons and Disney live [...]

Stick of Butter Roast Chicken


At least three times a month I prepare a roast chicken for dinner. I think many people think a big roast chicken is best reserved for a special Sunday supper, but in reality a roast chicken is one the easier dinners to make, even on the weeknights. It can be made a few hours ahead [...]

Ginger and Tumeric Latte with Almond Milk


I hate coffee. I genuinely think the taste is gross, and caffeine leaves me jittery and thirsty. I start most mornings with a giant glass of ice water, but when I want to share in the universal ritual of a warm drink in the wee hours I often make a matcha latte. But, lately I’ve [...]

Pickled Red Onions and Jalapeños

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Winter in Chicago has been fairly mild this year, but I’m still so totally OVER IT. I really hate the cloudy skies. And I really hate how long it takes to get the kids ready to walk out the door. And I really really REALLY hate feeling cold all the time (especially when I step [...]

Homemade Nutella Swirl Scones


I found this recipe on 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 [...]

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