Recipes

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 celebration 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 [...]


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