Recipes

Oven S’mores

Ugh. Winter. We are now halfway through February and officially OVER the cold and ice and dreary skies. Dainty snowflakes fluttering from the sky are no longer charming, even fo seasoned Chicagoans like us. With all of us stuck in the house, I desperately (frantically?) look for any opportunity to make a memory, pass the […]


Imperfect Vegetable Soup

We recently took delivery of our first box of imperfect organic produce from a company appropriately called…Imperfect Produce. This new delivery service brings fruits and vegetables not “pretty” enough for grocery store shelves into the homes of eco- and open-minded families like mine. We don’t care if the apples have a spot or the carrots […]


Iwona’s Banana Bread

I’ve shared many banana bread recipes on this site, including Coconut Banana Bread, Zucchini Banana Bread, and Banana Bread French Toast. When I was growing up my mom often welcomed my siblings and I home from school with a warm loaf, so my affection for this most basic of quick breads must come from her. This […]


Avocado Matcha Smoothie

We go through a lot of avocados in our house. Like, three a day. It is one of the few veggies the twins will eat (they hate all fruit!), and Evie, Vivian and I could happily have avocado toast for breakfast every day. I love that something so creamy and fatty and delicious also happens […]


Thank You for Helping Me

Perhaps one of the greatest misconceptions of our time is that women can now, after thousands of years of toil and turmoil, “have it all.” For all the youngin’s out there, I have some breaking news: You cannot have it all. No one gets to have an amazingly fulfilling career while raising a family while […]


Summer Herb Dip

Even though we live in the middle of a big city, I still like to daydream about gardening. I grew up on a small farm in the country (complete with horses, sheep, geese, dogs and too many cats), and I fondly remember my dad’s large vegetable garden. I learned as a young girl that vegetables […]


Thai Green Bean & Herb Salad

So, I’ve been MIA lately. Losers hacked my little blog and its been a slow recovery. I still have a lot of work to do to clean it up, but at least I’m able to post again! I’ve missed this hobby blog. Not only is it an easy way for me to document the comings & […]


Little Strawberry Pies with My Big Boy

My Ben. He just turned 4 and has officially declared himself to be a Big Boy. I have to remind myself that he is right – 4 means he’s left the toddler years behind and he is ready for more. He had his 4-year check up with the pediatrician this morning, and even though he […]


Irish Beef and Guinness Stew

Holidays like St. Patrick’s Day are so great because they are low low low stress. No gifts to shop for or extravagant meals to cook. Just a nice excuse to have a little fun! In the spirit of the season, we invited my grandparents over for dinner last weekend. I cooked a simple Irish meal of […]


An Old Cuban for Christmas

It is Christmas! The house is a mess, the kids are happy and Chris and I are enjoying a day spent in pajamas. We had a big breakfast of homemade waffles, eggs, sausage, toast, hot chocolate and Irish tea. No lunch for us as we cruise towards our dinner of prime rib, twice baked potatoes, […]


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