Recipes

Quarantine Bread

Like many people around the world, I’ve been baking homemade bread during quarantine. Why is this such a “thing” these days? I think there is something calming about baking in the kitchen: the oven is warm, the smells are divine, time is slowed. Baking bread connects us to our ancestors and awakens our lost memories […]


Quarantine Cocktail

It seems like there are memes galore about parents needing a drink during this shelter-at-home time of life. While I certainly don’t judge a parent needing a break at the end of (yet another) long day, alcohol just isn’t really that important to me. Honestly, the best way for me to unwind is like 45 […]


Quarantine Dinner: Butternut Squash Soup

Today was THE day. Blue skies! Sun! Temperature comfortably in the 70s! Chirping birds and happy dogs and sprouting flowers. And…no people in sight. If the city wasn’t under lock down, the lake front would have been jammed with happy Chicagoans high-fiving all of humanity. If it was a normal day, I would have easily […]


Snack Solution

During this whole shelter-at-home thing, I am really working hard to keep things in perspective. Yes, I am incredibly sad for so many reasons (kids missing school, social events cancelled, working from home challenges), but I am also well aware that things could be much, much worse. My husband and I have the privilege of […]


Quarantine Dinner: Asian Pork Chops with Rice and Vegetables

So, it has been months since I’ve posted here. Life has just been busy: we sold our house. We moved into a temporary rental while our new house readies herself for us. Holidays. Birthdays. School. Work. All the familiar comings & goings that make life, life. But, now all that hustling and bustling seems so…distant. […]


Grateful For This Day

My big girls are off school all week for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the boys had to go Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. While it might seem annoying to have kids on two different school calendars, it actually works really well for our large family as I’m always grateful for time with a smaller crew every […]


Heirloom Tomatoes with Bacon, Blue Cheese and Basil

After we dropped Evie and Mack at their sleepaway camp in Wisconsin, of course we had to stop at a little farm stand. As a city girl, it would be nearly impossible for me to not stock up on farm fresh produce while in Farmland, USA! As I perused the farm stand’s offerings, I was […]


Grandma Gloria’s Italian Cream Recipe

My Mack is STILL in school. Chicago Public Schools might just be the last school in the entire country to let out for the summer. I actually don’t mind: we’ve had a crappy start to the summer as far as the weather goes, so he might as well enjoy the heat of August and early […]


Asian Ground Beef Over Rice

For Vivian’s birthday earlier this month I made her favorite dinner: Asian Beef. We have this super easy meal at least once a month as it is one of the few dinners all the kids seem to enjoy. In that sense, it is a unicorn/winning lottery ticket/pot of gold. So many times I’ve thought to […]


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 to 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 […]


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