Breakfast

Chris’ Lemon Pancake Breakfast

Chris doesn’t cook a lot, but breakfast is a specialty of his.  Lately, he has been fine tuning a recipe for lemon pancakes, and it is quickly becoming a treasured weekend ritual in our home.  His lemon pancakes are fluffy on the inside and delightfully crispy on the outside. Such a treat! We enjoyed a […]


A Happy Breakfast

Thanks to the time change last weekend, the kids have been waking up a bit earlier than usual.  Their normal wake-up time is 7:00, and this past week they’ve been waking up around 6:30.  But, I know I shouldn’t complain: plenty of my friends have kids who wake up waaaaay earlier even without the time […]


Healthy Homemade Muffins

It has been a quiet little family day for us.  We took this kids to Boo in the Zoo at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and despite the suddenly chilly temperatures we managed to have a nice morning in the fresh air. Of course they ran right to the vintage carousel and begged for a spin.  […]


Banana-Avocado-Orange Smoothie

Poor little Vivian. She’s got two sharp and nasty teeth pushing through her top gum, and for the past week she just hasn’t been her normal cheerful self.  She’s been grumpy and inconsolable at times, a far departure from the cheerful disposition we’re all used to.  She wants to wear snuggly pajamas all day, and […]


Homemade Doughnuts/Fritters/Beignets

Yesterday morning was a quintessential Saturday in our house.  I went to the gym, came home to find Chris and Mack playing an iPad game together while Evie and Vivian kept each other busy.  With everyone calm and occupied, I knew I had a few minutes to fix a nice breakfast. This recipe happened by […]


Minted Strawberries for a Birthday Brunch

  Sweet little Evie celebrated her birthday a couple weeks ago. Summer birthdays are the best – warm sunshine, windows open, cute little dresses.  I was born in January…in Chicago…and 30+ years later I still hate the winter! So, I love celebrating Evie’s special day during the warmer season. My parents came over for a […]


Strawberry Lassi

Lately we’ve been enjoying bacon and eggs for breakfast.  It is such a hearty way to start the day, and the eggs from our co-op are delicious in an addicting sort of way.  But, with summer here I am now in the mood for a lighter start to the day, so I’ve brought back our […]


Thank You, Firefighters!!

The news out of Arizona this week is so sad.  So, so sad.  Nineteen firefighters tragically died when a wildfire they were battling grew out of control.  They leave behind wives and children and parents and siblings. Some left behind pregnant wives. I am haunted by these deaths.  These firefighters (all firefighters, really) were some […]


Baked French Toast with Banana

We returned yesterday from a wonderful weekend trip up to Wisconsin.  My great aunt and uncle let us use their beautiful country house, so we felt like we really got away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  The kids played in the sprinkler, we went for a hike, we made s’mores.  The trip […]


Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

As I’ve written about before, if Mack isn’t busy Mack is causing trouble.  In the afternoons while Evie is at school and Vivian naps, he and I are buddies. We have lunch together, clean up the house, play outside, read books and watch a cartoon or two.  And, we almost always do some sort of […]


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