Breakfast

Homemade Rhubarb Jam

I’m so happy! The farmers markets are back in Chicago! This weekend, Chris took Vivian and Mack while I enjoyed some much needed quiet time at home with Evie.  The three of them brought home a bounty of fresh romaine lettuce, asparagus and a good bundle of rhubarb.  I used three rhubarb stalks to bake […]


Mañana Banana Granola Smoothie

During our recent trip to Mexico, I pretty much ate my way around the little island we called home for 8 days.  Sweet Mexican grandmothers prepared tortas and sopes for breakfast at the local mercado. Homemade coconut paletas (popsicles) were our favorite afternoon treat on the beach. Fresh fish for lunch and dinner (with generous […]


Banana-Spinach-Almond Smoothie

A few months ago I mentioned in a post that our blender had broken.  A friend of a friend read it and sent me a message: she no longer needed her blender – would I like it?  I was so delighted with her offer.  Not only would her kind generosity save me a few bucks, […]


Sorta Homemade Doughnuts

Shortly before Christmas I saw a fun idea for easy homemade doughnuts floating around Pinterest.  It involved nothing more than a can of pre-made biscuits and some oil.  At the time, I pretty much ignored the pin because canned biscuits just don’t work for me.  They contain 4 grams of heart-stopping trans fats – ewwww. […]


Cocoa Berry Smoothie

Thanksgiving is here, and we’re all so excited!  Evie has been learning about the holiday in school, and everyday I try to encourage gratitude in their little hearts.  Its nice to have a day just about being thankful. To counteract the delightful calorie overload headed our way this evening, I mixed up a healthy breakfast […]


Saturday Fun and Chris’ Scrambled Eggs

Until very recently, I dreaded the weekends.  For two years, Chris had to work full days every Saturday after long five-day work weeks.  That meant we had one day together as a family, and it was so rushed and jam-packed that we had no real opportunity to enjoy it.  The weekends were more work than […]


Nutella & Strawberry French Toast Sandwiches

As I’ve written about before, our favorite breakfast seems to be some sort of smoothie.  I can load the blender up with a creative array of fruits and vegetables, and we all very happily enjoy a very healthy start to our day.  Unfortunately, the glass jar to our blender broke, and while I try to […]


Special Time With My Special Little Man + Zucchini-Banana Bread

This morning Mack was the first person in our house to wake up. At 6:09 am. Sigh. However, I quickly realized that I should seize his early rise as an opportunity to spend some special time with him.  The other night Evie stayed up late and I really treasured that time with her; Mack getting […]


Breakfast for a Homemade Father

There are so many reasons why I love my husband.  Like all good men, he is a hard worker and a devoted family man.  I also love him for more trivial reasons: he is really tall, he mixes excellent cocktails, he is devastatingly handsome, he lets me watch Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of …” with […]


Sunday Morning

I really treasure Sundays.  My husband has to work on Saturdays, so Sunday is our only day together as a family.  I usually get up early with the kids while Chris snoozes in.  We play toys, read a few books and prepare breakfast.  Its a nice way to start what is always a nice day. […]


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