Winning Rice Krispy Cookies

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When I was growing up my mom did a fabulous job making Christmas a special time for her five children. Now that I have six of my own, I appreciate the time and effort it took for her to give us such warm and comforting memories. Her example is what motivates me to keep on [...]

Homemade Zucchini Bread – or Cake?

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Last week I questioned the Homemade Mothering Facebook community on a supremely first world problem: Need some people with minimalistic sensibilities to weigh in: should I keep this? I never use it, but I love the *idea* of using it. Homemade cookies, cake and pie (which I *love* to make!) would look so cute in [...]

Happy Birthday, Mack + Banana Cream Pie Recipe


March is a busy time for our family. Three of the six kids celebrate their birthday this month, which means lots of baking. In truth, all the festivities can be a bit stressful for me. I want so badly to make every kid feel special on his or her special day, but the reality is [...]

Great Great Grandma Betty’s Kolachky Recipe

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And, just like that, Christmas is over. It seems like the season was especially short this year (probably because Mack’s winter break didn’t start until December 23rd!), but I’m not feeling the typical post-holiday blues (probably because we really did have a nice season of peace and love and toys). When I was growing up, [...]

Homemade Irish Flapjacks for St. Brigid’s Day


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┬ácelebration of the arrival of warmer days and the early signs of spring, I felt my spirits rise. Winter will end soon enough, and [...]

The Kids’ Table (+ Cinnamon Apple Cake)


I was recently asked by a local kids cooking school what my definition of “The Kids Table” is. It took me just a few moments of reflection to come up with my answer: time together. Kids should feel welcome in the kitchen at any time. It is the heart of every home, the place where [...]

Pleasant Pumpkin Bread


Everyone loves to complain about Chicago weather, but that’s only because everyone hasn’t experienced a Chicago fall. We have gorgeous days well into October – the bees are still busy, green leaves still rustle in their trees, mornings are crisp and clear. This September has been nothing but mild temperatures and sunny skies. As sad [...]


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Chris and celebrated our nine year anniversary this week. It doesn’t seem possible that we are fast approaching a decade of married life, but when I reflect on all that has happened in the past nine years I feel proud. Four kids, four moves, new jobs and business endeavors, travel. We’ve done a lot with [...]

Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding (with Bourbon Butter Sauce)

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Ugh. This weekend. After DAYS of sunshine and 70s, we woke up Saturday morning to drizzly rain and plummeting temperatures that landed in the 40s today. Most of our weekend plans dried up once the rain and wind picked up, so we spent the past two days kinda stuck at home. Ugh. By the time [...]

Almond-Oat Lace Cookies


Oy. This bitter cold is driving me batty. I always feel like a day spent entirely indoors is not a day well spent, but with little kids and temperatures below zero, trudging outside is just no fun for anyone. So, we are keeping busy indoors as best as we can, which is another way of [...]

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