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 [...]


8-26-15 wedding picture

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 [...]

Snow Day Ice Cream


Chicago finally got it’s first significant winter storm. A solid 28 hours of blizzarding dumped nearly two feet of snow, and even though the streets and alleys are a mess I think we’re all not-so-secretly excited about it. Everyone here is joking that the East Coast got five days of news coverage for their storm, [...]

My Favorite Oatmeal Cookie Recipe


The bitter winter months are upon us, and we are surviving and keeping busy as best as we can. I really hate turning to screen time to pass an otherwise boring kind of day, so when I feel the temptation to occupy the kids with TV I usually invite them into the kitchen instead. Saturday [...]

Kerrygold Irish Cream Shake


Oh, what a day. Three sick kids. One kid not cooperating. One baby up at 3:58 am (which means that I was up at 3:58 am). One sick babysitter who we all love and depend upon. A daunting to-do list that never seems to shorten. Worst of all, my grandma is so sick and her [...]

#BoozyBaking: Bourbon Shortbread with Mascarpone and Cherries


I was recently asked by my friends at Maker’s Mark to create a holiday dessert recipe sure to wow a dinner party. After thinking about it for a while, I took inspiration from mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer‘s recipe for an Old Fashioned. She uses REAL maraschino cherries – none of that supermarket junk with corn syrup [...]

Homemade Raspberry Sauce


Oh how I love our neighborhood produce market.  I never know what I’m going to find there, but I go at least once a week to check out the deals and stock up on organic produce for half the price of conventional stuff at the regular grocery store.  Last weekend I found 6 oz packages [...]

Old Fashioned Coconut Cake


My mom recently celebrated her birthday, and because our family is so large (with two more babies on the way!) we all had to find some time to celebrate with her.  She stopped by our place for a quick little afternoon tea party, and the kids could not have been more excited.  I love love [...]

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