Desserts

No Bake Lactation Cookies

When I received the shipment of the Kangaroo Tube Top from MilkandBaby.com, a recipe for lactation cookies was very smartly tucked inside. What a clever idea! As a new mom purchasing nursing wear, I was very happy to find this little surprise! While my milk supply is well-established with no sign of diminishing, I like […]


Clementine Olive Oil Cake

Lately, 3 year old Mack says he wants to be a chef when he grows up.  I can’t say I’m surprised.  He really does enjoy helping out in the kitchen, especially in the afternoons when Vivian naps and Evie is at school. He and I will do most (if not all!) of the prep work […]


The Best Souveniers

We recently returned from a week-long trip to Jamaica.  While it was hard to pull the kids out of school for a few days, Chicago’s bitter cold has been painfully brutal this winter.  And, with little #4 due just a couple weeks before Spring Break, we knew that January was the best time for us […]


The Perfect Temperature for (Paleo) Brownies

Like most of the country, Chicago is shivering through bitter, bitter cold. Today we set a record for this date when we passed -15 degrees. Yikes! School was cancelled today, so the kids and I enjoyed an extension to the two week Christmas break that started back in December.  Evie invited a friend over, and […]


Lemon Pound Cake

We’re halfway through winter break, so the kids and I are trying to keep busy (and warm!).  The first week of break absolutely flew, with Christmas right in the middle, and I have a feeling this week will go by too fast, too.  It has been nice to shake ourselves of the usual routine in […]


Bourbon-Sea Salt Caramels

A few weeks ago, while watching the excellent PBS program “Mind of a Chef,” I learned about a really cool artisan salt maker called Jacobsen Salt Co.  They harvest pure salt crystals straight from Oregon’s cold waters using traditional methods, and the chefs on the show were more than enamored with the product.  I couldn’t […]


Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Cookies

I’ll never forget my first experience with Maker’s Mark Bourbon. My college roommate Laura returned from summer break with a bottle she had hand-dipped herself at the Maker’s Mark distillery in her native Kentucky.  We drank it straight.  Luke warm. In martini glasses.  We still laugh about it to this day! So, when the folks […]


Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Chicago has enjoyed a spectacular September.  Refreshingly cool mornings, sunny afternoons and sneaky 80 degree days scattered throughout.  As someone who laments the end of summer, this slow entry into autumn makes me very happy. Last weekend we decided to take full advantage of the delightful fall weather and spend a morning at the idyllic […]


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 […]


Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes

Last weekend my little girl turned 5. FIVE. She has grown into such a thoughtful and sensitive and smart young lady, and I could not possibly be more proud. Chris and I took her out to a special lunch at Birchwood Kitchen, where she felt like a grown up as she sipped fresh lemonade and […]


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