Dinner

Grateful For This Day

My big girls are off school all week for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the boys had to go Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. While it might seem annoying to have kids on two different school calendars, it actually works really well for our large family as I’m always grateful for time with a smaller crew every […]


Heirloom Tomatoes with Bacon, Blue Cheese and Basil

After we dropped Evie and Mack at their sleepaway camp in Wisconsin, of course we had to stop at a little farm stand. As a city girl, it would be nearly impossible for me to not stock up on farm fresh produce while in Farmland, USA! As I perused the farm stand’s offerings, I was […]


Asian Ground Beef Over Rice

For Vivian’s birthday earlier this month I made her favorite dinner: Asian Beef. We have this super easy meal at least once a month as it is one of the few dinners all the kids seem to enjoy. In that sense, it is a unicorn/winning lottery ticket/pot of gold. So many times I’ve thought to […]


Imperfect Vegetable Soup

We recently took delivery of our first box of imperfect organic produce from a company appropriately called…Imperfect Produce. This new delivery service brings fruits and vegetables not “pretty” enough for grocery store shelves into the homes of eco- and open-minded families like mine. We don’t care if the apples have a spot or the carrots […]


Thai Green Bean & Herb Salad

So, I’ve been MIA lately. Losers hacked my little blog and its been a slow recovery. I still have a lot of work to do to clean it up, but at least I’m able to post again! I’ve missed this hobby blog. Not only is it an easy way for me to document the¬†comings & […]


Irish Beef and Guinness Stew

Holidays like St. Patrick’s Day are so great because they are low low low stress. No gifts to shop for or¬†extravagant meals to cook. Just a nice excuse to have a little fun! In the spirit of the season, we invited my grandparents over for dinner last weekend. I cooked a simple Irish meal of […]


Sunday Slow Cooker Meatballs

Chris and I have been re-framing Sundays lately. Fed up with the constant go go go, we really need a true day of rest. Our ancestors somehow figured out how to do properly take a break every Sunday, so there’s no reason we can’t do the same. The other Sunday the sun was shining so […]


Indian Vegetables with Rice and Zucchini-Lime Raita

Long ago, before kids and grown up life (and iPhone cameras), I traveled a bit for work. The absolute best trips were to India. It is, by far, one of my most favorite places in the whole world. Yes, the poverty is heartbreaking and the pollution is incredibly sad, but the magic of the country […]


Ladies Who Lunch: Black Beans and Quinoa with Lime-Cumin Sour Cream

I had a new friend over for lunch the other day. She offered to come over to just hold one of the twins, and that was an offer I could not refuse! One of the hardest parts of being a twin parent is not being able to hold and cuddle each baby as much as […]


Homemade Minestrone Soup

Nothing lasts forever. I think we finally bid adieu to mild, almost summer-like weather. Last week Chicago saw temps in the 70s(!!), but this past weekend the cold settled in. We had a wee dusting of snow that didn’t stick, and we can see our breath while chatting outdoors. Brrrrrr… In recognition of the winter […]


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