Drinks

Kerrygold Irish Cream Shake

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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 [...]


The Maureen Special

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So much of what I write about revolves around my kids and what we do to keep them happy, busy and healthy.  I take the business of raising my kids quite seriously, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to get out and have a good time without the little rugrats every now and [...]


Spinach-Mango Smoothie

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Little Vivian is a conundrum.  Unlike most kids, she won’t eat any fruit except apples.  However, she loved salad, broccoli, carrots… Her favorite source of healthy nutrition comes from a green drink I make just about every morning. Loaded with spinach and sweetened with mango and orange, it is a fresh and invigorating way to [...]


Wexi’s Spiked Southern Sweet Tea

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Last weekend I hosted a little Sunday supper at our house.  My brother Wes and his fiance Lexi came along with my sister Colleen and her husband and son.  We all live within a mile of each other, and whenever we get together we always say we should do it more often. Lexi put it [...]


Scrabble on a Dark & Stormy Kind of Night

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Since Ben arrived back in March, life has pretty much been a blur.  For me, it is all about getting through the day keeping everyone mostly happy and well fed, while keeping myself mostly awake as I eat leftovers off the kids’ tiny plates.  Chris is working like crazy, and by the time he gets [...]


Spinach and Citrus Green Drink

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Ever since Chris gifted me with a fancy blender for my birthday earlier this year, I have been having lots of fun trying out new recipes.  I use the countertop machine almost every day, making quick sorbets, pureeing soups and whirling up smoothies.  A couple months ago I posted a recipe for Maureen’s Green Drink, [...]


Maureen’s Green Drink

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For my birthday this year, Chris t o t a l l y splurged and bought me the high-end Vita-Mix blender I have dreamed about for years.  I was shocked – shocked, I tell you! – when I opened the box.  Never in a million years did I think we would actually get one.  It [...]


Kentucky Hot Chocolate with our Kentucky Friends

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One of my favorite afternoons during the crazy holiday season came a few days before Christmas when our absolute best friends stopped by for a visit.  They moved to Kentucky 2 1/2 years ago, and despite the distance we’ve managed to stay close.  Laura and I talk on the phone at least once a week, [...]


Time for a Drink?

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Hard to believe Thanksgiving weekend is wrapping up. It has been a long and busy few days, that’s for sure! Thanksgiving on Thursday: A trip with Evie to the American Girl doll store on bustling Michigan Avenue on Friday: A cookie party at my Aunt Sheila’s house on Saturday: Christmas brunch with Santa and gingerbread [...]


Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Cookies

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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 [...]


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