Drinks

Happy Hour

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This rain! I know several parts of the country are enduring droughts and water shortages, but here in Chicago we’ve had rain, rain and more rain. We are all waiting not-so-patiently for summer’s arrival. Even with the clouds, there is always a bright side. Last night we turned an otherwise dreary and rainy evening into [...]


Mint Matcha Smoothie

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My not-so-little brother just got married! He and his wife chose Charleston as the destination for their destination wedding, and we all traveled south excited for a little vacation in May. The wedding was literally picture perfect in so many ways. Perfect weather. Perfect setting. Perfect details. Perfect couple. Just…perfect. The wedding kept us busy [...]


Juice Box Hack

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While we were in Florida for our spring break trip, I treated the kids to juice boxes. We don’t normally have them on hand for many reasons: 1) they are expensive 2) they create a lot of waste 3) I’d rather just give my kids real fruit and 4) I think water is the best [...]


Homemade Almond Milk

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Because we really don’t drink much cow milk, we tend to go through a good bit of almond milk every week. I use it every day in my homemade matcha latte, and the kids love peanut butter and banana shakes made with almond milk as the base. I always buy unsweetened, but the extra ingredients [...]


Homemade Matcha Latte

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For the past few weeks I’ve developed a new morning ritual: a matcha latte. I’m not usually a fan of hot drinks – and I hate coffee – so the introduction of a warm cup of tea is new to me. I discovered this drink at the Whole Foods coffee bar, but at $5 a [...]


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 [...]


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