Recipes

Homemade Oreo Cookies

One of Mack’s all-time favorite treats does not come from my kitchen.  Whenever we take a road trip or flight, the kids get to pick out special treats, and Mack always chooses Oreos.  Can’t say I’m surprised: Oreo cookies are delicious.  And, a recent study compared the overall addictiveness of Oreo cookies to cocaine. But, […]


Meghan’s Cranberry Chicken

Ever since we brought Baby Ben home from the hospital two weeks ago, we have been blessed with some of the best dinners.  Friends and family have brought over a meal nearly every night, relieving me of the stress of meal preparation (and clean-up!).  I don’t think a simple thank-you card can possibly express my […]


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 […]


Bacony Butternut Squash Soup

Winter. Ugh. By mid February I am so over the cold and slushy snow and cloudy skies. Today’s projected high of 51 might sound encouraging, but one look at the forecast for next week (um, 15 degrees on Tuesday?!) and I’m quickly dragged back to reality. But perhaps the worst part about winter in the […]


Homemade Blackberry Jam

The local produce market I shop at every week always has some amazing deals.  A few weeks ago HUGE boxes of Florida oranges were only $2.98, and as I wrote about before I once scored 11 pounds of orange peppers for just $1.00.  This week’s super deal was 6 oz containers of organic blackberries for […]


Maureen’s Green Drink

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 […]


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 […]


Easy Caesar Dressing

I made a quick butternut squash soup for dinner tonight.  Served along with a loaf of homemade bread and a big salad, it was a delightful little supper. I’ve been craving Caesar salad lately, so I whipped up a simple Caesar dressing tonight. My recipe doesn’t call for raw egg (can’t eat it because I’m […]


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 […]


Bacony Spinach Salad with Dijon-Balsamic Vinaigrette

I happen to think that one of the great, simple joys in life is a hot homemade lunch. There is something so calming about taking a few extra minutes to prepare a special midday meal.  When food is enjoyed properly – at a table, in real dishes rather than in front of a laptop or […]


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