Recipes

Meez Meals – Day 3 – Roasted Artichoke and Cherry Tomato Paella

I’m well into my first week trying out Meez Meals, a wonderful semi-homemade meal service based here in Chicago. Since having Vivian four weeks ago, its been hard for me to prepare interesting homemade meals while keeping three kids content. This service delivers all the prepared ingredients and instructions for me to whip up restaurant-quality […]


Meez Meals – Night 2 – Spring Panzanella with Asparagus and White Beans

As I wrote about last night, I’m trying out a new semi-homemade meal service this week called Meez Meals. Last night’s dinner Brussels Sprouts and Pan Fried Tofu in a Sweet Chili Sauce took just 15 minutes of my time, but tasted like I had spent several hours prepping and cooking.  Tonight’s menu of Spring […]


Meez Meals – Night 1 – Brussels Sprouts and Tofu in a Sweet Chili Sauce

Ever since Vivian was born three weeks ago I’ve struggled to balance my time and energy.  I still value the homemade lifestyle, but with time a luxury I’m ashamed to admit that Evie and Mack have had PBJ’s for dinner a few too many times lately (granted, the peanut butter and the jelly are homemade!).  […]


Lentils with Spinach and Goat Cheese

With three kids, life in general is stressful.  While I try to be a pretty laid-back person and parent, ever since Evie’s arrival nearly four years ago I’ve noticed the constant yet quiet hum of stress in the back of my mind.  I can never fully relax: the “to-do” list is never-ending, small worries about […]


Easy Mexican Salad + Homemade Taco Seasoning

I don’t get crazy cravings during pregnancy.  If anything, I find that I crave lots of fresh food like fruit or salads.  After pregnancy, I do crave bread more than often than usual – lately I find myself reaching for a bagel for breakfast instead of my usual blueberry-spinach smoothie. Maybe its my body’s way […]


Colleen’s Lasagna

Returning from the hospital with a new baby can be overwhelming, especially with older kids at home. Evie and Mack have been very good with little Vivian, but its still my job to meet their needs and take good care of them even though some moments I just want to lay in bed and take […]


“Winter” in Chicago

Today was another beautiful summer-like day in Chicago.  With temperatures in the 80’s (!!) and no clouds in the sky, it was hard to believe that the official season is still winter.  Like most Chicagoans, we took full advantage of the perfect weather and spent a good part of the day outdoors.  I packed a […]


Ladies Who Brunch

Some of the ladies in my family gathered this morning for an informal brunch at my Aunt Margie’s house.  It was a celebration for many reasons: the end of winter, St. Patrick’s Day, the return of my mom and grandma who had been out of town for a few months, the two new babies my […]


Chocolate-Banana-Spinach Smoothie

Most mornings the kids and I start the day with a blueberry-spinach smoothie.  We all love it and it is super healthy, but sometimes I feel like changing the routine a bit.  When we’re not in the mood for homemade pancakes or steel cut oatmeal, I will try a new smoothie recipe.  Yesterday I decided […]


Homemade Cherry Muffins

Yesterday while Mack napped and Chris worked on his computer, Evie and I ran some errands around our neighborhood.  One of the best things about living in the middle of a big city is that everything we could possibly need is within a 10 minute walk of our home.  Evie and I picked up some […]


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