Recipes

Happy Homemade Mother’s Day!

meghan rolls

As I write this post I am receiving the world’s best Mother’s Day present: my husband is cleaning the bathrooms! I was about to tackle this task, but he offered to give me a break this week. The only problem? He doesn’t know how to clean a bathroom! The solution? My blog post on cleaning [...]


Mexican "Peets-ahh"

mexican pizza

Whenever I ask Evelyn what she’d like to have for dinner the answer is always the same: “Peets-ahh.” Since I can’t serve her pizza every night, but I still like to treat her to a fun meal, I’m forced to think outside the box. I came up with this recipe tonight while she and I [...]


Peanut Sesame Noodles

peanut sesame noodles

My brother Wes came over for dinner last night, and we were talking about good ways to keep on budget and save money. He mentioned that as a single guy its hard to spend time grocery shopping and preparing a homemade dinner even though ordering take-out can be expensive. So, tonight I set out to [...]


Happy Birthday!!

My husband *finally* turned 30 this weekend! I entered this decade four months ago, so he’s been teasing me about being married to “an older woman” ever since. Now we’re finally even! To celebrate his big day, I made a nice dinner for our family. Since I gave birth to our son Mack four weeks [...]


Pantry Cookies

pantry cookies

I had a bit of a sweet tooth last night, but when I opened the pantry I didn’t have enough of any one ingredient to make a single recipe. So, I came up with this cookie recipe using an inventive mix of what was available and it turned out really good!! I baked a few [...]


Homemade Granola

granola

One of my favorite snacks is granola. However, I was never a big fan of it until I started making my own about seven years ago. It is incrediably easy, and the taste of homemade doesn’t even compare to what can be bought at the grocery store. Much like the granola bars I like to [...]


Ready for St. Patty’s

irish soda bread

Chicago celebrated St. Patrick’s Day this weekend. It tends to be a very big deal in this city – the Chicago River turns green, parades lace through the city, pubs fill with partyers at 8 am. Although we weren’t able to celebrate with the usual debauchery and the weather was typically “Irish” (cloudy, foggy and [...]


Peanut Butter Cookies – Easy as 1,2,3,4!

I never buy packaged cookies, crackers, or snacks from the store. Processed foods that contain too many hard-to-pronounce ingredients, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup offer minimal nutrition and empty calories. If I’m craving a sweet treat, I’ll take the time to make something from scratch. If I don’t have the energy or time for [...]


Homemade Peanut Butter

pb

I am on a crusade to continuously reduce the amount of garbage my household creates. While I think we’re doing a very good job – we recycle everything and because we don’t buy much processed foods a lot of what we do throw away comes from food scraps and leftovers – there is always room [...]


Chocolate Tart

chocolate tart

My sister Caitie had us over to her beautiful house for dinner last night, and I offered to make a dessert. For the past couple weeks I’ve been playing around with an idea for a chocolate tart, and I think I may have the recipe figured out. I’ve made this with a mixture of dark/semi-sweet/milk [...]


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