Recipes

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 [...]


Apple Cake on a Quiet Day

We’re starting to go a little stir-crazy. Now that its the end of February I am officially, 100%, unequivocally DONE with winter. There is plenty to do in this city to keep Evelyn and me busy most mornings before her afternoon nap, but last week was kinda quiet for us. So, what are two girls [...]


Protein Pancakes

We never have cold cereal for breakfast – the few times I tried feeding it to Evie she looked at me as if she was thinking “Sorry, Mom. This just isn’t going to cut it.” During the week I usually make steel cut oatmeal or a smoothie, but on the weekends I spend some extra [...]


Sunday Breakfast

Inspired by a meal I enjoyed during our recent trip to an eco-retreat in Mexico, today’s breakfast of fruit filled crepes was delicious and healthy. A perfect way to start a busy day! I used the crepe recipe found in The Joy Of Cooking. I was a little intimidated by crepes – they are so [...]


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