Recipes

Perseverance to Preserve!

I recently conquered one of my fears. For years I have been interested in jarring and canning to preserve foods, but the process always intimidated me. All that boiling water…and fears of botulism contamination if the process wasn’t done exactly right…and what a waste of time and money if the jars didn’t seal…I was getting […]


Tea for Two

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit India on a few occasions, and it is one of my absolute favorite places in the world. From the moment I step off the plane all my senses are energized. Bright colors everywhere, smells of spices and exhaust, sounds of people laughing and yelling and begging. It is overload. […]


From Clouds to Sun

Today started out kinda crummy. Evie, Mack and I were supposed to meet my husband in South Bend to cheer on our alma mater Notre Dame, but due to the rain and clouds and chilly temperatures we opted to stay in the city at the last minute. That left me with two energetic little ones […]


Waffles for Breakfast

We started our weekend off right with a fresh batch of homemade waffles this morning. While Chris and Mack were upstairs slowly waking up, Evelyn and I worked on breakfast together. I measured the ingredients and she was in charge of pouring everything into the bowl. While she made a big flour mess as she […]


Cookies for a Little Chocoholic

Little Evelyn is a total chocoholic. Just like her grandma, she needs at least a little bite of it every day in order to maintain sanity. So, when my friend Sarah over at PersonalFaves.com blogged about chocolate cookies she recently baked I knew I had to try out the recipe. Evie refused to nap this […]


Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Today at the farmer’s market Lane’s End Farm was selling baskets of “ugly” organic tomatoes for $1.50 per ound. While most people would look at the misshapen, bumpy, and uneven colored tomatoes with suspicion, I knew I found a little gold mine! My favorite was this two-for-one tomato that looked like a portly and friendly […]


Happy Birthday to My Homemade Father!

My family and I recently gathered to celebrate my dad’s 51st birthday. It was a perfect summer day spent in the sunshine. I only recently realized that a lot of my homemade approach to life comes from the example my dad set while I was growing up. He spent summers tending to a very large […]


Farmer’s Market Pasta

I love summer! After a morning spent at the park, I took Evelyn and Mack to the local farmer’s market. Chicago has a farmer’s market every day from May-October, so I know I can always find fresh produce and meet the people who grow it all. Today’s market was near the Museum of Contemporary Art, […]


"Free" Pizza in a Flash!

As I wrote about last week, we’re on a pretty strict budget. When we go over in one area, we have to take out of another. Usually the first thing I trim is the grocery bill. Last week I managed on just $20, and this week we’re getting by on $70 (this includes breakfasts, lunches […]


Cold Sesame Noodles

Its 3:30 in the afternoon and dinner is already made! With two little ones to care for I’ve been looking for dinner ideas that fit at least two out of the following three conditions: 1. Healthy 2. Easy to prepare and easy to clean up 3. Budget friendly Tonight’s dinner meets all three! My friend […]


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