Recipes

A Tasty Salad for Supper

supper salad

We spent the weekend in Washington DC for a friend’s wedding, and by the time we made it back to Chicago we were exhausted. Late nights with friends and eating out at restaurants for every meal since Friday morning left us feeling lethargic and icky. The perfect solution? A BIG salad for dinner. As I’ve [...]


Brown-Eyed Susan Flower

Just put together this lovely little dessert for tonight using leftover cookie dough and whipped topping from the treat I made for the 4th of July. Such a versatile recipe – it can easily go from a casual BBQ to a quiet evening at home. Today’s version is baked in a 6″ cake pan and [...]


Pasta for the 5th

pasta salad

We went to three parties this weekend — quite a busy schedule for our one year old! But, the best part of summer is hanging out with friends while the weather is nice, so we were happy to let her stay up past her bedtime. She really seemed to enjoy all the festivities and attention. [...]


Happy Fourth of July!

Yesterday afternoon I offered to bring a dessert to a picnic. The problem? I offered to make it just two hours before the party started! So, I had to think quick and come up with a special treat that could be prepared in a hurry. I searched through my memories of 4th of Julys from [...]


My Baby is One!

Yesterday we celebrated Evelyn’s first birthday. I can’t believe my precious bundle of joy is now a big girl! We started off her special day with chocolate chip pancakes made from scratch. Its a tradition I grew up with, and I plan to continue it as my little family grows. She ate three pancakes (I [...]


Mmmm…dinner

pasta dinner

Came up with a good dinner recipe tonight. Just like salad, its easy to create new and unique pasta recipes using whatever you have in the pantry and fridge. As long as I have a few key ingredients on hand, I can almost always put something together. Here’s my list of kitchen must-haves: Wedge of [...]


One Tasty Lunch!

salad

I’ve come to the realization that salad (much like pasta) is good with just about any ingredients. Empty the fridge into a bowl of lettuce and you’re bound to get a good lunch. Here’s one I came up with yesterday that was down right delish: Two big bowls of romaine lettuce 1/2 avocado Few good [...]


Homemade Yogurt — Yummmmmm!

yogurt

The plastic purge continues! My next target? Yogurt! Between my morning protein smoothies and Evelyn’s growing affinity for it, we go through a considerable amount of yogurt every week. And since I am on a crusade to cut out as much plastic consumption as possible, I figured it was time for me to start making [...]


Brown Butter Raspberry Tart

I hosted playgroup this afternoon, so baked a Brown Butter Raspberry Tart for the moms. This recipe is from this month’s Bon Appetit (reading magazines and cooking/baking are my favorite ways to relax, so cooking magazines are always a special treat!). What I like about this recipe is how versatile it will be for me [...]


Happy Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

According to The Food Network, today was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. So, of course I used that as an excuse to bake a batch! My Aunt Margie and sister Meghan are famous for their chocolate chip cookies, but I never seem to have success when I try to duplicate their efforts. So, I was [...]


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