Snacks

My Mom’s Cucumber & Fennel Salad

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I seriously don’t know what I would do without my mom. While I realize that might be a largely universal statement from most women at some point in their lives, I really, really, REALLY mean it. Especially these past few months while this twin pregnancy has completely taken over my body and life. I am [...]


Homemade Nutella Swirl Scones

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I found this recipe on today.com several weeks ago, and ever since I’ve waited for the perfect morning to bake it. Today I woke up extra early to an especially dark and quiet house – just the peace I needed! I got about 10% of the way through the recipe before Ben toddled town the [...]


Homemade Irish Flapjacks for St. Brigid’s Day

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February is now upon us, but based on today’s fine weather it’s easy to think it is April. When my Grandma told me that February 1 is St Brigid’s Day, the Celtic celebration of the arrival of warmer days and the early signs of spring, I felt my spirits rise. Winter will end soon enough, and [...]


The Kids’ Table (+ Cinnamon Apple Cake)

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I was recently asked by a local kids cooking school what my definition of “The Kids Table” is. It took me just a few moments of reflection to come up with my answer: time together. Kids should feel welcome in the kitchen at any time. It is the heart of every home, the place where [...]


Pleasant Pumpkin Bread

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Everyone loves to complain about Chicago weather, but that’s only because everyone hasn’t experienced a Chicago fall. We have gorgeous days well into October – the bees are still busy, green leaves still rustle in their trees, mornings are crisp and clear. This September has been nothing but mild temperatures and sunny skies. As sad [...]


Kerrygold Irish Cream Shake

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Oh, what a day. Three sick kids. One kid not cooperating. One baby up at 3:58 am (which means that I was up at 3:58 am). One sick babysitter who we all love and depend upon. A daunting to-do list that never seems to shorten. Worst of all, my grandma is so sick and her [...]


Cranberry-Spinach-Mango Green Drink

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Now that little Ben is seven months old, we are introducing him to big people food. As far as pureed foods go, he loves bananas, blueberries with oatmeal, and mango. However, just like his big brother did, Ben much prefers real food that hasn’t been smooshed up. So, I dutifully feed him little bits of [...]


Black Bean and Corn Salsa

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I love how a bowl of homemade salsa can turn a gathering into a party. When we went out to my sister’s house last weekend I prepared a few snacks for us to enjoy along with the vodka lemonades she made, and it was a summer evening well spent. My mom makes something similar to [...]


Mack’s Raspberry Muffins

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My little Mack is such an eager helper in the kitchen. Whenever I catch him on the verge of bothering his sisters, I suggest we prep dinner or bake a treat together in the kitchen. It is a sure-fire way to reign him in – ha! When we went out to my sister’s house last [...]


Sweet Cream Blueberry Dip

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We spent a night last weekend with my sister and her family at their new house.  It was nice to escape the city (and the noisy amateur fireworks blasting off every other minute), and the kids were so happy to run barefoot in the grass.  They love hanging out with their cousin, so much that [...]


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