Snacks

Fiesta con mi Familia de Cuatro

We love food. All kinds. Seriously, we’re not picky eaters, especially when it comes to trying new foods. Fortunately, Chicago offers us a wide variety of cuisines in many ethnic neighborhoods. We can enjoy Indian, Vietnamese, Israeli, and Polish food less than 10 minutes from our home. I have so much fun introducing Evie to [...]


Homemade Apple Sauce

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Last month Chris and I took the kids to an apple orchard in Indiana. We hope to make this an annual family tradition as it is a very pleasant way to spend time together as a family on an autumn afternoon. When I think back to our trip last year I can’t believe how much [...]


Pumpkin Farm and Pumpkin Bread

pumpkin farm

As much as I hate to say goodbye to summer, there is something rather warm and comforting about fall. Autumn traditions like apple picking and pumpkin carving evoke cozy memories from my childhood. I’m so grateful I can now share these customs with my own small family. Fortunately, Chicago has enjoyed a mild October, so [...]


Appetizers for the Big Game

We are going to watch the Super Bowl at our friends’ house on Sunday, and I offered to make a couple appetizers. While browsing through my “Appetizer” recipe folder I found this very handy guide from cookbook author and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman. It lists 101 simple appetizers that can be put together [...]


A Mayan Morning

We just returned from a nice long trip to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Getting away from a Chicago winter – if only for a little while – gave us the strength to make it to spring! We were fortunate enough to visit Chichen Itza, a true wonder of the world, where we introduced little Evelyn to [...]


Christmas!

Its hard to believe Christmas is over! I love the holiday season, and I’m always a little sad when it ends. Sometimes I wish Christmas came later in the winter so we’d have something warm and cozy to look forward to during the year’s bitter months. While we spent Christmas Eve with my very large [...]


Energy for a New Baby

granola bars

My sister welcomed a new baby to her family the other day! It is so much fun to watch our family grow, and it will be fun for Evie to have so many cousins so close to her age. Such joy! I know the days after bringing a little one home can be exhausting and [...]


Apple Picking and Apple Muffins!

We took a family trip to a charming apple orchard in Indiana the other day. It was Evie’s first taste of fall tradition and I think she loved every minute of it! The weather was perfect — sunny and high 70s, but the smell of fall was certainly in the air. Bees were furiously gathering [...]


Homemade Yogurt — Yummmmmm!

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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 [...]


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