Snacks

Going Bananas Over Strawberries

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The local produce market I shop at once a week had a sale on domestic strawberries – just $0.50 a pound!!  Granted, the fruit was about 5 minutes from going bad and it wasn’t organic, but at that price I just couldn’t walk away.  So, I scooped up four packages, raced home and spent yesterday [...]


Baking Some Sunshine with Sweet Homemade Bread

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My best friend is moving away.  And it breaks my heart. We’ve known each other for 13 years and the list of things we share in common is staggering…we both have two little ones the same ages…we both come from relatively large families…our husbands have been best friends for years…we like the same crappy reality [...]


¡Olé! Tamale Party!

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My aunt Sheila recently invited the ladies of our family over for a tamale party.  When she married a Mexican-American man more than 20 years ago, she dove right in to her husband’s culture.  Over the years she has learned quite a few authentic Mexican recipes from her mother-in-law Joan, and we were all so [...]


Homemade Granola for a Mama of Two

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My friend Sarah over at PersonalFaves.com welcomed a new baby girl the other day.  She now has a boy and a girl, too, so I know our families will have lots of fun together watching our kids grow up.  Finding friends in this big city can be tough, so I am so grateful to have [...]


Pickles for a Picnic

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Chicago has enjoyed a very pleasant and mild October. Today was no exception. With sunny skies and the temperature in the 70s, it was a perfect day for a lunchtime picnic with my family. Evelyn packed her pink soccer ball and Mack packed his smile. I packed sandwiches, fruit, and a jar of sort-of homemade [...]


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

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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 [...]


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