Although we live in a big city, I strive to keep my life as simple and healthy as possible. Trust me, its fun making life homemade!

Recent Posts

Thank You, Science!

So, it has been a while since I’ve posted here. Life, as we all know, has been a lot this past year and a half. With eLearning and work and household stuff, there literally hasn’t been time for much else. For more than a year I missed feeling alive, just plodding through each day in […]

Making the Best of It

Starting tomorrow at 6 am Chicago locks down. Again. But, this time it is different. Schools can stay open (although the city’s 400,000 public school kids have been 100% eLearning since March). People are allowed to leave home for work…but no one is supposed to leave home. Restaurants are closed indoors, but warm and cozy […]

National Day of Kindness

Monday, November 2. The day before the election. Like Americans on all points along the political spectrum, I cannot wait for tomorrow. I just want to know what is going to happen. I just want it over. Last week I took Ben and the twins to vote at the local elementary school. The election has […]

Apple Spice Cake

Chris took some of the kids camping in Wisconsin over Labor Day weekend. They canoed for 10 miles, camped on a sandbar, weathered a middle-of-the-night thunderstorm, then returned home exhausted but exhilarated. I would have loved to join them, but a trek like that with 4 year old twins just isn’t my idea of a […]

Not the Worst Summer

So, the summer came and went. Poof. Just like that. Despite the turmoil and uncertainty swirling around the globe, our little (ok, big) family made the most of my favorite season. Here in Chicago, much of what we love about the city is locked down (beaches, playgrounds, museums) or burning down (looting and rioting), so […]

DO.

My city burned last night. A peaceful protest highlighting the systemic injustices that led to the vicious murder of George Floyd descended into complete anarchy. As we sat watching the news late into the early morning hours, I was struck by fear. Fear of the unknown and fear of having no control. How can any […]

Quarantine Bread

Like many people around the world, I’ve been baking homemade bread during quarantine. Why is this such a “thing” these days? I think there is something calming about baking in the kitchen: the oven is warm, the smells are divine, time is slowed. Baking bread connects us to our ancestors and awakens our lost memories […]

Books to the Rescue!

Saturday. Or is it Wednesday? Does it even matter? Who knows?! Now in our umpteenth week of quarantine, the days are blurring together. Weekends don’t really feel special anymore, except for the fact that I don’t have to constantly herd the kids back to the dining table to finish their eLearning. To be honest, I […]