Posts by Maureen

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Thoughts Inspired by Vintage Cookbooks…

I recently found, a website devoted to vintage cookbooks, recipes, and cooking techniques. Some of the cookbooks posted here date to the 16oo’s, and as I read through the recipes I feel like I’m taking a step back in time. These books are a really cool glimpse into what life was like for homemade […]


I recently saw a commercial for Sun Chips’ new “earth friendly” packaging. Yes, I applaud Sun Chips decision to use 100% compostable materials in their packaging, but to advertise this as “good for the environment” drives me crazy. The bag must be placed in a hot, active compost bin in order to break down in […]

Homemade Peanut Butter

I am on a crusade to continuously reduce the amount of garbage my household creates. While I think we’re doing a very good job – we recycle everything and because we don’t buy much processed foods a lot of what we do throw away comes from food scraps and leftovers – there is always room […]

Chocolate Tart

My sister Caitie had us over to her beautiful house for dinner last night, and I offered to make a dessert. For the past couple weeks I’ve been playing around with an idea for a chocolate tart, and I think I may have the recipe figured out. I’ve made this with a mixture of dark/semi-sweet/milk […]

A Facial Every Day!

For the past decade or so, my skin has been very tempermental. While I noticed significant improvement when I cut processed foods out of my diet, it wasn’t until I started giving myself a mini facial every morning and night that I started to feel better. I’ve put together a unique routine that seems to […]


Lately I’ve been reading up on the benefits of raw milk. This is milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized, and therefore it is milk in its purest state. It is unprocessed milk straight from the cow, and the health benefits associated with it are striking. However, raw milk is essentially illegal and therefore […]

Apple Cake on a Quiet Day

We’re starting to go a little stir-crazy. Now that its the end of February I am officially, 100%, unequivocally DONE with winter. There is plenty to do in this city to keep Evelyn and me busy most mornings before her afternoon nap, but last week was kinda quiet for us. So, what are two girls […]

Reusable Bags Everywhere, Everytime!

I am thrilled to see so many people bringing reusable bags into the grocery store these days. It really is so uplifting to know that people finally recognize the wasteful nature of plastic grocery store bags. According data released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags […]

Baby Registry Tips

My second pregnancy is wrapping up so I’ve been taking an inventory of all the stuff we have for newborns. With the first baby, there is so much to buy, but the second time around we’re pretty much all set. While it is nice to know we’re totally ready for the newest member of our […]

Scrubbing the Floors

In what can only be explained as a fit of third trimester nesting, I scrubbed the grout on our kitchen floor this morning. Our townhome is in a building that is about 20 years old, and in that time I don’t think the grout has ever been cleaned – it was icky when we moved […]

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