The Healthiest “Ice Cream” You’ll Ever Try

My sister Meghan forwarded me a banana recipe from the Food Network the other day.  It was for a banana “ice cream,” and the recipe called for nothing more than bananas, peanut butter and honey.  It reminded me of a recipe I saw in a recent issue of Whole Living Magazine for a vegan “ice […]

Frozen Chocolate Covered Blueberries

After spending an afternoon canning homemade blueberry jam and blueberry syrup, I still had a few pints of organic blueberries remaining.  While I love snacking on blueberries in their natural state, I thought it would be fun to sweeten them up a bit.  We had a bag of leftover Easter chocolate hiding in the pantry, […]

Rhubarb Cake

One of the best parts about living in a big city is appreciating just how small this town can be.  We live in a bustling neighborhood in the heart of downtown Chicago, but I feel like I know my neighbors and the people who work in our favorite shops. Just the other day I ran […]

Chocolate Cherry Torte

Our friends Laura and Dan came over for dinner the other night. They have two little ones the same ages as Mack and Evie, so we all agreed that it would be easier to do dinner at our place rather than braving a restaurant with four rambunctious kids. The day of the dinner party Evie […]

Day 3 as a Temporary Vegan

Chris and I are on Day 3 of the 28 Day Health Challenge Whole Foods Market invited me to try.  Much to my surprise, Chris is having no trouble with the plan, while I am struggling. Here’s why a restrictive vegan diet just is not my friend (so far): 1. I like to cook.  A […]

Going Bananas Over Strawberries

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 […]

Homemade Banana Pie for the Birthday Boy

My baby boy turned one last week.  I am in utter disbelief.  How can my little man already be old enough to clap, jump, say “mama” and “da!”, climb on to everything and hold up one finger to let us all know how old he is?!  I think one of the hardest parts about being […]

Unbaked Cookies for a Birthday Baker

My sister Meghan greeted a new decade this week.  Of all the Homemade Mothers I know, she is perhaps the hardest working and most inspiring.  She works full time in advertising, but she still manages to make amazing dinners, keep a tidy house, and find time to snuggle with her sweet baby boy.  She was […]

Thank You, Dr. King

When I was growing up my mom always prepared healthy and hearty homemade dinner.  All seven of us would gather together in the dining room to discuss our days and enjoy the meal.  It was a normal part of our daily routine. My mom never shied away from turning a regular weeknight dinner into a […]

Sneak Peek – Homemade Vanilla Extract

I recently saw an advertisement for a premium vanilla extract in the Sunday newspaper. The ad pointed out that many popular brands of “pure” vanilla extract actually contain high fructose corn syrup, a highly processed food additive that I don’t let in my house or in my body.  Certain that the brand of vanilla extract […]

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