Baking Some Sunshine with Sweet Homemade Bread

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 […]

Chillin’ Out with a Chelada

While we were in Isla Mujeres last month we all enjoyed a few cocktails or local beers every day while lounging by the pool or enjoying lunch on the beach.  On more than one occasion, my mom mixed up a few rounds of cheladas, a refreshing beer cocktail made with cerveza and lime.  I had […]

¡Olé! Tamale Party!

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 […]

Fresh Fish Freshly Prepared

While were on the tiny Mexican island of Isla Mujeres last month I was a big fan of all the fresh local foods. Super creamy avocados, bright orange mangoes, and coconut water poured straight from a sun-warmed coconut – every bite was such a treat.  I am excited for the return of Chicago’s farmers’ markets […]

Homemade Granola for a Mama of Two

My friend Sarah over at 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 […]

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 […]

Mojito? Yes, Please!

Sometimes I feel like the luckiest wife in the world.  Not only is my husband extremely smart, unbelievably driven, completely hilarious and adorably genuine, but he knows how to mix really good drinks.  His cosmopolitans are my absolute favorite, and coming in at a close second are his mojitos. The other night he mixed up […]

Homemade Vegetable Broccoli Soup

We eat a lot of soup.  My husband loves bringing homemade soup to work for lunch, so at the beginning of each week I make a big pot that lasts until Friday.  I usually try to make enough for me and the kids, too, as soups can be a healthy and simple way to get […]

Sunday Breakfast Pancakes and Syrup

Sunday mornings are my favorite.  Even though my husband has to work on weekends, he usually doesn’t leave until later in the morning so the four of us are given a short but precious opportunity to enjoy time together. The rest of the day is just like any other weekday, so we really appreciate a […]

Tea for One

Both kids are napping…the dishwasher is busily humming away…bed linens are twirling in the dryer…bathrooms still need to be cleaned and the floors could use a good scrub…but I deserve a little moment to rest, right? The perfect treat for this snowy February afternoon would be a cozy cup of chai tea, but my body […]

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