Consider a CSA

A friend recently expressed concern about the lack of stock of quality produce at one of our local stores. I, too, have noted this, as well as limited choices when it comes to fruits and veggies. That same day, my husband alerted me to a story on NPR about farmers…

The Cultivator

A little over a week ago, we lost my mother-in-law. She had been diagnosed with melanoma last June. Shortly after her diagnosis, we sat on her idyllic patio, the sun bathing us in its warmth, and cried. We cried for a life that would be cut too short. We cried…

I Hadn’t Considered…A Pandemic

A few weeks ago I drafted a post about the massive amount of paper that flows into my home each day and how overwhelming it can be. Well, that topic swiftly became obsolete! In a matter of days, we’ve entered a Brave New World of sorts on the homefront. We’re…

Weeknight Meal Idea: Stir Fry

While I post a lot about cooking ahead and freezing meals, I do not use pre-frozen meals every night of the week. When we’re meal planning, I look at our schedule and determine which nights will afford me some (emphasis on some!) time to cook. I do have quite a…

I Hadn’t Considered…Socks

I often think about situations I hadn’t considered prior to having 5 children.  This is not to say I would reconsider having them–they are my everything!  But, goodness, sometimes it’s a lot! My first consideration in this theme are socks.  Yes, socks!  The socks are everywhere!  They are in the…

Batch cooking…reboot

You have all likely read about our family’s Cook-a-palooza weekends.  While we love these endeavors, and reaping the benefits of a freezer full of home cooked meals, we have taken a slightly different approach to our freezer meal prep.  We had planned on a big cook weekend several months back. …

Bailey

I grew up a “cat person.”  When I was around 5 or 6, I began asking (begging) our mom if we could get a dog.  She seemed reluctant, but said, “Maybe.”  To my astonishment, shortly after, she told my brother, sister, and me that we were in for a surprise. …

Baking in the Vortex

We experienced unprecedented cold temperatures in Chicagoland last week, which meant no school for the kids!  They had 3 days off–yikes!  Needless to say, it threw us a little off kilter.  We did our best to keep entertained, be civil to each other, and not spend too much time on…

Staying Inspired–One Tip

As January begins to wind down, so does the motivation that many felt at the outset of the new year.  You’ve likely heard the stats concerning the failure of New Year’s resolutions–a large percentage of people fall off track by February.  How does one stay on track? Making real, long-lasting…