Category Archives: Family

Individual Handheld Pie Recipes

ShareTweet Since we moved to the Midwest, five years ago, Thanksgiving stopped being a cooking holiday for me. Instead of pie crusts and sweet potatoes, my days preceding Thanksgiving are filled with suitcases and laundry. When we first moved away, I tried lugging some sweets through the airport, but they always suffered. Now I justContinue Reading

a Few Recipes to Celebrate Bastille Day

a Few Recipes to Celebrate Bastille Day

ShareTweet When I was a little girl, the Bastille Day fireworks were so close to my birthday that I always thought they were in my honor. Three years ago, we were in Paris on Bastille Day, feet dangling over the Seine near the Ile de la Cite, fireworks exploding high above our heads. Tonight ParisContinue Reading

The Terror of Summer

The Terror of Summer

ShareTweet My yard is more mud than riot of color, but it’s trying. My valiant magnolia has exploded into its yearly pink fireworks, encouraging the rest of the garden to follow suit. The azalea joined in this morning with a few fluttering purple petals. Soon the lilacs and the forsythia will follow suit and springContinue Reading

Bringing Great Books to Life with Family Movie Night

Bringing Great Books to Life with Family Movie Night

ShareTweet Friday night family movie night is one of my favorite rituals. After a week of running around, settling deep into the couch with whole crew sprawled around me in front of the big screen is pure bliss. All too often unfortunately, our family QT dissolves into fighting when choosing a movie. Between Netflix, cableContinue Reading

Storing Sweet Corn for Winter

Storing Sweet Corn for Winter

ShareTweet Summer corn is my children’s favorite food. On the cob and off the cob. On the grill and boiled. They’ll take their corn any way they can. In years past, we’ve spent all winter missing the surprise sweetness of that first kernel bursting on the tooth. But this winter, I’ve got some surprises inContinue Reading

Apple Jelly and Apple Picking to Re-Unite a Family

Apple Jelly and Apple Picking to Re-Unite a Family

ShareTweet The family activities that take the most amount of hustle often pay the sweetest dividends. I’ve always wanted to have that house, that neighborhood hangout house that kids flock to after school. Since we’ve moved to Chicago, we’ve been living that dream, and with it comes the reality of a yard filled with baldContinue Reading

Making Memories and Simple Strawberry Jam Fresh from the Fields

Making Memories and Simple Strawberry Jam Fresh from the Fields

ShareTweet Adventures are best when they’re spontaneous. And when they involve strawberry picking, they’re spontaneously delicious. Last weekend, after what felt like months and months of baseball games, dance recitals and swim meets, we finally had an afternoon with nothing at all scheduled. Nowhere to be, nothing to do: pure bliss.  The couch beckoned butContinue Reading

Facing the Fear of BRCA and a Family Breast Cancer Legacy

Facing the Fear of BRCA and a Family Breast Cancer Legacy

ShareTweet Angelina Jolie revealed yesterday that she had a preventative mastectomy after discovering that she is a carrier of one of the BRCA gene. The news hit close to home. The timing seems relevant so I thought I would share my BRCA story. Bored during a stupefyingly hot summer afternoon, my cousin and I decidedContinue Reading

Food as Medicine: Your Favorite Comfort Food Recipes Needed Stat

Food as Medicine: Your Favorite Comfort Food Recipes Needed Stat

ShareTweet When people are sick, my first instinct is to feed them: big bowls of chicken tortellini soup, hot challah from the oven, creamy spaghetti bolognese. Watching my father being fed the same vanilla flavored nutrition liquid through a nasal tube for the last five months has been one of the many painful aspects ofContinue Reading

Life Lessons in the Little League Dug Out

Life Lessons in the Little League Dug Out

ShareTweet I never gave much thought about the different dynamics of sports until my kids started playing them. I’d played soccer, basketball, and softball, with varying skill, but didn’t realize how different their rhythms were. A missed pass is forgotten quickly during a soccer game but on the baseball field all eyes are on theContinue Reading

A Poetic Cry for Help Lost in a Sea of Paper

A Poetic Cry for Help Lost in a Sea of Paper

ShareTweet Periodically, my children’s backpacks explode onto the kitchen counter, overflowing with weeks worth of graded homework, unit tests, and all the other paperwork that fills their school lives. It sits on the counter for a few days before I can find a quiet morning to sift through it and find the gems worth saving,Continue Reading

Winter Sunshine Therapy

Winter Sunshine Therapy

ShareTweet I flew to Toronto again last week to visit my father who is still in the ICU, almost three months since his lung transplant. It’s a long road back, plagued by infections, pneumonia, and set backs. He’s still committed to the fight, but watching him suffer for such a long time, often unable toContinue Reading

Licking My Wounds

Licking My Wounds

ShareTweet Sometimes the only thing to do is just to go home, call it quits, and lick your wounds. Although I generate some income from my blogging and freelancing, for the most part, I inhabit the warm cocoon of stay at home motherhood. My days are dictated by the rhythm of my children’s lives, jarredContinue Reading

Chicken Croquettes: Roasted Chicken Leftover Solution

Chicken Croquettes: Roasted Chicken Leftover Solution

ShareTweet One thousand years ago, back when I was a size 0 and took it for granted, I studied abroad in Barcelona. After a disastrous month with an overprotective old señora, my program transferred me to the home of a very hip young single woman named Maria who was a hairdresser for movie sets. WhenContinue Reading

Prayers and Thoughts for a Private Man

Prayers and Thoughts for a Private Man

ShareTweet What do you do when people ask for prayers? Do you kneel and pray or simply send a quiet plea out to the greater universe? Do you communicate with God in church or out walking in a lonely meadow? No need to share, just please take a moment tonight to do whatever feels rightContinue Reading

Beach in the City

Beach in the City

ShareTweet Chicago has been home for almost two years, but in many ways we’re still newcomers here. We still rely on the GPS to get around, still hunger for ketchup on our hot dogs, still marvel at the flatness of the landscape. But more than anything, we still hunger for the ocean, unable to getContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Making Family Movie Night Fun for the Whole Family

Making Family Movie Night Fun for the Whole Family

ShareTweet Long before Steve and I were parents, we were movie lovers. We postponed the Monday blues every Sunday night with a trip to the movie theater. Then we walked home up Broadway, hand in hand, discussing the movie. Work talk was forbidden. Whatever stress was waiting could wait til the morning, after we slippedContinue Reading

What Will You Serve for the Superbowl?

ShareTweet We are what you might describe as a football-know-nothing family. End zones and touch downs are a mystery to me, but I still enjoy the spectacle of the Superbowl, even without wardrobe malfunctions. Any excuse to make fun food for a party is fine with me! And besides, the Superbowl commercials alone are thoroughlyContinue Reading