I’m never going to be a full-blown meat lover and I will always choose carbs over protein, but GOOD meat has grown on me in recent years. Herein lies the challenge of marrying the need and want for healthy food with the deliciousness of the things that taste SO DANG GOOD. Things that come to mind ... Read More about Beef Bourguignon + Weekly Menu
I think I shared that I’m hosting my book club this month. Actually, it’s a week from today (HOLY CRAP). I better get to reading faster. And preparing…and cleaning…and picking up the gift wrap BOMB that went off in my entryway. I also received an email from our newest neighbors to our street of ... Read More about Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
This summer was the first time I really felt appreciative of the warmer weather, the beach days, longer daylight, the ability to be active in the evenings, play tennis outdoors, eat dinner on the front porch, hangout in lawn chairs in the driveway – all the little things. As the summer passed by and ... Read More about 9th Annual Chili Contest: Entry #5 – Vegan Chili + Weekly Menu
A woman from my book club typically hosts our December book club...but she declined hosting this year as she's preparing to move. For the holidays, we opt for someone's home over a restaurant and include an ornament exchange. If we get to talking about the book, it's a bonus. Last year's was so much ... Read More about Family Friday (vol. 88): Holiday Spirit!
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the CDC issued an e.coli warning for romaine lettuce. I had 4 heads in my fridge that were thrown into the trash late last week and having just brought a romaine salad to the girls’ Thanksgiving potluck, I was holding my breath. It appears it was ... Read More about Lemony Lentil Soup
Our trip from Chicago to Champaign on Thanksgiving was a little rough. Piper couldn’t hold up her head as she slept and didn’t appreciate her chin resting on her chest. Neck pain? I dunno. I ended up in the back seat, propping up her head with my hand(s) for the last half (75 minutes or so) of the ... Read More about Chocolate-Cherry Oatmeal Cookies + Weekly Menu
Someone left a really unnecessary comment on my blog the other week. It was something like “the original recipe is so much better.” Um, okay. RUDE. But I am sure the nastygram was true – what recipe ISN’T better when made with heavy whipping cream? The stuff is heavenly…and a whopping 50 ... Read More about Mexican Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Skillet + Weekly Menu
We have nothing going on this weekend other than our rescheduled family photos after Piper’s stomach bug last weekend. I think we’ll get ahead of the game and put up our Christmas decorations. I’m typically one to wait until after Thanksgiving, but with the snow already flying, it doesn’t seem at ... Read More about Classic Vegetable Soup