Gerald the Giraffe Bananas

Alright… it has snowed for the millionth time in the suburbs of Chicago and I am going CRAZY!!! I feel so bad for our kids because things have started to get pretty boring indoors and we could all use some fresh air and sunshine. Sure, we can get out of the house and run around […]

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Fettuccine with Lamb Bolognese Sauce

What does everyone have planned for Valentine’s Day? Are you spending a night out on the town, staying in with a romantic meal, or do you not plan on celebrating? Because I’m sure you’re at the edge of your seat wondering what my husband and I will do, we’re staying in and plan on enjoying […]

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Valentine’s Day Friendship Bracelets

Every once in a while, I like to walk through the craft store to see if anything spark my creativity and gives me ideas for crafts for the kids. The other day, I went through the bead and jewelry section, and all of the colors, shapes and pretty pieces made me think about the fun […]

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Strawberry & Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream Crepes

I’m all about heart-shaped everything when it comes to February. Do any of you remember last year when I made this heart-shaped french toast? Give me all the heart-shaped foods all month long! Yesterday, I made some heart-shaped strawberries to go on top of these strawberry and whipped cream crepes. The crepe recipe is my […]

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2019 Valentine’s Day Boxes

I don’t think I’ve ever been this ahead of schedule when it comes to the holidays, but the kids’ Valentine’s Day boxes are ready to go and we haven’t even hit February! I’m pretty proud of my (normally) procrastinating-self. I got a HUGE head start on collecting gifts this year because I knew I wanted […]

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Spicy Sausage Dip

The other day I was reminiscing about college and living in the dorms. I thought about the friends I made my first couple of years, all of the classes I never wanted to study for, and for some reason, my mind jumped all the way to disgusting cafeteria food (most of my trains of thought […]

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Loaded Veggie Minestrone Soup

I’m wrapping up soup week with this hearty minestrone filled with SO many veggies – tomatoes, green beans, carrots, celery, onion, cannellini beans, kale and zucchini. Phew, that was a long list, but that’s what makes this soup so darn good. The texture is out of this world. And of course, the pasta and parmesan […]

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Nonna’s Homemade Chicken Soup

Chicken pastina soup was the meal my mom would make when it started to get cold or whenever someone in the family was sick. While it didn’t cure the common cold, it was one of my favorite meals to eat on a chilly night. It’s a meal that my entire family looked forward to and […]

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Slow-roasted Tomato Soup & Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

I declare this week as soup week on the blog because it is unbearably frigid in Chicago and I need all the soup I can get to keep me warm!! I’m kicking it off with my own twist of an old favorite: tomato soup and grilled cheese. Speaking of grilled cheese… a few weeks ago, […]

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Five Things I Learned on a Recent Trip to Disney World

My daughter and I just got back from a trip to Disney World this week and I’ve been having major withdrawals. IT IS A LEGIT PROBLEM! I swear, my heart is a little broken now that we’re not longer there. I miss seeing the castle right in front of me, I long to spot mickey […]

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