Happy Memorial Day! +101 days of summer challenge hosted by my sister

It’s been perfect weather this weekend in Chicago and despite thunder and lightening over night, its sunny and gorgeous today! I’m glad the weather is nice because my daughter Claire marches in the local parade for Girl Scouts. It brings back so many memories of memorial day. When we were little, my sister and I…

Easy breakfast! 5 ingredients!

I bring my breakfast to work every day for a few reasons. Getting 3 kids out the door every morning takes up my time and I don’t have time to sit for a minute! If I eat at my desk, I can check e-mails, and start my day in peace and take my time eating….

Portion Distortion

How many of you weigh your food? I moslty do, but I will go a few weeks or a month without weighing just to see if I stick to what I think a portion is. Today as I was putting my lunch together, I grabbed a zip-loc bag and put some pretzel nuggets in it…

Biggest Loser Finale! + A major award for my son!

Busy day yesterday! I worked all day, ran home, went to T-ball for my daughter’s game, then ran back home to pick up my boys for my oldest son’s final concert in Middle School! (sniff sniff!) And he won an award! The award was for 3 years of being a great role model and all…

Penne Pasta bake + home made rolls

I was going to add ricotta cheese to this dish, but the container I got was moldy on the inside!! So, on to plan B. I’ll just make my sauce, and layer that with some mozzarella cheese and bake it, so that’s what I did. I started out with Italian chicken sausage that I bought…

I survived the 8th grade dance!

As the co-chair of this years 8th grade dance, and after months of planning, and 6 hours of decorating this weekend, and working at the party for 3 hours and then cleaning up after the party for 1 1/2 hours, it’s finally over! The kids had a great time, and it was a HUGE success!…

Momofuku Milk Bar’s Compost Cookie

As many parents out there know, the last few weeks of school for your kids (and you!) is super busy. I’m the co-chair of the 8th grade dance committee (the dance is this weekend), there are t-ball games, practices, field trips to remember, gifts for teachers etc… I have about a million things going on…

Biggest Loser + Salad Club

Okay, first off, let’s talk about Biggest Loser last night! It was so good! Everyone looked so great. That’s my favorite part of the show is when they go back home for the first time. I was surprised by a lot of things. Koli I think was a little too extreme with him leaving home…

Pretzel crusted chicken breasts

You can ask my sister, my dinners have been super boring and repetitive since my husband’s jaw has been broken and he can’t eat any real food, I have gotten lazy in the kitchen! Since my sister and I talk about food on a daily basis, I’ve told her I’m either making pasta or chicken!…

Great weekend!

This is where I was this weekend. The Warren Dunes in Sawyer, Michigan on a girl scout camp weekend! We stayed at in cabins (thank goodness not tents!) We did crafts, hiked, roasted marshmallows, played, ran around and had a great time! There are huge dunes to climb, the girls had fun running up and…