Ah… meal planning… how I loathe thee. If you snooped around my kitchen, you probably would not think this is the case. On the side of the fridge I have a giant DIY dry-erase calendar where I diligently write out our meals for the entire month. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even afternoon snacks are included. Of all [...]
Illinois, in all its infinite wisdom, sponsors two state fairs. One is in the capitol, as you might expect. The other is not in Chicago, as I might have expected. Rather, it is in our small town of 6000. And for a town this size, I was surprised at how many people attend. They had [...]
We recently took Little Man on his first real road trip. At 13 months, he is too old to sleep the entire way, but too young to play car games. He is not really interested in watching movies yet either, which was always my favorite thing to do on family car trips. So it was [...]
When you move to a new town, there are plenty of things to learn. Here are some highlights. #1. How to spell your town’s name. Unfortunately, this has not yet become clear. The most common way I have seen so far is Du Quoin. But DuQuoin and Duquoin are also prominently featured. This one [...]
This marks the (I always have to count) 13th time I have moved. I did not realize just how long it might take to settle in to our new place. But then, I have never owned a home before. And I have never tried to renovate. And I have never tried unpacking with a one-year-old to [...]
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Here are some pictures of the house and some of the work we have been doing. I cannot wait for the rest of the wallpaper to come down!
Five things I am going to miss about living in a city: 1. Ethnic food – especially all the delicious Lebanese and Indian places nearby! 2. Grocery stores. I can think of 10 places to buy groceries within 10 minutes of me right now. In our new town, there is 1. And it is a [...]
I almost threw this soup away. After I let it sit in the crockpot for a few hours, sonw of the half-n-half had separated and it looked like… well, I’m not going to say what it looked like, but it was not appetizing. I am thrilled that Ben convinced me to put it in the [...]
Whoa guys, things got busy here in a hurry! We closed on our house last week (woo hoo!), but we are allowing the previous owners to stay until April while they close on their new place. So even though we own it, the house doesn’t really feel like ours. Ben has a long weekend at [...]
This is a basic macaroni recipe, and one that turns out great everytime. I served it alongside smothered pork chops. I did this on a Wednesday because my poor husband had to do six C-sections and several other deliveries along with outpatients in one day. That calls for mac-n-cheese and pork chops. I have been [...]