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Father’s Day wishes – and an update!

Some of the delicious food gifted to us by our neighbors

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there! Perhaps you’re wondering what we’re going to be eating this weekend, and maybe you’re on the lookout for menu suggestions. I wish I could tell you I will make elaborate celebratory dishes, but that’s not the case. Our world was rocked the best possible way two weeks ago, when we became parents again. Who has time to cook with a newborn in the house? Not us, that’s for sure. Thankfully, our neighbors have come to the rescue (check out pic above for just one example of the foods we’ve been receiving).

So yep, this Father’s Day we will not cook anything special, and we will not follow elaborate menus or use fancy ingredients. We will enjoy every single moment we get to spend together as a family – and I hope you will too πŸ™‚

Book reviews, part 2: healthy eating this spring, from breakfast to dessert

An assortment of vegan treats from Heather Saffer’s latest cookbook

Too stuffy clothes, too long a winter, too many chicken wings (see my previous post 😉) – put these together and the first few months of 2018 have been a real downer for a sun-loving Chicagoan like myself. Add a pregnancy with swollen legs and plenty of food restrictions, and the question becomes even more stressful: what should I eat to stay healthy and well nourished this spring? Part #2 of my book review (you can check out part #1 here) focuses on this topic because I believe it’s important not just to me – the ever-tired mommy-in-waiting, lol – but to many of you as well. Want to discover tips and recipes to help you stay well-fed and energized? Read on πŸ™‚

If you’re into healthy eating as a lifelong choice, Devin Alexander’s You Can Have it!: More than 125 Decadent Diabetes-Friendly Recipes fits the bill perfectly. Keep Reading

Book reviews, part 1: It’s time to read great life stories and to fire up the grill!

It’s almost May 1st – time to fire up the grill, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough of this long winter, and now I’m ready to put the heavy coat back in the attic until next year. So is my family: DH and our daughter are both “outdoor creatures,” who would rather share laughs in the warm spring/summer glow than languish in front of the TV waiting for the air conditioning to start. Isn’t it wonderful that the weather is finally giving everyone a break?

Now is also the time to rethink your diet, and cookbooks are a great place to start if you’re looking for recipe ideas or straight-up inspiring storytelling. This is part #1 of a bigger roundup book review I intend to write (there are so many good books out there, and so little time!) Stay tuned for part #2 over the next week or so 😉

Good food and good storytelling go hand in hand, and the recently published book Treated Like Family is a case in point. Keep Reading