pumpkin french toast with apple cider syrup

Sharks & Rangers – A Pumpkin Recipe Round-up

This week I have a shark running around the house and a National Park Ranger chasing after him. That can mean one of two things…either the stress of planning this sabbatical has completely gotten to me, or it’s almost Halloween! Continue reading


Through Their Eyes – And Our Giveaway Winner!

What do you get when you combine kids and cameras, stunning weather and Chicago’s lakefront? Our first “Through Their Eyes” post. Continue reading

Polish Chłopski Posiłek


While the emperor ate his pancake bits, on the other side of the tracks, the peasants were tossing together cabbage and bacon.  Continue reading


A Meal Fit for an Emperor

One of our favorite Sunday activities is to make breakfast together. And what better way to start the day than with a meal fit for an emperor? Mr. N will explain… Continue reading

The Bean

Chicago Gourmet and a GIVEAWAY!

Many have heard the famous quote attributed (albeit loosely) to Chicago’s master planner Daniel Burnham, “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.” But there is another lesser known quote that I find perfectly Burnham, “It was Chicago with its World’s Fair which vivified the national desire for civic beauty.” Continue reading

sight lines

An Audible

When planning, when parenting, when traveling, when cooking, when in a relationship, or when planning just about anything, the ability to run an audible is imperative. Continue reading