rolling dough

Quiet Reflection – Making Pies from Scratch

It has been a reflective week. Do you ever have those? The kind where your thoughts run a little slower. You have a feeling of nostalgia that you can’t quite pinpoint. You might even be a little more withdrawn and less talkative than normal. It’s not a wistful look back, a pitty party, or a time for dwelling on mistakes or regrets. It’s simpler than that. It’s calm. It’s peaceful. You could even call it a quiet acceptance – of what, I’m not sure. Maybe everything? Maybe nothing? Maybe it simply marks the closing of a chapter. A new one is afoot afterall. Continue reading

Vidal Ice Wine Pie

Skin in the Game

We’ve known for some time that Mr. N loves theater and it didn’t take us long to realize this was more than a mere hobby. Maybe it’s the art of performance, or the camaraderie of the group, the ability to engage the imagination, or what is learned from walking in someone else’s shoes. Whatever it is, acting is intrinsically woven into his very soul.  Continue reading

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

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

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

Austrian Liptauer

Spreads and Spreadsheets

How do you handle growing to do lists? Do you tackle them head on until you’re done? Do you tackle a bit at a time taking breaks? Do you procrastinate until you’re nearly out of time to accomplish everything? Or do you handle what you can and let the lower priority items slide? Continue reading