andycarrie

For my brother, Andy (1973 – 2016)

My brother died on September 9th. In adulthood he suffered from mental illness. During the last months, depression made his life appear unsustainable, and he chose to end it. With my parents leading the way, we have been open and honest about the circumstances of his passing to forward the conversa...
Summer-beer

Best Summer Beers from Chicago

Summer is for sipping! Break out your frosted mugs and pour yourself a brew, or two, or three. Did I miss any of your favorite Chicago beers...
MidWest1875b

You Know You’re From Michigan If…

Yes, I have home-state pride. I have been a Chicago native for 15 years now and still, in many ways, Michigan feels like home. I recently posted this story of things that fellow Michiganders can relate to. Let me know what I missed! Check out 10 Things Only People from Michigan Can Relate To by C...
cauliflower

Cauliflower: The Ultimate Shape Shifter

Have you been seeing cauliflower turn up everywhere in dozens of forms? In the past year, I have been wowed by this unassuming vegetable's versatility. Click through this round up for recipe ideas. From pizza crust to rice and even sweet treats! Check out Cauliflower: The Ultimate Shape Shifter b...
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Homemade Play-Doh

Cooped up with a sick toddler, an exhausted Mommy and 100 degree heat.  Homemade Play-doh to the rescue!  A few hours of giggling and much...