Archive for May 2013

The Von Trapp's or The Partridge Family? You decide.

The Von Trapp's or The Partridge Family? You decide.
Today is our two month anniversary of The New Abides! For those of you just following, my family will be doing one new thing, every day for an entire year. We’re pretty excited about our two months down and ten more to go! I started asking people what we should do to celebrate and got... Read more »

It's Mint Julep Day! Beat the Heat with Bourbon.

It's Mint Julep Day! Beat the Heat with Bourbon.
Phew, as I write this I’m sweating like a…girl at the Kentucky Derby? Okay, maybe I’m sitting in my hot kitchen on a muggy Chicago day, but regardless, it’s Mint Julep Day! That’s right folks, May 30th is the day to sit back, relax and drink the celebrated drink of The South. This morning I... Read more »

5 Books That Will Spark Your Child's Imagination

5 Books That Will Spark Your Child's Imagination
Last night Lilia was reading Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson and she came up with a new idea. She wanted to put up blank sheets of paper on the wall so she could be like Harold and draw a scene with her own purple crayon. She was very proud of her concept... Read more »
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Painting Flower Pots: Another Kid Approved Craft

Painting Flower Pots: Another Kid Approved Craft
We’ve been planting a lot of things this year, flowers, a new tree, our raised garden, and a butterfly garden to name a few. Painting flower pots with the kids just seemed like the next step in our gardening adventure. Lilia and Franky used outdoor patio paint as well as acrylic paint we had left... Read more »

Forget the Fridge: Framing your Child's Artwork

Forget the Fridge: Framing your Child's Artwork
If you are like any parent out there, you know that your kids come home from school with a crazy amount of  papers and artwork. If you haven’t done so, you may have thought about framing your child’s artwork or somehow putting it on display. I end up rotating artwork on the fridge, keeping it... Read more »

How to Make Banana Coconut Paletas, A Must Have for Summer

How to Make Banana Coconut Paletas, A Must Have for Summer
The other day I was meandering around World Market (I could meander for a long time because I was by actually by myself) and I came across a tray for homemade ice pops.  I realized the closest I’d ever come to making an ice pop was when I used to put a glass of Coke... Read more »
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Big Run Wolf Ranch, An Educational Illinois Animal Rescue

Big Run Wolf Ranch, An Educational Illinois Animal Rescue
Looking for an outing to learn and observe animals such as wolves, horses, foxes, and even skunks? Look no further than Big Run Wolf Ranch in Lockport, Il. My cousin Dominick is working at Big Run as an intern and he invited the family down for one of their monthly open houses. Lockport is about... Read more »

Tired of hearing your kids whine? Behold, the Tattle Toad!

Tired of hearing your kids whine? Behold, the Tattle Toad!
My kids tattle on each other like it’s their job. At any given moment you might hear, “Mommy! Franky is breathing on me!” Or, “Mommy, Lilia not give me her crayons!” It’s constant. Enter, the Tattle Toad. When I was in grad school for teaching (no, I’m not a teacher. I just play one with... Read more »

Authentic Polish Pierogi: A Dish for Everyone

Authentic Polish Pierogi: A Dish for Everyone
Hello. My name is Christine, I live in the Chicago metropolitan area and I’ve never eaten an authentic, Polish pierogi. Chicago has the largest ethnically Polish population of any city outside of Poland. Pierogi, a traditional Polish food, are dumplings typically filled with ingredients such as meat, sauerkraut, cheese, potatoes, mushrooms or fruit. I was... Read more »
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Pizza on the Grill: Getting the Heat out of the Kitchen

Pizza on the Grill: Getting the Heat out of the Kitchen
Pizza on the grill is something I’ve always wanted to try, but consistently end up ordering out or throwing a frozen pizza in the oven. A couple of days ago, I divulged to our friends on The New Abides Facebook page, that my family was going to take a two week challenge to prepare our... Read more »