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Margaret's Blog - Upfront and Personal

Follow Margaret with her up close and personal stories of her life, events and the adventures she has with her friends and family.

Margaret McSweeney and Jamie Laurita | Kitchen Chat

Connecting with Friends: Chef Jaime Laurita in His Kitchen

Let’s connect in our kitchens! I know this is a difficult time, dear foodie friends. We can all feel a bit disconnected and discouraged. Please know that you are not alone. Please reach out to others in your community. My dear friend and co-host, Chef Jaime Laurita and I recently had a Kitchen Chat by…
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Blizzard Wizard

Blizzard Wizard

Facing up to two feet of snow in Chicagoland, the epicenter of what is being tagged as an historic blizzard, I am getting prepared for the storm by putting together a blizzard box.  Reaching out to Twitter and Facebook friends, I asked for the  “best advice” on how to become a blizzard wizard. First, I…

Imua!

Imua!

A great Hawaiian saying is “Imua!” which means to move forward with confidence and courage.  It’s a great word for the upcoming new year as we explore new opportunities and perhaps face fears. This week, I put into practice “imua” by facing my fear of ziplining.  Yes, I stepped off a wooden platform to soar…

The Maestro of Music Shares His Grace Notes on Life: Wayne Messmer

The Maestro of Music Shares His Grace Notes on Life: Wayne Messmer

Wayne Messmer greeted my friend and me with a song when we met during a business lunch.  He approached the table at Wildfire in Schaumburg and sang, “When the moon meets the sky like a big apple pie that’s…” He pretended to hold a microphone and encouraged me to sing in response and so I…

The Heart of Rachael Ray: Recipes and Rescues

The Heart of Rachael Ray: Recipes and Rescues

What a delight to meet Rachael Ray at Barnes & Noble Oak Brook.  She was in Chicagoland to promote her latest book Look and Cook! Before she signed books, Rachael hugged dogs. Rescue dogs from Chicago Canine Rescue.  Rachael loves dogs, and she got lots of smooches from the pooches. The dog featured in this…

Cooking with the Bible

Cooking with the Bible

Since mid-September, the women’s Bible study group at Lutheran Church of the Atonement has been reading the Bible from cover to cover in 90 days! The discipline of this Zondervan study is to read 12 pages a day. I confess that I am still a week behind in my reading, but I am determined to…

Grab Your Cape!

Grab Your Cape!

Waiting for Superman has made us all realize that change needs to happen within our educational system.  However, this paradigm shift in education will take time.  So what can be done immediately while a longer term plan is put into place?  The answer: Grab your cape and become a superhero! Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama…

Mise en Place

Mise en Place

(Ranger Mike Designs) I love the phrase “mise en place” – a culinary term, yet also a life lesson: “Everything in place.” Technically it means that before you prepare a dish, you have all the ingredients, bowls, and appliances you will need in one space. As I conquer adult AD/HD, that culinary phrase takes on…

A Cluttered Life

A Cluttered Life

Last week I was officially diagnosed with something that I had suspected for awhile:  Adult AD/HD – not the hyperactivity type, but the “inattentive” type.  As I discussed my childhood with the doctor, I realized that my whole life I have had to work extra hard to stay focused and organized. In debating whether or…