Birds of Barrington with Wendy Paulson | American Tree Sparrow

Birds of Barrington with Wendy Paulson | American Tree Sparrow

 Recent spells of arctic weather have left many of our natural areas seemingly bereft of birdlife. Except for a crow here and a red-tailed hawk there, it appeared that most birds in the Barrington area had either flown away or were hanging around bird feeders. But there is one songbird species that I have consistently encountered, even on walks on sub-0º days: the American tree … Read more…

Everyday Moms | Meet New 365Barrington Contributor, Courtney Glantz

Everyday Moms | Meet New 365Barrington Contributor, Courtney Glantz

 Alright friends, time for a little twist on our Everyday Moms series, where we feature a weekly peek inside the inspiring lives of real-life, hard-working moms I admire. With requests coming in for me to answer my own questions (tricky tricky!) along with partnering up with 365 Barrington, I thought it would be a better way to introduce myself as a 365Barrington contributor and to any … Read more…

Cooking with Heinens | Roasted Chicken, Three Ways

Cooking with Heinens | Roasted Chicken, Three Ways

 Starting with one simple recipe we’re creating three delicious meals for your busy week. Roasted Chicken Three Ways. Your gang won’t get tired of chicken by having it three times in one week because each dish is so unique.  We’re starting with Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Sage. You could just buy a ready-roasted chicken, but roasting your own is better in many ways. Your kitchen will … Read more…

Introducing “Everyday Moms” with Barrington Lifestyle Blogger, Courtney Glantz

Introducing “Everyday Moms” with Barrington Lifestyle Blogger, Courtney Glantz

 Do you ever wonder about other moms’ secrets? Like actual real beautiful day to day hard working moms? So often I see a darling one at a local park and think wow, she looks so great! I wonder what she is doing so well. With that in mind I’ve introduced a new series called Everyday Moms on my Barrington-based blog, A Life From Scratch, which … Read more…

Birds of Barrington with Wendy Paulson: American Goldfinch

Birds of Barrington with Wendy Paulson: American Goldfinch

 For most birds that spend the summer in our area, August is a relatively quiet month. Courtship, nest building, incubation, chick-raising are finished chapters in the annual cycle. It’s a time to ensure that the next generation is finding its way in nature, as adults and offspring will separate soon, probably forever. But there is one local species that starts and ends its breeding cycle … Read more…

Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Kiss Melon Grilled Cheese with Chorizo & Arugula

Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Kiss Melon Grilled Cheese with Chorizo & Arugula

 When I recently discovered Kiss Melons in Heinen’s produce department, I was inspired to come up with something new. I’ve made melon salads and melon balls wrapped in prosciutto. But for this week’s Heinen’s 4PM Panic post, I decided to add Kiss Melon to turn a classic grilled cheese sandwich into a new taste sensation. I’m going to ask you to trust me on this one. … Read more…

Barrington Health: Patient Breast-Cancer-Free After New 3-in-One Surgery

Barrington Health: Patient Breast-Cancer-Free After New 3-in-One Surgery

 Collaboration of three physicians means a happy and healthy woman back to her active lifestyle. “You have breast cancer.” Four words no one wants to hear. “When the doctor first told me, I was so overwhelmed and not processing the words at all,” explained breast cancer survivor Darlene McGurn, 63, wife, mother, personal trainer and Barrington resident. “It was the strangest feeling and the hardest … Read more…

Birds of Barrington with Wendy Paulson: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Birds of Barrington with Wendy Paulson: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

 One of our local summer bird residents, despite its dazzling appearance, is so small it often goes unnoticed. Several times in June a quick movement has caught my eye and it has taken me a few seconds to realize that it was a ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilocus colubris) zooming through the flowers. Many bird enthusiasts maintain feeders for hummingbirds, filling them with highly sweetened water, so … Read more…

Heinens 4PM Panic: Hot Italian Sausage Puff Pastry Bites with Sonoma & Monterey Red Wines

Heinens 4PM Panic: Hot Italian Sausage Puff Pastry Bites with Sonoma & Monterey Red Wines

 It’s finally time for our living space to expand to the beautiful outdoors. Whether it’s a picnic at Ravinia or cocktails on the porch, summertime gatherings are all about the food and drinks. For this week’s Heinen’s 4PM Panic post, I’m sharing a quick and easy appetizer that pairs beautifully with Heinen’s featured red wines from Sonoma & Monterey. These little gems are good hot or room … Read more…

Birds of Barrington with Wendy Paulson: Black-billed Cuckoo

Birds of Barrington with Wendy Paulson: Black-billed Cuckoo

 I probably would not have chosen the black-billed cuckoo (Coccyrus erythropthalmus) to profile in Birds of Barrington for some years (when I was running out of species!), as it’s a secretive bird, little known and seldom seen by most, even committed bird watchers. But this May I saw no fewer than five black-billed cuckoos, newly arrived from South America, in less than a week. So … Read more…

Heinens 4PM Panic: Corn Fundido & the Perfect Paloma Cocktail

Heinens 4PM Panic: Corn Fundido & the Perfect Paloma Cocktail

 Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner and Heinen’s Grocery is ready! This week’s Heinen’s “4PM Panic” post is a quick appetizer and cocktail for your family’s celebration. Have you ever been to Tall Boy Taco in Chicago?  It’s one of my favorite lunch spots just a block from my office. At Tall Boy Taco they serve a delicious side dish that has pushed … Read more…