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More Mom’s Helping Moms; Meals for Ronald McDonald House Sponsored By Target!

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about………..(With help from Target) more Meals for Moms staying at Ronald McDonald House. My mantra is more of everything is always better, especially when it comes to family and giving to a worthy cause.

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a “home away from home” for families with children that are receiving treatment at local hospitals. I can’t think of a nicer way to show these families warmth and support in their time of need than with a homemade meal. 

 This past fall, Amanda and I had the pleasure of bringing a meal to share with the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, serving University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital. We were so moved by the experience, we knew we had to do it again.

 If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I am absolutely Target’s biggest fan. As a slave to style, I’m addicted to Target’s smart and sassy designs. To quote Billy Crystal, parodying Fernando Lamas, “It’s better to look good, than to feel good, and you look…..mahvelous!” At Target, you can look good and feel good because you get more for less! (this is not a paid advertisement……unfortunately)

I suddenly had an epiphany. Target was invented for moms like me; maybe they would want to help me help other moms.  I zipity-zipped over to my favorite Target, in Warrenville, IL (because they have a super-duper grocery store; shop for food, shop for clothes, shop for home, shop for fun!) and I made a wonderful new friend in Store Manager Madeline Smith. When I shared with Madeline my plan to make a meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House near Children’s Memorial Hospital, she jumped at the chance to get Target involved. They contributed $150.00 in groceries!

The moons and planets all moved into alignment when my dear friend Sal Swanton, of Swanton Video Media, Inc. (sal@swantonvideomedia.com), had an amazing idea; let’s make a video to raise awareness about Ronald McDonald House Charities and their Meals for Moms program. Once again, Target jumped at the chance to help the community, allowing us to shoot our video in their store.

Now, I’m practically a movie star since Sal and his crew of 5 (including Megan, hair and makeup guru, who followed me around all day. Perhaps she makes house calls……) filmed me shopping (my all time favorite activity) at Target, making my famous Egg Casserole, and visiting Ronald McDonald House. To see our awesome video, please visit me at my website https://moreismoremom.wordpress.com/video/ 

Now that I had done all of my grocery shopping, it was time to bring our meal to Ronald McDonald House. On a warm and sunny Sunday morning, my friend Missy and I, along with our own families, brought a brunch feast to share with the families staying at Ronald McDonald House near Children’s Memorial Hospital. Our menu included:

  • Egg Casserole
  • French Toast
  • Bacon
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Homemade Buttermilk and Cinnamon Bundt Cake
  • Muffins
  • Orange Juice


Everybody loves a good egg casserole. For the recipe, and step by step photos, please visit me at:


My Bundt Cake was also a HUGE success; light and fluffy, cinnamon-y goodness! Here’s the recipe:

Buttermilk and Cinnamon Bundt Cake

 It’s so tasty you might want to make two!

Pre-heat oven to 350°

1 package of white cake mix

1 cup buttermilk

½ cup butter, melted

5 eggs

3 Tbsp brown sugar

3 tsp ground cinnamon


1 Tbsp sugar

Top with Creamy Buttermilk Frosting (for details, see end of recipe)

In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat;

White cake mix




5 eggs, 1 at a time

Beat until creamy smooth

In a small bowl, combine;

Brown sugar


Using the shortening, grease the Bundt pan and sprinkle with sugar

Spoon 1/3 of the batter into the Bundt pan

Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture evenly over the batter

Pour the remaining batter in the pan

Bake for 45 minutes or until the cake sets and a toothpick comes out clean

Cool then flip over onto a wire rack or platter

Drizzle with Creamy Buttermilk Frosting

1 cup of powdered sugar (plus more if necessary to thicken)

2 Tbsp melted butter

1 tsp vanilla

1 Tbsp buttermilk (plus more is necessary to thin)

Slice and serve to the delight of your family and friends…….

While we were at Ronald McDonald House, we had the privilege of learning about the guest’s family stories and their struggles. We made a small contribution, but what we received in exchange was immeasurable. It really does feel good to give. Visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities website to find out how you can help www.rmhcccni.org

More caring, more healing, more nurturing, more moms helping moms……

To contact Sal Swanton:

Swanton Video Media, Inc.

913 W. Liberty Drive

Wheaton, IL 60187

630-221-0331, ext. 12

To schedule and Interior Design appointment or a speaking engagement, please email me at moreismoremom@aol.com


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Let’s Get Cookin’! Join Me at Whole Foods, Naperville, Sponsored by the Triblocal…..

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…..more fun food events! I hope you can join me, Thursday, March 24, as I demonstrate how to make one of my favorite pasta dishes at a great event sponsored by the Triblocal at Whole Foods in Naperville. While I love to cook and experiment with new recipes, I wasn’t always such a food aficionado. In fact, when Chuck and I were first married we had a sign on our refrigerator that read, “Dinner will be served at the sound of the smoke alarm.” Ha, ha.

One day, I had an epiphany. Nick was just a second grader and Amanda, a pre-schooler. In our customary more-of-everything-is-always-better mode, I picked my pals up from school in a mad dash to take Nicholas for extra special training on the hockey treadmill. In retrospect, though it was super cool, it might have been an excessive exercise. We would drive 35 minutes from home to an accelerated sports training facility (please note that we are not on the fast track to the Olympics or the major leagues, hence the “excessive” perspective. He’ll be an awesome skater as he referee’s games, plays club hockey and, eventually, men’s league.), where Nick would slip into a harness that was attached to a cable, that ran on a track, attached to the ceiling with a pulley system. He would skate on a treadmill made of simulated ice, in an effort to improve his stride and efficiency. The pulley system was in place to save him from being mutilated in the mechanism of the treadmill should he fall. It was a total Mission Impossible deal, where, like Tom Cruise, Nick would be suspended in the air from the cable, inches away from imminent danger.

Anyway, after school, on our way to the hockey treadmill the kids were starving, so I took them through the fast food drive thru for a quick snack. As soon as Nick was finished, he slipped into his uniform so we could go directly to his baseball game. By the time we got off the highway, the kids were starving again, so, we did the unthinkable…..we went through the fast food drive thru for a second time in one day. How gross! We had hit an all time low; bad for your health and bad for your wallet.

Since that moment of clarity, I have been obsessed with cooking for my family and being prepared. If we were out for the day, I would pack a cooler full of sandwiches, fruit, snacks and beverages. Why waste money on bad food and eating out? Over the years, I have learned how to make beautiful meals that frequently rival those that we once enjoyed while eating out. And besides, as our kids got older and much busier with school and athletics, they never wanted to go out to eat anyhow. They just wanted to be at home, enjoying our house and our time together. It makes them feel special when I make them some of their very favorite recipes.

I’m all about making more memories for my family and friends, and what better way to do that than over a great meal? I’m excited to demonstrate how to make my fabulous shrimp pasta dish, which is so delicious that you may never feel the need to eat out again. Also on the panel is Johanna Cook, of Momma Cuisine, and Jim Higley, the Bobblehead Dad. So, if you get a chance, swing by Whole Foods in Naperville (2607 W. 75th Street), Thursday, March 24th at 7pm to learn how to make some of our family favorites. Attendees also can enter a raffle to win a $50 Whole Foods gift card and a bag of Whole Foods Market groceries.

More family, more cooking, more meals, more memories……

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