Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Join us and learn how to make meal time Simple, Healthy, & Economical

Do you need help with dinnertime madness? Join us and learn how to make meal time Simple, Healthy, & Economical! Wildtree is a USDA Certified Organic meal planning company with tools and product that offer - No GMO’s - Preservative Free - Peanut Free - No MSG, Fillers, or Dyes Register to attend the workshop or the tasting event! You will make 10 meals for your family if you attend the workshop. Select a menu and you will order your 7 full-sized products and get all the tools needed to make these simple healthy delicious dinners. 

Come to taste or come to the workshop! Workshop attendees will select a menu (see menus below - Crockpot, Healthy Comfort, Kidtastic, Everyday) then will receive a shopping and prep list upon registration. Participants get 7 full sized Wildtree products, recipes, labels, and shared ingredients. Leave with 10 meals ready to freeze! Average cost per serving is about $3.50! You can't eat fast food for that price! 
GIVE BACK to someone in need... Optional: donate one of your meals or complete an entire workshop of 10 meals for a local family in need ~ a mom of three battling stage 4 cancer. 
I personally will be donating 100% of the host rewards to the Fox Valley Food for HealthOur mission is to build a vibrant network of people within the Fox Valley community that are committed to well-being, healthy food and caring for each other. Our vision is to build a caring network that provides nurturing, healthy meals to clients and their families who struggle with the challenges of serious illness, particularly cancer. At the same time we are educating: providing teens with the opportunity to grow whole foods, cook nutrient-dense meals and give back to their community. To accomplish these goals, we leverage the skills and interests of talented adults who teach and mentor the teens in regard to life skills that will endure—cooking, caring, nutrition, teamwork and giving. Clients also learn– as they eat fresh, organic food which stimulates and supports the healing process.


Tuesday November 18, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM CST
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Eola Community Center Room 100
555 S Eola Rd
Aurora, IL 60504


Michelle Parker 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gluten Free YUMMIES

Eating gluten free can be terribly challenging and often times, not very tasty! Here are a few recipes I recently discovered that satisfied even my southern tastebuds! Perfect timing for the upcoming Spring Celebrations! Here you go... Gluten Free Carrot Cake and Gluten Free Multigrain Bread. Find more recipes and shop for Wildtree products at: Enjoy!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Spring Garden Party

Springtime in Chicago seems to be a slow time coming this year. We have had nearly a full week of rain and cold weather, but I created my own Springtime with a Garden Party! 

I started with a burlap runner that I bought on clearance at Target, but making your own runner from a piece of burlap is super easy! Here is a wonderful tutorial on "how to make your own burlap runner" from a great blog, The Well Crafted Home. You will love this blog for many reasons. I then used some holiday greenery that I use almost year-round for color and texture.

 Then I started building various levels for my party items. First, I added this awesome piece, my At Home 2- tier basket that I find a great value because I use it for everything and in any room.

Great for fruit or veggies for everyday use, or in a bathroom with towels, soaps, and sponges. I even did a Easter Bunny arrangement in it this March...

 For today, it will hold my plates, napkins, cups all made with recycled product of course! Moss is one of my favorite items I re-use over and over! A little touch can make a big difference. I added a few moss covered balls that I made myself - tutorial on my pinterest page.

Next I added a touch of mood lighting - candles inside various lanterns...

Tuck in a few little touches of whimsey that reflect the theme.

 And for the POP of color, you can be creative, use real orchids or affordable flowers from the local grocery store, or choose one of our fabulous silk florals that you can have forever...

 And who can resist this beauty? 
These cute little cupcakes I got at Target, added my own frosting embellishment, and topped with a gummy butterfly! SIMPLE!

And as for the food... that's another post for another day! Hope you enjoy hosting your friends for a little Garden Party. And hopefully where you live is warm and sunny!! If not, create your own spring indoors.
Happily At Home,

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday Brunch - Sharing LOVE and Appreciation

Recently I was enjoying a lunch date with my my girlfriends when our friend, Becky, shared something that really was a wonderful idea! She said that she and her husband had decided to think every day about why they loved one another. If you know Becky, she's quite a jokester and I knew she had to be kidding, right? She was serious! Okay, I'll give it a whirl. Interestingly, I was just reading the same concept in a wonderful book, "The Compound Effect" (thank you Tricia Smith for the gift of this book). The author shares the story of how he kept a journal of all the things he loved about his wife. At Thanksgiving, he gave her the journal as a token of his love. He shared that the experience of writing this journal made him fall in love all over again with his wife. Okay, so where is this going? Well, I decided a while back to practice this with my sweet man and you know, it was amazing... I realized I had married an incredibly honest (brutally sometimes), dedicated, loyal, and hard-working man who was a great dad too! This past weekend I decided to renew this habit and to celebrate an especially hard week (95 hour work week) and how proud I was of his dedication to his job and making our world a safer place. So, I decided to FEED him delicious food!! Those of you who know us well, know we love to cook and EAT! So I popped on some jazz music and marched out to our crazy garden... my man can grow some tomatoes! I had to literally crawl under the plants to get to the herb garden!

Look how yummy and healthy...While I chopped veggies for omelets, Rob enjoyed the fresh fruit and bloody marys (his recipe of course).
The omelets were "custom-made" to order! Normally my health-conscious partner only eats the egg whites, but we do splurge once a week on something special. So this week it's the whole egg, but filled with fresh veggies, herbs, and 2% cheese! Hint... use the Willow House Tuscan Garlic Dip mix to add a punch of flavor to your egg mixture!!

Everything smells so delicious... I even turned the omelet without making a mess!
Brunch is served alfresco... another gorgeous day in Chicago! So much to be thankful for, including my husband! What a great meal we had together. It's those precious moments from our hectic lives that make life worthwhile! I would highly recommend this habit of keeping a journal or mental notes on your loved one! So, make time to appreciate your loved one and share your love... even if it's on plate!
Tuscan Omelet Recipe:
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup coarsely chopped spinach (optional)
1/4 cup chopped basil (or your favorite herb)
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup shredded cheese (Italian three cheese mix, or swiss, cheddar, again your fav)
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp Willow House Tuscan Garlic Mix

1. Blend - process eggs and 2 Tbsp of milk in a blender until blended. Melt butter in 8 in nonstick skillet over medium heat; add spinach, herbs, and tomatoes, and saute 1 minute until spinach is wilted. Add salt, pepper, Tuscan garlic mix and egg mixture to skillet.

2. Lift and tilt. As egg mixture firms, flip, add cheese, and enjoy!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring is Coming... I hope!

Here in Chicago, it doesn't feel like Spring quite yet. The temperatures are in the 30s today...brrr! BUT the sun is shining and I get the fever - Spring Fever! I run out to feed the birds and spot a few of my tulips and hyacinths peeking up from the ground!! There is hope...

It's all I need to get a jump start on Easter decorating and planning! (Stay tuned for recipe updates!)
Love that I don't have to invest in tons of plastic stuff I have to store for holidays. By simply adding the color of the season with linens, flowers, and veggies to my dinnerware collection, I'm good to go!

I LOVE Spring!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Welcoming Foyers

Organizing A Gift Wrap Station

Get Organized before the holidays hit!! One area of organization that saves me tons of time is having my gift packaging items organized and easy to move from one location to another. A tiered basket is perfect for holding bowls filled with ribbons, trims, tags, stickers, tape, pens, scissors, and festive embellishments. A container to store gift wrapping paper, gift bags, and tissue. Next time you want to wrap birthday gifts by the fireplace you have everything together to make gift wrapping fun rather than frustrating! Off to wrap gifts for a birthday "Winter Wonderland" party!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Think PINK Party for Breast Cancer

Recently I held a fundraiser, "Think PINK Party" for the Susan G Komen Foundation in honor of a friend and neighbor battling breast cancer. You could use this same idea for any Spring Celebration.

Using the simple, basic products makes doing a theme party so easy and fun. By simply changing the colors of flowers, linens, and even food, I could incorporate a beautiful theme for this special occasion.

A FUN day and all for a GREAT cause! Enjoy your Spring and sharing your home with family and friends!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Winter Wonderland Table Setting

LOVE simple white or creme dinnerware... so versatile! Here I created a winter wonderland tablescape using pottery and pops of icy blue.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Inspiration is Everywhere

Inspiration for decorating (or life for that matter) is everywhere. Take today for instance. I was walking Duke along the lake in our neighborhood and was overcome with a sense of awe at the beauty surrounding us - the water, birds, blue sky, and this gorgeous willow tree.As I walked home, I was so inspired, that my mind began to race with excitement about creating a special floral arrangement for my friend Erin's Baby Shower this weekend. She is a very hip chick so, I wanted to reflect that same spirit in her arrangement! I also knew my budget was slim (whose isn't these days?) With that in mind, I wanted to use elements from my own garden and yard and since she is having a boy, browns,greens,and creams were a perfect choice! Then, as I approach my house, I am instantly drawn to my front garden and have a plan! My new friend, Annie, had just taught me how to create a gorgeous centerpiece using a simple cream urn. How perfect is the fleur de lis embossed on this rich, creamy pottery urn? I knew Erin, my hip, mommy-to-be would love it!After a big glass of water, Duke and I headed outside to the back yard to begin playing with our flowers (well Duke napped in the shade)!First, I recycled the floral oasis Annie had shared with me. Then I created a "collar" around the top of the urn with hosta leaves... I chose these hostas for their varigated color.
Then I added a row of this fun shrub... not even sure what it's called, but love it! It brought a sense of whimsy just like Erin does when she enters a room! I loved these fun chartreuse and brown clusters of texture!
Next, I added stems of hydrangea flowers, giving the arrangement a feminine, vintage feel. The newest trend in decorating is mixing vintage with modern... did you know that? You should have a party with me, so I can share more tips with your friends!
For the height, I decided to go with the leggy stalks from the hosta plants. They seemed to be that masculine punch I was looking for... even though the flowers had already done their thing, it was a nice touch.I thought I was done when I started back into the house, I walked past my fern and decided why not add some fern? What do you think? Do you like it better with the fern or without? Remember, this is a special arrangement so I need some feedback!
All in all, I think it looks okay. Annie, did I make you proud?! Thanks, my friend, for the lesson, letting my borrow your urn, and for our new friendship! It's what I love most about our business!

Now go my friends, look for inspiration in everyday things. Decorating doesn't have to be expensive. It can actually be free!

Stayed tuned for more pictures from the shower! And Erin, you better not have that baby until after the shindig!p.s. Isn't Duke cute? This is his idea of "exercise"... no wonder he's so "fluffy" and me too!

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