Food

Finding Deals for Thanksgiving Meals

Guest Post by Stephanie Nelson, Founder of CouponMom.com Make your Thanksgiving dinner one of the best bargain meals you prepare this year. By shopping the sales and using coupons, you’ll save big while your family and friends rave about your delicious meal. Just follow these tips for... Read More

Help Feed the Hungry this Season

As we focus on Thanksgiving and our wonderful Midwestern abundance of food, we’re reminded that not everyone is so lucky. Fortunately, there are a number of ways for us to help hungry families. Oaklee’s, along with our friends at Hope Lutheran, @Properties, and other local organizations... Read More

Fall Festivals 2016

Here are some local Fall Festivals in October & November. Check Oaklee’s calendar of events for even more fall fun and our other posts for Halloween Fun. Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes Halloween Family Fun for all ages Haunted Houses for older kids Fall Festivals   Oct. 21... Read More

Fun Halloween Crispy Treats

Here are some fun ideas for your Halloween party treats. In her new book,  Super Cute Crispy Treats, food crafting expert Ashley Fox Whipple shows you how to create cute and colorful treats instead of offering the same boring snacks. The treats offer a healthier alternative to traditional desserts, and moms... Read More

Fall Apple Picking

Nothing says Fall like the smell of fresh-baked apple pie. I still can’t replicate my grandmother’s recipe because she used the perfect apples picked fresh off her backyard trees. If you’re looking for that fresh-picked taste, or just want to get out of the urban sprawl... Read More

Summer Festivals in June 2015

Chicagoland is know for it’s great neighborhood festivals. You have to get to at least one a month. There are so many to choose from every weekend! Find more events and lists of art festivals, car shows and more in the Oaklee’s Summer Guide.    June 4-7 Taste... Read More

Make Your Own Chinese New Year Dumplings!

Recipe provided by China Institute Dumplings, called jiaozi in Mandarin, have been popular in China for hundreds of years. They’re especially popular on Chinese New Year. This year, Chinese New Year starts on February 19. We will be moving from the Year of the Horse to... Read More

Oaklee’s Review: Make Your Own Chocolate Kit

Here’s a fun twist on Valentine’s Day Chocolate: a Make Your Own Chocolate Kit from Glee Gum. This kit comes with all the ingredients you need to make a few Valentine’s Day treats. The kit contains organic ingredients like cocoa butter, cocoa powder, confectioner’s sugar, starter... Read More

Five Ingenious Ways to Feed Even the Pickiest Eaters

Oaklee’s Guest Post by Harriet Foster If your child is a picky eater, don’t despair. You’re not alone! Most children go through a fussy phase with regards to their eating, so it’s certainly not unusual or anything to worry about. Nevertheless, there are a few things... Read More

What to do with Leftover Halloween Candy

After the kids (and you!) have eaten your fill, here are some ideas on what to do with your leftover Halloween candy. Turn it in for the troops. A number of local dentists’ offices are participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back program. You turn in... Read More

Downers Grove Chilympics

Chili Cook-Off September 27, 2014, 12-4pm Join us for a day of chili, live music, beer and food vendors and fun for the entire family! Entry to the festival is free and chili samples will be available to purchase. This International Chili Society sanctioned, home-style chili... Read More

Half Price Mini Golf at Holes & Knolls

Are you looking for a family-friendly activity for your school days off? Swing over to Holes & Knolls Miniature Golf Course for half-price mini golf! Located within Maryknoll Park (845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn), Holes & Knolls Miniature Golf Course features 36 holes of miniature golf... Read More

CSBarks Dog Festival

Give your Dog its Day on Sept 14 at CSBarks Dog Festival “Every dog has their day!” Tails will be a-waggin’ and noses a-sniffin’ at one of the largest dog festivals in the Chicagoland area, voted No. 7 in the US by Animal Planet. CSBarks Dog... Read More

Little Yelpers Club Field Trip

Get your permission slips ready! In celebration of National Family Fun Month, you’re invited to join us August 9-31 for Yelp’s first ever Little Yelpers Club Field Trip. Exploring the North Shore one kid-friendly place at a time, we’re setting out to discover stops for classes,... Read More

Encourage Kids to Eat Healthy Food

When was the last time your child sat down at the dinner table and said, “Gee, thanks for this delicious plate of healthy food! Can I have seconds?” We can’t promise these tips will convert your picky eater into a fruit and vegetable fan, but they... Read More