Gimme s’more stash bash

In order to break free from the winter properly, Hoyne hosted a Mustache bash. Partly a send off for our dear friend Selene, and partly an excuse to bend some gender norms, but mostly just a way to gather good friends and eat delicious food! Check out these photos below!

Posted March 31, 2012 by lisa | Leave a comment

Hoyne Mango Fest 2011

Mangoes are the most important fruit in the world 

That’s right, you heard it here first. And in light of this breaking news the Hoyne House had a mango festival!

The event began with a viewing party of the women’s World Cup Final USA vs. Japan in our living room turned sports lounge.

Women's World Cup Final

Japan came out victorious

Florida Mangoes

Lisa cuts a delicious Florida mango

Post-game came the mango fest. Lisa had just returned from the “real” mango festival at the Fairchild Botanical Gardens in south Florida where there were hundreds of varieties of mangoes on display, many for sale and tasting. Mango varieties from Thailand, India, Mexico, Ecuador, Africa, Australia, Hawaii and Florida. But before you say, “shipping mangoes in from all those places sounds terrible for the environment!” THEY WERE ALL GROWN IN FLORIDA! South Florida has a perfect climate for growing mangoes and at Fairchild they grow over 500 varieties from around the world. No joke. In this picture Lisa is cutting a Matuska Mango (Keitt variety grown in Lisa’s parents’ yard).



grill masters

So we ate the mangoes fresh and threw a few on the grill along with some zuchinni, corn, fish, hot dogs and eggplant… mmmmm…


If you missed it, no worries, there will be a mango fest 2012…

Posted August 13, 2011 by lisa | Leave a comment

Garden-water, mulch, bricks, love.

A sunny, lazy Sunday morning turned into a bustling Garden day for the Hoyne House.

The tasks were simple:

Leslie working in Garden

  • Lay mulch in between the sprouts
  • Extend brick path around our compost
  • Plant some more potted plants like Cilantro, Parsley, Lavendar…
  • Eat Leslie’s ice cream birthday cake and share some garden workday beers!

Here, Leslie is working on the main bed which has lettuce, chard, kale and sugar snap peas. Behind her are metal towers which house several types of tomatoes and peppers- special thanks to Claire from Bridgeport for giving us the starters! There’s also a BIG BUNCH of mint for… tea? mojitos? salads? Any other ideas?

Georgie, as always, protected the mulch bags from being stolen with his fierce and unwavering glare…
Georgie sits on a pile of mulch
“You touch this mulch and I’ll lick you to death!”

The pole bean tower is ready and waiting for it’s green and vine-ey friends to creep up and adorn it’s strings. Also in this bed we have… BROCCOLI. Around the compost bin is thyme which will help us to fill in the empty spaces nicely, keep things green and keep weeds out. I think the Rolling Stones said it best…

Pole beans
Porch aerial shot

Our little garden, compost and patio path was extended by 9 bricks to make more seating area in the garden patio, as well as provide easier access to the compost bin. Maria, Lisa and Jen did a number on this area and have the muscles to prove it.

Last but not least, Selene swept, mopped and de-shabbed the porch like a champion… right in time for us garden workers to scuttle across it with our dirty shoes. SORRY!

Porch shot

On a related note, the beautiful day ended with the FIRST EVER (this year) Hoyne House Sunday Soccer Exchange, where everyone and anyone (did I mention anybody) is invited to join us in McKinley Park for some soccer fun. Just bring some shoes, some water and your positive attitude and we’ll have some form or combination of soccer going! We could even branch out to other sports (Lisa will take proposals)

A formal Hoyne blog farewell to Elena and Abigail- you will truly be missed around here!
AND… Welcome to our new, temporary house visitor Emily- It’s great to have you back with us for a bit!

Posted June 6, 2011 by lisa | Leave a comment

Hoyne Work Day

We had our first work day of the season and the primary focus was THE GARDEN.View of the garden from the second floor
Before we begin laying seed into the ground, we decided there needs to be a little revamp of the garden’s layout, including a solar-lighted brick path from the sidewalk to the garden and compost area, and new barriers to protect the plants…

It was a full day of back-breaking (and nose bruising… sorry Maria) labor under the chilly Chicago sun. We decided to take a break to go watch Lisa’s indoor soccer championships down the street, but by that time the real work was done. It looks like a completely new backyard and maybe just a little competition for the neighbors…

Plants we plan to grow in our garden:

Tomatoes, Kale, Chard, Lettuce, Beans, Peas…

Herbs: Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Mint, Marshmallow
Medicinal Herb Garden (front yard)- Nettles, Comfrey, Lemon balm, Nasturtium, Echinachea

ALSO… Horseradish: Our house’s patron plant, which is growing strong in the corner of the garden. It’s in honor of the house’s previous owners who, early last century, provided horseradish to the neighborhood

Georgie the dogGeorgie, protector of the garden looks on with pride…

Posted April 18, 2011 by lisa | Leave a comment