Treat Yourself

A Barrington mom spreads the word and the dip


On the outside, Barrington resident Jackie Hennessey looks like she has it all together. She can cook, clean, take care of her kids, hang out with her husband, work as a PR consultant and blogger, volunteer and – to top it all off – she recently published a book. However, as her witty and honest How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker: Mom-to-Mom Whines, Cheese, Rants and Recipes reveals, it isn’t always as easy as it looks. Each of the 23 chapters in the bright pink book has a recipe for a creative dip and a two- to three-page anecdote on the real life chaos that she and her friends have experienced as busy moms. Whether it’s dealing with a child who tells his preschool teacher that his mom lets him drink wine or sharing a recipe for the perfect Texas Queso Dip, this gorgeous gal will have you nodding your head in agreement and rolling on the floor laughing. You may even feel inspired to get something off your chest. If so, post it on her blog at or visit her in person at her book signing at Hollies on the Avenue in Barrington on May 17. So, while it may look like Hennessey is spreading herself too thin, she is really spreading a delicious dip seasoned with a healthy vent sesh.


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