Tantalizing aromas of freshly baked breads, hearty soups or homemade pies filled the Sandburg dining room. While they were a very busy and independent family with a host of varied interests, they did come together whenever possible for lunch and dinner. After dinner, Sandburg would often play his guitar for a family sing, or read from his current work, or they might put on the radio to hear Jack Benny or Fibber McGee and Molly or the evening news. Ella the cook served macaroni and cheese, fresh garden salads, yogurt, homemade ice cream, goat's milk, and Mrs. Sandburg's Neufchatel. Carl Sandburg's red thermos contained fresh brewed coffee with goat's milk and a spoonful of honey. Birds entertained outside while they enjoyed their meal.