Texas Sheet Cake

The Best Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake is the perfect combination of chocolate cake and brownies all in one! One of my favorite desserts to make when I am cooking for a crowd is Texas Sheet Cake.  I have a recipe that I have used for years that I love.  Whenever I am in the mood for something good and chocolatey, Texas Sheet Cake does the trick!  It would be the perfect dessert for your upcoming Labor Day potluck BBQ too! I have tried a lot of Texas Sheet Cake recipes over the years [Continue Reading…]

The Best Baked Beans

These truly are the BEST Baked beans. They are requested at every BBQ we have!

These truly are the best baked beans.  They are one of my most requested recipes at our neighborhood potlucks! This baked bean recipe came from my husband’s Aunt Dawn and has been a family favorite for decades!  If you have a BBQ potluck planned for the holiday weekend this is the perfect thing to make! What makes these baked beans so special?  A lot of things like brown sugar, bacon, onion, and ketchup. One of the tricks of wonderful baked beans is baking them for a long time.  These beans [Continue Reading…]

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Blueberry Crumb Bars are a delicious layer of blueberries sandwiched between sugar and butter! Blueberry season has come to an end here in Oregon but I’m not tired of blueberry recipes yet! I love berry pies – all kinds. Just like the Marionberry Bars I posted a few years ago, these Blueberry Crumb Bars are almost like eating a berry pie – just in the form of a bar!  And if you haven’t tried the Marionberry Bars you are definitely going to want to do that!!  They are so good.  If [Continue Reading…]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party

inspiration monday in party image

The rains have returned to Portland and fall is in the area.  We’re already seeing lots of fun fall inspiration pop up at the party (as evidenced by today’s features). We had a wonderful summer but I’m ready for the fall and all that comes with it, even the rain! We can’t wait to see what inspiring things YOU have been up to!   As always, you can link up on one blog and your creativity is seen across all eight.     Inspiration for Moms | I Should Be Mopping the Floor  [Continue Reading…]

GoodnessKnows. Try a little goodness.

favorite hiking snack

  Last week was my husband’s birthday.  It fell on a Wednesday so he decided to take part of the day off.  I told him he got to plan the day and he picked one of his favorite activities – hiking.  We headed down to Silver Falls State Park for an afternoon of hiking. This is usually  the view I have when we my husband and I go hiking together…. Yeah, he usually takes off in front of me and I bring up the rear!   But he always carries [Continue Reading…]

Banana Bars

Banana Bars

Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are the perfect way to use leftover bananas! When you find a couple of ripe bananas on your counter what is the first thing you think of ?  Most likely – it’s banana bread!  Well, next time you find a couple of ripe bananas give this recipe for banana bars a try – they are so yummy! It makes a huge batch since it uses a big jellyroll pan so there are plenty to share.  It’s a good “potluck” dessert since it makes so [Continue Reading…]

Enchilada Casserole

Enchilada has the same great taste and flavor of regular enchiladas but so much easier to put together.

Enchilada Casserole makes dinner planning so easy. All the taste and flavor of regular enchiladas with less work! School doesn’t start here in Portland until after Labor Day but I’ve seen lots of photos on Facebook and Instagram of the first day of school from other parts of the country already.  This will be the first year in over 25 years that we haven’t had anyone going to school.  Unless you count our daughter who is a school teacher and she already had her first day of school last week [Continue Reading…]


Tomato Brushcetta is the perfect thing to make with fresh garden tomatoes @yourhomebasedmom

Bruschetta is a favorite way to use up ripe tomatoes at our house. I’ve been having to do some readjusting to my cooking this week.  Now that we only have one child at home I am finding I am making too much food!  For dinner last night I cut the recipe in half and still had enough leftovers for another meal!  Yikes!  One plus is my grocery bill should go down. Another thing we have lots of at our house is tomatoes!  Yes, it’s tomato time!  We’ve got lots of ripe tomatoes [Continue Reading…]

Slow Cooker Southwestern Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Southwestern Pot Roast was voted the best pot roast he's ever had by my husband. He's eaten a lot of pot roast!

Slow Cooker Southwestern Pot Roast is tender and delicious! Just possibly the best pot roast I’ve ever made. After my husband took a couple bites of this he announced,  “This is the best pot roast I’ve ever had.  Don’t tell my mother!”   I loved it! My husband is a real  meat and potatoes kind of guy from Idaho so he grew up eating a lot of roast so this man knows his pot roast.  I have to say I pretty much agree with him on his verdict.  It was [Continue Reading…]