May & June 2014 Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

I’m a little late with this Recommended Reads post.  I like to do them every two months and it’s almost time for the July & August one so I figured I better get this one done! I’ve got some good books for you this time!  What have you been reading lately?  Be sure and leave me a comment to let me go.  I love hearing what you are reading and I add many of them to my list! May Recommended Reads Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford.  This book was [Continue Reading...]

Make a #NaturalDifference Giveaway – $100 Shutterfly Gift Card

Multnomah Falls

One of our favorite family activities is hiking.  Some of our favorite places to hike are some of the national parks we have close by.  A particular favorite here in the Portland area is Multnomah Falls. Today I am excited to join together with Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter  and their “Make a Natural Difference” campaign  Working together to help in their efforts, along with the NPCA to spread the word about protecting and enhancing America’s national parks!   I am lucky to live close to several of America’s prettiest National Parks and I [Continue Reading...]

25 Magic Bar Recipes

25 Magic Bar Recipes

What’s not to love about a Magic Bar!  Today we’ve put together an amazing round up of 25 mouthwatering, drool worthy Magic Bar Recipes for you!   Don’t know what a Magic Bar is?  It’s an old fashioned favorite that  uses sweetened condensed milk to create a delicious, ooey gooey layer.  They  are also called Seven Layer Bars by some and I’ve seen others call them Five Layer Bars depending on how much you add to them.  Whatever you call them – call them delicious! Pin away!!! Apple Butterscotch Magic [Continue Reading...]

Spicy Sesame Salad

Spicy Sesame Salad

Summer is winding down.   Cali, my teacher daughter has her first day of school today and Tessa heads back to BYU in Utah today for her senior year.  Jim and I are back to being empty nesters after having at least one child home the last five weeks.  I miss them already. Summer was all about salads at our house and many times a salad was the main attraction at dinner. I served today’s Spicy Sesame Salad as a side dish but you could easily dress it up for a main [Continue Reading...]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party


Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party! This is the place were you get tons of exposure… and INSPIRATION! I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Redhead Can Decorate | Refresh Restyle Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom | twelveOeight | Your Homebased Mom When you link up here, your project is seen on 6 blogs. We also love to feature folks on our Facebook page, so be sure to follow us so you don’t miss it. This week it’s all about TOMATOES. Gardens are producing tomatoes in abundance, so now [Continue Reading...]

Your Homebased Mom Top Ten Most Viewed Posts!

Most viewed posts

You may or may not have noticed that posting was a little light last week.   I had all of my kids home for the week and I spent a lot of time playing and cooking! I was pretty much in heaven and we spent the week enjoying the Oregon Coast at our beach house in Manzanita.  While we were there one of my kids asked me what my most popular blog posts were and I wasn’t really sure. I did a little research on Google Analytics and thought it [Continue Reading...]

Cubby’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

CUbby's Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

Last week I shared with you one of my favorite salads I get at a Provo, Utah restaurant I visit on my frequent trips there to see my kids.  I fixed it for dinner several times in the last few weeks.  The last time I served it my daughter, Tessa, who is home for a little bit this summer informed me that although she liked the Tri Tip Steak Salad her favorite Cubby’s salad was the “chicken one.” So of course I had to oblige and fix her favorite salad [Continue Reading...]

Back to School Apple Donuts

apple donuts

This year may be the last first day of school that we ever have.  Our baby will start her senior year of college.  We’ve had a lot of first days of school at our house. It’s been about twenty five first days of school if my math is right.  So unless someone decides to go back for a graduate degree (we have two of those already) we may be done with back to school. The first day of school is just not the same when they are off at college and there [Continue Reading...]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party

from the garden

  Link up on one blog and be seen in 6 different places: I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Redhead Can Decorate | Refresh Restyle  Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom | twelveOeight | Your Homebased Mom Summer may be closing in on us but this is one of my favorite parts of summer because the garden is bursting with goodness.  So many yummy veggies to use and lots of fruits and berries too! Today’s features all showcase things that can be found in the garden, whether it’s your garden or the farmer’s garden! This week’s selections [Continue Reading...]