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…]

Monday Inspiration Linky Party

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Welcome back to Inspiration Monday! You guys are crazy awesome talented! Each week we are wowed by your ideas, thank you so much for sharing them with us! We are so honored to share your creative and inspiring projects on all 8 of our blogs! Let’s gets this inspiration party started… I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle Redhead Can Decorate| Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom Inspiration for Moms | Our Southern home The features from last weeks party were [Continue Reading…]

Trader Joe’s Salad

Trader Joes Salad

This Trader Joe’s Salad is amazing!  It has quickly become a favorite at our house. For more delicious recipes be sure and follow me on Instagram. I am lucky enough to live five minutes from a Trader Joe’s.  I know not everyone is as fortunate.  Today’s salad is called Trader Joe’s Salad for a reason,  all the ingredients can be bought at Trader Joes.  But before those of you who don’t live near a Trader Joe’s click off you can still make this salad.  I will provide you with substitutions [Continue Reading…]

Berry Lemon Tart

This Berry Lemon Tart is almost too pretty to eat but I'll force myself!

This Berry Lemon Tart is the true definition of pretty and delicious! This week one of my sweet friends is enjoying her first trip to Paris, a place she never thought she would get to visit.  I am so excited for her and when she sent me a video of her boat trip down the Seine to see the Eiffel Tower I felt a little like I was there with her.  Paris is one of my most favorite places to go. When we were in Paris a few years ago we couldn’t [Continue Reading…]

Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries and Smokey Fry Sauce

Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries with Smokey Fry Sauce

Sweet Potatoes make the perfect shoestring potatotes. The smokey flavor of the fry sauce is a perfect combination with the sweetness of the sweet potato shoestring fries. I have always been a fan of shoestring potatoes.  It dates back to my non-potato loving days when the only potatoes I would eat were french fries and the thinner the french fry and the crisper the french fry the better!  After having been married to an Idaho boy for 34 years I have learned to eat a few more potato dishes other [Continue Reading…]

Spicy Honey Glazed Chicken

Spicy Honey Glazed Chicken

This spicy honey glazed chicken is so easy to prepare and tastes delicious. Can cook it on the grill or in the oven. Buying my husband a new grill for Father’s Day was one of the best presents I ever gave myself,  I mean gave my husband! It makes summertime cooking so easy and the no mess in the kitchen is even better.  Putting some meat in to marinade first thing in the morning and then pulling it out thirty minutes before we want to eat is the perfect kind [Continue Reading…]