Tomato Pesto Orzo Soup

Tomato Pesto Orzo Soup @yourhomebasedmom

Tomato Pesto Orzo Soup is a dressed up version of a childhood favorite.I was pretty much raised on tomato soup.  Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches were pretty much the go to lunch at least during those cold winters in Wisconsin! When I walked home from elementary school each day for lunch, even in the winter, with 10 feet of snow on the ground (or at least that is how much snow I told my kids there was) a nice warm bowl of tomato soup was the perfect thing to warm [Continue Reading…]

Lemon Curd

Lemon curd

Lovely lemon curd tastes just like sunshine! We’ve been having some rather gloomy, cloudy, foggy days here in Portland.  There has been a lack of sunshine and I was physically and mentally craving some sun.  Since I have yet to figure out a way to change the weather and hoping a plane down to sunny San Diego wasn’t an option this week,  I decided to make some sunshine in my kitchen – lemon curd.  The very sight of a lemon makes me happy and the smell and taste are even [Continue Reading…]

The Perfect Slow Cooker Pot Roast

The Perfect Pot Roast

Another easy and delicious slow cooker recipe for you – the perfect slow cooker pot roast.There is something about pot roast that just SCREAMS comfort food to me.  It doesn’t just say it, it screams it!  Growing up there was always some kind of roast on Sunday.  Sunday was a special day and it was the day we had roast.  It wasn’t necessarily pot roast but it was some kind of roast.  I shared my Sunday Pot Roast recipe here. You may have noticed that I called todays recipe “perfect”. [Continue Reading…]

Raspberry Cream Meringue Pie

Raspberry Meringue Pie

Raspberry Cream Meringue Pie is light and sweet.  A pretty and delicious treat for your Valentine dessert. One of my favorite desserts, EVER, is this lovely lemon angel pie.  We have been making it at our house for almost 30 years and it is still my favorite lemon dessert. One of my favorite parts of it is the meringue crust the filling is put into.  I am a big meringue fan.  Remember those meringue heart shaped cookies I shared a few weeks ago?  Another favorite. When I came across this [Continue Reading…]

The Perfect Rice Krispie Treat

Rice Krispie Treats

Do you think you know how to make a Rice Krispie Treat?  Today I’m sharing a few secrets on how to make the Perfect Rice Krispie Treat. Everyone knows how to make Rice Krispie Treats right?  You just follow the directions on the back of the marshmallow package or the cereal box.  You can do that and you will get an average Rice Krispie Treat.  Today I want to share with you a few secrets on how to get the Perfect Rice Krispie Treats.  Who wants to be average when [Continue Reading…]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party

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Welcome back to Inspiration Monday! We’re so happy you stopped by to party with us today. Need some inspiration? You’ve come to the right place! Check out all the fabulous and creative  ideas below.  Of course, if you are a blogger, link your latest creations and have your work  seen on 7 different blogs! I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle Redhead Can Decorate| Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom twelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom This week’s features were selected by Leigh Anne from [Continue Reading…]

25 Heart-Shaped Treats

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Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts from Real Housemoms Chocolate Dipped Krispie Treats from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe Chocolate Dipped Meringue Cookies from Your Homebased Mom Chocolate Heart Pretzels from Simply Designing with Ashley Chocolate Shortbread Heart Cookies from Two Peas & Their Pod Cupid’s Arrows {with Homemade Gumdrops} from Mom on Timeout Dark Chocolate Cookie Butter Truffles from Lady Behind the Curtain Dark Chocolate Heart Cut-Out Valentine’s Cupcakes from Persnickey Plates Ding Dong Valentine’s Chocolate Hearts from Chocolate Desserts OMG Easy Lollipops from Bitz & Giggles Easy Red Velvet Oreo Sandwiches from [Continue Reading…]

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Today I’ve got a yummy and healthy recipe for you over at The NY Melrose Family as part of a Healthy Recipe series my friend Jenny has going on.  Aren’t we all trying to eat a little healthier this year?  I do pretty good with meal time but snack time is always a challenge for me.  That’s when I want to grab something sweet.  Today I am sharing one of our favorite go to healthy snack foods  – Roasted Red Pepper Hummus! Head on over and visit me at The NY [Continue Reading…]

Oatmeal Carmelitas


The other day I was having a major chocolate and caramel craving.  No amount of water or healthy eating could satisfy the craving.  So I caved. I made a batch of Oatmeal Carmelitas.  When I went to get the recipe I realized it wasn’t on the blog!  How could such a cookie staple not be on my blog.  Oatmeal Carmelitas is a recipe that any serious baker/cookie maker should have in their baking repertoire! Oatmeal Carmelitas are a classic.  I have made them for years and years.  The original recipe [Continue Reading…]