Triple Chocolate Mint Cookies

Triple Chocolate Mint Cookies

Celebrate St. Paddy’s day or any day with these yummy triple chocolate mint cookies. So when my kids were young and living at home I pretty much ignored St. Patrick’s Day. Call me a bad mother if you must.   Even though I have Irish blood in me, it just wasn’t my thing.  Some years  I didn’t even wear green on St. Patrick’s Day.  I’m a bit of a rebel!  But living in the blogging world that I do, I’m not sure I could call myself a real blogger if [Continue Reading…]

Lovely Lemon Rolls

Lemon Curd Rolls with Lemon Drizzle

These lovely lemon rolls are full of lemon curd and drizzled with lemon glaze. This post is sponsored on behalf of ACH brands but all opinions are my own. You don’t need to pull my leg to share more lemon recipes in fact by the time I’m done, you might be yelling  NO MORE LEMON!  But I hope not. Today I’ve got another yummy lemon roll for you but this one is filled with that sunshine on a spoon I shared a few weeks ago, yes, lemon curd!  I look for pretty [Continue Reading…]

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Carnitas

slow cooker salsa verde carnitas

This slow cooker salsa verde carnitas is definitely a family favorite around here! I think today’s recipe gets the award for the most cooked recipe by my college kids.   I’ve had college kids for about the past 13 years (the baby graduates this April!!) and my four kids have probably made this recipe more than any other one while they’ve been away at college.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  It’s easy and it’s delicious! It is made in a slow cooker and it also makes a [Continue Reading…]

Using Instagram to share your Family History

Using Instagram to share your family history@yourhomebasedmom

I grew up with a love for family photos and stories and a mother who loved family history, stories and photos too.  She was lucky to have had a grandmother who loved sharing the family stories and photos with her.  That is how family history is preserved.  It is passed down from generation to generation.  The scary thing is though, that if a story is not shared and written down, it can disappear in just three generations.  Three generations is only you, your parents and your grandparents.  If that story [Continue Reading…]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party

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Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party… Can you believe it is already March FIRST??? Wow! Each week is a struggle to feature just a few of you, because there is SO much inspiration linked up. Thank you so much for taking the time to be here. It is inspiring to see your creativity and talent. To search all of our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday, Don’t forget to tweet the post(s) you link up using our hashtag. We love to search the hashtag and retweet you as a big [Continue Reading…]

Lime Sherbet Freeze

Lime Sherbet Freeze

Lime Sherbet Freeze is such a fun thing to make for St. Patrick’s Day.  It is a nice alternative to all the green mint treats out there right now! We are big ice cream fans at our house, always have been.  When I was young one of my favorite treats to get at the local drive, The Spot was a “freeze.”  I loved pulling up at the drive-in, having the server come out of her little booth and hook that tray onto our car window.  They made their own root beer [Continue Reading…]

February 2015 Stitch Fix


It’s been a few months since I shared what came in my Stitch Fix box.  The holidays kind of got in the way I guess.  I’m still getting a box each month and still loving it.  Some months are definitely better than other months.  Last month I only kept one thing out of the five but this month I kept three.  Some months I’ve kept all five!  The best part of Stitch Fix is that I can keep what I want and send back what I don’t want so easily. [Continue Reading…]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar

One of my favorite emails to get is an email from one of my readers sharing a recipe with me.  I love it (hint, hint!) A few weeks ago I received just such an email from Jenny and it contains today’s recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.    Jenny said, “I have found an amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe since moving to Sammamish. It is usually the first to be eaten up at any event. Trick is to under bake.” You know what a chocolate chip cookie fan and there was no way [Continue Reading…]

How to Start a Blog

How to Start a Blog

I love being a blogger.  I feel so blessed to have been able to do something I really love and make money doing it for the last 7 years! Blogging is a lot of work but it is also a lot of fun. This past weekend I was able to attend the Build Your Blog Conference put on by Six Sisters Stuff in Salt Lake City Utah.  This is my third year attending this conference.  Besides looking for any excuse I can find to go to Utah (where my girls [Continue Reading…]