Holiday Fun: Bake Craft Sew Series


Happy Halloween!  I hope you’re enjoying a fun and safe day.  The trick or treaters here in Portland will be getting a little wet tonight.  I grew up in Wisconsin and spent many years trick or treating in my snow coat and snow boots.  In fact, I am sure in this picture my sister and I both had thermals and snow pants on under our costumes!  Can you tell which one is me?? Tomorrow is November – can you believe it!  I am so excited for what I have in [Continue Reading...]

July, August, September 2014 Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

Time for another Recommended Reads post!  I hope you enjoy seeing what I’ve read because I know I really enjoy hearing from you what you’ve been reading. I’m not sure what h appened in July but it must have been a busy month because I only got one book read! July Recommended Reads The Girl in the Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold.  The one book I read in July was for Book Club and I liked it, I didn’t love it.  By the author’s own account this is a work [Continue Reading...]

Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti

Spaghetti – it is one of my favorite childhood food memories.  It was one of my mom’s go to meals when we were growing up,  spaghetti and these awesome enchiladas!    Both of these recipes are pure comfort food to me. Today’s recipe is a fun twist on my favorite homemade Spaghetti and Meat Sauce. Johnsonville put a challenge out to take a favorite recipe that usually calls for hamburger and to substitute sausage. I immediately knew mine had to be spaghetti.  So not only did I change up the [Continue Reading...]

Halloweenie Roast 2014 – Hot Dog Bar

Halloweenie Roast 2014

Last night was our annual Halloweenie Roast.  A fun party we host each year for some of our neighbors.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know how much we love our neighbors and spending time with them.  Even though we are empty nesters we still love celebrating Halloween.  We even dress up!  Our annual Halloweenie Roast is one of my favorite events of the year!  I think I might enjoy Halloween more now as an empty nester than I did when my kids were little! The menu [Continue Reading...]

Copycat Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

Lofthouse Copycat Sugar Cookies

I love getting emails from my readers whether it is asking me a question about a recipe or letting me know how much they love the blog.  I even appreciate the ocassional email that lets me know I have a typo in a post!  I really do.  One of the most frequent email I get is one asking me for the recipe for the pink frosted cookies I am holding in my profile picture. I always get a kick out of those emails because I have to write back and [Continue Reading...]

25 Pleasing Pancake Recipes

25 Pleasing Pancake Recipes on Your Homebased Mom

We love pancakes at our house – for breakfast or dinner.  Today we’ve got a lineup of 25 amazing pancake recipes.  So many fun flavors and forms!  Happy Cakes! Apple Cider Pancakes from French Press Banana Bread Pancakes from Chef in Training Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Crazy for Crust  The Blueberry Pancakes of Your Dreams from Baked by Nature Brownie Batter Pancakes from Something Swanky Buffet Pancake Dippers from Lady Behind the Curtain Carrot Cake Pancakes from Maple-Cream Cheese Drizzle from White Lights on Wednesday Chocolate Chip Bacon & [Continue Reading...]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party

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Who is ready to be ridiculously inspired? From recipes to projects to FUN, we’re constantly amazed by all of the awesomeness linked up here every week. Thank you all for partying with us week in and week out. It just wouldn’t be a party without ya!  To search our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday, and feel free to follow us all on social media via our blogs. AND, be sure to tweet your links using our #InspirationMonday hashtag, as well. We LOVE retweeting your awesomeness! When you par-tay with us, you’re [Continue Reading...]

Sweet & Tangy Marinated Grilled Chicken

Sweet and Tangy Marinated Chicken

Sweet & Tangy and Quick & Easy! I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  Today’s recipe is one we made a lot this summer and if you are looking for something easy to make for dinner this weekend today’s recipe is it! Sweet & Tangy Marinated Grilled Chicken can be made with chicken thighs or chicken breats, whichever you prefer. I really like to grill chicken thighs because they are so much more moist than a chicken breast.  The marinade is a combination of honey, soy sauce, greek yogurt and [Continue Reading...]

Mulligatawny Soup

Mulligatawny Soup

Mulliga what?  That’s exactly what I said when I ran into a friend from church at a local soup and salad restaurant.  She was going in to see if they had Mulligatawny soup that day.  I pretended like I knew what she was talking about and quickly went home and Googled it. Here is what I learned.  Mulligatawny soup is a curry flavored soup that is Anglo-Indian cuisine.  The soup is typically thickened with lentils or rice.  I Googled around some more and found various recipes for Mulligatawny Soup.  I [Continue Reading...]