Clam Chowder

clam chowder

  Somehow this recipe disappeared off the blog – thanks Erin for letting me know.  I love that her seven year old has been begging her to make it! It is so good that it definitely needs to be put back! For years we hosted a New Year’s Eve Soup Party.  This soup was always the first one gone.  My family and friends love this soup.  If you are a clam chowder fan you must try!  I think the secret ingredient is the pepper bacon! For some of my other [Continue Reading…]

What Santa brought…

I just had to share with you what Santa brought me this year…. you see when I was a kid (in the 1970’s) there was an older couple who went to our church – Dolores and Karl Schaffer.  They were quite old – in their 80’s but they were amazing people, full of life and energy.  They had a tandem bike which they rode all over town and on road trips – pretty amazing for their age.  When they finally decided they were too old for the bike they gave [Continue Reading…]

Cinnamon Syrup


T’was the day before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring – except for me, mom – whose “to do” list is still too long! (including updating my blog).  Actually the kids are stirring  because this morning, the day before Christmas, is the first time we have all been together long enough to go downtown and get our “traditional” family  picture taken with Santa. My sweet college boys arrived home Thursday evening – tired and hungry after a week of finals and with suitcases full of dirty [Continue Reading…]

Holiday Recipes – Breakfast Pizza

breakfast pizza

  I thought since it is just a week before Christmas that I would share with you some of the Wilkes Family’s holiday recipes.  My children are VERY tradition oriented.  We have some pretty strong traditions when it comes to food at our house and you better not try to veer away from them or the ranks revolt!  One strong holiday food tradition is Christmas morning breakfast. After the opening of presents, the Wilkes Family enjoys a breakfast of cinnamon rolls (the Rhodes frozen ones that rise and bake in 30 [Continue Reading…]

Organizing Tips – #1 – Recipes!

I will be the first to admit it – I am a recipe addict.  I love collecting and trying new recipes.  The only problem with this is that you end of with piles of recipes!  Keeping control over those piles can be a bit of a challenge as well as trying to relocate that great recipe you tried and want to make again!  If you are a regular reader of my blog you have hopefully been adding to your collection of recipes. One of my blog readers, Rachel,  asked me how [Continue Reading…]

Winter Chopped Salad

Winter Chopped Salad @yourhomebasedmom

Last week I attended the “Angel Tree Project,” an event sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of American Mothers.   I am currently serving as one of the Vice Presidents for the Oregon Chapter.   It is a wonderful group that encourages, supports and recognizes mothers and families.  Please check out their website for more info – they have chapters in other states also.  As part of the “Angel Tree Project” we purchase and wrap gifts for children of prison inmates.  Following the gift wrapping we had a potluck luncheon.  I had cut out [Continue Reading…]

Catch Up Day


Have you ever felt like you just weren’t getting everything done?  Do you have too many projects that won’t fit into your weekly/daily schedule?  Too many loose ends – not enough time!  I feel that way quite often – especially with a homebased business when there are so many other distractions during your day.  Those “waiting to be done” piles/lists just keep getting higher and longer.  Those piles/lists can include things like getting that customer newsletter out, making needed phone calls, bookkeeping, bill paying and even things like sewing on a [Continue Reading…]

The Cookie Jar – Hidden Surprises

I love surprises!  I especially think it’s fun to bite into a cookie and find something you didnt’ expect (as long as it is some form of chocolate!)  This week I had the girls from my church class (14-16 year old girls) over for a holiday cookie baking night.  One of the girl’s moms (thanks Claudia!) taught them how to make some fun Christmas cookies and one of them I just have to share because it was so good – Snowballs.  The best part of this cookie is that hidden inside [Continue Reading…]



This post is a day late because yesterday, Monday, a typical “office day” for me was also a day off of school for the girls.  So I decided to take the day off  too and play with my girls.  We enjoyed a day together and took a field trip to the IKEA store that opened this summer here in Portland – it is like a Disneyland for the house!  We had fun and decided to re-decorate Cali’s room while we were there.  I love being a homebased mom and having the [Continue Reading…]