Halloweenie Roast – 2009

Halloweenie Roast 2009

Last night we hosted a Halloweenie Roast for some of our neighbors.  I am so glad my neighbors still have younger children! This will be the first Halloween I haven’t had to help one of my children come up with a Halloween costume – Tessa will be hanging out with friends but no costumes!  Fortunately my neighbors enjoy borrowing the dozens of costumes I have stored away in the costume boxes in the attic.  Years worth of fun homemade costumes to share!  This year Olivia is going to make good [Continue Reading…]

Herbed Oatmeal Bread

Herbed Pan Bread

Because Halloween and trick or treating usually involve rain where I live I always like to send my children off with a tummy filled with nice warm homemade soup.  The soup can be made ahead or earlier in the day. I don’t have anyone young enough to trick or treat anymore but we still carry on the tradition of soup on Halloween night. Nothing goes better with a pot of soup than some nice warm bread.  Since Halloween day can be filled with lots of activities, parties etc. something that is [Continue Reading…]

Candy Corn Bar

Candy Corn Bar

A Candy Corn Bar is a fun addition to your Halloween party – so many fun flavors of candy corn are available. Now that my kids are all grown up and most of them gone from home I need to get my little kid fun fix with my neighborhood kids! We have invited several of the neighborhood families over for a Halloweenie Roast on Friday night.  We are hoping for no rain so that we can roast hot dogs out on the fire pit! I have been busy working on [Continue Reading…]

Breast Cancer Giveaway


We’ve been a tad bit busy around here this week – hosting 3 parties in one week can do that to you! I can’t wait to share some photos and details with you but right now you just need to click on over to iLashGirls and enter a wonderful Giveaway in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. We have two amazing prizes you can win just by leaving a comment. Go on over and check them out! I’ll be back later today (after this mornings party) to share with you a [Continue Reading…]

Dressed Up Caramel Corn} Peanut Butter/Chocolate & Butterscotch/White Chocolate

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Caramel Corn

Looking for something new and yummy to fill those Trick or Treat bags? Try today’s dressed up caramel corn recipe! Last week I put together a care package for my college kids (actually two college kids and one college graduate!). Last year I went all out with their Halloween care package.  Remember those darling Halloween buckets? I filled them with those cute candy corn rice krispie treats. And candy corn pretzel rods too… Well this year I didn’t get quite as elaborate – just a few too many things going [Continue Reading…]

Blue Artichoke Designs Giveaway Winner


Congratulations to #42 – Michelle Germer who has won the beautiful Victorian Vintage Floral Necklace from Blue Artichoke Designs!  Michelle please use the contact form to send me your shipping info and Vickie will get your beautiful necklace right out to you! If you haven’t checked out Vickie’s two etsy shows – Blue Artichoke and Garden Diva please do.  A perfect place to do some of your holiday shopping – I know I will be! I know some of you have already purchased items from Vickie and had an amazing experience.   [Continue Reading…]

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Candy Corn CUpcakes

Are you getting tired of me telling you how much I love candy corn yet?  It really isn’t even so much the taste of candy corn – athough I do love that too but it’s just that candy corn is so cute! I have been waiting to share today’s recipe with you for a year now!  I found this idea last Halloween over at  Our Sweet Life. I printed it off and stuck it in my Candy Corn File – yes I have a file just for candy corn ideas! [Continue Reading…]

Julia Child Dinner Party

dinner party

In 2006 I read the books Julie & Julia and My Life in France – both books about Julia Child.  In fact my first introduction to blogging was with the book Julie & Julia. This fall my friend Marsha and I went to see the movie based on the two books.  We both loved it and left the movie craving Boeuf Bourguinon!  We decided on the way home that we were going to have a Julia Child dinner party. Marsha turned 50 last week (hope she doesn’t mind that I [Continue Reading…]

Finding the Pretty:Blue Artichoke Designs Giveaway


Over the next few months, as we get closer to the holidays, I will be “Finding the Pretty.”  Looking for and sharing with you  pretty things that have been made by homebased moms!  You should also find some pretty great holiday gift giving ideas too! If you or someone you know has an etsy shop, blog or website where they share items that they make I would love to spotlight them here on Your Homebased Mom.  Just leave a comment or send me an email about them and I’ll get [Continue Reading…]