Ree & Leigh{Anne} Meet In Person and a Giveaway


Yes,  Ree and Leigh {Anne} have officially met – face to face! Pioneer Women was in Portland yesterday for a cookbook signing at Powell Books in Beaverton.  How could I pass up the chance to meet Ree – well, I couldn’t! I arrived at the store at 4:00 p.m. to find 70 people ahead of me in line.  Not bad seeing as there would be over 430 behind me in line by the time it started at 6:00 p.m!  I got my ticket and took a seat to wait.  I [Continue Reading…]

The Birthday Boy!


Today my oldest child turns 26 – yes 26!!!  I know it is hard to believe I could possibly be old enough to have a child that old, but I am! Happy Birthday Logan! One of the most amazing parts of being a parent is watching your children turn into the people they are suppose to be.  Watching Logan turn into the person he is suppose to be has been a pleasure, a blessing and exciting adventure! Logan is a man but he will always be my little boy. He [Continue Reading…]

Finding 50}Days 98-104


This week was full of pretty!  Lots and lots of amazing flowers and everything turning green!! April 12 – Day 98 A trip down to the Woodburn Tulip Farm – so amazing!!  I couldn’t just pick one pretty picture so you get four!! April 13 – Day 99 There is plenty of green going on out in my garden . April 14 – Day 100 The lilacs are blooming – so yummy!! April 15 – Day 101 Lemon Curd!!! April 16 – Day 102 Pretty roses from my husband. April [Continue Reading…]

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet cake is a classic and a favorite! This is the last day of Eat Cake or at least for a while.  I still have so many amazing cake recipes to share with you we will have to do another Eat Cake week soon! To conclude our week of yummy cakes I wanted to share Pioneer Women’s Red Velvet Cake.  You see, Pioneer Women is coming to Portland on Monday,  April 19th so I thought it was appropriate to feature one of her cakes at the conclusion of our [Continue Reading…]

Tea Time Carrot Cake

tea time

Welcome to day five of Eat Cake! Several of you have reminded me of a book I read several years ago – Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray. It is a delightful book about a woman who uses cake baking as therapy. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend it. She even has recipes in the book! Today we have a guest baker at Your Homebased Mom! My friend Meg emailed me the other day to tell me she had been inspired by all the cake posts here on the [Continue Reading…]

Fresh California Orange Cake

orange cake

Several years ago when my mother was doing some cleaning out, she gave me a little spiral bound cookbook of recipes from a women she had known years ago -Marilyn Martell.  Marilyn was an amazing cook and baker.  Her little cookbook is full of county fair prize winning recipes.  Marilyn has won numerous Sweepstake and Best of Show Awards and one year won 77 ribbons!!!  In total she has won over 300 ribbons at various county and state fairs!  This woman knew how to bake! Marilyn’s husband was also my [Continue Reading…]

Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Curd

pound cake

One of my favorite things to do is eat out!  Fortunately Portland has an amazing selection of locally owned restaurants.  I think I could eat out every day and never run out of fun new places to eat. Another one of my favorite things to do is to try and recreate at home an amazing dish I have had at a restaurant. I recently enjoyed lunch with a friend at the Hands on Cafe, a fun little student run cafe at the School of Arts & Crafts on the west side [Continue Reading…]

Party Guest}Carnival Themed Birthday

Today I would like to introduce you to Larissa of Just Another Day in Paradise. Larissa is the mom of a cute little one year old and a couple of other cuties too! After finishing up her job of being in charge of the school’s carnival Larissa decided to carry over the theme to her son’s one year old birthday party! Lots of fun carnival food – popcorn, cotton candy and soda pop! How  cute is that! Larissa created the personal popcorn cake for her son from fondant.  The biggest [Continue Reading…]

Brown Butter Cake

Brown Butter Cake

Brown Butter Cake is moist and full of amazing flavor thanks to the browned butter. Welcome to Day Two of Eat Cake!  How did you like that amazing Chocolate Cake!? Today’s cake is for you non-chocolate lovers! Does anything taste better than butter?  Just browned butter! One of our favorite ways to have browned butter is with ravioli.  And then there are those Butter Fudge Fingers – chocolate and browned butter – yum! Well, another amazing way to enjoy browned butter is with cinnamon and on a cake! Today’s recipe [Continue Reading…]