Picnic Menu Ideas by Guest Blogger Lisa Pearson


I was so inspired by Lisa’s post on picnics yesterday that we had a picnic this week!  So fun!  In today’s guest post Lisa shares with us some of her top picnic menus and what kind of containers she packs it all in.  She has also included a few photos and recipes for some of her favorite picnic foods! What are some of your favorite things to take on a picnic?  Here are some of Lisa’s: Menu #1 Sparkling Apple Juice Caesar Salad with Leftover BBQ Chicken-box container Caesar Dressing-condiment [Continue Reading…]

Holiday Granola – Gift Giving Idea

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I love giving gifts, so obviously one of my favorite parts of the holidays is deciding what I am going to give everyone. Because I am such a foodie, giving food gifts is just a natural for me. At our house during the holidays there seems to be an unending parade of candy and cookies. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE candy and cookies and I make plenty myself but sometimes I crave something just a little less sweet, something a little crunchy and maybe just a tad bit healthier. [Continue Reading…]

Summer Picnic Ideas with Guest Blogger Lisa Pearson


This week I am excited to welcome my blogging friend Lisa as a guest poster here at Your Homebased Mom. Lisa blogs over at Simply…This,That and the Other. Lisa has truly been blessed with the gift of hospitality.  She uses her gift to bless the life of her family and friends.  She adds her special touch to all she does and can take a simple meal and create a fun and memorable experience from it. She is also the Queen of Picnics. Summer has finally arrived here in the Northwest [Continue Reading…]

JDawg Sauce


I don’t eat hot dogs very often.  In fact there are only two places where I will eat a hot dog. Manzanita Mudd Dogs.  A fun hot dog stand at the beach. Manzanita Mudd Dogs is this great little hot dog stand in our beach town.  The man that runs it is so great!  He imports his buns and hot dog supplies from Chicago so it is a true Chicago hot dog!  So good – the best part is the celery seed he sprinkles on top.  All of his profits [Continue Reading…]

Jamba Smoothies at Home


Note:  It’s going to be a nice and warm day here in Portland so I’m throwing in this extra bonus post and offer today! For a chance to win some make at home Jamba Juice smoothies go leave a comment over here.

Sweet & Sour Salad

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This is the last of the recipes from my mom’s 80th birthday party. If you missed any of them you can check out the post on quiche, pink lemonade cake, and salads Today’s salad recipe was a nice addition to the salad buffet at the party. It is also an easy one to add chicken to and make into  a main dish.  I did not use chicken in it for the luncheon. The dressing has a nice sweet and tangy flavor to it. For the party I used grapes but [Continue Reading…]

Asian Spinach Salad

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Today I have another recipe from my mom’s Vintage 80th Birthday Party Luncheon. In addition to the 3 different quiches that I served there was a selection of salads also. I made the yummy corn and blueberry salad. Yes, I know it sounds like a weird combination but you just have to trust me on this one – it is wonderful! I also had some of Pioneer Women’s Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad left over from our Fourth of July celebration. We also had today’s recipe – Asian Spinach Salad and [Continue Reading…]

Finding 50}Days 197-203


It is summer here in Oregon!  Yeah!  The sun is shining and we have actually turned on the air conditioner.  The hydrangeas are in full bloom in the garden so they helped fill my pretty quota for the week.  Enjoy! July 19 – Day 197 I love the combination of the chartreuse green barberry with the pink lacecap hydrangea. July 20 – Day 198 I love hydrangea so much I even put them in my pots.  Here is a new one called Pinky Winky.  It’s not too pinky yet! July [Continue Reading…]

Book Club Recommendations


Just a quick post to share a link to a great site if you are looking for a new book to read. Thanks to my friend Dawn and fellow reader who shared with me the site Book Movement.  They have a great list of the 100 top Book Club Book Recommendations.  There are a lot of great books on the list – I have read 35 of them and have a lot more on my To Read list. Check out Book Movement.  Let me know how many of them you [Continue Reading…]