Crepe Bar Bridal Shower

Crepe Bar Bridal Shower

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely holiday weekend.  We flew our flag and gave thanks to all the men and women who have served and who are serving our country.  Last week we were able to spend a little  time with our “adopted son” James who just returned from his tour in Afghanistan and are so grateful for his safe return and for his service.  We also drove to Seattle on Monday to see a Mariner’s Game – Jim and his girls.  Safeco Field has great food! One of [Continue Reading…]

Framed Chalkboard Tutorial

Framed Chalkboard

I love using signage at parties.  I like people to know what they are eating!  Pretty signs just add that extra touch. Over the years I have acquired quite a collection of signs, easels and other various things to use as signage at parties.  One of my favorite things to use is a chalkboard.  I have several small chalkboards that I have used at parties but I decided I needed a big chalkboard.  I mean really big – 28 x 50 inches to be exact. We are planning an Italian [Continue Reading…]

Artichoke Spinach Dip with Chopped Pecans

Artichoke Spinach Dip with Chopped Pecans

Artichoke Spinach Dip with Chopped Pecans is a delicious appetizer. The addition of pecans to a favorite appetizer adds flavor and texture. I love a good artichoke dip. I have shared a couple of yummy recipes here on the blog.  There was Artichoke and Spinach Dip and  Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Dip.  Both are so good.  Since I live by the philosophy that you can never have too many good recipes I have another variation on a theme for you today. The ladies in our neighborhood had a belated Mother’s [Continue Reading…]

Fabric Pennant Banner Tutorial

fabric pennant banner www.yourhomebasedmom.com

One of my favorite decorations to make for a party is a fabric pennant banner.  A banner just makes everything more festive!  It’s also a great way to tie your color scheme together. It also gives me an excuse to play with fabric which I love. You may remember the banner I made for our family Christmas card photo this last year. And here is the one I made for my Mummies Night Out last October. Tessa’s Sail Away Graduation party was the perfect excuse to make another one!  This [Continue Reading…]

Graduation Party Planning}The Idea Board

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Note:  If you are in the Portland are don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway for the free tickets to an advance showing of a fun new kid’s movie! One of the first things I do when planning a party, after selecting the theme, is to put an idea board together.  I usually do this on my computer.  When I find photos, usually on other blogs, of ideas I like that would work for my party I copy the photo to my desktop and then put it in a [Continue Reading…]

Herb Roasted Chicken

Herb Roasted Chicken may be one of the easiest things you ever make for dinner!

So today’s recipe will probably be the easiest recipe you ever see here on the blog. It may be easy but it is so good!  A juicy, moist chicken with a delicious, crispy skin. Yum!! Just get yourself a nice little chicken.  New Seasons here in Portland carries some nice free range, organic chickens. The first step is to clean out the insides – yes, just stick your hand in there and pull it out.  I must admit it grosses me out a little bit.  At least with a turkey [Continue Reading…]

Baked Oatmeal

Start the morning off right with a delicious bowl of baked oatmeal.

Start the morning off right with a delicious bowl of Baked Oatmeal. I have been doing a lot of experimenting in the kitchen the last few weeks.  Most of it has involved things like rice flour, tapicoa flour, potato starch, xanthan gum, honey, agave,  etc.  All of this in our attempts to help Cali feel better.  We paid a visit to our favorite naturopath and after a series of food sensitivity tests we decided to pull her off wheat (gluten is not a problem), sugar, dairy, red meat, yeast, and [Continue Reading…]

Graduation Party Planning#2}The Invite

invite

I’m on an invitation roll this week. Our second graduation party/open house, actually the first one as it will be the week before, is going to be for our family and friends. The other party is for their high school friends.   We decided to keep this party fairly simple since we are doing the big Sail Away party the next weekend. We choose a “Smart Cookie” theme.  Because she is such a “smart cookie.”  Get it?!  We are going to put together a fun Milk & Cookie bar for [Continue Reading…]