Pink Bridal Shower

pink 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...]

Chalkboard Menu Board Tutorial

chalk

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

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 Day luncheon last week.  We like to sit outside so we had to wait for a day when it wasn’t raining.  That [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...]

Celestial Salad

celestial salad

One of our all time favorite salads is Celestial Salad.  We have made it for years and it is always on our Easter menu as well as making frequent appearances on our dinner table on other nights of the year. I especially enjoy this salad in the spring and summer months.  There is just something about a salad with oranges in it that says “Spring” to me! The dressing is very light and the salad is full of yummy things like cucumbers, green onions, celery, and oranges.  I always add [Continue Reading...]

Graduation Party Planning}The Idea Board

booo

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...]

Roasted Chicken

chicken

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

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 a whole list of other things.  The whole thing was a little [Continue Reading...]