Roasted Corn Summer Salad

Roasted Corn Saslad

Today’s recipe is the perfect side dish to just about any summertime meal. Our weekly trips to the farmer’s market become more exciting and more as more local produce comes in season. We don’t have local corn yet but soon and today’s recipe will be the perfect one to make when it does. In the meantime I’ll use corn on the cob from somewhere else! As soon as my tomatoes are ripe I’ll be using those too although they are calling this the “year of the green tomato” because of [Continue Reading…]

Berries & Cream

Berries & Cream

We are in full berry season here in the Northwest. Our lack of sun this summer has delayed everything a bit but the berries are alive and well. I went raspberry picking last week and the vines were covered and they were falling off the vines. I’ve been having fun playing with lots of fun berry recipes this week but sometimes nothing is better than just simple berries and cream. A bowl of ripe, sweet, fresh picked berries covered in a light, lovely whip cream. Because I have been on [Continue Reading…]

Honey Butter}Wild Orange

Wild Orange Honey Butter

This post is honor of all my Utah friends who celebrated Pioneer Day this past weekend. We had a celebration here in Oregon too on Saturday. For those of you who may never have heard of Pioneer Day, it is July 24th. It marks the day that Brigham Young and the pioneers who went West with him entered the Salt Lake Valley. I have no pioneer ancestry but my husband does so we are always grateful for July 24th and the opportunity it gives us to stop, ponder and remember [Continue Reading…]

Pretty Aprons} Flirty Aprons

aprons

I have always loved the William Morris quote: Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. I believe this quote also applies to aprons. Not only are aprons very useful, I wear one every day (I’m a messy cook), but they can be beautiful too! I love a pretty apron and have admitted to my apron addiction here on the blog before. Aprons can be so beautiful that you want to hang them on your kitchen wall like a piece [Continue Reading…]

Quick and Easy Orange Rolls

Orange Rolls

My mother makes amazing orange rolls. They are required at every Easter and Christmas dinner. They are a lovely yeast roll. The downside to that is they take a bit of time to prepare, allowing for all that rising time etc. And then there are those who are afraid of yeast. Well, I’ve got a great alternative for you yeast fearing, not enough time in my day people! Last week I spent three lovely, sunny and warm days in Central Oregon with some girlfriends. Upon our arrival my friend Jane [Continue Reading…]

Brownies for a Crowd

Brownies

One of the best parts of being a blogger is all the really nice bloggers you meet along the way. I attended my very first blogger conference a few years ago and one of the first people I met was Laura from Real Mom Kitchen. She was so friendly and kindly let me hang a bit with her and her sister that day. I love Laura’s blog and have used many of her recipes. When she told me she was coming out with a cookbook I was so excited for [Continue Reading…]

Proscuitto, Pine Nut and Spring Greens Salad

Salad ala Merrill

I love having friends that are wonderful cooks. I especially love it when they invite me over for dinner.  My friend Merrill is one of those wonderful cooks. He and I did a bit of a trade.  I went and spoke at a church meeting he was asked to speak at, a presentation on social media etiquette and in exchange he cooked dinner for Jim and I.  I think I got the better end of the deal! Dinner was delicious and the presentation was amazing as it always is.  Merrill’s [Continue Reading…]

An Empty Nest – A New Purpose

yourhomebasedmom

So it is official, we have an empty nest.  Tessa, my baby, has left for college.  She is attending summer term at BYU in Provo and will then continue on to Fall term. I had been dreading this day for a while, for years actually as we have moved closer and closer to “that day.” That’s how I referred to it in my head  “that day.”  “That day” when all four children would no longer live at home full time. Well, we are there. It is hard when, after 27 [Continue Reading…]