Washi Tape Easter Eggs

Washi eggs

I have developed a new little addiction this year.  Washi Tape. For those of you who don’t know what Washi Tape is – it is Japanese masking tape.  It isn’t like the boring cream colored masking tape we use here in the US – it is pretty masking tape.  So of course I had to have me some.  I had to have me a lot! Here are  just a few of them. I am using Washi Tape on lots of things.  It is a fun and colorful way to tape [Continue Reading…]

Easter Decor – 2012

Easter Decor

For Easter this year I incorporated several things I love – grass, eggs and my milk glass collection on my family room mantel.  Milk glass is a recent new love of mine.  I love finding pieces at Goodwill and antique stores.  Not only is it pretty but it is fairly inexpensive.  Because it is white it is also very versatile! It was the perfect addition to my Easter mantel this year.  I filled various pieces with eggs and  Easter grass.  I love being able to incorporate the milk glass into [Continue Reading…]

Peep Round Up

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In preparation for Easter I thought it would be fun to do a little Peep Round Up – a collection of the different Peep and Easter ideas I have shared the past few years. I found a common theme in most of my Easter posts – they almost all had Peeps in them. Guess I kind of like those little fellows. One of my favorite Easter ideas did not involve Peeps – Bunny Cookie Bark.  So pretty and delicious. One of the things I love about Peeps is that they [Continue Reading…]

Peeps on a Stick

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So if you have read my blog for any length of time you know that I am a bit of a Peep fan. People usually either love them or hate them.  I love them. I have loved them since I was a kid.  They are just so darn cute!  Of course, my favorite way to eat them is after they have dried out for a while. Well, I couldn’t let this Easter season go by without a Peep idea or two.  The Peep company actually came up with this idea [Continue Reading…]

Grow Your Own Easter Grass

Grow your own Easter Grass @yourhomebasedmom.com

It’s time. It’s time to plant your Easter grass.  Ever since my kids were little we have planted Easter grass. It is a fun way to add some seasonal decor to the house and the Easter dinner/brunch table.  It’s simple, easy and inexpensive to do but you do need to plan ahead. Easter is now less than 2 weeks away so it’s time to start.  Last year I shared with you the process I use to grow your own Easter grass but I decided it bares repeating.  Besides being a [Continue Reading…]

Happy Weekend


Hope you had a happy weekend!  I spent it at the beach with my Beach Babes. My babes are a group of friends I have known for over 20 years.  We first went to the beach together over 20 years ago and named ourselves the Beach Babes.  We have been going back every year since.  I love these women – they are my heroes and women I look to and admire so much. Each of them has and does face their own battles and challenges.  The strength and courage they [Continue Reading…]

Roasted Tomato,Pesto and Sausage Gnocchi with Toasted Walnuts

Roasted Tomato,Pesto and Sausage Gnocchi with Toasted Walnuts

Recently, Johnsonville Sausage sent me a box full of lots of fun Italian foods to play with in conjunction with their Johnsonville Kitchen Italian Inspiration competition where you can win a trip to Italy!  In the big box was a small box of gnocchi.  For those of you not familiar with gnocchi it is basically an Italian dumpling made out of flour and potato. But for me gnocchi brings back some fun childhood memories.  Growing up in Wisconsin my very English blooded father started an Italian gnocchi company and named [Continue Reading…]

Lemon Curd Bars

Lemon Curd Bars

So with Easter only a few weeks away, cherry blossoms and daffodils are blooming in my garden I am totally in the mood for lemon. Lemon and Spring just go together, at least at my house. In fact, at my house lemon goes with everything. I am a total lemonhead! I love everything about lemons, the taste, the smell, the color and the shape. In my book you can’t go wrong with a lemon although I do have some non-lemon lovers at my house! My friend Jodi knows of my [Continue Reading…]

Caramel Brownie Bites – Pillsbury Bake Off Finalist!


Today I get to introduce you to my friend Marjean.  Marjean is a finalist in the Pillsbury Bake Off!  Yes – that famous baking/cooking competition.  That contest where the prize is one million dollars!! Marjean leaves for Florida in a couple of days to compete with 99 other Pillsbury Bake Off finalists so I thought it would be fun to share with you the yummy recipe she will be competing with and give you an opportunity to send her lots of positive thoughts and good wishes. Marjean is a sixth [Continue Reading…]