your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:18:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lemon-herb-roasted-potatoes/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lemon-herb-roasted-potatoes/#respond Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:00:21 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=29912 lemon roasted potatoesThis Sunday is Easter and many of you may have ham on the menu.  We’re having pork tenderloin at our house, a little non traditional.   Traditionally people serve their ham with potatoes, usually scalloped potatoes or as we like to call them at our house “funeral potatoes.”   I plan on being non traditional in the potato department too because I am serving these yummy lemon herb roasted potatoes!  Lemon is traditional when it comes to Easter after all. As many of you know I am not a huge [Continue Reading...]

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This Sunday is Easter and many of you may have ham on the menu.  We’re having pork tenderloin at our house, a little non traditional.   Traditionally people serve their ham with potatoes, usually scalloped potatoes or as we like to call them at our house “funeral potatoes.”   I plan on being non traditional in the potato department too because I am serving these yummy lemon herb roasted potatoes!  Lemon is traditional when it comes to Easter after all.

lemon roasted potatoesAs many of you know I am not a huge potato fan but these babies were good!  I used red potatoes and cut them up to bite size pieces.  They are then placed in a bath of chicken broth, lemon juice, garlic and Oregano.  It may look like a lot of liquid but it will be o.k., I promise.

lemon roasted potatoesI cooked mine in a glass 9 x 13 but next time I would use a disposable aluminum foil pan because your dish ends up getting pretty dark and black!  Clean up is much easier when you can just throw the pan away.  I only used 2.5 pounds of potatoes since it was just Jim and I.  Using 5 lbs. would feed 4-6 people.

lemon roasted potatoesThe potatoes bake for about 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hours and need to be stirred every 20 minutes.  The liquid will evaporate and you will end up with a nice browned, delicious potato.

lemon roasted potatoesI garnished mine with some fresh parsley for added flavor and prettiness!  The flavor is amazing.

lemon roasted potatoes

For other yummy potato ideas try these:

Roasted Bacon Cheesy Potatoes - Parmesan Roasted PotatoesFresno Potatoes

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Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 3 lb. red potatoes, cut in half or quartered depending on size
  • 3 C chicken broth
  • 1/2 C fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 3 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Place cubed potatoes in 9 x 13 pan (foil pan recommended)
  • Mix together chicken broth, lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, pepper and garlic.
  • Pour over potatoes.
  • Bake uncovered for 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours stirring every 20 minutes as they bake.
  • Add more liquid if needed ( I didn't have to)
  • Liquid will evaporate the final 20 minutes or so.
  • Be sure to stir so they don't burn.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley.

 

 

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Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lemon-roasted-brussels-sprouts/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lemon-roasted-brussels-sprouts/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:00:52 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=29447 Lemon Roasted Brussels SproutsSo I think I may have just begun a love affair with brussels sprouts.  I know, weird, but true. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to finally give them a try.  My first try at brussels sprouts was this recipe for Teriyaki Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts which is delicious!!  Truly amazing.  I think Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts would make the perfect vegetable for your Easter dinner.  I know asparagus is more traditional but these are so good!  I promise! If you are a non believer when it [Continue Reading...]

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Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

So I think I may have just begun a love affair with brussels sprouts.  I know, weird, but true. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to finally give them a try.  My first try at brussels sprouts was this recipe for Teriyaki Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts which is delicious!!  Truly amazing.  I think Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts would make the perfect vegetable for your Easter dinner.  I know asparagus is more traditional but these are so good!  I promise!

If you are a non believer when it comes to Brussels Sprouts I just have one thing to say to you – try it!  Seriously, they have a totally bad rap.  Undeserved in my book.  So they may look a little strange the way they grow and they may look like little baby cabbages but when they are prepared the right way they are yummy! I think they are totally cute. In fact I just bought some seeds so I can grow my own  this summer.

Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

For today’s recipe  I cut them in half and then coated them in some olive oil, salt and sugar.

Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Then place them on a baking sheet and bake them for about 10 minutes and turn and then add in some lemon slices and roast for another 5 minutes or so until they are fork tender.  Time will vary depending on the size of your brussels sprouts.

Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

After you remove them from the oven drizzle a mixture of lemon rind, butter and pepper over the roasted sprouts.
Lemon Roasted Brussels SproutsSprinkle with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  Yum!!

Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I think Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts would be a perfect side dish for Easter dinner or brunch.

Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Recipe slightly adapted from Some the Wiser.

For some other delicious veggie recipes try these:

Teriyaki Glaze Brussels Sprouts -  Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan and Pine Nuts - Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

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Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 lemon, cut into rounds
  • 1 tsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a bowl combine sprouts, olive oil, sugar and salt and toss to coat.
  • Pour onto baking sheet and spread evenly.
  • Roast for 10 minutes and then turn sprouts and add lemon slices.
  • Roast for an additional 10 minutes or until sprouts are golden and tender.
  • In a small bowl combine melted butter, pepper and lemon rind.
  • Drizzle over roasted sprouts.
  • Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese to serve.

Enjoy!

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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/naturally-dyed-easter-eggs/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/naturally-dyed-easter-eggs/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:00:49 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=29834 _DSC0887For Activity Day Girls this week we dyed Easter eggs except we didn’t use store bought dye.  A few years ago I experimented with natural dyes using fruits, vegetables and spices.  I loved the results and the beautiful muted colors you got.  I decided it would be a fun science experiment for the girls to do it too.  It was so fun to see what colors certain fruits and vegetables would result in. The prep work for this is a little bit more intense than picking up a pack of [Continue Reading...]

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For Activity Day Girls this week we dyed Easter eggs except we didn’t use store bought dye.  A few years ago I experimented with natural dyes using fruits, vegetables and spices.  I loved the results and the beautiful muted colors you got.  I decided it would be a fun science experiment for the girls to do it too.  It was so fun to see what colors certain fruits and vegetables would result in.

The prep work for this is a little bit more intense than picking up a pack of Paas Easter Egg dye at the grocery store but it was a really fun activity.

I prepared the dyes ahead of time because of the time involved.  I used red cabbage, red onion, yellow onion, blueberries, paprika, tumeric.  A few things I tried that didn’t work were carrot tops and spinach.  I couldn’t figure out a way to get a decent green color. Surprisingly red onion gives you somewhat of a green color!

naturally dyed easter egg collage

To prepare the dye I used the following:

2 C chopped purple cabbage

1 chopped beet

2 C red onion skins

2 C yellow onions skins  (look through the boxes of onions at the store and you will find lots of loose skins at the bottom of the box.)

2 Tbsp of paprika

2 Tbsp of tumeric  ( found this in the bulk section of the store.

1 C blueberries

Place each of these things into 2 C of water along with 1 tsp salt and boil for about 10-15 minutes.

Strain the water and place in a jar or bowl and add 1 Tbsp white vinegar to each dye.

Allow them to cool before using.

Of course you will also need hard boiled eggs.  We did enough so that each girl would have 6-7 eggs to dye.

I placed all the dyes into small plastic cups and the girls used plastic spoons to place the eggs in and out of the cups.

naturally dyed easter eggs

I wrote the name of what each was on the plastic cups as well as on the table.

You will want to cover your table with plastic and or paper because this can get a bit messy!

naturally dyed easter eggs

 

naturally dyed easter eggs

The girls loved watching to see what colors they got with each of the dyes.  Natural dyes do not dye as quickly or as strongly as store bought dye so you need to have patience if you want brighter colors.  I personally love the softer more muted colors you get.

naturally dyed easter eggs

For really bright colors you may need to leave it in the dye for an hour or more.  Most of ours were only left in for 5 minutes or so.

naturally dyed easter eggs

I think the colors are gorgeous!

naturally dyed easter eggs

 

The blues we got from the blueberries was my favorite I think.

naturally dyed easter eggsI loved dressing mine up a bit in a vintage muffin tin with some paper grass.

naturally dyed easter eggsI think it would make a lovely Easter brunch table decor.  I love decor you can eat!

naturally dyed easter eggs

While some of the eggs were resting in the dye we went outside and planted Easter grass.  For more details on how to do that go here.
PicMonkey CollageFor other fun Easter fun go here:

Peeps on a Stick - Chocolate Covered PeepsMake Your Own Easter Baskets

easter fun

 

 Enjoy!
Leigh Anne

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Monday Motivation Linky Party http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/monday-motivation-linky-party/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/monday-motivation-linky-party/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:00:44 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=29886 inspiration_monday_button2014Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party! Thank you for being here and for sharing all of your talents with us. You continue to inspire us every week! When you link your project here, it is displayed simultaneously on all FIVE blogs at the same time, all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.   Be sure and follow all of us on Social Media as we love to share and promote your posts there too. I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Scattered Thoughts of [Continue Reading...]

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Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party!

Thank you for being here and for sharing all of your talents with us.

You continue to inspire us every week!

When you link your project here, it is displayed simultaneously on all FIVE blogs at the same time,
all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.

 

Be sure and follow all of us on Social Media as we love to share and promote your posts there too.
*Are you following our Inspiration Monday Pinterest board?

(If you are, you probably got a sneak peek at our favorites for the week.)

This weeks features are all about decorating the heart of the home…

the kitchen.

Congrats to all of you who were featured!

DIY DECOR INSPIRATION MONDAY PARTY

Spring Kitchen Nook by Vintage Finds

Portable Herb Garden by Yesterday on Tuesday

Carrot Centerpiece by Simply Suzanne’s At Home

Spring Green Napkins by Modern Monogramming

Checker Board Kitchen Floor by Simply Vintageous

Painted Wooden Spoons by Tiny Sidekick

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Hard-Boiled Egg Bunnies by Five Heart Home

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Please keep in mind:
- Be sure to mingle with other party guests (It’s always fun to click on a few other links to see what fellow bloggers are up to.)
– Link up all of your creative fun, including recipes, crafts, printables, DIY projects and other fabulous things you’ve been up to on YOUR blog.
– Please do not link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties
– By linking up to Inspiration Monday you are giving the five blogs,listed above, permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs.
-If you wish to be featured, please include the “Inspiration Monday Party” button or link on your link party list (find the button on the side bar.)

 


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Be sure and check out the THREE giveaways going on right now on the blog.

Chinet Gift Pack and $100.00 Visa Card   –  Ninja Power Blender  – $500.00 Michaels Gift Card.

What Leigh Anne’s Loving:

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One of the things I wished I had done earlier was take better care of my skin.  As a teenager and even in my 20′s and 30′s I would go to bed without washing my face.  It wasn’t until I hit 40 that I started taking this skin thing seriously.  I am lucky that as a teenager and as an adult I have been blessed with good skin.  But even good skin needs to be taken care of.  One of the things I love using on my skin on a daily basis, every evening,  is this: ROC Daily Resurfacing Disks

The disks are two sided – one side is nice and smooth for skin polishing and the other side is for exfoliating.  It removes my makeup and makes my skin feel so soft and smooth!  It is the perfect mild exfoliater for your skin.  If you have really sensitive skin you may just want to use the polishing side.  It also helps diminish fine lines and pores. The other thing I love about them is the price – only about $12.00 for a month’s supply.  Love it!

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Monday:

Tex – Mex Chicken Salad is quickly becoming a favorite at our house, especially for the upcoming warm weather.  Full of flavor and texture.  Serve with chips, guacamole and salsa.

Tex-Mex Chicken Salad

 

Tuesday: 

 Honey Lime Chicken can be done on the grill or in the oven.  Love the honey lime flavor combination. Serve with cashew nut rice.

HOney Lime CHicken

 

Wednesday:

Mexican Beef in the Crock Pot can be used for all kinds of things  - tacos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas. My personal favorite is tacos. Have fun with it!

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Thursday:

Bruschetta Chicken is delicious! Made with fresh tomatoes and basil.  Serve with a Sweet & Sour Salad.

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Friday:

Sweet & Spicy Turkey Burgers - it’s time to pull out the grill for this yummy turkey burger.  Serve with Parmesan Roasted Potatoes.

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Sunday:

Lemon Hazelnut Pork Chops are my favorite way to eat pork chops.  I love it served with rice pilaf.

lemon hazelnut porkchops

 

For a sweet treat this week try this:

Vanilla Malts  - if you haven’t entered the giveaway to win a new Ninja Power Blender to make these at home do so now!

Vanilla Malt

 

Check out last week’s meal plan here.    My friend Kristen over at Capturing Joy also shares a weekly meal plan.

 

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