your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:00:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Pumpkin Donuts http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/pumpkin-donuts/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/pumpkin-donuts/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:00:20 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=32784 Donut PumpkinsI am a big fan of Halloween and even though my husband and I are now empty nesters we celebrate up big.  Since I no longer have children at home to plan costumes for I have talked my husband into dressing up with me for Halloween.  He’s a good guy.  Last year I got him to be Popeye! You can see some of our past costumes here.   I’ll be unveiling this year’s couple costume on September 26th! Each year we host a Halloweenie Roast for our neighbor kids.  It is [Continue Reading...]

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Donut Pumpkins

I am a big fan of Halloween and even though my husband and I are now empty nesters we celebrate up big.  Since I no longer have children at home to plan costumes for I have talked my husband into dressing up with me for Halloween.  He’s a good guy.  Last year I got him to be Popeye!

Popeye and Olive Oyl

You can see some of our past costumes here.   I’ll be unveiling this year’s couple costume on September 26th!

Each year we host a Halloweenie Roast for our neighbor kids.  It is a lot of fun and donuts are usually a big part of it!  Last year we even had a Decorate Your Own Donut Party!  The kids loved it!

This year I decided to create some pumpkin donuts.  I really wasn’t sure if I should call them donut pumpkins or pumpkin donuts because there technically is no pumpkin in these donuts.  They just look like pumpkins!

I had so much fun making Apple Donuts for back to school that I couldn’t  resist doing a pumpkin version.  Oh and then there were those Ruler Donuts too.  I told you we like donuts!

Pumpkin Donuts are easy to make.  I purchased my unglazed cake donuts at our local donut shop and mixed up some glaze with powdered sugar and a little milk.  You just want a nice smooth consistency that is easy to dip into.  Of course you will need some sprinkles too.  I am a firm believer that sprinkles make everything better!!

donut dipping

Be sure and gently shake the donut after dipping it so you get a nice smooth surface.

Donuts

Then go crazy with those sprinkles.

Donut Pumpkins

Place them  on a parchment paper covered surface to dry and let the glaze set up.

Donut Pumpkins

Every pumpkin needs a stem and a leaf.  I used some fun Halloween straws I picked up at the Dollar Tree or you could also use pretzel sticks like I did on the Apple Donuts.  I created the pumpkin leaf out of some green apple fruit leather I got at WinCo. I just cut out a leaf that somewhat resembles a pumpkin leaf.  Use the straw or pretzel to push the leaf down into the donut.

pumpkin leaf

And there you have it, a pumpkin donut or a donut pumpkin!

Donut Pumpkins

They are just too cute!
Donut Pumpkins

And I had way too much fun taking photos of them!
Donut Pumpkins

And if you need even more fun Halloween donut ideas check out my fun Googly Eye Donuts!  I even have a tutorial on how to make your own Googly Eyes too.

This post was originally shared as part of Eighteen25’s Spooktacular September Series – be sure and check out all the fun over there!

Donut CollageDonut Fun

Decorate Your Own Donut Party/Mummy Donuts/ Ruler Donuts/ Googly Eye Monster Donuts/ Apple Donuts

Halloweenie Roast Fun!

Halloweenie Roast 2013

Halloweenie Roast 2013/2012/2011/2010/ 2009 

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This post was originally created for a fun series my friend Stephanie over at Somewhat Simple but together.  If you haven’t checked out all the fun posts, each starting with a letter of the alphabet hop on over there after you read my post of course! I think she is up to the letter N this week!

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I chose the letter C .  The first thing that came to mind was the song “C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me,” that Cookie Monster loves to sing.  So I decided that if it was good enough for the Cookie Monster, it was good enough for me.  Of course chocolate also starts with C so I decided to combine cookie, chocolate and throw in cream for good measure and because it starts with C and make Chocolate Cookies & Cream Rice Krispie Treats!

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I love rice krispie treats but I make mine a little different than the recipe on the box.  I like my rice krispie treats nice and gooey so I throw in extra butter and marshmallows.  This time I also added in some melted white chocolate and chocolate sandwich cookies too!

cookies and cream rice krispie treats

I then put them into the 9 x 13 pan and added more white chocolate and chocolate sandwich cookie goodness on top

cookies and cream rice krispie treats.

I first served these at a dessert potluck and they were one of the first things to disappear from the table! It’s a fun way to dress up a family favorite.

Today C is for Cookies & Cream Rice Krispie Treats!

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For some other yummy treats that start with the letter C check out these:

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies - Cookies & Cream Ice Cream – The Best Chocolate Cake

CHocolate desserts

 

Cookies & Cream Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 full bag of marshmallows, I used mini but you can also use the large
  • 1 cube of butter, 1/2 C
  • 7 C rice krispies
  • 2 1/2 C chocolate sandwich cookies, broken into small pieces, divided
  • 1 1/3 C white chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 C white chocolate chips or melts for top of bars

Instructions

  • In a heavy pan melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add in marshmallows and 1 1/3 C of white chocolate chips and stir until melted
  • Stir in cereal and 2 C of broken cookies.
  • Put into a greased 9x13 pan.
  • Melt 1/2 C white chocolate chips and spread over top.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cookie.
  • Cool to room temperature and serve.

 I’m Leigh Anne and food, family and friends are three of my favorite things. I am the mother of four young adults, a new mother in law and am still trying to adjust to life as an empty nester along with my husband of over 30 years. I love throwing parties, burying my head in a book and digging in the dirt in my garden. My husband would tell you I love making messes in the kitchen and craft room and finding junk (treasures) at Goodwill. I believe that life is beautiful and it is up to us to find and create that beauty. I love sharing my journey to finding the pretty and delicious in life over at Your Homebased Mom. You can also visit me on FacebookPinterest, Twitter orInstagram.

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You only need to link up on one blog to be seen on all of them!
We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.
To search for features, use #InspirationMonday.
Feel free to follow along via our blogs below:
You have all been fabulously busy fluffing your nests for Fall and baking
your hearts out.
Boy these features get harder to pick every week!
{Tanya at twelveOeight chose the features this week}
 diy fall ideas, fall craft, fall home decor, chalkboard, free printable, diy pumpkin
HOSTESS PICK:
vintage rattan rocker in front of tie dye curtains
I love EVERYTHING about this awesome space that
Corinna from For My Love Of created.
In this post she shows us how she made these sweet Tie-Dye Curtains!!

 


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Blackberry Cobbler http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/blackberry-cobbler-and-cinnamon-whip-cream/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/blackberry-cobbler-and-cinnamon-whip-cream/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:00:21 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/blackberry-cobbler-and-cinnamon-whip-cream/ Blackberry CobblerIt is still berry season in Oregon.  Blackberries are the latest berries to ripen along with the fall raspberries.  The blackberries grow wild along the roads, in the parks and even in people’s backyards.  In fact some people spend a lot of time and effort trying to get rid of the wild blackberries in their yard.  They can literally take over! There are dozens of blackberry bushes lining the road by my house.  But since I prefer my blackberries not be infused with car fumes I bought mine at the Farmer’s [Continue Reading...]

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Blackberry Cobbler
It is still berry season in Oregon.  Blackberries are the latest berries to ripen along with the fall raspberries.  The blackberries grow wild along the roads, in the parks and even in people’s backyards.  In fact some people spend a lot of time and effort trying to get rid of the wild blackberries in their yard.  They can literally take over! There are dozens of blackberry bushes lining the road by my house.  But since I prefer my blackberries not be infused with car fumes I bought mine at the Farmer’s Market this weekend.

Blackberry Cobbler
My friend Laurie from Seattle recently sent me her recipe for blackberry cobbler that she promised was always a hit.  Of course it is even better with vanilla ice cream!  I love the blackberries but I also really love the crunch cobbler topping! Blackberry Cobbler So Sunday night I gave it a try.  Not only is it super easy, it is just as delicious as she promised!  Beside the blackberries there are only four other ingredients.  We had a couple of friends from church stop by so we shared with them and they both asked for the recipe  (good sign it’s a keeper!)

Blackberry Cobbler
You could really use almost any kind of  fruit or combination of fruits.  It would be great with raspberries, marionberries, blueberries, etc.   Laurie says they especially like  peaches and blueberries together – get creative!

Making a cobbler is easy.  Just fill the bottom of your dish with about 3 cups of fruit.

Blackberry Cobbler

Make a crumb mixture out of flour, sugar and egg.

Blackberry Cobbler

And sprinkle this over the top of your berries and drizzle it with melted butter.

Blackberry Cobbler

Then just pop it in the oven and bake until nice and bubbly and golden brown. Serve warm.

Blackberry Cobbler

All you need is a scoop of ice cream and a spoon to dig in!  Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler

Recipe originally shared in September of 2008. Other berries goodness:

Blackberry Pie Bars - Blueberry Ice Cream - Raspberry and Blueberry Crisp

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Blackberry Cobbler

4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 C flour
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C butter, melted
  • 2 C fresh blackberries

Instructions

  • Drop egg into flour and sugar
  • Mix with a fork until crumbly and fine (no monster chunks)
  • Fill a pie dish or an 8 x 8 pan with blackberries
  • Sprinkle dry mixture over berries
  • Drizzle melted butter over the top
  • Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 350 degrees or until top starts to brown
  • Adjust time according to your "brown" preference
  • Let cool for a least 30 minutes…serve while still warm with vanilla ice cream.
  • Can easily be doubled and made in a 9 x 13 pan.

Enjoy!

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Duct Tape Hair Bows}Activity Day Idea http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/duct-tape-hair-bows/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/duct-tape-hair-bows/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:00:31 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=32938 duct tape hair bows collageThis summer we had a fun Daddy Daughter Activity in our backyard.  One of the activities we did was make duct tape hair bows.  One of my Activity Day girls is quite good at it so we  had her teach all the other girls.  Today I’ve got a step by step tutorial for you on how to make these darling duct tape hair bows. I have been told that the actual Duct Tape brand of tape works the best.  We had a fun selection of colors and patterns for the [Continue Reading...]

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This summer we had a fun Daddy Daughter Activity in our backyard.  One of the activities we did was make duct tape hair bows.  One of my Activity Day girls is quite good at it so we  had her teach all the other girls.  Today I’ve got a step by step tutorial for you on how to make these darling duct tape hair bows.

Duct Tape Bow

I have been told that the actual Duct Tape brand of tape works the best.  We had a fun selection of colors and patterns for the girls to choose from.

Step One:  Cut four 12 inch pieces of duct tape.  It is much easier to cut the tape with a rotary cutter or an exacto knife.  Using scissors is much harder and frustrating for the girls as the adhesive sticks to the scissors.

Step Two: Turn the strips upside down and then place the sticky sides together so you end up with two strips.  Be sure and get your edges nice and even.  If you don’t, trim off any sticky edges that are exposed.

Duct Tape Bow 1

Step Three:  You will need four strips of tape that are about 1/2″ wide.  You will use these to fasten everything together.

Step Four:  Take one of your 12 inch pieces and fold the two ends into the middle.  Use one of your small pieces of tape to tape the edges down.  You will now have a loop. This will form the bow.

Duct Tape 2

Step Five:  Take your other 12 inch piece and fold it in half and then cut it in half so you have two 6 inch pieces.  These are the tails of the bow.

Duct Tape 3

Step Six:Take  your looped piece of tape and pull it together in the middle to form your bow.  Pleat the center accordian style.  Use a small piece of tape to wrap around it to hold it into place.

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Step Seven: Fold the tails in half and cut them at an angle going from the open end to the fold edge.

Duct Tape 5Step Eight:  Pleat the end of the tail accordian style and use your small piece of tape to tape it closed. Repeat with other tail.

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You will now have a bow and two tails.  Almost there!

Duct Tape Bow

Step Nine:  Cut three more pieces of tape, about 1/2 inch wide.  These will be used to attach the tails to the bow.

Step Ten:  Hold the tail onto the bottom of the bow and tape tail to bow.  Repeat for other tail.

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Step Eleven:  The final step is to attach the hair clip to the bow.  You will need another small piece of tape to do this. Put the sticky side against the inside of the top of the clip.

Duct Tape Bow

Step Twelve:  Place onto back of bow and wrap tape around middle of bow.

Duct Tape Bow

Ta da!!  You are done!  Isn’t it so cute!!

Duct Tape Bow

Here are the other girls and the cute bows they made.

Duct Tape Hair Bows
Duct Tape Bow

While the girls were making their hair bows the dads were busy making bow ties!  I’ll be back with a tutorial for the duct tape bow ties next week!!

Daddy Daughter Party

For other fun Activity Day Girl ideas try these:

 –

DIY Lip Gloss -Popcorn Making and Media Viewing -PVC Pipe Bow & Arrows

Actrivity Day collage

Enjoy!

Leigh Anne

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