your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:36:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 Double Vanilla Delights http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/double-vanilla-delight-sugar-cookies/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/double-vanilla-delight-sugar-cookies/#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:00:09 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=48362 Double Vanilla DelightsDouble Vanilla Delight Sugar Cookies pack a double punch of pure amazing vanilla flavor! Anyone else feel that vanilla always seems to get the short end of the stick?  It has the reputation of being simple, boring, and unexciting!  It gets lost in the sea of chocolate and seasonal flavors such as peppermint and pumpkin spice.  In the spring it gets overshadowed by lemon and other citrus flavors.  Well,  I am here to give vanilla it’s due!  I am a big vanilla fan and truth be told I will pick a [Continue Reading...]

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Double Vanilla Delight Sugar Cookies pack a double punch of pure amazing vanilla flavor!Double Vanilla Delights

Anyone else feel that vanilla always seems to get the short end of the stick?  It has the reputation of being simple, boring, and unexciting!  It gets lost in the sea of chocolate and seasonal flavors such as peppermint and pumpkin spice.  In the spring it gets overshadowed by lemon and other citrus flavors.  Well,  I am here to give vanilla it’s due!  I am a big vanilla fan and truth be told I will pick a good quality vanilla ice cream over chocolate just about any day.  When vanilla is good, it is really good.   These Double Vanilla Delights are packed full of amazing vanilla flavor.  They are good!

Double Vanilla Delights

This cookie is a soft vanilla sugar cookie with a delicious vanilla frosting – double vanilla!  The original recipe called for using a vanilla bean which I am in total support of but when I pulled mine out of the cupboard it had dried out so I used the second best thing, homemade vanilla extract I received as a gift this Christmas.  If you use vanilla extract, use a good quality, pure vanilla extract.

Double Vanilla DelightsVanilla is the star of this show and you want it to really shine!  These cookies have a delicate light texture but are sturdy enough to hold up to a little handling.

Double Vanilla Delights

The little balls of dough are rolled in some sugar before baking and the cookies have enough flavor to stand all on their own without the frosting, but I’m a big fan of frosting, especially on a sugar cookie.  Make the frosting!

Double Vanilla Delights

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Double Vanilla Delights
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, for rolling
Frosting
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice open vanilla bean and scrape with a sharp knife. Put seeds into a bowl.
  3. Add butter to seeds (or extract) and beat until creamy.
  4. Add sugar, ½ cup powdered sugar and egg. Beat until well mixed.
  5. Add flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Beat until well mixed.
  6. Place additional sugar for rolling in a bowl.
  7. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar.
  8. Place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned around edges.
  9. Cool completely
Frosting:
  1. Combine cream, butter, vanilla extract and 2 cups powdered sugar into a bowl and beat until combined. Add additional whipping cream if needed to get a good spreading consistency.
  2. Frost cooled cookies
Notes
Recipe adapted from Land O Lakes.

For even  more cookie goodness you might enjoy  Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars,  Ginger Spiced Sugar Cookies, Nutella Ganache Covered Sugar Cookie.

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This Rosemary Bread, Macaroni Grill Copycat bread has amazing flavor and would be the perfect accompaniment  to any dinner menu.Rosemary Bread

Have you ever woken up in the morning thinking about a recipe or something you’ve eaten in the past.  It happens to me quite often.  The other day I woke up thinking about this Rosemary Bread.  It had been years since I had made it but I was craving it for some reason.  I’m not sure what set off the craving.  I first had the bread at Macaroni Grill, an Italian restaurant chain that I don’t think is even in Portland any longer.  A friend had given me a copycat recipe for it and I made it at home quite often after I first got the recipe.  I especially loved to serve it with soup or this favorite pasta, Penne Rustica  (also a copycat recipe from Macaroni Grill).

Macaroni Grill Copycat Rosemary Bread

I decided I needed to make it this past weekend so I went to the blog to get the recipe and much to my surprise, it wasn’t on the blog!  All my favorite recipes are on the blog.  I’m not sure how I missed this one but I’m about to remedy that.  The recipe makes two small round loaves and comes together quickly and easily.  I like to make it with fresh rosemary but if all you have is dried rosemary that will work but be sure and try it with fresh rosemary sometime!  If you use dried rosemary, use half the amount of fresh rosemary.

Rosemary Bread

I gave it a coat of melted butter, some additional fresh rosemary on top and a sprinkle of my favorite flaked salt from Jacobson Salt.  You can also play around with some of your other favorite herb combinations to change things up.  I served it this weekend with some homemade tomato soup.

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You could make one larger loaf but I like to make two so that I have one to share! I think bread always tastes better if it’s shared with someone else.

Rosemary Bread

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Serves: 2 loaves
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary or 1 Tbsp dried rosemary
  • 2.5 - 3 cups all purpose flour
  • coarse salt for finishing
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • cornmeal for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Dissolve sugar and yeast into warm water in a bowl and allow to sit until bubbly.
  2. Add in salt, 1½ Tbsp fresh rosemary or ¾ Tbsp dried rosemary and flour.
  3. Mix until dough forms and then knead until soft, about 10 minutes.
  4. Spray inside of a bowl with cooking spray or coat with oil.
  5. Place dough in bowl and allow to rise for 1 hour or until double.
  6. Punch down dough and form into two round loaves.
  7. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle with cornmeal and place loaves onto sheet.
  8. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with remaining rosemary and with some coarse salt.
  9. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until double.
  10. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

For more delicious bread recipes check out these:

Herbed Oatmeal Bread from Your Homebased Mom

Cheesy Garlic Cornbread Drop Biscuits from The Cookie Rookie

Bloomin’ Herb Bread from Wishes and Dishes

Rosemary Sea Salt Sweet Potato Biscuits from The Country Cleaver

Italian Herb Breadsticks from Your Homebased Mom

No Knead Cottage Cheese Dill Bread from  Foodie with Family

Rosemary Bread is the perfect addition to any meal!

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Fifty Found: Fierce 50 Campaign http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/fifty-found-conquering-fifty/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/fifty-found-conquering-fifty/#comments Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:00:26 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=48312 Today I am joining the Fierce 50 Campaign where women over 50 are coming together in support of each other. When I turned 50, I wrote a post here on the blog entitled “Finding 50.”  The idea of turning 50 was a hard one for me and I went to bed the night before my 50th birthday feeling a little depressed.  I woke the next morning to a glorious sunrise and knew that God was sending me a birthday message.   I think it was God’s way of saying “Happy [Continue Reading...]

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Today I am joining the Fierce 50 Campaign where women over 50 are coming together in support of each other.

The Fierce 50 Campaign

When I turned 50, I wrote a post here on the blog entitled “Finding 50.”  The idea of turning 50 was a hard one for me and I went to bed the night before my 50th birthday feeling a little depressed.  I woke the next morning to a glorious sunrise and knew that God was sending me a birthday message.   I think it was God’s way of saying “Happy Birthday Leigh Anne, 50 is going to be beautiful!

And you know what!?  Fifty has been beautiful. I’ve seen my children grow into amazing adults and two of them marry and find their eternal companions. (I’m still hoping to add grandma to the list of things I accomplish in my 50’s!)  After 36 years of marriage I am grateful that he is a “keeper.”  I became a full time blooger in my fifties, started a new business with my daughter , wrote a cookbook and have a list of lots more things I have yet to accomplish and do!

Today I am joining the Fierce 50 Campaign where 50 women over 50 on the 50th day of the year are coming together to celebrate!  We  celebrating and honoring each other and all women over 50! One of our main goals is to show the world that 50 is not old and that being at that midlife point is exciting.  A time when we have the time, freedom and the money to really become who we’ve always wanted to be.

It is a time when hopefully the competition that we sometimes feel as women is over, we can celebrate, support and promote one another.

As Lee Woodruff said, “Far from beginning to fade, most of us are just hitting our stride and putting five decades of life, smarts, confidence, love and sassy to work.” Lee Woodruff.

Now that I am well into my 50’s I have learned a few things.

I’ve learned that wrinkles don’t hurt.  I admit, there are times when I walk by the mirror and startle myself a bit, wondering who is that looking back at me!  The thing about aging is, I really don’t feel any different or older inside my head than I did 30 years ago.  I am still me.  I may have a few aches and pains now and then, more wrinkles than I wished,  a few grey hairs (somewhere under that blonde) and a few extra pounds but I’m still just me.

I’ve learned how to grieve the lost of a parent and know that no one will ever love me the way my daddy did.  I’ve lost friends that were my age and younger and I’ve learned that each day is truly a gift and that life brings no guarantees.

I’ve watched my children grow up, become adults, make mistakes and have great success.  They don’t “need” me anymore and I have to remind myself that that is a good thing.  It’s a hard transition to go from 25 years of being needed by and involved in your children’s life on a daily basis to being a bystander and observer of their life.  It’s a transition.

I’ve learned to honor and treasure the relationships and friendships I have with other woman.  I have a group of dear friends that I call the Beach Babes, this year we are celebrating 25 years of friendship.  These women are my mentors, my heroes and my friends.

I’ve learned to say no and not feel guilty about it, not to sweat the small stuff, that I can wear whatever I want to wear and eat whatever I want.  And that life is way too short not to eat dessert.  I’ve learned that who I am on the inside is so much more important than what I look like on the outside (including in a bathing suit), that my happiness is my responsibility, not my husbands or anyone else.  I’ve learned I will never make everyone happy so quit trying, and life is not fair.  I’ve learned that I don’t always need to have an opinion and sometimes it is better to keep my mouth shut and to smile and nod.

I’ve learned I’ll never get to read all the books I want to read or visit all the places I want to visit but that’s o.k.  I’ve learned to love and appreciate what I have and that what I have is enough. Being 50 is a privilege and a badge of honor I wear proudly.

As part of the Fierce 50 campaign we were paired with another blogger.  It was so fun getting to know Hilda from Over the Hilda blog and I’m excited to introduce her to you.

Hilda is a fashion and lifestyle blogger who lives in Ireland in a small seaside town called Malahide, just outside of Dublin.  She has been married to Graham for 35 years and has two daughters and she is a new grandmother to baby Logan.

She started her blog when she became disillusioned with magazines and couldn’t find anything relatable in the blogs she was reading.  She wanted her blog to reflect who she was and things that she found helpful as an “older” woman. She is a retired English teacher who loves her family, friends and misses her students.  I hope you will visit her and follow her on Instagram too

If you’d like to see each of the fabulous women participating in our campaign…..they are here.

THANK YOU to the most talented Beth for our illustration above.

Watch Instagram later tonight for a fun loop giveaway.  Thanks to our sponsors for supporting our mission.

Madison Reed –HSI – Onzie = Awe Inspired

Catherine, the brains and organizer behind the Fierce 50 Campaign, had the opportunity to interview ESPN’s Hannah Storm. She truly does represent what this campaign is all about, being a self-empowered woman at midlife, and has given us her support in our cause. It’s here.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Curry http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/slow-cooker-chicken-curry/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/slow-cooker-chicken-curry/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:09:19 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=48315 Slow Cooker Chicken CurryThe flavor of this Slow Cooker Chicken Curry is spot on.  Serve it over rice and a side of naan bread for a delicious dinner. When I was in Utah last week I went out for Indian food with my kids and we had some delicious chicken curry.  When I got home I was still craving it so I decided to make my own.  My day was crazy so I knew it was a slow cooker kind of day.  This recipe did not disappoint and it managed to satisfy my [Continue Reading...]

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The flavor of this Slow Cooker Chicken Curry is spot on.  Serve it over rice and a side of naan bread for a delicious dinner.Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

When I was in Utah last week I went out for Indian food with my kids and we had some delicious chicken curry.  When I got home I was still craving it so I decided to make my own.  My day was crazy so I knew it was a slow cooker kind of day.  This recipe did not disappoint and it managed to satisfy my chicken curry craving and made having dinner ready on time so easy!

Slow Cooker Chicken CurryI used skinless, boneless, chicken thighs which is what I prefer when using the slow cooker.  They don’t dry out as easily and I prefer the texture of the thigh over the chicken breast when cooked in a slow cooker. When I have time, I always like to brown my meat in a little oil first before adding it to the slow cooker but if you are short on time go ahead and skip this step.

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

After the meat is browned, add it to the slow cooker with some sliced carrots and diced onions as well as a mixture of coconut milk, curry, garam masala, ginger, garlic, jalapeno and some chicken broth. I used an entire jalapeno but if you’d like a little less heat just use half or leave it out.  I’d give this dish a medium heat rating, there definitely is a little heat there.

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

I cooked it on low for four hours and then removed the chicken thighs and used a fork to pull them apart.  Add a little cornstarch to some water and then pour it into the liquid left in the slow cooker and allow the sauce to thicken up for about 20 minutes.  Add the chicken back in and it is ready to heat.  I love to serve it over rice with a garnish of fresh cilantro.  A side of naan bread is also a great way to enjoy this slow cooker chicken curry.

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Some of my other favorite Indian dishes are Slow Cooker Butter Chicken,  Chicken Coconut Korma,  and Curried Coconut Chicken

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Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
 
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6-8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into ¼ inch pieces
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 1-2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 13.5 oz. can coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp garam masala
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 3 tsp garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp ginger, minced
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1½ Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp cold water
  • cilantro, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large pan.
  2. Salt chicken on both sides and add to pan. Brown lightly on both sides.
  3. Place chicken, carrots and onion into 6 qt. slow cooker.
  4. Mix together coconut milk, basil, salt, pepper, garam masala, garlic, chicken broth, jalapeno.
  5. Cook on high for our hours or low or six hours.
  6. Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred with two forks.
  7. Add cornstarch into water and mix. Add mixture into sauce in slow cooker and cook for another 30 minutes to allow sauce to thicken.
  8. Add chicken back in and stir.
  9. Serve over rice or with naan bread.

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

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Nacho Loaded Potato Skins http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/nacho-loaded-potato-skins/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/nacho-loaded-potato-skins/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:00:01 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=48002 Nacho Loaded Potato SkinsThese Nacho Loaded Potato Skins are the perfect combination of two favorite game watching foods!  Sure to be a winner no matter who wins the ball game! I originally did this recipe in preparation for the Super Bowl which may have come and past but if your house is like my house, there is always another ball game to watch! For my sports loving boys (and I have three of them) the second most important thing about a ball game, besides whether their team wins or not, is what there [Continue Reading...]

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These Nacho Loaded Potato Skins are the perfect combination of two favorite game watching foods!  Sure to be a winner no matter who wins the ball game!Nacho Loaded Potato Skins

I originally did this recipe in preparation for the Super Bowl which may have come and past but if your house is like my house, there is always another ball game to watch! For my sports loving boys (and I have three of them) the second most important thing about a ball game, besides whether their team wins or not, is what there is to eat.  My boys like their football watching food.

Nacho Loaded Potato Skins

Nachos and Potato Skins are always a hit at our house so I decided to combine the two into one delicious football watching treat.  But, if you don’t like football (like me), you’re still going to love these Nacho Loaded Potato Skins!  No football watching required to enjoy a few of these.

I had some leftover shredded beef and black beans in my refrigerator so it made these even easier to make.  You can use any leftover meat you  might have on hand such as shredded chicken, pork or beef.    Refried beans work great but I prefer black beans and this is my favorite black bean recipe.  You can always use them straight out of the can too!  Some shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole, green onion, black olive and tortilla strips are all great toppers.  And of course, you will need some potatoes.

Nacho Loaded Potato SkinsI like to use russett potatoes and wrap them in foil and just bake them in the oven at 400 degrees F until they are cooked through.  Let them cool a few minutes so you don’t burn yourself and then cut them in half and scoop out the insides.  Leave a layer of potato, about 1/4 inch or so.  I then brush the inside of the potato with melted butter and give it a sprinkle of garlic salt and bake them, inside side up at 400 degrees F for about 10 minutes.

Then just fill them up!  I start with the beans, then the meat and then add the cheese and pop them back in the oven to let the cheese melt for a few minutes.Nacho Loaded Potato SkinsThen add on your other favorite nacho toppings.

Nacho Loaded Potato Skins

I shared some of these yummy potato skins with the teenage boys next door.  Their mom texted and told me they would be perfect for the Super Bowl.  I couldn’t agree more!

But please, don’t just make these babies once a year for the big game day.  Enjoy them year round!  Dress them up, dress them down, dress them however you like them!

Nacho Loaded Potato Skins

This recipe was originally post at 30 Handmade Days.

Some of our other favorite game day foods include:  Nacho Grilled Cheese – Roasted Garlic Artichoke DipNacho Bar

Nacho Loaded Potato Skins

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Serves: as many as you want
Ingredients
  • Russett Potatoes
  • melted butter
  • garlic salt
  • black beans or refried beans
  • shredded meat - pork, beef or chicken
  • cheddar cheese, grated
  • salsa
  • guacamole
  • green onion, chopped
  • black olives, sliced
  • tortilla strips
Instructions
  1. Prick potatoes with a fork and cover in foil. Bake in a 400 degree F oven until potatoes are soft and cooked through.
  2. Allow potatoes to cool until they are cool enough to hand.e
  3. Cut in half lengthwise.
  4. With a spoon scoop out the inside leaving a ¼ inch of potato.
  5. Brush insides of potato with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic salt
  6. Bake for 10 minutes in 400 degree oven.
  7. Fill potatoes with beans, meat and cheese.
  8. Put back in oven until cheese is melted.
  9. Sprinkle with remaining toppings.

Nacho Loaded Potato Skins are the perfect game day food!

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