your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:22:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Perfectly Peppermint Brownies http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/perfectly-peppermint-brownies/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/perfectly-peppermint-brownies/#respond Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:00:27 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=34376 Perfectly Peppermint BrowniesI am a big peppermint fan and I am so excited that peppermint season is here or almost here.  At our house though it is pretty  much peppermint season all year long.  I stash candy canes and other goodies away in the cupboard so I can enjoy them all year round. Today’s recipe for Perfectly Peppermint Brownies is for all peppermint lovers.  These brownies are packed full of peppermint!  White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels, Peppermint Oreos, Peppermint Andes Mints and Peppermint Candy! Peppermint times four! They are pepperminty, chocolatey and nice [Continue Reading...]

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Perfectly Peppermint BrowniesI am a big peppermint fan and I am so excited that peppermint season is here or almost here.  At our house though it is pretty  much peppermint season all year long.  I stash candy canes and other goodies away in the cupboard so I can enjoy them all year round.

Today’s recipe for Perfectly Peppermint Brownies is for all peppermint lovers.  These brownies are packed full of peppermint!  White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels, Peppermint Oreos, Peppermint Andes Mints and Peppermint Candy!

Peppermint times four!

Perfectly Peppermint Brownies

They are pepperminty, chocolatey and nice and gooey thanks to a can of sweetened condensed milk that is poured over the top.  My husband eats gluten free, most of the time, except when there is a treat like these brownies laying around he looses his self control.  After tasting them, his first response was, “you are going to give these away right?!”  Not because they were bad but because they were so good he knew he would eat way too many of them.  So, yes, we did give them away after enjoying a few pieces ourselves because I think between the two of us we could have put the whole pan away quickly!!

Perfectly Peppermint BrowniesThe Peppermint Oreos are seasonal so if you can’t find them just use mint Oreos.  I also used the Peppermint Andes Mints they have this time of year but the regular green mint ones will work fine too.  The peppermint chocolate covered pretzels came from Trader Joes but regular white chocolate or milk chocolate covered pretzels would work fine too.  I love the little salty crunch the pretzels gives to the brownies.

Perfectly Peppermint Brownies

The crowning touch to these brownies is that you pour a can of sweetened condensed milk over the top of them and then bake them some more and this creates a delicious, ooey, gooey brownie!  Amazing!

Perfectly Peppermint Brownies

You’ve been warned – these brownies are DANGEROUS!!

Perfectly Peppermint Brownies

Perfectly Peppermint Brownies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

20-24 pieces

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.3 oz.) package of brownie mix
  • 1/2 C butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C peppermint white chocolate covered pretzels, chopped
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 peppermint or mint flavored cream filled sandwich cookies, chopped
  • 12 Andes peppermint mint candy, chopped
  • 1/2 C crushed candy cane

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line bottom of 9 x 13 with foil. Allow 2-3 inches to extend over edge of pan.
  • Spray with cooking spray
  • Mix together brownie mix, melted butter and egg.
  • Stir in chopped pretzels.
  • Press mixture into bottom of pan evently.
  • Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
  • Remove pan and pour sweetened condensed milk over top of brownies.
  • Sprinkled with cookies, peppermint candy.
  • Bake for 15 more minutes
  • Sprinkle with crushed candy cane.
  • Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  • Use foil to lift out of pan. Cut into squares

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Minty Triple Chocolate Cookies http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/minty-triple-chocolate-cookies/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/minty-triple-chocolate-cookies/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:00:41 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=34732 minty-chocolate-cookies-edit-6Welcome To Aimme of AimeeBroussard.com.  I have never met Aimee but I am an admirer of her blog – be sure you pay her and visit and check out her beautiful work and while you are there enter to win  Blendtec Blender and then check out what Mique and Cindy are sharing as part of the Craft and Sew! ! Hi, friends! I’m Aimee. I’m the owner of Kitchen Spirit, author of The Traveling Apron Cookbook, and blogger at AimeeBroussard.com (so original, I know but all the good names were taken). I’m delighted to [Continue Reading...]

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Welcome To Aimme of AimeeBroussard.com.  I have never met Aimee but I am an admirer of her blog – be sure you pay her and visit and check out her beautiful work and while you are there enter to win  Blendtec Blender and then check out what Mique and Cindy are sharing as part of the Craft and Sew! !

Hi, friends! I’m Aimee. I’m the owner of Kitchen Spirit, author of The Traveling Apron Cookbook, and blogger at AimeeBroussard.com (so original, I know but all the good names were taken). I’m delighted to be joining the Handmade Holiday series for my 2nd season and bringing you these Minty Triple Chocolate Cookies.

minty chocolate cookies

You know when you bake a batch of cookies and you say to yourself, “self, those are the BEST cookies you’ve ever made!!” and yourself agrees, you pat yourself on the back and you eat half the pan? Y’all. These are THOSE cookies.

They happened sort of by accident and were really the result of me just playing around with ingredients. I had recently purchased the Andes mint chocolate bits for some cupcakes I’m working on, but thought they might be a nice addition to all the chocolate in these cookies.

If you’re a fan of the mint + chocolate combination, you will love these cookies.

minty chocolate cookies

But don’t just stop there with these cookies. Oh, no, no, no.

It’s the season of gifting, so stack them up and start dropping them off to neighbors. I pinky promise the next time you need someone to check your mail while you’re out of town, they’ll remember these cookies and jump to help you out.

minty chocolate cookies

But wait, can we just talk for a moment about these paper doilies? Found near the scrapbook aisle at your local craft store, I have become obsessed with using them on mason jars. It’s a doily doubling as your gift tag! Just write right on it.

mason jar doily favor tag

Smitten.

Here’s the recipe for those cookies:

Minty Triple Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1 pkg Andes Mint, bits

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy then beat in the egg.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients; flour, baking soda, salt and baking soda then gradually add to creamed mixture.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Flatten slightly and bake 6-8 minutes or until set.
  • Cool in the pan for about 5 minutes then onto wire racks to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and oil in the microwave until smooth.
  • Drizzle over the cookies and sprinkle with Andes mints in the center of each cookie and while the chocolate is still wet.
  • Let stand until the chocolate sets.

Did you know that each time a new blogger is introduced during the Handmade Holidays series, you can pop over to that person’s blog and enter for a chance to win a Blendtec Blender? Yep, you sure can and today is my turn!  Come on over for a visit and enter to win!

Blendtec Giveaway

While you’re there, here’s some of my favorite gifts in jars for you to check out: Thin Mint Cookie Cheesecake, Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix & this Southern Style Banana Pudding.

Also be sure to connect with me on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest & Google+

Happy Holidays!!!

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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pecans http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/caramelized-brussels-sprouts-toasted-pecans/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/caramelized-brussels-sprouts-toasted-pecans/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:00:30 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=34718 Add Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pecans to your holiday  menu.  You’ll be glad you did. Sometimes I just want to ask, “Brussels Sprouts, where have you been all my life?”  I am a late bloomer as far as brussels sprouts are concerned and can honestly say I only tasted my first brussels sprouts about a year ago.  I’ve had fun experimenting and cooking with them ever since. They are going to be the newest addition to our Thanksgiving menu this year replacing the traditional green beans.   We’ll see [Continue Reading...]

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Add Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pecans to your holiday  menu.  You’ll be glad you did.

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Pecans

Sometimes I just want to ask, “Brussels Sprouts, where have you been all my life?”  I am a late bloomer as far as brussels sprouts are concerned and can honestly say I only tasted my first brussels sprouts about a year ago.  I’ve had fun experimenting and cooking with them ever since.

They are going to be the newest addition to our Thanksgiving menu this year replacing the traditional green beans.   We’ll see what the kids say although it was one of my children (the one that never ate anything green as a child) who suggested we have brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving this year!  All you mothers of non vegetable eating children out there, there is hope!  They do grow up , learn to eat their vegetables and become lawyers!

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Pecans

The flavor of these brussels sprouts is great!  I first caramelized some onions.  Instead of using oil or butter I used a new product.  In fact it is so new it is not even in the stores yet.  You’ll have to wait until January but you are going to want to get eyourself a bottle of Pompeian OlivExtra Original Non Stick Cooking Spray.  It is a blend of canola oil and olive oil and works great.  The product is from Pompeian Olive Oil  and because I am part of their #pantryinsiders team I got to check it out early.   I love it.  I was able to quickly and easily give my onions a nice spritz of olive oil without getting too much on them.

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Pecans

I added a lot less fat to my recipe than using the 1/3 C of butter my recipe normally calls for.

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Pecans

While the onions were carmelizing I steamed my brussels sprouts until they were fork tender, still a little crisp.  Don’t like soggy brussels sprouts.

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Pecans

After the onions were nice and browned I added in the brussels srpouts, red wine vinegar, garlic and sugar and cooked them a bit more until the brussels sprouts began to caramelize.

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with PecansAdd in some toasted pecans and you have a delicous side dish!

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Pecans

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Pecans

Ingredients

  • 2 lb.s brussels sprouts, cut in half
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 sweet onion, cut into thin rings
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 C red wine vinegar, divided
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 C toasted pecans, chopped

Instructions

  • Cut brussels sprouts in half and place in a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and let steam for about 5 minutes or until they are tender but still crisp.
  • Put sliced onions in a large skillet and coat with olive oil spray.
  • Cook until they are brown.
  • Add in brussels sprouts, garlic, vinegar and sugar and stir allowing to carmelize.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Top with toasted pecans.

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German Chocolate Fudge http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/german-chocolate-fudge/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/german-chocolate-fudge/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:00:08 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=34625 German-Chocolate-FudgeToday we are welcoming Mandy’s Recipe Box to the blog.  Fudge has always been an important part of our holiday food gift giving traditions at our house.  My mom is the expert fudge maker in our family.  I’m excited to have Mandy share this delicious 3 ingredient fudge recipe as part of Bake Craft Sew.  Be sure to visit her blog to enter a Blendtec Blender and then check out what Mique and Cindy are sharing as part of the Craft and Sew! Hey there! I am Mandy and I blog over at Mandy’s [Continue Reading...]

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Today we are welcoming Mandy’s Recipe Box to the blog.  Fudge has always been an important part of our holiday food gift giving traditions at our house.  My mom is the expert fudge maker in our family.  I’m excited to have Mandy share this delicious 3 ingredient fudge recipe as part of Bake Craft Sew.  Be sure to visit her blog to enter a Blendtec Blender and then check out what Mique and Cindy are sharing as part of the Craft and Sew!

Hey there! I am Mandy and I blog over at Mandy’s Recipe Box. I am a lover of all things food. I collect cookbooks and love Food Network and thinking up new and delicious recipes. I always blog simple but delicious recipes because great food doesn’t have to be complicated. I hope you enjoy this German Chocolate Fudge that I am sharing today.

German Chocolate Fudge

Christmas treats are one of the best parts of the holiday season. am I right? I always look forward to what my friends and neighbors give us as treats. Some have something new each year and others stick to a certain item and have become known for it. Whatever they make, I will inhale immediately. Because sugar. That’s it. Like this German Chocolate Fudge. It’s a great recipe because you can use the two ingredient base for any variation. Just watch, once you start making this, you will start thinking of different ways to create it. I use it in my S’mores Fudge and it’s awesome. Once you cut it up, pack it up and treat your neighbors with some German Chocolate Fudge this holiday season.

German Chocolate Fudge

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German Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients

  • 12oz. pkg milk chocolate chips
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 14.5 oz tub of Coconut Pecan frosting

Instructions

  • Place the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk into a microwave safe bowl and cook for one minute.
  • Stir and continue microwaving at 30 second intervals; stirring after each time until smooth.
  • Pour into a buttered 8x8 square baking dish.
  • Refrigerate until set, at least 3 hours.
  • Spread with frosting and refrigerate until all set
  • Cut into small squares and enjoy.


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25 Pecan Recipes to Fall For http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/25-pecan-recipes-fall/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/25-pecan-recipes-fall/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:00:29 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=34536 25 Pecan Recipes to Fall ForPecans are one of my favorite nuts and today we have an amazing roundup of recipes both sweet and savory that use pecans.  The recipes are perfect for your holiday menu planning. Enjoy! Artichoke Spinach Dip with Chopped Pecans from Your Homebased Mom Browned Butter Toffee Pecan Bites from Life Made Simple Candied Pecans from Gimmie Some Oven Caramel Pecan Blondies from White Lights on Wednesday Chocolate Chunk, Toasted Coconut, and Pecan Cookies from Cooking on the Front Burner Gluten Free Butternut Pecan Scones from Gluten Free Goddess Honey Pecan [Continue Reading...]

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25 Pecan Recipes to Fall For

Pecans are one of my favorite nuts and today we have an amazing roundup of recipes both sweet and savory that use pecans.  The recipes are perfect for your holiday menu planning. Enjoy!

Artichoke Spinach Dip with Chopped Pecans from Your Homebased Mom

Artichoke Spinach Dip with Chopped Pecans

Browned Butter Toffee Pecan Bites from Life Made Simple

Browned Butter Toffee Pecan Bites

Candied Pecans from Gimmie Some Oven

Candied Pecans

Caramel Pecan Blondies from White Lights on Wednesday

Caramel Pecan Blondies

Chocolate Chunk, Toasted Coconut, and Pecan Cookies from Cooking on the Front Burner

Chocolate Chunk Toasted Coconut and Pecan Cookies

Gluten Free Butternut Pecan Scones from Gluten Free Goddess

Gluten free butternut pecan scones

Honey Pecan Baked Brie Dip from Something Swanky

Honey Pecan Baked Brie Dip

Maple Pecan Mini Cheesecakes from Will Cook For Smiles

Maple Pecan Mini Cheesecakes

Maple Pecan Muffins {Gluten-Free} from Sweet Bella Roos

Maple Pecan Muffins

Maple Syrup Pecan Coffeecake from Noshing with the Nolands

Maple Syrup Pecan Coffeecake

Pecan Bars from My Baking Addiction

Pecan Bars

Pecan Cheesecake Squares from Positively Splendid

Pecan Cheesecake Squares

Pecan Cinnamon Graham Cracker Crust from The Bitter Side of Sweet

Pecan Cinnamon Graham Cracker Crust

Pecan Cobbler from Call Me PMc

Pecan Cobbler

Pecan Pie Cake from Something Swanky

Pecan Pie Cake

Pecan Pie Cheesecake Fudge from Lady Behind the Curtain

Pecan Pie Cheesecake Fudge

Pecan Pie Cookies from Spend with Pennies

Pecan Pie Cookies

Pecan Pie Granola from Lemons for Lulu

Pecan Pie Granola

Pecan Pie Truffles from Shugary Sweets

Pecan Pie Truffles

Pecan Sandies from Eat Yourself Skinny

Pecan Sandies

Pecan Topped Sweet Potatoes from Your Homebased Mom

Sweet Potatoes

Praline Crack from Cookies and Cups

Praline Crack

Pumpkin Pecan Spice Macaroons from Lemon Tree Dwelling

Pumpkin Pecan Spice Macaroons

Toasted Pecan Shortbread Bark from Beyond Frosting

Toasted Pecan Shortbread Bark

Toasted Pecan Shortbread with Toffee Sauce from Willow Bird Baking

Toasted Pecan Shortbread

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