your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:00:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Sweet & Tangy Marinated Grilled Chicken http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/sweet-tangy-marinated-grilled-chicken/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/sweet-tangy-marinated-grilled-chicken/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:00:39 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=32848 Sweet and Tangy Marinated ChickenSweet & Tangy and Quick & Easy! I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  Today’s recipe is one we made a lot this summer and if you are looking for something easy to make for dinner this weekend today’s recipe is it! Sweet & Tangy Marinated Grilled Chicken can be made with chicken thighs or chicken breats, whichever you prefer. I really like to grill chicken thighs because they are so much more moist than a chicken breast.  The marinade is a combination of honey, soy sauce, greek yogurt and [Continue Reading...]

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Sweet and Tangy Marinated Chicken

Sweet & Tangy and Quick & Easy!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  Today’s recipe is one we made a lot this summer and if you are looking for something easy to make for dinner this weekend today’s recipe is it!

Sweet and Tangy Marinated ChickenSweet & Tangy Marinated Grilled Chicken can be made with chicken thighs or chicken breats, whichever you prefer. I really like to grill chicken thighs because they are so much more moist than a chicken breast.  The marinade is a combination of honey, soy sauce, greek yogurt and rice vinegar.

The chicken can marinade for a few hours (even 30 minutes) if you forget and up to overnight.  Just mix up the marinade and place it and the chicken in a zip loc bag or a bowl covered in plastic wrap.

Sweet and Tangy Marinated Chicken

I love the chicken grilled but if you don’t have a grill or it’s too cold and rainy you can also cook it in the oven or in a grill pan on the stove top.

Sweet and Tangy Marinated Chicken

It’s an easy dish to put together and it is fully of great flavor.

Sweet and Tangy Marinated Chicken

This recipe was originally shared over at 30 Handmade Days.

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Sweet & Tangy Marinated Grilled Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Asian Chile Pepper Sauce or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • 2 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken thighs

Instructions

  • Mix together all ingredients but chicken.
  • Place mixture and the chicken into a bowl or zippered plastic bag and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to overnight.
  • Grill until chicken is cooked through.

Enjoy!

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Mulligatawny SoupMulliga what?  That’s exactly what I said when I ran into a friend from church at a local soup and salad restaurant.  She was going in to see if they had Mulligatawny soup that day.  I pretended like I knew what she was talking about and quickly went home and Googled it.

Here is what I learned.  Mulligatawny soup is a curry flavored soup that is Anglo-Indian cuisine.  The soup is typically thickened with lentils or rice.  I Googled around some more and found various recipes for Mulligatawny Soup.  I then got to experimenting in the kitchen.

Mulligatawny Soup

The soup has a few interesting ingredients.  Apples for one.  Apples in and of themselves are not unusual but I had never had soup with apples in it before.  I talked to someone else who has a version of Mulligatawny soup that she uses bananas in.  I’m not sure about bananas in soup?

This soup has lots of flavor t hanks to the curry.  I also decided to add in some garam masala which added some heat to the soup.  If you don’t like heat I suggest leaving the garam masala out.  It is a spice blend that can be found at Indian grocery stores.

Mulligatawny Soup

I loved the rice in the soup and the body and texture it gave it.  The soup also has chicken in it.  It is full of lots of fun flavors and textures.  We will definitely be making this one again at our house.  Mulligatawny Soup typically has cream in it but because Jim is dairy free I left out the cream.  You could use coconut milk if you want the creaminess but not the dairy.  We thought it was great without any kind of milk/cream.

Mulligatawny Soup

Mulligatawny Soup

Mulligatawny Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C onion, chopped
  • 1 C celery, chopped
  • 1 C carrot, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 C butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 -2 tsp yellow curry powder
  • 5 C chicken broth
  • 1/2 Tbsp garam masala (optional for extra heat)
  • 1 granny smith apple, cored and diced
  • 1 C cooked rice
  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast, cooked and cut into cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 C heavy cream or coconut milk

Instructions

  • Saute onions, celery, carrots and garlic in butter in a sou pot.
  • Add flour and curry. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes
  • Add in apple, cooked rice, salt, pepper,and thyme.
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • When ready to serve add in warm cream or coconut milk

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Turban Headband Tutorial and Printable}Activty Day Idea http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/turban-headband-tutorial-printableactivty-day-idea/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/turban-headband-tutorial-printableactivty-day-idea/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:00:18 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=33841 TUrban HeadbandsLast week I was able to hang out with my Activity Day girls again.  They haven’t gotten someone to take my place yet but I know it’s coming.  This week we did a fun little sewing activity.  I spent many years teaching children’s sewing classes so I love being able to do a sewing project with these girls now and then.   I also wanted to make myself some of those cute knit turban headbands I’ve seen people wearing so I thought I’d teach the girls how to do it [Continue Reading...]

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TUrban Headbands

Last week I was able to hang out with my Activity Day girls again.  They haven’t gotten someone to take my place yet but I know it’s coming.  This week we did a fun little sewing activity.  I spent many years teaching children’s sewing classes so I love being able to do a sewing project with these girls now and then.   I also wanted to make myself some of those cute knit turban headbands I’ve seen people wearing so I thought I’d teach the girls how to do it too.

When my girls were younger, around the holidays, I was always on the look out for a quick, inexpensive, easy to make gift that my girls could give to their girlfriends and these turban headbands would be perfect for that.

I borrowed one from a friend and took it apart so I could see how it was put together!  So easy and so cute!

TUrban Headbands

All you need is some 1/4 yard stretchy knit fabric, thread and a sewing machine.    You will be able to get two headbands out of 1/4 yard of (60″ fabric)

Step One:  Cut your fabric into an 8 x 20-22″ strip for an adult head.  For the girls I cut them 8 x 18″.  You want it to comfortably fit around the head, not too tight, not too lose.

Step Two:  Fold strip in half, right sides together and stitch up the side using a 1/4 inch seam.  Turn the tube right side out with the seam down the middle.

Turban Headbands Step 1

TUrban Headbands

Step Three:  Fold strip in half with the seam  down the left hand side.

Turban Headbands

Step Four:  Bring the bottom end up to the top end.  Open up the ends and place one half of the right side inside one half of the left side.  Then fold the left side over the right side and the right side over the left side so that the ends end up sandwiches in between each other.

Turban Headband Step 3Step Five:  Stitch across the ends with a 1/4 inch seam

Turban HeadbandsStep Six:  Fold the right side in about 1/3 of the way and then stitch down again.

Turban HeadbandsAnd you’ve got a turban headband!

Turban Headbands

The girls loved making them and had lots of fun with it.  With each activity I try to tie in a spiritual message.  After we had made our headbands we had a discussion about the following scripture and what it means to wear a crown of righteousness.

Scripture-01 (1)We talked about how we can wear a crown of righteousness each day by making good choices, offering service, saying prayers, reading scriptures, etc.  The girls came up with lots of great ways they can wear a crown of righteousness.  I told them that each time they wear their headband to remember this scripture and to ask themselves how they can wear a crown of righteousness that day.

Click here to download scripture

The printabel was designed for me by Jessika of Jessika Reed Studios.  Be sure and check her blog and her other great design work and printables.

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Apple Dip

Note: Todays post is  a recipe redo with updated photos of one of my favorite fall treats.

Last week I opened my front door and found my friend Dawn standing at my door with this darling basket in her hand.

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A cute little basket filled with all the ingredients to make her yummy Apple Dip.

Dawn and I met in the costume shop at the high school where our daughters performed together in various shows.  Dawn is a marvelous seamstress and we have spent a lot of time sewing together over the last few years.  Dawn has become a sweet friend and  kindred spirit as she loves a lot of the same things I do – including cute purses and yummy food!

Apple Dip

I took the basket with me this weekend when I escaped to Central Oregon (where it is not suppose to rain, but it did!) with my Beach Babe  girlfriends.  We enjoyed it as an afternoon snack one day.

It is a perfect fall treat with all the wonderful apples that are available right now.  But you really don’t need apples, according to my friend who tasted it at a party where I serve it, all you need is a spoon!

Apple Dip

The Skor English Toffee Bits can be found in the baking aisle at the grocery store (they are yummy in cookies too!)  I love it with a nice crisp, tart apple like a granny smith but you can use a combination of different colored apples for a fun presentation.

Apple Dip

Caution:  It is addicting and you may find yourself consuming the entire thing by yourself!!

Apple Dip

This post was originally shared back in October 2008.

Apple Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 10 oz. tub of soft cream cheese or 1 8 oz. block softened
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 pkg of a 8 oz. bag of SKOR English Toffee Bits
  • 6-9 Granny Smith Apples cut into wedges for dipping

Instructions

  • Mix together with a spoon until smooth - cream cheese, sugars and vanilla.
  • Fold in toffee bits just before serving so they don't get soggy. (soggy is yummy too!)
  • I cut the apples just before serving to prevent them turning brown.

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Chipotle Pork Chops with Tomato Onion Relish http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/chipotle-pork-chops-with-tomato-onion-relish/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/chipotle-pork-chops-with-tomato-onion-relish/#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:00:43 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=33825 Chipotle Pork Chop with  Tomato and Onion  RelishThis is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian. All opinions are 100% mine. When my husband brought these pork chops in from the grill the first thing he said was, “My  mouth is watering just looking at these.”  These pork chops will make  your mouth water! As part of the Pompeian #PantryInsiders program I get to try out all the different varieties of olive oil from the Pompeian line.  This month I used their OlivExtra® Premium Mediterranean Blend.  This particular olive oil blend is  a unique, healthy combination [Continue Reading...]

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Chipotle Pork Chop with  Tomato and Onion  RelishThis is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian. All opinions are 100% mine.

When my husband brought these pork chops in from the grill the first thing he said was, “My  mouth is watering just looking at these.”  These pork chops will make  your mouth water!

As part of the Pompeian #PantryInsiders program I get to try out all the different varieties of olive oil from the Pompeian line.  This month I used their OlivExtra® Premium Mediterranean Blend.  This particular olive oil blend is  a unique, healthy combination of canola, extra virgin and grapeseed oil, which are key components of the Mediterranean Diet. This oil blend gives you the the robust taste of extra virgin olive oil and the high smoke point of grapeseed oil, making this the perfect all-purpose oil for everything from salads to frying.  You can easily substitute butter, shortenings or any other vegetable oils with this particular blend in your favorite recipes.

I used the Mediterranean Blend as part of the tomato onion relish/marinade  and also to brush on the pork chops before grilling.

The first step is to make the marinade/relish using chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, garlic, cumin seed, dried thyme leaves, cinnamon, onions, fire roasted tomatos, cilantro and olive oil.  So many yummy flavors.

Chipotle Pork Chop with Tomato Onion Relish

Combine this with the pork chops into a plastic zipper bag and let it marinade for at least 4 hours.  Remove the pork chops from the bag and brush with olive oil before grilling.

Chipotle Pork Chop with  Tomato and Onion  Relish

Grill your pork chops for 8-10 minutes on each side until cooked through.  While the pork chops are grilling pour your remaining marinade into a pan along with 1/4 C water and cook until the onions are soft.  About 10-15 minutes.

Chipotle Pork Chop with  Tomato and Onion  RelishPlace a spoonful or two of the relish on top of the pork chops before serving.  I like to serve some additional relish alongside too because it is so yummy and you will want more.

Chipotle Pork Chop with  Tomato and Onion  RelishI used a bone-in pork loin center cut and it was so tender and juicy.  I love the subtle chipotle flavor.  If you want more heat you can easily add in more adobo sauce or chiles in your marinade.

Chipotle Pork Chop with  Tomato and Onion  Relish

 This was a big hit at our house and my husband was so glad I had made extra so there were plenty of leftovers for his lunch this week.

Chipotle Pork Chop with  Tomato and Onion  Relish

Chipotle Pork Chop with  Tomato and Onion  Relish

Chipotle Pork Chop with Tomato Onion Relish

Ingredients

  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce plus 1 Tbsp sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 4 tsps kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 14.50 oz can fire roasted tomatotes
  • 1 C chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 C olive oil and more fro brushing
  • 4 bone in pork loin center cut chops

Instructions

  • Combine chiles, sauce, garlic, cumin, thyme, cinnamon and 4 tsps salt. in a food processor and pulse to make a paste.
  • Place mixture in a bowl and add onion, tomatoes, cilantro and 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Add pork chops and marinade into a zippered plastic bag and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • When ready to cook remove pork chops and place marinade into a pan with 1/4 C water.
  • Cook over medium high heat until onions are soft, about 10 minutes or so.
  • Brush pork chops on both sides with olive oil and grill until cooked through- about 8-10 minutes a side.
  • Top with tomato onion relish and serve.

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