your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:00:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Pistachio & Cranberry Bark http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/pistachio-cranberry-bark/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/pistachio-cranberry-bark/#respond Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:00:25 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=34782 15598765687_a31c76e9cb_cThis Pistachio & Cranberry Bark is a quick and easy treat or gift idea for the holiday season! Welcome Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes to the blog today as part of Bake Craft Sew.  Jamie bakes more than just good cakes so be sure and visit her blog for lots of yumminess and enter to win a Blendtec Blender  and then check out what Mique and Cindy are sharing as part of the Craft and Sew! Hi, y’all! I’m Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes! I am so excited to be here today as part [Continue Reading...]

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This Pistachio & Cranberry Bark is a quick and easy treat or gift idea for the holiday season!

Pistachio & Cranberry Chocolate Bark
Welcome Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes to the blog today as part of Bake Craft Sew.  Jamie bakes more than just good cakes so be sure and visit her blog for lots of yumminess and enter to win a Blendtec Blender  and then check out what Mique and Cindy are sharing as part of the Craft and Sew!
Hi, y’all! I’m Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes!
I am so excited to be here today as part of the Bake Craft Sew series.Christmas has always been a very memorable holiday for me. I have to be honest, one of my favorite things about the holiday season is all of the yummy treats! My kiddos are more than eager to help me out in the kitchen – and I believe that is where some of the best memories are made!We love giving homemade gifts. Last year, our kitchen was busy as we made homemade treats for family and friends. We made Italian Anise Cookies, Microwave Peanut Brittle, Peppermint Meringues, Jello Popcorn, and Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints. Bark is another favorite choice because it’s easy enough for my little ones to help with. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Pistachio & Cranberry Chocolate Bark

Pistachio & Cranberry Chocolate Bark
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PIstachio & Cranberry Bark

Yield: 1 lb.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chopped chocolate
  • 1 cup chopped pistachios, lightly toasted
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Melt the chocolate over a double boiler (or in 30-second intervals in the microwave on 50% power, stirring after each interval).
  • Spread the chocolate mixture onto the prepared pan in an even layer and sprinkle the pistachios and cranberries over the top. Gently push the pistachios and cranberries into the chocolate.
  • Refrigerate 20-30 minutes, or until set.
  • Break the bark into pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


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Homemade Peppermint Oreos http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/homemade-peppermint-oreos/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/homemade-peppermint-oreos/#respond Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:00:52 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=34759 homemade-peppermint-oreos-5Welcome Jen  of Yummy Healthy Easy to the blog.  I got to meet Jen at Blogher Food earlier this year and she was so sweet to let me hang out a bit with her and a few other fun bloggers!!  Her blog name tells you exactly what she is about – yummy, healthy and easy!  Please be sure and visit her and check out all her yummy recipes and enter to win a Blendtec Blender  and then check out what Mique andCindy are sharing as part of the Craft and Sew! Hi everyone! I’m [Continue Reading...]

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Welcome Jen  of Yummy Healthy Easy to the blog.  I got to meet Jen at Blogher Food earlier this year and she was so sweet to let me hang out a bit with her and a few other fun bloggers!!  Her blog name tells you exactly what she is about – yummy, healthy and easy!  Please be sure and visit her and check out all her yummy recipes and enter to win a Blendtec Blender  and then check out what Mique andCindy are sharing as part of the Craft and Sew!

Hi everyone! I’m Jen from the food blog Yummy Healthy Easy. I’m super excited to be here at Your Homebased Mom today celebrating the 2014 Handmade Holiday Series!

Homemade Peppermint Oreos - easy cake mix cookies with a yummy peppermint filling! They make a simple but unique holiday treat.

But first, a little about me: I live in beautiful Southern California with my husband and our four wild and crazy boys. My favorite color is red, I’m obsessed with Diet Coke and The Walking Dead and I’m not a morning person. :) I’m all about healthier budget-friendly, family-friendly & easy dishes, but I also enjoy sharing yummy desserts, too! Thanks for having me today!

Homemade Peppermint Oreos - easy cake mix cookies with a yummy peppermint filling! They make a simple but unique holiday treat.

So, Christmas. Can you even believe it?! It’s absolutely crazy to me how quick it snuck up. One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season, is bake treats and give them to friends, nieghbors and teachers.

I love making cookie plates full of a variety of different cookies. These homemade Oreo’s are unique and they’re super simple. The cookies are made from a cake mix! It really doesn’t get any simpler than that! No measuring sugar and flour, just dump the mix in and add a few simple ingredients. I love how they crinkle after they’re baked. They’re soft, chewy and delicious.

Add in a middle of creamy peppermint frosting, and you have yourself an easy (and totally cute) cookie sandwich that’s the perfect addition to your holiday cookie plates! Your friends, neighbors and kids’ teachers will love you!

Homemade Peppermint Oreos - easy cake mix cookies with a yummy peppermint filling! They make a simple but unique holiday treat.

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Homemade Peppermint Oreos:

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Devil’s Food Cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (could use butter or shortening instead if desired)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 2 candy canes, crushed

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Spray the bottom of a cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, coconut oil and vanilla until combined. (If batter is too dry, add some water 1/2 teaspoon at a time).
  3. Roll batter into 1″ balls and place on cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. They might look doughy but they will be perfect when they cool!
  4. Combine powdered sugar, butter, milk, and peppermint extract in a small bowl with a blender. Add in about 1/8 cup (1 crushed candy cane and fold into frosting.
  5. Spread filling on one cookie then top with another. Option: Roll sides of frosting in extra crushed candy cane for serving. Enjoy! (makes about 12-15 cookie sandwiches depending on how large you make your cookies. It’s easily doubled, too).

Check out these other great cookie recipes from Yummy Healthy Easy:

Ginger CrinklesGinger Crinkle Cookies are soft and chewy in the middle and crispy on the edges. The best gingersnap taste, our family favorite for the holidays!

Chocolate Surprise Crinkle CookiesChocolate Surprise Crinkle Cookies filled with pieces of your favorite candy inside and rolled in powdered sugar - the best way to use up any leftover candy!

Oatmeal S’mores CookiesMoist and chewy oatmeal cookies with graham crackers and chocolate pieces inside and an ooey gooey marshmallow cooked on the top!

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White Chocolate Peppermint PretzelsI recently spent a week in Utah visiting my two girls.  I love going to visit my girls but it is always amazing how their cars are conveniently out of gas and they have no food in their apartments each time I come to town!  I guess that is what mom’s are for and truth be told I love spoiling them.  Since they had no food, a trip to Costco was in order.  While there I  managed to pick up a little treat for myself.  A bag of white chocolate peppermitn covered pretzels.  They were so yummy and I may or may not have shared.

White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels

I am a big fan of a sweet and salty combination so  pretzels covered in white chocolate is pure heaven to me.  One of my favorite holiday treats I make each year are these White Chocolate Cinnamon Pretzels.  

I decided that these white chocolate peppermint pretzels would be a cinch to make at home and then I could have them whenever I wanted!  So when I got back to Portland I whipped up a batch and they were just as good as the storebought ones.  You only need three ingredients.  A bag of pretzels (I like the waffle shaped ones), almond bark or white chocolate and crushed peppermint candy or candy canes.

White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels

 

Melt the chocolate, add in the crushed peppermint and then stir to totally coat the pretzels.

Spread the pretzels out on a cookie sheet, in a single layer, and then allow them to set up.

White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels Then dig in!!  Don’t blame me if you consume the entire batch yourself.  I warned you!!
White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels

A batch of these bagged up for friends and neighbors will make you very popular!
White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels

White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels

Ingredients

  • 8 C pretzels
  • 16 oz. almond bark or white chocolate
  • 1 C crushed candy cane, little extra to sprinkle on top

Instructions

  • Melt chocolate
  • Pour over pretzels and add in crushed candy cane and stir to coat
  • Spread out on a cookie sheet.
  • Sprinkle with additional candy cane if desired.
  • Allow to set up.

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Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/chocolate-chip-cinnamon-bread/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/chocolate-chip-cinnamon-bread/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:00:47 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=34188 Chocolate-Chip-Cinnamon-Bread-labeledWelcome to Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts!  Erin was one of the great bloggers I recently met in Ohio.  I am so excited to have her on the blog today!Be sure to visit her blog to enter the Blendetec Giveaway and then check out what Mique and Cindy are sharing as part of the Craft and Sew! Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread – a cinnamon flavored quick bread with chocolate chips and topped with a chocolate glaze. The perfect snack, breakfast, or holiday gift. Hi everyone! I am Erin and I write [Continue Reading...]

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Welcome to Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts!  Erin was one of the great bloggers I recently met in Ohio.  I am so excited to have her on the blog today!Be sure to visit her blog to enter the Blendetec Giveaway and then check out what Mique and Cindy are sharing as part of the Craft and Sew!

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread – a cinnamon flavored quick bread with chocolate chips and topped with a chocolate glaze. The perfect snack, breakfast, or holiday gift.

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread - a quick cinnamon flavored bread with chocolate chips and covered in a chocolate glaze

Hi everyone! I am Erin and I write over at Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts. I am very excited to be here for Leigh Anne today! A few weeks ago I had the chance to actually meet and spend the weekend with Leigh Anne. Talk about a sweet, caring and talented woman! So when she asked if I wanted to contribute to the Bake Craft Sew series, I was immediately on board!

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

I love the holidays! I love the gifts, the food, the family, the decorations….all of it! We live over a thousand miles away from our parents, and this will be our first Christmas just the three of us. We are celebrating Christmas with my husband’s family when we are visiting them over Thanksgiving. My parents are coming to see us in January, so we will celebrate then. It will be a quiet year here. But that does not mean it will not be festive!

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread

One of the best part of the holidays is the presents, in my opinion. I love thinking of the perfect gift for someone, and then making it happen. Giving homemade gifts always shows how much you care. For my son’s teachers I love to put together a few homemade treats for them. Putting in the time to actually make a gift is so much better than just buying a gift card. Not only does it show how much you appreciate them, it is just down right tasty! Last year I made Chocolate Pumpkin Bread. Previously I made Garlic Rosemary Scented Almonds and Milky Way Puppy Chow.

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread - a cinnamon flavored quick bread with chocolate chips and topped with a chocolate glaze.  The perfect snack, breakfast, or holiday gift.

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon bread is an easy quick bread with lots of cinnamon flavor. I added mini chocolate chips, because I like to have a little chocolate in every bite! The chocolate glaze on top is definitely optional, but in my world chocolate is never really optional. This bread would be great to make in mini loaf pans. Wrap up in cellophane with a pretty ribbon, and you have the perfect teacher, friend, or neighbor gift.

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Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbls cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Glaze
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbls butter
  • 2 Tbls powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbls milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8x4 inch loaf pan with nonstick spray.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and chocolate chips. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together sugar, brown sugar, egg, canola oil, buttermilk, and vanilla.
  • Add to flour mixture, and mix together until just combined.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cook for 10 minutes before removing from the pan and placing in a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To prepare the glaze melt together the butter and the chocolate chips. Mix in powdered sugar and enough milk to get it to the desired consistency.
  • Drizzle chocolate glaze over the cooled bread.

 

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Christmas Snickerdoodles http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/christmas-snickerdoodles/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/christmas-snickerdoodles/#respond Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:00:03 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=34405 Christmas SnickerdoodlesChristmas Snickerdoodles are the perfect way to dress up a holiday cookie plate.  Same delicious snickerdoodle cookie you love, just with a holiday flair!   One of my boy’s favorite cookies when they were growing up were Snickerdoodles. Whenever we had a house full of teenage boys there was always a batch or two of snickerdoodles around to be enjoyed! They were the perfect snack while playing Halo, which was the game of choice for my boys. When it comes to the holidays though a snickerdoodle is a little boring. At [Continue Reading...]

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Christmas Snickerdoodles are the perfect way to dress up a holiday cookie plate.  Same delicious snickerdoodle cookie you love, just with a holiday flair!

 

Christmas Snickerdoodles

One of my boy’s favorite cookies when they were growing up were Snickerdoodles. Whenever we had a house full of teenage boys there was always a batch or two of snickerdoodles around to be enjoyed! They were the perfect snack while playing Halo, which was the game of choice for my boys.
When it comes to the holidays though a snickerdoodle is a little boring. At least in appearance. It isn’t the prettiest cookie. But because I have an awesome snickerdoodle cookie recipe and everyone loves them I decided to dress them up a bit so they would be acceptable on a holiday cookie plate.

Christmas Snickerdoodles

 

Christmas SnickerdoodlesInstead of using regular granulated sugar and cinnamon to roll the cookie in I used colored sanding sugar and cinnamon! Sanding sugar can be found in the cake decorating department of your local craft store.

Christmas Snickerdoodles

Of course red and green were the color of the season.  Then just bake them as normal.

Christmas Snickerdoodles How cute are these red and green Snickerdoodles?  All dressed up in their holiday finery and ready for the holiday season.

Christmas Snickerdoodles

Christmas Snickerdoodles are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie plate – lots of fun color and flavor.

Christmas Snickerdoodles

For some other fun variations on a Snickerdoodle check out this recipe.

Christmas Snickerdoodles

Yield: 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 C butter
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 C flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C sanding sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Cream butter, sugar and eggs together
  • Mix in flour, cream of tarter, soda, salt
  • Mix together sugar and cinnamon
  • Form dough into balls and roll in sugar/cinnamon mixture
  • Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet
  • Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes

 

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