your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:00:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 April 2015 Stitch Fix http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/april-2015-stitch-fix/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/april-2015-stitch-fix/#respond Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:00:18 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=37755 stitch fixThis month I asked for some fun spring/summer pieces from Stitch Fix.   I love that I can leave feedback for my stylist letting her know what worked and what didn’t.  If there is something special or specific I am looking for I can let her know that too. One of the other things I love about Stitch Fix is the style card that comes in each box.  It gives you two different ideas on how you can style the pieces.  So I decided to follow their lead and in my [Continue Reading...]

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This month I asked for some fun spring/summer pieces from Stitch Fix.   I love that I can leave feedback for my stylist letting her know what worked and what didn’t.  If there is something special or specific I am looking for I can let her know that too.

One of the other things I love about Stitch Fix is the style card that comes in each box.  It gives you two different ideas on how you can style the pieces.  So I decided to follow their lead and in my photos show you how I am planning on styling the pieces they sent me with clothes that are already in my closet.

So here is what came in this month’s Stitch Fix box:

41 Hawthorn Chenai Skirt – $68.00.  I love this skirt.  I love the color, I love the fun kicky little side pleats and I love the soft knit, comfy fabric.  I also love that it hits me just at my knee, right where I like it.  I can dress it up or dress it down, wear it to church or just around as a fun summer skirt.  I think  my navy and white stripe shirt with my leopard pumps will be a fun look for this summer.   There are so many possibilities with this skirt.  I KEPT it!

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41Hawthorn  Berneen Dolman Knit Top – $58.00.  I wasn’t too sure about this top until I tried it on.  Once I had it on my body I loved it.  It has ruching along the bottom sides which is perfect for hiding any tummy issues.  I am also a fan of the dolman sleeve.   The top looks great with skinny jeans and a fun pair of heels.  Perfect for a date night.  I can wear flats with it too for just daytime running around. I KEPT it!

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Eight Sixty Eduardo Kimono – $64.00.  I am totally in love with the kimono.  It is such a fun look. I really liked the colors in this one they sent me and it wasn’t too long like some kimonos can be.  I’m only 5’2″ and some of them overwhelm me a bit.  I paired this with a basic white t-shirt, my skinny jeans and a pair of heals.  I’m ready for date night this weekend!  Loving the look.  I KEPT it!

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Mavi Kalie Bleached Denim Jacket – $188.00.  I didn’t show you how I styled the denim jacket because basically I wear it with everything!!  I love the lighter bleached denim for the spring/summer.  The only problem was I had just bought a jacket that looked just like this one so I DIDN’t keep it.  But I would have if I didn’t already have one!
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Pixley Colibri Bird Print Tab-Sleeve Blouse – $48.00.  Wasn’t loving this blouse.  It was too long on me and just a little bit too much shirt for me.  I am not a huge fan of the mandarin collar and tab front on me either.  I DIDN’T keep it.

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For those of you not familiar with Stitch Fix, it is a monthly subscription service that provides a personal stylist and an opportunity to get hand-selected women’s fashion shipped free, straight to your door. You can then try them on in the privacy of your own home -risk-free. Keep what you love and send the rest back. A shipping bag is included, addressed and postage paid. You have three days to return it.  You can sign up to have a box come every month or just pick and choose the dates you want.  No contract, no obligation.  There is a $20.00 stylist fee but that is credited toward anything you purchase.


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Homemade Granola is a delicious snack or put it on top of some yogurt with fruit and you’ve got breakfast.

Granola is the perfect snack or serve it on yogurt with fresh berries and honey

I love a good granola.  I use to just buy it in the bulk bins at my local grocery store until I discovered how easy it is to make it myself.

The best part of making it myself is I can customize the granola to my particular tastes and preferences. In the store bought varieties there is usually one thing or another in the mix that I don’t care for so making my own special mixture works great.

Granola is the perfect snack or serve it on yogurt with fresh berries and honey

I use a base of oats, flax seed meal, almonds, dried cherries and craisinets.  You can add in any type of grain or seeds you like – maybe wheat germ, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, coconut flakes etc.  You can then add in your favorite nut.  I like almonds but pecans, peanuts, cashews or walnuts would be great too.  Third, choose your dried fruit; dried blueberries, apricots, the possibilities are pretty much endless.

Combine all your grains, seeds, and nuts of choice with a mixture of butter, maple syrup, oil and brown sugar.  I like to add in some cinnamon too.

_DSC0948After it is all combined spread spread it on a cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.  Your house is going to smell yummy.

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After removing it from the oven allow it to cool completely and then add in your dried fruit of choice.  You could even add in some chocolate chips if you choose!

Granola is the perfect snack or serve it on yogurt with fresh berries and honey

Granola is great to have on hand for lots of different reasons.  I love just grabbing a handful as a quick and easy snack and I’ve got a yummy dessert recipe that uses granola coming up soon.  But one of my most favorite ways to enjoy homemade granola is on top of some Greek yogurt and then topped with fresh berries.

Granola is the perfect snack or serve it on yogurt with fresh berries and honey

I then like to top it with a drizzle of honey!

Granola is the perfect snack or serve it on yogurt with fresh berries and honey

It basically tastes like dessert for breakfast.  I love the combination of all the textures.  The nice smooth yogurt with the crunch of the granola and then the sweetness of the berries and honey.

Granola is the perfect snack or serve it on yogurt with fresh berries and honey

I could pretty much eat this for any and every meal.

Granola is the perfect snack or serve it on yogurt with fresh berries and honeyGranola is the perfect snack or serve it on yogurt with fresh berries and honey

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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: approx. 5 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • ⅓ C maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • ¼ C light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 2 C of old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 C of another grain or seed such as sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, coconut flakes etc. or just use more oats
  • ¼ C flax seed meal
  • 1 C nuts, I like raw slivered almonds
  • 1 C of dried fruit, cranberries, cherries, blueberries, apricots, etc.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Butter or grease a large rimmed baking sheet
  2. In a bowl combine butter, maple syrup, oil and brown sugar and microwave for 30 seconds.
  3. Add in cinnamon and salt and stir until smooth.
  4. Add the oats and other grains or seeds, nuts and flaxseed meal and stir until coated.
  5. Spread on cookie sheet and bake in oven for 30-40 minutes until it is golden brown.
  6. Stir occasionally during the baking time.
  7. Let cool completely and then add in dried fruit.

Homemade Granola and Yogurt Parfaits for breakfast! 

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Thin Crust Margherita Pizza is delicious in its simplicity!Thin Crust Margharita Pizza @yourhomebasedmom.com

I’m a huge fan of pizza.  It is pretty much my favorite food of all time.  When my husband started eating dairy free and gluten free the hardest thing for me was he no longer ate pizza.  So sad!  I use to love going out for a date night and checking out a new pizza place.   So occasionally I take myself out to my favorite Portland pizza place for a slice of pizza for lunch or I  buy myself a frozen pizza (I like the California Pizza Kitchen brand) or I make myself pizza at home.  I can’t live without my pizza!

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I am usually a pretty plain jane when it comes it pizza.    I’m usually a cheese pizza girl but sometimes I get a little wild and I order Margherita Pizza. I especially like it with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar over the top.  Yum!

So today’s recipe is for a yummy margherita pizza.  I like a nice crispy crust and I’ve got a few tips for you on how to get one.

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There is some equipment that you need in order to get a nice crisp crust.  You will need a wooden pizza paddle and a pizza stone.  I sprinkle the pizza paddle with some flour and some cornmeal.  This helps the dough from sticking to the paddle.

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I like to roll out the dough as thinly as possible, if you like your crust thicker just don’t roll it out as thin.  Then drizzle the dough with some olive oil and then sprinkle with some kosher or sea salt.

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Place a thin coat of pizza sauce on the dough.  Preheat the pizza stone in the oven while you are preparing the dough.  Jiggle the dough on the paddle to make sure it is loose and not sticking to the paddle.  With a nice little jerk of the paddle slide the dough from the paddle onto the preheated stone in the oven.  Your toppings don’t go on quite yet.

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Bake with just the sauce for about 5 minutes.  Rotate the pizza stone and add the mozzarella cheese.  Use a good quality of mozzarella cheese.    Bake for another 3-5 minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown and crisp.

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Remove from the oven and top with sliced tomatoes, sliced fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.  You are ready to eat.  The question is, how do you slice your pizza?  I grew up eating pizza sliced into squares and it wasn’t until I moved to the west coast that I saw pizza sliced in pie slices.  Which do you prefer?

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What’s your favorite pizza topping?

Thin Crust Margherita Pizza
 
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Serves: 4 - 8 people
Ingredients
Pizza Crust
  • 2¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • ¼ C warm water
  • 2½ C flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ C warm water
Pizza Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • Fresh basil for topping, sliced
  • 4 Roma Tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Cornmeal for dusting
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Balsamic vinegar for drizzling
Instructions
Pizza Crust
  1. Add yeast and sugar into ¼ C warm water. Let stand for 5 minutes to proof.
  2. In a bowl combine 2½ C flour and 2 tsp salt.
  3. Add in 1 Tbsp olive oil and ¾ C warm water. Mix until combine and knead until dough is soft and elastic. Either by hand or in a mixer with a dough hook.
  4. Form into a ball and place in a bowl that has been sprayed or brushed with olive oil. Brush top of dough with olive oil. Cover and allow to rise in warm place until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F and place pizza stone in oven on the lowest rack. Preheat stone for at least 30 minute if possible.
Pizza Sauce
  1. Combine olive oil, spices and diced tomatoes in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and then allow tomatoes to soften and sauce to thicken. Stir frequently. Will take about 10 minutes.
  2. Place mixture in food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Put back in pan and cook over medium heat until sauce is reduced to about 1 cup, for about 10 minutes.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
Pizza
  1. Divide dough in half and roll out dough half of the dough onto the pizza paddle that has been sprinkled with flour and cornmeal. Roll as thin as you like. Into about a 10 inch circle.
  2. Jerk the paddle back and forth to make sure the dough is loose and not stuck to the paddle.
  3. Drizzle dough with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Top with half the sauce, leave a small border around the edge with no sauce.
  5. Transfer dough from paddle to hot stone in the oven. Jerk the paddle to allow the dough to slide off the paddle onto the stone. Bake 5 minutes.
  6. Rotate stone and top with half of the mozzarella. Bake until cheese melts and crust is golden brown. About 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and top with fresh sliced tomatoes, chopped basil and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
  8. Repeat with remaining dough.

 

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Pineapple Cake Upside Down Cake http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/upside-down-pineapple-cake/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/upside-down-pineapple-cake/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:45 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=37638 Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Vanilla Sauce @yourhomebasedmom.comI was compensated for my work on this campaign in partnership with the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are my own. Pineapple Upside Down Cake is the very first recipe I made in my first  home ec class.  I was in 7th grade and I remember that day pretty well.  Not because of the delicious pineapple upside down cake, which it was, but because I ended up in the emergency room. So I was pretty much a novice in the kitchen, not having spent much time in the kitchen [Continue Reading...]

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake is the very first recipe I made in my first  home ec class.  I was in 7th grade and I remember that day pretty well.  Not because of the delicious pineapple upside down cake, which it was, but because I ended up in the emergency room.

So I was pretty much a novice in the kitchen, not having spent much time in the kitchen before home ec class.  We had made our pineapple upside down cake and I was given the assignment to open the new box of plastic wrap.  Who knew this could be so dangerous and I am sure the teacher is sorry she asked me.  But I struggled to push down on the little tab that opens the box and I pushed a little too hard, the tab gave way and the base of my thumb went down onto the serrated edge of the box.   And there was blood.  The cut was deep enough to send me to the ER.  I don’t honestly remember if I got stitches or not.  Who would have known that many years later that inexperienced cook would be a food blogger!  I now know how to open a box of plastic wrap correctly too!!

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Fortunately I haven’t had too many cooking accidents since that once, except for the bagel incident but that story is for another day……

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I love to make my pineapple upside down cake in my 9″ cast iron frying pan.  I just love that thing!  The bottom is filled with melted butter, brown sugar and then layered with pineapple. I love using sliced pineapple right of the can.  It is so easy and tastes so fresh and is so much easier then peeling, coring and slicing a fresh pineapple.

For  more great recipes using canned foods check out the CansGetYouCooking.com.  Canned foods make homemade, nutritious and timesaving meals easy, achievable and delicious.Pineapple Upside Down CakeI cut my pineapple rings in half so I could get more pineapple in the pan.  The more pineapple the better as far as I’m concerned.  The red cherries look so pretty!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Gently cover that with the cake batter.  Be careful as you spread the cake batter so that you don’t dislodge the cherries.  You want it to look pretty when you take it out of the pan too.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 35 – 40 minutes or until cake is cooked through.  Test with a toothpick.  Allow the cake to sit in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn it upside and let the cake fall out of the pan onto a plate on it’s on.  I like to run a knife around the edge of the pan before flipping it upside down.

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There it is in all it’s loveliness!  I love the gooey and crunch edge that forms from the brown sugar and butter.  I use buttermilk in the cake batter and it makes for a nice moist cake.

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Or if you want to dress it up a little bit more, I like to pour some vanilla sauce over the top.  You will find all kinds of things to enjoy this vanilla sauce on top of!!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

It makes even more delicious!!

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Just be careful when you open that box of plastic wrap!!

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Upside Down Pineapple Cake
 
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Serves: 12 people
Ingredients
  • 1½ sticks of butter, softened (3/4 C)
  • ¾ C packed brown sugar
  • 1 can of canned pineapple rings, drained, slices cut in half except for one ring
  • 1 jar of maraschino cherries
  • 1½ C all purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ C sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 egg white, room temperature
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • ⅓ C buttermilk, room temperature
Vanilla Sauce
  • 2½ C whole milk, divided
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ⅓ C sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place 4 Tbsp of butter in 9 inch cast iron pan or cake pan
  3. Place in oven and allow butter to melt then remove from oven.
  4. Stir brown sugar into butter and pat into an even layer.
  5. Place whole ring in middle of pan and layer half slices around middle slice.
  6. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bow.
  7. In your mixer beat remaining butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  8. Beat the eggs and egg white into batter.
  9. Add vanilla.
  10. Add in flour mixture and milk. Alternate. Mix until incorporated.
  11. Batter will be thick.
  12. Gently spread over the top of pineapple slices.
  13. Bake cake for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  14. Let cake cool for 10 minutes.
  15. Place a serving plate over the top of the pan and then flip the cake over. Allow the cake to release onto the plate. Remove cake and pan allow cake to cool.
Vanilla Sauce
  1. Heat milk in a pan until just simmering.
  2. Mix cornstarch into remaining ½ C milk and whisk until dissolved.
  3. Add in sugar and egg yolks to cornstarch mixture and beat until smooth.
  4. Slowly pour into simmering milk and whisk together.
  5. Stir frequently until thickened, about 3-4 minutes
  6. Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla.
  7. If you have lumps of cornstarch pour sauce through a sieve to remove them.
  8. Cover top of sauce with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming.
  9. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate and chill completely.

 

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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/slow-cooker-beef-stroganoff/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/slow-cooker-beef-stroganoff/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:00:18 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=37619 Slow Cooker Beef StroganoffSlow Cooker Beef Stroganoff is a  simple and delicious solution to dinner! I love starting the week off with a good slow cooker dinner idea!  If you need a little help and inspiration for what to feed the family this week, here it is.  I always said that I don’t mind cooking, in fact I rather enjoy it.  What I don’t enjoy is having to decide what to cook every single night.  When my kids were younger and living at home I use to make each of them come up with [Continue Reading...]

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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff is a  simple and delicious solution to dinner!Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

I love starting the week off with a good slow cooker dinner idea!  If you need a little help and inspiration for what to feed the family this week, here it is.  I always said that I don’t mind cooking, in fact I rather enjoy it.  What I don’t enjoy is having to decide what to cook every single night.  When my kids were younger and living at home I use to make each of them come up with one dinner idea for the week so I didn’t have to come up with all the ideas.  Surprisingly enough they didn’t come up with anything too wild or crazy and I didn’t have to veto too often.

So today I’m going to help you with that never ending decision of what to have for dinner!  Have Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

This particular recipe uses stew meat which I love because I can buy it all cut up, ready to go.  All I did was brown up some onions and garlic in some olive oil in a pan first.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

I put those in the bottom of the slow cooker and then browned my stew meat in the same pan after having coated it with some paprika, salt and pepper.  I have become a big fan of smoked paprika and that is what I used.  You can use regular paprika but I love the extra flavor that the smoked paprika gives the meat!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Put the browned meat into the slow cooker too and then pour over some water and tomato puree.  Then just add the lid and let it cook on low for about 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.

Slow Cooker Beef StroganoffThe meat should be nice and tender and pull apart easily when it is done.  I like to serve it with a nice wide egg noodle, that way it catches all the sauce.  I topped mine with a little fresh parsley because it is just prettier that way.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Traditionally stroganoff has sour cream in it.  Because my husband is dairy free I left it out and it was still rich and delicious.  If you’d like it a little creamier and more traditional add in some sour cream.

I am often ask what kind of slow cooker I use.  Here is my favorite slow cooker.

Enjoy dinner!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
 
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4-5 people
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, sliced thin
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1½ lb. of stew meat, cubed
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • 12 oz. water
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • egg noodles
  • sour cream
  • fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in heavy pan over medium heat.
  2. Saute onions until soft and browning around the edges, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add in garlic and cook for one more minute.
  4. Place in slow cooker.
  5. Mix together paprika, salt and pepper and place in a bowl or plastic bag.
  6. Toss the meat cubes in with the mixture and coat evenly.
  7. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in heavy pan and place beef cubes into pan in a single layer. May need to do in more than one batch. Brown on all sides.
  8. Place meat in slow cooker.
  9. Mix together water and tomato paste and pour into slow cooker.
  10. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
  11. Serve over egg noodles and top with sour cream and parsley if desired.

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Leigh Anne

Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.

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