your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:29:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Cowboy Cookies http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/cowboy-cookies/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/cowboy-cookies/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:00:19 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=32698 Cowboy Cookies - soft, chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookieToday is the first day of school here in the Pacific Northwest.  I realize some of you have been in school for almost in a month but we start late, always the day after Labor Day.  The first day of school means one thing at my house – chocolate chip cookies.  For many years I made chocolate chip cookies on the first day of school to welcome my kids home.  There is nothing better than a warm chocolate chip cookie and a cold glass of milk to welcome them home and get [Continue Reading...]

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Cowboy Cookies - soft, chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookie

Today is the first day of school here in the Pacific Northwest.  I realize some of you have been in school for almost in a month but we start late, always the day after Labor Day.  The first day of school means one thing at my house – chocolate chip cookies.  For many years I made chocolate chip cookies on the first day of school to welcome my kids home.  There is nothing better than a warm chocolate chip cookie and a cold glass of milk to welcome them home and get them talking about their day.

Even though there is no one currently living at my house that will be starting school today I still felt the need to make chocolate chip cookies.  Just wish I could ship some to that college girl of mine who will be starting school tomorrow.

I actually made t hese cookies over the weekend so I could deliver them to the neighbor kids who would be starting school today.  Because I am a bit of a chocolate chip cookie recipe collector I have quite a few good recipes to choose from but I decided that Cowboy Cookies sounded good.

Cowboy Cookies

A nice soft, chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.  I came here to the blog to get the recipe and realized that I had never posted this recipe before!  I was shocked.  I have been making this recipe for years and it is one that is in our Best of the Best Family Cookbook.  Shame on me for not sharing it before.

Cowboy Cookies

I don’t know why it is called a cowboy cookie?  Anyone know?    I do know though that it is a  good chocolate chip cookie when the dough tastes as good as the baked cookie itself.  I’m not saying how much of the dough I did not make into a cookie.

Cowboy Cookies

The secret to these cookies is to NOT overbake them.  You actually want them to look underbaked.  The cookies should not start to turn brown around the edges, just have an all over light brown color.  If you let them get too brown around the edges they will still be great, just not quite as soft and chewy.

Cowboy Cookies

The cookies will look set (not gooey in the middle) but they will still look pretty pale.

Cowboy Cookies

The trick to keeping them soft and chewy is to store any uneaten, if you have any uneaten cookies, in a brown paper bag.  In fact when I delivered them to the neighbor kids I took them over in a brown paper bag.  Just in case they didn’t them all at one time!

Cowboy Cookies

Happy first day of school kids!

For other chocolate chip cookie goodness:

Chocolate Chip Cookie  DipChocolate Chip Cookie Pie - Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Cowboy Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 C dark brown sugar
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1 C butter, softenend
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 C old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 (12 oz.) pkg. of milk chocolate chips.

Instructions

  • Cream together sugars and butter for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  • Add in eggs and vanilla. Mix.
  • Add in dry ingredients except oatmeal.
  • Mix throughly.
  • Add in oatmeal and chocolate chips.
  • Scoop onto parchment covered cookie sheet.
  • Bake 7-10 minutes at 350 degrees
  • DO NOT overbake.
  • Cookies should barely be brown.
  • Store in a brown paper bag to keep cookie soft.

 Enjoy!

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Inspiration Monday Linky Party http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/inspiration-monday-linky-party-22/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/inspiration-monday-linky-party-22/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:00:53 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=32684 inspiration_monday_fall_2014Today’s Inspiration Monday is a special one! We’re adding a seventh permanent hostess to our fun! Please welcome Meegan from What Meegan Makes! And we also have a fabulous giveaway from One BLESSED Mommie!   We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media. To search for features, use #InspirationMonday.  Feel free to follow along via our blogs below: I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle Redhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom twelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased MomLast week’s party had us drooling [Continue Reading...]

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Today’s Inspiration Monday is a special one!
We’re adding a seventh permanent hostess to our fun!
Please welcome Meegan from What Meegan Makes!
And we also have a fabulous giveaway from One BLESSED Mommie!
 


We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.

To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. 

Feel free to follow along via our blogs below:

I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle

Redhead Can DecorateScattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

twelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased MomLast week’s party had us drooling over the deliciousness! And with the busy school season upon us, cooking time can be hard to come by. We pulled several of the yummiest, easiest, weeknight dinner recipes for you to enjoy. Check out all of the awesomeness below {this week’s features selected by Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor}>>>

1. Chicken A la Caroline via Sweet Caroline’s Corner

2. Greek Style Tortilla Wraps via Culinary Flavors

3. Cincinnati Chili with Zucchini Noodles via Upstate Ramblings

4. Cheesy Ranch Potato Casserole via I Dig Pinterest

5. Easy Sweet and Sour Sauce with Grilled Pork and Spaghetti Squash via Food Faith Fitness 

6. Sriracha Mayo Glazed Salmon via DM Du Jour

7. Skillet Enchilada Casserole via Miss Information

8. Peanut Chicken Stir Fry via Nibbles by Nic

9. Pretzel Crusted Skillet Bacon Mac and Cheese via What’s Cooking in the Burbs

10. Lemon Zucchini Penne via The Scent of Oranges

11. Venison Sausage Jambalaya {in the slow cooker} via My Wild Kitchen


This month’s giveaway is from One Blessed Mommie!
Her business has an AMAZING story and incredible cause. Owner, Natosha, is on a mission to bring awareness to SMA. She has two daughters with this genetic disorder and all of her proceeds go to their care. She’s truly an amazing lady! Enter below to win $100 credit to shop at her PRESH store {click here for the store}.
 
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Cilantro Lime Coconut Pork Kebobs http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/cilantro-lime-coconut-pork-kebobs/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/cilantro-lime-coconut-pork-kebobs/#respond Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:00:08 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=32642 Cilantro Lime Coconut Pork KebobsLately I have felt like I have lost my groove when it comes to fixing dinner. After we came back from our week at the beach I was totally unmotivated to cook. I think I overcooked! I loved every minute of cooking 3 meals a day for 7 -10 people but after having cooked for just two people for the last few years it took a little adjustment. I did warn Jim though that I wasn’t cooking for a week!  I don’t think he thought I was serious, but I [Continue Reading...]

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Cilantro Lime Coconut Pork Kebobs

Lately I have felt like I have lost my groove when it comes to fixing dinner. After we came back from our week at the beach I was totally unmotivated to cook. I think I overcooked! I loved every minute of cooking 3 meals a day for 7 -10 people but after having cooked for just two people for the last few years it took a little adjustment. I did warn Jim though that I wasn’t cooking for a week!  I don’t think he thought I was serious, but I was.

So whether it has been the hot summer days or all the cooking I did at the beach, I have had zero motivation. Earlier this week it was a frozen pizza for me (Jim is gluten free and dairy free) and scrambled eggs for Jim!

Let’s just say I haven’t done a lot of cooking since the kids left. But last night I think I got my groove back. We love pork tenderloin so I bought a pork tenderloin this week not sure what I was going to do.  A few nights ago I went to pull it out of the fridge and I couldn’t find it any where! I checked both refrigerators and even checked the trunk of my car in case it got left in there but no tenderloin. I probably left it at the grocery check out!  Ever done that??  I wish I could say it’s the first time I’ve done it.

So I went back to the store and bought another tenderloin. I’ve been cooking a lot with coconut milk since Jim went dairy free and when I found a recipe for Coconut Pork Kebobs in the Food Network magazine I decided it was the perfect way to use my tenderloin. It also was done on the grill which was perfect since it’s been too hot lately to turn on the oven!!

The pork marinades in a mixture of coconut milk, brown sugar, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and Asian chilie sauce.  Let it marinade for at least an hour up to four hours.
Cilantro Lime Coconut Pork Kebobs

I then made kebobs out of it.  Soak the bamboo skewers in water for about 30 minutes before you use them so they don’t totally go up in flames!

Cilantro Lime Coconut Pork Kebobs

As they grilled I basted them with the leftover coconut milk (not the milk it marinaded in).

Cilantro Lime Coconut Pork Kebobs

After they are cooked I served them on a bed of jasmine rice and garnished it with cilantro, chopped peanuts and green onion.  I think they are so pretty!

Cilantro Lime Coconut Pork KebobsThe final touch is a drizzle of mixture of brown sugar, water, lime juice and more of the yummy Asian chile sauce.

Cilantro Lime Coconut Pork Kebobs

It was a delicous dinner and I think Jim was glad to see I was cooking again!

For more yummy pork recipes try these:

Pork CarnitasSlow Cooker Chili Verde Pork - Slow Cooker Parmesan Honey Pork Roast.

 

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Cilantro Lime Coconut Pork Kebobs

4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-2lb. pork tenderloin, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 13.5 can of coconut milk
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 C plus 1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp Asian chile sauce
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • Chopped peanuts, green onions and cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  • Mix together half the can of coconut milk, garlic, 1/3 C brown sugar, cilantro, 1 Tbsp lime j uice and 1 Tbsp Asian chile sauce.
  • Add in cubed pork.
  • Cover and marinade for 1-4 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Place pork on bamboo skewers and grill.
  • Baste pork with remaining coconut milk as it cooks.
  • Grill until pork is cooked through, approx 15-20 minutes depending on heat of grill.
  • Combine water, 1 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 Tbsp lime juice and Asian chile sauce in a bowl.
  • Drizzle over kebobs.

 

 Enjoy!

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Teriyaki Chicken Bento Box with Dipping Sauces #HorizonB2S http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/teriyaki-chicken-bento-box-with-dipping-sauces-horizonb2s/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/teriyaki-chicken-bento-box-with-dipping-sauces-horizonb2s/#respond Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:00:02 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=32515 Jazz up your back to school lunch selection with a teriyaki chicken bento box and 3 different dipping saucesWe’re a little late to the game here in Oregon and school doesn’t start until after Labor Day. My college girl starts school next week too. Back to school means back to fixing school lunches. When I was in school I always took my own lunch to school. It might have had something to do with the fact that I was a very picky eater and through elementary school and junior high I think I took a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch every day! Every day! If I [Continue Reading...]

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Jazz up your back to school lunch selection with a teriyaki chicken bento box and 3 different dipping sauces

We’re a little late to the game here in Oregon and school doesn’t start until after Labor Day. My college girl starts school next week too. Back to school means back to fixing school lunches.

When I was in school I always took my own lunch to school. It might have had something to do with the fact that I was a very picky eater and through elementary school and junior high I think I took a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch every day! Every day! If I remember correctly I also took a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in high school until my senior year. My parents moved away that year and I stayed behind to finish high school and I lived with some friends. Most of that year I bought my lunch at the school cafeteria. It was pretty much the same thing every day. A bag of cheetos and a carton of chocolate milk. Please don’t tell my mom! I am a creature of habit. So I shouldn’t have been surprised when I sent my oldest to his first day of middle school and he wanted to buy lunch in the school cafeteria. My kids have always been sack lunch kids, not liking what they serve in the school cafeteria, so he had always taken a sack lunch in elementary school. When he came home from his first day of middle school and I asked him what he had had for lunch his response was, “french fries and a donut.” I fixed him a lunch the next day. I guess he takes after his mom.

So after four kids and about 21 years of making school lunches I’ve learned a few things! So to help make that back to school lunch process a little easier I have partnered with Horizon Organic to bring you some tips, ideas and recipes.

1. Be Prepared. Nothing is worse than running around like a crazy mother in the morning trying to figure out what you are going to put in their school lunch! Making lunches the night before is always the best option but that doesn’t always happen. Be prepared though by making sure there is food in the house. Having the basics of whatever it is your children like for lunch in the cupboard is a must. For my mom, that was peanut butter, jelly and bread.

At our house, because we have two gluten free members, sandwiches aren’t the lunch of choice for everyone. Lots of times there are leftovers from dinner and packing those up in lunch size containers the night before means we just have to grab and go in the morning. I also like to cook up a bunch of chicken each week and a pot of rice and then I know I always have something on hand. Add in a few veggies and some fruit and you’ve got a delicious and nutritious lunch. But chicken and rice can get a little bit boring too so that leads me to Point Two.

2. Have Variety. Most people don’t like eating the same thing every day for lunch. Not all kids will gladly eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day of the week like I did. They probably don’t want to eat chicken and rice every day either but by adding in a different dipping sauce you can turn that chicken and rice into a whole different flavor adventure. A variety of dipping sauces can take your lunch from drab to fab.

A variety of dipping sauces can take your lunch from drab to fab!

Today I’m sharing a recipe for a yummy teriyaki sauce, honey mustard sauce and for the more adventerous crowd a sweet & spicy sauce. I like to grill my chicken but you can bake it in the oven or cook it in a frying pan too. I cover it with a bit of olive oil and some salt and pepper before grilling.

Bento Box with Dipping Sauce

Put the rice and chicken into a container. Add a little teriayki sauce and garnish with some green peppers and sesame seeds and then add in a dipping sauce of choice. You can pick up these little containers at your local restaurant supply house or next time you get take out grab a few extra!

Bento Box with Dipping Sauce

Your kids might even eat their veggies too when there is a yummy sauce to dip them into!

Bento Box with Dipping Sauce

Of course I had to add in some Horizon Organic chocolate milk for old times sake!

Bento Box with Dipping Sauce

What tips and tricks do you have for getting your kids to eat a healthy lunch?

For more back to school tips, meal ideas, and coupons visit Horizon Organic’s Facebook page, their twitter page, get inspiration from their Pinterest page, and visit the Horizon Organic website for recipes and more.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Teriyaki Chicken Bento Box with Dipping Sauces #HorizonB2S

Ingredients

  • Grilled chicken, sliced
  • Rice
  • green onion, sliced for garnish
  • sesame seeds for garnish
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1/4 C soy sauce or Tamari Sauce for gluten free
  • 1 C water
  • 1/4 tsp dried ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 C cold water
  • Sweet and Spicy Sauce
  • 1/2 C rice wine vinebar
  • 1/2 C white sugar plus 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • Honey Mustard Sauce
  • 1/2 C mayo
  • 2 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

    Teriyaki Sauce
  • Mix together all ingredients except cornstarch and 1/4 c cold water in a sauce pan.
  • Heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Mix cornstarch into 1/4 C cold water in a bowl.
  • Add to sauce in pan.
  • Heat until sauce comes to desired thickness.
  • If it gets too thick add some additional water
  • Sweet and Spicy Sauce
  • Put vinegar and sugar together in a pan.
  • Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
  • Add in salt and reduce heat.
  • Stir until it thickens slightly.
  • Remove heat and add chili garlic sauce
  • Cool before serving.
  • Honey Mustard Sauce
  • Mix together mayo, mustards, honey and lemon juice.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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 Enjoy!

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Chocolate S'mores Pie

A few weeks ago we spent the week with all of our kids enjoying the Oregon Coast and our home in Manzanita.

Of course the best part of the week is getting to spend time with these crazy kids! Man, I love them and miss them like crazy already!

Week at the Beach 2014

It was a glorious week full of lots game playing, golfing, kayaking, beach time, amazing sunsets and s’mores!  One of our favorite things to do at the beach is to head down there before sunset, build a fire, play some games on the beach and enjoy the sunset around the fire.  As soon as the sun has set and the fire has burned down out come the s’mores.

Week at the Beach 2014

Even when there is not a beautiful sunset to watch you’ll find us down on the beach with a fire making s’mores!

Week at the Beach - 2014

I always over buy when it comes to the s’more fixins’.  Nothing would be worse then to run out of s’more supplies!  So when we got home I found myself with some extra graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows.  So what do you do when you end up with too much s’more fixins’???  Make Chocolate S’mores Pie.

Chocolate S'mores Pie

This is a recipe that has been in our family for many  years.  It was given to my mother by a friend and it has a delicious, fluffy, mousse like filling.

Chocolate S'mores Pie

It uses all those s’more supplies plus some milk and whipping cream.  The base of the pie is a graham cracker crust which I make from scratch but you could buy a store bought one but it is so easy to make and tastes so much better and you have the graham crackers on hand, so make it!

The filling for the pie is melted marshmallows, chocolate bars and some milk.

Chocolate S'mores Pie

After all that has melted together and cooled you fold it into some whipped cream for a lovely, light, chocolately but not too chocolatey filling!  Fill up your crust and then put it in the refrigerator to chill and firm up.

Chocolate S'mores Pie

I like to garnish it with a bit more chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow!

Chocolate S'mores PieThen of course, all that is left to do is enjoy a slice or two!

Chocolate S'mores Pie

Fortunately for me it was my neighbor’s birthday yesterday so I gifted her the pie so I didn’t eat the whole thing myself!

 Other S’more goodness:

S’mores Caramel CornS’mores Cookies- Inside Out S’more Brownies

S'mores

Chocolate S’mores Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 6 (1.55 oz each) chocolate bars, 8 oz. total of chocolate
  • 24 large marshmallows
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 1/4 C graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 C butter, melted

Instructions

    Crust
  • Combine crumbs and sugar
  • Add in melted butter and stir to combine.
  • Press mixture into a 9 inch pie pan and press firmly to sides and bottom
  • Bake at 350 for 8 minutes.
  • Cool
  • Pie
  • Melt marshmallows and chocolate in milk on stovetop.
  • Let cool.
  • Whip cream and fold into chocolate mixture.
  • Pour into crust and chill.

Enjoy!

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