your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:39:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 2016 Christmas Card & a Minted Giveaway http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/2016-christmas-card-minted-giveaway/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/2016-christmas-card-minted-giveaway/#respond Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:00:46 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=47658 Minted Christmas Card 2016Merry Christmas from the Wilkes family!  Scroll down to enter giveaway. I pretty much think about my Christmas card all year long.  What picture we are going to use, what design, what I’m going to say on it?  I really love the whole process.  My least favorite part is addressing the envelopes.  This year I have teamed up again with Minted to put my cards together.  You can see last year’s Minted Card here. Minted makes the process so easy. The hardest part is picking out the design you want because there [Continue Reading...]

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Merry Christmas from the Wilkes family!  Scroll down to enter giveaway.Minted Christmas Card 2016

I pretty much think about my Christmas card all year long.  What picture we are going to use, what design, what I’m going to say on it?  I really love the whole process.  My least favorite part is addressing the envelopes.  This year I have teamed up again with Minted to put my cards together.  You can see last year’s Minted Card here.

Minted makes the process so easy. The hardest part is picking out the design you want because there are so many beautiful ones to choose from!!  I’ve known since March which photo I was going to use on my Christmas card this year.

Christmas Card 2016

Our oldest son got married and we had a family photo taken that I love and I knew it would be the perfect Christmas card photo.   With Minted you can also have a photo on the back of your card along with some text so that was the perfect spot to share my favorite photo of my six kids together and add a little family update.

Christmas Card 2016

Remember my least favorite part of the Christmas card thing?  Right, addressing them.  Well, Minted can take care of that for me too.  You can have a return address added to the back of the envelope and they will also address the front of  them for you. Problem solved!

Christmas Card 2016

To help you get your Christmas cards done Minted is offering a $125.00 gift card to TWO different readers.  To enter, just click here.

Be sure to look around and pick out your favorite holiday card design.  Giveaway closes Dec. 11th.

 

 

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The story of The Hundred Dresses was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season for our Relief Society Activity.

100 Dresses Relief Society Christmas Activity

At church, I am in charge of all the activities for the women 18 and older.  I have been doing this for a few years now.  We recently had our holiday dinner and activity and I wanted to share the evening with you. We hold our holiday activity in November and I love it.  It’s set a great ton for the upcoming holiday season and you don’t end up with all your holiday parties in a few week span.  I highly recommend it.

Several years ago, my daughter was in a theater production at Brigham Young University called The Hundred Dresses.  The play is based on a children’s book by the same name. I fell in love with the story and wanted to be able to share it with the women at church.  Our holiday activity was the perfect opportunity.

The book was a Newberry Award winner and is the story of Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl  who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her continually. The class feels terrible when Wanda doesn’t show up for school one day and they learn her family has moved away, but by that time it’s too late for apologies. Maddie, one of Wanda’s classmates, ultimately decides that she is “never going to stand by and say nothing again.”  Then one day Wanda’s classmates learn that she really did have 100 dresses.

It is a sweet story of the need for kindness and love, that everyone has a story and most of the time we don’t know the whole story, bullying is wrong and each person matters.

We presented the story in a reader’s theater version and some of the young women from our ward played the parts.  They did a fabulous job!

The One Hundred Dresses Activity

Leading up to the evening we asked the ladies to go through their closets and donate any gently used dresses or skirts they may no longer need.  We found a charity here in Portland that works with refugee woman to donate the dresses to.  We decorated the walls of the cultural hall with some of the dresses we collected.

The One Hundred Dresses Activity

Since the theme of the night was dresses, a couple of my committee members created the cutest centerpieces for all the tables using little origami paper dresses.

The One Hundred Dresses Activity

The grass and twigs came from our yards.

The One Hundred Dresses ActivityI thought they were just about the cutest thing ever!!  Here is a You Tube tutorial on how to make the dresses

The One Hundred Dresses Activity

There was also a little blue dress in honor of Wanda on each table.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1hUH6BRleM

For dinner we thought we would honor Wanda’s polish heritage and we served cabbage rolls or halupky. They were a huge hit.  We served them along with some candied carrots and green salad.  Dessert was gingerbread cake with lemon sauce and whipped cream from the Lion House Cookbook.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1hUH6BRleM

We recruited some of the men from church to wait on us and do dishes!

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It was a delightful evening and the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

 

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Apple Pie Cookies http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/apple-pie-cookies/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/apple-pie-cookies/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:00:44 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=47353 Apple Pie in cookie form with these delicious Apple Pie CookiesThe addition of dried apple, white chocolate chips, cinnamon and toffee bits gives you all the great flavor of apple pie in an Apple Pie Cookie! This post is sponsored by Country Crock® but all opinions are my own. The holiday season is here, whether we want to admit it or not! Two of my favorite things about the holidays are cookies and pie.  And at our house one of my favorite holiday activities is our annual Cookie Baking Day with my girls and friends. Today I’ve got a recipe [Continue Reading...]

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The addition of dried apple, white chocolate chips, cinnamon and toffee bits gives you all the great flavor of apple pie in an Apple Pie Cookie!Apple Pie in cookie form with these delicious Apple Pie Cookies

This post is sponsored by Country Crock® but all opinions are my own.

The holiday season is here, whether we want to admit it or not! Two of my favorite things about the holidays are cookies and pie.  And at our house one of my favorite holiday activities is our annual Cookie Baking Day with my girls and friends. Today I’ve got a recipe I’ll be using at our annual cookie baking day and one that combines my two favorite things, pie and cookies.  Apple Pie Cookies are the best of both worlds.

Apple Pie Cookies

To help simplify the process I love having one easy cookie recipe that I can dress up or down and today I’m sharing   Country Crock® Make It YoursTM Cookie Recipe  which makes the perfect base cookie dough.  All you have to do is add in 1-2 cups of your favorite mix-ins.  The possibilities are really endless.

For today’s cookie I added in white chocolate chips, toffee bits, dried apples and cinnamon.

Apple Cookie Mix insAfter mixing up the cookie dough, just add in the mix ins of your choice.  I loved the flavor and the texture that the dried apple pieces gave the cookie.

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Along with Country Crock®,  I believe in having fun in the kitchen and putting together fun, new creative combinations the whole family will love is fun!!  Put together your own favorite combination, share it on Social Media and be sure to share it with the hashtag #MakeItYours.

Apple Pie CookiesYou can find lots of inspiration for your mix in combination by visiting  Country Crock®.  I’ve got lots of mix in combination ideas on my list that I can’t wait to try.  It would be a fun family night activity too.  Mix up a batch of the Make It YoursTM Cookie Recipe and then let each family member add in their favorite mix ins into part of the dough.  Have a cookie bake off and see which combo you like the best!

Apple Pie Cookies

Country Crock® spreads gives you a fresh taste made from ingredients you can pronounce. I like that!

Apple Pie Cookies

The possibilites are endless with the  Make It YoursTM  Cookie Dough Recipe  so I’m going to tag my friend Chrissy over at The Taylor House to see what fun combination she comes up with!   Be sure and pay Chrissy and check out her combination.

Be sure and join in the fun online using the #MakeItYours on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. For mix-in inspiration visit CountryCrock.com.

 

Apple Pie Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Cookie
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Country Crock®
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup toffee chips
  • ½ cup dried apples, chopped into small pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Mix brown sugar, granulated sugar, Country Crock® spread, egg, egg yolk and vanilla into
  3. a large bowl until well mixed.
  4. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and baking soda until blended (dough will besoft and creamy).
  5. Add mix-ins into the dough until every spoonful of dough has some of the delicious mix-ins. (Try leftover Halloween candy, or use your favorite mix-ins such as dried fruit, HERSHEY’S Kitchens® baking chips, sprinkles, etc)
  6. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets 3-inches apart.
  7. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Cool 1 minute on wire rack; remove from baking sheets and cool completely

 

Apple Pie Cookies - the best of both worlds

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Lemon Basil Pasta with Toasted Walnuts http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lemon-basil-pasta-with-toasted-walnuts/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lemon-basil-pasta-with-toasted-walnuts/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:00:53 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=47585 Lemon Basil Pasta with Toasted Walnuts.This lemon basil pasta with toasted walnuts is packed with flavor and crunch and the perfect post holiday meal. This post is sponsored by the California Walnut Board but all opinions are my own. I don’t know about you but after cooking and consuming a holiday meal I am ready for something easy and light but I still want lots of amazing flavor.  Today’s recipe for Lemon Basil Pasta is just that.  It uses chicken but you could even use some leftover turkey if you have it still.   If [Continue Reading...]

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This lemon basil pasta with toasted walnuts is packed with flavor and crunch and the perfect post holiday meal.

Lemon Basil Pasta with Toasted Walnuts.

This post is sponsored by the California Walnut Board but all opinions are my own.

I don’t know about you but after cooking and consuming a holiday meal I am ready for something easy and light but I still want lots of amazing flavor.  Today’s recipe for Lemon Basil Pasta is just that.  It uses chicken but you could even use some leftover turkey if you have it still.   If you don’t have any leftover cooked chicken or turkey just cut up a chicken breast or two and cook it in some olive oil with salt and pepper and add to the pasta.  Once the pasta is cooked, this dish comes together in minutes.

Lemon Basil Pasta with Toasted Walnuts.

The amazing flavor of this dish is coming not only from the lemon juice but also from the browned butter and basil.   Brown the butter first, just until it starts to turn golden brown, add in the lemon juice, garlic and chicken broth.  Add in your pasta, cooked chicken and fresh basil and toss to coat.  The crowning glory of this pasta is the toasted walnuts.  They add  just the right crunch and texture to the dish along with a nice nutty flavor.

Lemon Basil Pasta with Toasted Walnuts.

Toasting walnuts is easy to do in your oven.  Just place them on a baking sheet and put in a 350 degree F oven for about ten minutes or until they begin to lightly brown.

Toasted Walnuts

This pasta is going to become a family favorite.   You can leave out the meat for a meatless dish.  There is plenty of flavor and texture without the chicken.

Lemon Basil Pasta with Toasted Walnuts.

Add this Lemon Basil Pasta with Toasted Walnuts to the meal plan this week.

Lemon Basil Pasta with Toasted Walnuts.

Lemon Basil Pasta with Toasted Walnuts
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 2 cups of precooked chicken
  • 12 oz. thin spaghetti
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta in boiling water until tender.
  2. Heat olive oil in pan and add cut up chicken. Cook until cooked through. Add salt and pepper while cooking.
  3. Remove chicken from pan.
  4. Melt butter in same pan and heat until it begins to turn golden brown.
  5. Add in lemon juice, zest and chicken broth.
  6. Return chicken to pan and stir into broth.
  7. Add in basil, toasted walnuts and red pepper flakes.
  8. Toss with pasta.
  9. Garnish with additional basil, Parmesan cheese and additional walnuts if desired.

 I have used leftover cooked chicken or turkey in it or if you don't have any leftover chicken just cut up a chicken breast or two and cook it in some olive oil and salt and pepper and add to the pasta.

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Spiced Cranberry Jam http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/spiced-cranberry-jam/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/spiced-cranberry-jam/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:00:29 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=47572 cranberryjam-2jpgSpiced Cranberry Jam is delicious and so pretty when it is all dressed up in a pretty jar for holiday gift giving. I am excited to welcome Chloe from Boxwood Avenue to the blog today.  She is a first time guest poster and she is our final guest of Bake Craft Sew.  I am excited for you to meet Chloe and check out her beautiful work!  Her photography is amazing and I love reading all about her farmhouse living.  Welcome Chloe!! Be sure and check out all the other ideas that [Continue Reading...]

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Spiced Cranberry Jam is delicious and so pretty when it is all dressed up in a pretty jar for holiday gift giving.

Cranberry Jam

I am excited to welcome Chloe from Boxwood Avenue to the blog today.  She is a first time guest poster and she is our final guest of Bake Craft Sew.  I am excited for you to meet Chloe and check out her beautiful work!  Her photography is amazing and I love reading all about her farmhouse living.  Welcome Chloe!!

bakecraftsewbannerBe sure and check out all the other ideas that have been shared this month as part of Bake Craft Sew, here on the blog and also over at my friend Cindy from SkiptomyLou who has sewing ideas, and Mique from Thirty Handmade Days, will isposting craft ideas.   Of course you are going to find lots of great baking ideas here!  All the ideas you are going to need for creating fun and delicious food treats for all your friends and neighbors.
cranberryjam-2jpgHello! My name is Chloe Mackintosh, I am visiting from Boxwood Avenue, I write about country living on a cattle ranch in northern California; I share recipes, farmhouse ideas, and DIY projects. I’m so excited to be here today teaching you how to make an easy edible holiday gift!

Cranberry jam is a wonderful treat to enjoy around the holidays, and while it’s popular during the thanksgiving holiday, it remains delicious throughout the entire season!

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One of my favorite things to make are handmade gifts; I am a firm believer that a gift made with love is much more meaningful than something purchased. Preserves are an easy way to keep a steady supply of handmade gifts on hand all year long! During the holiday season cranberries can easily be found at grocery stores, so why not take advantage of it and preserve some into jam? Cranberry jam can be used on cookies, in cakes, piped into doughnuts, and of course, enjoyed with roast turkey.

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Cranberries are full of natural pectin, making it an easy recipe for those who aren’t terribly comfortable putting their own fruit up. Although the recipe on the back of most cranberry bags calls for just 1 cup of sugar, I like to sweeten it up a bit more and add 1.5 cups of sugar per bag of berries.

I skipped adding fruit juice, which is generally called for in cranberry jam recipes, but you certainly could use orange or apple juice. To flavor the jam, I used a few cinnamon sticks and sprigs of rosemary. Adding cinnamon and rosemary is an unexpected twist from the usual orange zest.

 
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Serves: 2 - 8 oz. jars
Ingredients
  • 2 bags cranberries (2, 12 oz. bags, 6 cups total)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • ½ cup water (or fruit juice of choice)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3-4 sprigs rosemary
  • Canning supplies & jam jars
Instructions
  1. Wash berries and discard any mushy or rotten fruit.
  2. Stir together berries, sugar, rosemary, cinnamon sticks, and water in a saucepan and bring to a full rolling boil that does not cease when stirred. Continue to stir and let the mixture boil for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and allow the mixture to cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until it does not slide off the spoon when raised above the pan.
  4. Prepare a water bath, and sanitize jars and lids (soapy water or dishwasher).
  5. Remove cranberries from the heat, and push through a sieve (a pasta strainer will work too) into a medium bowl. Discard the skins, rosemary, and cinnamon, which will be left in the sieve.
  6. Carefully ladle the jam into the clean jars (2 bags made 2, 8 oz. jars for me). Wipe rims, and screw lids on ‘finger tight’.
  7. Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Make sure the jars are covered by at least 1” of water during this process.
  8. Remove from the water bath once the jars are fully processed. Use twine, fresh cinnamon sticks & rosemary to add a festive tough to the gifts.

If you like this idea, I have quite a few similar recipes and projects on my blog, I’d love for you to check them out!

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