your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:00:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 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.

 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 (8 oz.) chocolate bars
  • 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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Lovin’ my Tieks http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lovin-tieks/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lovin-tieks/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:00:09 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=32478 TieksSo I usually reserve Saturdays to share with you things I am loving.  This last Saturday kind of got away from me.  If you follow me on Instagram you know we were out celebrating birthdays with our friends.  We had a yummy breakfast at Mother’s Bistro and then a wild and wet jet boat ride on the Willamette River!  #lifeofanemptynester So you are getting a What Leigh Anne’s Lovin’ on Monday!!  Happy Monday. About a month ago I teased some of you on Instagram by showing you this photo: My [Continue Reading...]

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So I usually reserve Saturdays to share with you things I am loving.  This last Saturday kind of got away from me.  If you follow me on Instagram you know we were out celebrating birthdays with our friends.  We had a yummy breakfast at Mother’s Bistro and then a wild and wet jet boat ride on the Willamette River!  #lifeofanemptynester

So you are getting a What Leigh Anne’s Lovin’ on Monday!!  Happy Monday. About a month ago I teased some of you on Instagram by showing you this photo: Tieks My first pair of Tieks.  I say first because I hope they are not  my last. You may be wondering “What are Tieks?”  Well, to quote the Tieks website,  “Tieks are the most versatile designer flats in the world. Made of the finest Italian leathers and designed to fold and fit in a purse. Wearable all day, every day.”

When I posted this photo on Facebook I didn’t tell you what color of Tieks I got and made you guess.  The one problem with Tieks is that there are way too many amazing colors and patterns to choose from.  I bet you can’t choose just one!! I revealed my choice of Tieks with this photo taken on our weekend in Seattle.  My Tieks made their debut at a Seattle Mariner’s game. photo (3)Yes, I went with the leopard print!   My Tieks also enjoyed a trip to Pike Street Market. photo (2) Back in Portland they were perfect for a Saturday morning trip to the Farmer’s Market.  They pretty much go everywhere with me and go with everything!

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Tieks are spendy and I realize that won’t be in everyone’s budget  but I have discovered with shoes that you get what you pay for.  If you spend any amount of time on your feet or walking every day you know how important good, comfortable shoes are.  Tieks are made of high quality Italian leather and each pair takes 3 days to make.  Are they worth it?  Definitely.  Not only are they the cutest ballet flats you can find but they are super comfortable.  They would make the perfect travel shoe not only because they are so comfortable but because they are designed to fold up and take up very little room in your suitcase.  They even come with a little travel bag. Tieks

Tieks Having comfortable shoes when you travel is a MUST and I spent a lot of money on my shoes before our last trip to Europe.  They were comfortable but they weren’t very cute and I don’t wear them around home.  Tieks make a great, comfortable travel shoe but they are also so cute you will want to wear them all the time. As you can see from the photo above I also have a Pop Pink pair.  They actually aren’t for me.

I did a little early Christmas shopping for my two daughters and daughter in law.   Don’t  worry, it isn’t a secret.  I let them choose the color they wanted.  The pink pair are for Tessa!   As a college student who does a ton of walking around campus she is going to love them.  My daughter in law who will start her first job as an attorney this fall has a bit of commute and will need to walk from the train station to her office and the Tieks will be perfect to wear for that commute until she has to change into heels. She chose the metallic gold.  My daughter, Cali, who is a middle school teacher spends her entire day on her feet and I know she is going to love her Tieks too! Cali went for the Chestnut color.Tieks You know it is a pair of Tieks when you see the signauture Tiek Blue stripe and the Tiek Blue non-skid rubber soles that accent each pair. Tieks So if you are in the market for a new pair of comfy ballet flats or cut, comfortable travel shoes definitely check out Tieks.  The only problem is going to be deciding what color you want.  My neighbor is headed to Europe in a few weeks and I told her she definitely needed to take a pair with her.  After some texting back and forth trying to help her decide what color to choose she decided on the Cobalt Blue.  That may be my next pair too!! Tieks also has a great return/exchange policy.  They do not come in half sizes so if you are a half size I recommend sizing up.  That’s what I did and they fit perfect.  Tieks

Enjoy!

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Inspiration Monday Linky Party http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/inspiration-monday-linky-party-21/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/inspiration-monday-linky-party-21/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:00:15 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=32475 JUSTPAINTITWelcome! We’re so glad you’re here! Link up on one blog and be seen in 6 different places: I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Redhead Can Decorate | Refresh Restyle Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom | twelveOeight | Your Homebased Mom Are you tired of your old furniture? Is it old and lacking personality? Or did you pick up a piece on the side of the road! Boy, do we have some ideas for you! This week’s selections were made by Debbie from Refresh Restyle 1. Mint Desk [Continue Reading...]

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Fresh from the garden recipes - Inspiration Monday

Link up on one blog and be seen in 6 different places:

Are you tired of your old furniture? Is it old and lacking personality?
Or did you pick up a piece on the side of the road!
Boy, do we have some ideas for you!
This week’s selections were made by Debbie from Refresh Restyle
Painted Furniture Ideas & Inspiration Monday
1. Mint Desk Makeover from Love Grows Wild
2. Geometric Headboard from The Weathered Door
3. Metal Chairs in Chalk Paint from The Cookie Puzzle
4. A Buffet Makeover from Bre Repurposed
5.Chevron Dresser Her Tool Belt
6. DIY Table Makeover from Fun Home Things
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Please say hello to this houndstooth beauty!
Office Chair Makeover from Love Grows Wild
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NOW, LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!
Please keep in mind:
- Be sure to mingle with other party guests (It’s always fun to click on a few other links to see what fellow bloggers are up to.)
– Link up all of your creative fun, including recipes, crafts, printables, DIY projects and other fabulous things you’ve been up to on YOUR blog.
– Please do not link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties.
– By linking up to Inspiration Monday you are giving the six blogs,listed above, permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs.


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Lemon Cake with Olive Oil http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lemon-cake-with-olive-oil/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lemon-cake-with-olive-oil/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:00:26 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=32450 Lemon Chiffon Cake This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian.  All opinions are 100% mine. Did you know that August is National Olive Oil Month? In honor of National Olive Oil Month and as a Pompeian #PantryInsider, I took the Pompeian Pledge.   I agreed to swap butter for olive oil in one of my favorite recipes.  There are lots of reasons to use olive oil vs. butter.  When you use olive oil you cut your fat by 25%.  You are also getting less saturated fat and no cholesterol.  For those of you who [Continue Reading...]

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Lemon Chiffon Cake

 This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Did you know that August is National Olive Oil Month?

In honor of National Olive Oil Month and as a Pompeian #PantryInsider, I took the Pompeian Pledge.   I agreed to swap butter for olive oil in one of my favorite recipes.  There are lots of reasons to use olive oil vs. butter.  When you use olive oil you cut your fat by 25%.  You are also getting less saturated fat and no cholesterol.  For those of you who are allergic to butter, olive oil is a great alternative.

Lemon Chiffon Cake

I was craving cake the other day and lemon always sounds good to me so I decided this lemon cake recipe I have had for years was the perfect thing to make the swtich with.  This cake has a nice subtle, light lemon flavor and is nice and moist.  I was a little concerned that the cake would taste too olive oily because the lemon flavor is so subtle but it didnt’ at all.  The olive oil made the cake more moist and I couldn’t taste the olive oil flavor at all.  I actually love the flavor of olive oil, I just wasn’t sure how it would taste as a cake. The lemon flavor was still there and the olive oil did not overpower it all.

Lemon Chiffon Cake

I love the crispy top that forms on this cake.  I sprinkled it with some sugar before baking and then added berries and whip cream!

Lemon Chiffon Cake

Pompeian Olive Oil has a great chart for you to use when you are converting butter to olive oil in your recipes.

ButtertoOliveOilConversionChart

So celebrate National Olive Oil Month by taking the Pompeian Challenge and convert the butter to olive oil in one of your favorite recipes! Overall, I think the olive oil only improved this cake!

Lemon Chiffon Cake

Don’t you wish you could have a bite!?  You can get more information about taking the Pompeian Pledge over at their Facebook page.  1,000 people who take the pledge will be randomly selected to win a coupon for a free bottle of Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, along with a free movie rental redemption code and they will also be giving away movie prize packs throughout the month. 

Lemon Chiffon Cake

Lemon Cake with Olive Oil

Ingredients

  • 3/4 C extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 C cake flour
  • 5 large eggs, seperated
  • 3/4 C sugar, divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • berries and whip cream to garnish

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper. Do not grease pan.
  • Grate lemon zest and add to flour.
  • Beat together egg yolks and 1/2 C sugar until it is thick and pale. 2-3 minutes
  • Add in olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Mix until just combined.
  • Add in flour until just combined.
  • Beat egg whites with salt until foamy.
  • Add in 1/4 C sugar a tablespoon at a time, beating until it forms a soft peak.
  • Fold 1/2 of the egg whites into yolk mixture.
  • Fold in remaining egg whites.
  • Put batter into springform pan.
  • Gently hit pan onto a hard surface 2-3 times to release air bubbles.
  • Sprinkle to of batter lightly with sugar.
  • Bake until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool, approx. 30 minutes
  • Run a knife around edge of pan and remove sides of pan.

Enjoy!

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