your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:29:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 20 Family Friendly Romantic Movies For Valentine’s Day http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/20-family-friendly-romantic-movies-for-valentines-day/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/20-family-friendly-romantic-movies-for-valentines-day/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:00:55 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=36104 20 family friendly romantic movies for Valentine's DayAlthough my husband will indulge me with a good chick flick once in a while, the majority of our movie watching tends to be more of the drama, action and adventure genre.  One night last week Jim was gone to a meeting and I was in the mood for a good romantic movie so I decided to rewatch You’ve Got Mail.  I hadn’t seen it in years. I had forgotten how much I love a good, clean, romantic movie. And then there is Tom  Hanks too.  I’m a fan. After [Continue Reading...]

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20 family friendly romantic movies for Valentine's Day

Although my husband will indulge me with a good chick flick once in a while, the majority of our movie watching tends to be more of the drama, action and adventure genre.  One night last week Jim was gone to a meeting and I was in the mood for a good romantic movie so I decided to rewatch You’ve Got Mail.  I hadn’t seen it in years. I had forgotten how much I love a good, clean, romantic movie. And then there is Tom  Hanks too.  I’m a fan.

After watching You’ve Got Mail I remembered how much I loved the original movie that it was a remake of, Shop Around the Corner with Jimmy Stewart.  I immediately got online and ordered a copy from the library since it wasn’t available on Netflix or Hulu. If you have never watched the original, you must!  It is simply delightful.

That got my mind thinking about all the other good, clean romantic movies I love and haven’t watched in a while so I decided to put a list together for myself and for you.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner aren’t you in the mood for a good romance film!?  I can’t wait to rewatch some of my favorites.  All of these are appropriate to watch with the kiddos too.

Disclaimer:  When it comes to selecting movies, as always, you are the best judge of what is right for you and your family.

Here are my Top Picks in no particular order of preference.

1.  Gone with the Wind - so this is one of my favorite movies of all times.  I remember going to see it for the first time as a teenager.  The movie is long and there was actually an intermission at the movie theater.  Disclaimer:  there is that one swear word but Rhett is so handsome you can totally forgive  him.

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2. Sabrina - another oldie but goodie.  I love both the original version with Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn and the remake with Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond.  Watch both!

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3.  Pride and Prejudice - my favorite book and another of my all time favorite movies.  I am a big fan of the 6 hour BBC version but that may be a bit much for the rest of the family.  The 2 hour Pride & Prejudice movie with Kiera Knightly is great too!

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4.  You’ve Got Mail - delightful, simply delightful  and it was fun it remember back to those days when the internet was new and we had to log onto the internet through our telephone line!

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5. The Shop Around the Corner - after or before you watch You’ve Got Mail you must watch the original starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan.

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6.  Sleepless in Seattle – another nice love story starring Tom Hanks. A slight takeoff of the classic romantic movie, An Affair to Remember.

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7.  An Affair to Remember - of course if you are going to watch Sleepless in Seattle you must watch An Affair to Remember too starring Cary Grant (simply dreamy) and Deborah Kerr.  The movie takes place in New York.  This one is a bit of a tear jerker.

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8.  Somewhere in Time - I haven’t watched this movie in years but I remember falling in love with it as I was a teenager or maybe I was falling in love with Christopher Reeve.  It takes place at a beautiful old hotel on Mackinac Island which I have been to so that made it even more intriguing to me.  I loved the costuming too. Starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.

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9.  Sound of Music – What is not to love about Sound of Music.  Sing along and cheer for Maria!

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10.  Ever After - Inspired by the story of Cinderella this romantic/comedy/drama  stars Drew Barrymore and is a fun twist on the story.

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11. Love Comes Softly -  This movie originally aired on the Hallmark Channel and is a sweet love story of an arranged marriage that turns into love.

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12. Magic of Ordinary Days - Another Hallmark Channel movie.  A story of learning to love despite differences.

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13.  Jane Eyre -  Another classic and a favorite novel of mine.  Love a good gothic romance and Mr. Rochester. There are a lot of different versions and I have watched them all.

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14.  Casablanca - I’m a Humphrey Bogart fan and simply love this movie that takes place during WWII.  “Here’s looking at you kid!”

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15. The Princess Bride - What’s not to love about this fun and quirky romance between Buttercup and Westley.  So many great characters and lines in this movie.

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16.  The Philadelphia Story - Doesn’t get much better than Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart!  A 1940 romantic comedy.

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17.  While You Were Sleeping – A fun romance involving a little miscommunication, a coma and falling in love. Stars Sandra Bullock, another favorite of mine.

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18.  My Fair Lady  - So  many things to love about this movie including good music and amazing costumes (love those race day costumes most)  Another old classic that is a must see. Some consider this the “perfect musical.”  What’s not perfectly wonderful about Audrey Hepburn??!!

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19.  Sense &  Sensibility - Another Jane Austin favorite.  A comedy of errors. You get to decide, Sense or Sensibility? Several versions available but I really like the newest one with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet.  And then there is Hugh Grant too!

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20.  Man from Snowy River – remember this one?  Made in 1982 in Australia, the film stars Kirk Douglas.

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Bonus Movie:   I’m going to throw in a bonus movie because I recently saw it and adored it.   I am a big Helen Mirren fan.  I want to age as well as gracefully as she has and she is delightful in  The Hundred Foot Journey.

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There you have it.  So what family friendly romantic movies are favorites of  yours??  I’d love to hear.

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Tomato Pesto Orzo Soup http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/tomato-pesto-orzo-soup/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/tomato-pesto-orzo-soup/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:00:09 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=36135 Tomato Pesto Orzo Soup @yourhomebasedmomTomato Pesto Orzo Soup is a dressed up version of a childhood favorite.I was pretty much raised on tomato soup.  Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches were pretty much the go to lunch at least during those cold winters in Wisconsin! When I walked home from elementary school each day for lunch, even in the winter, with 10 feet of snow on the ground (or at least that is how much snow I told my kids there was) a nice warm bowl of tomato soup was the perfect thing to warm [Continue Reading...]

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Tomato Pesto Orzo Soup is a dressed up version of a childhood favorite.Tomato Pesto Orzo Soup @yourhomebasedmomI was pretty much raised on tomato soup.  Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches were pretty much the go to lunch at least during those cold winters in Wisconsin! When I walked home from elementary school each day for lunch, even in the winter, with 10 feet of snow on the ground (or at least that is how much snow I told my kids there was) a nice warm bowl of tomato soup was the perfect thing to warm me up so I could walk back to school through the snow again!  Of course the tomato soup came out of that red and white can and all we had to do was add a can of milk.  Pretty much a staple of my childhood.

I still crave a nice bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich every now and then but instead of opening that red and white can I prefer to make my own soup with a couple of add ins. If  all you have is that red and white can of soup I’ve got a quick and easy way to dress that up too with this quick & easy tomato soup recipe.

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This recipe does used canned tomatoes but the addition of chicken broth, garlic, onions, pesto and orzo make it a little more sophisticated than my childhood favorite.

Because it uses canned pureed tomatoes it comes together quickly and easily and lunch or dinner can be served in no time.  I love the addition of the orzo pasta to the soup.  It gives the soup some nice texture and body.  The pesto adds in some great flavor. I used pesto I purchased at the store but of course you can make your own homemade pesto if you’d like.  The Trader Joe pesto is my favorite store bought pesto.

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After letting this soup simmer and thicken up a bit all you have to do is add a grilled cheese sandwich to your Tomato Pesto Orzo Soup.

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Tomato Pesto Orzo Soup
 
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Serves: 4-6 people
Ingredients
  • 1 qt. of chicken broth
  • 2 14.5 oz. cans of purreed tomatoes
  • 3 tsp garlic
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ C pesto
  • ½ C uncooked orzo
Instructions
  1. Saute garlic and onions in olive oil until onions are soft.
  2. Add in chicken broth, tomatoes and pesto and stir to combine
  3. Simmer over medium low heat until soup thickens and cooks down slightly.
  4. Boil water (about 1 qt.) to cook orzo in. Cook until tender.
  5. Add cooked orzo to soup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lemon Curd http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lemon-curd/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/lemon-curd/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:00:37 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=36115 Lemon curdLovely lemon curd tastes just like sunshine! We’ve been having some rather gloomy, cloudy, foggy days here in Portland.  There has been a lack of sunshine and I was physically and mentally craving some sun.  Since I have yet to figure out a way to change the weather and hoping a plane down to sunny San Diego wasn’t an option this week,  I decided to make some sunshine in my kitchen – lemon curd.  The very sight of a lemon makes me happy and the smell and taste are even [Continue Reading...]

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Lovely lemon curd tastes just like sunshine!Lemon curd

We’ve been having some rather gloomy, cloudy, foggy days here in Portland.  There has been a lack of sunshine and I was physically and mentally craving some sun.  Since I have yet to figure out a way to change the weather and hoping a plane down to sunny San Diego wasn’t an option this week,  I decided to make some sunshine in my kitchen – lemon curd.  The very sight of a lemon makes me happy and the smell and taste are even better!

Lemon curd

You can easily purchase a jar of lemon curd at the grocery store but let me tell you, there is nothing that compares to homemade lemon curd.  It is easy to make too and is literally sunshine on a spoon as far as I am concerned.  I was out walking the other day and mentioned to my friend that I had made lemon curd and she asked me what I did with it.  There are so many possibilites and I am going to be sharing a few new ways with you over the next week or so but I told her I love it spread on toast, or on pancakes and waffles. A dollop on a bowl of vanilla ice cream is quite lovely.  Everything tastes better with a spoonful of lemon curd.

Lemon curd

I use lemon curd in my all time favorite dessert, lemon angel pie and it makes a great filling for cupcakes or bar cookies too.  It is also quite yummy between the layers of a lemon cream cake! Oh the possibilities.  Be sure to stay tuned for more upcoming recipes using lemon curd but now lets learn how to our own.  Because you want to make your own.  Trust me.

The first thing you need is some lemons.  Fresh lemons.  Do not use that lemon juice that comes in the green container at the grocery store.  If you are going to do that, just buy a jar of lemon curd at the store.

When working with lemons, there are a few tools that I find really helpful.  I love my lemon juicer.  Makes juicing lemons so easy and fast.  Love this thing.

Lemon Juicer

 

You will use the juice from the lemon and part of the lemon rind too so you will need a microplaner.  Makes zesting quick, quick, quick!

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With these two tools you are ready to go.

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Lemon curd is a combination of lemon juice, lemon zest, butter, sugar and eggs. You start by placing the eggs, sugar and lemon juice in a double boiler over simmering water and stirring until it begins to thicken.  If you don’t have a double boiler just use a regular sauce pan but be sure and stir in continually so it doesn’t burn. It will take about 7-10 minutes.  You then add in the butter and stir until it is melted.

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The last step is to add in the lemon zest. (So my butter wasn’t quite melted all the way)

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Cover it and let it chill in the refrigerator and it will thicken as it chills.

Then all  you really need is a spoon!

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Or stay tuned for some really yummy ways to use this lovely lemon curd or sunshine on a spoon!

lemon curd @yourhomebasedmomBe sure and check out my two favorite tools to use when working with lemons.  Lemon Juicer  and Microplane.

Lemon Curd
 
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Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • ⅔ C lemon juice
  • ½ C butter
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
Instructions
  1. Mix together eggs, sugar and lemon juice and place in a double boiler over simmering water until mixed well. Stir until it thickens. About 7-10 minutes.
  2. Fold in butter and lemon zest.
  3. Cover and refrigerator until it thickens.

 

 

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The Perfect Slow Cooker Pot Roast http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/perfect-slow-cooker-pot-roast/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/perfect-slow-cooker-pot-roast/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:00:36 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=36088 The Perfect Pot RoastAnother easy and delicious slow cooker recipe for you – the perfect slow cooker pot roast.There is something about pot roast that just SCREAMS comfort food to me.  It doesn’t just say it, it screams it!  Growing up there was always some kind of roast on Sunday.  Sunday was a special day and it was the day we had roast.  It wasn’t necessarily pot roast but it was some kind of roast.  I shared my Sunday Pot Roast recipe here. You may have noticed that I called todays recipe “perfect”. [Continue Reading...]

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Another easy and delicious slow cooker recipe for you – the perfect slow cooker pot roast.The Perfect Pot RoastThere is something about pot roast that just SCREAMS comfort food to me.  It doesn’t just say it, it screams it!  Growing up there was always some kind of roast on Sunday.  Sunday was a special day and it was the day we had roast.  It wasn’t necessarily pot roast but it was some kind of roast.  I shared my Sunday Pot Roast recipe here.

You may have noticed that I called todays recipe “perfect”.  Now I realize that perfect is a very subjective term and I realize that many of you may have a pot roast recipe that you consider perfect and I respect that.  But for those of you who may be looking for a “perfect” pot roast recipe I hope you will give this one a try. Even if you already have a pot roast recipe you love, give this one a try.  If you like yours better please share your recipe with me!

The Perfect Pot Roast

There are a couple of things that are perfect about this pot roast.  First of all, it is made in a slow cooker which I love.  I pop it in first thing in the morning and then don’t think about it the rest of the day.  Dinner is ready when we are!

The second thing that makes it perfect is the flavor and the texture.  A good pot roast requires no knife.  It basically falls apart when you cut into it with your fork.  The slow cooker helps to achieve that fall apart texture we are looking for.  Remember you can’t rush a pot roast if you are looking for a perfect pot roast.  It requires about 8 hours in the slow cooker to get that perfect pot roast.

The Perfect Pot Roast

Besides the roast, carrots and potatoes (all crucial ingredients to a perfect pot roast) there are only three other things you will need for this pot roast.  A can of Coke or Pepsi. a cup of water and some McCormick’s Slow Cooker Savor Pot Roast Seasoning packet.  I found the seasoning packet at Fred Meyer here in Portland.  Buy a couple when you find it, you will be glad you did.

Unfortunately the seasoning packet is not gluten free so I am working on creating my own seasoning mix to use for this recipe and I will be sure and post it when I get it figured out.

Just peel your potatoes and carrots and put them into the slow cooker.  One of the tricks to a perfect pot roast is to braise your meat first.  Just heat up some olive oil in a pan and sear both sides of the roast before adding it to the slow cooker.

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Mix your seasoning packet into the cup of water and add it to the slow cooker and then pour your can of Coke or Pepsi over the top.  The soda helps to tenderize the meat.

The Perfect Potroast

Then put on your lid, turn your slow cooker to low and forget about it for 8 hours!

The Perfect Pot Roast

The only thing left to do is enjoy dinner!

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My favorite slow cooker here.

 

MThe Perfect Slow Cooker Pot Roast
 
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Serves: 4 -6 servings
Ingredients
  • 3-5 lb chuck roast or pot roast
  • 1 can Coke or Pepsi
  • 1 C water
  • 1 pkg. McCormick Slow Cooker Savory Pot Roast seasoning
  • 4-5 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 3-4 potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
Instructions
  1. Place carrots and potatoes in bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a heavy pot and braise both sides of pot roast
  3. Place meat into slow cooker
  4. Mix seasoning into water and pour of meat
  5. Pour Coke over meat
  6. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

 

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Raspberry Cream Meringue Pie http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/raspberry-cream-meringue-pie/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/raspberry-cream-meringue-pie/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:00:14 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=35980 Raspberry Meringue PieRaspberry Cream Meringue Pie is light and sweet.  A pretty and delicious treat for your Valentine dessert. One of my favorite desserts, EVER, is this lovely lemon angel pie.  We have been making it at our house for almost 30 years and it is still my favorite lemon dessert. One of my favorite parts of it is the meringue crust the filling is put into.  I am a big meringue fan.  Remember those meringue heart shaped cookies I shared a few weeks ago?  Another favorite. When I came across this [Continue Reading...]

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Raspberry Cream Meringue Pie is light and sweet.  A pretty and delicious treat for your Valentine dessert.

Raspberry Meringue PieOne of my favorite desserts, EVER, is this lovely lemon angel pie.  We have been making it at our house for almost 30 years and it is still my favorite lemon dessert. One of my favorite parts of it is the meringue crust the filling is put into.  I am a big meringue fan.  Remember those meringue heart shaped cookies I shared a few weeks ago?  Another favorite.

When I came across this recipe for a raspberry cream meringue pie I knew I had to try it!  No questions asked.  I am a sucker for anything involving meringue and whipped cream. We were having a gathering at our home this past week to welcome new members of our church congregation so I decided to try it out on them.   I also knew that I was going to love it and I would be tempted to eat the entire thing myself if I didn’t share it.  Let’s just say there wasn’t any left.

Raspberry Meringue Pie

This meringue crust has a fun texture to it.  The addition of crushed soda crackers and pecans folded into the meringue gives it a nice twist. If you have a nut allergy or want to make this dessert gluten free you can leave out the crackers and/or the nuts.  The crust will work fine without them.

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Just spread the meringue mixture into a 9 inch pie plate, pushing it up the sides and along the bottom.

raspberry meringue pieBake the meringue for 35-40 minutes or until it is light golden.  Cool.

The filling for the pie is a combo of whipping cream, sugar, vanilla and of course raspberries! All of that gets folded together and then poured into the cool meringue crust.

Raspberry Meringue Pie

Let it refrigerate for several hours to set up and then slice yourself a nice big piece.  It is so light you won’t feel like there are any calories! I garnished mine with a little more whip cream and some more raspberries.

Raspberry Meringue PieThen just dig in.  It is a wonderful choice for Valentine’s Day dessert.

Raspberry Cream Meringue Pie

Raspberry Cream Meringue Pie
 
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 egg whites
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 16 saltine crackers, crushed
  • ½ C pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 C whipping cream
  • ⅓ C granulated sugar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 C fresh or frozen raspberries
Instructions
  1. Grease and flour a 9 inch deep dish pie plate.
  2. In a large bowl beat together egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy.
  3. Mix in vanilla
  4. Gradually beat in 1 cup of sugar until it forms a stiff peak.
  5. Fold in crackers and pecans.
  6. Place mixture into the prepared pie plate. Pressing mixture over the bottom and up the sides of the dish.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until meringue begins to turn golden. Cool.
  8. For filling add whipping cream, sugar and vanilla. Beat until soft peaks form.
  9. Fold in berries.
  10. Fill crust with mixture.
  11. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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