your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:00:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Merry Kissmass to You} Last Minute Gift Idea http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/merry-kissmass-to-you-last-minute-gift-idea/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/merry-kissmass-to-you-last-minute-gift-idea/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:00:37 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=35265 Merry Kissmass to YouStill scrambling for some last minute gift ideas?  I’ve got you covered today. I wanted to do a little something for my Activity Day girls for Christmas.  I am no longer their leader but I am still t heir friend!  My girls and I love the EOS lip balm so I bought a package of them at Costco. I added in some Hershey’s Kisses and then a cute little  gift tag, a little cellophane bag and some twine  and I was good to go! What girl doesn’t love a good [Continue Reading...]

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Merry Kissmass to You Last Minute Gift Idea

Still scrambling for some last minute gift ideas?  I’ve got you covered today.

I wanted to do a little something for my Activity Day girls for Christmas.  I am no longer their leader but I am still t heir friend!  My girls and I love the EOS lip balm so I bought a package of them at Costco.

I added in some Hershey’s Kisses and then a cute little  gift tag, a little cellophane bag and some twine  and I was good to go!

EOS Lip Balm  Merry Kissmass to You

What girl doesn’t love a good lip balm and some chocolate!?

EOS Lip Balm  Merry Kissmass to You

The gift tag can be printed off here on the blog  and all you have to do is add the kisses!

EOS Lip Balm  Merry Kissmass to You
Merry KissmassClick here to download gift tag

Here’s to last minute gift ideas !

Merry Kissmass to you!

 

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Frozen Themed Hot Chocolate Bar http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/frozen-themed-hot-chocolate-bar/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/frozen-themed-hot-chocolate-bar/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:00:44 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=35227 Frozen Hot Chocolate Bar 1A Frozen themed hot chocolate bar is the perfect way to celebrate your first snowfall, a birthday celebration for your Frozen fans or just because! Since I don’t have any little ones living at my house I was a little late to the Frozen game. It took me several months to finally watch the movie after it came out and after I heard the song “Let it Go” about a million times.  I have to say I loved it! So this winter I thought it might be fun to have [Continue Reading...]

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A Frozen themed hot chocolate bar is the perfect way to celebrate your first snowfall, a birthday celebration for your Frozen fans or just because!

Frozen Hot Chocolate Bar 1Since I don’t have any little ones living at my house I was a little late to the Frozen game. It took me several months to finally watch the movie after it came out and after I heard the song “Let it Go” about a million times.  I have to say I loved it!

Frozen Hot Chocolate Bar

So this winter I thought it might be fun to have a little “Frozen” themed hot chocolate bar.  We haven’t had any snow yet here in Portland but what a fun way to celebrate a snow day or a pretend snow day.

Frozen Hot Chocolate BarI filled my hot chocolate bar with lots of white and silver.  White donuts from the grocery store, silver wrapped chocolate kisses, white meringue cookies from Trader Joes and white mini marshmallows of course.  I also added in some of those yummy homemade marshmallows I shared with you last week.

Frozen Hot Chocolate Bar

Frozen Hot Chocolate BarRemember those fun Candy Corn Hot Chocolate On a Stick I shared with you at Halloween time?  Well I made a fun Winter/Frozen version for you too with the help of Kiki Comin who created the wonderful graphic! This Frozen hot chocolate Bar is not to be confused with this kind of Frozen Hot Chocolate.

Frozen Hot Chocolate Bar

They are so fun to make and to use!  All you have to do is add hot milk and you have Frozen hot chocolate!.

Frozen Hot Chocolate Bar

For detailed, step by step instructions on how to make the hot chocolate sticks check out my Candy Corn Hot Chocolate on a Stick post.   For my Frozen version I used white and blue Wilton chocolate melts, marshmallows and little snowflakes I bought at our local cake decorating shop.

Frozen Hot Chocolate Bar

Frozen Hot Chocolate BarI added the cute tag to the straw.  The directions to make your Frozen hot chocolate are on the back of the tag.

Frozen Hot Chocolate Bar

The process is easy.  Just pour your hot milk into your cup and then add in your Frozen hot chocolate on a stick.

Frozen Hot Chocolate Bar

Stir it around until the chocolate melts and you have pretty blue Frozen hot chocolate!

Frozen Hot Chocolate BarThen add some more marshmallows and you are ready to go.

Frozen Hot Chocolate Bar

Thanks again, to Kiki Comin for the cute tags.  You can download them here.  We also did a “Winter” version in case you’re not into the whole “Frozen” thing!

 

frozen snowflake hot chocolateDownload Frozen Hot Chocolate Tags

 

 

winter snowflake hot chocolate

Download Winter Hot Chocolate Tags

For more fun Hot Chocolate Bar ideas check out this post:

Hot Chocolate Bar collage

 

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Pistachio Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/pistachio-cranberry-white-chocolate-oatmeal-cookies/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/pistachio-cranberry-white-chocolate-oatmeal-cookies/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:00:15 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=35209 Pistachio & Cranberry Oatmeal CookiesThe name of this cookie may be a mouthful but y our mouth will love these cookies! Today I am participating in a fun Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap which was hosted by Julie Espy of White Lights on Wednesday who puts together all those amazing roundup posts here on the blog.  I chose one of my favorite Christmas cookies and gave that recipe to another blogger and then they gave me one of their favorite cookie recipes.  We then make each other’s recipe!  Lucky me got matched up with Aubrey [Continue Reading...]

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The name of this cookie may be a mouthful but y our mouth will love these cookies!

Pistachio & Cranberry Oatmeal CookiesToday I am participating in a fun Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap which was hosted by Julie Espy of White Lights on Wednesday who puts together all those amazing roundup posts here on the blog.  I chose one of my favorite Christmas cookies and gave that recipe to another blogger and then they gave me one of their favorite cookie recipes.  We then make each other’s recipe!  Lucky me got matched up with Aubrey of Real Housemoms.  Aubrey doesn’t live too far from me but we have never met in person.  We need to definitely change that and we have a lunch date for after the holidays.  Be sure and visit Aubrey to see which cookie recipe I shared with her!

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Aubrey’s recipe for Pistachio, Cranberry, White Chocolate Oatmeal cookies are full of fun flavor and texture.  I am usually not a big fan of nuts in my cookies but I may have changed my mind with this recipe.  I love the pistachios! I used toasted, salted pistachios but you can use just plain old pistachios too.

Pistachio & Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

 

The original recipe called for you to dip the cookies into white chocolate but I was in a bit of a hurry so I just added the white chocolate chips into the cookie dough.  Aubrey says she does that sometimes too!  If you want to see her pretty white chocolate dipped pistachio cranberry oatmeal cookies you can check them out here.

Pistachio & Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

I loved the texture and flavor of these cookies.  They are perfect for the holidays because of the red  dried cranberry and the green pistachios!

Pistachio & Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies I love, love the addition of the white chocolate chips into the dough.

Pistachio & Cranberry Oatmeal CookiesAubrey’s recipe is a winner.  I bagged up the cookies and delivered them to several of the people on our “goodie” list and they loved them too.

Pistachio Cherry White Chocolate Oatmeal CookiesBe sure and check out the recipes of all the other bloggers participating in the Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap.

Pistachio Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 C butter
  • 1¼ C packed brown sugar
  • ¾ C sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ C flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1-2 C pistachios, chopped, I used 1 cup
  • 1-2 C. craisins, I used 1 cup
  • 3 C old fashioned oats
  • 1 bag of white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix together the butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy
  3. Add in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Slowly add in flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon
  5. Mix in oats, pistachios, white chocolate chips and craisins
  6. Form dough into 2 tablespoon balls and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet
  7. Bake for about 12 minutes and cool.

For some of my other favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes, check out this post!
Top Ten favorite Christmas cookies

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Homemade Soft Caramels http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/homemade-soft-caramels/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/homemade-soft-caramels/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:00:10 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=35190 Homemade Soft CaramelsHomemade Soft Caramels are amazing.  So soft, chewy and delicious! Candy making is as big a part of our holidays as cookie baking is.  My mom has always been a fudge maker and she makes a mean divinity which I have never been able to make.  Each Christmas she makes a batch for my brother.  Maybe one of these years I’ll get some too. I think she likes my brother better than she likes me. My grandmother was a candy maker too.  Today’s recipe is her caramel recipe.  We’ve been [Continue Reading...]

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Homemade Soft Caramels are amazing.  So soft, chewy and delicious!
Homemade Soft CaramelsCandy making is as big a part of our holidays as cookie baking is.  My mom has always been a fudge maker and she makes a mean divinity which I have never been able to make.  Each Christmas she makes a batch for my brother.  Maybe one of these years I’ll get some too. I think she likes my brother better than she likes me.

My grandmother was a candy maker too.  Today’s recipe is her caramel recipe.  We’ve been making it for three generations in our family.  My grandmother, my mother and me!  My mother remembers sitting at the kitchen table and wrapping caramels.  She didn’t like the job but that meant she could sample as she went along which made the job easier.  I too, remember sitting at the kitchen table wrapping caramels and eating a few along the way.  I know my girls have the same memory!

Making caramel takes a bit of time.  My friend April, who is an amazing candy maker, calls it patience candy because you just have to wait for it.

You will need a candy thermometer to make caramel because you need it to reach a certain temperature – for this recipe that is 243 degrees.  You will need a candy thermometer to make caramel.  This is the one I use.

Homemade Soft CaramelsCaramel is made in stages.  You first combine sugar, corn syrup and half and half and boil for 10 minutes and then gradually pour in the half and half.

Homemade Soft Caramels

Then add in the butter.

Homemade Soft Caramels

And then cook the mixture over a medium low heat. Don’t rush it or you will burn it.

The other thing you must have for candy is a nice heavy gauge pan.  If you don’t your caramel may burn or you will have to stir a lot more.  I am lucky enough to have my mom’s old candy making pan.  It is the bottom of an old pressure cooker and works great.  Goodwill is a great place to pick one up or if you’d like a new one this is a good heavy gauge pan.

Stir the caramel as it boils to avoid it burning on the bottom.  You want the temperature to reach 243 degrees.  As it gets closer it will get thicker and more golden brown.  After it reaches 243 pour it into 2 buttered 8 x 8 pans   As you pour it into the pan, do not scrap the bottom of the pot.  You may find some of the caramel has stuck a bit and even turned dark brown.  That is fine but you don’t want to scrap that into your finished caramels.

Now allow the caramel to set up. As you pour it into the pan, do not scrap the bottom of the pot.  You may find some of the caramel has stuck a bit and even turned dark brown.  That is fine but you don’t want to scrap that into your finished caramels.

Homemade Soft Caramels

Then it is time to enlist the help of the kids – it’s time to cut and wrap the caramels.  I get about 25-30 caramels out of a pan.  I usually cut mine about 1″ x 1 1/2″.

Homemade Soft Caramels Place the piece of caramel on a small piece of wax paper.  I like to make a log shape out of my caramel so I fold the caramel in half and wrap it up in the wax paper and then twist the edges.

Homemade Soft CaramelsI love, love caramel and this caramel is so soft and delicious.

Homemade Soft Caramels

Homemade Soft Caramels

I love to throw a handful of caramels onto each of my holiday cookie plates.   They have a tendency to disappear really fast though!!

Homemade Soft Caramels

Homemade Soft Caramels
 
Cook time
Total time
 
Serves: 50-60 pieces
Ingredients
  • 1½ C light corn syrup
  • 2 C granulated sugar
  • ½ C butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 C half and half
  • 1 small can (5 oz.) evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Using a heavby gauge pan, combine sugar, corn syrup and half and half. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Bring to a boil over low heat. Boil for 10 minutes.
  3. Add evaporated milk a little at a time.
  4. Add in butter.
  5. Bring back to a boil and cook until a candy thermometer reaches 243 degrees Stir now and then. Stir more the closer it gets to the desired tempeature. Mixture will thicken and turn golden brown
  6. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  7. Pour into 2 8 x 8 butter pans and allow to cool and set up
  8. When cool, cut into pieces and wrap in wax paper.

 

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Inspiration Monday Linky Party http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/inspiration-monday-linky-party-34/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/inspiration-monday-linky-party-34/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:00:55 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=35188 inspiration_monday_fall_2014 (1)Ho Ho Ho! Welcome back to another edition of Inspiration Monday Linky Party. The place were you are featured on 7 blogs… I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle Redhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom twelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom While we are all busy preparing for the holidays, it’s nice to be able to sit down and relax while browsing through Inspiration Monday Party. The amount of creativity and Inspiration here is a true blessing. We hope you enjoy [Continue Reading...]

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Ho Ho Ho!
Welcome back to another edition of Inspiration Monday Linky Party.
The place were you are featured on 7 blogs…
While we are all busy preparing for the holidays,
it’s nice to be able to sit down and relax while browsing through Inspiration Monday Party.
The amount of creativity and Inspiration here is a true blessing.
We hope you enjoy this weeks features chosen by:

View From the Fridge

Birch Branch Christmas Tree by View from the Fridge

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Cable Spool Tree Stand by Houseologie

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DIY Peppermint Letters by I Dig Pinterest

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Christmas Ornament Wreath by the Striped House

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Festive Paper Stars by Elizabeth Joan Designs

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Reclaimed Holiday Sign by Mommyzoid

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Portobello Mushroom Marsala by Shaken Together Life

Triple Chocolate Peanut Clusters -Sweets and Treats For the Holidays

Triple Chocolate Peanut Clusters by Major Hoff Takes A Wife

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 Party you are giving the seven blogs, listed above, permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs.


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