your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Sun, 02 Aug 2015 20:06:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Inspiration Monday Linky Party http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/inspiration-monday-linky-party-65/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/inspiration-monday-linky-party-65/#respond Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:21:56 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=39568 inspiration monday in party imageHappy Sunday Everyone and welcome back to Inspiration Monday! We are so glad you are here! I have some good news to share today: we are welcoming two new hostess  to the Inspiration Monday party! Please welcome, Laura from Inspiration for Moms and Christy from Our Southern Home. We also have a pretty new graphic for the party: I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle Redhead Can Decorate| Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom Inspiration for Moms | Our Southern home So lets get to it! The [Continue Reading...]

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Happy Sunday Everyone and welcome back to Inspiration Monday!
We are so glad you are here!
I have some good news to share today: we are welcoming two new hostess
 to the Inspiration Monday party!
Please welcome, Laura from Inspiration for Moms
and Christy from Our Southern Home.
We also have a pretty new graphic for the party:
So lets get to it!
The features from last weeks party
(chosen by Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom) are:

To search all of our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday, and feel free to follow us all on social media via our blogs. When you party with us, you’re always seen on all seven blogs…but only have to link up to one!

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 the 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.

Are you feeling inspired? We are too!


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Strawberry Watermelon Orzo Salad http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/strawberry-watermelon-orzo-salad/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/strawberry-watermelon-orzo-salad/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:00:33 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=39242 Strawberry Watermelon Orzo Salad is both pretty & delicious. A wonderful combination of flavors and textures.This Strawberry, Watermelon Orzo Salad is both pretty and delicious – the way food should be! Even if this salad didn’t taste yummy I would still want to make it because it is just so darn pretty.    Besides being pretty it is full of lots of great flavor and texture.  I have to make a confession though, I am not a watermelon lover.  I know I always get lots of gasps of disbelief when I confess it.  I have a family full of watermelon lovers though so I decided [Continue Reading...]

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This Strawberry, Watermelon Orzo Salad is both pretty and delicious – the way food should be!Strawberry Watermelon Orzo Salad  is so pretty and delicious.  The perfect side dish for your next BBQ or potluck!

Even if this salad didn’t taste yummy I would still want to make it because it is just so darn pretty.    Besides being pretty it is full of lots of great flavor and texture.  I have to make a confession though, I am not a watermelon lover.  I know I always get lots of gasps of disbelief when I confess it.  I have a family full of watermelon lovers though so I decided I needed to learn to love watermelon.  I love the flavor of watermelon (especially those watermelon Jolly Ranchers) but it has always been a texture issue for me.

Strawberry Watermelon Orzo Salad

But I have discovered something, if I cut watermelon up into little pieces I like it!  So this salad is the perfect way for me to eat watermelon.  The flavor combo of the watermelon, strawberries, red onion, lemon vinaigrette and the basil is pretty magical.  The orzo is marinated in a yummy lemon vinaigrette which adds another flavor dimension.

Strawberry Watermelon Orzo Salad

The crispness of the watermelon with the softness of the orzo and the strawberries is pretty nice too.  I am very texture oriented.

Strawberry Watermelon Orzo Salad

The next time you wants some oohs and aahs at a BBQ or potluck take this pretty and delicious salad.  You’ll get them!

Strawberry Watermelon Orzo Salad

Strawberry Watermelon Orzo Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 C orzo
  • ½ C Lemon Vinaigrette (see below)
  • 1½ C watermelon, diced
  • ½ C red onion, chopped
  • 11 /2 C strawberries, diced
  • ⅓ C Fresh basil, chopped or small leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
Lemon Vinaigretete
  • ½ C fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp minced shallot
  • 1 C olive oil
  • ¼ C chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta in water according to directions on box.
  2. Combine with ½ C Lemon Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
  3. Chill for 2-24 hours
  4. Toss watermelon, strawberries, red onion and basil into pasta.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
Lemon Vinaigrette
  1. Stir together lemon juice and shallot, allow to sit for 5-10 minutes
  2. Add in olive oil, fresh parsley , honey and dijon mustard
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Refrigerate in container for up to one week

 Strawberry Watermelon Orzo Salad is full of lots of fun flavors and texture and is so pretty!

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Fresh Blueberry Pie http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/fresh-blueberry-pie/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/fresh-blueberry-pie/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:00:49 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=39206 Blueberry PieThis Fresh Blueberry Pie can be made with fresh or frozen berries.  The streusel topping adds extra texture and flavor.Which do you prefer – a fruit crisp or a fruit pie?  On one hand I love a fruit crisp because I love the streusel like topping that goes on top of it.  I love the sweet crunchiness of it.  On the other hand I love a good pie too and a nice buttery, flaky crust.  Well, with today’s recipe I no longer have to choose one over the other.  I [Continue Reading...]

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This Fresh Blueberry Pie can be made with fresh or frozen berries.  The streusel topping adds extra texture and flavor.Blueberry PieWhich do you prefer – a fruit crisp or a fruit pie?  On one hand I love a fruit crisp because I love the streusel like topping that goes on top of it.  I love the sweet crunchiness of it.  On the other hand I love a good pie too and a nice buttery, flaky crust.  Well, with today’s recipe I no longer have to choose one over the other.  I can have both in one amazing fresh blueberry pie

I started with my Perfect Pie Crust to make a flaky, buttery crust.

the perfect pie crust.When I make a fruit pie I like to par bake my crust to keep them from getting soggy from the liquid the berries make when they are cooked.  Just bake your crust at 350 degrees F for 5  minutes before filling it with fruit.

I also add flour and corn starch in with the fruit to cut down on the liquid.  No one likes a soupy pie!
Fresh Blueberry PieAnd then the crowning glory – the streusel topping.  Now you could always add a pastry crust to the top if you like but one crust on the bottom is enough for me and I love the texture of the streusel topping.

Blueberry Pie with Streusel toppingBake the pie until the crust is golden brown and the streusel topping is nice and brown too.  I let the pie cool for a while so it sets up a bit.Fresh Blueberry PieAs far as I’m concerned any and all berry pies must be served topped with a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream – required!

Slice of Blueberry PieThanks to some lemon juice and lemon zest, this blueberry pie has a nice fresh lemon hint to it.  If you aren’t a lemon fan you can leave it out or just cut down on the amount.  I think blueberries and lemons are a perfect combination.

Fresh Blueberry Pie with Ice Cream

Fresh Blueberry Pie
 
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Serves: 1 pie
Ingredients
  • 1 9 inch unbaked pie crust
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • ⅓ C flour
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 C fresh or frozen blueberries
Crumb Topping
  • ⅔ C brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ C rolled oats
  • ½ C flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Make pie crust according to my Perfect Pie Crust Tutorial. This recipe only requires one crust and the recipe makes two, so cut it in half if you are only make one pie.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  3. Place pie crust in bottom of 9 inch pie plate.
  4. Par bake the pie crust for 5 minutes in the oven to help prevent it from getting soggy.
  5. In a bowl, combine ½ C brown sugar, flour, cornstarch, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  6. Add in blueberries and stir to coat.
  7. Place blueberries in par baked crust.
  8. In another bowl, combine ⅔ C brown sugar, oats, flour, cinnamon and butter.
  9. Cut butter in until mixture is crumbly.
  10. Spread crumb mixture onto of pie filling.
  11. Bake for 30-40 minutes in preheated oven until top is browned.
  12. Cool on a rack.

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Enjoy this fresh blueberry pie with a hint of lemon.  The crunch of the topping is amazing!

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Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/brown-sugar-tropical-fruit-topping/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/brown-sugar-tropical-fruit-topping/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:00:22 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=39234 Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping is perfect on ice cream, yogurt or on pancakes or wafflesThis Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping is perfect on ice cream, yogurt, waffles, pancakes – just about anything and everything! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DOLE Canned Fruit. Fruit and ice cream are two of my favorite summer time dessert treats and combining the two of them together is even better. When it comes to dessert, especially in the summertime, I like to keep it simple, delicious and fresh!   Today’s recipe for Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping is all three of those things and [Continue Reading...]

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This Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping is perfect on ice cream, yogurt, waffles, pancakes – just about anything and everything!Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping is perfect on ice cream, yogurt or on pancakes or waffles

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DOLE Canned Fruit.

Fruit and ice cream are two of my favorite summer time dessert treats and combining the two of them together is even better. When it comes to dessert, especially in the summertime, I like to keep it simple, delicious and fresh!   Today’s recipe for Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping is all three of those things and the perfect thing to put on top of that ice cream.

Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Ice Cream Topping

Using a can of DOLE Tropical Fruit makes this easy dessert, even easier!!  You get the fresh, delicious taste of pineapple, red and yellow papaya in lightly sweetened passion fruit juice.

DOLE Canned Tropical Fruit

So delicious!  All I did was combine the DOLE Tropical Fruit with a brown sugar sauce, pour it over some vanilla ice cream and presto, you’ve got an amazingly easy and delicious summer time dessert.

Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Ice Cream ToppingServe the sauce warm and it will melt the ice cream a little, I like to stir the mixture into the fruit and you’ve got magic.

Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Ice Cream Topping

This Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping is not just for ice cream though.  It would be perfect over yogurt, or on top of a waffle or pancake.  Of course, you can always just eat it straight, with a spoon!

DOLE Canned Fruit is pretty much a staple in my pantry.   It is a convenient and easy ingredient for so many of your summer desserts and other recipes.  This was the first time I had tried the Tropical Fruit but it won’t be the last.  It now has a place of honor on my pantry shelf.  The  DOLE  Pineapple is one of my favorites and I keep it on my pantry in tidbits, chunks, crushed and slices.  One of my favorite things to do is just through some of the DOLE  Pineapple Slices on the grill when we are grilling hamburgers and then pop a slice onto each burger!!  So yummy and easy.

DOLE Canned Fruit is  naturally fat free, cholesterol free, and contains very low sodium. It’s also rich in Vitamins A & C.  Be sure and visit Dole.Com to check out all the other fruits available.

Make yourself a batch of this Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping and you’ll be find all kinds of things to put it on!

Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping on Ice Cream

Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping
 
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Serves: 1½ C
Ingredients
  • ¾ C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ¼ C syrup, drained from fruit
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 C fruit, drained
Instructions
  1. Combine brown sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan.
  2. Stir in syrup.
  3. Add butter and place over medium heat.
  4. Cook and stir until it comes to a boil.
  5. Allow it to thicken.
  6. Add in drained fruit.
  7. Serve over ice cream.

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Brown Sugar Tropical Fruit Topping on Ice Cream is the perfect summertime dessertThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DOLE Canned Fruit.

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Inspiration Monday Linky Party http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/inspiration-monday-linky-party-64/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/inspiration-monday-linky-party-64/#respond Sun, 26 Jul 2015 18:00:50 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=39394 inspiration_monday_fall_2014 (1)Welcome, welcome to the Inspiration Monday party! It has been a great week full of more inspiration, ideas, crafts, recipes than we could ever hope for. WE are so happy you have decided to join us once again. If you are new to our party, enjoy the fun of being linked to several blogs at one time. I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle Redhead Can Decorate| Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom With so many fabulous links it make it [Continue Reading...]

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Welcome, welcome to the Inspiration Monday party! It has been a great week full of more inspiration, ideas, crafts, recipes than we could ever hope for. WE are so happy you have decided to join us once again. If you are new to our party, enjoy the fun of being linked to several blogs at one time.

What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom

With so many fabulous links it make it hard to pick our faves. You are all incredibly talented in various ways.
This week’s features were chosen by Meegan from What Meegan Makes

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Strawberry Salad with Grilled Nectarines and Balsamic Vinegar

By Food Faith Fitness

IMondayLavender-Infused-Lemonade

Lavender Infused Lemonade

from Juggling Act Mama

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Sunroom Citrus and Blues

with Hospitality Designs

IMondayBest-Painting-tips-is-filled-with-practical-info-you-can-use-save-time-and-money-H2OBungalow

Best Painting Tips That will Save You Time and Money

by H2O Bungalow

IMondayRomantic+Industrial+Frames+Side+View

DIY Romantic Industrial Frames

By Pocket Full of Posies

IMondayOffice-Storage-Hutch-Makeover-2

Office Storage Hutch Makeover

From Love Grows Wild

To search all of our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday, and feel free to follow us all on social media via our blogs. When you party with us, you’re always seen on all seven blogs…but only have to link up to one!
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 the 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. Are you feeling inspired? We are too!


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