Ugly Christmas Sweater Tea Party

Ugly Christmas Sweater Tea Party

An Ugly Sweater Tea Party was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season! Every year my Beach Babes and I celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with a tea party.  If you are wondering what Beach Babes are, we are a group of five women who have been friends for over 20 years.  The first time we got together and did something we went to the beach and thus the Beach Babe name was born.  I love these women and am so grateful to have them in [Continue Reading…]

2014 Holiday Home Decor}Part One

Holiday Decor 2014

I was so excited to decorate my new living room for Christmas this year.  The change to my room was drastic and my other holiday decor, while I loved it, just wasn’t the right feel for my new room.  If you missed my living room redo please check it out.  You can also see some of my past Christmas decor here.  I wanted a lighter and brighter holiday look for my new room. In addition to sharing my living room Christmas decor today, I am excited to join together with a group of [Continue Reading…]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party

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Have the holiday crazies started at your house yet??  I love this time of year and try to enjoy every minute of it but trying to slow it down a bit seems almost impossible!  We’re loving all the holiday fun and ideas being shared this month.  So many amazing ideas!  We can’t wait to see what you share with us today!  Be sure to follow us all on social media, too! We love to feature your creativity throughout the week. Just search for the hashtag, #InspirationMonday: I Should Be Mopping [Continue Reading…]

My Latest Stitch Fix

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A few weeks ago a reader emailed me to ask me if I was still getting Stitch Fix shipments each month.  I assured her I was and then realized it had been several months since I had shared my Stitch Fix boxes with you.  Shame on me.  So I have a lot of catching up to do.  Today you are going to get to see my last FOUR Stitch Fix shipments.  They are some of my favorites.  Out of the 20 different items I received in those shipments I only [Continue Reading…]

White Chocolate Cherry Almond Bars

White Chocolate Cherry Almond Bars

The countdown is on and I am more ready this year for Christmas than I think I have every been.  I’m not sure what’s wrong with me??!!  My shopping is done and wrapped.  Yikes!  The only problem with that is I have a tendency to keep shopping.  Oops! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I loved every minute having all five kids home.  They have all returned to their respective homes and the sheets are washed and beds are made and ready for most of them to return the week [Continue Reading…]

25 Cookie Exchange Recipes

25 Cookie Exchange Recipe on our Homebased Mom

Apple Cider Buttons from White Lights on Wednesday Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction Caramel Stuffed Ginger Molasses Cookies from Ari’s Menu Chewy Chocolate Oreo Truffle Cookies from Made to Be a Momma Chocolate Dipped Macaroons from Something Swanky Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies from Averie Cooks Pierre Hermé’s Chocolate Sablés from MBAKES Chocolate Sprinkle Cookies from Created by Diane Cranberry Bliss Cookies from Gimme Some Oven Danish Butter Cookies from Wallflower Girl Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies from Your Homebased Mom Funfetti Cookie Sandwiches with Marshmallow Filling from [Continue Reading…]

Tamale Pie

tamale pie

Tamale is pie is pure comfort food in my book. Were you feeling as “cooked out” as I was the last few days.  I love cooking a big Thanksgiving dinner, especially when my kids are there to eat it, but I have to say after cooking so much last week I was ready for a little break.  Thank goodness for leftovers!  But I can only do leftovers once.  My husband can eat the same thing for days but I’m only good for one day.  It’s been really cold here in [Continue Reading…]

Minty White Chocolate Cookies

Minty White Chocolate Cookies

Minty White Chocolate Cookies are so pretty and delicious and perfect for the holidays!  I originally shared this recipe back in 2007 and when I went to look at the recipe the other day I saw that the photos had disappeared!  Now there were only two photos and they weren’t very good photos so it really wasn’t much of a loss.  It was also a good excuse to make the cookies and take new photos of them! These cookies combine two of my favorite holiday flavors – white chocolate and [Continue Reading…]

Sour Cream Cookies


Welcome to Jill of One Good Thing Jillee.  If you haven’t visited her blog before you are in for a treat.  Not only does she have great recipes but all kinds of amazing tips, trick and techniques you need!  After checking out Jill’s blog  to enter to win a Blendtec Blender be sure to stop by and then check out what Mique and Cindy are sharing as part of the Craft and Sew! It never fails, this time of year I get requests from friends and neighbors for my recipe for “those delicious soft sugar [Continue Reading…]