Smothered Pork Chops

Smothered Pork Chops

With the craziness of life that this season brings I have to admit that sometimes I am running around and working all day and my mind never even thinks about what’s for dinner (when you are an empty nester you can do that!) So if you are anything like I am, you need all the quick & easy dinner ideas you can get.  How about dinner in 20 -30 minutes ??  I’ve got you covered today.  And the best part is this dinner doesn’t look like it took  under 30 [Continue Reading…]

French Onion Soup with Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

French Onion Soup

The very first thing I ate after arriving in Paris last Spring was French Onion Soup.  Of course in Paris it is not called French Onion Soup – it is called Soupe à l’oignon.  No need for the French part because you’re in France! Whenever I go to a restaurant that has French Onion Soup on the menu I order it.  I love it but I had never made it at home.  I had decided it was just too hard to make at home.  I am happy to report that I [Continue Reading…]

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions @yourhomebasedmom.com

Several weeks ago I was able to spend a few days at The J.M. Smucker’s headquarters in Orville, Ohio.   I  learned lots about the company, met lots of fun bloggers and ate a lot of yummy food.  Tomorrow I’ll have a a full post all about my trip but today I wanted to share with you one of the recipes they shared with us in the Make Ahead Meals presentation we had. I think this may have been my favorite idea they shared with us!! The showed us how to [Continue Reading…]

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Red pepper Soup

I hope you will forgive me for two Recipe Redo’s in a week but I think after you try this soup recipe you will t hank me.  You see,  I shared many of my favorite family recipes in the early years of my blog.  So many of them are still our family favorites.  When I started craving Roasted Red Pepper Soup this week and I went to pull it up on the blog I knew I had to re-share it with you.  The photos were sad and the recipe was [Continue Reading…]

Skillet Potatoes with Peppers, Onions and Sausage

skillet potatoes with peppers, onions and sausage

I look for every opportunity I can to cook in my cast iron skillet.  I love that thing!  When Johnsonville  asked me to come up with a recipe using their Premium Smoked or Cooked Sausage along with the “secret ingredient” of peppers I decided to pull out my cast iron skillet.  If you don’t own a cast iron skillet, no worries!  This recipe is totally doable in any skillet or frying pan. In addition to the Johnsonville Sausage and red and yellow peppers I used some onions, potatoes and fresh [Continue Reading…]

Cheese Steak Sandwich with Peppers

cheese steak sandwich

Earlier this week I shared with you that I have a Food Bucket List – a list of food I hope to one day eat.  Today’s recipe is for one of the foods I have actually eaten on my Food Bucket list – a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich.  Years ago we took our boys on an American History trip and as part of it we stopped in Philadelphia and while there I was able to eat an authentic Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich.  So good! I have tried them several places [Continue Reading…]

Crock Pot Mexican Beef

crockpot Mexican beef

This week’s quick and easy dinner idea is what I used to create my Nacho Bar that I shared on Monday  – Crock Pot Mexican Beef This dish is quick and easy because it is done in the crock pot and it is also so versatile. You can make it as spicy or as mild as you like depending on how much of the hot stuff you add in.  The beef can also be used in a wide assortment of dishes.  Of course it is great on nachos but it [Continue Reading…]