Amazing Dairy Free Rice Krispy Treats!

I have a gluten allergy and that causes me to already have a restricted diet, but leave it to a one month old to make things worse. My newest little bundle of joy has colic and we have found that cutting dairy out of my diet has helped cut down the fussiness and eliminated the projectile vomiting. So poor me now has to be gluten free, dairy free, and avoid chocolate, AND peanut butter (those foods seem to trigger him spitting up as well). Did I mention that I have a sweet tooth? Yeah try finding a dessert that doesn’t contain any of those things…………it’s Rice Krispy Treats. 

So I have decided to up my Rice Krispy making game. No pathetic back of the box recipe here. No no no, instead we have super big, super crunchy, super gooey deliciousness! Here we go, THE RECIPE! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Dairy Free Rice Krispy Treats

8 cups Rice Krispy Cereal

4 Tbs Coconut Oil (if you do not care about dairy you can substitute butter)

2 Bags Mini Marshmallows 

1 cup Mix In of Choice — (this could seriously be anything. I chose to do Lucky Charms marshmallows but some other great ideas are chocolate chips, flaked coconut, chia seeds, nuts, candy pieces, sprinkles, or dried fruit) 

Measure out your cereal in a large bowl. Add half of one of the marshmallow bags and stir to combine then set aside. (this step is so you get those delicious chunks of marshmallow in the Treats) 

In a Pot on the stove melt your coconut oil and add the remaining bag and a half of the marshmallows. Stir on medium heat till you have melted marshmallow goo with no lumps. 

Pour over your cereal and stir till evenly coated. After you have stirred for about 1 minute you can add in your mix ins and continue to stir till everything is evenly coated. 

Pour the gooey mixture into a greased 9×13 pan. Put plastic wrap around the bottom of a cup and use it to smooth the mixture flat into the pan. 

Place in the fridge for 20 minutes till set and easy to cut. Cut and enjoy!! 


Show Stopping Pot Roast

Hey there all! It’s been a minute since I’ve posted something hasn’t it? That’s beyond sad I know. In my defense my world has been flipped all around lately. I think back to October when my husband said he wanted to look into breaking our lease and looking for a house, and here we are only two months later moved into our first house throwing birthday parties and hosting people for Christmas. To say it’s been a bit hectic would be a massive understatement! Let’s not forget I’m also pregnant and due in 7 weeks! All while chasing around a two year old! Whew! They need to invent an exhausted mother emoji I would use it a lot!! 

Any ways, now that the dust has settled, my Christmas tree is stowed in the attic, and the last few cookies devoured, I find myself remembering that I have a blog! And when I sat down and thought of what I would like to share with you all, the first thing that came to mind was my famous Pot Roast recipe. 

This Pot Roast has saved me on many occasions and was put to good use this Christmas. For starters it’s easy, a crowd pleaser, and yet I add a twist that makes it unforgettable. I’m constantly asked for this recipe and I am quite remissed that I haven’t shared it with you all before. 

Now I’m going to apologize up front (MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS PART) because I don’t measure when I cook unless I’m baking something. But please don’t panic!!! Today the recipe I’m sharing is for a marinade so it’s not rocket science and you really can’t go wrong. I will put round about measurements of how much I think I use. Just know if you don’t have the exact amount of something don’t fret and if you use too much no worries. (You all are hating me right about now aren’t you?) I promise once you taste this Pot Roast you will be singing my praises in the form of a traveling minstrel like in Monty Python 😜 I’m full of silly references today. 

First a picture of what you have to look forward too……. oh yeah that’s the good stuff right there! I love to serve this with little rolls so you can make small sandwiches. You can eat it plain or serve it on full sized buns as well. Sometimes I lay out some Provolone or Swiss cheese for those assembling sandwiches. 

Alright here we go……

Show Stopping Pot Roast Recipe (or Italian Beef whichever you want to call it) 

1 Roast thawed (I normally get one at least 3lbs) 

1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar 

1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce 

1 TBS Garlic Powder

2 sprigs of Fresh Rosemary (or 2 tsp of dry) 

1 TBS Mustard (any works I prefer Dijon)

1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Pinch of Salt and Pepper

Mix all this in a ziplock bag and then add the Roast. Zip shut and massage into the meat. Place into the fridge to rest for 24 hours. Half way through go in and turn the bag over so all the liquid doesn’t settle on one side of the Roast. 

Next day pour intire bags contents into a crockpot. Add one whole jar including liquid of Pepperincini Peppers. Cook on high till falling apart, 6-8 hours depending on the size of the Roast. 

Once tender pour out liquid and set aside. Shred beef with a fork. Leave peppers in with beef and add back in enough liquid just to keep it from drying out. Serve and enjoy! 

I’ve used left overs for sandwiches, quesadillas, and tacos! Get creative! 

Love you all! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and I can’t wait to be a part of your New Year!! 😘

Pomegranate Season!

I’m so excited! I finally found the first pomegranates of the season here in Indiana. I love pomegranates and all their beautiful tasty seeds! I mean look at these little jewels!! I was a little nervous when I offered some to my almost two year old. He loved them last year but as we all know with small children, they often forget they liked something and then refuse to eat it later on. This can be especially true with seasonal produce that’s hard to find out of season. However I am thrilled to say that he still loves them! 

Why am I thrilled you may wonder, it’s just a fruit which contains natural sugar (which our society keeps telling us should be eaten only in moderation) what’s the big deal? Pomegranates are basically a superfood, and unlike some crazy good for you foods like kale 😝, pomegranate seeds actually taste good!! Here is a fun graphic that gives a synopsis of some of the benefits and history of pomegranates. Good stuff right!! Did you see that they minimize dental plaque and contain high amounts of fiber?! What a great thing for our kiddos!! Here are some more benefits just incase that list wasn’t enough for you.Ok some of those are just crazy like helps with dry skin, prevents diarrhea, and increases bone strength! This should not only be in your diet but seriously in your kids’ diets. 

Some Things to Keep in Mind:

Pomegranates are a pricier fruit ranging from $1-$2 per fruit, however the larger the fruit the more seeds that are inside and you definitely get your money’s worth let me tell yah! 

Pomegranates keep really well. So if you can find them for a deal buy 4-5 at a time and take them home and individually wrap them in plastic wrap and keep them in your fridge for up to 3 weeks. You can also go crazy and clean out all the seeds and freeze the seeds for longer. 

Don’t get overwhelmed by the cleaning process. This is a great video on how to remove the seeds. The more times you do it the quicker you will find you’re a pro at it! Your kids will probably get a kick out of helping you hit it with the spoon 😆 Deseeding a Pomegranate Video

Lastly here is a quick list of ways you can utilize your pomegranate seeds if eating them plain just isn’t up your alley. Personally me and my son just sit with a bowl full and a spoon and go to town 😜

  • Ice cream topping
  • Oatmeal mix in
  • Cereal topping
  • Granola mix in
  • Smoothies
  • Sprinkle on pancakes
  • Add to muffins
  • Add to homemade granola bars
  • Rice Krispy Treat add in 
  • Freeze and then add to a fun beverage or punch bowl
  • Top a salad
  • Add to fruit salad
  • Add to Ambrosia for crunch
  • Pulse in a food processor and use as a relish
  • Top warmed Brie with seeds
  • Toss with almonds, lemon juice, EVO, and your favorite green veggie for a crazy healthy side dish! 

I hope this has been informative and has at least encouraged some of you to add these little wonder seeds to your diet this season. Got more ideas? Leave them in the comments! 

What happened??…….Sorry!!

Hey there everyone! It’s been waaaay too long and I just want to start apologizing right off the bat. You have probably been wondering what happened and where is the podcast?? I have been making some tough choices for HomeBase and I have come too some difficult decisions along the way. For starters, as beautiful as our last website was we felt it wasn’t very mobile friendly and that this was causing us to lose some readers. So thus we started merging things back over to WordPress. However we are still working on getting things just right so bare with us as we are still under construction. I am happy to say though that we now have a search bar on the site!! I have been wanting this feature added in for some time because we simply have too many posts that it was impossible to find anything!! 

Secondly, during this time of transition I have been reflecting on what I enjoy the most about blogging and podcasting. For me I really enjoy the blogging part the most and I was finding that I had little time for that with how much work I was having to put into the podcast. You see I am not quite the typical blogger, most bloggers have scheduled posts and a set number of things they post a week, that is just too intense for my taste. I really strive to put my roll as a mother and wife first and not have myself planted infront of the computer or on a device for large chunks of my day. Im not saying this is what every blogger does, that’s just what I would have to do if I was going to meet deadlines and things like that. So basically what I’m trying to say rambling along here is that I was too busy podcasting and I was missing the blogging part. So I have decided to discontinue our weekly podcasts. We may still have the occasional episode but I will probably save them for when we have an interview or a special guest. You will still be able to find all past episodes and new episodes in iTunes. 

Our URL is still, we are still on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I will still be posting the occasional Mommy Mantra and Parenting Hack as well, so if you really enjoyed those segments of the podcast don’t worry they aren’t going anywhere! I hope these changes are for the better and that we start to see some of our readers return. I know I will appreciate the increase in free time for myself as I am currently chasing after a toddler while growing baby number two. Love you all!! 

Episode 29 – Be Present

On this weeks episode I share 5 ways to be more present with your kiddos. As parents we have a lot of distractions, and being “present” can sometimes sound daunting. I got easy ways for you to guarantee some great quality time with the ones that matter most.

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Parenting Hacks


This weeks episode of HomeBase Podcast is my Christmas gift to you! I loaded it up with tons of parenting hacks, coupons, tips, tricks, and insider info! I share with you my favorite book discovery from 2015, my son’s favorite toy, where I’ve been getting all my birth announcements and birthday invitations FOR FREE, and my new found holiday cookie recipe for 2015! Don’t miss this episode! Share it with friends and visit the links below for some awesomeness AND don’t forget to leave me some holiday cheer via reviews over on iTunes!!!

Merry Christmas! xoxoxox

Groove Book Free Code: Poteet143

Chewy Molasses Cookie Recipe

Wooden Cat Toy Box (my 1 year old’s favorite toy) also available on Amazon 

Cuddle Fairy