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Happy Friday, everyone! I’ve been a busy bee this week tweaking various recipes and baking dozens upon dozens of chocolate chip cookies to come up with a perfect Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix to share with you! But I had a little set-back on Wednesday when I was feeling under the weather and then Thursday was my birthday…so rather than rush that post and risk missing some of the details, I’m going to bump all of the chocolate chip cookie {Read More}

Easy Fried Rice

This fried rice entree is a one-pot-wonder, including the carbohydrates, vegetables, and protein for a complete meal. You may add your favorite type of meat or whatever leftovers you have on hand. Ground or shredded beef, pork, or chicken, diced ham, or shrimp are all delicious!

Chalkboard Art Kitchen Quote: Take It or Leave It ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Today I’m sharing a kitchen chalkboard art printable that perfectly embodies my philosophy as head chef here at Casa de Five Heart Home. Hey, I could have said, “Eat it or starve.” All kidding aside, this quote is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but it also rings pretty true around here. When I saw this sentiment floating around Pinterest, I knew I had to create a version of my own. Because while I certainly keep in mind the preferences and aversions {Read More}

Maple Glazed Sausage & Apple Kabobs

Slices of chicken & apple sausage are alternated on skewers with chunks of apples, brushed with maple syrup, and roasted until the sausage starts to crisp and the apples are soft and sweet.

Features & Fun Friday #6 ~ Top 5 Scrumptious Strawberry Treats, Featured Blog: Tastes of Lizzy T, and Back to School

This was back-to-school week at our house, which means that it’s been a loooong one. But we finally made it to Friday…hallelujah! Looking forward to a low-key weekend celebrating a very special 6-year-old’s birthday. {Top 5 Round-Up ~ Scrumptious Strawberry Treats} Even though the season technically has one more month to go, it already feels like summer is winding down. But before I bust out recipes featuring cinnamon and apples and pumpkin (can’t wait!), I thought we could celebrate one {Read More}

S’mores Crispy Treats

Classic rice cereal/marshmallow treats are given a s’mores twist with the addition of graham cereal, chocolate chips, and whole mini marshmallows.

Smashed Potatoes & Peas

Bright and flavorful peas are smashed in to give mashed potatoes a new twist.

BBQ Sauce Glazed Meatloaf Muffins

These family-favorite meatloaf muffins cook up in no time, and they are nicely seasoned and glazed with a combo of barbecue sauce and salsa.

Features & Fun Friday #5 ~ Top 5 Back to School Teacher Gifts, Featured Blog: Joyful Healthy Eats, and The End of Summer

Happy Friday, everyone! Are your kiddos back to school already or headed that way soon? My big boy starts first grade on Monday. Eeek…I can hardly believe it! {Top 5 Round-Up ~ Back to School Teacher Gifts} As you lay out backpacks and double check that school supply list in preparation for the first day, don’t forget about your child’s teachers! A small gesture to let them know that your family is excited to have them this year will make {Read More}

Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins ~ A Perfect After School Snack for the First Day (or Any Day!)

These PB&J muffins make a fun breakfast, lunch box treat, or after school snack on the first day of school or any day!

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Au Jus

This succulent beef if slow cooked in a flavorful broth and served on toasty rolls with melted cheese and extra broth for dipping.

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit Gift ~ FREE PRINTABLE!

Kick off the new school year with this back to school teacher gift, a survival kit which is sure to help your teacher make it through that busy first week with a smile! When I was a first grade teacher, there were three things I required to get through the first week of school: energy, sanity, and a boatload of antibacterial hand sanitizer. Now that I’m a mom of a first grader, hopefully my kids’ teachers will appreciate these “survival {Read More}

Features & Fun Friday #4 ~ Top 5 Back to School Treats, Featured Blog: Pint Sized Baker, & Lazy Days of Summer

Happy Friday once again! As we rapidly approach the beginning of a new school year, I thought it would be fun to highlight a few treats to make the kiddos feel special as they get ready to head back to school. I hope your sweet tooth is primed, because I also have an awesome baking blog to share today. Are you ready for some sugar??? {Top 5 Round-Up ~ Back to School Sweet Treats for the Kiddos} I honestly don’t {Read More}

Grilled Sweet Corn with Italian Herb Butter & Parmesan Cheese

Fresh sweet corn on the cob is grilled, slathered with an Italian herb butter, and topped with Parmesan cheese.

6th Birthday Pool Party

This past weekend, we celebrated my eldest son’s 6th (I can’t believe it!) birthday with a fun summer pool party. It’s the best kind of party to beat the heat when your birthday falls in August! I found the cutest set of Pool Party Printables from Mimi’s Dollhouse (they come in pink as well!), so I ran with this primary-colored pool party theme. I used to create my own printables for birthday parties, but there are so many amazing, affordable {Read More}

Best Ever Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

These are not your ordinary vanilla cupcakes but they just might become your new favorite, and cream cheese frosting puts them over the top!

Features & Fun Friday #3 ~ Top 5 Peach Recipes, A Featured Blog, & Some Family Fun

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I’ll be showcasing a bit of peach perfection, featuring a fun and inspiring blog that you’re going to want to check out, and, as always, giving you a small peek into what’s been going on around these parts. Let’s get started, shall we? {Top 5 Round-Up ~ Partial to Peaches} Summer is winding down, and with it, one of my all-time favorite fruits is starting to dwindle in supply. So before it’s too late, I wanted {Read More}

Top Picture Books for Preschoolers & Early Elementary Aged Children

A couple of weeks ago, I shared my list of Top Board Books for Babies & Toddlers, and today I’d like to keep the good reads rolling with my ten picks for Top Picture Books for Preschoolers and Early Elementary Aged Children! Even as an adult, I lovelovelove children’s picture books, so repeatedly reading them to my kids is something that never grows old and I’m always looking for new favorites to add to our collection. But for now, here {Read More}