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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

Easy Fried Rice ~ customize with leftover chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or ham to make a meal of it! | {Five Heart Home}

I’m back today with another yummy, quick, all-in-one dinner for busy weeknights. Who doesn’t like fried rice? It’s obviously a great accompaniment to Chinese food, but my family enjoys it so much that I’ve learned it can easily be turned into a stand-alone meal. So when I have leftover protein — whether it’s shrimp, ham, ground beef, rotisserie chicken, or shredded pork — I know I’m just a pot of rice away from an easy dinner. You know what’s just {Read More}



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

Chalkboard Art Kitchen Quote: Take It or Leave It ~ Free Printable | {Five Heart Home}

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

Maple Glazed Sausage and Apple Kabobs ~ slices of chicken apple sausage are alternated with apple chunks, brushed with maple syrup, and roasted on skewers | {Five Heart Home}

Weeknight dinners at our house must fit three criteria: 1. quick; 2. easy; and 3. likely to be eaten and enjoyed by picky young children and slightly-less-picky parents. That’s not too much to ask, is it? I rely on my crock pot a lot for weeknight meals during the school year. I also double the recipe every time I make a casserole so that I have extras to pull out of the freezer for dinners on particularly busy evenings. But {Read More}



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

Top 5 Scrumptious Strawberry Recipes | {Five Heart Home}

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

S'mores Crispy Treats ~ rice cereal and marshmallow bars are given a s'mores treatment with the addition of graham cereal, whole mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips | {Five Heart Home}

Apparently I missed National S’mores Day a couple weekends ago. So I decided I’d better remedy that. Stat. I recently mentioned that this week not only marks my oldest son’s first week of school, but also his birthday. So yesterday, our little family was scheduled to made the trek to first grade to share birthday treats with his class. As crazy as this week was shaping up to be, I knew that I would need to make something that was {Read More}



Smashed Potatoes & Peas

Smashed Potatoes and Peas ~ standard mashed potatoes get a pop of color and flavor from frozen peas | {Five Heart Home}

Yesterday I shared with you my family’s favorite way to eat meatloaf. And today I’m going to let you in on the perfect side to go with it. Mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food, and this is a fun twist on them. Am I the only one who thinks that mashed potatoes and peas were made for each other? I love them together, and eating a forkful of peas is always so much easier when they can adhere to {Read More}



BBQ Sauce Glazed Meatloaf Muffins

BBQ Sauce Glazed Meatloaf Muffins | {Five Heart Home}

When you have a hankering for a dinner that’s quick, easy, economical, and appealing to those from 1 to 99, it doesn’t get any better than meatloaf. And if you’re looking to jazz up your meatloaf and take it from ordinary to extraordinary, topping it with a barbecue sauce/salsa glaze and baking it up as cute little muffins is the only way to go. I’ll be keeping my rambling and excessive photo sharing to a minimum today because this week {Read More}



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

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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!)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins ~ a perfect after school snack on the first day of school (or any day after that!) | {Five Heart Home}

When my son started Kindergarten last year, I had these little gems waiting on him as an after school snack when he got home on the first day. And this year? He’s already asked me if I’ll be making them again for his first day back. Guess they made an impression. The first day of school can be somewhat exhausting and overwhelming for kiddos coming off of summer vacation, so I think it’s nice to have a special snack waiting {Read More}



Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Au Jus

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Au Jus | {Five Heart Home}

With the first day of school on the horizon, my meal planning has turned from dinners on the grill back to the offerings of my trusty, effortless slow cooker. And with recipes like this one, I’m not even sad. There’s no question that a crock pot is ideal for cooking roast. But if you want to take that same cut of beef and branch out a bit from the ordinary, French dip sandwiches are the way to go. You’ll hardly {Read More}



Back to School Teacher Survival Kit Gift ~ FREE PRINTABLE!

First Week of School Teacher Survival Kit Gift FREE PRINTABLE ~ Energy (caffeine) + Sanity (chocolate) + Antibacterial Hand Gel | {Five Heart Home}

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

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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

Grilled Sweet Corn with Italian Herb Butter & Parmesan Cheese | {Five Heart Home}

There’s not much you can do to improve upon fresh corn on the cob. But if you felt up to the challenge, might I suggest grilling it and then melting herb-studded butter and Parmesan cheese over the top? Last weekend my in-laws bought a bunch of fresh sweet corn from a roadside produce stand and were kind enough to share some with us. We already had plans to grill chicken for dinner that night, which I was thinking we’d Caprese {Read More}



6th Birthday Pool Party

6th Birthday Pool Party | {Five Heart Home}

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

Best Ever Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | {Five Heart Home}

I know I’m guilty of using a lot of superlatives when I describe the recipes I share here. But these vanilla cupcakes really do take the cake…no pun intended. I get multiple requests for this recipe every time I make it, and that’s saying a lot seeing as how I make these cupcakes no less than once a month between various birthdays, holidays, and school functions. In fact, it’s gotten to the point that when an event requires a baked {Read More}



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

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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

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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}