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Archives for February 2014

Features & Fun Friday #12 ~ Top 5 St. Patrick’s Day Treats & Featured Blog: Scarlet Threads

It’s already the last Friday of the month, and that means it’s time for some features and fun! Who’s ready for March? {Top 5 Round-Up ~ St. Paddy’s Day Treats} 1. Green Velvet Cheesecake Shamrocks, photo & recipe by The Novice Chef 2. Shamrock Juice, photo & recipe by Creative Juice 3. Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza, photo & recipe by Gimme Some Oven 4. Leprechaun Hat S’Mores, photo & recipe by The Cake Blog 5. Mint Chocolate Fudge, photo & {Read More}

Slow Cooker Corn & Potato Chowder with Ham

Let your slow cooker do the work for you with this creamy, comforting chowder, loaded with sweet corn, hearty potatoes, and flavorful ham. Winter is about to wear me out, y’all. One day (today), it’s 30°. By the weekend, it’s supposed to get up to 80°. Every time we get a taste of spring it freezes again, and every time we resolve ourselves to more winter weather, warm temperatures and sunny skies tease us, if only for a few days. {Read More}

Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party {#44}

Welcome to the Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party, friends! I hope you’re having a fabulous week and I’m so happy to have you joining us today! Every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. CST, we have a party where bloggers are invited to link up some of their latest recipes, crafts, DIY projects, and seasonal fun…and readers get to check out all of that talent in one place! That makes this a great place to find great new ideas and inspiration. {Read More}

St. Patrick’s Day Free Printable ~ Irish Blessing

Heading into March, my mantle is still bedecked in pink and red, so I’m thinking it’s just about time to switch that out for some kelly green. While I don’t go too crazy with St. Patrick’s Day decor, I do love me a good Irish quote. So I transformed the words of one of my favorite Irish blessings into the type of printable that would make a wee leprechaun proud…and today I’m sharing it with you, too! I don’t know {Read More}

Leprechaun Bait ~ Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark

This Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark — with its two layers of chocolate, Oreo chunks, mint chips, and mint M&Ms — is so festive and enticing that it can even double as Leprechaun Bait! People. It is almost MARCH. How the heck did that happen? And when did I become that person who bemoans how quickly time is passing each time a new holiday is upon us? Because I do find it quite shocking how much more rapidly each subsequent year {Read More}

All-Natural and Homemade: Vanilla Coffee Creamer

The convenience of refrigerated coffee creamer (sans the additives and preservatives of store bought) can be yours with this 4-ingredient, 5-minute, natural creamer, flavored with vanilla extract and sweetened with maple syrup. Who out there enjoys a cup (or five) of coffee in the morning? {*Raises hand.*} Growing up, my parents always drank their coffee black. I didn’t understand it then and I can’t tolerate it now. My hubby drinks his with a splash of milk but no sugar, which {Read More}

Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party {#43}

Happy Wednesday, everyone! So happy to have you join us at the Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party! Every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. CST, we have a party where bloggers are invited to link up some of their latest recipes, crafts, DIY projects, and seasonal fun…and readers get to check out all of that talent in one place! That makes this a great place to find great new ideas and inspiration. Thank you again for stopping by…it’s time to party! {Read More}

Zesty Black Bean Dip

This healthy black bean dip — flavored with fresh garlic, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, and cumin — is equally delicious served with tortilla chips or raw veggies! Today was a big day at Five Heart Home. My first grader was home from school for the President’s Day holiday, but his younger brother still had preschool this morning. It was a rare opportunity to eat lunch with my biggest big boy in the absence of his 4-year-old best friend and biggest {Read More}

Coconut Almond Baked Oatmeal {Dairy-Free}

Baked oatmeal is studded with chewy coconut and crunchy toasted almonds for a comforting, nourishing breakfast that can be made ahead of time and reheated on busy mornings! Have you tried baked oatmeal before? It’s a hearty, filling breakfast that’s creamy and chewy at the same time, and this version is enhanced with toasty coconut and crunchy almonds. Baked oatmeal is quick to throw together and it disappears even faster! During the chilly months of winter, I like to send {Read More}

Slow Cooker Balsamic & Herb Beef Stew with Cornbread Waffles

Flavorful beef stew, loaded with vegetables, seasoned with herbs and balsamic vinegar, and served over cornbread waffles, makes for a fun and effortless slow cooker meal! Do you ever get stuck in a rut when it comes to dinner menu planning? I have to admit that I do. Making those tried and true recipes is often just easier than trying something new. There’s little thought required in cooking an old standby, since I practically have it memorized, and there’s no {Read More}

Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party {#42}

Welcome to the Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party, friends…and Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! Any holiday that gives me an excuse to eat chocolate is fine by me. 😉 Every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. CST, we have a party where bloggers are invited to link up some of their latest recipes, crafts, DIY projects, and seasonal fun…and readers get to check out all of that talent in one place! That makes this a great place to find great new ideas {Read More}

Homemade Cornbread Mix

Homemade Cornbread Mix is not only a convenient time saver, but it’s also versatile enough to be used in a variety of recipes and it avoids the artificial ingredients sometimes found in store bought mix. I know what you’re thinking…last week I shared a recipe for my favorite Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix, and here I am today, back with a Homemade Cornbread Mix. Is this food blog going to turn into all mixes, all the time or what? Of course {Read More}

Bubbles Valentines {Free Printable} ~ Valentine, You Blow Me Away!

Today you get a bonus, between-recipes post! I intended to share this weeks ago, after I bought some packs of mini bubble tubes to attach to my boys’ class Valentines. At the time, I had the bright idea to come up with my own little printable Valentine and then share it with you all. Well, as it often does, life got in the way. And then, my home printer ran out of cyan toner. So here we are, five days {Read More}

Porcupine Meatballs ~ with Quinoa or Rice

Reminiscent of little porcupines, these meatballs are studded with quinoa or rice and cooked in a slightly sweet tomato sauce. This new twist on a retro classic is not only kid-approved, but it’s also quick to get on the table! Those of you who visit Five Heart Home with any regularity have probably figured out by now that quick and easy is the name of the game around here. A typical evening necessitates that dinner be ready in 30 minutes {Read More}

Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix

Make your own chili seasoning mix in bulk to have on hand any time you want to whip up a quick pot of chili! Not only does it taste great, but since you control the ingredients, there are none of the icky preservatives that can be found in store-bought mix. Are y’all ready for spring yet? Because I, for one, have had just about enough of this cold weather. I’m also ready to move on from all of the germs {Read More}

Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party {#41}

Happy February, friends! (How did that happen?!) It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for another Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party…yippee! And welcome! Every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. CST, we have a party where bloggers are invited to link up some of their latest recipes, crafts, DIY projects, and seasonal fun…and readers get to check out all of that talent in one place! That makes this a great place to find great new ideas and inspiration. Thank you again {Read More}

Cherry Cheesecake Chocolate Cups ~ A Perfect Valentine’s Dessert!

Creamy, no-bake cherry cheesecake filling is piped into mini chocolate cups in this easy dessert that’s perfect for impressing your Valentine…or for making any ordinary day feel special! Okay, y’all…these little cuties have an impressive presentation that might lead one to assume that they require a lot of time and effort to whip up. But can I let you in on a little secret? They are actually totally easy to make! And as for how they taste? Divine. First, you {Read More}

Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil

These chewy, no-bake granola bars — featuring wholesome oats, your favorite type of nut butter, superfood coconut oil, and honey as a natural sweetener — can be whipped up (and will be gobbled up) in a matter of minutes! Do y’all like granola bars? Because we are big fans at my house. Not only are they universally enjoyed around here, but they also win this mama’s approval as a ready-to-go, or on-the-go, breakfast or snack. Unfortunately, store bought granola bars {Read More}