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Banana Oat Snack Cake

Banana Oat Snack Cake ~ a moist, lightly sweet cake featuring chewy oats and whole wheat flour, making it a wholesome choice for breakfast or snack time | FiveHeartHome.com

Banana Oat Snack Cake is a moist, lightly sweet cake featuring chewy oats and whole wheat flour, making it a wholesome choice for breakfast or snack time. Do you ever buy more bananas than your family can possibly eat just so you end up with overripe leftovers for baking? I have to admit that I’m guilty of this. But what can I say? I love me some banana baked goods, from banana bread to muffins to bars to cake. Since {Read More}



Homemade One-Pot Macaroni & Cheese

Homemade One-Pot Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese ~ creamy and made from scratch, this mac & cheese is as easy as one pot, a handful of ingredients, and ten minutes on the stove! | FiveHeartHome.com

Creamy, from-scratch, Homemade Macaroni & Cheese is as easy as one pot, a handful of ingredients, and ten minutes on the stove! Okay, folks…today’s recipe is one that just might revolutionize your life! Every kid loves plain, simple, stovetop mac & cheese from a box, right? And every adult enjoys creamy, cheesy, made-from-scratch mac & cheese, loaded with various cheeses and baked in the oven to decadent perfection. But what if I told you that you could have the best {Read More}



Mexican Martini ~ Trudy’s Copycat

Mexican Martini ~ like a margarita on the rocks with a splash of olive juice, this Mexican Martini is a copycat recipe of the famous cocktail from Trudy's in Austin | FiveHeartHome.com

Like a margarita on the rocks with a splash of olive juice, this Mexican Martini is a copycat recipe of the famous cocktail from Trudy’s in Austin. Cinco de Mayo is just a few short weeks away and, I don’t know about you, but I relish any holiday that can be celebrated by eating vast quantities of chips, queso, and guacamole…all washed down by a margarita (or three)! So I do believe a new margarita recipe would be just the {Read More}



Fabulously Feminine Projects ~ M&MJ Link Party {#102}

Fabulously Feminine Projects ~ Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party | FiveHeartHome.com

Welcome back to Moonlight & Mason Jars, friends!Is it just me, or is April zooming on by?! Things around here have taken a turn for the crazy, and I’ll be sharing more details soon…but for now, suffice it to say that I’ll be running around like a chicken with my head cut off for the next several months! πŸ˜› It’s all good stuff…just busy stuff, and I hope y’all will forgive me if I occasionally have to skip one of {Read More}



Homemade Whole Wheat Waffle Mix

Homemade Whole Wheat Waffle Mix ~ an economical pantry staple for conveniently whipping up fluffy, all-natural, 100% whole wheat waffles! | FiveHeartHome.com

Homemade Whole Wheat Waffle Mix is an economical pantry staple for whipping up fluffy, all-natural, 100% whole wheat waffles! The other day, you may have noticed that my glossy Blueberry Compote was showcased by some gorgeous, golden waffles. So today I’ve got a little question for y’all…if you had to choose one, do you prefer pancakes or waffles? I have to say that I’m torn. I adore pancakes, but I love that waffles are so much quicker to make. Just {Read More}



Italian Meatloaf “Cupcakes” with Mashed Potato Frosting

Italian Meatloaf "Cupcakes" with Mashed Potato Frosting ~ savory meatloaf is flavored with Parmesan, Italian herbs, and marinara sauce, baked in a muffin pan, and then topped with seasoned mashed potatoes in these easy-to-make, fun-to-eat, mini meatloaves | FiveHeartHome.com

Savory meatloaf is flavored with Parmesan, Italian herbs, and marinara sauce, baked in a muffin pan, and then topped with seasoned mashed potatoes in these easy-to-make, fun-to-eat Italian Meatloaf “Cupcakes”! A big thanks to Ginny’s for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Boy am I excited to share today’s post with y’all! I was recently invited by Ginny’s to participate in their Recipe Challenge, a blog hop and corresponding e-book in collaboration with 10 {Read More}



Blueberry Compote

Blueberry Compote ~ frozen blueberries are cooked down into a glossy compote, sweetened with maple syrup and delicious over waffles, pancakes, pound cake, yogurt, ice cream, and so much more! | FiveHeartHome.com

Frozen blueberries are cooked down into glossy Blueberry Compote, sweetened with maple syrup and delicious over waffles, pancakes, pound cake, yogurt, ice cream, and so much more! Who loves blueberries as much as I do? I mean, a plump, sweet, juicy blueberry is undoubtedly one of the simple pleasures in life. My family enjoys snacking on fresh blueberries, and I always keep a couple bags of frozen blueberries in the freezer for smoothies and muffins. I also enjoy incorporating blueberries {Read More}



Cocktails & Mocktails ~ M&MJ Link Party {#101}

Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party Features ~ Cocktails & Mocktails

Welcome to Moonlight & Mason Jars, everyone…so happy to have you join us!Hope this finds y’all doing well! As usual, we’ve been blowing and going around here. In some rather exciting news, I recently got to meet one of my longtime bloggy friends and fellow M&MJ hostesses in real life! Rachel is going to be my ATX neighbor soon, and we had the chance to get our families together this past weekend while they were in town house hunting. Too {Read More}



One-Bowl Coconut Cupcakes

One-Bowl Coconut Cupcakes ~ these easy-to-make cupcakes are extremely moist (thanks to coconut milk) and topped with tangy cream cheese frosting and sweetened coconut flakes | FiveHeartHome.com

These easy-to-make One-Bowl Coconut Cupcakes are extremely moist (thanks to coconut milk) and topped with tangy cream cheese frosting and sweetened coconut flakes. I really try not to say that every recipe I share here is “the best.” But sometimes I just can’t help it…because it happens to be true. πŸ˜‰ And if you like coconut cupcakes, the ones I’m bringing you today are, honestly, the best I’ve ever had. As a bonus, I happened to make them myself! While {Read More}



Overnight Oats, 3 Ways ~ PB Banana, Raspberry Nutella, & Coconut Almond

Overnight Oats, 3 Ways: Peanut Butter Banana, Raspberry Nutella, and Coconut Almond flavors ~ refrigerate a mixture of oats, milk, and yogurt overnight for a creamy, wholesome, instant, no-cook breakfast! | FiveHeartHome.com

Creamy, wholesome Overnight Oats are as simple as refrigerating a mixture ofΒ oats, milk, and yogurt overnight for an instant, no-cook breakfast…and they can be flavored with your favorite additions, like PB Banana, Raspberry Nutella, or Coconut Almond! Welllll…even though I may very well be the last one to hop on the Overnight Oats bandwagon, I do believe I am the newest, most enthusiastic member. Y’ALL. Have you tried Overnight Oats before? I am blown away at how effortless they are, {Read More}



100th Link Party GIVEAWAY! ~ Spring Salad Recipes ~ M&MJ Link Party {#100}

Moonlight & Mason Jars 100th Link Party GIVEAWAY ~ enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card! | FiveHeartHome.com

Welcome to the 100th Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party, y’all!Let’s kick it off by celebrating with a giveaway, shall we??? It’s just our small way to say thank you for joining us…whether you’ve been here since link party #1 or this is your first time to visit. Use the handy-dandy Rafflecopter below to enter for your chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card! And of course, the more entries you complete, the better your odds of winning. Good {Read More}



Teacher Appreciation ~ Donuts & Coffee Mason Jar Gift ~ Free Printables!

Teacher Appreciation * Donuts & Coffee Mason Jar Gift Idea * Free Printables ~ this fun teacher appreciation gift is easy to put together by decorating a Mason jar with the provided free printables, filling it with donuts, and adding a Starbucks gift card! | FiveHeartHome.com

This fun teacher appreciation gift is easy to put together…just decorate a Mason jar with the provided free printables, fill with donuts, and add a Starbucks gift card! Surprise, friends! Your regularly scheduled recipe is being interrupted today by a new free printable! My longtime readers know that I used to create and share seasonal free printables about once a month, but for some reason, I’ve gotten out of practice. So when my good friend Kristi invited me to take {Read More}



Cheesy Beef & Quinoa Bake

Cheesy Beef & Quinoa Bake ~ a simple, wholesome, easy-to-make casserole featuring just a handful of ingredients including ground beef, quinoa, Greek yogurt, and cheddar...perfect for picky eaters and busy weeknights! | FiveHeartHome.com

Cheesy Beef & Quinoa Bake is a simple, wholesome, easy-to-make casserole featuring just a handful of ingredients including ground beef, quinoa, Greek yogurt, and cheddar…perfect for picky eaters and busy weeknights! Okay, y’all, I’m going to shoot straight with you for a minute. This Cheesy Beef & Quinoa Bake is a meal that my family enjoys and looks forward to…but I hesitated to share it here. Will people think it’s too plain? It’s not the prettiest thing to photograph, as {Read More}



Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad ~ flavored with fresh grated ginger and lightly sweetened with honey, this Asian spin on Sonoma Chicken Salad features juicy mandarin oranges and salty, crunchy peanuts | FiveHeartHome.com

Flavored with fresh ginger and lightly sweetened with honey, this Asian spin on Sonoma Chicken Salad features juicy mandarin oranges and salty, crunchy peanuts. When warm weather hits, one of the first things I start to crave is chicken salad. For some reason, it just screams spring and summer to me, and it’s one of my favorite things to serve (and eat!) at the baby and bridal showers that seem to abound at this time of year. And while I {Read More}



The Very Best Homemade Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Homemade Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls ~ adapted from our incredibly popular Homemade Whole Wheat Bread recipe, these 100% whole wheat dinner rolls are soft, pillowy, moist, easy to make, and truly the BEST! | FiveHeartHome.com

Adapted from our incredibly popular Homemade Whole Wheat Bread recipe, these 100% whole wheat dinner rolls are soft, pillowy, moist, easy to make, and truly the BEST! Sometimes it takes awhile for the lightbulb to go on. When I decided to share a homemade whole wheat dinner roll recipe with y’all in time for Easter, I experimented with several batches of rolls but wasn’t completely happy with any of the results. I mean, they were fine…but not perfect. I knew {Read More}



Delightful Easter Desserts ~ M&MJ Link Party {#99}

Moonlight & Mason Jars / M&MJ Hosts Graphic

Welcome to Moonlight & Mason Jars, everyone…so happy that you could join us!Happy Easter season, friends! Spring is in full swing here, so this past week we squeezed in a family photo session as well as the annual bluebonnet pics that I always take of the kids. In the midst of all of that, the hubby was out of town for work for several days, I was responsible for helping to organize a teacher appreciation endeavor, one kiddo had a {Read More}



(No-Roll) Soft & Puffy Sugar Cookies

Soft & Puffy Sugar Cookies ~ requiring no rolling, these vanilla-infused cookies have a tender, chewy interior and a crunchy coating of sugar | FiveHeartHome.com

Requiring no rolling, these vanilla-infused Soft & Puffy Sugar Cookies have a tender, chewy interior and a crunchy coating of sugar. I’ve mentioned this story once before, but back when I was an elementary school teacher with no kids of my own, I got the bright idea to open a cookie booth at my sister-in-law’s newly founded farmers market. And so every evening after school, I would make various batches of cookie dough, roll it into balls, and refrigerate it. {Read More}



Creamy Chicken Taco Hand Pies

Creamy Chicken Taco Hand Pies ~ crescent roll dough filled with a savory mixture of diced chicken, cream cheese, taco seasoning, and fresh cilantro, and topped with a crunchy layer of crushed tortilla chips | FiveHeartHome.com

Quick and easy Creamy Chicken Taco Hand Pies feature a savory mixture of diced chicken, cream cheese, taco seasoning, and fresh cilantro folded inside crescent roll dough and topped with crunchy crushed tortilla chips. Comin’ atcha’ today with a quick and easy dinner recipe, friends! My family loves this one. And let’s be honest here…what recipe has ever combined crescent roll dough and cream cheese and turned out anything but delicious? πŸ˜‰ Creamy Chicken Taco Hand Pies are exactly what {Read More}



Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites

Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites ~ tasty, no-bake balls combining oats, ground nuts, dried fruit, nut butter, and honey...perfect as a portable breakfast-on-the-go, a protein-packed snack, or a no-guilt-necessary sweet treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites are tasty, no-bake balls combining oats, ground nuts, dried fruit, nut butter, and honey…perfect as a portable breakfast-on-the-go, a protein-packed snack, or a no-guilt-necessary sweet treat! Well, with Spring Break behind us, we’re clearly on the downhill slide to the end of the school year. But how?! My second grader just started his first day of preschool yesterday, y’all — I swear it. And now he’s almost a third grader! Some days my heart just can’t {Read More}



Adorable Easter Crafts ~ M&MJ Link Party {#98}

Moonlight & Mason Jars / M&MJ Hosts Graphic

Welcome back to Moonlight & Mason Jars, friends!Well, happy official SPRING! We’re getting back into the swing of things this week after a nice, relaxing, dare-I-say productive (?!) Spring Break. Actually, getting back into the swing of things sounds a bit too gentle…I feel like I’ve been thrown headfirst into reality! It’s all good stuff — just busy stuff — and I’m secretly looking forward to Sunday when a bunch of it is behind me and I can finally take {Read More}



Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado Egg Salad ~ avocado toast meets classic egg salad, lightened up with yogurt and studded with creamy chunks of avocado throughout...a perfect topping for sandwiches, crackers, or salads and a fantastic way to use up leftover hard-boiled eggs! | FiveHeartHome.com

Avocado Egg Salad is like avocado toast meets classic egg salad, lightened up with yogurt and studded with creamy chunks of avocado throughout…a perfect topping for sandwiches, crackers, or salads and a fantastic way to use up leftover hard-boiled eggs! Easter is right around the corner, and that always gets me a-brainstormin’ ideas for how to use up all those impending, leftover, hard-boiled Easter eggs. Last year I featured a cutesy, kid-appealing idea, so this spring, I think a yummy, {Read More}



Homemade Italian Dressing

"Better than Olive Garden" Homemade Italian Dressing ~ this all-natural, zesty salad dressing is economical, easy to make, delicious on salads, and makes an excellent marinade! | FiveHeartHome.com

Zippy, zesty Homemade Italian Dressing is delicious on salads and makes an excellent marinade…plus it’s all-natural and easy to make! Have you jumped on the make-your-own-salad-dressing bandwagon yet? Because if you haven’t, there’s no time like the present. Fresh, homemade salad dressing is so much tastier than store-bought. It’s also way less expensive, not to mention free of any icky ingredients or additives. I have always loved Italian Dressing, both for its flavor and its versatility. Not only is it {Read More}



Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars with White Chocolate

Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars with White Chocolate ~ feature a base of tender, buttery, lemon-infused shortbread topped with a layer of strawberry jam, a sprinkling of white chocolate chips, and a dusting of shortbread crumbs | FiveHeartHome.com

Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars with White Chocolate feature a base of tender, buttery, lemon-infused shortbread topped with a layer of strawberry jam, a sprinkling of white chocolate chips, and a dusting of shortbread crumbs. Spring finally, officially arrives this week, and I don’t know about you, but I am beyond ready to bid adieu to cold, dreary weather. Bring on the sunshine! Bring on the bluebonnets! Bring on the short-lived span of pleasantly temperate days before Texas decides to skyrocket {Read More}



Colorful Spring Sweets ~ M&MJ Link Party {#97}

Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party {#97} ~ Spring Sweets | FiveHeartHome.com

Welcome to Moonlight & Mason Jars, friends…so happy to have you here!Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And, at least in our neck of the woods, happy Spring Break! No big plans for us this week…our little family is hanging out close to home. We had a memorable Sunday at the ballpark to kick off the break, and today, the kids head off to “Grandparent Camp” for a couple of days. While they’re gone, Mommy has full intentions of running errands and {Read More}



Honey-Ginger Shrimp Skewers with Asian Quinoa {PLUS Food Blogger Mystery Basket Challenge!}

Honey-Ginger Shrimp Skewers with Asian Quinoa ~ effortless enough for a weeknight yet special enough for company, these tasty shrimp are glazed with a sweet and tangy homemade BBQ sauce and served atop a bed of flavorful quinoa infused with soy sauce, garlic, and fresh ginger | FiveHeartHome.com

A delicious meal that’s effortless enough for a weeknight yet special enough for company, Honey-Ginger Shrimp Skewers are glazed with a sweet and tangy homemade BBQ sauce and served atop a bed of flavorful Asian Quinoa, infused with hints of soy sauce, garlic, and fresh ginger. Happy Monday, friends! I am so excited to bring you today’s post, because these gorgeous, glossy Honey-Ginger Shrimp Skewers with Asian Quinoa are part of a fun Mystery Basket Challenge that I’m participating in {Read More}



Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal {Dairy-Free}

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal ~ a tasty, wholesome breakfast recipe featuring rolled oats, grated carrots, coconut oil, and maple syrup, with flavors of the classic dessert | FiveHeartHome.com

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal is a tasty, wholesome breakfast recipe featuring rolled oats, grated carrots, coconut oil, and maple syrup, with flavors of the classic dessert. Two carrot recipes in a row, but I’m not even going to apologize, y’all. After all, it’s not everyday that you can trick your kids into eating veggies for breakfast, but that’s exactly what we’re doing here today! Say hello to my new friend, Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal, which is pretty much exactly what {Read More}



Orange Apricot-Glazed Carrots with Candied Almonds

Orange Apricot-Glazed Carrots with Candied Almonds ~ sweet and tender, glossy and vibrant...and the perfect spring side dish for Easter dinner! | FiveHeartHome.com

Orange Apricot-Glazed Carrots with Candied Almonds are sweet and tender, glossy and vibrant…and the perfect spring side dish for Easter dinner! Well, folks…another winter day, another spring recipe. πŸ˜‰ But hey, I’m not jumping the gun too much here! It’s my understanding that some of you are already enjoying Spring Break (ours is next week), the clocks have already “sprung forward,” and in reality, we’re only a couple weeks out from the official changing of the seasons. So I hereby {Read More}



St. Patrick’s Day Treats ~ M&MJ Link Party {#96}

Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party {#96} ~ St. Patrick's Day Treats | FiveHeartHome.com

Welcome back to Moonlight & Mason Jars, everyone!So who’s still adjusting to the time change {raises hand}? This spring forward thing always makes for a rough week, but I guess it’s worth the trade-off of daylight into the evening hours. On the plus side, we’ve got Spring Break on the horizon next week with no big plans…it should be nice to relax, hang out, and do a few fun things close to home. Are any of y’all doing something fun {Read More}



Sunshine Smoothie

Sunshine Smoothie ~ this creamy, dreamy breakfast or snack is bursting with citrus and tropical fruit for a big blast of vitamin C to boost your immune system | FiveHeartHome.com

This creamy, dreamy Sunshine Smoothie is loaded with citrus and tropical fruit, providing just the boost of vitamin C you need to battle winter bugs and winter blues! Happy “spring forward!” BWAH-ha-ha-hahaha!!! Oh. I’m sorry. Please excuse the maniacal laugh. But if you’re like me — meaning you don’t relish losing a valuable hour of sleep in general and/or you have young children who failed to receive the memo about the whole time change phenomenon and, consequently, make the transition {Read More}



Rosemary Cider Brined Pork Loin

Rosemary Cider Brined Pork Loin ~ extra juicy and flavorful thanks to brining...and while it's easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner, it's impressive enough to serve for a special occasion! | FiveHeartHome.com

Rosemary Cider Brined Pork Loin is extra juicy and flavorful thanks to brining…and while it’s easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner, it’s impressive enough to serve for a special occasion! Easter is just one short month away, folks…so who’s already started to think about your menu? πŸ˜‰ I realize that most people like to cook ham for Easter lunch or dinner, and I shared a super easy, super tasty recipe for a Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham around {Read More}