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Garlic Bread with Fresh Garlic & Parsley

Garlic Bread with Fresh Garlic and Parsley ~ quickly turn a store-bought loaf into the perfect accompaniment for Italian recipes | FiveHeartHome.com #garlicbread #recipe #Italian

Quick and easy Garlic Bread with Fresh Garlic & Parsley turns a store-bought loaf into the perfect accompaniment for Italian food! Today, my friends, I bring you carbs. Not just any carbs, though…warm, bread-y, buttery, garlic-laced, parsley-sprinkled carbs that just might steal the show when served alongside your favorite Italian entrees. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. This is my favorite way to make garlic bread, and so much fresher tasting (AKA, less artificial tasting) than those frozen loaves of {Read More}



Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party {#78}

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Happy Tuesday, everyone! So happy to have you at Moonlight & Mason Jars! Hope this finds y’all having a great week! We celebrated our newly minted 5-year-old’s birthday this past weekend, and on the blog front, I’ve been swimming in apple recipes lately. I find it hard to believe we’re already a little over a week out from Halloween! Do your little ones have their costumes ready to go (or, if you don’t have little ones, are you dressing up)? {Read More}



Chicken Salad with Apples & Cashews {+ $500 PayPal Cash Giveaway!!!}

Chicken Salad with Apples and Cashews ~ a honey-kissed autumn spin on classic Sonoma Chicken Salad | FiveHeartHome.com #chickensalad #fall #recipe

Brimming with fruit and nuts, Chicken Salad with Apples & Cashews is a honey-kissed, autumn spin on the ever-popular Sonoma Chicken Salad. Every time I make chicken salad, I wonder why I don’t do so more often. I absolutely love the stuff. And as much as chicken salad has the reputation for being a “ladies who lunch” kind of recipe, I have to say that my kids and my husband scarf it down, too. In fact, my boys straight up {Read More}



Caramel Apple Cider ~ Starbucks Copycat

Caramel Apple Cider ~ this copycat of a Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice tastes like warm apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream...in a mug! | FiveHeartHome.com | #Starbucks #copycat #recipe #applecider

This all-natural copycat of a Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Cider tastes like warm apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream…in a mug! Oh my word, y’all. Move over hot chocolate…I have a new favorite warm drink for chilly days! This Caramel Apple Cider is, simply put, amazing. In fact, I can’t really think of a better description than what I wrote in the flowery line at the top of this post. It tastes just like warm, spiced apple pie topped {Read More}



Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup ~ this effortless, hearty, taco-seasoned soup is brimming with chicken, beans, and corn and topped with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and grated cheddar...sure to become a fall and winter favorite! | FiveHeartHome.com

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is brimming with chicken, beans, & corn and topped with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and grated cheddar, making it a warm, hearty, effortless crock pot meal that’s perfect for a chilly day! I’ve got another crock pot wonder for y’all today! This Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup was pulled from my most-frequently-made-for-the-longest-span-of-time recipe file. In other words, it’s an oldie but a goodie and well worth the hype of being one of our all-time {Read More}



Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party {#77}

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Welcome back to the Moonlight & Mason Jars link party, friends! Hope you’re all enjoying your mid-Octobers! Hard to believe that Halloween is right around the corner (and did you see the awesome Halloween blog hop we participated in last week?!). Until then, however, we’ve been staying busy! Last week I had the privilege of attending field trips with both my 2nd grader and my Pre-K’er. This past weekend, we all headed back to our college alma mater for a {Read More}



Homemade Cinnamon Syrup {for Coffee, Cider, Pancakes, Ice Cream & More!}

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup ~ all-natural, 5-minute recipe perfect for enhancing coffee, apple cider, hot chocolate, pancakes, waffles, French toast, ice cream, and more; can be used to create copycat Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte or Caramel Apple Spice Cider | FiveHeartHome.com

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup is perfect for creating an all-natural copycat of Starbucks’ Cinnamon Dolce Latte or Caramel Apple Spice Cider…and it doubles as a delicious topping for pancakes, waffles, ice cream, & more! If there’s anything I require to get going on a Monday morning, it’s a big mug of coffee. Now I don’t necessarily drink a ton of coffee…just enough to wake me up. Because there’s something about that first cup of jo that helps clear the morning brain {Read More}



Halloween Cookie Pops ~ Nutter Butter Bats & Mummies

Halloween Cookie Pops ~ Nutter Butter Bats and Mummies | FiveHeartHome.com

Happy Friday, friends! I’m so excited today to be participating in an awesome Halloween blog hop that’s been going on all week long. The fabulous Toni from Design Dazzle has gathered a bunch of talented bloggers, and together we’ve put together over 110 fun and creative Halloween ideas for y’all! From costumes and parties, to crafts and home decor, to recipes and free printables…there’s Halloween inspiration here for everyone! I always enjoy creating cute, sweet, holiday-themed treats for and with {Read More}



All Things Fall, Y’all ~ Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

All Things Fall, Y'all ~ Blog Hop and Giveaway | FiveHeartHome.com

Welcome to the All Things Fall, Y’all Blog Hop & Giveaway! Who’s excited about the chance to win one of four CASH PRIZES, totaling over $1,000?! And as if that’s not enough, we’ve got some fall and Halloween inspiration for you today as well, including DIY crafts, decor, and recipes! The All Things Fall, Y’all Blog Hop & Giveaway is brought to you by: Kenarry: Ideas for the Home | Oh My! Creative | View from the Fridge | One {Read More}



Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti ~ easy to make and oozing with cheese, this pasta dish is comfort food perfection! | FiveHeartHome.com

This easy, from-scratch spin on Baked Ziti is comforting, filling, and just oozing with cheesy goodness! If you ever have a baby and I offer to bring you dinner, odds are that I’ll be delivering a pan full of this hearty, cheesy Baked Ziti (along with this as a side dish and this for dessert). Why, you might ask? Well, the reasons are a-plenty, but I’ll give you five: 1. This Baked Ziti is universally enjoyed by young and old. {Read More}



Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party {#76}

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Welcome to Moonlight & Mason Jars…so happy to have you partying with us! I hope this finds you all having an awesome October so far! The weather is finally (slightly) starting to cool down in Texas, so we’ve been having fun lately spending extra time outdoors and whipping up Halloween treats and cozy fall recipes. One of the things I love about Instagram is keeping tabs on what my blogger friends across the country are up to, and I’ve been {Read More}



Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins are soft and moist, bursting with tender apples, made wholesome by whole wheat flour and coconut oil, and topped with a cinnamon sugar coating | FiveHeartHome.com

Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins are bursting with tender apple chunks, coated with cinnamon sugar, and even include wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour and coconut oil! Well, October is in full swing and this past week began to feel decidedly autumn-ish around here. So after a few days of temps not quite reaching 90°F, I no longer have to feel like a poser as I bake with pumpkin and simmer soups…fall recipes are finally legit! And if you’ve been {Read More}



Slow Cooker Charro Beans

Slow Cooker Charro Beans ~ these "cowboy beans" are loaded with bacon, garlic, tomatoes, herbs, and spices, making them an excellent side dish to any Mexican entree! | FiveHeartHome.com

Slow Cooker Charro Beans — flavored with bacon, garlic, tomatoes, green chiles, jalapeños, cilantro, and spices — are the perfect pinto beans to accompany your favorite Mexican entrees! A few days ago I shared my recipe for King Ranch Chicken Casserole, which just so happens to be one of my family’s very favorite comfort food classics. And if you saw that post, you may have noticed a side of tasty-looking pinto beans adorning the casserole plate. Well, those beans weren’t {Read More}



Pumpkin Scones with Brown Butter Glaze

Pumpkin Scones with Brown Butter Glaze ~ tender and moist, these easy-to-make scones are the perfect fall treat (and they're great for gift giving, too!) | FiveHeartHome.com

Tender, moist Pumpkin Scones with Brown Butter Glaze are simple to whip up and make the perfect fall treat! Happy October, friends! Aren’t you proud of me? I held off a full month in between posting pumpkin recipes! To be honest, I’d be perfectly content posting nothing but pumpkin recipes for about three months straight. But that might run off a few of you who like to eat, you know, actual dinner recipes and such, so I’ve been attempting to {Read More}



Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party {#75}

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Welcome to Moonlight & Mason Jars…so happy to have you partying with us! Before we get on with the party, I just wanted to mention an awesome giveaway going on right now! Who wouldn’t love to win $800 in cold, hard cash?! You could certainly get a head-start on your Christmas shopping if you won, or spend it in a variety of other ways. Take a moment to ENTER HERE for your chance to win! Moonlight & Mason Jars is {Read More}



King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole ~ a comfort food classic layered with chicken, tortillas, cheese, and a simple homemade sauce in place of condensed 'cream of X' soup | FiveHeartHome.com

King Ranch Chicken Casserole is a cozy, comfort food classic with melty layers of chicken, tortillas, and cheese. And this from-scratch version features a simple homemade sauce in place of condensed soup! I think it’s probably time to confess that I’ve been holding out on y’all. It’s true. After all, it’s taken me 1 year, 3 months, and 29 days of blogging to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes. But today the wait is over…I present to {Read More}



Fall Into Cash $800 GIVEAWAY

Fall Into Cash $800 Giveaway ~ ends on October 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. | FiveHeartHome.com

Happy Friday, friends! What better way to kick off the weekend — and the new fall season — than with a chance to win some big money in our Fall Into Cash $800 Giveaway?! I enjoy participating in awesome giveaways like this every so often as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to all of my loyal readers. So how would you spend it if you won $800 in cold, hard cash right about now? I can think of lots {Read More}



Pretzel Candy Spiderwebs for Halloween

Pretzel Candy Spiderwebs ~ a fun and easy Halloween treat | FiveHeartHome.com

Pretzel Candy Spiderwebs are festive, sweet & salty treats that are fun to make with the kids or serve at a Halloween party! Well, folks…October will be here before we know it and I couldn’t hold out any longer. I’ve got a fun and festive Halloween recipe for you today! I love making holiday treats for or with my kiddos, and I have to admit to letting my whole “real food” philosophy slide when doing so. Because let’s face it…how {Read More}



One-Bowl Fluffy Vanilla Cupcakes

Fluffy, Homemade, One-Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes ~ the perfect medium for your favorite frosting, including this creamy, not-too-sweet, cooked buttercream | FiveHeartHome.com

It’s never been easier to whip up a batch of homemade Vanilla Cupcakes! Quickly coming together in just one bowl, these fluffy cupcakes are the perfect medium for any frosting, including this creamy, not-too-sweet, cooked buttercream. If there’s one recipe that I’m known for in real life (as opposed to food blog life), it would arguably be my Best Ever Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. And if I already coined those cupcakes the best ever, then {Read More}



Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party {#74}

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It’s time to party with Moonlight & Mason Jars…welcome back, friends! Well, happy fall, y’all! Most of blogland said adios to summer awhile back, but it’s nice to officially have permission to embrace the pumpkin obsession! Hope you’ve all been doing great since last week’s link party. We had a fun weekend celebrating a Frozen-themed birthday celebration for the cutest 2-year-old EVER, and now we have a three week breather until the next birthday hits our little family — ha! {Read More}



Easy White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup

White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup ~ a cozy, filling soup that's packed with nutrients and comes together in under 30 minutes! | FiveHeartHome.com

Hearty, healthy White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup is full of flavor, loaded with vitamins, and comes together in under 30 minutes! Well, friends, I’ve resisted for years, but I finally decided to jump on the kale bandwagon. Okay, perhaps “bandwagon” is too extreme. Rather, I tried kale in this soup, and I actually liked it! I’ll probably get my Southerner card revoked for such blasphemy, but as much as I love spinach, I’ve never really been a fan of {Read More}



Wholesome Breakfast Cookies

Wholesome Breakfast Cookies ~ packed with oats, nuts, whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and lightly sweetened with honey...perfect for breakfast-on-the-go or an anytime snack! | FiveHeartHome.com

Tasty little Breakfast Cookies are wholesome, delicious treats packed with oats, nuts, whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and lightly sweetened with honey…perfect for breakfast-on-the-go or an anytime snack! Today is an important day at our house. A very special little lady turns two! This baby girl warms our heart and makes us laugh countless times a day. She is adorable, cheerful, headstrong, chatty, and just bursting with sweetness. It’s hard to remember what life was like before she joined us. {Read More}



Garlic & Herb Roasted Potatoes

Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes ~ a simple, delicious side dish flavored with fresh rosemary and thyme | FiveHeartHome.com

Simple, delicious Garlic & Herb Roasted Potatoes are crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and loaded with flavor, thanks to garlic, fresh rosemary, and fresh thyme! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…roasting is my favorite way to cook vegetables! Roasting not only enhances the texture, but it also brings out a deep flavor and natural sweetness in just about any veggie. And potatoes? Well, they turn from ho-hum to downright magical after a nice stint {Read More}



Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party {#73}

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Welcome to the Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party, everyone! Hope you’re all having a lovely week! We’re in the midst of family birthday season at our house (all five of our birthdays fall within a two-month span!), so we took a little trip out of town this past weekend to celebrate. The plan was to enjoy the lazy river and water slides at the resort where we were staying, but it ended up being a bit too chilly when {Read More}



Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti ~ features shredded chicken, your favorite veggies, and a simple homemade cheese sauce (instead of Velveeta and canned soup) | FiveHeartHome.com

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti is a comfort food classic made with chunks of chicken, your favorite veggies, and a simple homemade cheese sauce (instead of Velveeta and ‘Cream of X’ soup). When you have young children, you may find yourself concocting as many different variations of mac & cheese as possible in a quest to cook dinners that your offspring will actually ingest. And truth be told, if you trade the macaroni for spaghetti, keep the creamy cheese sauce, and throw {Read More}



The ULTIMATE Stuffed Cheeseburger Sliders

The ULTIMATE Cheeseburger Sliders ~ burger stuffed with pepper jack cheese and topped with mushrooms, avocado, and baby spinach on a Hawaiian roll | FiveHeartHome.com

These Ultimate Cheeseburger Sliders make the perfect gameday grilling grub, featuring pepper jack-stuffed mini burger patties topped with buttery mushrooms, creamy avocado, and crisp spinach! A big thanks to Walmart, Kingsford Charcoal, and DataRank for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. If you’ve followed Five Heart Home for any time at all, it’s already been well-documented that I am an enthusiastic fan of football season. But as much as I love watching the game itself and {Read More}



Apple Cheddar Crescents

Apple Cheddar Crescents ~ a sweet and savory snack or lunch idea featuring golden crescent rolls wrapped around melted cheddar and tender apples | FiveHeartHome.com

Savory-sweet Apple Cheddar Crescents are perfect for lunch or snacking, with melted cheddar and tender, thinly sliced apples wrapped in golden crescent roll dough! Well, it was bound to happen. We are less than a month into the new school year and I’m already so over packing school lunches. I don’t exactly know why I dislike this particular daily chore above all others. I mean, I don’t typically dread making lunch at lunchtime. And I am beyond thankful to have {Read More}



Moonlight & Mason Jars {#72}

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Welcome back to the Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party, friends! I hope that everyone’s September is off to a great start! This week is proving to be a busy one around here, but it was fun to take a little break today to meet up with one of my favorite blogging friends! If you’ve never visited and explored I Should Be Mopping the Floor…run, don’t walk! Not only is Kristi one of the most talented bloggers out there, but {Read More}



Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn ~ takes 5 minutes to make, tastes like a Snickerdoodle! | FiveHeartHome.com

Fresh popcorn is drizzled with brown butter and generously coated with cinnamon & sugar in this 5-minute, addictive snack that’s perfect for any occasion, from after school to movie night. Correct me if I’m wrong, but popcorn is pretty magical stuff. What other food starts out as a rock-hard little kernel and then, with a short application of heat, explodes into a fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth snack? On top of that, all of those crevices are just perfect for soaking up your {Read More}



Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal with Maple & Pecans {Dairy-Free}

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal with Maple and Pecans / Dairy-Free ~ warm, filling, wholesome breakfast that can be made ahead and reheated! | FiveHeartHome.com

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal is a warm, filling, wholesome breakfast featuring maple syrup, toasted pecans, cinnamon, and warm spices. It’s easy to make ahead of time and reheat on busy mornings! Well, I’ve held off as long as I can…today, I share my first pumpkin recipe of the (not quite but getting closer to) fall season! In case you missed it, I teased y’all with a mouthwatering pumpkin recipe round-up earlier this week, featuring some past favorites and current can’t-wait-to-try pumpkin {Read More}