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Christmas Ornament Cheese Balls

Christmas Ornament Cheese Balls are a fun, festive addition to your holiday party menu in three mouthwatering flavors — Cranberry, Blue Cheese, & Pecan; Garlic, Feta, & Dill; and White Cheddar, Rosemary, & Pomegranate! It’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Christmas! Last night marked our first freeze of the season. The house is decorated and the Christmas cards have been mailed. We’ve been drinking egg nog like it’s going out of style. And this weekend, I’m looking {Read More}

Soft & Chewy Ginger Cookies

Soft & Chewy Ginger Cookies are loaded with warm spice and coated in crunchy raw sugar for crinkly, sparkly cookies that are as pretty as they are delicious! Three cheers for holiday baking! Who’s with me? It’s time to think Christmas cookies, my friends, and I’ve got a soft, chewy ginger delight to add to your platter this December. Gingerbread men and gingersnaps seems to get all of the attention this time of year, but I would argue that Soft {Read More}

Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts

A decadent holiday breakfast or dessert, Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts are soft and tender, with a rich chocolate glaze and crushed candy canes sprinkled on top! December is here and the countdown is on, my friends! What say we celebrate all-things-holiday with some cheery Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts?! I’ve been immensely enjoying my donut pans since I bought them this past summer, but I’d venture to say that my family loves them even more. Why wouldn’t they? Because even though {Read More}

Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies ~ *Cookbook Edition*

Happy almost-December, friends! The holidays are officially here and I’m excited to share my 3rd annual Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies to simplify your gift giving (and wish list making!) this season. 😉 But this year, there’s a little twist… …I’ve compiled a list of awesome cookbooks! As someone who reads cookbooks like novels — seriously, I have two of them in-progress on my nightstand this very minute — I’m always thrilled to buy or receive a new cookbook. I {Read More}

Drops of Sunshine GIVEAWAY!

Hi, friends! Today I’m excited to be teaming up with my sweet and talented friend, Julie, to share a fun giveaway! Julie’s online shop, Drops of Sunshine, features cute home decor, giftware, kitchen goodies, accessories, and clothing. And lucky for us, she’s giving away a fun prize pack (see above) including a set of Terra Cotta Buttons Coasters, a Honeycomb Measuring Spoon Set, Stoneware Measuring Cups, a set of two Round Cast Iron Trivets, a Black Knit Toboggan Hat, and {Read More}

Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken Drumsticks

Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Drumsticks start with a simple marinade of soy sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce, and ginger, then cook in the crock pot until tender for an effortless, sweet-and-savory, Asian chicken dinner! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you’re anything like me, you spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen over the past few days putting a lot of effort into a number of holiday dishes. So after all of that hard work {Read More}

Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, Panko, & Pecans

Oven roasting turns plain broccoli into something special…and a crunchy, garlicky, toasty topping takes it to the next level in this Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, Panko, & Pecans! With Thanksgiving only a few short days away, I realize that it’s a little late in the game for another side dish recipe. However, the good news is that this Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, Panko, & Pecans would also make a fabulous addition to your Christmas or Hanukkah or New Year’s menu! {Read More}

{Quick & Easy} Garlic Rosemary Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

When time is short and homemade isn’t possible, frozen bread dough is a quick and easy shortcut ingredient for making lovely Garlic Rosemary Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls, perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any holiday meal or special occasion! When special holiday dinners roll around, sometimes you have the time (and energy) to make pillowy homemade dinner rolls, lovingly mixing and rising the dough…and shaping the rolls…and rising again…and baking…and brushing with butter…and serving warm…and impressing everyone! And sometimes…you don’t. But {Read More}

Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie Salad ~ AKA, Holiday Salad

This gorgeous Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette is loaded with vibrant colors and flavors and contrasting textures….the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday table! I’m a sucker for a loaded salad. The more contrasting flavors and textures, the better. And if it’s a pretty salad, to boot? Can’t be beat. This time last year, I concocted a festive red-and-green Holiday Honeycrisp Salad using some of my favorite salad ingredients. And, lo and behold, {Read More}

Hot Pimento Cheese & Bacon Bread

Creamy, homemade pimento cheese is jazzed up with crispy bacon and zippy jalapeños, spread onto French bread, and baked until bubbly in this drool-worthy Hot Pimento Cheese & Bacon Bread appetizer! I’ve got some Thanksgiving recipes on the horizon next week, but today I’m saying — nay, shouting — HAPPY FRIDAY with a creamy, cheesy, decadent, loaded-with-flavor appetizer or snack…Hot Pimento Cheese & Bacon Bread! That title right there pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? Zesty pimento cheese — {Read More}

Slow Cooker Beefy Three-Bean Chili

Chunky, flavorful Slow Cooker Beefy Three-Bean Chili is a hearty bowl of comfort food goodness, easy to adjust to your preferred spice level and delicious topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, and fresh cilantro! Hey there, strangers! Well, can I just say that I was NOT intending to go all last week without sharing a recipe. But alas, sometimes life gets in the way of blogging…and unfortunately, last week said life brought us a very sick little 4-year old, numerous {Read More}

‘The Asian Slow Cooker’ ~ KitchenAid, PayPal cash, & cookbook GIVEAWAY!

Happy Tuesday, friends! And what better way to celebrate a random Tuesday in November than with a fabulous giveaway of KitchenAid appliances, PayPal cash, and a fabulous new cookbook?! For once, we’re not talking about my cookbook today…what a refreshing change, huh? 😉 And actually, today’s not a random Tuesday at all…it’s the day that The Asian Slow Cooker was officially released and is now available in book stores and online…yay! So to celebrate her gorgeous, mouthwatering new cookbook, my {Read More}

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Pecan Streusel

This decadent Banana Coffee Cake is layered with Chocolate Pecan Streusel for a dense, moist interior, a crunchy exterior, and a sweet surprise ribboned throughout! Sometimes you need a really impressive dessert-masquerading-as-breakfast to impress a crowd, and today’s Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Pecan Streusel is just that sort of recipe. Whether you’re hosting a playgroup, entertaining family or friends at brunch, or you simply want to treat your co-workers to a mouthwatering morning surprise, this coffee cake has got {Read More}

{Overnight} Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal {with no burnt edges!}

Wake up to a warm, wholesome breakfast with this Overnight Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal…and don’t miss the secret trick to prevent the edges from burning! There’s nothing like waking up in the morning to the heavenly smell of breakfast wafting through the air. And if that breakfast just so happens to taste like pumpkin pie…well, all the better! Overnight Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal is a rather lengthy, adjective-heavy title for such a simple recipe, {Read More}

You Asked, I’m Answering…My Favorite Slow Cooker (and More)

Happy Friday, friends! Today’s post is a little bit different, but ever since I first announced that I was writing a slow cooker cookbook, I’ve been asked the same question over and over…which slow cooker is the best? Now that Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers has been released, I find myself answering this question multiple times per week. Some of the folks asking are interested in buying a slow cooker for themselves, some are replacing an old one, and some {Read More}

Apple Cider Baked Donuts

Delicately spiced, 100% whole wheat Apple Cider Baked Donuts are tender on the inside and coated in crunchy cinnamon sugar on the outside for a tasty fall breakfast treat! This past Saturday, the middle child celebrated his birthday. He and his big brother both had flag football games that morning, but the birthday boy was apparently experiencing a touch of Lucky Number 7 magic as he proceeded to score half a dozen touchdowns. Granted, we’re talking about 1st grade teams {Read More}

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup

The bold flavors of Buffalo wings come together in this zippy, creamy, easy-to-whip-up Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup…perfect for serving on game day or for warming up on a chilly fall or winter evening! Happy Friday, friends! Wow…it’s been quite a week. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to everyone for your kind, positive, and supportive words about the release of my new cookbook earlier this week! I’m honored that so many of you ordered it and are {Read More}

‘Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers’ Cookbook ~ IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!

Hi, friends! This may very well be the most exciting news I’ve ever posted on Five Heart Home, becaaaause… …Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers is really, finally, OFFICIALLY HERE! Those of you who have been along for the ride over the past year have been privy to the hard work (and stress) that it’s taken to reach this big day. But after all is said and done, I am so dang proud of this cookbook, and I’m extremely excited that {Read More}

One-Pan Cheesy Beef Taco Skillet {Homemade Hamburger Helper}

For a homemade copycat of Beef Taco Hamburger Helper, this One-Pan Cheesy Beef Taco Skillet is a quick and easy dinner recipe made with five real, all-natural ingredients! In case y’all hadn’t noticed, I’ve been on somewhat of a one-pot/one-pan/one-skillet recipe kick lately. And why not? Who doesn’t love a complete dinner that’s made in about 30 minutes while dirtying only one large cooking receptacle? So a few weeks ago, I’d been running around all day and hadn’t had any {Read More}

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

You’re just three ingredients away from this sweet and creamy Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip, a simple, scrumptious recipe for game day, Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dessert, or just about any special occasion or get-together! Who’s up for a quick and easy, minimal ingredient, sweet fall treat? We’re talking three ingredients and just a few minutes here, people, for a tasty fruit dip that will get gobbled up in no time! I’m telling you, Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip is going to become your {Read More}

‘Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers’ Cookbook ~ QVC Appearance Recap!

Happy Thursday, y’all! It’s been a little over a week since my cookbook appearance on QVC, and I thought it might be fun to share a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of what the experience was like. So who’s ready to fly to Philly? 😉 Some of you might remember that I was in Philadelphia about a month ago to attend QVC Guest Excellence Training, which certified me to appear on QVC’s In the Kitchen with David to represent my cookbook, Real {Read More}

One-Pot Pizza Pasta

One-Pot Pizza Pasta is an easy, cheesy, comforting dinner recipe loaded with flavor thanks to all of your favorite pizza toppings…and as a bonus, everything gets cooked in the same pot! Well, hello there, stranger! Whew, it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. I’m in the process of wrapping up a behind-the-scenes post for y’all sharing my amazing experience last week at QVC, but before we get to that, I feel like I owe you a long-overdue recipe. How does {Read More}

Ultimate Bean Dip

Requiring only 6 ingredients and taking just 10 minutes to make, Ultimate Bean Dip is creamy, cheesy, stove-top deliciousness…the perfect appetizer for parties or for watching the big game! Football season has arrived, friends! And I don’t know about you, but at our house that means College Game Day with coffee on Saturday mornings, weekend flag football games for my boys, a few fall treks to the ol’ alma mater to cheer on the Aggies, and the background buzz of {Read More}

Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins

Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins are soft, moist, and double the fun, split between lightly-spiced pumpkin and a generous dose of chocolate! Well friends, it’s officially September…and that means I’ve officially given myself permission to crack open the first can o’ pumpkin of the season! I wasted no time this year, seeing as how I baked these Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins on September 1st. Too soon? Perhaps. But when my kids came home from school that afternoon and smelled {Read More}

Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers Pre-Order GIVEAWAY!

Happy September, friends! Seeing as how we’re a little over a month out from the release of my cookbook, Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers, I thought we should celebrate with a little (actually BIG!) Pre-Order Giveaway! I use my slow cooker year-round, but fall is when I really start to rely on it again, between busy back-to-school schedules and cooler (hopefully soon!) weather. Many of you have already pre-ordered the cookbook which means that, as soon as it’s released on {Read More}

One-Skillet Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

One-Skillet Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole is a quick, easy, family-pleasing weeknight dinner recipe that’s made in just one pan! I always forget how exhausting the first week of school is, for the kids, the teachers, and yes, even for the parents. It’s hard to believe that three short months of summer vacation can entirely negate the stamina we had built up over the prior school year, but it does. By last Friday afternoon, our entire family was wiped out! {Read More}

Homemade, All-Natural Sports Drink with Electrolytes {Copycat Gatorade}

Quench your thirst, hydrate your body, and replenish electrolytes with this easy-to-make Homemade, All-Natural Sports Drink…without the processed ingredients, artificial sweeteners, and food dye found in store-bought Gatorade! The long hot summer is not quite over yet, and fall sports season ’tis upon us! That means it’s the perfect time to share this homemade alternative to store-bought sports drinks. Most of the time, I think that water is totally sufficient and the best choice for staying hydrated. But sometimes it’s {Read More}

Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos (or Nachos)

Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos feature tender, spicy-sweet pork piled on flour tortillas and topped with red cabbage, carrots, avocado, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro for an easy, effortless dinner…and the leftover pork is fantastic on nachos! Hi, friends! I missed y’all during my unexpected hiatus last week. I’ll explain my absence in a moment, but in the meantime, hopefully I can beg your forgiveness with these melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork tacos brimming with the flavors of fresh lime {Read More}

Classic Caesar Salad

Classic Caesar Salad features a flavorful (egg-free!) dressing, garlicky homemade croutons, and fresh shaved Parmesan atop crunchy hearts of romaine…the perfect side to just about any meal, or top with sliced chicken for a healthy, hearty entree! Waaaay back at the beginning of the summer, I made my family this homemade Caesar Salad for the first time…and they positively scarfed it down. So I made it again on Father’s Day. And on the 4th of July. And on regular ol’ {Read More}

2-Ingredient Watermelon Sherbet

2-Ingredient Watermelon Sherbet is a light, refreshing frozen treat that comes together with just fruit and yogurt, the perfect healthy snack or dessert for cooling down all summer long! Please pardon all of the frozen treats around here lately…it’s just too hot to anything, y’all. I actually wasn’t even going to share this Watermelon Sherbet recipe, but it was so easy to make (only two ingredients!) and turned out so tasty that I thought y’all might be as excited about {Read More}