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White Chocolate Cheesecake Fruit Dip

White Chocolate Cheesecake Fruit Dip ~ quick to make and quicker to disappear, this will become your new favorite fruit dip! | FiveHeartHome.com

This delicious, creamy, White Chocolate Cheesecake Fruit Dip is quick to make and will be even quicker to disappear at your next party or get-together! Well, folks, the school year is winding down and summer is sneaking up on us! With that season will come plenty of opportunities for parties and playdates. I don’t know about you, but when I’m asked to contribute a dish to a potluck or get-together, I prefer to bring something that’s homemade yet quick and {Read More}



Creamy Vinaigrette ~ Classic Salad Dressing

Creamy Vinaigrette ~ a delicious, classic salad dressing to complement mixed greens, sliced tomatoes, pasta salad, and more! | FiveHeartHome.com

This zesty salad dressing is a tasty spin on Classic Creamy Vinaigrette that only takes a few minutes to prepare, making it the perfect complement to mixed greens, sliced tomatoes, or pasta salad. Well, we’ve officially reached the time of year that I just can’t get enough salad. With all of the fresh produce that will be available from now on through the summer months, I’m revisiting some of my favorite salads and dressings. And as easy as it is {Read More}



Fresh Pineapple Margaritas {plus} Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Fresh Pineapple Margaritas ~ made with fresh lime juice and pineapple purée, these are perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo | FiveHeartHome.com

Icy, refreshing margaritas get a tropical twist with pineapple purée and fresh-squeezed lime juice, perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo or any fiesta! So who’s ready for Cinco de Mayo??? Any holiday celebrated with copious amounts of Mexican food is fine by me.  And if you ask me, all of those delicious, zesty, cheesy appetizers and entrees call for something frosty to wash them down, right? Well, if you happen to agree, you’re in luck, because frosty is the name {Read More}



Orange Pound Cake Mini Loaves

Orange Pound Cake Mini Loaves ~ moist, buttery, and bursting with sunny citrus flavor! | FiveHeartHome.com

Buttery, moist pound cake is bursting with orange goodness in these citrus-infused mini loaves that taste like sunshine and will have you dreaming of summer! Y’all. I just got back from SNAP Conference to learn about building and improving this blog, and I’m still trying to process all of the amazing information I soaked in and all of the fabulous bloggers I met! I appreciate your patience over the past week or two as my blog schedule has been a {Read More}



Strawberry Graham Cheese Ball Bites

Strawberry Graham Cheese Ball Bites ~ cute little strawberry cheesecake balls rolled in graham cracker crumbs and skewered with a pretzel | FiveHeartHome.com

Mini cheeseballs taste like strawberry cheesecake in these cute little bites that are rolled in graham cracker crumbs and speared with pretzel sticks…perfect for serving up at your next party! Happy Friday, everyone…I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week! I’m having a blast at SNAP Conference right now, but I’m so excited to pop in today as a group of us celebrate a very special blogging friend, Cathy from Lemon Tree Dwelling, as she gets ready to welcome her {Read More}



Homemade Strawberry Syrup {for} Strawberry Soda

Homemade Strawberry Syrup for Strawberry Soda ~ easy, 3-ingredient syrup can also be used in cocktails or drizzled over ice cream, pound cake, waffles, etc. | FiveHeartHome.com

A quick, three-ingredient strawberry syrup can be used to flavor drinks like this refreshing, bubbly, Homemade Strawberry Soda, or it can be drizzled over ice cream, pound cake, waffles, and more! Happy almost-Easter, everyone! I know that most of you probably already have your Easter menus set and your grocery lists made and/or purchased, so I’m not going to take up your valuable time today with another Easter-friendly post (although if you’re still in need of some Easter recipes, I {Read More}



Easy Creamed Corn with Parmesan

Easy Creamed Corn with Parmesan ~ creamy, decadent corn topped with Parmesan and baked until bubbly | FiveHeartHome.com

Sure to become a new favorite side dish, decadent creamed corn is topped with a salty layer of Parmesan cheese and baked until golden and bubbly. So raise your hand if you’re ready for Easter? I’m pretty sure I feel prepared to welcome the spiritual side of it. But the egg-dying, basket-stuffing, holiday meal-prepping side of it? Not so much. Good thing I’ve planned a menu of recipes that are make-ahead and/or require minimal preparation on the big day! This {Read More}



Springtime Asparagus Tart with Ham & Mushrooms

Springtime Asparagus Tart ~ with ham, mushrooms, Swiss, and a buttery crust | FiveHeartHome.com

This lovely tart will be the star of your springtime brunch between its garlic-laced asparagus and mushrooms, savory ham and Swiss, and flaky, buttery crust. Back when I was a newlywed, childless, first grade teacher, there was a brief span of time during which I spent my evenings each week making hundreds upon hundreds of cookies. As much as I enjoyed teaching and loved the kids I taught, at times there was a part of me that felt pulled in {Read More}



Lemon & White Chocolate Tiramisu ~ Mason Jar Trifles

Lemon and White Chocolate Tiramisu Mason Jar Trifles ~ a quick and easy springtime dessert; cute and portable for picnics or parties | FiveHeartHome.com

This easy springtime version of tiramisu features soft lady fingers brushed with lemon syrup and layered in Mason jars with lemon curd and white chocolate cream, making them cute, portable, and perfect for picnics or parties! If you ask me, lemon is to spring what pumpkin is to autumn. I could happily eat both lemon and pumpkin all year long (not together, mind you), but seeing as how my brain relegates them to their stereotypical seasons, I have a hard {Read More}



Hard-Boiled Egg Chicks & Bunnies ~ A Fun Way to Use Up Leftover Easter Eggs!

Hard-Boiled Egg Chicks & Bunnies ~ a cute way to use up those extra Easter eggs! | FiveHeartHome.com

The kids will love helping you turn those extra hard-boiled Easter eggs into these cute springtime chicks and bunnies, with some simple slicing and a few basic garnishes! Like many families, dying Easter eggs is one of our favorite holiday traditions…but it sure does leave a bunch of leftover hard-boiled eggs to use up! I typically transform ours into deviled eggs or egg salad, but this year I thought it would be fun to turn them into cute, edible springtime {Read More}



Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ Easter Dinner from the Crock Pot!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ an effortless way to cook your Easter ham with a glaze of pineapple juice, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and honey | FiveHeartHome.com

Leave your holiday cooking to the crock pot with this quick & easy, sweet & savory Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham! Pineapple juice and a brown sugar rub featuring Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey melt into an amazing glaze. Several years ago, I had the epiphany to cook my Easter ham in the slow cooker, and let me just tell you…it’s one of the most brilliant holiday cooking decisions I’ve ever made! You know how when you’re preparing a holiday {Read More}



Free Easter Hymn Printable {with 3 Color Choices}

Free Easter Hymn Printable ~ Christ the Lord Is Risen Today {with 3 Color Choices} | FiveHeartHome.com

A few weeks ago, when I shared my Peter Cottontail-inspried Easter printable, I promised to create a deeper meaning of Easter-type printable. So that’s what I have for you today. These are the lyrics to my favorite Easter hymn, and they’ve been resonating in my head ever since I put this new printable up for display. And honestly, it’s a refreshing balance to Hippity, Hoppity, Happy Easter Day. While it’s definitely fun to embrace the bunny and candy-filled eggs side {Read More}



Features & Fun Friday #13 ~ Top 5 Spring & Easter Side Dishes

Top 5 Spring and Easter Side Dishes | FiveHeartHome.com

Today marks Features & Fun Friday lucky #13! But more significantly, we are almost officially a quarter of the way through 2014. Um…what??? {Top 5 Round-Up ~ Spring & Easter Side Dishes} 1. Fresh Carrot, Pea, & Mint Salad, photo & recipe by Return to Sunday Supper 2. Warm Green Beans & Asparagus Salad, photo & recipe by Best Friends for Frosting 3. Parmesan Garlic Asparagus, photo & recipe by Chef-In-Training 4. Spring Pea and Potato Salad, photo & recipe {Read More}



Chocolate Bird’s Nest Cookies

Chocolate Bird's Nest Cookies ~ chocolate coconut macaroon nests topped with Peeps chicks and mini chocolate eggs | FiveHeartHome.com

Chewy chocolate coconut macaroons are shaped into bird’s nests and decorated with colorful Peeps chicks and candy-coated chocolate eggs for a festive Easter cookie or springtime treat! One of my favorite early signs of spring is the return of bird song. It might still be cold out, but if the birds are back, you know that the turning of the weather can’t be too far behind. When we lived at our last house, we had sparrows that built mud nests {Read More}



Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies ~ mini carrot cake whoopie pies filled with cream cheese frosting make an easy, hand-held Easter dessert | FiveHeartHome.com

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Cooking Light and Real Simple, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #FreshandFab http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Carrot cake-flavored cookies are sandwiched together with cream cheese frosting in these cute little whoopie pies, making them an easy-to-serve, hand-held dessert, perfect for a springtime get-together or Easter celebration! Now that we have officially entered spring, I officially have Easter on the brain. The weather is getting warmer, {Read More}



Spring Salad with Mixed Berries, Candied Almonds, & Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

Spring Salad with Mixed Berries, Candied Almonds, and Honey Citrus Vinaigrette ~ a beautiful, delicious salad with vibrant flavors and varied textures | FiveHeartHome.com

The flavors of spring mingle in this beautiful and tantalizing mixed greens salad, studded with plump blueberries, juicy raspberries, crunchy candied almonds, and a sweet, poppy seed-infused Honey Citrus Vinaigrette. Happy first day of spring, y’all! It’s amazing how a little extra effort can take a salad from blah to amazing. From run of the mill to something special. From bribe-your-kids-to-eat-it to make-them-beg-for-more. That, my friends, is the story of this salad. You start with your typical ol’ greens, but {Read More}



Free Easter Printable {with 3 Color Choices} ~ Hippity, Hoppity, Happy Easter Day!

Free Easter Printable {in 3 color choices} ~ Hippity, Hoppity, Happy Easter Day! | FiveHeartHome.com

I hope everyone had a fun St. Paddy’s Day! In case I haven’t mentioned it a time or 17, I’m way excited to welcome spring this week! With that, it’s time to start thinking about Easter…which means I’ve got a new free printable for y’all, of course. We definitely try to focus on the true meaning of Easter at our house, but we also like to have fun with eggs and candy and the Easter bunny and such. So today {Read More}



Roasted Asparagus with Brown Butter Pecans

Roasted Asparagus with Brown Butter Pecans ~ a delicious spring side dish that would be perfect for Easter | FiveHeartHome.com

Tender roasted asparagus is perfectly complemented by flavorful brown butter and toasty pecans in this delectable spring side dish. Spring officially begins this week!!! Can I hear a giant Hip, Hip, Hooray?! I know that some of you wonderful readers are still blanketed in snow (I’m so sorry), but the fact that spring has commenced calendar-wise means that spring-like weather can’t be all that far behind…right? Spring is arguably the best season in central Texas. For one thing, it’s warm, {Read More}



Spinach & Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado & Pepper Jack {Meatless Dinner Idea for Lent}

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado and Pepper Jack Cheese ~ meatless dinner idea for Lent or any night | FiveHeartHome.com

These hearty, flavorful quesadillas feature garlic-sauteed mushrooms, baby spinach, creamy avocado, and zippy pepper jack cheese for a meatless — yet filling and satisfying — meal. So I’m going to be honest about something. We very rarely do meatless dinners at my house. I grew up in a meat-and-potatoes home. My hubby grew up in a meat-and-potatoes home. We’re rather fond of our beef and chicken and pork around here. But once a year, during Lent, we have a string {Read More}



Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme & Lemon

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme and Lemon ~ a perfect spring side dish, and a gorgeous addition to your Easter menu! | FiveHeartHome.com

Tender carrots are glazed with honey, seasoned with fresh thyme, and hit with a bright splash of lemon juice in this easy, delicious side dish that’s perfect for ushering in spring! Okay, friends…so I have a new strategy. Last week I was all about taking advantage of the remaining chilly winter weather with a warm and comforting crock pot chowder. But this week? I’m over it. I am beyond ready for spring and, starting now, I’m going to will it {Read More}



Scalloped Potato Flan with Gruyère & Garlic

Scalloped Potato Flan with Gruyère and Garlic ~ served overturned and sliced for an elegant presentation | {Five Heart Home}

Thinly sliced potatoes are layered with garlic and Gruyère cheese, drenched in cream, then baked, overturned, and sliced for an elegant presentation that’s perfect for special occasions and holiday dinners! Well, we’re midway through December and my Christmas to-do list is still a mile long. (Please tell me I’m not alone. I’m not alone. Right?) But one thing that I have checked off my list is deciding on our Christmas dinner menu, and today I’m going to share with you {Read More}



Savory Herb & Cheese Monkey Bread

Savory Herb and Cheese Monkey Bread ~ quick and easy, made with refrigerated biscuits, festive for the holidays, from Thanksgiving to Christmas to Easter | {Five Heart Home}

This savory monkey bread is quick and easy, thanks to refrigerated biscuits that are dipped in garlic butter and coated in herbs and cheese for a ring of rolls that are as festive as they are delicious. (And pssst…after you grab the recipe for this Savory Herb & Cheese Monkey Bread, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for a blog hop featuring lots of yummy holiday recipes!) Have I mentioned to y’all that I joined {Read More}



Bacon Green Bean Bundles with Brown Sugar Glaze

Bacon Green Bean Bundles with Brown Sugar Glaze | {Five Heart Home}

Ordinary green beans become extra-special and positively delicious when they’re wrapped in crispy bacon and glazed with buttery brown sugar. Bacon makes everything better. I’ve said it before because, quite frankly, it’s true. I enjoy me some nice fresh green beans regardless of preparation, but this recipe elevates them from good to amazing. Not only do you have a crispy little bacon jacket, but you also have a buttery, garlicky, brown sugary glaze to counter that salty bacon. I’m telling {Read More}